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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 7

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 20, 2018 9:00:40 AM

Dear KES Family:

It looks like the official sod (or perhaps sand would be a better word?) turning ceremony for King’s-Edgehill School Abu Dhabi will take place next month. Although King’s-Edgehill is not providing the capital to construct the new campus, we are responsible for everything from overseeing the design to the day-to-day operations. All the necessary permits and license have been procured and we anticipate a September, 2020 opening. As we will open with our Primary and Pre-Primary school, I have been touring recently constructed and furnished primary schools to see in person what the latest trends are in early childhood education.

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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 6

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 12, 2018 4:42:00 PM

Dear KES Family:

For the last week I have been infused with the joyous energy of our Grandparents’ Day sneak peek of Mamma Mia. The theme song of our autumn musical was performed on stage for us by forty-seven smiling and dancing students. Despite only having a few weeks to rehearse the lines, notes, and choreography, it was obvious to all, that the world’s first high school production of this ABBA sensation is going to be memorable. I am the School’s biggest cheerleader, but I generally don’t sing the praises of our plays until the week of the event. However, this production is going to be a hot ticket not just because the play is so much fun, but we have an exceptionally strong cast of male and female voices. The students and staff will do justice to this play. Book your calendars now and email Janet Naugler for tickets. Show times are November 22nd to 24th.
It won’t be until their winter invitational when we see our new Prep Girls’ Basketball Team play at home, but their season kicks off this weekend with games against Mount Allison and Glendon College. That’s right...our girls’ first games are against top university programmes! I am excited for them and thrilled that our first year, student-athletes have done so well academically and added such positive energy to KES in all aspects of School life. We wish them luck!
The annual CAIS conference for heads of school from across Canada (includes schools from Switzerland and Bermuda, too) is this weekend. Arriving in the host city of Calgary was a bit of a shock. The runways were covered in snow and the skies thick with cloud and sleet. Not a warm reception. However, I took advantage of my early arrival to scoot out to the mountains to see the fall colours (hahaha!). Amazingly, as grey and slushy as Calgary was, Banff was spectacular and a four-hour hike took me up to the golden spectacle of larches (the only coniferous tree to lose their needles). Blue skies greeted me as I emerged out of the forest above the tree line. The brilliant sunshine made me think of Brenda MacDonald (Class of 2017) who, as a Canadian and American champion para-skier, spends much of her life in the mountains. When she graduated, her parents funded a special award called the Bluebird Day Scholarship, so named because of the beauty of clear skies and sunshine in the mountains. This week I had my very own ‘bluebird day’ in Banff National Park. I wish I could have beamed the entire School up to see this rare exhibition of Canada’s natural beauty. Simply breathtaking! Some photos are below. 
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Summer Rugby Updates

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 8, 2018 8:35:31 AM

Soon after the high school rugby season ended, a number of our current stud ents and recent graduates continued their efforts on the pitch throughout the summer as members of our Provincial rugby programme, the Nova Scotia Keltics. The 2018 most outstanding male contributor and current University of Western student,  Alex Otto (2012-18) , led the charge on the Under-18 team. Joining Ale x was current Senior student and Prefect,   Ben Lohr .
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Topics: Athletes at KES, About King's-Edgehill School

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 5

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Oct 5, 2018 6:14:44 PM

Dear KES Family:

I would like to connect two separate items from this week. The first is the information session we had with two officers from the RCMP’s cybercrime unit. In these one-hour presentations, our students learned about the dangers of the internet and the dark web, the predators that troll chat rooms and Apps, the permanency of any images that are posted on social media, and the horrific stories of children who have been ‘lured’ into providing naked images of themselves or been tricked into actually meeting, and subsequently being abused and/or abducted, by people who have hidden their true identities online.

Coincidentally, the reading in Chapel this week was from Genesis and the students heard the story of Satan disguising himself as a snake in the Garden of Eden. The parallels between online “luring” and of Satan whispering in Eve’s ear are remarkable. While listening to the police officers, I could not help but think that the Old Testament story is played out again and again with our children. However, while it was clear that in the Garden of Eden there was just the one snake and the single Forbidden Fruit, the youth of today have many whispering snakes in their lives and perhaps an orchard of trees bearing forbidden fruit.

As excited as we get about the innovations of science and technology, of travel and opportunity, the reality is that the lives of our children are far more complex than any generation before them. My childhood was much simpler, the temptations I faced were far fewer and the voices I heard were generally from adults I knew and a cluster of teammates and classmates. The shows we watched were family oriented and The Beatles’ lyrics came without parental warnings. Comparing the childhoods of a parent or grandparent of today’s teens is a study in contrast.

This is why I value Thanksgiving so much. It is one holiday that is focused on family and gratitude. It has not been commercialised. It is not about material things. It celebrates goodness. Our children need adult voices and simple pleasures in their lives. Thanksgiving helps provide reflective and valuable family moments. For that alone, I give thanks for Thanksgiving.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Our Close Knit Club

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 5, 2018 12:32:00 PM

The club programme is up and running in the Junior School. Clubs provide an excellent opportunity to try something new, from debating, to robotics, to yearbook. One club in particular excites me, as I love crafts! Every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 in room 205 on the second floor of the Junior School, Clare Fleckenstein runs a knitting club. It is welcome to anyone who would like to learn to knit for the first time, and to experienced knitters who might like to hone their skills or work on a larger project with some guidance and supervision. Knitting needles and a wide selection of yarns are available to work with. Lesson one for the beginners was accomplished …casting on! Pictured here are Clare Fleckenstein, Mathangi Somasekaram, Elisabeth Edwardsand Sean Hurley. Come and join us for some crafty fun!

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

KES Students Attend the Annual Dalhousie Math Camp

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 5, 2018 6:43:22 AM

This summer, during the month of July, we were given an opportunity to attend the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Annual Camp at Dalhousie University in Halifax. We stayed for five days in residence, attending seminars during the day and hanging around campus or participating in activities in the evenings. It gave us exposure to a high level of education beyond the confines of the classroom, and allowed us to meet peers with similar interests. On top of this, it gave us a taste of university life, and introduced us to people working practically in the field of mathematics, as well as to other students who were aspiring to that. We would like to thank our Math teachers, especially Mrs. Dufour, for thinking of us and wanting to send us to this camp. We are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity!

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

Athletes of the Week

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 4, 2018 7:37:10 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: Athletes at KES, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, About King's-Edgehill School

A Month of International Celebrations

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 3, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Mexican Independence Day

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

Why Caribbean Students Choose our School

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 3, 2018 1:15:04 PM

Caribbean families have entrusted King’s-Edgehill School with their children for many years because of everything KES and our surrounding community has to offer.

King’s-Edgehill School is proud to be a CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools) Boarding School. Our family consists of over 360 university-bound students from Canada, North America, the Caribbean, and around the globe. We not only offer outstanding academic programming, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, but we also strive to provide the best in athletics, arts, leadership opportunities and extra-curricular activities. 

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Topics: Campus Life

Grade 9 Adventurous Journey

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 3, 2018 6:59:59 AM

From Thursday, September 20th to Friday, September 21st, the largest Grade 9 class (ever!) embarked on their annual Duke of Edinburgh “Adventurous Journey” into Kejimkujik National Park. All 60 students were shuttled into the middle of Nova Scotia’s wilderness, located in the most central western half of the province.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Travel at KES

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