On May 24th, the Alumni & Advancement Department team attended our annual Grade 12 & Alumni Dinner and Pinning Ceremony, an event hosted each year by our office to welcome the graduating KES class to Alumni life. Prior to the Cadet Ball, the Class of 2019 gathered in the dining hall decked out in (gorgeous!) formal attire for a reception and delicious meal provided by the always awesome Twila MacDonald and her fantastic Chartwells team. The evening began with the lovely musical talents of Joanna Bond (2012-19) and Elizabeth Walsh (2017-19) as our special Alumni guests mingled with our graduating class.
After everyone was seated for dinner, we welcomed members of our Alumni Liaison Committee, Ross Porter (2005-09) and Carlisle Norwood (2003-09). Carlisle and Ross shared how their relationship with KES has evolved and changed since they became members of the School’s vibrant Alumni community, and what an interesting experience it has been as dynamics with former teachers have transformed into lifelong friendships.
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
Dear KES Family:
When the media calls for an interview I get nervous. When it is the Globe and Mail calling with regards to a special report on Private Schools, a big part of me wants to hide. The reporter/writer, Saira Peesker, is interested in environmental education and the climate crisis. She wanted to speak with staff and students. Our KES Green Team is led by Mr. Ryan Alguire, and he coordinated Saira’s interviews with Mr. Bouwman, Grade 11 student Katie Goddard, and himself.
As Saira was in Ontario, our interviews were all on the phone. Although I found it very disconcerting hearing her tap away on her keyboard as we spoke (I thought all reporters recorded interviews digitally nowadays?), she was very engaging and personable and knowledgeable.
There is no doubt that with regards to the environment, we do a lot to educate, create awareness and modify behaviour, but as a school we have a huge carbon footprint. Gone are the days when the only school building with heat in the winter time was the Dining Hall. Now we have hundreds of thousands of square feet to heat, 30 acres of grass to mow, and students travelling all over the world just to get here and then again to participate in our different programmes. We all want fresh fruit and vegetables when they are out of season and avocados for our guacamole. The sixty-mile meal is theoretically possible throughout the school year, but if we were rigid with our implementation, I suspect that food complaints would sky rocket and the local restaurants would be delivering far more pizza and Chinese food than they already do.
It is very hard to avoid single-use plastics and so much has a carbon footprint: travelling to Science Fair Nationals, or a Robotics tournament, or a Track and Field meet. A single Google search uses enough power to light a lamp for 17 seconds.
Needless to say, I went into the interview feeling “guilty as charged”.
To my surprise the interview went well. To start with, we were the only one of ten schools that Saira had contacted who agreed to be interviewed. Secondly, we were the only private school she had found who participated in the Climate Strike on May 24th. She also was very complimentary (reporters pay compliments now?) about the initiatives we have ongoing at our School, the capital investments we have made to reduce our footprint and purchase blue boxes and the like, and the prizes we have won for environmental videos and posters, etc.
I am used to reporters who are adversarial. Too often I have felt like a prisoner suffering through an inquisition being prepared for sentencing. Perhaps though, when it comes to Mother Nature, we all need to be on the same team. Every positive action, no matter how small, helps.
First Place: Lucas Martin
Second Place: Mengjin (Eric) He
Third Place: Tanvi Manchineni
The Annual Cadet Ball is a spectacular event at King’s-Edgehill School. This year was no exception due to the efforts of many dedicated people. I am so thankful for the support given to the Corps. Right from the start, we had the much needed involvement from the staff at Marshall House, in particular Ms Kathy Bonang and Ms Jenn Shaw. These two fine ladies coordinated notices out to faculty and parents. Within the Cadet office, Ms Morgaine Sullivan maintained the file detailing attendees and guests. This is no mean feat as there are always last minute people who have selected a date and finally found the courage to ask the young man or lady.
Of course, there is no point in having a ball if no one knows the dance movements. This year we called upon the multi-talented Sarah Bell and Ms Stephanie Cumming. Between these two extraordinary dancers, they staged dance lessons for the students that were amazing and lots of fun.
Everybody finally got their ducks in a row and the day of the event came. Mr Jeff Smith’s Big Valley Swing Band once again provided fabulous music for the evening. The space looked amazing due to the efforts of Ms Sandy Stewart. Ms Stewart can take any area, use her great talents and turn it into a dream world. What an amazing lady and a true supporter of the cause.
This year I received a very fine comment from the orchestra. They really like to play for the Cadet Ball because the students are so charged up on the floor, not afraid to try new movements and just thoroughly enjoy the experience. What more could one ask for? What a great way to end the Cadet Year.
Don’t worry though, 11 September 2019 is fast approaching. Wednesdays -- the best day of the week!
Topics: IB Programme
Twenty-nine Grade 8 students took learning on the road in May with a five-day trip to Quebec City, and the annual voyage was a tremendous success. Chaperoned by three Junior School teachers (and veteran travelers) – Monsieur Rochon, Madame Belliveau and Monsieur Hollett – the students took part in a wide variety of activities that were chosen to give them the opportunity to explore and enjoy the culture and history of this amazing city and the surrounding region. A walking tour of Old Québec, a traditional dinner and dancing at an authentic sugar shack, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, suspension bridges, the Plains of Abraham Battlefields Park, circus school, the Museum of Civilization, a disco cruise on the St. Lawrence River and a visit to the aquarium were just some of the highlights of our trip; further details and pictures can be found on the travel blog. The shared memories and experiences will be cherished for years to come!
Our Grade 9 Class once again visited the Garden of the Gulf or, as many know it, Prince Edward Island. This annual trip always proves to be a memorable event of learning, laughing and togetherness. Many lesson are always learned including just how cold the waters of the Northumberland Strait are in May, that lobster is delicious and that go-karts go very fast.