Dear KES Family:
Dear KES Family:
- Dr. Kevin Walsh, a local dentist and parent of two wonderful alumnae, has for many years looked after students needing emergency dental care. He is a good friend and part of our KES family. This week he successfully summitted Mount Everest. His twenty glorious minutes flying the Nova Scotia flag on the highest point of our planet represent a rare accomplishment. Interviewed by CTV Atlantic from Base Camp last night, I was struck how uplifting his success is for all of us. It is a great story for our School, our town, and our province.
- There are only seven students left on campus. Our Canadian boarders have gone home and almost all of our international students have been tested, loaded up with official travel documents, and have made their way home already. Online courses continue but with such a diverse student population, the difference in time zones is a challenge. David Curry reported to me with great admiration that during his ToK class, Stanislav Matkovskyi and Gleb Proshkyn zoomed in from Ukraine and Ben Bednaraand Lukas Schmidt did the same from Germany, despite it being midnight their time! The continued commitment to learning is remarkable.
- One of the reasons our campus always looks so beautiful is because our groundskeepers are so good. Be it flower beds, lawns, or our many shrubs and trees, Chris Northup looks after pretty much everything that grows. When we constructed the turf field a few years ago, Chris had Jakeman Field’s topsoil scraped off and saved in a massive pile behind Vair MacMillan House. It was a brilliant idea because every time we need topsoil we have our own supply. With the recent construction of the new Learning Pavillion, we needed to level and shape the ground around it. True to my mother’s old saying, “Waste not, want not”, this week Chris has used topsoil from the old Jakeman Field to even out and seed the ground. It seems like such a little thing, but we live in a time when everything is disposable, and few things get fixed. This kind of forward thinking seems rare. For us, even “dirt” has value and shouldn’t go to waste.
The Annual Junior School Public Speaking Competition took place this past Wednesday, May 19th during our virtual Junior School Assembly. While every student had an opportunity to deliver a speech to their classmates in English class, the numbers were whittled down to the final nine who presented their speeches to their fellow classmates, faculty, judges and family members during our Zoom Assembly this week.