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Live Music at the Library

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 27, 2018 7:01:00 PM

The typically quiet Convocation Hall was rocking this week and filled with cheering and applause, as two KES bands performed for staff, students, and parents. 

Organized by our very own Junior School teacher and songwriter/performer, Mr. Patrick LePoidevin, the night kicked off with the band Alcazar. This group of KES students has been together for several years and group members include Nick Cheverie (drums), Max Cole (guitar),Linus Mulherin (guitar), (Grace Gallant absent last night, but plays bass guitar in the band), and Aria MacDonald (lead vocalist). This group lit up the stage with covers from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Radiohead, and the crowd went wild. 

Next up was Pat LePoidevin with drummer David Wolf (Teacher and Middle Inglis Houseparent), playing songs from their new album that is being released on June 8, 2018 (Captain Myles and the SPR). The songs on this album revolve around a story written by Pat about two children who accidentally build a rocket ship and fly through outer space. There was also a guest appearance by Mr. Brodi Robinson for a country number called “Cha Cha”. This is Pat’s 5th full length album, and this summer he and David Wolf will be playing for fans in Eastern and Atlantic Canada on a summer tour. 

The performances were truly “out of this universe”, and the KES audience was captivated listening to both groups' talent. Our community is beyond fortunate to have such gifted role models who are not only enthusiastic to share their own music with others, but also encourage and motivate our youth to dream big and get out there and perform for others!  Click here for a quick preview

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Québec 2018!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 26, 2018 7:01:10 PM

Thirty-four Grade 8 students took learning on the road in May with a five-day trip to Quebec City, and the annual voyage was a tremendous success. Chaperoned by three Junior School teachers (and veteran travelers) – Monsieur Rochon, Madame Belliveau and Monsieur Hollett – the students took part in a wide variety of activities that were chosen to give them the opportunity to explore and enjoy the culture and history of this amazing city and the surrounding region.

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The Art and Science of Balancing Life

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind for Grade 8 student William Ahern. After a year of debate practices and tournaments with the King’s-Edgehill School debating team, William, and his debating partner Grace Gallant, qualified for the Junior National Debates held in Calgary, Alberta. At this national debating tournament, William and Grace competed for two days and placed in the top 20. 

In the days prior to debating nationals, however, William showcased his musical talent in the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, which is an annual music festival held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, involving over 3000 competitors of all ages and musical disciplines. William entered into four advanced piano disciplines (grade 9 and 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level music) and claimed first place in each. Furthermore, he was awarded the “Acadia University Rose Bowl/Mary Montgomerie Award”, which is an engraved bowl given annually to the most outstanding performer in any one discipline who has achieved the highest average marks in three or more solos; the “Senior Piano Trophy” for having a consistently high standard of solo performance in a number of classes; and the “Hester Jackson Baroque Award”, which is an engraved shield that recognizes excellence in baroque performance. A video is available here of his award-winning performance of Liszt’s Consolation #3. Watch his winning performance.

William’s interests not only span the arts, but also stretch to encompass the sciences where he is currently attending the Canada Wide Science Fair at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. His project is entitled “Fruit Flies Away”, and proposes a new innovative, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly method for eliminating fruit flies.

Congratulations to William for striving for excellence in each of his recent achievements and for role-modelling King’s-Edgehill School’s Be More motto. 

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 25, 2018 6:02:29 PM

Dear KES Family:

It is fitting that during a week when our Commanding Officer walked the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the future Duchess of Sussex, that we celebrated the accomplishments of the School’s 254 Cadet Corps. Indeed, it would have been great if it had been Captain Hynes who gave Meghan Markle away, but it was none other than our other Commanding Officer Prince Charles, the Colonel-In-Chief of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment to which we belong. It is a faint connection but, in a wee way, we were all present at the royal matrimonial.

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The Grade 7 Class Explores the Bay of Fundy

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 24, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Recently, our Grade 7 students took their learning outdoors and stepped into the woods and fields of the Annapolis Valley and the spectacular beaches of the Minas Basin. The students explored a section of Nova Scotia’s coastline where the rich red mud and abrupt cliffs contrast with the fresh green of new spring growth. Blomidon Provincial Park is a wonderful place to hike and explore. They discovered many things along their journey including: Trillium and Trout Lily Lily flowers, eagles, waterfalls, fiddle heads, agate and amethyst rocks, and many other marvels found in the area. We also visited two local beaches where we hiked, clambered, explored sea caves and spires, and played in the sand.
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Kayaking and Hiking on the South Shore

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The beauty of Nova Scotia never ceases to amaze anyone who has the opportunity to be outside in our spectacular natural landscape. Eleven students and staff had the great fortune to kayak and hike on the South Shore a couple of weekends ago in Chester, Blandford and East River. This was a Duke of Edinburgh Leadership trip coinciding with the Cadet Star expedition programme which requires two modes of transport.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Travel at KES

KES Grade 8 and 9 Works of Art

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 22, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The Grade 8 and 9 Art classes started the term learning the basics of drawing such as line drawing, shading, contour drawing, perspective and other more advanced drawing skills.

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Grade 9's Visit Garden of the Gulf

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 22, 2018 1:07:20 PM

The Grade 9 students and chaperones once again ventured to Prince Edward Island for our annual class trip. This journey is a staple of the Junior School and this year was once again a great success. The group visited the Museum of Industry in New Glasgow before boarding the ferry to “the Island”. The annual Lobster Dinner was enjoyed in Montague, followed by a trip to Cavendish Beach where some students went for a chilly swim as   Mr. LePoidevin  played the pipes. The next day the group visited Confederation sites, swam at UPEI and zoomed away on Go-Karts before catching a film at the cinema.  

The trip home was shortened as we stopped for a tour of Mount Allison University along the way, as believe it or not, soon these students will be making post-secondary education decisions. Another fun, safe and edifying trip to the “Garden of the Gulf” was enjoyed by all. It is evident that the Class of 2021 has a great foundation.
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Provincial Win in University of Waterloo Math Contests!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 20, 2018 1:45:32 PM

The Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10) and Fermat (Grade 11) Waterloo Math Contests were held on February 27th, and presentations to our KES Mathletes were made at the April 25th School assembly. Certificates of Distinction are 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.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, IB Programme

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 19, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The Grade 10 Art Class visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 9th. We had the opportunity to view a few of the visiting exhibitions. The exhibit   The Light Fantastic was very popular -- the artists worked in neon light, video, print, paint and photography. This show was influenced by a line in one of John Milton’s poems of 1645. Other exhibits that we visited included:   Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax;   Shifting Grounds, and   Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the TŌKAIDŌ. To check out other Art Gallery of NS exhibitions  Click here.
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Topics: Arts At KES, Travel at KES

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