If you are sending your child to a private day or boarding school, but never attended a private school yourself then you may feel a little lost when it comes to the terms used when referencing our academic programmes, faculty and systems. This online glossary of private school terms from OurKids.net is a great example of terms used in private schools and what they mean: Glossary of Private School Terms . For example, at KES we have a Headmaster, not a principal. Generally a principal is the head of a public school, while a Headmaster or Headmistress has the same function, but at a private school.
On Friday, September 17, the King's-Edgehill swim team held a marathon swim to raise funds for this year's Windsor, NS Terry Fox Run.
Dear KES Family:
After what seems like years, it is “game day”! Baseball is playing a tournament in Ottawa. Girls’ hockey is in PEI. Girls’ basketball is in Antigonish playing StFX! Boys’ and girls’ soccer are playing a tournament on campus, and our boys’ hockey team is hosting a tournament. Wow! This afternoon we will have our first “noise day” for the soccer teams who are playing at our Tanna Athletic Facilities.
I am excited not just for the players but for our School. How long have we been waiting to be able to have a day like this? For a teenager, a year is a decade. Any longer is forever.
As I greeted the students arriving on campus this morning, I could hardly contain myself. Seeing Gabby Shaw drive up with her sister Nataliya, I remembered that she is in Grade 9 and would be playing St. FX tonight. I don’t know who is more excited or nervous about her playing in this game, Gabby or me, but in my enthusiasm I greeted her and then asked, “Did you eat your Wheaties this morning?”
I received a blank look.
Am I really that old?
Throughout the 20th century, Wheaties was “The Breakfast of Champions”. Long associated with sports and high performance, Wheaties was what you ate for breakfast if you wanted to win. To be on the cover of a Wheaties box was like being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Baseball legend Lou Gehrig was featured as far back as 1934 (long before I was born by the way…). Jesse Owens was on it in 1936. Elinor Smith in 1934. Michael Jordan was on the cover 18 times!
Ironically, I never ate Wheaties. We were an oatmeal family. Boxed cereals were expensive. However, the concept of eating for success in sport, and specifically having a good breakfast, has been a huge part of my life. I always figured that eating your Wheaties was a metaphor, not a meal.
Now that Gabby has reminded me that we are in the 21st Century, my choice of metaphors will need to change. I am at a loss as to what though. Hmm…
This year’s grade-twelve student leaders spent a stormy Labour Day preparing for their new prefect roles. They had the opportunity to attend various workshops and events designed to aid them in their leadership positions. Teambuilding activities, self-care education, and Covid-19 preparedness are just some of the things the prefects learned about throughout the day. This year’s prefects have generated many wonderful ideas and have already set lots of plans in motion, including the welcome games for new student boarders. The training culminated in the students receiving their prefect ties at a lovely barbeque in the Headmaster’s home.
Dear KES Family:
Much like Play-Doh, plasticene is a multi-colored modelling putty that children play with. The colours are not as bright and it doesn’t smell as nice, but it is great fun, nonetheless. Like Play-Doh, however, there is always a challenge separating the colours after one has finished one’s creation. Little bits of yellow hair will stick to the red hat, the green buttons will leave traces on the blue shirt. One day I was so frustrated that I simply mushed together all the different colours I had used on my multi-coloured stegosaurus. The result was gruesome. Instead of inventing a cool new colour, I had a blob of ugly, brownish-grey “mush”.
We are not perfect at KES, but I do love how we take delight in our differences. It is paradoxical to think that a school which has a strict dress code and takes pride in its uniforms and standards of grooming and behaviour, creates an environment where students can be celebrated for who they are and where they are from. Wandering around campus after class is a joy. There are students dancing and riding bicycles, there are students playing soccer and tennis and volleyball, and swimmers running with the cross-country team. Meanwhile, all our baseball and hockey players are doing their thing off campus. (Did I forget anybody?) Meanwhile, auditions start today for the play and our clubs sign up is on Monday.
Today I had lunch with Grade 10 student Tim Bednara. He has just arrived with his brother Ben from Germany. He is keen to play soccer (“football”) which he has not been able to play in quite some time. What a delightful thing it is, especially considering the times in which we live, that a young man can be at home in Germany one day and the next day running around the soccer pitch with new friends and teammates from a parade of nations.
The School has been empty for almost four months. It is a joy to have it full once again.
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Wednesday, September 8 marks the first day of the 2021-22 academic year, and we are excited to welcome everyone back for another year of learning, traveling, athletics, arts, and more! To help orient students and families as to what to expect at the start of the new School year, here is an outline of our first few days:
Tuesday, September 7 (Move-In Day)
8:00-11:00 am – New boarding students arrive
12:00-4:00 pm – Returning Boarding students arrive
10:45 am/12:00 pm – New parent orientation sessions (day and boarding families) Fountain Performing Arts Centre
1:00 pm – New boarding student orientation (meet on the KES turf field)
1:00-3:00 pm – Headmaster’s Parent Reception* in Alexandra Hall – hosted by Joe and Belinda Seagram
7:00 pm – All returning boarding students should be on campus
7:00 pm – House Meetings for all boarding students (new and returning)
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
The Schulich Foundation, endowed and directed by one of Canada’s most generous and philanthropic families, has made a one million dollar gift to King’s-Edgehill School (KES) to complete its outdoor athletic facilities.
Packing Tips for our Boarding Students
At King’s-Edgehill School we are busy getting ready for the 2021-22 School Year. In fact, next week, faculty is back at it with professional development and the school is buzzing as our facility team readies the campus. We know our students are thinking about their time at our school and getting ready for their next chapter.
Our suggested packing list can be found at the bottom of this blog post. Beyond the basics, here are a few ideas of other things to bring along so you are set for our special events.
Throughout the school year there are many special occasions where we celebrate together as a community, such as banquet style dinners and noise days. Students may wish to come prepared with more formal attire for such events. While the events may be adapted for COVID-19 regulations the activities will still be full of spirit and a great way to get to know your classmates.
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
In lieu of a proper, in-person farewell, the coaching staff of the Senior Boys' Rugby team would like to extend our congratulations, gratitude, and good luck to the graduates of the 1st XV with a presentation, the link to which can be found here.