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Beaver Competition

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 16, 2018 7:36:00 AM

What better way to start 2018 than with some excellent University of Waterloo contest results. During the early weeks of November, every student in Grades 7, 8, and 9 rolled up their sleeves and turned on their laptops or tablets to take the University of Waterloo’s Beaver Computing Contest. This 45 minute competition, consisting of 15 logic problems, was completed in Mr. Hollett’s, Mr. Alguire’s and Mr. Campbell’s computer classes. Students exercised their best reasoning skills and raced the clock as the minutes ticked away on the screen in front of them. Like many of the other University of Waterloo CEMC (Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing) contests, the Beaver competition focuses on problem solving with an emphasis on computational and logical thinking. The problems are always interesting and some can be quite challenging. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science though only a comfort level with general mathematics curriculum is required. Over 12,000 students across the country took part in the 2017/2018 Beaver Computing Contest. Once again, many of our students performed above the national average. The following KES students are our top contest scorers:

Grade 9: 
1st Place: Jiahuan (Edward) He
2nd Place: Lily Gale
3rd Place: Matvey Semenenko

Grade 8:
1st Place: Megan Mattie
2nd Place: Liam Connors
3rd Place: Santiago Caballero

Grade 7:
1st Place: Sean Hurley
2nd Place: Elena Julien
3rd Place: Athena Cox

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Topics: Academics at KES

Boarding School Myths Busted

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 15, 2018 8:03:46 AM

Dorm studying.jpgBoarding schools are accredited independent schools (CAIS) that offer an engaging and enriched educational experience. They are a home away from home for many children whose parents are looking to give their children the tools they need to do and be more. Enrolling your child in a boarding school means giving them the freedom to form lifelong friendships and experience an educational experience unlike any other. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Boarding School, Athletics at KES, private school

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 17

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 12, 2018 5:03:15 PM

Dear KES Family:

Every day this week I walked past a pair of earbuds sitting on a hallway desk in the senior academic wing. Each time I could not believe that they were still there. Unclaimed and literally open for the taking, no one had touched them. Taking them would be so easy and yet there they remained, testimony to the honesty of the community. I had to wonder how many places in the world this would happen? I suspect not many.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

This is That Q&A

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 11, 2018 2:18:38 PM

In early December, Patrick LePoidevin's English 8 class was treated to a Skype lecture followed by a Q&A with a special guest. CBC producer Chris Kelly comes from a long history of radio and music production. Currently, Kelly records and produces the hit National show This is That, a news satire programme featuring comedians Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly. Chris just so happens to also be my brother-in- law, so he graciously joined our English class during the unit on satire. Prior to the skype meeting, the class split into groups and created their own This is That.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

KES Opens Doors for “Bring a friend to school” Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 10, 2018 8:54:57 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a private school? Do you have a friend that already attends King’s-Edgehill School? On Wednesday, February 14th we are once again opening our doors for “Bring a Friend to School Day.” This is your opportunity to meet the staff and current students of KES and find out why your friend loves it here (and why you will too)! 

What makes KES such a great school? There are many things that make King’s-Edgehill School a great school including small class sizes, numerous award-winning athletic programmes, unique arts experiences, and a strong academic foundation.

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Topics: Plan a visit

Captain Pins

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 9, 2018 7:51:02 AM

At our most recent assembly, we presented lapel pins to 26 of our students who have been named or appointed captains of their respective varsity teams during both the Fall and Winter seasons. This is the first year we’ve presented these “Captain Pins” and they serve as a way to formally recognize the leadership positions these student-athletes hold as a part of their athletic commitments here at the School. These students have also been taking part in our Captain’s Council leadership programme which helps to support and further develop our students’ leadership abilities.

The pin itself shows our School’s athletic crest surrounded by green laurel. Laurel is a symbolic image as it was awarded to the champions of the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece. Interestingly, it was also customary for laurel to be awarded to distinguished poets as well, which is fitting considering how committed our own athletic leaders are to their academic studies. The expression “don’t rest on your laurels” is also derived from this symbol and will serve as a constant reminder for our captains to continue to grow as leaders within our School community.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics at KES, KES Athletes

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 16

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 5, 2018 5:06:24 PM

Dear KES Family:

Sustained winds over 80kph and gusts up to 170kph whipped through Nova Scotia last night. By 11:00pm the temperature reading on my back door thermometer was 12 degrees (warmer than it was in Florida!). Rivers of rainwater and snow melt flooded the storm drains by the Chapel and flowed unabated down Front Hill. Alarms sounded throughout the night as the power failed, was restored and failed again. As the wind’s incessant roar kept me awake through the wee hours of this morning, I wondered what damage daylight would expose on campus. Lying in bed I could hear the ancient bones of Alexandra Hall bend and creak with each gust, and the water in the third floor toilet slosh from side to side.

