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King’s-Edgehill School Trips for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 15, 2017 7:10:36 AM

At King’s-Edgehill School learning goes beyond the classroom, beyond the local community, and sometimes beyond the province and country. As with every academic year, 2017-2018 will see plenty of opportunities for day and boarding students to learn and experience life outside of School. 

If your child has an interest in exploring the world, be sure to check out the trip to the Unites Arab Emirates KES has planned from March 11 to the 22, 2018. This 12-day visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will give students the unique opportunity to explore one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Students will not only be immersed in the Arabic and Islamic culture and language, but they will also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Mosque, iconic skyscrapers and city-sized shopping malls.

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

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 9

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 10, 2017 5:01:44 PM

Dear KES Family:

Years ago I read a book by the Canadian author William Bell entitled Crabbe.  The central character is an angst-riddled teenager who discovers strength and truth while struggling to survive in our northern wilderness. At one point he is told that as long as he blames other people (parents, teachers, coaches, the weather, etc.) for the things that happen to him in life, he will never truly grow up.  He has to get rid of his “blame list”.

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Provincial Impromptu Debating Tournament

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 8, 2017 8:29:00 AM

  

Over the weekend of October 28-29, a number of King's-Edgehill junior and senior debaters participated in the Nova Scotia Debating Society Annual Provincial Impromptu Tournament at Halifax Grammar School.

Topics ranged from discussions on the pros and cons of trade protectionism to whether or not parents should be held accountable for their child's bullying at school.  Yes, 2 sides to all of these topics!  Our debaters engaged in 4 preliminary rounds on Saturday and observed the semi-finals and finals on Sunday. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Debate Team

Girls Hockey Win Vermont Tournament!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 7, 2017 7:32:59 AM

The Girls Hockey Team travelled to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend for the Vermont Starts Fall Foliage Classic tournament! We were all very excited to enjoy the beauty of the fall colors but also to face off against competition from New Jersey and Vermont! Although short benched due to injury and illness, the girls battled hard all weekend and, of course, left some energy to explore downtown Burlington, and the girls threw a surprise party for   Morgaines  birthday. We had an amazing weekend with so many highlights on and off the ice, it’s hard to pick only a few. Let’s start with the girls scoring 11 goals in 4 games! With the cherry on top being   Kenzie Cecchetto’s  hat trick in the second game!
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Topics: Athletics at KES, girls hockey, hockey, athletics

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 8

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 4, 2017 10:06:51 AM

Dear KES Family:


After twenty-five years of service as Headmaster at a boarding school west of us, a friend of mine retired.  In an unscripted speech he thanked his wife and all those who have helped him lead a fulfilling and successful life in education. And then he told a story:
 
On his desk he has two smooth stones.  On one is written the word Courage.  On the other, Wisdom. They were gifts and for more than two decades they have sat on his big headmasterly desk.  In the course of his work, and for more times than he could count, he has made tough phone calls.  Calls to parents, calls to lawyers, calls to board members, calls to the police, calls to hospitals and emergency services.  (One can only imagine the depth and breadth of communications he has had over the years.) Before each call he took a breath and grasped the two stones, Courage and Wisdom, one in each hand.  A former national team second row forward in rugby, he has big hands.  The stones are heavy and smooth.  They give him strength and clarity of mind.  They help him overcome doubt and fear. Quite literally, Courage and Wisdom helped him do his job.
 
It is a great lesson.  We all need courage and wisdom. Wisdom to see the right path, courage to follow it. Courage to deliver tragic news, wisdom to know the right words of comfort.  We need these two elements to have strength and decency in our daily lives, not just for phone calls, but for all the human moments that we encounter.  In life it is all too easy to rush, to get into a “hurry and be done with it” mind set, to speak without thinking things through. The two stones are silent but they communicate nonetheless, settling the heart and mind. We can’t carry stones in our pockets and purses, but there are times when we would all benefit from pausing and breathing and collecting ourselves before we speak.

