Inside King's-Edgehill School

Video Victory

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 8, 2019 7:36:20 AM

Grade 11 student, Eva Redmond, arrived at King's-Edgehill School from Gander, Newfoundland last September with her camera and her cornet in hand. Within a couple of weeks, she became a lead player in every KES band, took center stage with the ensemble of our production of Mamma Mia!, and, won an internal promotional video contest for her piece on the opportunities that KES has to offer perspective new students. She also co-founded and rekindled a photography club on campus that has amassed quite a few like-minded shutter bugs. Last week, Eva submitted a 'short' video in the Halifax FIN Kids Film Festival. Her video is focused on The Arts and how they are valued by all and fill a necessary need in life's fulfillment. She was delighted to get immediate news from the competition committee that she passed the semi-finals and that her film would advance to the finals. Last weekend, Eva attended the Festival viewings and walked away a Winner! Eva just might be giving Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, and other producers/directors some competition in the near future! Please take the time to view her video; I am certain that you will be impressed too. Congratulations, Eva!

One Tuesday afternoon after photography club, I was hanging out in the Art room, kind of in the mood to do some filming. So, I ventured to the back where Sophia and Abigail were working on their art pieces. They welcomed me to film them, and that's how it all started. A couple weeks later I stumbled upon the film festival online and thought, Perfect! I'd finally have a use for the footage I had started to throw together. I started planning the layout of the video and asking people to take part. What was really an important aspect for me was the comfort the Arts bring to youth and students of my age group. I have been shown time and time again since arriving at this School just how much the Arts mean to people, and sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve, so I thought, what a perfect time to showcase them. In the beginning of the piece, the Arts have been taken away and people react in just raw footage. Later, of course, the Arts come back and you see the light it brings to everyone's life. While interviewing, I simply told people, "Pretend the Arts were all instantly taken away; how do you feel?" at first they found it funny, but by the time we got a couple minutes in, you could feel the real fear and anxiety they had just thinking of this. That's when this project became so much more real and more than just a film to me. I had to show the world how the Arts genuinely affect our lives and just how important they are. I had to do this for all the artists to have a voice. I am so thankful that the judges saw that and that the piece had a chance to be seen by others, and I hope that they saw the importance like I did.  

Jeff Smith
Director of Visual & Performing Arts
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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Topics: ARTS

Art Department News - Grade 8 Paintings

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 7, 2019 7:32:29 AM

Over the last few weeks, we have been so busy with our IB Senior Art Show and Gala that the focus has been on my Senior Art students. Meanwhile, back in the Art room, my Grade 8 Art students have been very busy with their acrylic paintings. This group arrived in my Art class at the end of January, and for many of these students, this would be their first formal Art class. As an Art teacher, my goal is to give them a good solid background in using different media and to learn different skill techniques so they feel comfortable enough to create. With this painting project, we concentrated on the materials, composition (close up), blending and colour. All of the students’ paintings are included so we can see that they all should be very proud of their achievements. Excellent job!! Now, onto working with clay!

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter - Week 32

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 4, 2019 4:01:58 PM

Dear KES Family:

Our new Strategic Plan has three strategic priorities: 1) Balance the Four Pillars, 2) Wellness, and 3) Financial Stability. Some of our work is visible to all (such as boosting the Arts Pillar by adding dance to the curriculum and co-curricular offerings) and some work is yet to be revealed (such as boosting summer revenue with high performance camps in basketball, hockey, dance, soccer, etc). However, I was thrilled to see that one of our wellness initiatives came to light yesterday. Happily, and to considerable excitement, we installed two swing sets! These are not part of a “playground”. Instead, they are positioned in community areas with sunlight and, we hope, contemplative views. Not many high schools have swings but many thanks to 2018 graduate Tessa Firth (whose idea it was) we have our first two!

It was with dismay that we received the news from the governing body of high school sport in Nova Scotia (the NSSAF) that the rugby season was cancelled. It came as a surprise to everyone. In a meeting today with representatives of the NSSAF and representatives from schools with rugby teams, we were told that since 2016 rugby has been on every NSSAF Board agenda. We were informed that there were difficulties communicating with the NSSAF’s School Insurance Program and recent comparative data on injuries suggests that rugby is not a safe sport. The NSSAF Board meets three times a year and in its May 2nd meeting the decision was made to cancel the season. Rugby is no longer an NSSAF sport. We have been told that the NSSAF is hopeful that the governing body for rugby in the province, Rugby Nova Scotia, will pick up the pieces of the season. However, we were also told that there were no prior conversations with Rugby Nova Scotia (or Rugby Canada or other provinces’ governing bodies) or about helping mitigate safety concerns this season. This being the case, there is a bit of a scramble going on to hastily put something together. Not a great scenario. Despite the passionate pleas of hundreds of high school rugby players at a demonstration in Halifax today, and despite a petition with over 10,000 signatures, the NSSAF stands by its decision. Unless Rugby Nova Scotia can mobilize its clubs and insurers to take on the high school program, there will be no more provincial high school rugby this spring.

