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A Family Tradition Since 1895 - The Olands

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jul 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM

You can imagine our excitement when we meet a family that has had many generations attend KES. One such family is the Oland family whose rich history with our School extends back to 1895 when John Culverwell Oland, Jr. attended KCS and his sister, Sadie, attended Edgehill. At the outbreak of the Boer War, in 1899, John was one of the first to volunteer for service in South Africa. This respect for the military is a longstanding tradition with the Oland family that continues to this day.

John and Sadie were followed by Bruce Oland in 1928. Bruce served in the Canadian Artillery before and during WWII, and with the Naval Reserve after the war, retiring as Commodore in 1971. Bruce's brother, Don Oland, served in WWII as a CAN- LOAN Officer with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He lost his leg just prior to the wars' end. Bruce spent his working life at Keith's and Oland Breweries, retiring as President in 1976. In 2006, Bruce was invested into the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces, Nova Scotia industry, and to many charitable causes.

Bruce wasn't the only Oland to attend KCS in the 1930s.  His cousin, Ted Canavan, attended from 1931-40. After graduation, Ted enlisted in the army and landed in France six weeks after D- Day. On October 23rd, near the Dutch-Belgium border, Ted's courage and leadership under heavy fire won him the Military Cross. Ted spent six weeks in a POW camp before being liberated on VE Day. After the war, he trained as an engineer and worked for several aerospace companies in Los Angeles. You may recognize Ted's name from our Athletic Centre which is named for the generous gifts that Ted made to our School.

The next Oland generation to attend the School included Bruce's brother Don's children
Jamie Oland (1964-70), Brenda (Oland) Huntley (Edgehill 1971-72); Bruce's twin sister Amadita Stanbury's children Bruce (staff 1964-66), Christopher (1961-64); and Bruce's son, Richard Oland (1974-79).

Richard followed the family tradition of serving his country in the Canadian military commanding HMCS Goose Bay and HMCS Scotian, and retiring as the Regional Advisor Atlantic Region to the Commander Naval Reserve. Richard is current Chair of the Board of Governors, NS Division Canadian Corps of Commissionaires which was founded by his grandfather Colonel Sidney C. Oland in 1937 and later chaired by Bruce Oland. Richard remains engaged with King's-Edgehill School having served on the KES Board of Governors for over 17 years. In a quest to support the School and its students, Richard and his father, Bruce, established the Bruce Oland & Richard Oland Scholarship recognising a Nova Scotian student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and academic potential.

The next generation of Olands to attend the School included two of Richard's children, Keith (2007-10) and Heather (2009-13). Keith graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Commerce Degree and is currently teaching in Asia. Heather attended Dalhousie University and is now in her first year of Medical School at Dalhousie University.

Now, the question must be asked. Can we look forward to a fifth generation of Olands at King's-Edgehill School? We certainly hope so.

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Toven MacLean - KES Theatre Arts Guru

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 3, 2018 2:02:37 PM

In Greek culture, the director of a play is called didaskalos, the Greek word for "teacher". It refers to an instructor acknowledged for their mastery in their field of learning. For Toven MacLean (1994-2001; KES faculty 2007-present) the connection between directing and teaching is a natural one. She is passionate about both and continues to inspire and direct many young minds in the classroom and on stage.

A King's-Edgehill School Lifer graduating in 2001, Toven was a creative and capable student who, after studying at Mount Allison and Acadia Universities, returned to campus in 2007 as a Junior School teacher, where she continues to make an impact as a Drama, Mathematics and English teacher. In her first year on staff, Toven directed the first-ever Junior School musical, Fiddler on the Roof, in the newly opened Fountain Performing Arts Centre. It was a first in the history of our School and the beginning of a Junior musical programme that rivals the best in the country. Hundreds of Junior School students have made their KES stage debuts since then and, thanks to Toven, have lifelong memories to recall about their theatrical experiences. Great Broadway hits such as The Sound of Music, Annie, Once on This Island, Into the Woods, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, and, most recently, School of Rock came to life on our KES stage under her direction, always meeting with rave reviews.

Ms. MacLean's love of theatre has motivated many beyond the Junior School. She is currently the Artistic Director for Quick As A Wink Theatre and, since 2013, has taken over the direction of our KES Senior School musicals. To date, she has directed over sixty productions. As a Grade Eleven student, Toven directed her first show -- Annie -- at a local elementary school. Since that time, she has directed shows with schools, summer
camps, and community theatres. Yet, in spite of her tremendous theatrical success, Toven
remains humble and never seeks recognition.

