Inside King's-Edgehill School

From One Family to Another

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 11, 2019 4:15:19 PM

On very short notice, the Grade 9 Sciences Humaines class organized a fundraiser bake sale in support of the Barho family in Halifax who tragically lost all seven of their children in a house fire in February. Having fled the civil war in Syria, the Barhos arrived in Nova Scotia in 2017 as refugees to start anew in Canada. 

Our Grade 9 students were determined to do something meaningful to help the surviving parents with their immediate and future costs associated with this tragedy. They quickly recruited volunteers among faculty, staff, and students to provide baked goods for what is rumoured to have been the most successful bake sale in all of KES history. With the support of the entire School, between the bake sale, generous donations, and dress-down-day contributions, we raised a total of just over 1,200$!!! All in one day!! 

We thank everyone who participated in some capacity with this initiative. We are certainly proud of everyone’s generosity and support. This money will go directly to the Barho family’s cause on behalf of KES; from one family to another. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community

Curling Making a Comeback

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 7, 2019 6:07:00 AM


Our KES curling teams have had 2 weekends of intense competition in Liverpool and Berwick. The Junior Girls were able to take 4th place out of 7 teams at the Junior Regionals, just shy of the medals. This is an impressive performance for a team in their first year of competitive curling. The Senior Boys and mixed teams were able to score points in every game and had a wonderful experience competing against some very accomplished teams in the region. Congratulations to all our varsity curlers who have helped to bring our curling programme to a new level!
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Topics: Athletes at KES

Varsity Ski Team Regional Race #3 Results

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 6, 2019 4:22:09 PM

The third and final Western Region Ski Race took place on Wednesday, February 20 at Ski Martock. KES had a cohort of 16 racers and below are the notable placings for the KES team.

Junior Boys Individual Placings:
1st – Eric Sweetapple

Intermediate Girls Individual Placings:
2nd – Svenja Priggemeyer
4th – Sarah Sidorchuk
5th – Zhi (Angel) Li

Intermediate Boys Individual Placings:
2nd – Mitchell Larkin
5th – Yunjin (Kevin) Bai

Senior Girls Individual Placings:
1st – Katie Goddard
2nd – Elizabeth Walsh

Senior Boys Individual Placings:
2nd – Mathew Boutilier- McFarlane
3rd – Finn Basser

Team Placings:
1st Senior Boys – Mathew, Finn, and Rodolfo Gonzalez
1st Senior Girls – Katie, Elizabeth, Laura, and Joanna Bond
1st Intermediate Girls – Svenja, Sarah, and Angel
1st – Intermediate Boys – Mitchell, Kevin, Alden Mulherin, Freek Schep, and Simon Peschke

Congratulations to all of our racers!

The next competition is   Provincials in Wentworth today, Wednesday, March 6. The team will travel to Wentworth on Tuesday, March 5 for a training day, stay in Truro overnight, and race on Wednesday. Wish us luck!

Mary Ann Dufour
Jeff Smith
Ski Coaches

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Topics: Athletes at KES

Hockey Night in Stanstead

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 4, 2019 7:06:49 AM

What a fun and exciting weekend of female hockey in Stanstead, Quebec at the NAPHA Championships! Our girls were awesome and showed the KES competitiveness and sportsmanship at the arena and were polite and kind all weekend, something we sometimes take for granted of our students.

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Topics: Athletes at KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 24

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 3, 2019 6:07:17 PM

Dear KES Family:


Okay…where did February go? Wow, that was fast!

They say that if it were not for the weather we would not have anything to talk about. I try to avoid the subject as a result. However, when the wind chill takes the temperature below -30 Celsius it becomes a significant feature of one’s life. When not one but two water pipes freeze and burst, the resultant flooding is worth a remark or two.


I have never seen it rain indoors until last night. Stepping into the Fauchers’ apartment in Buckle House was like walking into a torrential downpour. The burst sprinkler pipe on the top floor sent cascades of water through every cranny and crack of the ceiling which then flooded the second floor before consequently cascading yet again through the first floor ceiling into the kitchen and dining room areas below. Within minutes the fire trucks started to arrive as did our own staff. The instant response from our community was remarkable.

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

Snowboard Trip to Wentworth

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 26, 2019 8:40:15 AM

On Friday, February 15th, our Varsity Snowboard racers took a day trip to Ski Wentworth to train on the Snowboard Cross (SBX) course built by the resort. We trained alongside our coaches,   Mr. Ryan Alguire, and Snowboard, Nova Scotia Speed Specialist,   Kimberly Sutherland. We departed the School early Friday morning and embarked on a two-hour bus ride to Nova Scotia’s other well-known ski hill. After arriving, we got ready by doing a warm up as a team before heading to the top. The first run was taken slow as an inspection lap, so that the snowboarders were aware of the features on the SBX course. The next run was focused on pulling out of the start gate with power and efficiency. After spending some time training on the SBX course, we hit the terrain park near the bottom of the hill that allowed us to work on alignment, confidence and control. We had a number of opportunities throughout the day to work on making small carves in the snow and using the edges for maximum speed and control. After taking a short lunch break in the lodge, we went back to the SBX course and raced our peers, putting all our skills into practice. The focus of the training was to get practice on the SBX course before the upcoming competitions on February 25 th  and February 28 th  at Ski Martock. The training and experience of the day also helped new riders get familiar with a racing mentality and environment, while bringing our team together in spirit and support.
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What a Day of Celebration!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 25, 2019 3:20:00 PM

