Twenty-nine Grade 8 students took learning on the road in May with a five-day trip to Quebec City, and the annual voyage was a tremendous success. Chaperoned by three Junior School teachers (and veteran travelers) – Monsieur Rochon, Madame Belliveau and Monsieur Hollett – the students took part in a wide variety of activities that were chosen to give them the opportunity to explore and enjoy the culture and history of this amazing city and the surrounding region. A walking tour of Old Québec, a traditional dinner and dancing at an authentic sugar shack, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica, suspension bridges, the Plains of Abraham Battlefields Park, circus school, the Museum of Civilization, a disco cruise on the St. Lawrence River and a visit to the aquarium were just some of the highlights of our trip; further details and pictures can be found on the travel blog. The shared memories and experiences will be cherished for years to come!
Our Grade 9 Class once again visited the Garden of the Gulf or, as many know it, Prince Edward Island. This annual trip always proves to be a memorable event of learning, laughing and togetherness. Many lesson are always learned including just how cold the waters of the Northumberland Strait are in May, that lobster is delicious and that go-karts go very fast.
Last Friday night, the Fountain Performing Arts Centre was buzzing with energy: finally, the evening of our Annual Cadet Ball had arrived. Officers' uniforms, tuxedos, new suits and, of course, beautiful ball gowns filled the complex; everybody was smiling. Few teenagers have an opportunity to experience a formal dance with a 23 piece Big Band. The Big Valley Swing Orchestra (I play lead trumpet and co-direct the group) provided music for the occasion, and we lured the eager dancers to the floor with our very first tune. Leading up to the event, students took weekly dance lessons to learn how to 'jump, jive an' wail' (excuse the pun, but I had to), and their efforts were evident in the number of kicks, spins, and flips that kept people alert and on their toes. Since KES Jazz Band members, vocalists, Kathleen Balcome and Nicola du Toit, pianist, Bryan Li, and guitarists, Mike Moreno and Max Cole were in attendance, I was honoured to invite them to sit in with the band to perform Blue Skies. Needless to say, they did a terrific job. The video camera was situated at the back of the theatre balcony, so the audio is cluttered by crowd chatter; however, I am excited to offer you a glimpse into the gala event and their performance. Watch the video here.
KES Voice Students Recital - Please join us in the Vair McLellan Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm to hear eight dedicated KES voice students present music they have been working on this year with voice coach Amanda LeBlanc. Their selections span old favourites, contemporary pop, and musical theatre, so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy (and maybe hum along to).
For the Week of May 6th - 12th
You are invited to attend our very first Annual KES Dance Recital on Monday, June 3rd. We will be showcasing a mix of styles including jazz, contemporary, K-Pop, and highland – just to name a few. The performances will begin at 7:00pm in our Fountain Performing Arts Centre and will last approximately 1.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission. While our dancers ask for donations at the door, there will be raffle tickets on a gift basket and flowers will also be sold. Come see what our brand new dance programme at KES is all about. You just might learn a new move or two!
KES students recently volunteered at the Wolfville Walk for Alzheimer’s, showing their support for Nova Scotian’s facing dementia. Our students were in charge of directing participants along the 5 km course throughout the town of Wolfville, and they did a fantastic job at cheering and encouraging the community members with bright smiles along the route. The event was also pet friendly, and in addition to the many dogs out for an evening stroll, there was also a therapeutic petting zoo set up onsite that our students loved!
The volunteer experience was a great way to learn more about a disease that can effect our family, friends, and loved ones. We are looking forward to taking part again next year with an even bigger group from our School, and supporting the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.
In our annual celebration of Shakespeare, my English 8S class wrote a condensed version of Romeo & Juliet and performed it for an enthusiastic group of Grade 7 and 8 students. They learned about the importance of outdoor theatre and paid respect to the history of performing at a time before electricity. Although our theatre can offer an incredible amount of resources to put on unbelievable plays and musicals, we also have countless areas around campus which form a natural amphitheater for students to enjoy performances in a natural setting. This space, in particular, was created by coincidence as it sits directly behind our new turf, creating a natural stage with the woods as a backdrop.