Inside King's-Edgehill School

Provincial Track and Field: GOLD, GOLD, GOLD, SILVER

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 19, 2019 5:03:35 PM

With more than 4500 student-athletes participating in the 10 District Championships, track and field is by far the biggest sport in the NSSAF. That number is greatly reduced at the Regional Championships, and then reduced further at the Provincial Championships. It is a long road to the top of the podium, but the KES jersey was seen many times over the past two days of competition.
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Topics: Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Carter Short Receives Red Cross Rescuer Award

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 18, 2019 5:10:00 PM

A life-threatening emergency can happen at a moment’s notice and, though we don’t want to dwell on this reality, it is reassuring to know that there are those with the training and the initiative who can save the day. Such was the case for Carter Short, one of our Grade 9 students from Newfoundland and Labrador. A capable student and a responsible young man, Carter was honoured with the Red Cross Rescuer Award at our last full School assembly. His quick thinking and responsible actions saved a choking victim earlier in the school year.

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Topics: Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Grade 11 IB Art - Oil Paintings

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2019 6:51:00 AM

The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Programme is an intense course that is designed to allow students who are interested in Fine Arts, a chance to explore and develop his or her individual style.

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Topics: Arts At KES, IB Programme, ARTS

Art in a Digital Age

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 12, 2019 6:31:59 PM

If you're like most people (and I know you must be, because you are reading this on some kind of electronic device) a computer of some kind or another plays a significant role in your life. The Arts programme here at King's-Edgehill School is steeped in tradition. Students are taught and exposed to all forms of Art in a classic fashion; however, today's world has become largely dependent on computers and other such electronic devices. In a conversation I had recently with an alumnus of our School, he told me that his cell phone has more technological power than the Canadian Navy battleship he captains. That same technology has now also become status quo in the artistic world. Most music produced today is highly engineered. Animated movies are block-buster sensations. Technology is now a launch pad for creativity. Of course, the essence of Art is still human, but now we're finding more ways to channel creative intelligence and deliver it to the interested consumer or art aficionado. At KES, we're ahead of the curve in this regard as well. Computers are almost a necessity and, as such, our Arts Department now includes them in our productions, performances, and creations. As you can imagine, it's a challenge keeping up with the hardware and software capabilities, but we do so with the support of our administration and IT Department. Don't worry, we're not letting go of the traditional artistic methods.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, ARTS

Environmental Law Presentation and Activity with Lisa Mitchell

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 11, 2019 7:40:35 AM

Earlier this month our Law class and Environmental Club at KES were privileged to participate in an invigorating and challenging presentation, activity and debate on a case study that closely mirrors some ongoing environmental concerns in our geographic area.   Lisa Mitchell,  who is the Executive Director of East Coast Environmental Law, did a masterful job of planning the event for the 27 student participants. Many legal issues have many dimensions and points of view, which prevents an easy solution. Part of the activity had students taking on the roles of farmers, environmental groups, businesses, Indigenous peoples and government to discuss and debate a solution for the given case study.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Welcoming the KES Class of 2019 to the Alumni Community with Jim Mullan!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 10, 2019 8:36:00 AM

On May 24th, the Alumni & Advancement Department team attended our annual Grade 12 & Alumni Dinner and Pinning Ceremony, an event hosted each year by our office to welcome the graduating KES class to Alumni life. Prior to the Cadet Ball, the Class of 2019 gathered in the dining hall decked out in (gorgeous!) formal attire for a reception and delicious meal provided by the always awesome Twila MacDonald and her fantastic Chartwells team. The evening began with the lovely musical talents of Joanna Bond (2012-19) and Elizabeth Walsh (2017-19) as our special Alumni guests mingled with our graduating class. 

After everyone was seated for dinner, we welcomed members of our Alumni Liaison Committee, Ross Porter (2005-09) and Carlisle Norwood (2003-09). Carlisle and Ross shared how their relationship with KES has evolved and changed since they became members of the School’s vibrant Alumni community, and what an interesting experience it has been as dynamics with former teachers have transformed into lifelong friendships. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 9, 2019 9:32:12 PM

Dear KES Family:

When the media calls for an interview I get nervous. When it is the Globe and Mail calling with regards to a special report on Private Schools, a big part of me wants to hide. The reporter/writer, Saira Peesker, is interested in environmental education and the climate crisis. She wanted to speak with staff and students. Our KES Green Team is led by Mr. Ryan Alguire, and he coordinated Saira’s interviews with Mr. Bouwman, Grade 11 student Katie Goddard, and himself.


