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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

Star Cyclocross - Duncan Ferguson

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 11, 2017 3:52:21 PM

Duncan Ferguson  has had a busy fall term, playing a key role in nets leading the Division 3 Senior Boys’ Soccer team as well as striving to do his best, in his first love, as a cyclist.

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 13

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Dec 8, 2017 5:00:50 PM

Dear KES Family:

Our debating programme is growing. What Jenna Pennington and Nick Szymanis have done over the last two years is really impressive. This last weekend we hosted our first tournament, and I was fortunate to be a judge for the Junior debates on Saturday.

The afternoon’s resolution was: “This house believes that every home should have a robot.” In each debate, robots were defined as machines with limbs which could do everything from homework to household chores. Apparently, robots look after children very well and care for seniors even better. What fascinated me was that the arguments against having robots in the home were all about people losing their jobs (cooks and gardeners and caregivers losing their incomes), or about safety (what if it malfunctions?), or cost (If a MacBook costs about $2,000, how is the government going to afford a robot for every home?). Not one debater mentioned anything about whether it would be better for children to be tutored by an actual person, or that seniors homes might be a wee bit lonely and impersonal if staffed by machines.

What I did not hear from the younger generation were any doubts that robots would not be able to do anything that people can. There was not a single remark to cast doubt on the assumption that robots would be great at helping with homework. Really? Houses would be clean, food prepared, dishes cleaned, laundry done, and all of it with the perfect ease of artificial intelligence and mechanical agility.

Whatever happened to our skepticism about technology? How have the lessons of Doctors Jekyll and Frankenstein, or the creators of Jurassic Park, been lost? Is this generation too young for the Terminator movies or the book/film I Robot by Isaac Asimov? A part of me wonders if these cautionary tales are not considered cautionary at all, but as mere entertainment, meant to be enjoyed but not taken to heart.
Or maybe I am just old, making a big deal out of nothing. Maybe if I had a robot that made lattes and massaged my sore neck I would feel differently. :)

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Junior Robotics Lunenburg Competition

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 6, 2017 1:51:00 PM

This past Friday, the Junior Robotics team, represented by   Aden O’Callaghan, Jayden Morrow, Matvey Semenenko, David Helyer, Oliver Cox, Claire Meng, and  David Connors, travelled to the NSCC Lunenburg campus to compete in the annual First Lego League Robotics Competition. This year’s First Lego League Competition was titled “Hydrodynamics” and featured challenges and projects related to the physics, cycles, uses and conservation of water. The competition involved solving a series of robotic challenges and presenting solutions to a water problem that the group had identified. Our team worked hard all morning, competing with their robot and then presenting their robot design, innovative project and team core values to a series of judges.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Robotics at KES

Math is a Wonderful Thing!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 6, 2017 7:38:00 AM

That is the slogan that   Michael Jachimowicz (’14) and  Sara Jones (’14)  came up with when they made a sign for my classroom a few years ago.  What a great way to start every work day, to see this simple, yet amazing slogan!
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Topics: Academics at KES, IB Programme

Mathletes Score at Acadia Math League

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 5, 2017 7:02:00 AM

On Saturday, November 25, 2017, three King’s-Edgehill School Math League teams visited Acadia University to compete in the first contest of the year. After a round of ten team questions and the pairs relay, and with only the individual relay remaining, our Math League Team of Phoebe Yuen, Yufei (Jessica) Wu and Jiashu (Jay) Liu finished it first; another of our Math League Teams of Qianhui (Venus) Hong, Ziyue (Shell) Jiang, Hsiao-Yu (Mia) Chen and Yue (Rebecca) Yu finished it third.

Congratulations, mathletes, and don’t forget we have practices on Tuesday evenings led by Captain Linxuan (Skyler) Li, and teachers Mr. Chris MacLean and Ms. Michelle Moon. 

We hope to see interested mathletes at our next practices!

