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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter – Week 2 (2021-22)

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Sep 17, 2021 6:14:56 PM

Dear KES Family:

After what seems like years, it is “game day”! Baseball is playing a tournament in Ottawa. Girls’ hockey is in PEI. Girls’ basketball is in Antigonish playing StFX! Boys’ and girls’ soccer are playing a tournament on campus, and our boys’ hockey team is hosting a tournament. Wow! This afternoon we will have our first “noise day” for the soccer teams who are playing at our Tanna Athletic Facilities.

I am excited not just for the players but for our School. How long have we been waiting to be able to have a day like this? For a teenager, a year is a decade. Any longer is forever.

As I greeted the students arriving on campus this morning, I could hardly contain myself. Seeing Gabby Shaw drive up with her sister Nataliya, I remembered that she is in Grade 9 and would be playing St. FX tonight. I don’t know who is more excited or nervous about her playing in this game, Gabby or me, but in my enthusiasm I greeted her and then asked, “Did you eat your Wheaties this morning?”

I received a blank look.


Am I really that old?

Throughout the 20th century, Wheaties was “The Breakfast of Champions”. Long associated with sports and high performance, Wheaties was what you ate for breakfast if you wanted to win. To be on the cover of a Wheaties box was like being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Baseball legend Lou Gehrig was featured as far back as 1934 (long before I was born by the way…).  Jesse Owens was on it in 1936. Elinor Smith in 1934. Michael Jordan was on the cover 18 times! 

Ironically, I never ate Wheaties. We were an oatmeal family. Boxed cereals were expensive. However, the concept of eating for success in sport, and specifically having a good breakfast, has been a huge part of my life. I always figured that eating your Wheaties was a metaphor, not a meal.

Now that Gabby has reminded me that we are in the 21st Century, my choice of metaphors will need to change. I am at a loss as to what though. Hmm…

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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

2021 Prefect Training

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 14, 2021 1:26:13 PM

This year’s grade-twelve student leaders spent a stormy Labour Day preparing for their new prefect roles. They had the opportunity to attend various workshops and events designed to aid them in their leadership positions. Teambuilding activities, self-care education, and Covid-19 preparedness are just some of the things the prefects learned about throughout the day. This year’s prefects have generated many wonderful ideas and have already set lots of plans in motion, including the welcome games for new student boarders. The training culminated in the students receiving their prefect ties at a lovely barbeque in the Headmaster’s home.  

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter – Week 1 (2021-22)

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Sep 11, 2021 12:01:03 PM

Dear KES Family:

In Chapel this morning, Reverend Curry’s message about the function of religion at KES was brilliant. He was in fine form, full of energy and passion as he described how we must take delight in differences rather than try and blend everything together into a kind of “mush”. As frequently happens, Reverend Curry says something which sparks my brain into thinking about something else. His comments this morning made me think about the plasticene I used to play with as a boy.

Much like Play-Doh, plasticene is a multi-colored modelling putty that children play with. The colours are not as bright and it doesn’t smell as nice, but it is great fun, nonetheless.  Like Play-Doh, however, there is always a challenge separating the colours after one has finished one’s creation. Little bits of yellow hair will stick to the red hat, the green buttons will leave traces on the blue shirt. One day I was so frustrated that I simply mushed together all the different colours I had used on my multi-coloured stegosaurus. The result was gruesome. Instead of inventing a cool new colour, I had a blob of ugly, brownish-grey “mush”.

We are not perfect at KES, but I do love how we take delight in our differences. It is paradoxical to think that a school which has a strict dress code and takes pride in its uniforms and standards of grooming and behaviour, creates an environment where students can be celebrated for who they are and where they are from. Wandering around campus after class is a joy. There are students dancing and riding bicycles, there are students playing soccer and tennis and volleyball, and swimmers running with the cross-country team. Meanwhile, all our baseball and hockey players are doing their thing off campus. (Did I forget anybody?) Meanwhile, auditions start today for the play and our clubs sign up is on Monday.

Today I had lunch with Grade 10 student Tim Bednara. He has just arrived with his brother Ben from Germany.  He is keen to play soccer (“football”) which he has not been able to play in quite some time. What a delightful thing it is, especially considering the times in which we live, that a young man can be at home in Germany one day and the next day running around the soccer pitch with new friends and teammates from a parade of nations.

The School has been empty for almost four months. It is a joy to have it full once again.

Click here for all of this week's photos.

