As you have no doubt read before, Ms. Stephanie Cummings has joined the KES faculty as our new dance teacher. This is a fantastic addition to our Performing Arts Programme, and our dance aficionados are wild over it! To date, Ms. Cummings has assembled her dancers to perform for some of our various public events such as the Terry Fox BBQ, Grandparents' Day, and Open House. I have been delighted to see fresh new choreography each time, showcasing creative, expressive, and talented routines. This week, I am taking a break from my usual musical feature to present a breakout routine that the dancers did at our recent Halloween Dance. Be prepared to watch Ms. Cummings lead the troupe to Sail in this performance art piece. Their onlookers were surprised, supportive and impressed, and the dancers left the stage to join their peers on the open dance floor feeling accomplished and appreciated. I hope you enjoy their performance!
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King’s-Edgehill School presents Mamma Mia! on November 22nd -- November 24th with 7:00 pm performances and a 2:00 pm matinee performance on Saturday, November 24th. Tickets are available at the door or by emailing or calling Janet Naugler at 798-2278, ext. 3593. ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Dear KES Family:
I have not counted the names of our Alumni who have fallen in battle. I have not counted the wars in which they fought. It seems disrespectful to reduce the Remembrance Day Honour Roll to a number, to a comparative and relative value. What can a person offer that has greater value than their own life?
During our ceremony on campus, I struggled to read the names on our Honour Roll. Half of my brain is working on pronouncing the names clearly and correctly, while the other half is intensely aware of and distracted by the emotion attached to the name of each soldier who has perished. And so it was with tremendous pride on Sunday when, after spending many hours in the bitterly cold winds that blew, our students honoured those soldiers’ memories with one last and unscripted action. After RSM Sophie Fraser dismissed the Corps, not a single student ran off to seek warmth and shelter. Instead, the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps crowded forward to place their poppies at the cenotaph. It was a remarkable and heartwarming moment. Parents stood waiting, cameras at the ready, while their children took a moment to remember those who had fallen. Blue lips, blotchy knees, and frozen fingers forgotten, students of all ages and all nations paid respectful tribute.
So much has been said in recent years about the softness and egocentricity of this generation. This week I marvelled at our children’s grit and their empathetic appreciation of the moment. Well done, everyone.
Dear KES Family:
There is a glorious scene in Tom Hanks’ film Castaway when, after having crashed and stranded on a desert island, he is able to get a fire started. He jumps up, arms raised, and shouts, “I have made fire!” His triumphant shout demonstrates the relief and power he felt. The fire represents life and warmth and light in the darkness. “Making fire” is empowering. It feels good.
I saw that same joy this week when watching our students learning how to make fire using flint and steel. It is a survival skill taught in cadets by one of our Science teachers, Eric Kershaw. In a safe clearing in the School woods, he showed students how to gather tinder, birch bark, dry twigs and larger sticks. He showed them how to start with the smallest of fuel at the bottom and how to feed a flame from the top with larger sticks once the fire started. He showed them the balance of air, fuel and heat that are necessary to keep a flame going and growing. Hearing him and Alex Arki (Class of 2019) discuss the physical principles of radiant heat versus convection, how heat rises and creates its own internal current, was a perfect example of practical learning.
When a spark flies off the flint and steel and creates a small flame, there is an instant ‘Tom Hanks’ moment of elation. Losing the flame is almost sad. Not being able to create one in the first place is unbearably frustrating. Few things are worse than striking and striking and seeing the sparks fly but nevertheless producing nothing. There is technique involved, of course, but somehow the students who were able to master it seemed endowed with a magical ability.
Nine of the residences on campus, including the homes of our Heads of Residence, Director of Admissions, Houseparents, and Headmaster, were giving out a variety of treats. A group of over thirty junior students also ventured off campus to local homes, and many of these students had created completely new costumes on their own for the evening’s festivities! It was a perfect Halloween night; mild weather, dark skies, and just the right amount of creepiness in the air! A huge thank you to our in house trick-or-treat chaperone, Federico Cisneros , who has been taking KES students out to experience this tradition for many years.