Inside King's-Edgehill School

Spring has Sprung in the Art Department!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 18, 2019 3:31:00 PM

The Art Department has decided for the month of May to design and complete a few outdoor murals. The students enjoy being outside and collaborating on a work together project, and I am pleased to announce that we have four major projects on the go.

The first project that has just been completed is an outdoor sign for the Yoga Studio. A few of our Grade 12 students suggested this idea and, with the permission of our Yoga instructors and Mr. Seagram, we started the planning. Sam Giles and Maddy Ross had designed the concept and have just completed the sign. It will be installed in the next few weeks on the yoga building. Excellent job girls!

The Grades 8-11 Art students have just started working on two outside murals on the side wall of the Art Room. As a group, we have chosen two of Maude Lewis’s paintings. I will keep you updated on the progress.

Grade 9 Paintings - Last week, I shared the Grade 8 paintings. For this week, I hope you enjoy viewing the Grade 9 acrylic paintings.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2019 3:33:00 PM

Thirty-six Grade 10 and 11 Art students visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Tuesday, May 7th. What a visit! We explored the recent exhibitions such as: Industrial Elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth; Salvador Dali, A Suite of Prints; and Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer. Our docents opened our minds and exposed us to new adventures. One group actually had time to do Performance Art pieces in one of the exhibitions.

I think the one painting that truly opened our minds and challenged our beliefs was the large painting (3.5 meters by 7 meters) by Cree artist Kent Monkman. It was recently gifted to the Gallery by the Sobey Foundation, and it has recently been installed and is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery. The massive painting depicts the arrival of the Europeans on the East Coast, the focus is two large sea-tossed vessels about to collide. One, a tattered raft rigged with a sail is occupied by pale characters from European history. The other vessel is a canoe filled with richly coloured contemporary and ancient Indigenous characters. The turbulence of these two cultures colliding was the theme that was explored. This painting certainly provoked thought and conversation and it truly is worth the trip to the gallery.

“I wanted people to think about what the treaties were intended to be, how they were interpreted by Indigenous Peoples; where did they go wrong?”- Kent Monkman

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

KES Rugby Star - Camryn Kleynhans

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2019 7:12:00 AM

While our rugby teams are in the middle of their hunt for a berth at the Provincial Championships, Grade 11 rugby star Camryn Kleynhans has been recognized by Rugby Canada for her exceptional play. This week, Camryn was named to Rugby Canada’s East U18 team which will compete against USA East U18 team this August at Brock University in Ontario. 

Based on Camryn’s inclusion in this camp, she will also be considered for selection in the National U18 team which will compete against USA in December. 

Considering Camryn began her journey with the sport here at King’s-Edgehill, her rise in the sport has been meteoric. Aside from playing with our School team, she has also competed with our local women’s club the Windsor Machine, the provincial U16 and U18 programs, and most recently travelled to Florida to partake in a 7s tournament against competition from across the continent. 

Jack Hanratty, the Nova Scotia Provincial Team coach and head coach of the National Women’s U-20 team commented that, “Camryn is a natural 7 in the game of rugby; once she is playing she only has one speed. She has a bright future and I look forward to seeing her develop”.

We are all very proud of Camryn’s accomplishments, and we will be cheering her on as we finish our high school season and she transitions to her summer commitments.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

District Track and Field Championships Recap

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 16, 2019 3:30:13 PM

For those who prefer tweet-like emails, here’s what the birds are chirping: after two days of competition our Intermediate boys and girls placed 2nd, and our senior girls and boys won another banner for placing 1st.  See below for complete results and new Wall of Payne members. See (far) below for a longer comment.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Bring Your Sibling to School Day 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 16, 2019 9:17:00 AM