The wonderful thing about striving to be more is that you never know where you might end up. Through our International Baccalaureate Programme, our students are able to pursue post-secondary education almost anywhere in the world. Download our IB Guidebook here.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Anson Chan – Table Tennis Champ

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 4, 2017 7:25:50 AM

In late November   Tin Long "Anson" Chan put his table tennis skills to the test in Canning, Nova Scotia. The event was divided into 5 different divisions and round-robin games. Anson was in the “B” division (this includes all age groups, youth to adults), and he came first without losing any matches. He is looking to make the “A” division for the next event. He also won first place in Junior Under 18 division. In the same tournament,   Yujianxuan "Rain" Cui came first in “E” division.  Congratulations Rain! The following day Anson participated in his first session of the Canada Games trials. He missed the first event while playing with the Senior Boys’ D3 team at the Regional Soccer Championships. Anson, once again, placed first in the Canada Games trials competition. Anson continues to keep his table tennis game at a very high level, while continuing to participate fully in his regular KES afternoon sports programme.
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Topics: Athletics at KES, Tennis, KES Athletes

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 12

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Dec 3, 2017 5:51:12 PM

Dear KES Family:

The Admissions Office has been very busy and, as a result, I have had the pleasure of interviewing over a dozen excited (and nervous) teenagers this week. With the exception of one, all would be terrific additions to KES next year. Each interview takes on a life of its own and goes in different directions, but one of the questions I ask is whether there is anything about coming to KES that worries or scares them.

The consistent answer to this question is making friends, of being liked, of being accepted within our community. That “what if no one likes me” fear is very real. The thought of being alone, or being lonely, is scary. I don’t think it matters what stage of life one is in, I don’t think there is anything more challenging than that feeling of being isolated and separate. Belinda and I recently watched the film “Our Souls at Night” starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Their characters live across the street from each other and each is living alone after having lost their spouse many years before. The film starts with Fonda asking Redford if he would consider coming over at night to sleep with her. Not for “that” she says, but for company, so that she can sleep. “The nights are the worst,” she asks, “Don’t you think?” Eventually he says yes and they become close friends.

One cannot guarantee that every student will find a best friend at KES, but I am confident that our School community is sensitive and thoughtful enough that no one ever eats alone in the Dining Hall or feels excluded from School activities. Empathy is highly valued in our School culture. It is really important to all of us that people are treated with dignity and respect, and that everyone feels valued and welcome.

One of the unique aspects of KES is our good fortune to have a School Reverend. Especially at Christmas time, Reverend Curry is masterful at demonstrating that we are not alone. As he explained the story of Mary and the symbolism of the Advent Wreath in Chapel this week, I could not help but draw comfort from his words. It is Reverend Curry’s way that even if one has deep questions and is undecided about one’s faith, everyone is invited to participate in our services together.

As December is upon us and our whole-School Carol Services this weekend beckon, I cannot help but contemplate how fortunate we are to be part of a community that is so inclusive and thoughtful, does so much together, and envisions a world that is not empty, alone, and godless.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Grade 8 and 9 Visual Arts

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 30, 2017 11:45:00 AM

The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education. Some aspects such as Drama, Music and Visual Art, are part of the regular academic curriculum and are available as IB courses as well.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Arts At KES, extracurricular programmes

Mouse Trap Car Races

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 28, 2017 7:46:00 AM

Last Friday morning, earlier than expected, students were out of beds and snapping mousetraps all around campus. “What on earth could they be doing,” you may ask? Well, it turns out all Grade 10 Science students were putting the final touches on their latest project, mouse trap cars.

In early September, all of the students involved were presented with a challenge. They were to build their own vehicle that was to be powered by a single mouse trap. Students were given some direction, but mostly it was up to them to choose what to build. They were allowed to use pre-manufactured wheels only (all other parts were built). On Friday, each group ran their cars in the gymnasium. Each car needed to run two meters minimum but many ran for ten meters! Each car was timed so average velocity could be calculated for each run. In the end, extra points were awarded for the fastest car and the most beautiful vehicle.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

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