Inside King's-Edgehill School

Successful Dryland Training Season

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 15, 2020 11:38:07 AM

The Varsity Ski and Varsity Snowboard Cross (SBX) teams had a very successful dryland training season for the first part of their winter sports term prior to Christmas exams. Agility, core, balance and leg workouts were mixed with visualization exercises, team building activities and race mindset. We also had a chance to go to the Trampoline Park as a team outing. A big thank you to   Mr. Foley and  Mr. Hadley  for their assistance in the dryland training season.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets, Athletes at KES

Keeping (Making) it Real

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 14, 2020 7:30:00 PM

Last fall, our Recruitment Team approached me with the idea to produce a virtual reality tour of the campus which they could take on their recruitment trips. What ensued shortly after was a series of videos featuring various aspects of our campus and programmes; our Music Room being one of them. I was amazed at the technology of their expensive 3D camera but somewhat dubious of the endeavour itself. My IB Music class agreed to participate in the project, and the film crew arrived to the concert hall one morning and gave us instructions. I decided to set up our own video camera to record the process, for interest sake. If you've ever been involved in a recording process, you will know that whatever is trying to be achieved, is seldom done on the first attempt. We did our best and the crew left to assemble the various recordings into the virtual 3D tour hosted by select students. The end result is impressive, I admit, and perhaps someday you might have a chance to see it for yourself.  I hope you enjoy the opportunity to witness some of the process with this video. Be advised that with exception of the actual shoot each time, the students are not acting but behaving normally and things are as they usually are in my classroom. With that in mind, I hope you will agree that school can be a lot of fun, even under pressure.

Click here to watch the video.

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

Come Support our Wrestling Team!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 14, 2020 3:21:40 PM

Our 25th Annual KES Wrestling Tournament is being hosted on   Saturday, January 18th. We have 24 wrestlers on our roster this year, and we are very excited to see some of our new athletes compete in their first tournament. This is one of four wrestling tournaments that we will be hosting this term. We have also been asked to host the Wrestling Nova Scotia Open Provincial championships that will take place the following day of our invitational, on   January 19th. In addition to these tournaments, we have agreed to host the NSSAF Regionals and Provincial High School Championships on   March 6th and 7th.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Athletes of the Week - January 2020

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 14, 2020 2:15:00 PM

“Athletes of the Week” (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our Athletic Philosophy and School Mission Statement emphasizing gentleness and learning and dignity and respect.  
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 16

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 13, 2020 8:28:10 AM

Dear KES Family:

Years ago, on the morning of September 11 th, 2001, my Grade 9 class and I emerged from camping in the northern Ontario wilderness after a week of service: cleaning campsites, gathering garbage, and repairing damaged ‘thunder boxes’ (outhouses). As we waited for our school bus to pick us up, all our thoughts were about food, showers, and clean clothes. Those dreams were quickly shattered when the bus arrived, and the driver told us about the horrible events of “9/11”. As it did for so many, our world changed that day. We lost a kind of innocence. Certainly nothing could have been in greater contrast to the environment we had enjoyed the previous week and the harmony of my international group of 14 and 15-year olds.
 
As we gathered for assembly this week, I pondered the question of every educator: what do I say? Should I mention world events? Is it appropriate to focus on the wildfires in Australia or the extermination of an Iranian general? I don’t believe in a sanitized education but then again anxiety levels in youth have never been so high. It is almost two decades since 9/11. None of our students were born when it happened. Perhaps their childhood was not as innocent as mine. Terror was simply a genre of movies in my day. As for forest fires, I remember learning in school that they were necessary and good. Some species of trees, like the Jack pine, need the heat of the fire to release the seeds packed away in their pinecones. Nobody is saying that wildfires are good anymore.
 
It is a surprise to most students upon their return to the School that the Chapel is still decorated for Christmas and the morning readings and carols are selected to reflect the events which occur after the Birth of Jesus. It is about this time when the three kings or wise men follow yonder star and deliver their gifts to baby Jesus. It is also a surprise to the students to learn that it was at this time in the Christmas story when King Herod orders the death of all male children under two years old in Bethlehem. It is an event described in the Gospel of Matthew known as the Slaughter of the Innocents.
 