As Saira was in Ontario, our interviews were all on the phone. Although I found it very disconcerting hearing her tap away on her keyboard as we spoke (I thought all reporters recorded interviews digitally nowadays?), she was very engaging and personable and knowledgeable.


There is no doubt that with regards to the environment, we do a lot to educate, create awareness and modify behaviour, but as a school we have a huge carbon footprint. Gone are the days when the only school building with heat in the winter time was the Dining Hall. Now we have hundreds of thousands of square feet to heat, 30 acres of grass to mow, and students travelling all over the world just to get here and then again to participate in our different programmes. We all want fresh fruit and vegetables when they are out of season and avocados for our guacamole. The sixty-mile meal is theoretically possible throughout the school year, but if we were rigid with our implementation, I suspect that food complaints would sky rocket and the local restaurants would be delivering far more pizza and Chinese food than they already do.


It is very hard to avoid single-use plastics and so much has a carbon footprint: travelling to Science Fair Nationals, or a Robotics tournament, or a Track and Field meet. A single Google search uses enough power to light a lamp for 17 seconds.


Needless to say, I went into the interview feeling “guilty as charged”.


To my surprise the interview went well. To start with, we were the only one of ten schools that Saira had contacted who agreed to be interviewed. Secondly, we were the only private school she had found who participated in the Climate Strike on May 24th. She also was very complimentary (reporters pay compliments now?) about the initiatives we have ongoing at our School, the capital investments we have made to reduce our footprint and purchase blue boxes and the like, and the prizes we have won for environmental videos and posters, etc.


I am used to reporters who are adversarial. Too often I have felt like a prisoner suffering through an inquisition being prepared for sentencing. Perhaps though, when it comes to Mother Nature, we all need to be on the same team. Every positive action, no matter how small, helps.

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

Way to go, Grade 7 and 8 Mathletes!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 6, 2019 7:47:36 PM

All Grade 7 and 8 students recently took part in the University of Waterloo Gauss Mathematics Competition. This is the last contest in a series of year-long challenging Waterloo mathematics competitions for students from Grades 7 through Grade 12. Everyone benefits from the excellent problem-solving opportunities that these contests provide. This year’s results indicated some excellent up-and-coming mathletes. I congratulate the following students who were the top 3 scorers at each grade level:  

Grade 7: 
First Place:   Lucas Martin
Second Place:   Mengjin (Eric) He
Third Place:   Tanvi Manchineni
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, King's-Edgehill School in the Community

Cadet Ball 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 6, 2019 4:11:00 PM

The Annual Cadet Ball is a spectacular event at King’s-Edgehill School. This year was no exception due to the efforts of many dedicated people. I am so thankful for the support given to the Corps. Right from the start, we had the much needed involvement from the staff at Marshall House, in particular Ms Kathy Bonang and Ms Jenn Shaw. These two fine ladies coordinated notices out to faculty and parents. Within the Cadet office, Ms Morgaine Sullivan maintained the file detailing attendees and guests. This is no mean feat as there are always last minute people who have selected a date and finally found the courage to ask the young man or lady. 

Of course, there is no point in having a ball if no one knows the dance movements. This year we called upon the multi-talented Sarah Bell and Ms Stephanie Cumming. Between these two extraordinary dancers, they staged dance lessons for the students that were amazing and lots of fun.



Everybody finally got their ducks in a row and the day of the event came. Mr Jeff Smith’s Big Valley Swing Band once again provided fabulous music for the evening. The space looked amazing due to the efforts of Ms Sandy Stewart. Ms Stewart can take any area, use her great talents and turn it into a dream world. What an amazing lady and a true supporter of the cause.



This year I received a very fine comment from the orchestra. They really like to play for the Cadet Ball because the students are so charged up on the floor, not afraid to try new movements and just thoroughly enjoy the experience. What more could one ask for? What a great way to end the Cadet Year.



Don’t worry though, 11 September 2019 is fast approaching. Wednesdays -- the best day of the week!

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

The IB Exams: One Year in One Hour

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 5, 2019 7:44:48 PM

One year in one hour – the International Baccalaureate programme can certainly be challenging at times, and during the fleeting moments of writing the final exams, one has to be prepared, focus hard and write fast! I am very happy to report that our current class of Grade 12 students, while finding some exams challenging, did report that they were prepared and able to do their best. The suspense will continue until July 5th, which is when the results are officially released by the IB organization.

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Topics: IB Programme

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