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ESL Camp off to a great start

Posted by Angie Folker on Aug 20, 2018 4:03:59 PM

Welcome to the King’s-Edgehill School International Summer School Program.


Despite the heavy rain, everyone settled into their new rooms with smiles on their faces. After a campus tour and lunch we headed to the athletic centre to play some entertaining ‘get to know you’ games lead by Janice Kleiner.

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Meet Murray Carter (1982-1987): Master Bladesmith

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 10, 2018 9:43:00 AM

I attended KES from 1982 until I graduated in 1987. I was one of the original Buckle House Boys. As a restless boy in public school, we were looking for a better educational "fit", and when I toured the campus and saw the students walking around in their cadet uniforms, I couldn't wait to attend. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cadet Corps programme over the next five years, and benefited immensely from the academic programme as well. A couple of the life-long skills I honed at KES were time management and how to efficiently study new subjects. After graduating from KES, I applied those skills to learn my trade as a Master Bladesmith, learn to speak two new languages, became a published author, produced commercial Videos, and learned to fly helicopters and airplanes, along with a few other noteworthy skills. My whole adult life I have been constantly reminded of the value of my experience at KES.

After gradution, I travelled to Japan and studied karate while teaching English and apprenticing under a 16th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith. (Click here to see the video "History of the Yoshimoto Bladesmiths"). I am owner and operator of Carter Cutlery, a ten employee company producing the world's best performance cutlery, in Hillsboro, Oregon. What are my plans for the future? Professionally, I plan to continue to slowly grow the company to about 30 employees, and eventually pass it on to my most capable Bladesmith Journeyman. My advice to current KES students is: don't worry or fret about what the future holds. Just focus on the studies before you and get in the life- long habit of giving every task your best effort. The habit of putting forth your best effort is invaluable in life, and is a skill that transfers across every discipline. My best friend from KES, Tim Curnew (1981-84) once shared his grandfather's favorite quote with me: "If a task is once begun, don't leave the job until it's done. Be the labour great or small, do it well, or not at all".

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Meet Kari MacLeod, Alumnae Parent (2007-2012): Creator of de Cassagne Handbags

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 7, 2018 9:14:00 PM

As a family in the mineral resource industry, we were used to moving on a fairly regular basis. KES was the fourth school that our daughters attended. Skye and Iona arrived at KES in September 2007, graduating five years later in 2012. What attracted us to King's was the small student to teacher ratio; even compared to the girls' previous three private schools, the ratio at KES set it apart, ensuring an unparalleled level of attention and instruction. The other attraction of KES was the athletics program. Our girls enjoyed many sports including soccer, volleyball, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country running, badminton, and swimming. The highlight of their extra curricular experiences was the 2011 Mt. Kiliminjaro climb combined with community service in Kenya. I had been involved in mineral resources since graduating university, working in both corporate communications and office management. In 2014, I stepped back from the corporate world and followed the advice we'd given

Skye and Iona when they were applying to university; find your passion and follow it. For me that was handbags. In the mid 1980s, I graduated from the prestigious Fashion Technique and Design program at Sheridan College, although I was not specifically trained in accessories, I utilized my knowledge in drafting and design and began perfecting the art of leathercraft and handbag design. Named after one of my French ancestors, de Cassagne, my handbag company, is crafting bags here in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. I am enjoying the challenge of starting a new company with the vision of it growing into a recognized Canadian brand.

I think the most important advice I can give future KES students is to not be afraid of making mistakes! It is through making mistakes that we learn and grow. My other piece of advice is to be kind. In these tumultuous times that we find ourselves in, kindness is often overlooked; take the time to make a difference each day in someone else's life. For us, King's-Edgehill School has been a wonderful part of our lives. We hope your family enjoys it as much as we did.

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Meet Joan Gregson (1945-1950): The "Snapple Tea Spiked" Partying Grandma

Posted by Heather Strickey on Aug 7, 2018 9:41:00 AM

There are people in this world that you hear so much about before you actually meet them. Joan Gregson is one of those people. I had heard so much about Joan leading up to and at the Edgehill 125 Reunion the summer of 2016. Joan made many great friends while at Edgehill. Many of those friendships remain strong today.

