Dear KES Family:
Yesterday was a classic King’s-Edgehill School day. Chapel in the morning (wonderful message from Reverend Curry putting the Manchester bombing into a meaningful and thoughtful context), followed by classes, sports, and the Spring Fling arts extravaganza. In the morning I was able to see the track team in action at the Regional Championships, the rugby team(s) took to the field for their Regional Final in the afternoon, and then I saw many of those same athletes on stage at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre in the evening. Thank goodness for hot water and showers!
Sometimes we forget the everyday things: that our Chapel Organist is Grade Seven 7 William Ahern (Class of 2022), or that Reverend Curry delivers unique and eloquent homilies each morning (without benefit of notes), or that each morning our Chapel prefects like Jillian Miller and Liam Hogan stay behind tidying the hymn books and prayer cards after everyone has left. The leadership and service to others, to our community, is magnificent.
Breaking a Western Region record in the 60m hurdles as Mae Batherson did this week, or as Josh Mills did in the 100m sprint, is an incredible accomplishment. When Joshua Goldson wins gold in the 100m sprint as well (both boys with sub 11 second races!), and Katharine Traves leads the field in the 1,500m, these accomplishments are almost lost in the wealth of personal bests and the two hard-fought rugby victories that same afternoon. Both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams won their regional banners.
And then one hears Bryan Li’s original composition on piano, or Liam Bonner and Ella Brown’s soaring trumpets, or the gorgeous vocals of a seemingly limitless number of singers - Aria MacDonald, Isabel Diaz, Lindsay Hogan, Joanna Bond, Nicola du Toit (on crutches no less!), Emma Schofield, Maya Faucher, Gabby Strickey, Taylor Cole, and Ella Jollymore – and one is convinced that the musical talent from Grades 7 to 12 is boundless. And, I did not even mention the dancers who threatened to steal the show!
Whether it is Kristen MacRitchie asking permission this week to raise money for a rainbow crosswalk on campus, or Anson Chan emerging as the top singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player at the Atlantic Canadian Table Tennis Championships, it is clear that the Four Pillars of a KES education are in constant motion. I could not be more proud of our students. Less than a month away is Closing Day, and it is still full steam ahead.