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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 33

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 21, 2017 3:01:55 PM

Dear KES Family:


Guy Payne is back - Hooray! What a fabulous sight it was seeing Guy on campus this week. Working (as he has since 1968!) with our track athletes, Guy was his usual inspirational self as he helped our triple jumpers perfect their technique. Wow!

I was also thrilled to see our sprinters going through their paces on the straight stretch of tarmac which parallels Jakeman field. The boys were quick to point out that they had been clocked by our new radar speed control signs at 27 kilometers per hour. Hahaha! I love it. In fact I tried it myself. (20 kph…but I still received a Happy Face and a Thank You from the radar display!)

Interestingly, before we turned the radar signs on and despite having speed bumps in place, 29% of vehicles travelling along that stretch of road went above the speed limit of 30kph. Two vehicles were captured at 68 and 62 kph – twice our speed limit. This was really alarming. However, now that the radar signs are active, the average speed has dropped 5 kph, and the highest recorded speed has been 39kph. Before it was not uncommon for someone to travel above 40 kph. This behaviour has stopped altogether.

The solar powered digital signs are courtesy of KES parent Chris Fleming, who is a distributor (MyriadCanada.com). They detect vehicular speed and reflect it back to the driver with an accompanying happy or unhappy face and a short message of thanks or a reminder of the speed limit. The results so far have been excellent and our campus is safer. It just goes to show that a smile can indeed change the way we perceive things.

Sincerely,

Joe Seagram

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 31

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 5, 2017 5:16:27 PM

Dear KES Family:


One of the fundamentals of good writing, especially of short stories, is capturing moments that reveal character. These occasions abound at KES, of course, but I am most impressed by those moments which come by surprise and demonstrate an endearing humility.

Perhaps in the long history of the School there is not a single student who has not made his or her way up Front Hill. Whether it was running for Terry Fox, sprinting up for team training, or marching up with the 254 Cadet Corps on parade, Front Hill is part of everyone’s experience at KES. This Wednesday morning I found myself at 6:00am at the top of Front Hill ready to take two students to the airport. It was a gorgeous morning, the early sunshine burning off a slight mist. I was surprised, yet thrilled, to see that I was not the only one enjoying the beauty of the dawn. For fitness and preparation for the track season, Joshua Goldson was sprinting up and down Front Hill. I only had my phone camera with me but if you look closely in the photo below you will see Joshua on the road down by the gates – I love everything about that silent moment of dedication.

As enjoyable an evening as it is, the Cadet Mess Dinner is long. After over three hours of ceremony and circumstance on the hard wood chairs in Stanfield Hall/McLellan Annex, one could hardly blame any of our students if they bolted back to their rooms once the meal was over. Afterwards, I thoroughly enjoyed some post-dinner conversation with our guests as the Dining Hall staff started to clear the tables of cups and cutlery, table cloths and centre pieces. It is a big job, requiring buckets for food and beverage leftovers, and multiple trolleys for all the crockery, etc. Recognizing this, two students joined in to help and did so completely of their own volition. I was so pleased to see Pablo Gonzales Sanchez (Class of 2021!) and Brenda MacDonald (Class of 2017) happily chatting away with the kitchen staff as they helped clear the banquet tables. Wonderful examples of leadership through service to others.

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 29

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 21, 2017 10:41:15 PM

Dear KES Family:


We are being inspected this week by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Like a nervous driver who, upon seeing a police car on the highway, instantly feels guilty and slows down, I have felt nervous all week (but it’s true, I feel guilty whenever I see the police, too – can’t help it!). When we are being evaluated it is only natural to be unsettled. The inspectors have been very good (so far anyway, we have not seen the report yet…) and the back-to-back-to-back interviews and sessions they have run hour after hour speak highly of their training and dedication. I kind of like them, too, even though the pens they wield are mightier than any sword.

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 28

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 14, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family:

I have been travelling in China this week and have had the opportunity to meet with alumni and parents (new for next year, current, and of graduates) in Shanghai, Beijing, Jinan, Shenzhen, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Many of our parents from Asia are unable to visit the School and so this visit is, in a small way, a chance to bring a bit of the School to them. Given that most of our Asian parents do not speak English, this is also a way to connect, to meet and answer questions. I am indeed fortunate to have a former parent, Dr. Michael Chow, as a companion on this trip. He has been invaluable as an interpreter and host in every city (and airport and train station!) on this trip.

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KES Headmaster Newsletter - Issue 27

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 7, 2017 5:41:37 PM

Dear KES Family:

I have been off campus this week and had a delightful two days in Vancouver before flying to Hong Kong (where I am now). Meeting up with alumni in Vancouver was fun.  The energy, the stories, and the passion that graduates of the School have for KES is really energizing. All of them are doing wonderful things and despite the generational differences there are striking similarities:  Taylor Wade '10 finished her Chemistry degree last year and is studying for her MCATs but won't write them until she returns from Ethiopia as part of an Athletes in Action mission trip. Former Head Girl Jenny Cho is on the Board of a Foundation doing transformative service work in Uganda - she is heading over there again soon. It was terrific seeing everyone. A very special thank-you goes out to David Bursey who hosted us at Earl's Restaurant (he works at Earl's head office in purchasing) and provided AAA steaks that he had aged in his own refrigerator at home for 70 days. They were mouth-wateringly delicious and tender! Best ever.

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Headmaster's Newsletter - Issue 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 31, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family:

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 31, 2017 12:34:00 PM

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 4:00:00 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 3:56:00 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 3:51:00 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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