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KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 7

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 28, 2017 8:35:17 AM

Dear KES Family:


The width of a soccer net is 24 feet. At 8 feet high, it is well over anyone's head. Being 90 minutes long, one would think that a typical match score in soccer would run into the double digits. Not so. Despite its huge dimensions, putting a ball into a soccer net's gaping maw is exceptionally difficult. As a result, goals in soccer are precious. They are the result of effort and skill and consistent team pressure. Compared to other sports, a one-goal lead is disproportionately safe. A two-goal lead can be massive. During good soccer matches, the tension for both players and fans is unlike any other sport.
 
For 11 straight years, Parkview has won our regional banner. Last weekend in a thrilling series of victories over Avon View and Parkview, we wrested the championship away from the big schools. David slew Goliath. The games were hotly contested and the tension was all but unbearable. Every possession, every pass, every shot, every defensive play, mattered. I was not playing, of course, but I was exhausted at the end.
 
I took photos throughout and was amazed by the story I saw as I looked at them afterwards. They told a story of individual battles won, of teamwork, of determination, of exultation and of relief. I snapped a photo of the climactic moment at the final whistle, our triumphant team leaping for joy around goal keeper Eric Dufour, and a shattered striker, Adeolu Kofoworade, lying completely flat on his back at midfield. He had given everything he had mentally and emotionally and physically. As coaches, we ask our athletes to give 100%, to fill the unforgiving minutes with everything their hearts and muscles can provide. He had done just that.
 
This last week was a brilliant one for sport at the School. Our cross-country, soccer, hockey, and volleyball teams all competing and contesting. For some, their provincial championships are over. For others like our senior boys' team, the post season tournament beckons. There are memories to be created and stories yet to be told. They will define the moments and the moments will define them.

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Elizabeth McMichael: Making our world a better place one seed at a time

Posted by Heather Strickey on Oct 24, 2017 10:06:29 AM

My first contact with Elizabeth McMichael (1950-1953) was through email. This lovely "Old Girl" was always one of the first to respond to my Alumni updates. Soon, it felt like I had this amazing friend in Cornwallis Park, NS, but strangely, I had no idea what she looked like! Then, it happened, I finally met the woman behind the messages. We were hosting the Edgehill 125 Reunion this past July and Elizabeth jumped in with both feet. She joined the Planning Committee and was invaluable immediately. Need someone called? Elizabeth would do it. Need piano accompaniment for a song? Elizabeth was on it. (This shouldn't be a surprise. "Betty" won numerous piano competitions while she was at Edgehill.) The more time we spent together, the more I realized what a unique and entertaining "Old Girl" we had in our midst.

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KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 6

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 23, 2017 8:32:53 AM

Dear KES Family:

The shiny new Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is a short stroll from the Fort Garry Hotel where this year’s annual CAIS Conference for Heads and Chairs was held.  Located on aboriginal land on the forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, it is also considered to be in the geographic centre of Canada. As I walked through its exhibits of inspiration and abuse, I could not help but cry. The chronicles of victimization, of human cruelty and hatred, tug at the heart strings.  In truth, my eyes are misting over as I write these words. I am proud that we can create such a hopeful and reflective monument to attitudinal and behavioural change, and yet, I am devastated by the current headlines that plague our local, national, and international news.

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King’s-Edgehill School Soccer Team to visit Barbados

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 20, 2017 7:40:24 AM

Karen Moore, Associate Director of Admissions at KES, will be attending a Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Boarding School Fair on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 5 pm – 8 pm at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados.  Karen will be meeting with current KES families and prospective families. For over 20 years, a group of CAIS Boarding Schools have been travelling to Barbados to meet with families who are interested in a Canadian boarding school education for their children.

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

KES Junior School House Games

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 18, 2017 7:01:46 AM

There is no greater way to build a sense of community at school than to take some time off from school’s every day routines and have some fun with fellow classmates! Throughout the academic year KES hosts Junior School House games, which kick off in the fall with the Junior School Highland Games – after all Nova Scotia is, of course, New Scotland!

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

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