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Grade 9's Visit Garden of the Gulf

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 22, 2018 1:07:20 PM

The Grade 9 students and chaperones once again ventured to Prince Edward Island for our annual class trip. This journey is a staple of the Junior School and this year was once again a great success. The group visited the Museum of Industry in New Glasgow before boarding the ferry to “the Island”. The annual Lobster Dinner was enjoyed in Montague, followed by a trip to Cavendish Beach where some students went for a chilly swim as   Mr. LePoidevin  played the pipes. The next day the group visited Confederation sites, swam at UPEI and zoomed away on Go-Karts before catching a film at the cinema.  

The trip home was shortened as we stopped for a tour of Mount Allison University along the way, as believe it or not, soon these students will be making post-secondary education decisions. Another fun, safe and edifying trip to the “Garden of the Gulf” was enjoyed by all. It is evident that the Class of 2021 has a great foundation.
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Topics: Travel at KES

Provincial Win in University of Waterloo Math Contests!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 20, 2018 1:45:32 PM

The Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10) and Fermat (Grade 11) Waterloo Math Contests were held on February 27th, and presentations to our KES Mathletes were made at the April 25th School assembly. Certificates of Distinction are awarded to those scoring in the upper 25% of all contestants worldwide, and a medal is awarded to the highest scoring student in the School.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, IB Programme

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 19, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The Grade 10 Art Class visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 9th. We had the opportunity to view a few of the visiting exhibitions. The exhibit   The Light Fantastic was very popular -- the artists worked in neon light, video, print, paint and photography. This show was influenced by a line in one of John Milton’s poems of 1645. Other exhibits that we visited included:   Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax;   Shifting Grounds, and   Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the TŌKAIDŌ. To check out other Art Gallery of NS exhibitions  Click here.
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Topics: Arts At KES, Travel at KES

Athletes of the Week (April 2018)

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 19, 2018 1:45:00 PM

“Athletes of the Week” (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our Athletic Philosophy and School Mission Statement emphasizing gentleness and learning and dignity and respect.

For the Week of April 23 – April 29

Senior Boys - Evan Logan performed exceptionally well during the Senior Boys Rugby team's close win against Avon View on May 3. Evan led a spirited defense and took the ball with speed every time he was directly involved in the play. We hope the team finds inspiration in his performance during their games against Horton and Avon View on the 10th and 17th.
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Topics: Athletes at KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 33

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 19, 2018 1:41:32 PM

Dear KES Family:

It is a happy School today! IB exams are over, the sun is shining, and the quad is full of Frisbees and footballs and smiling faces. There is a feeling of accomplishment and anticipation in the air, and the long weekend starts this afternoon. What could be better?

Humility can be such an admirable and revealing trait. It is not typical in teenagers but when it emerges it is simply lovely to see and hear. Yesterday morning as Grade 10 student Ryan Costello made his way to Chapel, I congratulated him on his Gold Medal performance at the District Championships for track and field. He ran the second leg in the 4 x 100m Intermediate relay. Ryan’s instant response was to give credit and adulation to his relay team members Duncan McLaughlin, Andrew Yearwood, and Josh Mills saying, “I take no credit for our victory. Duncan, Andrew, and Josh are so fast I could have walked my leg and we still would have won.” A lightning fast skater on the hockey team and all-around athlete (also placed in the shot put yesterday), I am sure Ryan’s contribution to the team was far more than a walk.

A rare KES day it is when you don’t have to change clothes at least once. (Quick changes are a little known KES skill.) Yesterday for many, was a four-outfit day (minimum). A humble example would be Grade 11 student Linus Mulherin. He came to School in classroom dress, changed into his formal cadet reds at lunch, jumped into his rugby kit afterwards to hit the pitch against Avon View, and then transformed again to play bass guitar in Convocation Hall for our School rock band Alcazar.

