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 Headmaster's Newsletter -- Week 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 5, 2018 12:00:37 PM

Dear KES Family:

I love being surprised by the students. Whether it is the spontaneous offer by Amy Cornick (2019) of one her delicious homemade Easter cupcakes or seeing lifers Duncan Ferguson and Eric Dufour (both 2018) try rugby in their last term before graduation. It is wonderful when teenagers do the unexpected.

Returning from a holiday, the traditional greeting on campus includes the enquiry: “How was your break?” Time and time again I am amazed by the enthusiasm of the response but also the genuine enquiry back: “And, how was your break, Mr. Seagram?” It should not surprise me anymore, but I still find it remarkable how comfortable and curious our students are with adults. Quite frankly, it is wonderful to converse with young adults who look one in the eye and grip a handshake firmly.

This week my answer sings the praises of the Mexican people Belinda and I met over the break. Taking our first trip without children (or students) since our honeymoon, Belinda and I travelled to the Yucatan Peninsula and took in the sunshine and delights of Tulum, the Mayan Riviera, and the Caribbean. The local people may be diminutive but their hearts are hugely warm, their smiles even bigger and sunnier, and their sense of humour quick and generous. The temples and pyramids are astounding, as are the cultural and scientific elements of ancient Mayan society. Having the ability to make rubber thousands of years ago, they developed games which are similar to modern day basketball and field hockey.

Being away from home always brings an appreciation for the joys of one’s own country. And so, despite returning to a snow storm (even the customs officers greeted us with laughter once we landed in Halifax!) we were glad to be back home on campus. However, a part of me wished that Canada had its own versions of traditional dancing, or songs that everyone knew and could belt out with pride, or that in Canada we were a little more comfortable greeting people with hugs.

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Introduction of our KES Girls' Prep Basketball Programme

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 8, 2018 7:36:00 AM

We are very excited to announce the introduction of our King’s-Edgehill Girls’ Prep Basketball Programme that will begin play in the 2018-19 school year.

The programme will be led by our new Director of Basketball Operations and Girls’ Prep Basketball Team Head Coach Marc Ffrench.

King’s-Edgehill Athletic Director Kim Walsh has been instrumental in the planning and development of the addition to the King’s-Edgehill athletic programme. "We are pleased to welcome Marc to our coaching staff. He believes fervently in our School mission and is an extremely well organized and passionate coach who will inspire student-athletes to “Be More” in all aspects of the KES experience. He is a great choice to instill our School ethos to a new Prep School athletic programme that will enhance our overall student experience at KES."

Mr. Ffrench, who is a Kentville, Nova Scotia native, is a successful high school coach who has been living and coaching in Ottawa, Ontario. His programme at AY Jackson Secondary School has had a strong run including appearing in 2 consecutive NCSSAA Championship games in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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Headmaster's Newsletter -- Week 23

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 25, 2018 8:13:17 PM

Dear KES Family:


Although there has been tremendous drama and excitement this week about the Olympics in Korea, and at KES we have celebrated all our national heroes - be they Mexican cross-country skiers, German hockey players, Russian figure skaters, Japanese skiers, and all our diverse national and Canadian Olympians - there is another movement taking place south of our border worth paying attention to.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 22

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 17, 2018 8:15:30 AM

Dear KES Family:

Happy New Year!

As we enter the Chinese Year of the Dog, we honour the qualities of honesty and loyalty, reliability and friendship that characterize this element of the calendar and those who are born in these years. Although we are a long way from spring in Canada, the New Year celebrates the change of seasons and the renewal of life. It is also a time to honour ancestors and those who have passed in the preceding year.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 21

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 9, 2018 5:24:56 PM

Dear KES Family:


Two thoughts for this week.

In an all-too-short period of time I have attended funerals in which three young alumni have either read a passage, led us in prayer, or delivered a eulogy. In each case I have been very proud of these young men and women. At a moment when what one says really counts, a moment when mourners are at their most vulnerable and need strength and support (and yes, even a little humour), our graduates had the grace and skill and heart to provide what we needed exceptionally well. As you know, each day in Chapel different students read passages from Scripture and lead us in prayer. It is a natural and normal part of our day. This morning as I listened to Liam Bonner (Class of 2018) and Evan Murphy (also Class of 2018) read and lead, I could not help but contemplate the unique set of skills and experiences they will take with them into the wide world when they graduate this June, and when they may be called upon to use them.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 20 

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 2, 2018 5:04:13 PM

Dear KES Family:

Leadership is difficult. Good leadership requires a host of skills, many of which are sharpened through the experience of being a leader. One can train and prepare for a position of leadership, but the reality is that it doesn’t matter whether one is a captain or coach, a teacher or parent, a cadet or a CEO, we really only get good at the job once we have some experience. Wisdom, communication, empathy, vision, humility…all these qualities and more come with time.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 19

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 26, 2018 7:33:46 PM


Dear KES Family:


Question: What does Tristan Alleyne, a Grade 12 student from Barbados, have in common with six month old Ossi Keddy from Canada?

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 18

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 19, 2018 6:05:54 PM

Dear KES Family:

The value of Nature’s beauty cannot be underestimated. It is inspiring and reassuring and calming at the same time. For the teenager it is really important. Not just because we want this young generation to appreciate the environment and protect it forever and ever, but because this generation’s world is faster and more urban and more steeped in technology and un-natural things than any previous generation on the planet.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 17

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 12, 2018 5:03:15 PM

Dear KES Family:

Every day this week I walked past a pair of earbuds sitting on a hallway desk in the senior academic wing. Each time I could not believe that they were still there. Unclaimed and literally open for the taking, no one had touched them. Taking them would be so easy and yet there they remained, testimony to the honesty of the community. I had to wonder how many places in the world this would happen? I suspect not many.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 16

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 5, 2018 5:06:24 PM

Dear KES Family:

Sustained winds over 80kph and gusts up to 170kph whipped through Nova Scotia last night. By 11:00pm the temperature reading on my back door thermometer was 12 degrees (warmer than it was in Florida!). Rivers of rainwater and snow melt flooded the storm drains by the Chapel and flowed unabated down Front Hill. Alarms sounded throughout the night as the power failed, was restored and failed again. As the wind’s incessant roar kept me awake through the wee hours of this morning, I wondered what damage daylight would expose on campus. Lying in bed I could hear the ancient bones of Alexandra Hall bend and creak with each gust, and the water in the third floor toilet slosh from side to side.

Amazingly, by breakfast time power and heat were on and high spirits greeted students and staff in the Dining Hall. For the second straight day we are likely the only school operating classes-as-normal in the province. The staff are all here and that holiday afterglow is still present. The snow may have disappeared overnight, and we may have lost some roofing shingles, branches from trees, and a little sleep, but we have been very fortunate to weather the storm as we have. We know that others have not fared as well.

It is both a small and a big thing. How a community deals with adversity says a lot about its character. As always, I am impressed by and grateful for the resilient and hardy KES spirit. It is as strong as ever and will see us through 2018 no matter what storms may blow.
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