It seems that our lives are constantly touched by both joy and sorrow, often in close proximity. To be our best selves our hearts need to be open and vulnerable to experience joy and love, and yet strong enough to withstand those elements which threaten to overwhelm us. And so, what did I talk about during assembly? Inclusion and belonging and social health. We are healthier when we feel like we belong and are accepted as a true friend for who we are. The closer and more genuine our friends, the stronger we will be. We can handle anything together.
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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

Festive Faculty Fun

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 21, 2019 10:56:10 AM

New to the KES family this year is Ms. Stephanie Filman (opening scene - far left), who has taken on the task of being our in-house vocal coach and choir director. In addition to that, her talents and abilities have made their way into the classroom and everywhere around our campus. Her enthusiasm is infectious, to say the least. To help bring in the festive season and ease the tensions of the pending examinations, Ms. Filman assembled a number of faculty, and our Headmaster, to sing Christmas carols in the cafeteria at lunchtime on Thursday. By the grins on the onlookers' faces, their efforts were successful. Here is a glimpse at their joyous renditions of a few Christmas favourites. I suspect you may find yourself singing along!  Click here to watch the video. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life

Chanter Caroling

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 20, 2019 10:55:26 AM

On Wednesday evening, the KES Pipe Band took to the streets of Falmouth for some celebratory "chanter caroling". Thirteen students played Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells on their practice chanter, an instrument that students learn to play before they take hold of the mighty highland bagpipes. If these students keep it up, this caroling tradition is due to get a bit louder each year. Congratulations to this wonderful crew!

Click here for a preview. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Arts At KES

Christmas Cookies German Style

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 20, 2019 4:55:00 AM

When Christmas is near and you are away from home, it feels great to find moments in which we can create and experience some pieces of our culture and traditions. All of our students and teachers from Germany, as well as Ella Brown, one of our fierce learners of German, recently transformed Mr. and Mrs. Verryn-Stuart’s kitchen into a Weihnachtsbäckerei (Christmas bakery) and our living room into a movie theatre.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life

Congratulations Marc Ffrench, Head Coach NS Basketball U16 Team!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 18, 2019 3:00:00 PM

We are fortunate to be in our second year of “Prep Girls Basketball” and our girls’ programme has been flourishing under the tutelage of our Head Coach and Director of Basketball, Marc Ffrench. Marc has been the driver of this Prep Programme and has seen a number of his players scouted in both the Canadian and American university basketball systems. The team continues to excel, and the girls work hard on and off the court. The team culture is one of commitment and dedication in all they do, including in the classroom.  When not in the gym with their coach, the girls have also been assisting and volunteering with other co-curricular programmes. Since arriving at KES, Marc has also been focused on his own professional development. Enhancing his personal coaching development pathway, he has been working through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and Basketball Canada’s highest available Coaching Certification level. Recently, Coach Ffrench has been recognized for his commitment to excellence by Basketball Nova Scotia with an exciting appointment: “Basketball Nova Scotia has selected Marc Ffrench to be the Head Coach of the 2020 Nova Scotia U16 Girls Provincial Team. Coach Ffrench brings a wealth of knowledge, demonstrated success in elite level programs, combined with his ability to teach and prepare young athletes to thrive in competitive situations. Coach Ffrench and his yet to be named coaching staff will be responsible for developing the U16 Roster to be the core players of the roster that will represent Nova Scotia at the 2021 Jeux Canada Games to be held in the Niagara Region of Ontario. BNS is excited to welcome Marc Ffrench of King’s-Edgehill School and KES Prep Basketball to our Provincial Team Head Coaches Group for 2020.”  We join BNS in congratulating Marc Ffrench on his appointment to the provincial programme.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Our Student Volunteers

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 18, 2019 8:56:41 AM

This week our lunchtime volunteering wrapped up for the term.  It was a festive end to a term of giving.  It is true that the joy of giving lasts much longer than the joy of getting.  In fact, the excitement and smiles on the faces of the volunteers returning from Harvest House on Tuesday reinforced this idea.  Their joy was matched by the happy faces of those being served at the local soup kitchen in Windsor. 

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