Inside King's-Edgehill School

Great Canadian Geography Challenge

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2017 8:23:00 PM

Grade 9 student Olivia Drava won the Junior School Great Canadian Geography Challenge for the second straight year. Brisnel  Etou also made it to the final round; however, Olivia emerged as the winner with a wide variety of knowledge that translated into correct answers in all rounds. She loves to travel and retains details with ease. Olivia is our first two-time winner; however, with her moving to the Senior School the field is open for next year. Liam Connor and Matvey Semenenko progressed well and are returning to the Junior School.

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Grade 12 Alumni Dinner

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2017 10:57:56 AM

On Friday, May 26th, our graduating Students, Alumni, and Staff joined together to celebrate our Grade 12 Students transitioning to becoming Alumni of King’s-Edgehill School. It was so entertaining to see our Track and Field Athletes “sprint” from their Regional Competition at Acadia back to the School and “jump” into their finery to enjoy the Dinner followed by the Cadet Ball! We want to give a special “shout-out” to our student performers. The evening started with Kathleen Balcome entertaining us with the dulcet tones of the piano. Also rounding out entertainment at the Dinner was our fabulous Grade 8 Band, Tribe. Performers included Isabel Diaz, Righo Etou, Clare Fleckenstein, Grace Gallant, Archie Homes, KK Kofoworade. Jem Logan, Aria MacDonald, Matt Ozolins, and Matvey Semenenko.

The theme of the Alumni Dinner was “Forever Friendships.” We had several dynamic friendship duos present Alumni Pins to our graduating Seniors. John Traves and Richard Oland introduced each other and told the story of their friendship which has spanned almost 40 years. The next duo to present Alumni Pins was Abigail Shearer and Katrena Thomas who met at KES. In fact, they are so close, they share a birthday! Our last engaging duo to present Alumni Pins was Carlisle Norwood and Ross Porter who joked that they act as each other’s foils. Our dinner finished with three of our Alumni handing out Alumni Pins to graduates to whom they just happened to be related! Sue Williams presented a pin to her daughter, Bronwyn. John Traves presented a pin to his daughter, Katharine. Barbara Redden presented an Alumni pin to her grandson, Connor.

Thank-you to all the Alumni who attended our event. We had almost every decade represented for the past seventy years!

George Himmelman (1949)
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Grade 12 Graduation and Prize Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As the demands for academic excellence increase with each academic year, the end of each term is cause for celebration of another year of hard work and dedication – this is especially true for our senior graduating class. Senior School Graduation is a different experience at King’s-Edgehill School. The graduation ceremony, also called the Annual Closing Ceremonies, is held mid-June every year. This year, 2017, marks the 228th anniversary of the ceremonies.

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 12, 2017 9:47:20 AM

Dear KES Family:

Nobody competes with the intention of losing. In life, in sport, from Monopoly to Crazy Eights, everyone likes to win.  So what do we do when we don’t win? What do we do with the emotional upset of losing?  Do we blame the referee? The weather? The coach?
How we react when we lose or win defines us.  It also teaches us.  Time and time again I read research into resilience and anxiety, into coping skills and mental and emotional health, and time and time again I am reminded that losing not only makes us stronger but is essential to the well-being and development of our children.  Life is full of set-backs and disappointments.  Sometimes we don’t get the job we applied for, or receive the marks we are used to at university, or the return on our investments that we hoped for.  Relationships break up (or down), flights get delayed and cancelled, disease and accidents are inevitable, and businesses frequently fail and/or let employees go. To prepare our children properly for life, we need to allow them to fail and to lose.
There is lots of research to show that exposure to germs at an early age, to literally play in the dirt, enhances our immune systems and strengthens our resistance to disease.  The modern-day trend of sanitizing our children’s environment, or snow-plowing any obstacles in their way, of doing anything we can to keep them from being disappointed, does them a disservice.
Winning is tough.  Even the best of teams cannot take victory for granted.  A provincial title is elusive, and the honour of wearing KES “sleeves” is rare.  I am over-joyed for the KES track and field athletes and coaches who returned to the School with a provincial banner last weekend.  However, there were five other teams competing last weekend too.  All of them did well but none came first.  Seeing their reactions and hearing their stories fills me with equal pride.  No matter how much we love to win and hate to lose, our students know how to savour the journey and appreciate each other.  They bounce back with humour and a healthy perspective. Of them I am equally proud.

