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Tidal Bore Rafting Trip in May

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

For any students interested in having an exhilarating thrill and a big taste of Maritime adventure, consider signing up for the KES White Water Rafting Trip to Tidal Bore Rafting. This trip will take place from May 20-22, over the Victoria Day long weekend, and students will lodge onsite for two nights at the Rafters Ridge Cottages and Chalets.
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Tyra Alleyne at CARIFTA Water Polo 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 6, 2018 7:11:18 AM

Grade 9 student Tyra Alleyne was selected to compete as a member of the Barbados CARIFTA Water Polo team 2018. She played on the Under 19 female team and the Under 16 male/mixed team. On the Under 19 female team, she trained to play primarily in the position known as the “hole” or “hole set”. This is a central position approximately two meters away from the opponents goal bar and key for powerful close range shots. She was able to score a number of key goals during the game and was considered to be one of the more powerful shooters on her team. This year, the Under 19 females came away with the SILVER medal and the under 16 male/mixed team secured the BRONZE medal. Tyra also represented Barbados in the CARIFTA Water Polo Championships in 2017 and that event was held in The Bahamas. 

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 Headmaster's Newsletter -- Week 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 5, 2018 12:00:37 PM

Dear KES Family:

I love being surprised by the students. Whether it is the spontaneous offer by Amy Cornick (2019) of one her delicious homemade Easter cupcakes or seeing lifers Duncan Ferguson and Eric Dufour (both 2018) try rugby in their last term before graduation. It is wonderful when teenagers do the unexpected.

Returning from a holiday, the traditional greeting on campus includes the enquiry: “How was your break?” Time and time again I am amazed by the enthusiasm of the response but also the genuine enquiry back: “And, how was your break, Mr. Seagram?” It should not surprise me anymore, but I still find it remarkable how comfortable and curious our students are with adults. Quite frankly, it is wonderful to converse with young adults who look one in the eye and grip a handshake firmly.

This week my answer sings the praises of the Mexican people Belinda and I met over the break. Taking our first trip without children (or students) since our honeymoon, Belinda and I travelled to the Yucatan Peninsula and took in the sunshine and delights of Tulum, the Mayan Riviera, and the Caribbean. The local people may be diminutive but their hearts are hugely warm, their smiles even bigger and sunnier, and their sense of humour quick and generous. The temples and pyramids are astounding, as are the cultural and scientific elements of ancient Mayan society. Having the ability to make rubber thousands of years ago, they developed games which are similar to modern day basketball and field hockey.

Being away from home always brings an appreciation for the joys of one’s own country. And so, despite returning to a snow storm (even the customs officers greeted us with laughter once we landed in Halifax!) we were glad to be back home on campus. However, a part of me wished that Canada had its own versions of traditional dancing, or songs that everyone knew and could belt out with pride, or that in Canada we were a little more comfortable greeting people with hugs.

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The Grade 9 Bunny Brigade

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 2, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Adorned with painted whiskers and bunny ears, our Grade 9 leadership students: Victoria Dubois, Lily Gale, Grace Gallant, Kaylee Hickey, Sarah Hilborn, Ethan Hiscott, Jem Logan, Aria MacDonald, Emma MacDonald, Rhyan Rusaw, Matvey Semenenko, Mathangi Somasekaram, Claudia Villaorduna and Megan Woodworth put some smiles on the faces of our younger Junior School students as they staged the 2018 campus Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Chase on the day before our Easter Break began. Grade 7 and 8 students responded with enthusiasm as they burst forth into the Quad when the word was given to begin the annual hunt and chase. The squeals of laughter and the energy release were terrific as students navigated snow banks and pathways to spot the Easter treats! Chocolate eggs were found in record time and our Grade 9 bunnies did an amazing job outrunning the highly energized Juniors who were eager to tag them to capture the prized chocolate bunnies. What great fun! Special thanks are extended to Grace Gallant who planned and ran the day’s events, and the rest of the Bunny Brigade. It will be remembered for years to come.