The theme for this magazine is the "Arts." Ms. Gregson has definitely pursued a career in this field. As a new girl to Edgehill in 1945, she volunteered to write a script for the New Girls' play. She wrote about a young girl looking at a photo album with her grandmother. Edgehill promoted plays and musicals, and under the aegis of Miss Marshall, a music and language teacher at Edgehill in the 1940s, and Miss O'Neill, Edgehill's Headmistress from 1954-1958, Joan's interest in the theatre grew.

Joan graduated from Edgehill, married, and had children. Her interest in the theatre was dormant. However, one day, her mother persuaded her to see a play at the Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) in Halifax. Joan's immediate reaction upon seeing the production was "I can do better than that!" She let the TAG know of her interest and continued to pester them until she was cast in The King of Hearts, and from there she starred in ingénue roles for several years. Joan made the jump into radio when she joined the cast of the "The Gillan's." She played a myriad of characters including Billy, Mary Ann, Rob Roy, and the country teacher. At that time, CBC Halifax was a major production centre for radio dramas in Canada, and Joan worked for many years in that milieu winning an ACTRA Award for Best Performance in Radio for her portrayal of Mira, a Korean, in "The Path."

Joan became a member of the original company of Neptune Theatre appearing in the opening production of Major Barbara, followed closely by the Fourposter. Over the 31 years she was with Neptune, Joan appeared in such productions as Arms and the Man, Broadway Bound, Dear Liar, Same Time Next Year, Equus, Noises Off and Candida. I asked Joan if she had a favourite actor with whom she worked. She did mention Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger from M.A.S.H.) who she starred opposite in The Last Romance (pictured on right).

Joan's "big break" came when she was cast to play Mrs. Cheever in the 1995 film adaptation of The Scarlet Letter featuring Demi Moore, Robert Duvall, and Gary Oldman. Joan then moved to Toronto hoping to seize opportunities in TV and film not then available in Nova Scotia. Over the years, she has appeared in several commercials, films and TV series such as Black Harbour, Murdoch Mysteries, My Babysitter's a Vampire, and most recently in Saving Hope, Schitt's Creek, Four in the Morning, Mary Kills People, and Anne of Green Gables.

Joan with Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger from M.A.S.H.)

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Is Joan pondering retirement? "I am busier than I have ever been." Joan has no plan to slow down or retire! I caught a brief glimpse of Joan's work as she portrays a Snapple drinking, partying Grandma (pictured left). If you want to put a smile on your face, check out: https:// vimeo.com/138218258.

I have to say it's pretty cool knowing a real actor. Joan, may you continue to "break a leg."

 If you are a dancer, a singer, a musician, an actor, an artist, or have all of these talents, then King’s-Edgehill School is the place for you.

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Meet Trish Neville (1995-1999): Jewellery & Metalsmithing

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 3, 2018 9:41:00 AM

I attended KES from 1994-1999 as a boarding student. It was really hard being away from my family at such a young age and making all new friends. As time passed, I began to love it there, and took full advantage of the IB Arts Program as well as playing trumpet in the band, which lead to a few international trips. Looking back, I realize that those four years at KES shaped who I am today and prepared me to face any circumstance or obstacle in my life. After graduation, I went to Mount Allison University before I transferred to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. I tried every medium available and after careful thought, chose to focus my studies on the fabrication of jewellery and stone setting. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Jewellery and Metalsmithing, I decided that the life of a starving artist wasn't really for me and being a commercial Jeweller and working in the mainstream jewellery industry would pay the bills. It was really tough at first being in a male-dominated industry, but with my education, skills and personality, I was able make it. That was over 10 years ago. I have never been without work. I hand- fabricate commission-based jewellery like rings, earrings and pendants using mainly white gold and platinum. I specialize in setting uniquely-shaped precious gem stones and diamonds. Vacuum casting and the lost wax casting technique are used frequently. Repairing and refurbishing heirloom jewellery fill many

hours in a day. It's very rewarding working with clients to bring a design idea or a drawing into the third dimension. It's funny how the twisted path of fate unravels in front of each one of us, creating opportunity where there wasn't any visible before. I would have died laughing if someone had told me back in 1999 that I would be a Goldsmith living and working in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Stay humble and dream big, literally anything is possible.