Friday, May 3rd, was a special day. It was Bring Your Sibling to School Day and there was much excitement as approximately thirty brothers and sisters arrived with their siblings for a KES day of learning. They joined their brothers and sisters in Chapel, advisor meetings, classes, lunch and at the special after-school activities. It was a true family day of learning. In the Grade 7 class alone, we had the youngest and the oldest sibling visitors in the School. Nikhita Kolla brought her 6-year-old younger sister, Srini, and Caitlin Behan brought her 22-year-old sister, Holli, to campus for the day. Teachers offered differentiated instruction to meet the needs of everyone, and Holli even had the opportunity to assist the teachers during the Grade 7 Wellness class. It was wonderful to see our students taking care of their siblings and our community eagerly welcoming our guests. The smiles on the faces as they left each class, said it all. The day would not have been complete without a walking tour around our campus, a visit to historic Long Pond and a hike along the beautiful Manning Trails. The sunshine and fresh air felt good. The day ended with a game of Chocolate Bar Bingo in the dining hall, a big hit for all of our siblings. Special thanks are extended to Mr. Kevin Lakes for organizing the afternoon activities and to Jaymie Fawson, Freek Schep and Daniella Cortazar for their able assistance.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life

Dancing in Italy

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2019 7:28:00 PM

Many of our students went to Europe during the March break and when school commenced, they presented a video synopsis of their travels. Pending graduate, JooHyun (Judy) Park and Grade 11 student, Jimin Choe added their twist on the trip with a short video of them breaking out their synchronized dance moves at the various places they visited. To me, this illustrates the importance and infectious enthusiasm fostered by our new dance programme. It has become an integral component of our daily Performing Arts options. Jimin and Judy comment:

Since we don’t have enough time to spend together, we wanted to cherish the moment in Europe in a special way. We love dancing and the dance we performed in the video was popular in our country. Therefore, we decided to make a short film of our dancing at tourist attractions. It is an honor to show our video. We hope you enjoy it!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Travel at KES

“Fritz Walter Wetter (German expression to describe rainy weather for soccer) in Halifax”

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2019 3:29:26 PM

Almost 50 students were curious to see Halifax’s first professional soccer team. After boarding the bus with cheerful spirits, we headed to “Wanderers Ground” in Halifax to see the first Canadian Premiere League game on Nova Scotian soil. This is the first year of the Canadian Premiere League and the Halifax Wanderers is one of the seven teams participating in this division. Thanks to the Clanachan family for donating 50 tickets and some Wanderers swag to our School so we could witness the home opener against “Forge FC” (Hamilton, Ontario).

With typical Maritime weather (4 degrees, rainy, windy), the students enjoyed a close soccer game at high level. The Halifax Wanderers fought hard, played well and won the game 2:1 with goals scored by Garcia #30 and Perea #80. Another great KES trip is in the books and this is hopefully the start of many victories for the HFX Wanderers. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Athletics At KES, King's-Edgehill School in the Community

Athletes of the Week April-May 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 14, 2019 7:23:24 AM

“Athletes of the Week” (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our Athletic Philosophy and School Mission Statement emphasizing gentleness and learning and dignity and respect.

For the Week of April 22nd – April 28th  

Junior Boy ~ William Ahern  had a great ACIS Ultimate Frisbee tournament. He worked well with his teammates and played a key role as a handler on his line. Throughout the tournament his throwing and playmaking skills improved and he made some excellent full-field passes. Will was always quick to get to the disk and ardently supported his teammates from the sidelines. Well done, Will!

Junior Girl ~ Hannah Bryant  had a great ACIS Ultimate Frisbee tournament. She was a tireless and determined defender and added a quick-cutting offense. Hannah has a great sense of play and made several key runs that resulted in points. Defensively, she was dogged in her pursuit of the opposition and won more than her fair share of turnovers. Hannah thrived in the competition and gave her all during every play she made. Limited subs meant extra play time and Hannah pushed herself to the limit to support her team. Well done, Hannah!

Senior Girl ~ Jayden Morrow  inspired her teammates with an impressive display of skill during the ACIS Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Halifax. Her tireless efforts on defence, and knowledge of the game kept the team competitive throughout both matches. Well done, Jayden!

Senior Boy  ~ At the Table Tennis Regionals,  Anson Chan  came in first in the individual event. In team competition, Anson, along with fellow teammates  River Qi, Zhiming (Jimmy) Wang  and  Xianlong   (Daniel) Zhang , came in first place overall (out of ten teams). This team will travel to Cape Breton to defend their team provincial championship from last season.  Anson  was also recently selected by the Nova Scotia Table Tennis Association to participate at the Atlantic Championships as part of team Nova Scotia on May 18-19th. Best of luck and congratulations, Anson!

