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Operation Veteran

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 24, 2017 8:09:59 AM

The 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps was well represented at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa during Remembrance Day 2017. The Cadets were invited, for the third time, to participate in Operation Veteran, a programme started by   Dr. Paul Kavanagh  in co-operation with the National War Museum. Operation Veteran began when Dr. Kavanagh noticed one day that our veterans had to pay for a meal in the cafeteria at the War Museum which commemorates their sacrifice.   Dr. Kavanagh  started Operation Veteran to raise money for a meal programme and to educate young people about our history with regards to global conflicts. Our School raised $900 to help his programme which gives 100% of all money raised directly to veterans’ meals.

This created an opportunity for twelve cadets to visit Parliament, The National Art Museum, an OHL hockey game, the War Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica, the Supreme Court, and present to hundreds of people at the Chateau Laurier.

Quynn Rusaw, William Ahern and  Thomas Boily  helped me present the story of the Halifax Explosion -- the day, 100 years ago, that the violence of war came home to Nova Scotia.   Dr. Kavanagh  knew we would represent the province and the topic with knowledge and respect. The cadets did not disappoint and showed no nervousness even though the   Minister of Defense, Harjit Sajjan, was in attendance at the event and had presented just before our cadets.  

We also had the opportunity to visit the office of the   Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Geoff Regan. He regaled us with stories and took us to the floor of the commons, with everyone trying out his chair, and a few students even tried out the view from Mr. Trudeau’s desk.  

It was a memory-making trip for all our participants.  Silas Fillmore, Alden Mulherin, Carter Short, Max Escaravage, Jakob Rusaw, Ties Bouwman, Matvey Semenenko, Aden O’Callaghan and  Luis Ganem  represented our Corps, our School and their families very well.

Next year, the focus will be on Women’s Contributions during Wartime. Our goal at KES will be to send a contingent of female cadets to Ottawa in 2018.  

The cadets thank   Captain Hynes and Ms. Schafer  for their support, all the students and faculty who contributed to our Dress Down fundraiser and   Dr. Brad Rusaw  for his help and contributions to the weekend of learning and friendship.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Boarding School, KES Cadets, Cadets

Lea and Mae at Team Atlantic U18 National Championship

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 22, 2017 7:12:00 AM

The King’s-Edgehill community congratulates   Lea MacLeod and Mae Batherson  on an awesome week spent in Quebec City representing Team Atlantic at the U18 National Championship.
The girls played some of the best hockey players in the country, and came back with memories of a lifetime. A highlight for them was opening the tournament with a 2-1 victory against the eventual champions, Ontario Red! The girls made us very proud representing their province and our School with pride and honor! Thank you to everyone who was able to watch some of the games and cheer the girls on from a distance!
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Topics: girls hockey, hockey

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day for the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 21, 2017 4:01:18 PM

Our 254 Cadet Corps was in full dress mode for Remembrance Day 2017.  The Corps was spread out with 12 cadets in Ottawa under the guidance of Mr. Kevin Lakes as part of Operation Veteran.  In the Town of Hantsport, a Flag Party commanded by   Sergeant Major Charlotte Hache  was piped on parade by   Master Corporal Grace Gallant.   Click here  to see the video. The main body of the 254 paraded at the Cenotaph in the Town of Windsor.  Though the day had a bit of a cold bite, there was very little effect on the individual cadets.  As the   Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Ella Jollymore  gave the word of command – "By the Left – QUICK – MARCH", the Corps moved off and marched down to join the Veterans and the public at the Cenotaph.  The cadets looked splendid -- some arrayed in traditional Highland dress and the others in Army Cadet Greens.  The haunting notes of   Last Post  and the rousing   Reveille  were played by the   Corps Bugler, Sergeant Ella Brown.  The   Lament  was played by our own   Pipe Major, Warrant Officer Nicola du Toit.  The Vigil at the Cenotaph was commanded by the   Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Meredith Chambers.  The official wreath from the Corps was laid by none other than   Lachlan Campbell, aspiring cadet and son of KES teacher   Mr Rory Campbell and Dr Amy MacDonald  Junior Cadet Campbell  was accompanied by   Sergeant   Major Julia Strickey.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics at KES, Cadets

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 10

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 18, 2017 12:48:11 AM

Dear KES Family:

Taking the collective pulse of the School is both easy and difficult.  It is difficult because we have a diverse and large population and it is hard to get a read on everyone at once.  However, there are times when everyone is all together and focused on a central task. The Remembrance Day ceremonies involve the whole School and allow us to see the students – the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps – moving and marching and standing together. A quick glance at faces, at the glistening white spats moving in unison, at the coordinated sea of swinging arms, and one can deduce that this year’s students are united in their sense of purpose and pride. It is not always as crisp as this year.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

King’s-Edgehill School Trips for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 15, 2017 7:10:36 AM

At King’s-Edgehill School learning goes beyond the classroom, beyond the local community, and sometimes beyond the province and country. As with every academic year, 2017-2018 will see plenty of opportunities for day and boarding students to learn and experience life outside of School. 

