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Girls Hockey Captain Lea MacLeod Commits to SFX

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 27, 2017 2:17:37 PM

We are very pleased to announce our Girls Hockey Team captain,   Lea MacLeod, has officially committed to play her University career in Nova Scotia at St-Francis Xavier University. She will join former captain   Julia Schmitt (2014-17), who is currently with the X-Women this season. We are excited to continue our season with Lea and look forward to cheering her on next year in Antigonish. Here are a   few words from her coach at X  on her commitment. Congrats, Lea! Your KES family is very proud of this accomplishment and wish you all the best next season!
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Topics: Athletics at KES, girls hockey, hockey

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 11

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 24, 2017 5:18:20 PM

Dear KES Family,


"But before we talk business first tell me, how is your family?"
 
With this question, I was greeted in Abu Dhabi by an Emirati gentleman named Fadi Alyousef who shares our vision of building a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in the UAE. For the next hour we each told stories about our children, our brothers and sisters, and of our parents. As the week progressed and we visited homes, met spouses and children and shared dreams and meals with our partners in the United Arab Emirates, it was clear that building our relationship was as important as the work we had come to do.
 
I was accompanied by Trevor Hughes (Chair of the Board, King's-Edgehill School) and by Warren MacLeod (Director of King's-Edgehill School International), as well as Issmat Al-Akhali (CEO of Blacksheep Projects in Halifax). After three years of successful license and land applications in Abu Dhabi, we were travelling to walk the land upon which our new campus, King's-Edgehill School Abu Dhabi (KESAD), would reside. Located in a quickly growing community and bordered by beautiful new homes and pristine roads and highway, our large parcel of land is untouched desert sand.
 
The concept designs for KESAD are beautiful. Colourful and uniquely laid out, windows and shaded courtyards abound. It is designed to maximize natural light and to enhance everyone's educational experience. Large classrooms and open communal spaces will benefit from wide corridors and huge windows. It will be a knock-your-socks-off gorgeous school for upwards of 2,000 students. If all goes smoothly with the construction, we will welcome our first students in September 2019.
 
After our work and 'business' was done, but before we set off for the long journey back to Nova Scotia, we had a final farewell in the home of Raed Alyousef, another partner and investor in KESAD. Greeting us warmly at his doorstep were his two dogs (a large Husky and tiny Pomeranian) and his parrot. The conversation ranged from art to time travel. He has two striking paintings by a Syrian artist of which Warren asked if he could take photographs. "Of course," Raed replied. "My house is your house."
 
Two flags will fly at KESAD: Canada and the UAE. I am thrilled with the cultural bridges we are creating and the core values we share. In the future, the opportunities for our students at home and at KESAD to do the same will be limitless.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Operation Veteran

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 24, 2017 8:09:59 AM

The 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps was well represented at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa during Remembrance Day 2017. The Cadets were invited, for the third time, to participate in Operation Veteran, a programme started by   Dr. Paul Kavanagh  in co-operation with the National War Museum. Operation Veteran began when Dr. Kavanagh noticed one day that our veterans had to pay for a meal in the cafeteria at the War Museum which commemorates their sacrifice.   Dr. Kavanagh  started Operation Veteran to raise money for a meal programme and to educate young people about our history with regards to global conflicts. Our School raised $900 to help his programme which gives 100% of all money raised directly to veterans’ meals.

This created an opportunity for twelve cadets to visit Parliament, The National Art Museum, an OHL hockey game, the War Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica, the Supreme Court, and present to hundreds of people at the Chateau Laurier.

Quynn Rusaw, William Ahern and  Thomas Boily  helped me present the story of the Halifax Explosion -- the day, 100 years ago, that the violence of war came home to Nova Scotia.   Dr. Kavanagh  knew we would represent the province and the topic with knowledge and respect. The cadets did not disappoint and showed no nervousness even though the   Minister of Defense, Harjit Sajjan, was in attendance at the event and had presented just before our cadets.  

We also had the opportunity to visit the office of the   Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Geoff Regan. He regaled us with stories and took us to the floor of the commons, with everyone trying out his chair, and a few students even tried out the view from Mr. Trudeau’s desk.  

It was a memory-making trip for all our participants.  Silas Fillmore, Alden Mulherin, Carter Short, Max Escaravage, Jakob Rusaw, Ties Bouwman, Matvey Semenenko, Aden O’Callaghan and  Luis Ganem  represented our Corps, our School and their families very well.

Next year, the focus will be on Women’s Contributions during Wartime. Our goal at KES will be to send a contingent of female cadets to Ottawa in 2018.  

