Operation Liberation celebrations have come to an end; however, the friendships and connections are already taking root beyond our trip. In fact, we recently received a donation to beautify our Campus Cenotaph with a Tulip Garden. These perennials have their origins in Turkey; however, they have become symbolic of the Netherlands and their liberation 75 years ago. Our campus groundskeeper, Mr. Chris Northrup, recently planted 75 tulip bulbs that will be a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifice made by our very own Black Watch Regiment during the Battle for the Scheldt Estuary in 1944.
Twelve years ago, Federico Cisneros, a young Grade 8 student from Mexico, came to King’s-Edgehill School to take advantage of a one-year cultural and learning experience in Canada. He embraced the KES lifestyle and excelled in all aspects of our programme. In fact, things went so well for young Federico that he returned for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, and graduated in 2012 as our Head Boy.
Over the past week, our Junior Boys Tier I, Juniors Boys Tier II, and Junior Girls Tier I all won their District Soccer Championships. That’s a first! Solid, disciplined and skilled sides were made up of our typical determined players. There was some Latin American spice with a nice healthy scoop of former Newbridge athletes who arrived this year along with the addition of our new Director of Soccer Operations and coach, Mr. Graham Chandler.
Topics: Athletes at KES
In the second of this three-part series on the IB, we have been taking a candid look at what the IB Diploma core components are; this week we examine the extended essay. Is it worth the effort? Why is writing a paper a “core” item? And lastly, why do both we and universities love it?
The IB says “the extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, on a topic of the student’s choice, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.” What the IB does not say is how daunting this can be for some of our students, and conversely, how ultimately rewarding the product and process can be. I might be getting ahead of myself, but every university that I speak with is totally sold on the EE and what it can do for a student; the deeper educational goals of research, communication, synthesis and ultimately thinking are specifically developed during this process and continue to pay rich dividends throughout one’s educational and professional lives. The real question becomes, why should I not do the extended essay? Mr. Alan Dick is our Extended Essay Coordinator, and he has aptly described the EE below:
What is the significance of the extended essay?
The extended essay provides:
For those of you who came out to watch our girls play Friday or Saturday, thank you for making their first games so fun and energetic! A big thank you to Monica Schafer for organizing noise day -- it was awesome! Another big thank you to the “voice of KES Sports” Glen Faucher for calling the game with DJ Sophie. The girls and families loved it. Thanks to everyone who made these “noise days” so incredible for our hockey team!
Our players were really nervous playing their first game of the year in front of so many people. It was a great experience for them as they have to overcome nerves and learn to focus. These games will definitely help them later in the year when they are playing for championships. We were thrilled to see our girls improve their game over Friday’s 3-2 loss and Saturdays 9-4 win. Obviously, the score really matters; however, for the coaching staff, we are impressed by our Grade 12 leaders (led by Captain Ava Benedict), the girls’ positive attitudes and work ethic!