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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 12, 2017 8:47:20 AM

Dear KES Family:


Nobody competes with the intention of losing. In life, in sport, from Monopoly to Crazy Eights, everyone likes to win.  So what do we do when we don’t win? What do we do with the emotional upset of losing?  Do we blame the referee? The weather? The coach?
 
How we react when we lose or win defines us.  It also teaches us.  Time and time again I read research into resilience and anxiety, into coping skills and mental and emotional health, and time and time again I am reminded that losing not only makes us stronger but is essential to the well-being and development of our children.  Life is full of set-backs and disappointments.  Sometimes we don’t get the job we applied for, or receive the marks we are used to at university, or the return on our investments that we hoped for.  Relationships break up (or down), flights get delayed and cancelled, disease and accidents are inevitable, and businesses frequently fail and/or let employees go. To prepare our children properly for life, we need to allow them to fail and to lose.
 
There is lots of research to show that exposure to germs at an early age, to literally play in the dirt, enhances our immune systems and strengthens our resistance to disease.  The modern-day trend of sanitizing our children’s environment, or snow-plowing any obstacles in their way, of doing anything we can to keep them from being disappointed, does them a disservice.
 
Winning is tough.  Even the best of teams cannot take victory for granted.  A provincial title is elusive, and the honour of wearing KES “sleeves” is rare.  I am over-joyed for the KES track and field athletes and coaches who returned to the School with a provincial banner last weekend.  However, there were five other teams competing last weekend too.  All of them did well but none came first.  Seeing their reactions and hearing their stories fills me with equal pride.  No matter how much we love to win and hate to lose, our students know how to savour the journey and appreciate each other.  They bounce back with humour and a healthy perspective. Of them I am equally proud.

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Hockey Girls Shine at RUSH Showcase

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 8, 2017 7:29:00 PM

This past weekend five of our female hockey players attended the RUSH Showcase in Brampton, Ontario. Kenzie Cecchetto, Amelia Humphrey, Jordyn Hickey, Ava Benedict, and Deanna Fraser flew to Ontario to show off their skill and talent in front of a big crowd of supporters. This premiere showcase is by invitation only and is attended by many Canadian and American University scouts, coaches, and managers. It is an amazing opportunity to meet, discuss, and be seen by coaches from all over, with the possibility of playing for their Universities in the future! It was a challenging, fun-filled weekend working alongside some of the best coaches in the University circuit, and making new friends. Three of our girls even made the ALL STAR team! Ava Benedict, Deanna Fraser and Jordyn Hickey suited up in the best game of the weekend and made KES proud! We want to congratulate all five girls for their hard work, and representing KES so well over the course of the showcase. The feedback we received from showcase organizers was positive and coaches were impressed with their level of play. Very proud of you all!
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Reconnecting through Rugby

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 7, 2017 7:34:00 PM

I had the pleasure of visiting with Ainsley Crocker (1991-96) and her daughters Ashley and Kenzie at the Gathering of the Scots Rugby Tournament in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, last weekend. Ainsley's daughter Ashley was competing in the tournament. Ainsley has great memories of winning a provincial rugby title under the guidance of rugby coaches Henri (1975-2011) and Deb (Maxwell) Medina (1977-2010).

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 35

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 5, 2017 8:09:14 AM

Dear KES Family:


It is at this time of year when one realizes that there are a zillion shades of green.  The spring rain and warmth has created a verdant wonderland on campus and the surrounding hills and countryside.  However, it is rather ironic by the time June comes and the campus looks stunningly perfect that the end of the school year is upon us. I really think we ought to extend our programmes right through the summer months so that everyone can enjoy the natural beauty which surrounds us. Don’t you think? Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in a classroom?
 
Okay.  Maybe that is just too weird to contemplate, but it still seems a bit selfish to be saying farewell when the campus is so gorgeous and there are only a few of us left behind to enjoy it.
 