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school.  The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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Meet James Gilbert (Head Boy; 1997-2000): Actor & Writer

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 30, 2018 6:02:32 PM

I had a great high school experience at KES. I was fairly directionless prior to attending, and found that the school gave me multiple outlets with which to channel my energies -- the arts and humanities, sports, etc. Ultimately, I felt encouraged and supported to be myself. I loved the camaraderie of dorm life and the hilarity it often entailed. I met people who are still my best friends.

After graduation I studied theatre at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, UK. It was a fantastic programme that exposed me to wonderful arts culture and taught me what it meant to be a dedicated artist and ambassador of one's craft. I then moved to Toronto where I have been working professionally as an actor in theatre, TV, and film ever since. I'm also a writer, so currently, I'm developing a number of projects with various production companies. Auditioning, hunting for the next role - it never ends. Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and to carve out a living in the arts you have to diversify. Starting to write and create projects on my own was born out of a need and desire to have more control over my own destiny. This is no different than one day deciding that you're going to strike out on your own and start your own business. In the future, I plan to continue evolving and challenging myself as an artist.Owning a little cottage on the South Shore some day wouldn't be bad either. My advice to current students is to just go easy on yourself and be open to discovery and adaptation. Scatter others' expectations of you into the wind. Life is a work in progress, and it is no fun in having it all figured out too early.

If you are a dancer, a singer, a musician, an actor, an artist, or have all of these talents, then King’s-Edgehill School is the place for you.
 
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Meet Joan Kirton-Salter (1952-1956): Painter and Sketch Artist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

When I was ten years old, I discovered the British author, W.E. Eastways, who wrote about boarding school days, which I found fascinating. The following year, I began Michaelmas Term at Edgehill. Besides receiving an excellent education, one of my best memories is the food! The school employed very good cooks, and delicious chicken dinners on Sunday still remain in my memory.

I am fortunate to live in the forest on Rigaud Mountain and have nature on hand to inspire me. Twenty-eight years of painting, taking classes, including art school, have helped me to produce works in oil, acrylic, prints, watercolours, portraits and collage. I believe drawing is the basis of art and would encourage students to sketch as much as possible: carrying paper and pencils with one, has surprising rewards in capturing a gesture or an interesting shape. Herein, is an ink and acrylic abstract painting called, "Fantastical Orchard" and a collage, "Homage to Emily Dickinson" which has my drawings, found objects of buttons, a Victorian earring, ribbon, an 1888 cloth spine and cover of a poetry book which was falling apart, and pressed floras. Emily has left us such an interesting Herbarium to enjoy. Today, keeping in touch with a few dear classmates is meaningful to me.

Learn about our Fine Arts curriculum from Grade 6 to IB Art as well as countless extra curricular opportunities to express your artistic passions.

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A Family Tradition Since 1895 - The Olands

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jul 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM

You can imagine our excitement when we meet a family that has had many generations attend KES. One such family is the Oland family whose rich history with our School extends back to 1895 when John Culverwell Oland, Jr. attended KCS and his sister, Sadie, attended Edgehill. At the outbreak of the Boer War, in 1899, John was one of the first to volunteer for service in South Africa. This respect for the military is a longstanding tradition with the Oland family that continues to this day.

John and Sadie were followed by Bruce Oland in 1928. Bruce served in the Canadian Artillery before and during WWII, and with the Naval Reserve after the war, retiring as Commodore in 1971. Bruce's brother, Don Oland, served in WWII as a CAN- LOAN Officer with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He lost his leg just prior to the wars' end. Bruce spent his working life at Keith's and Oland Breweries, retiring as President in 1976. In 2006, Bruce was invested into the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces, Nova Scotia industry, and to many charitable causes.