I love Four Pillar days (Academics, Athletics, Arts, Leadership), and yesterday like so many of our students, Linus was swinging from Pillar to Pillar like Tarzan.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Luke Mainwaring - Evolving Musical Maturity

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM

On a frequent basis I am awed by emerging talent that students have kept hidden away from our daily routine.   Luke Mainwaring  plays the drums in my Grade 8 Fine Arts ensemble class, and he does a fine job of doing so; however, just the other day he sat down at the piano and played a terrific piece of music. As I listened, I realized that I had never heard this piece before, or anything resembling it, for that matter. Now, I don't profess to have heard all music in existence, but in my thirty-eight years of teaching music, it is my experience that most student musicians play the 'classic' familiar pieces. I've heard them time and time again. This is a rare and exciting exception.  I'll let Luke explain:

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Topics: Arts At KES

Shakespeare Outside

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2018 10:44:02 AM

On Friday, May 4, the Junior School celebrated Shakespeare outside with an adapted performance of Romeo & Juliet. Over the course of their Shakespeare unit, my Grade 8 classes chose the lines which they felt were most important and moved the story along in the most meaningful way. Knowing that their target audience would be the Grade 7s, the classes chose lines that gave students a great introduction to the world of Shakespeare!

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Topics: Arts At KES

World Robotics Olympiad Qualifier

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The King’s-Edgehill School Robotics team travelled to Montreal, Quebec last week to compete in the Canadian qualifier for the World Robotics Olympiad (WRO). The WRO is a LEGO based competition in which students are responsible for designing, creating, and programming autonomous robots to complete a series of tasks in less than two minutes. Thirteen teams from across Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia competed in the Senior Division (ages 16 to 19). While all the competitors from King’s-Edgehill School did well at the competition, the robot created and programed by the team of   Jiashu ( Jay) Liu, Weijia (Torres) Liu, and  Xianlong (Daniel) Zhang  did particularly well coming in second place overall. My congratulations go out to all those involved. I am very proud of the accomplishments of such a talented group of future engineers, computer programmers, and scientists.

I would also like to thank   Chris MacLean and  Aynsley Sasaki  for their involvement with this trip. Without their help and great sense of humor this incredible learning experience could not have happened.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Table Tennis Take Provincial Gold

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 14, 2018 6:18:16 PM

Table Tennis Provincial Champs   Tin Long (Anson) Chan, Haichuan (River) Qi, Zhiming (Jimmy)and  Yize (Tom) Wang  competed at the NSSAF Provincial championships at NKEC on Saturday, May 5th. The team went 15 – 2 for the day.   Anson  and   River  went undefeated.   Jimmy  and   Tomalternated games. Anson’s media coverage had caught up with him, as he was the man to watch throughout the day. It soon became obvious that KES was the team to watch. Parents and competitors were more than complimentary of the entire team; the way they played and conducted themselves. I don’t think Tom changed his expression or body language in a back and forth defensive battle in the final match against the CEC athlete to seal the GOLD.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 32

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 13, 2018 8:23:48 PM

Dear KES Family:

We were inspected by the Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development yesterday. The two inspectors were very professional and extremely experienced educators. They had diligently read through all our submitted policy documents and manuals, our course descriptions and offerings, our faculty credentials and extra-curricular programmes. In short: everything.

However, all they really needed to know was what they learned in the first two minutes of being on campus. After parking their car they were greeted by Chris Northup, our friendly and fabulous groundskeeper and gardener. Full of good cheer and warmth, Chris directed our guests to Marshall House where they met up with me, Derek Bouwman, and Aynsley Sasaki. After a day of touring the School and being spell bound by Efra Gonzalez’s unscripted piano playing in the Performance Hall (they were astounded that students could be trusted to hang out in the music room unsupervised), captivated by Sandy Stewart’s energy and the exceptional quality of her students’ artwork, and enthralled by Mr. DeCoste’s description of fractals and Pollock’s art, they finished up with a glowing report of the School. Hurrah! However, before they departed it was mentioned that everything they really needed to know was captured in their first interaction with Chris Northup. Everything else they did, be it talking with our students in the Student Lounge or feeling the ‘vibe’ in the Dining Hall, confirmed their first impression.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

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