The cadets thank   Captain Hynes and Ms. Schafer  for their support, all the students and faculty who contributed to our Dress Down fundraiser and   Dr. Brad Rusaw  for his help and contributions to the weekend of learning and friendship.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Boarding School, KES Cadets, Cadets

Mary Ann Dufour – CEMC Advisory Board

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 23, 2017 11:17:00 AM

With origins reaching back into the 1960s, The University of Waterloo math contests are written by over 200,000 students in schools around the world. In an age in which universities struggle to evaluate student ability based on regular class marks, Waterloo considers the results on these contests an independent means of measuring student ability and potential. Students who perform well on the various Waterloo math contests are offered scholarships and invitations to prestigious conferences. The organization behind the creation of these contests is named the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC). In its own words, “The CEMC has become Canada's largest and most recognized outreach organization for promoting and creating activities and materials in mathematics and computer science.” Among the many people and groups comprising the CEMC is the “Advisory Board”. Comprised of 12 leaders in mathematics education – including the Dean of Mathematics, 3 members of the faculty of Mathematics at The University of Waterloo, the Director of the CEMC, the CEMC business manager, and six elementary and high school teachers – the Advisory Board provides insight into the current and future directions of the CEMC.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Lea and Mae at Team Atlantic U18 National Championship

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 22, 2017 7:12:00 AM

The King’s-Edgehill community congratulates   Lea MacLeod and Mae Batherson  on an awesome week spent in Quebec City representing Team Atlantic at the U18 National Championship.
 
The girls played some of the best hockey players in the country, and came back with memories of a lifetime. A highlight for them was opening the tournament with a 2-1 victory against the eventual champions, Ontario Red! The girls made us very proud representing their province and our School with pride and honor! Thank you to everyone who was able to watch some of the games and cheer the girls on from a distance!
 
 
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Topics: girls hockey, hockey

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day for the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 21, 2017 4:01:18 PM

Our 254 Cadet Corps was in full dress mode for Remembrance Day 2017.  The Corps was spread out with 12 cadets in Ottawa under the guidance of Mr. Kevin Lakes as part of Operation Veteran.  In the Town of Hantsport, a Flag Party commanded by   Sergeant Major Charlotte Hache  was piped on parade by   Master Corporal Grace Gallant.   Click here  to see the video. The main body of the 254 paraded at the Cenotaph in the Town of Windsor.  Though the day had a bit of a cold bite, there was very little effect on the individual cadets.  As the   Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Ella Jollymore  gave the word of command – "By the Left – QUICK – MARCH", the Corps moved off and marched down to join the Veterans and the public at the Cenotaph.  The cadets looked splendid -- some arrayed in traditional Highland dress and the others in Army Cadet Greens.  The haunting notes of   Last Post  and the rousing   Reveille  were played by the   Corps Bugler, Sergeant Ella Brown.  The   Lament  was played by our own   Pipe Major, Warrant Officer Nicola du Toit.  The Vigil at the Cenotaph was commanded by the   Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Meredith Chambers.  The official wreath from the Corps was laid by none other than   Lachlan Campbell, aspiring cadet and son of KES teacher   Mr Rory Campbell and Dr Amy MacDonald  Junior Cadet Campbell  was accompanied by   Sergeant   Major Julia Strickey.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics at KES, Cadets

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 10

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 18, 2017 12:48:11 AM

Dear KES Family:

Taking the collective pulse of the School is both easy and difficult.  It is difficult because we have a diverse and large population and it is hard to get a read on everyone at once.  However, there are times when everyone is all together and focused on a central task. The Remembrance Day ceremonies involve the whole School and allow us to see the students – the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps – moving and marching and standing together. A quick glance at faces, at the glistening white spats moving in unison, at the coordinated sea of swinging arms, and one can deduce that this year’s students are united in their sense of purpose and pride. It is not always as crisp as this year.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

King’s-Edgehill School Trips for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 15, 2017 7:10:36 AM

At King’s-Edgehill School learning goes beyond the classroom, beyond the local community, and sometimes beyond the province and country. As with every academic year, 2017-2018 will see plenty of opportunities for day and boarding students to learn and experience life outside of School. 

If your child has an interest in exploring the world, be sure to check out the trip to the Unites Arab Emirates KES has planned from March 11 to the 22, 2018. This 12-day visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will give students the unique opportunity to explore one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Students will not only be immersed in the Arabic and Islamic culture and language, but they will also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Mosque, iconic skyscrapers and city-sized shopping malls.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, travel at KES

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 9

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 10, 2017 5:01:44 PM

Dear KES Family:

Years ago I read a book by the Canadian author William Bell entitled Crabbe.  The central character is an angst-riddled teenager who discovers strength and truth while struggling to survive in our northern wilderness. At one point he is told that as long as he blames other people (parents, teachers, coaches, the weather, etc.) for the things that happen to him in life, he will never truly grow up.  He has to get rid of his “blame list”.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Provincial Impromptu Debating Tournament

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 8, 2017 8:29:00 AM

  

Over the weekend of October 28-29, a number of King's-Edgehill junior and senior debaters participated in the Nova Scotia Debating Society Annual Provincial Impromptu Tournament at Halifax Grammar School.

Topics ranged from discussions on the pros and cons of trade protectionism to whether or not parents should be held accountable for their child's bullying at school.  Yes, 2 sides to all of these topics!  Our debaters engaged in 4 preliminary rounds on Saturday and observed the semi-finals and finals on Sunday. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Debate Team

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