Our first Coffee House of 2019 was on Tuesday, January 15th. We had an excellent crowd that got to enjoy many great performances of all kinds. From the fantastic music group JEBB (Jeff Smith, Ella Brown, Ben Lohr, and Bryan Li) to some students from Ms. Cummings’ Grade 9 dance class, talent was all around. It’s always a pleasure to see so many students step up and share their abilities with our community.
Meet two of the newest members of our King’s-Edgehill School Junior School community: Nikhita “Nikki” Kolla and Tanvi Manchineni. Nikki and Tanvi are from England and recently moved with their families to Nova Scotia and became Grade 7 students at King’s-Edgehill. They arrived just before Christmas and jumped in with both feet, taking part in all activities and even requesting to write term exams, which they did, just for the fun of it! Their enthusiasm for trying new things and taking advantage of new opportunities quickly earned them many friends and the respect of our entire community. They are fun-loving, capable and compassionate contributors to school life. It was terrific to watch Nikki and Tanvi play their first competitive game of basketball last week and, this past Wednesday, address the entire Junior School with a presentation on their home country, England. They provided a cultural lesson that shed light on the geography, customs, and some little-known British fun facts: you can never be more than 115 km away from the ocean; it is a criminal offense to stick a postage stamp to an envelope upside down; it is illegal to die in the House of Commons(!) They pointed out that a “boot” isn’t just footwear; in England it is commonly known as the trunk of a car. You wear “trousers”, not pants, and in team sports you wear “bibs”, not pinnies. As a follow-up to the Nikki’s and Tanvi’s presentation, lunch on Wednesday featured a delicious British menu that had been requested by the girls. The “Toad in the hole” dish was a particular favourite. I wish to thank Nikki and Tanvi for enriching us all with an interesting global lesson.
I'll let him explain his love of music and the lyrics to his song:
Dear KES Family:
The UAE may be an ancient land but there are more than a few innovative vertebrae in its cultural spine. A visit to the ultra-modern planned city of Masdar brought us deep into the heart of a city designed to be sustainable (ride share bicycles and Tesla (!) cars, clean energy sources and electric buses, etc.), which hosts forward-thinking businesses who incubate new ideas and attract talented engineers and designers from around the world. MIT has a campus there. One of the think tanks is devoted to creating the best educational environment, programme, and software in the world. We had a tour of a "test school" and were amazed at the research and design and data collection that has gone into answering the simplest of questions: what is the best way to educate children? After 230 years of tradition and teaching, there is an opportunity for King's-Edgehill School to be at the forefront of educational philosophy, program delivery, and leadership in the world. Needless to say, my lack of sleep here in the UAE has as much to do with excitement as it does with jet lag.
Architectural renderings are supposed to be impressive. The recent Ministry of Education approved designs for KESAD are unbelievable. They are gorgeous and functional, and take into account everything from the movement of the sun and the shade cast by the buildings, to the movement of students between classes. Over the last year, I have been afforded input and in a presentation by our UAE architects this week, I was astounded to see that every suggestion and criticism I had communicated previously has been addressed. We are limited by the size of our plot of land, but the maximization of space while remaining elegant is impressive. I can hardly wait to see it built.
The Ministry of Education here has a department of Creativity and Happiness. One of their initiatives this year is dedicated to serving others and raising awareness of the needs of the less fortunate. It is called the Year of Giving. I am sure there are challenges that the government faces which are well beyond my understanding, but I love the idea of having a programme of creativity and happiness. Simply put, no one learns anything if they are not happy. And, quite frankly, childhoods should be filled with joy. Being happy, as I am now, is pretty great too.
Topics: Academics at KES
An agamograph is a painting, drawing, sculpture or photograph that, when viewed from different angles, reveals a different image. Agamographs are named after Yakkov Agam, an Israel artist known for his sculptures that move, change or transform.
Our Grade 10 photography project was based on this concept. Students were asked to choose two different photos and then the images were cut into strips and reconstructed on a fan shape. I included the handout in the photos for you to get a sense of how these projects were made.
The projects are now on display in front of our Fountain Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy.
