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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 31, 2017 11:34:00 AM

Dear KES Family:


What we do in our unscripted and unscheduled moments reveal a lot about our character. For students who are out of the classroom and off the ice or pitch or court, what they do when away from referees and teachers and the rules which govern structured environments is very telling. Last weekend our rugby teams travelled to New Brunswick for a tournament, both the boys’ and girls’ teams emerged victorious winning the championship banner in their divisions. However, what made me genuinely proud of them was receiving the following email. I trust you will agree.

I would like to pass on a very positive message in regards to your (young) men's rugby team.

I had the pleasure of dining at East Side Mario's in Saint John NB for my nephews 5th birthday on Friday April 21st. We were almost finished our meal when entered your team of teenage boys and they were seated next to us. The boys were boys but every single one of them were respectful and acted very appropriately as we had a table of small children. When the cake came out, your boys, cheered and sang to my nephew! As shyness took over him they still continued to sing and cheer for him! As we were leaving, my nephew said "did you see all those big boys singing and clapping for me?" They made his night!! Congratulations to a great group of young men!! Society could use many more fantastic role models like them!! Keep up the great work!  Melissa

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Volume: 5 Issue: 31

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 8, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

One of the questions I ask prospective students is: “If you had one magic wish, one in which anything you wished for would come true, what would you wish for?” The most common answer is: “I would wish for more wishes.” This week I had an uncommon answer. When I asked this question of a 14-year-old boy his immediate answer was that he wished his younger sister would always be happy. My heart melted. I asked him if his sister had been sad and he answered: “No, she is always happy. This is what I hope never changes.” What was left of my heart melted completely.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 1, 2015 2:56:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

It has been said that this is the first generation of children to be raised by their peers, that the voices of our children’s friends, online or in person, are far more frequent and influential than the voices of the adults around them. This is worrisome, but there are times when the advice and experiences of one’s peers are relevant and beneficial. Yesterday, at the invitation of our School Counselor Aynsley Sasaki, graduates of the Class of 2014 came to the School to speak with this year’s Class of 2015. It was a glorious reunion. Hugs and smiles and laughter greeted everyone, including Nicco Castro who Skyped in for the occasion (minus the hugs of course).
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 29

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 24, 2015 2:51:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

“…and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” (Post-it note quote stuck to a wall of quotes this week)
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Volume: 5 Issue: 28

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 17, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

The unveiling of the Wilcox Memorial Cabinet this week brought audible gasps and visible tears. It is a work of hard wood art that celebrates both the life of a distinguished alumnus and the 254 Cadet Corps. Complete with our Regimental Colours, all our cadet trophies, and two gorgeous WWI officer swords gifted by alumni who served overseas in the Great War, the cabinet is both striking and inspiring to behold.
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 27

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 10, 2015 2:38:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

A young student wrote me this week with the following message: “In order to be a successful student, I have to be brave enough to try new things and challenges. I should face difficulties confidently instead of trying to escape from them.” I love this. It is a recipe for success in school and in life. Avoidance of new things and challenges is the easy road. Being brave and confident is hard, but these qualities are necessary when the path is challenging.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 2, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

It is Good Friday, and a very good Friday it is. The first week back has been productive on campus and reports from the Concert Band tour to New York with Mr. Smith and Ms. Sasaki have been excellent. Our IB students are all working hard in preparation for their oral and upcoming exams, and sports teams are approaching the upcoming season with a sense of adventure and humour. Given that there is at least four feet of dense snow covering the campus, our cycling, track and field, rugby, and golf teams are finding creative and fun ways to prepare. The Junior School Easter Egg Hunt yesterday demonstrated how a little ingenuity and imagination can make an adventure out of even the highest snow banks. It is a good lesson for our students to learn – one can stay indoors and complain, or one can have fun with the unique situation Mother Nature has given us.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 25

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 13, 2015 2:27:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

The March Break has finally arrived and, as I write this, I figure that about 100 KES students are actually in the air, zooming across the planet on their way home or to a vacation paradise (or both!). Once our School trips to Europe and Peru depart this weekend, we will maintain this lofty presence in the sky. It is remarkable to think that over the next few weeks one could visit just about any place on earth wearing King’s-Edgehill School clothing and sooner or later someone would recognize the School’s name. I hope they would say hello. It is always wonderful meeting people who have connections with the School. We will have students and staff in about thirty different countries this month. If you see one of us, we would love to meet you!
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Volume: 5 Issue: 24

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

An essay written for me by a prospective student for next year quoted an American Journalist of whom I was unaware. Dennis Prager, the American journalist, said: “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” The boy’s essay used this concept of how we treat other people as a litmus test for goodness or evil. He writes eloquently about it. Being kind, honest, and generous defines one as good. However, he did not stop there. Being good, having moral courage, also means that “the will to stand up for something is paramount.” Being good, he says, is “not merely the absence of doing evil” or “turning a blind eye” to it.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 23

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 27, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

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