Our KES community came together last week to participate in and to enjoy our annual Cultural Fair. If you define success by smiles on people’s faces, joy in preparing and serving food, taking a stab in the dark at country trivia, and trying activities that are native to countries other than your own, then the recent Cultural Fair was a total success! To top off this wonderful afternoon of students proudly sharing their culture with each other, was a variety show that transcended language barriers to bring the entire audience and the performers together in a unifying vibe that could be felt by everyone in attendance. The fun and excitement will be hard to beat, but even a repeat next year of the same collaboration and display of cultural pride will do just fine.
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Bravo

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 25, 2019 8:26:14 AM

Recently, our students participated in the annual KES Cultural Fair, giving them an opportunity to share information with one another about their countries, including foods, traditions, and of course Arts and entertainment. Leading up to our variety show, I was teaching the first term Grade 10 Fine Arts ensemble music class which included students from around the world. This group was featured at our recent Coffee House and Cultural Fair variety showcase. They performed a Chinese rap song, a Spanish pop song, and this Japanese song, sung by Japanese students Hidemi Sato and Ayumu Goto. The musicians include: Haichuan (River) Qi on guitar, Tyra Alleyne on drums, Claudia Villaorduna on keyboard, and Aidan Burke Hennigar on bass.This group was a lot of fun to teach and they were a hit among their peers. I have asked Hidemi to introduce the Japanese song in this week's clip and give you some background:


This song "Vchiage Hanabi" (Sky Rocket), by Daoko was used in a Japanese animation movie and it was very popular last summer in Japan. Since fireworks fall for a second, this song reveals that special unforgettable moment that you had in summer with your significant other.
I'm Hidemi Sato. It has almost been 6 months and I'm not used to time here yet, but through Music class I noticed that I actually enjoy the school life at KES. I really like Music class with Mr. Smith! I enjoyed singing in front of people in the Coffee House and Cultural Fair! Thank you!  

Enjoy the performance.

Jeff Smith
Director of Visual & Performing Arts
 
Our extended KES Family is also invited to attend our  FREE   Senior Music Recitals on Monday, February 25th at 7:30pm in our KES Margaret Vair McLellan Concert Hall. We will be featuring:  Max Cole – group,  Ben Lohr  - group,  Katie Goddard  – voice,   Elisabeth Lohi  – piano,  Joanna Bond  – voice, and  Kathleen Balcome  – voice & piano.

We hope to see you there!!

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our School. The Arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.
 
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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 23

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 22, 2019 7:33:15 PM

Dear KES Family:


The last time I went with KES students to Africa, our service work took us to the Maasai village of Ngare Sero in northern Tanzania. There is no electricity or running water. The traditional agrarian lifestyle abounds. Outside the fence of thorns which protects our campground are the ageless bomas and mud dwellings of the local people. The sounds of goat and cattle bells, the bleats and bovine moos, fill the quiet stillness of the evenings. Located in the depths of the Rift Valley, it is excessively hot during the day. Dust devils swirl and heat waves shimmer and distort the horizon’s edge. Ancient volcanoes stand watch over the baked land and alkaline waters of Lake Natron.
 
Outside our campground children wait, hopeful for a morsel of food or a charitable shilling. We are advised not to feed them, not to give them anything. Tears flow. On both sides.
 
Life is not perfect in North America, but how could one even begin to describe to the children we will meet the technology and wealth involved with an Uber Eats app on an iPhone, or the Boston Pizza concept of “finger cooking”, or a HelloFresh weekly menu and meal delivery service?
 
The difference we will make there will be in education, in building classrooms and food shelters and water supply. The 26 KES students and their families have done an admirable job raising money to help fund the projects that the tribal elders have requested we undertake. I have no doubt that our labour and sweat (and funds) will make a huge difference in the lives of the children and families in the Lake Natron area. However, I think the lessons we learn from our experience will make the biggest difference of all.

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

Our Performing Artists - In front and behind the scenes

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 22, 2019 11:39:14 AM

King’s Edgehill is proud to introduce the first Senior School play which brings together a collection of passionate and dedicated students from Grades 10-12. Each week leading up to our opening night, our hard-working marketing team will highlight 2 students who are involved with the creation of our play, whether they are acting or working backstage. We are excited to present our talented cast and crew and hope you will support them by attending our performances on   March 29th & 30th!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

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