Bruce wasn't the only Oland to attend KCS in the 1930s.  His cousin, Ted Canavan, attended from 1931-40. After graduation, Ted enlisted in the army and landed in France six weeks after D- Day. On October 23rd, near the Dutch-Belgium border, Ted's courage and leadership under heavy fire won him the Military Cross. Ted spent six weeks in a POW camp before being liberated on VE Day. After the war, he trained as an engineer and worked for several aerospace companies in Los Angeles. You may recognize Ted's name from our Athletic Centre which is named for the generous gifts that Ted made to our School.


The next Oland generation to attend the School included Bruce's brother Don's children
Jamie Oland (1964-70), Brenda (Oland) Huntley (Edgehill 1971-72); Bruce's twin sister Amadita Stanbury's children Bruce (staff 1964-66), Christopher (1961-64); and Bruce's son, Richard Oland (1974-79).

Richard followed the family tradition of serving his country in the Canadian military commanding HMCS Goose Bay and HMCS Scotian, and retiring as the Regional Advisor Atlantic Region to the Commander Naval Reserve. Richard is current Chair of the Board of Governors, NS Division Canadian Corps of Commissionaires which was founded by his grandfather Colonel Sidney C. Oland in 1937 and later chaired by Bruce Oland. Richard remains engaged with King's-Edgehill School having served on the KES Board of Governors for over 17 years. In a quest to support the School and its students, Richard and his father, Bruce, established the Bruce Oland & Richard Oland Scholarship recognising a Nova Scotian student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and academic potential.

The next generation of Olands to attend the School included two of Richard's children, Keith (2007-10) and Heather (2009-13). Keith graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Commerce Degree and is currently teaching in Asia. Heather attended Dalhousie University and is now in her first year of Medical School at Dalhousie University.

Now, the question must be asked. Can we look forward to a fifth generation of Olands at King's-Edgehill School? We certainly hope so.

Our students – past and present – make King’s-Edgehill School great. We’d love to stay in touch with you, and ensure you stay in touch with each other. Have a look at all the benefits of staying connected here.

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Toven MacLean - KES Theatre Arts Guru

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 3, 2018 2:02:37 PM

In Greek culture, the director of a play is called didaskalos, the Greek word for "teacher". It refers to an instructor acknowledged for their mastery in their field of learning. For Toven MacLean (1994-2001; KES faculty 2007-present) the connection between directing and teaching is a natural one. She is passionate about both and continues to inspire and direct many young minds in the classroom and on stage.

A King's-Edgehill School Lifer graduating in 2001, Toven was a creative and capable student who, after studying at Mount Allison and Acadia Universities, returned to campus in 2007 as a Junior School teacher, where she continues to make an impact as a Drama, Mathematics and English teacher. In her first year on staff, Toven directed the first-ever Junior School musical, Fiddler on the Roof, in the newly opened Fountain Performing Arts Centre. It was a first in the history of our School and the beginning of a Junior musical programme that rivals the best in the country. Hundreds of Junior School students have made their KES stage debuts since then and, thanks to Toven, have lifelong memories to recall about their theatrical experiences. Great Broadway hits such as The Sound of Music, Annie, Once on This Island, Into the Woods, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, and, most recently, School of Rock came to life on our KES stage under her direction, always meeting with rave reviews.

Ms. MacLean's love of theatre has motivated many beyond the Junior School. She is currently the Artistic Director for Quick As A Wink Theatre and, since 2013, has taken over the direction of our KES Senior School musicals. To date, she has directed over sixty productions. As a Grade Eleven student, Toven directed her first show -- Annie -- at a local elementary school. Since that time, she has directed shows with schools, summer
camps, and community theatres. Yet, in spite of her tremendous theatrical success, Toven
remains humble and never seeks recognition.