She is a talented, committed and inspirationalleader whose outstanding contributions to our community are appreciated greatly. From London to New York, she spends her vacations enjoying musical productions and garnering ideas to try on our King's-Edgehill stage. I have watched Toven work her magic as she
inspires students, encouraging them to take risks and grow in confidence and ability. She has the artistic vision, passion and ability to create wonderful productions and to inspire novice and experienced thespians alike. From casting to choreography, lighting to costume design, Toven lends her expertise to every aspect of a production, always giving her time selflessly. With her quiet confidence and calm demeanour, she brings out the best in everyone who steps on stage. Toven MacLean knows her craft, and we know how lucky we are to have her in our midst!

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school.  The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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Dr. Karen Mann (1948-1958)

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 22, 2018 3:01:00 PM

Dr Karen Mann was an amazing woman who left us far too soon. She attended Edgehill from 1948-1958; served on the KES Board of Governors and was the Chair of the Inglis Education Foundation. She passed away on November 28th, 2016 .

Below is a small excerpt from the poignant eulogy her son, Dr. Geoff Mann, gave at her funeral.

Little did we know it at the time, but our mom was in fact a superhero. It was her secret identity. The unobtrusive names she went by in everyday life -- Karen, Mom, Dr. Mann, Nan -- these just threw us off the trail. Now we know.

The first clues we had were subtle: Who but a superhero could remember the birthday of every single person she ever met? And their children.

Who else could write so perfectly neatly, and yet so microscopically small?

Think about it a little more, and we should be embarrassed we didn't figure it out earlier.

For example, everyone who knows her can now recognize she had the power to stretch time, so she could fit three times as much into a day as the rest of us. Who but a superhero could, all in one day, write a book chapter, walk the dog, sit in on three meetings, make a flat of raspberry jam, play piano at choir rehearsal, teach a seminar, call on two friends, send 50 emails, and knit a sweater all while the apple tart and two kinds of lasagna (veggie and meat) were cooking for a dinner party in the evening?

No one but a superhero could do that.

Everyone who knows her knows her memory was superhuman. Who but a superhero could, in one day, remember to edit the 5th draft of the research proposal, bring a colleague flowers on their anniversary, review three journal articles for the editorial board, schedule the next meeting in Boston, buy dish detergent (we're almost out), talk to the bank, call each of her children, and send off that birthday card to her great- nephew in Wales just the right number of days beforehand so it arrives on the exact day?

And then get on a red-eye to Malaysia.

No one but a superhero could do that.

And yet I worry that somehow, talking about Mom on these terms might diminish her amazingness, because it might make her extraordinariness less extraordinary, as if she was gifted and we aren't, so we couldn't do what she did, and we couldn't be what she was. Speaking only for myself, I often think that's true.

But if it's true, I now realize, it's not because she was endowed with powers most of us don't have. She really was extraordinary, but it's not because of that. It's because she made so amazingly much of the same ordinariness we all share. She worked, and she worked very hard, sometimes it seemed to us maybe too hard. She liked to go for walks or sit on a deck with a drink in the sunshine. She loved a lot of people a whole lot, and she thought about them all the time. She could hardly contain her joy in h

er family, especially Ian, Peter, Gillian and I, and her grandchildren. She made new friends all the time, but was always bound closely to her oldest and best friends.

Like everyone else, sometimes she got scared, or embarrassed by her mistakes, or looked back on the past with some regret. And like all of us, maybe more than a lot of us, she worried, almost always about the people she loved. She hurt when they hurt, and she fretted ceaselessly when things went sideways for them.

Which is all to say that her life had the same crazy mix of everything that ours has in it.

What makes her extraordinary then is only partly how much she accomplished in her super-hero like packed days, with her remarkable memory and intellect. But in the end that's not really it. It's ultimately more about how many people and places she touched so deeply while living out those days. 

Dr. Karen Mann's family has honoured Karen by creating "The Karen Mann Young Woman of Courage Scholarship." We feel privileged to have a scholarship prize carry her name.

Does this make you nostalgic for your days at KES? Stay in touch with us and each other, and keep up with all the goings-on at School. More reasons to be part of our alumni database.

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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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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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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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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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