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Provincial Win in CEMC Waterloo Math Contests!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 3, 2019 7:41:07 AM

The Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10) and Fermat (Grade 11) Waterloo Math Contests were written on February 26th, and after receiving the results, presentations were made to our KES Mathletes at the April 24 th  School assembly. Certificates of Distinction were awarded to those scoring in the upper 25% of all contestants worldwide, and a medal is awarded to the highest scoring student in the school.

KES Results for the Grade 9 Pascal Contest:
1 st    Cameron Stephens  – received a Certificate of Distinction and the school medal

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

The Grade Nine Bunny Brigade

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 2, 2019 5:54:00 PM

Adorned with painted whiskers and bunny ears, our Grade Nine leadership students: Nathan Casey, Kyle Clanachan, Taylor Cole, Justin Day, Mitchell Dinn, Maya Faucher, Bella Gallaise, Eugenia Gomez, Luca Graham, Gala Holm, Kayla Jarvis, Megan Mattie, Abby McCarthy, Doga Mercan, Emily Norton, Aden O’Callaghan, Greg Otto, Freek Schep, Carter Short, Sarah Sidorchuck and Gabby Strickey put some smiles on the faces of our younger Junior School students as they staged the 2019 campus Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Chase on the day before our Easter Break began. Grade Seven and Eight 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 raced to spot the Easter treats! Chocolate eggs were found in record time and our Grade Nine 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 Taylor Cole and Gabby Strickey who planned and ran the day’s events, and organized the rest of the Bunny Brigade. It will be a great memory for all!

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

There's a New Bachelor in Town!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 2, 2019 6:52:08 AM

Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending KES alumnus (2014) Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu'sgraduation recital at Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts. A talented violinist, Patrick was a cornerstone of our music programme during his tenure at our School. He was featured in our Fall 2018 Life Connections magazine and, since then, he has completed his Bachelor of Music degree and has been accepted to take his Master’s degree in composition at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston next fall. It warms my heart to follow Patrick's path into music, and I'm not alone: As I entered the well-attended Sir James Dunn Theatre, I spotted Tai-Yu (Debby) Chao (Head Girl 2013), and walking in right behind me and my wife was Erin Davison (2012) and Francis Laing (2012). We all watched and listened intently as Patrick bowed his way through an impressive repertoire with passion and technical prowess, set against the background piano accompaniment played by Danbee Ko. To celebrate our newest King's-Edgehill music grad, I offer this YouTube link to his performance . Patrick is the featured soloist in the first half of the recital and he also plays a supportive role in the second half which features a fellow music grad. I'm sure you will agree that his talent is great and his ongoing success is eminent. Please click here to view the recital programme.

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

King's-Edgehill School Athletes of the Week - April 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 2, 2019 6:51:00 AM

“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: Campus Life, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Earth Day at KES

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 1, 2019 8:05:15 AM

Although Monday, April 22nd, is recognized worldwide as Earth Day, we understand that every day is Earth Day, and a consistent approach to environmental stewardship is necessary. Last Wednesday, April 17th, the Junior School celebrated Earth Day and students got their hands dirty as they spent the day taking part in environmental activities.

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 28, 2019 9:16:10 AM

Dear KES Family:

Earth Day was last week. We did our bit. We picked up garbage in town and we turned down the heat (completely off in some places) and our students wore sweaters to stay warm. It catalyzed some good discussions. At my Headmaster’s Council meeting our Junior School representative Hannah Bryant brought forth initiatives for re-usable shopping bags, turning down the heat permanently, and making compost collection more efficient. Mr. Alguire’s Environmental Club is meeting and forging ahead with its initiatives too. However, this morning I watched a Ted Talk on YouTube and realized that what we are doing are steps in the right direction but are not enough.
A fifteen year old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, delivers a message in her Ted Talk on climate change that we must all hear. It is crystal clear and, quite frankly, accusatory. Her voice is a cry which pierces through the wilderness and touches a nerve. It certainly touched me.
As I write this note I am acutely aware of the contrasting Canadian states of emergency declared in Biggar, Saskatchewan because of wildfires and in Ottawa, Ontario because of flooding. Images of flooded streets and ruined homes in Quebec and New Brunswick fill the news. The contrast of fire and flood tell their own tale. No one is immune to climate change.
Greta’s story is fascinating. She objects to school and refuses to attend as she believes that traditional schooling has failed the planet and addressing the global crisis of climate injustice must be our top priority. She is articulate, well versed in multiple languages and the sciences and math. She appears supremely educated and capable. Recently, Greta addressed the United Nations (that address is on YouTube as well) with a piercing message for all the adults in the room. She, and this generation of children she speaks for, might just be the voice of change that our planet needs. Her Ted Talk is 11 minutes long. Take the time to watch and listen. Click here:
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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

Cute as Shoes - Georgia Violet Keddy

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 25, 2019 9:02:20 AM

Congratulations to our Senior School Teacher,   Jenna Pennington and hubby Jay Keddy  on the birth of their daughter   Georgia Violet Keddy  on April 6 th.  
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

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