She is a talented, committed and inspirationalleader whose outstanding contributions to our community are appreciated greatly. From London to New York, she spends her vacations enjoying musical productions and garnering ideas to try on our King's-Edgehill stage. I have watched Toven work her magic as she
inspires students, encouraging them to take risks and grow in confidence and ability. She has the artistic vision, passion and ability to create wonderful productions and to inspire novice and experienced thespians alike. From casting to choreography, lighting to costume design, Toven lends her expertise to every aspect of a production, always giving her time selflessly. With her quiet confidence and calm demeanour, she brings out the best in everyone who steps on stage. Toven MacLean knows her craft, and we know how lucky we are to have her in our midst!

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school.  The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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Dr. Karen Mann (1948-1958)

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 22, 2018 3:01:00 PM

Dr Karen Mann was an amazing woman who left us far too soon. She attended Edgehill from 1948-1958; served on the KES Board of Governors and was the Chair of the Inglis Education Foundation. She passed away on November 28th, 2016 .

Below is a small excerpt from the poignant eulogy her son, Dr. Geoff Mann, gave at her funeral.

Little did we know it at the time, but our mom was in fact a superhero. It was her secret identity. The unobtrusive names she went by in everyday life -- Karen, Mom, Dr. Mann, Nan -- these just threw us off the trail. Now we know.

The first clues we had were subtle: Who but a superhero could remember the birthday of every single person she ever met? And their children.

Who else could write so perfectly neatly, and yet so microscopically small?

Think about it a little more, and we should be embarrassed we didn't figure it out earlier.

For example, everyone who knows her can now recognize she had the power to stretch time, so she could fit three times as much into a day as the rest of us. Who but a superhero could, all in one day, write a book chapter, walk the dog, sit in on three meetings, make a flat of raspberry jam, play piano at choir rehearsal, teach a seminar, call on two friends, send 50 emails, and knit a sweater all while the apple tart and two kinds of lasagna (veggie and meat) were cooking for a dinner party in the evening?

No one but a superhero could do that.

Everyone who knows her knows her memory was superhuman. Who but a superhero could, in one day, remember to edit the 5th draft of the research proposal, bring a colleague flowers on their anniversary, review three journal articles for the editorial board, schedule the next meeting in Boston, buy dish detergent (we're almost out), talk to the bank, call each of her children, and send off that birthday card to her great- nephew in Wales just the right number of days beforehand so it arrives on the exact day?

And then get on a red-eye to Malaysia.

No one but a superhero could do that.

And yet I worry that somehow, talking about Mom on these terms might diminish her amazingness, because it might make her extraordinariness less extraordinary, as if she was gifted and we aren't, so we couldn't do what she did, and we couldn't be what she was. Speaking only for myself, I often think that's true.

But if it's true, I now realize, it's not because she was endowed with powers most of us don't have. She really was extraordinary, but it's not because of that. It's because she made so amazingly much of the same ordinariness we all share. She worked, and she worked very hard, sometimes it seemed to us maybe too hard. She liked to go for walks or sit on a deck with a drink in the sunshine. She loved a lot of people a whole lot, and she thought about them all the time. She could hardly contain her joy in h

er family, especially Ian, Peter, Gillian and I, and her grandchildren. She made new friends all the time, but was always bound closely to her oldest and best friends.

Like everyone else, sometimes she got scared, or embarrassed by her mistakes, or looked back on the past with some regret. And like all of us, maybe more than a lot of us, she worried, almost always about the people she loved. She hurt when they hurt, and she fretted ceaselessly when things went sideways for them.

Which is all to say that her life had the same crazy mix of everything that ours has in it.

What makes her extraordinary then is only partly how much she accomplished in her super-hero like packed days, with her remarkable memory and intellect. But in the end that's not really it. It's ultimately more about how many people and places she touched so deeply while living out those days. 

Dr. Karen Mann's family has honoured Karen by creating "The Karen Mann Young Woman of Courage Scholarship." We feel privileged to have a scholarship prize carry her name.

Does this make you nostalgic for your days at KES? Stay in touch with us and each other, and keep up with all the goings-on at School. More reasons to be part of our alumni database.

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