I had some fun today going back through some of my old photos from previous years.  I gathered a few for the slide show below.  These are not quite baby pictures but there are certainly some baby faces amongst them!  I apologize in advance for not having some of every student, but I think everyone will appreciate the trip down memory lane.  Some students have not changed much over the years.  For some, the years of growth and maturity (and orthodontics, hahaha!) have been transformational.
 
It is hard not to be nostalgic once June rolls around.  A third of the students currently at the School will not be here next year. It is hard to fathom the KES family without them.
 
 
Sincerely,
Joe Seagram
 

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Anson Chan - Table Tennis Champion!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 30, 2017 6:55:53 AM

Anson Chan was very busy over the May long weekend. While most of us were relaxing, he was off to the 

Atlantic Table Tennis Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, as a member of Team Nova Scotia. He returned home in the wee hours of Sunday morning, after entering 5 different categories, including 3 singles and 2 doubles events. When all was tallied, Anson was 2nd in Under 21 Male, Champion of Under 18 Boys, Champion of Under 18 Boys Doubles, Champion of "B" single (combined gender) and his junior team also came 1st among all provinces. He was entered as an Under 16 athlete. Anson has now qualified to go to Toronto to compete in the National Championship representing Team Atlantic in July. We wish him all the best.

Mr. Kim Walsh
Director of Athletics

King's Edgehill School understands that some students thrive as part of a team, while others prefer to compete individually to improve their personal bests. We value both types of competition. Download our Athletics PhotoJournal to discover more about our athletics programme.
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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 26, 2017 4:37:31 PM

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!

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The 254 Onward and Upward

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 26, 2017 1:50:32 PM

The band was tuned, the uniforms were smart and the boots were “shiny”. Oh well, two out of three is not bad. Friday had finally come and the cadets of the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps were ready to go. A flurry of activity kept the morning going as cadets showed up for missing spats, hose top, and “can you sew this button on for me?”….and “someone stole one boot out of my locker.”
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Bring a Friend To School Day--a Huge Success, with thanks to our students.

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 24, 2017 7:28:12 PM

A few weeks ago, we offered our students the opportunity to “Bring a Friend to School”.  We know that our students are regularly asked about what it is like to attend King’s-Edgehill School.  Our students are proud of their unique school and responded with enthusiasm. More than 30 students invited nearly 40 friends to spend the day with us! 

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 33

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 21, 2017 2:01:55 PM

Dear KES Family:


Guy Payne is back - Hooray! What a fabulous sight it was seeing Guy on campus this week. Working (as he has since 1968!) with our track athletes, Guy was his usual inspirational self as he helped our triple jumpers perfect their technique. Wow!

I was also thrilled to see our sprinters going through their paces on the straight stretch of tarmac which parallels Jakeman field. The boys were quick to point out that they had been clocked by our new radar speed control signs at 27 kilometers per hour. Hahaha! I love it. In fact I tried it myself. (20 kph…but I still received a Happy Face and a Thank You from the radar display!)

Interestingly, before we turned the radar signs on and despite having speed bumps in place, 29% of vehicles travelling along that stretch of road went above the speed limit of 30kph. Two vehicles were captured at 68 and 62 kph – twice our speed limit. This was really alarming. However, now that the radar signs are active, the average speed has dropped 5 kph, and the highest recorded speed has been 39kph. Before it was not uncommon for someone to travel above 40 kph. This behaviour has stopped altogether.

The solar powered digital signs are courtesy of KES parent Chris Fleming, who is a distributor (MyriadCanada.com). They detect vehicular speed and reflect it back to the driver with an accompanying happy or unhappy face and a short message of thanks or a reminder of the speed limit. The results so far have been excellent and our campus is safer. It just goes to show that a smile can indeed change the way we perceive things.

Sincerely,

Joe Seagram

This week in pictures

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First at Canadian World Robotic Olympiad!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The World Robotic Olympiad is an international organization that aims to bring together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions. In 2015 the WRO had 55 countries and close to 22,000 teams from around the world taking part in various competitions.

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