If your child has an interest in exploring the world, be sure to check out the trip to the Unites Arab Emirates KES has planned from March 11 to the 22, 2018. This 12-day visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will give students the unique opportunity to explore one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Students will not only be immersed in the Arabic and Islamic culture and language, but they will also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Mosque, iconic skyscrapers and city-sized shopping malls.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, travel at KES

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 9

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 10, 2017 5:01:44 PM

Dear KES Family:

Years ago I read a book by the Canadian author William Bell entitled Crabbe.  The central character is an angst-riddled teenager who discovers strength and truth while struggling to survive in our northern wilderness. At one point he is told that as long as he blames other people (parents, teachers, coaches, the weather, etc.) for the things that happen to him in life, he will never truly grow up.  He has to get rid of his “blame list”.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Provincial Impromptu Debating Tournament

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 8, 2017 8:29:00 AM


Over the weekend of October 28-29, a number of King's-Edgehill junior and senior debaters participated in the Nova Scotia Debating Society Annual Provincial Impromptu Tournament at Halifax Grammar School.

Topics ranged from discussions on the pros and cons of trade protectionism to whether or not parents should be held accountable for their child's bullying at school.  Yes, 2 sides to all of these topics!  Our debaters engaged in 4 preliminary rounds on Saturday and observed the semi-finals and finals on Sunday. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Debate Team

Girls Hockey Win Vermont Tournament!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 7, 2017 7:32:59 AM

The Girls Hockey Team travelled to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend for the Vermont Starts Fall Foliage Classic tournament! We were all very excited to enjoy the beauty of the fall colors but also to face off against competition from New Jersey and Vermont! Although short benched due to injury and illness, the girls battled hard all weekend and, of course, left some energy to explore downtown Burlington, and the girls threw a surprise party for   Morgaines  birthday. We had an amazing weekend with so many highlights on and off the ice, it’s hard to pick only a few. Let’s start with the girls scoring 11 goals in 4 games! With the cherry on top being   Kenzie Cecchetto’s  hat trick in the second game!
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Topics: Athletics at KES, girls hockey, hockey, athletics

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 8

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 4, 2017 10:06:51 AM

Dear KES Family:

After twenty-five years of service as Headmaster at a boarding school west of us, a friend of mine retired.  In an unscripted speech he thanked his wife and all those who have helped him lead a fulfilling and successful life in education. And then he told a story:
On his desk he has two smooth stones.  On one is written the word Courage.  On the other, Wisdom. They were gifts and for more than two decades they have sat on his big headmasterly desk.  In the course of his work, and for more times than he could count, he has made tough phone calls.  Calls to parents, calls to lawyers, calls to board members, calls to the police, calls to hospitals and emergency services.  (One can only imagine the depth and breadth of communications he has had over the years.) Before each call he took a breath and grasped the two stones, Courage and Wisdom, one in each hand.  A former national team second row forward in rugby, he has big hands.  The stones are heavy and smooth.  They give him strength and clarity of mind.  They help him overcome doubt and fear. Quite literally, Courage and Wisdom helped him do his job.
It is a great lesson.  We all need courage and wisdom. Wisdom to see the right path, courage to follow it. Courage to deliver tragic news, wisdom to know the right words of comfort.  We need these two elements to have strength and decency in our daily lives, not just for phone calls, but for all the human moments that we encounter.  In life it is all too easy to rush, to get into a “hurry and be done with it” mind set, to speak without thinking things through. The two stones are silent but they communicate nonetheless, settling the heart and mind. We can’t carry stones in our pockets and purses, but there are times when we would all benefit from pausing and breathing and collecting ourselves before we speak.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 7

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 28, 2017 8:35:17 AM

Dear KES Family:

The width of a soccer net is 24 feet. At 8 feet high, it is well over anyone's head. Being 90 minutes long, one would think that a typical match score in soccer would run into the double digits. Not so. Despite its huge dimensions, putting a ball into a soccer net's gaping maw is exceptionally difficult. As a result, goals in soccer are precious. They are the result of effort and skill and consistent team pressure. Compared to other sports, a one-goal lead is disproportionately safe. A two-goal lead can be massive. During good soccer matches, the tension for both players and fans is unlike any other sport.
For 11 straight years, Parkview has won our regional banner. Last weekend in a thrilling series of victories over Avon View and Parkview, we wrested the championship away from the big schools. David slew Goliath. The games were hotly contested and the tension was all but unbearable. Every possession, every pass, every shot, every defensive play, mattered. I was not playing, of course, but I was exhausted at the end.
I took photos throughout and was amazed by the story I saw as I looked at them afterwards. They told a story of individual battles won, of teamwork, of determination, of exultation and of relief. I snapped a photo of the climactic moment at the final whistle, our triumphant team leaping for joy around goal keeper Eric Dufour, and a shattered striker, Adeolu Kofoworade, lying completely flat on his back at midfield. He had given everything he had mentally and emotionally and physically. As coaches, we ask our athletes to give 100%, to fill the unforgiving minutes with everything their hearts and muscles can provide. He had done just that.
This last week was a brilliant one for sport at the School. Our cross-country, soccer, hockey, and volleyball teams all competing and contesting. For some, their provincial championships are over. For others like our senior boys' team, the post season tournament beckons. There are memories to be created and stories yet to be told. They will define the moments and the moments will define them.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

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