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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

What to expect your first week at King’s-Edgehill School 2021

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 1, 2021 3:28:46 PM

Wednesday, September 8 marks the first day of the 2021-22 academic year, and we are excited to welcome everyone back for another year of learning, traveling, athletics, arts, and more! To help orient students and families as to what to expect at the start of the new School year, here is an outline of our first few days: 

Tuesday, September 7 (Move-In Day)  

8:00-11:00 am – New boarding students arrive

12:00-4:00 pm – Returning Boarding students arrive

10:45 am/12:00 pm – New parent orientation sessions (day and boarding families) Fountain Performing Arts Centre

1:00 pm – New boarding student orientation (meet on the KES turf field)

1:00-3:00 pm – Headmaster’s Parent Reception* in Alexandra Hall – hosted by Joe and Belinda Seagram

7:00 pm – All returning boarding students should be on campus

7:00 pm – House Meetings for all boarding students (new and returning)

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Schulich Foundation donation takes KES outdoor athletic facilities to finish line

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 30, 2021 1:14:32 PM

The Schulich Foundation, endowed and directed by one of Canada’s most generous and philanthropic families, has made a one million dollar gift to King’s-Edgehill School (KES) to complete its outdoor athletic facilities.

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Packing Tips for our Boarding Students 2021

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 25, 2021 1:36:26 PM

Packing Tips for our Boarding Students

At King’s-Edgehill School we are busy getting ready for the 2021-22 School Year. In fact, next week, faculty is back at it with professional development and the school is buzzing as our facility team readies the campus.  We know our students are thinking about their time at our school and getting ready for their next chapter.  

Our suggested packing list can be found at the bottom of this blog post. Beyond the basics, here are a few ideas of other things to bring along so you are set for our special events. 

Throughout the school year there are many special occasions where we celebrate together as a community, such as banquet style dinners and noise days. Students may wish to come prepared with more formal attire for such events. While the events may be adapted for COVID-19 regulations the activities will still be full of spirit and a great way to get to know your classmates.  

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Creativity in GRADE 11 IB SL Math

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 15, 2021 9:13:00 PM

As a fun and different approach to logarithms and their connections with exponents during distance learning, our class had an option of using their creative side as a final assessment.  I decided to get a little creative and wrote a song about the ten major concepts in the unit.  It is written to the tune of “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp, and I titled it   “A little Ditty about Exponents and Logs”.  For Part 1 of the final assessment, students listened to the song and wrote about the ten key concepts expressed.  This was excellent insight into whether the students recognized and grasped each of the concepts.

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Topics: Academics at KES, Arts At KES

Good Luck to our Rugby Grads

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 14, 2021 9:09:00 AM

In lieu of a proper, in-person farewell, the coaching staff of the Senior Boys' Rugby team would like to extend our congratulations, gratitude, and good luck to the graduates of the 1st XV with a presentation, the link to which can be found here

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Topics: Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

An Out of This World Experience

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2021 9:08:33 PM

Rowan Francis, one of our Grade 6 students from Canning, Nova Scotia, has quite an exciting summer planned.  In a recent news release, it was announced that Rowan and 51 other students from across Canada have been chosen to take part in the Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronaut Camp. The Junior Astronauts initiative was first announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February 2019. To quote the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, “…The Junior Astronaut Camp will inspire and empower the next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts – and encourage them to consider all the opportunities offered in space exploration and STEM careers.” Rowan will be one of only seven Grade 6 students to take part in the national camp. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Bronze Level Award Winners

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2021 9:07:00 AM

In a year where finding opportunities to volunteer was very challenging, the students in the Junior School rose to that challenge and earned   almost 1200  hours of community service as a group.  These students made cards for seniors, participated in School and community garbage pick-ups, performed peer tutoring, served in chapel, chopped wood, mowed neighbourhood lawns, and took on numerous other small tasks to make this happen.  It is clear that most of our students are not “in it for the pin”; most of them kept volunteering long after they had secured their awards, simply because they loved what they were doing. 

For our Grade 9 students in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, I am impressed with the number who managed to get their Bronze Level Award completed this year!  We got two day-hikes completed early in the year, but our required overnight trip was booked, postponed, rescheduled several times, and ultimately cancelled.  To compensate for these COVID-related difficulties worldwide, the Duke of Edinburgh organization set up a virtual programme, requiring students to watch videos of other people taking hikes, then physically preparing, cooking and eating a meal together, and then working in small groups to do research projects/PowerPoint presentation about COVID-19.  Compared to a regular award year, this easily added between 20 and 30 hours of time to get the award requirements completed; however, quite a number of our students persevered and have received their awards.  Congratulations to the following students who have successfully completed the Bronze Level!

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Topics: Cadets

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