Junior School Art: Grades 8, 9 and 10
IB Visual Arts: Grade 11 and 12
IB Examiner, IB Workshop Leader Cat. 1,2 and 3
KES Yearbook Advisor
“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 December 3rd – 9th
Junior Boy -- Kyle Clanachan has emerged as a starter and an enthusiastic player on the Junior Boys’ Basketball Team. He is an especially adept rebounder as he “cleans up the glass” at both ends of the court. He is an intimidating defender as he blocks shots on a regular basis. He has managed to focus his energy and remain positive which has helped the team win 3 games in a row. His help is greatly appreciated as we enter the highly competitive part of the season which includes the ACIS tournament and regular league play.
Junior Girl -- Sidney Schwartz: In our two most recent matches, Sidney played exceptionally well helping us secure two victories to end 2018. In our first league game of this year against Horton, Sidney’s ferocious defense and ability to set the pace on the offensive end propelled our girls to a solid win. Just two days later, Sidney again displayed her ability to wreak havoc on opposing teams as she applied excellent pressure on the ball, was always ready to help on defense, and chipped in with 6 points in our win over a tough Hantsport team. Although only in Grade 8, it is clear that Sidney’s play will be instrumental in the Junior Girls’ basketball season. She recently was named to the provincial age group provincial team. Great work, Sid!
Senior Girl -- Jordyn Hickey has recorded a point in every hockey game we have played so far this season, and she has been a leader both on and off the ice. Prior to Christmas break, our Girls’ Hockey Team traveled to PEI for a couple of exhibition games, and they were faced with a rough “The Mount” team from Charlottetown. After tying the first game, we were once again tied in our second match up. Jordyn had played solid defense throughout the game, keeping our girls in it right until the end. With 4 seconds on the clock, we had a faceoff in their zone. We won the draw forward and with 0.1 seconds remaining, Jordyn rushed up to join the madness in front of the net, picked up the loose puck and scored the game-winning goal! This is the second time this season that Jordyn has scored the game-winning goal! Congrats, Jordyn, on a great start to the season and we look to more from you in the New Year.
Senior Boy – David McCurdy’s first time wrestling was at the Hants East Annual Wrestling tournament during the first day of Christmas break. He was in a big bracket with 5 experienced wrestlers while being at the low end of his weight class. He went 1-4 and showed that he has great potential, especially on offense. He was an excellent representative of KES and was dignified and respectful on and off the mat. David is also a player/coach on our competitive curling team. Congratulations, David!
Junior Boy -- Quinn Emery’s first day of his Christmas break was spent at the Hants East Annual Wrestling Tournament. He came back from last season considerably bigger after dedicating himself to fitness in the interim. He has a very aggressive approach to his matches but was a respectful competitor and an excellent ambassador for KES.
Junior Girl -- NA
Senior Girl -- Camryn Kleynhans is a returning medalist from last years’ Provincial Championship Wrestling team. She also participated in the Hants East Annual Wrestling tournament over the Christmas break and won GOLD in the best of 3 against an experienced opponent. She showed great technical skill and tried new, difficult moves. Camryn showed great respect for her opponent and for the sport.
Senior Boy -- Ethan Harvey had an outstanding weekend in our KES Boys’ Hockey Tournament in Brooklyn. Ethan was an offensive force scoring 3 times in 4 games, and he was instrumental in helping us to reach the championship final. Ethan displayed his skills and hockey IQ each game and was a key contributor to the 3 out 4 wins. Ethan has a terrific attitude of respect.
For the Week of December 31st – January 6th
Junior Boy -- NA
Junior Girl -- NA
Senior Girl -- Deanna Fraser looked ready for the pros this weekend in all 3 of the Girls’ Hockey exhibition games. Deanna posted a 1.33 goals against average and a shut out vs RNS on Saturday. Deanna made multiple highlight-reel saves, including a breakaway stop vs Pictou Midget team, and too many beautiful glove saves to keep track! She kept the girls in every game and in a weekend plagued with injuries, she was an anchor for our team. Congrats, Deanna!
Senior Boy -- Jarred Douglas: All sports have individual skill sets that make a given athlete a great player and add to the overall success of the team. Jarred is a high-level athlete and basketball player who possesses all the skills needed to perform well individually and to help the team win big games. Based on his excellent shooting, dribbling and passing skills, Jarred has been a rock for the team for the first part of the season, and as such, he is an “athlete of the term” for Senior Boys Basketball. We look forward to the remainder of the season knowing that a player like Jarred is on our roster.
Mr. Kim Walsh
Director of Athletic