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Meet Alex Naugler (1995-2002): Jewellry Maker

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 18, 2018 2:55:22 PM

I attended KES because both of my parents were working at the school, and it made the most sense for our family. I loved the diversity of the student body and the opportunities to explore the Arts. I participated in all of the Musical productions, was involved with the Literary Arts Journal and the Concert Band and spent most of my spare time in the Art Room. After graduation from KES, I went on to do a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith College, and a Master's of Arts in Religious Studies from Naropa University.

My small business making and selling handcrafted jewelry began in 2013 as Sticks and/or Stones Jewelry. I'm currently rebranding to Vicious Pretty, while focusing on bringing my business into better alignment with my values. I've always had a focus on quality materials and customization, and now I'm changing packing and some of my sourcing to more environmentally friendly and sustainable options. I've developed a real passion for local business, local food and sustainability, which I want to help nurture here in Nova Scotia by teaching young people about cooking with seasonal ingredients and starting from scratch. Local and sustainable food and business are social justice issues that affect everyone. The best advice I could offer to current students is to learn how to be adaptable. The world is changing quickly, and the one for which you prepare might be very different than the one in which you find yourself living and working. The nature of employment is shifting away from the old 9-5, work hard and move up the ladder. That said, you might as well focus on doing what you love and what fulfills you instead of an older traditional model of success.

This is one example of great friends doing great things at King's-Edgehill School. If you're an alumnus/alumna eager to re-connect with some of your KES friends, there are events going on all over the world. Find out more about that here.

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Meet Obe Amos (1996-1998): Builder

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jun 12, 2018 2:24:03 PM

Obe Amos came to King's-Edgehill School part-way through his Grade Eleven year with his twin, Logan, and they graduated in 1998. Obe is an honest kind of guy and revealed that he knew that "school really wasn't my thing." So, upon graduating, he took off for Australia. The plan was to stay for a while; however, his mom was ill and Obe returned eight months after leaving Nova Scotia. Upon his homecoming, Obe went into house construction and eventually found himself buying a home, renovating it and then selling it. Little did he know that this dabbling in renovation would become his focus in the future.

Obe was lured back to the South Shore where he grew up when Obe joined his father, Jeff, and they took over what is now Amos Wood in 2008. "Since 1976, Jeff has been a one-of-a-kind furniture maker, house designer/builder, and commercial retail designer/builder. Obe was brought up in his father's shop and ingested enough wood that it is in his bones. " He definitely has been steeped in what it takes to make beautiful things with wood and has been very busy outside of his career with Amos Wood.

Obe married Michelle, and they have been very busy raising Noah who is 10 and Anabelle who is 8. In fact, when I touched base with Obe in July, we were "facetiming" across countries. He was in New York, supposedly on vacation with his family; however, he was also installing a backsplash in the home where they were staying. Even when he's on vacation, Obe is following his passion of making things more beautiful. I asked Obe two of my famous questions. The first was what do you see in your future? His response was that he sees himself moving into the real estate industry while still working on renovating homes and working with wood. And, second, I asked if he had any advice for our KES students. I taught Obe my first year as a teacher so I was obviously impressed with his answer considering he could be a bit of a "smart aleck" when I taught him. His advice was "Don't fight it. High School is such a short time in your life, work with it and enjoy it. No one is out to get you. Make the most of your time at KES, it will be over quickly." Wise words from this worker in wood.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 9, 2018 11:13:24 AM

Dear KES Family:

As I had my final meeting with this year’s dynamic Head Girl and Head Boy (Meredith Chambers and Arturo Ramirez), I could not help but feel the heaviness of their emotions. It was not just that they were feeling emotional about the end of their time at KES, that graduation is only a week away, but that they will be missing out on all the great things that are planned for next year. They are excited for the next stage of their own lives but sad that the next stage of the School’s life will belong to others.

There is a lot in the works this summer on campus and some fabulous new programmes at the School next year. I can see how they may feel they are missing out. First of all, construction has already started on the Fountain Performing Arts Studio. This is a 1,100 square foot dance and recording studio which will be home to our new dance programme and dance instructor Stephanie Cummings. It will introduce a whole new element to our performing arts programmes at the School. Additionally, construction for our new all-weather turf field starts on Monday. Surrounded by an eight-lane, crushed-gravel running track (we won’t be able to finish it until we have raised the funds to do so), it will be a huge addition to our recreational and varsity sports programmes as well as our Cadet Corps. The field will be FIFA and World Rugby dimensions and certified.