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Hockey Girls Shine at RUSH Showcase

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 8, 2017 8:29:00 PM

This past weekend five of our female hockey players attended the RUSH Showcase in Brampton, Ontario. Kenzie Cecchetto, Amelia Humphrey, Jordyn Hickey, Ava Benedict, and Deanna Fraser flew to Ontario to show off their skill and talent in front of a big crowd of supporters. This premiere showcase is by invitation only and is attended by many Canadian and American University scouts, coaches, and managers. It is an amazing opportunity to meet, discuss, and be seen by coaches from all over, with the possibility of playing for their Universities in the future! It was a challenging, fun-filled weekend working alongside some of the best coaches in the University circuit, and making new friends. Three of our girls even made the ALL STAR team! Ava Benedict, Deanna Fraser and Jordyn Hickey suited up in the best game of the weekend and made KES proud! We want to congratulate all five girls for their hard work, and representing KES so well over the course of the showcase. The feedback we received from showcase organizers was positive and coaches were impressed with their level of play. Very proud of you all!
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Reconnecting through Rugby

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 7, 2017 8:34:00 PM

I had the pleasure of visiting with Ainsley Crocker (1991-96) and her daughters Ashley and Kenzie at the Gathering of the Scots Rugby Tournament in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, last weekend. Ainsley's daughter Ashley was competing in the tournament. Ainsley has great memories of winning a provincial rugby title under the guidance of rugby coaches Henri (1975-2011) and Deb (Maxwell) Medina (1977-2010).

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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 35

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 5, 2017 9:09:14 AM

Dear KES Family:

It is at this time of year when one realizes that there are a zillion shades of green.  The spring rain and warmth has created a verdant wonderland on campus and the surrounding hills and countryside.  However, it is rather ironic by the time June comes and the campus looks stunningly perfect that the end of the school year is upon us. I really think we ought to extend our programmes right through the summer months so that everyone can enjoy the natural beauty which surrounds us. Don’t you think? Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in a classroom?
Okay.  Maybe that is just too weird to contemplate, but it still seems a bit selfish to be saying farewell when the campus is so gorgeous and there are only a few of us left behind to enjoy it.
I had some fun today going back through some of my old photos from previous years.  I gathered a few for the slide show below.  These are not quite baby pictures but there are certainly some baby faces amongst them!  I apologize in advance for not having some of every student, but I think everyone will appreciate the trip down memory lane.  Some students have not changed much over the years.  For some, the years of growth and maturity (and orthodontics, hahaha!) have been transformational.
It is hard not to be nostalgic once June rolls around.  A third of the students currently at the School will not be here next year. It is hard to fathom the KES family without them.
Joe Seagram

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Anson Chan - Table Tennis Champion!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 30, 2017 7:55:53 AM

Anson Chan was very busy over the May long weekend. While most of us were relaxing, he was off to the 

Atlantic Table Tennis Championships in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, as a member of Team Nova Scotia. He returned home in the wee hours of Sunday morning, after entering 5 different categories, including 3 singles and 2 doubles events. When all was tallied, Anson was 2nd in Under 21 Male, Champion of Under 18 Boys, Champion of Under 18 Boys Doubles, Champion of "B" single (combined gender) and his junior team also came 1st among all provinces. He was entered as an Under 16 athlete. Anson has now qualified to go to Toronto to compete in the National Championship representing Team Atlantic in July. We wish him all the best.

Mr. Kim Walsh
Director of Athletics

King's Edgehill School understands that some students thrive as part of a team, while others prefer to compete individually to improve their personal bests. We value both types of competition. Download our Athletics PhotoJournal to discover more about our athletics programme.
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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 26, 2017 5:37:31 PM

Dear KES Family:

Yesterday was a classic King’s-Edgehill School day. Chapel in the morning (wonderful message from Reverend Curry putting the Manchester bombing into a meaningful and thoughtful context), followed by classes, sports, and the Spring Fling arts extravaganza. In the morning I was able to see the track team in action at the Regional Championships, the rugby team(s) took to the field for their Regional Final in the afternoon, and then I saw many of those same athletes on stage at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre in the evening. Thank goodness for hot water and showers!

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The 254 Onward and Upward

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 26, 2017 2:50:32 PM

The band was tuned, the uniforms were smart and the boots were “shiny”. Oh well, two out of three is not bad. Friday had finally come and the cadets of the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps were ready to go. A flurry of activity kept the morning going as cadets showed up for missing spats, hose top, and “can you sew this button on for me?”….and “someone stole one boot out of my locker.”
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