For the Week of April 29th – May 5th  

Junior Boy ~ NA
Junior Girl ~ NA

Senior Girl ~ Maddy Walsh  contributed immensely to three straight wins in one week for our KES Girls’ Softball team. She not only pitched three complete games, but she made impressive defensive plays. She played an important role offensively with her hitting skills at the plate which resulted in several runs and a home run. Congratulations, Maddy!

Senior Boy ~ Evan Logan : Although the Senior Boys’ Rugby team did not play any games between April 29th and May 5th, Evan stood out when the rugby programme at King's-Edgehill School, and in high schools across the province, was under threat of being banned by the NSSAF. During our sport's biggest challenge, Evan provided one of the most articulate voices in defense of high school rugby when he was interviewed by the media. His comments were shared across the country and, they helped provide the impetus to contribute to saving our sport. Thanks also to  Téa Racozzi  who organized and participated in the event. This is a battle that is still being fought. Thank you, Evan!

Athletics is one of the four pillars of a King's-Edgehill education and we offer three seasons of various sports and athletic programmes. Download our Athletics PhotoJournal to discover which of the over 20 different sports your child will love.
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Headmasters' Weekly Newsletter - Week 32

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 13, 2019 7:12:39 AM

Dear KES Family:

Managing risk is a life skill. It needs to be learned (preferably taught but some of the most indelible lessons come the hard way). If we eliminate risk altogether then we do our children a disservice, spawning an anxious generation that is unable to be exposed or vulnerable: physically, emotionally, socially, or financially. Calculating risks and rewards, judging potential consequences, mitigating harm: these are essential skills that all of us use every time we drive a car, make an investment, ask someone out on a date, or choose an activity.

I believe in meaningful risk. I believe there is joy to be found in a well-rounded and perfectly thrown snowball. Students are allowed to throw snowballs at KES – just not at windows or at someone’s face. The new swing sets have an element of risk. It is foreseeable that a student, in an ill-conceived effort to show off, may do a risky dismount and hurt themselves on the ground. Or, someone texting with their head down could walk in front of a swinger and get kicked in the head. (Some lessons come through experience!) There is joy in swinging and if one swings responsibly the risks are acceptable. With coaching and practice and testing, sixteen year olds may drive cars. Taking part in activities where one’s judgement will determine whether there is a good or bad outcome is essential to success in life. When we had our students swinging pick axes and mixing cement by hand at a construction site in rural Tanzania, I think they learned more than the school group which came after us and was forbidden to do the same by their teachers.

Which brings me to rugby and last week’s provincial decision to ban it for safety reasons. It has since been re-instated, but there is an implicit promise on the part of Rugby Nova Scotia to structure and operate the high school game and league in such a way that it is safer for all participants. Much can and should be done in terms of training and development, coaching techniques and player preparation, but the reality is that rugby players will always be putting their bodies in harm’s way. There will always be an element of risk attached to the game. Whether that risk is acceptable or not will remain a choice for parents and students and school administrations.

I find joy in the game of rugby. I have since I was thirteen years old. Without doubt my love for the game is intimately associated with the fear I must control when I play. Every time I step onto the rugby pitch I know, as does everyone else around me, that I can get hurt. Injuries are foreseeable, bruises and abrasions are likely. Perhaps because it is so physical the game has acquired a unique culture. The opposing team is not the enemy. There is respect and affinity for anyone who plays the game, and anyone who wants to play (regardless of size and ability) is able to find a way to contribute on the pitch. All you need is courage and determination. I would never force or persuade anyone to play. It has to be an individual choice. However, regardless of their age or body type, for those who take to the field I have nothing but profound respect. There are lessons one learns out there in the fray – about oneself, one’s teammates, and about life – that are difficult to find anywhere else.

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Our Talented Table Tennis Team

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 9, 2019 7:42:00 AM


Our King's-Edgehill School Table Tennis team is off to provincials again this year. In the individual event,   Tin Long (Anson) Chan  and Haichuan ( River) Qi  came in first and second place, respectively. In team competition,  Anson Chan, River Qi, Zhiming (Jimmy) Wang and Xianlong (Daniel) Zhang  came in first place overall (out of ten teams). Look out for the results of provincials in a later newsletter!
DJ DeCoste
IB Math/Physics and Robotics

We want every child to find an activity they can pursue with passion. With three seasons of sports and over 20 different options to choose from, we're pretty sure your child will find a few to love. Download our Athletics Photojournal to discover more.

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