Sometimes the biggest changes are those which are not “built” but created. For instance, I have been busy this week interviewing girls for our new prep school basketball team. These young women are simply incredible. Motivated scholars and dedicated athletes, they will fill KES with their good humour and energy. Two of the sparkling and happy girls I interviewed this week are six foot four inches tall! All of these students are enthusiastic about working as hard in the classroom as they are on the basketball court.

And then there is the anticipation of having one of the very few licenses to perform “Mamma Mia” next fall, of having a vibrant dance programme, of seeing our debating and robotics programmes leap to the next national and international level.

To successfully survive another 230 years, KES must never stand still. We must constantly grow and evolve. We can stay small but we must always be mighty.

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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter, About King's-Edgehill School

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 35

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 3, 2018 1:57:24 PM

Dear KES Family:

June has arrived!

The last week of classes for this academic year is over and it has been, as usual, packed with activity and achievement. The provincial championships in Track and Field and Rugby are underway – who knows what elation or heartbreak lies ahead? The Junior Rugby Team is away in New Brunswick for The Gathering of the Scots, a fabulous weekend of highland games and Scottish culture in addition to rugby. All our students will be wearing their very own Black Watch kilts this weekend. Great fun!

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Bring Your Sibling to School Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Once again, we opened our doors to our extended family by hosting our first-ever Bring a Sibling to School Day. On Thursday, we were thrilled to have 14 students bring 15 siblings to spend the day with us.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

The 254 Cadet Corps Marches Off in Style

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 1, 2018 7:00:03 AM

On Thursday, May 23, 2018, the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps turned out in their best uniforms for the final day of Cadet activities. The festivities began with the Corps photo in the Athletic Centre followed by the traditional march downtown through the streets of Windsor to Christ Church. Once the Corps was safely seated, our  Chaplain, The Reverend David Curryconducted the Corps Church Parade. Our   Head Boy Arturo Ramirez  and our   Head Girl Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Meredith Chambers  gave the formal readings followed by the   Reflections  from some of the senior Leadership of the Grade 11 Class. All of the cadets had pause for thought as they listened to the description of the role of the Corps and its unifying presence in the life of our School.

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Topics: Cadets

A Parade of Care

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 31, 2018 6:35:00 PM

Teach us to care and not to care. These words from T.S. Eliot’s poem   Ash Wednesday  served as a framing device for   The Reflections  read at the annual Church Parade held at Christ Church, Windsor, on Wednesday, May 23 rd  at 3:00pm.   Head Boy, Arturo Ramirez Balderas, read the First Lesson from   Genesis  on the story of the Tower of Babel, while   Head Girl, Meredith Chambers, read the story of Pentecost from   The Book of The Acts of The Apostles. Babel is not a just-so story that seeks to explain the origins of cultures and languages - as if such things were the result of divine punishment - but about human pride and presumption in the imposition of one language and culture, essentially denying the God-given diversities of our humanity. Such is the form of all and every form of totalitarianism past and present. Pentecost celebrates the diversity of languages and cultures, demonstrating that the real truth and unity of our humanity is found in and through those diversities as authored by God. Unity and diversity are not human constructs in this view but divinely established.
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Topics: Cadets

Our Queen and Princesses

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 30, 2018 6:00:00 AM

We have 3 very recent KES Alumnae who hold and held the title of Princesses and Queen in our local Annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festivals.

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Topics: KES Alumni

Dalhousie University’s Math Circle Finale

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 29, 2018 4:32:00 PM

On Wednesday, May 16th, we travelled to Dalhousie University for the final Math Circles event of our school year. The theme was a “math party”, and it was a great interactive way to end our yearlong commitment to math enrichment.   Erick Lee, a mathematics consultant from the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, led us through the party problems and provided opportunities to play games while exploring mathematical themes. The activities started with the Game of Sim; students competed in pairs to outsmart their opponent by trying to avoid making triangles while connecting the vertices of a polygon. This led to a discussion about Ramsey’s Party Problem and several other party-themed puzzles. Time flew by as our students worked collaboratively to solve the problems while enjoying the camaraderie of math friends and, of course, the free pizza and drinks. King’s-Edgehill was well represented by:   Matvey Semenenko, Max Escaravage, Oliver and Athena Cox, Jayden Morrow and  Mathangi Somasekaram. We look forward to reconnecting with the Dalhousie Math Circles team when the new school year begins in the fall.

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

Athletes of the Week (May 2018)

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 29, 2018 12:36:13 PM

“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.

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Topics: Athletes at KES

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