Our Grade 9 Geography classes welcomed a guest speaker this week. Mr. Simon Irving from Wolfville grew up playing baseball locally, and as a past coach, we have kept in touch. Simon recently set his career as a Geologist to the side for a bit to go for a walk…..a really long walk! Simon decided to walk the Pacific Coast Trail from end to end! He walked from the Mexican border to Canada through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Our Grade 9 class enjoyed hearing about his epic hike through the desert, over mountains, and alongside forest fires, withstanding hunger and of course the rains of the northwest. Let’s just say, it made our Keji Adventurous Journey seem like a “walk in the park”. Simon spoke of the planning, physical preparation, ambition, friendships, generosity, goal setting, solitude and deprivation that challenged him along his journey. In this age of jet travel, it was integral to hear that the continent is very expansive and vast, especially if measured one step at a time. When asked how many steps he believes he recorded, he said “north of 6 million.” That is geography at a fundamental level. Happy Trails!
Our KES Stage Band performed the 1983 hit song Flashdance What A Feeling at our last coffee house. This group meets and rehearses on Monday and Friday mornings and has developed a diverse collection of tunes ranging in selections from James Brown, Jerome Kern, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Irving Berlin to name a few. Although some band members were absent due to other School commitments, the students in this performance include Grade 10 students, Victoria Dubois and Ileana Wheeler (vocals), Grade 11 students, Ella Brown (trumpet), Morgan Bryant(guitar), Max Cole (lead guitar), and Eva Redmond (cornet). Special recognition is extended to seniors Joanna Bond (vocals), Nick Cheverie (drums), Kyra Jarvis (alto sax), Miguel Villar Moreno(guitar), Che Him (Bryan) Li (piano), Ben Lohr (bass), and Piranavan Somasekaram (clarinet). You might want to put on your dancing shoes when you listen to this clip!
Poetry limbers up the imagination and is a true art form that packs emotional punch. We saw first-hand the power of poetry in our Junior School Assembly last Wednesday, January 30th, when eight finalists from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their chosen poems.
Congratulations are extended to William Ahern, Hannah Bryant, Taylor Cole, Harrison Klein, Emily Norton, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji, Jessica Ugwoke and Sabine Wellard; they can each be proud of their efforts to stand before the entire Junior School and confidently present their poem. The range of styles and deliveries kept things interesting. You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us think carefully about the power of the words and the messages conveyed. The judges did not have an easy task to select the winners; however, they did single out the top three performances for the 2019 Junior School Poetry Competition (3rd, 2nd, 1st, respectively): Harrison Klein, Taylor Cole and Emily Norton. The entire School was entertained at this week’s Full School Assembly as Harrison presented “Jabberwocky”, Taylor, “Social Media” and Emily, “A Million Pieces”. I congratulate and thank these students for sharing their passion with us and starting our day off in such a creative and thought-provoking way.
For the Week of January 21st – 27th
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Junior Girl ~ Gala Holm (Junior Girls Basketball): In our most recent league game against Horton High, Gala had another incredible performance as she led our girls to victory with 33 points! With the win, our girls moved to 4-0 in league play with only two more league games to go before playoffs begin. Gala has made easy work of defenses this season and averages 25 points per game, but it is her budding leadership skills that have been most impressive of late. With a few of our key players returning from injuries, our junior girls are excited about their chances as we enter the final stretch of our season. Congratulations, Gala!
Senior Girl ~ Maggie Baxter (Girls Prep Hockey) is having a year to remember! With only 11 skaters this weekend, our goalies really stepped up to make sure we were always competitive and could keep our best season yet, on a roll! Maggie had an incredible performance against the top ranked team in the West division, pulling out some huge saves to keep her shutout, eventually helping us hold onto a 1-0 victory and spoil the home team’s day. Maggie is the definition of Be More, and she will be missed next season, but we cannot wait to cheer her on at the University of Nipissing where she officially committed to play hockey and study Biology. Congrats, Maggie!
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This past Thursday, our KES Robotics Club had its annual in-house Robofest tournament. Teams of 2 or 3 students have been preparing robots since November to compete in a game called "Binary Blocks". The game consists of autonomous robots having two minutes to build a four bit binary number out of black and white colored blocks. Details of the game can be found on the Robofest website.
On Monday, February 25th King’s-Edgehill School (KES) teachers, staff and students look forward to opening their doors to parents, prospective students and their siblings for a day designed to highlight why so many families choose KES.
We understand that selecting a private school for your children is a difficult decision and can be overwhelming. The KES Open House is designed to simplify the process by allowing you and your child to fully immerse in the KES experience. You will not only tour the campus and get to know some of our KES family, but you will have time to ask questions, explore the classrooms and hear, first hand, the value and enrichment opportunities KES provides each and every student.
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Mr. Kim Walsh
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