Amazingly, by breakfast time power and heat were on and high spirits greeted students and staff in the Dining Hall. For the second straight day we are likely the only school operating classes-as-normal in the province. The staff are all here and that holiday afterglow is still present. The snow may have disappeared overnight, and we may have lost some roofing shingles, branches from trees, and a little sleep, but we have been very fortunate to weather the storm as we have. We know that others have not fared as well.

It is both a small and a big thing. How a community deals with adversity says a lot about its character. As always, I am impressed by and grateful for the resilient and hardy KES spirit. It is as strong as ever and will see us through 2018 no matter what storms may blow.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Social Media, Cyber-Safety and the Law

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 3, 2018 12:52:27 PM

On Wednesday, November 15th, we welcomed Ms. Sonja Ferrera from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to our Junior Assembly. She gave a relevant and candid presentation on “Social Media, Cyber-safety and the Law”. After pointing out the advantages of student Internet use, Ms. Ferrera highlighted some of the dangers. A compelling video made the dangers of sharing information online very clear. Cyberbullying was also defined and discussed, and the effects of cyberbullying were presented. The legal ramifications of requesting, posting and sharing intimate images also were made clear.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Boarding School, private school

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 14

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Dec 17, 2017 10:09:45 PM

Dear KES Family: 

T’was the day before Christmas holidays and all through the School, the students were studying for exams and following the Golden Rule.

The day before examinations finished, I was visited by five students from Mr. MacInnis’ Entrepreneurship class. This lovely group from the Class of 2018 - Valeria (Mexico), Duncan (Windsor, NS), Alex (Chester, NS), Tristan (Barbados), and Maverik (Newfoundland) – had raised over $400 for charity through an auction at school. The items varied from sleep-ins and Strickey cookies, to a trip to Costco with Mr. Faucher and donated clothing from New Scotland designs. They split their ‘earnings’ with the IWK Foundation (supports women, children, youth and families at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax) and Phoenix House, which is a shelter for teenagers in Halifax. Impressive stuff!

The spirit of giving has infused our School and become a natural way of thinking and acting. Our Christmas Giving Tree had three ways to help others. Students could:

1. Share the Warmth: gently used (or new) winter hats, scarves, mitts or jackets
2. Help feed the hungry with a non-perishable Food Bank donation
3. Bring Christmas to a child with an unwrapped toy
In addition, we have just finished a powerful two-week awareness lesson about violence against women. Led by Mr. Campbell and our Youth in Action group, this was a sensitive and educational White Ribbon campaign. After an all-School fundraiser, we were also able to present a cheque to Chrysalis House, a shelter for abused women in Kentville, NS.

Helping others is both instinctive and learned behaviour. If children learn to share and to be generous, then they will be caring and sharing as adults. If our students learn how to help, and how to make a meaningful and thoughtful difference in the lives of others, then a KES education takes on a whole new dimension. Seeing our students treating others as they would like to be treated themselves, warms the heart.

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!

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KES' Amazing Junior Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 11, 2017 4:01:31 PM

The Junior Boys Basketball team competed in the Lockport Invitational Tournament to begin the season. It was the prefect launch as the team improved markedly against strong competition. Tip-off tournaments are inherently planned to determine the teams’ strengths and weaknesses. We discovered that we have excellent athletes who will learn basketball quickly, and we will thoroughly enjoy competing together this season.   Righo Etou, Lucas Tam  and   Rodrigo Morales each won a Player of the Game Award, and the coaches left the tournament feeling very optimistic about the season. We were especially pleased during the final game as the team was tired and down 18-2, but fought back to pressure the tournament champions in the final minutes, losing 64-61! #nevergiveup
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Topics: Athletics at KES, Basketball at KES, Junior Girls Basketball, Junior Boys Basketball

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