Dear KES Family:
It is fitting that during a week when our Commanding Officer walked the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the future Duchess of Sussex, that we celebrated the accomplishments of the School’s 254 Cadet Corps. Indeed, it would have been great if it had been Captain Hynes who gave Meghan Markle away, but it was none other than our other Commanding Officer Prince Charles, the Colonel-In-Chief of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment to which we belong. It is a faint connection but, in a wee way, we were all present at the royal matrimonial.
In many ways this is the best week of the year: IB exams are over, our varsity teams are all competing in championships, the Spring Fling is a musical extravaganza, the Alumni and Graduating Class Banquet is held, the public speaking finals are held in the Chapel, and our Church Parade, Inspection and Review, and Cadet Ball all celebrate our 254 Cadet Corps. It seems that every day is a Four Pillar day. How marvelous and typically King’s-Edgehillian it was last night when our rugby boys rushed to perform in the theatre straight from their Regional Final victory over Horton – still in their rugby kit!
Every year has its unique stories. The story this week has to be the weather. Our experience on Wednesday was unlike anything I have felt in my life. It was sweat-trickling-down-my-spine hot during the afternoon Parade. A few hours later the temperature plummeted to my-hands-are-numb-and my-lips-purple cold during the Inspection. However, the students were remarkable. Each one may have been trembling and shivery but they all braved the elements without complaint. The whoop of joy and accomplishment upon being dismissed was entirely positive and full of pride for a job well done.
I realize that I am KES’s biggest fan and love our core/corps values. However, it was not just me singing the praises of our students this week. Be it at the Inspection or the Spring Fling or sports competitions, visitors and guests were joining in on the chorus. One local citizen said to me, “That was class, pure class.”