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National Biathlon Championship 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Without any serious snow to train on throughout the winter, our biathletes still maintained serious focus last week at the National Biathlon Championships in Charlo, New Brunswick.

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King’s-Edgehill School’s Extracurricular Programming

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM

At King’s-Edgehill School, we believe a student’s academic year should be fulfilling on many levels. This is particularly true for our boarding students who may wish to pursue other age-related activities such as driver education and lifeguard courses throughout the academic year. We have countless opportunities for students to get involved, develop leadership skills, learn new things, grow, and be more!

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Meet Anna Gilkerson (1994-1999): Fashion Designer & Stylist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 26, 2018 9:59:12 AM

I enrolled at KES because my parents wanted me to get a great education! Plus campus life seemed interesting to me as I had no siblings close in age. I loved living with people from all over the world, and I loved the great music and art programmes along with the academics. I grew up at KES and I enjoy all the memories - the good and the bad. One quick memory is when I had an emergency appendectomy and Mr. Penaluna, who was the headmaster at the time, leaned over my hospital bed where I was waiting for surgery and said "you look absolutely green, Anna!" But it was kind of funny and made me laugh. Everyone was there for you through thick and thin. It was a big family for me. After graduation, I went snowboarding in Vermont
then to art school in NYC a year later. Then I studied fashion design in NYC and Florence, Italy. I then worked in Montreal for three years in the fashion industry before moving back to Nova Scotia to start a family and my own sustainable made-in-Canada clothing line.

I opened the Makenew Curated Thrift Shop and a clothing line we currently produce here in Halifax called
AKG. (Check us out online I am currently expanding to a larger shop space and starting a wholesale business importing fairly-made goods from around the world and raising my daughter and still making art on the side. I won the Art Prize when I graduated from KES so you know I have to keep that flame going! Being able to meld my love for fashion and contribute to a sustainable future has been the most rewarding. In the future, I will travel abroad collecting beautiful things for my shop and exciting product mix expansions and collaborations while raising my daughter with my loving partner Zac and working on our house in Dartmouth while making art on the side. Oh, and you know, a small farm off the grid in the woods near the ocean?! I will always be involved with the arts and fashion. I get to work with so many talented people; I am so fortunate! And Makenew will always exist in some form or another. I am always working to improve what I do. The best businesses must lead the future not follow it. My advice to current students is: Do what you love and then working hard will never feel like work.

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.

Arts at KES

This article was originally printed in the Alumni magazine, read more alumni stories here:
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What to Expect at the King’s-Edgehill School Spring Open House 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 19, 2018 11:37:11 AM

On Friday April 6th, King’s-Edgehill School (KES) teachers, staff and students look forward to opening their doors to parents, prospective students and their siblings for a day designed to highlight why so many families choose KES.

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Our Coffee House Talent

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 8, 2018 11:13:00 AM

An assortment of student musicians got together the evening of Thursday, February 15th to perform for their School peers and some local family members.

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Topics: Arts At KES

Introduction of our KES Girls' Prep Basketball Programme

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 8, 2018 7:36:00 AM

We are very excited to announce the introduction of our King’s-Edgehill Girls’ Prep Basketball Programme that will begin play in the 2018-19 school year.

The programme will be led by our new Director of Basketball Operations and Girls’ Prep Basketball Team Head Coach Marc Ffrench.

King’s-Edgehill Athletic Director Kim Walsh has been instrumental in the planning and development of the addition to the King’s-Edgehill athletic programme. "We are pleased to welcome Marc to our coaching staff. He believes fervently in our School mission and is an extremely well organized and passionate coach who will inspire student-athletes to “Be More” in all aspects of the KES experience. He is a great choice to instill our School ethos to a new Prep School athletic programme that will enhance our overall student experience at KES."

Mr. Ffrench, who is a Kentville, Nova Scotia native, is a successful high school coach who has been living and coaching in Ottawa, Ontario. His programme at AY Jackson Secondary School has had a strong run including appearing in 2 consecutive NCSSAA Championship games in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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