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KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 3

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Sep 22, 2017 4:32:05 PM

Dear KES Family:

Our Head Boy, Arturo Ramirez, made an announcement on Wednesday in which he urged his fellow students to make sure they left the Dining Hall neat and that when they put away their dishes to stack them in the appropriate piles (bowls with bowls, big plates on big plates etc.). He finished by saying “little things can make big changes”. He is right. We have to look beyond the small impact we make as individuals to see how transformative we can be as a community.

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

KES Students to Visit University Campuses in Ontario/ Quebec

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 19, 2017 7:43:55 AM

There is nothing more exciting to a Senior Student then visiting and touring a university campus. It’s a student’s firsthand view of what university life is like, and get an opportunity to get information, ask questions and decide if that university if a good fit for their future aspirations. A campus visit allows a student to experience the people, the learning environment as well as see the dorms and walk around campus. 


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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, University Counselling

Students sign up to "Be More": KES Clubs and Activities Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 18, 2017 3:51:43 PM

It is always exciting to chat with our new and returning students at the beginning of the year, and listen to what their goals are for the year ahead! Some students want to volunteer more in the local community, be in the school musical, or become a better public speaker, and others want to get involved in evening intramurals or learn a new language.  

Last Friday over lunch students gathered in the quad to hear all about what clubs and committees are offered this year at KES. Teachers and students creatively decorated tables, provided information, and encouraged students to sign up for clubs of interest.  

Here are some of the clubs we have offered at KES this year:

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, volunteering, clubs and committees

King’s-Edgehill School Offers the SATs

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 16, 2017 12:24:00 PM

Each year King’s-Edgehill School offers students the chance to take their SATs – a necessary examination for any student thinking of applying to an American university.

Students who wish to write their SAT examinations during the 2017-18 academic year, will do so in October 2017 and therefore must register the first week in September. King’s-Edgehill School is a Supplementary Examination Centre for SAT’s, so our students do not need to travel Halifax to write the tests.

We encourage students who would like to write their SATs to adequately prepare for the test. Students can do this by practicing and taking a course, such as or Princeton Review and get a tutor, if required. Some of the courses are free, and some come with a cost, but many are offered online.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, University Counselling, SATs

KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 2

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Sep 15, 2017 5:09:13 PM

Dear KES Family:

There is a small room by the entrance to the Chapel where we change and prepare for the service. Each morning when I enter to put on my robe I am invariably greeted by students like Mona Mohamed or James Atwood or Korolos Sawires, as they light the candles and gather the Crucifix for the morning service.  Despite the fact that it stopped years ago, my eye is inevitably drawn to an old clock on the wall, frozen in time at 7:05. 
I like the fact that there is a place at KES where time stands still.
In this age of rapid change and electronic stimulation, it is soothing to be in a place that stays the same.  There are visual and auditory and olfactory touchstones.  The smell of the old wood, the feel and creak of the pews, the old School Colours (254 flags), the muted light of the stain glass, the unique resonance of the organ: all these elements create a kind of sensory time capsule.  This is both comforting and reassuring, like hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day.
The first hymn we sang this morning pre-dates the origin of the School by 6 years (1782), and the reading from Genesis may date back to Hebrew scripture in the 6 th  Century BC but it has a timelessness to it that is diminished by giving it a ‘date’. Singing and reading and thinking about things that countless generations have sung and read and pondered before is also comforting.  When Reverend Curry asked us this week what it means to be human I could not imagine a more fundamental question, or one that has not been asked since time and human communication began.
Each day our School Prayer invites us to think about such traditional values as “truth, honour, and duty” and “purity of heart”.  These are words and concepts that don’t surface in the course of a typical modern teenager’s daily life, and yet there is not a student here who would not recognize their value in themselves or in their friends. 
We need anchoring spaces and places and ideas in our lives. No matter what happens during our day we need places of solace, places that are safe, places that allow us to reflect upon life. We need physical and emotional space to find and return to ourselves.  We need anchoring connections to those who have gone before.  For generations and generations of students the Hensley Memorial Chapel has been this kind of place.
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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter

KES Helps Students Choose the Right University

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 15, 2017 8:09:00 AM

Choosing a university can be a daunting task, but at King’s-Edgehill School we work with our students to ensure they have the right resources and tools to choose the right university.

When choosing a university, we want KES students to not only look at the academic programming in question, but also ask: What is the campus culture like? Will this university properly prepare me for the career I am striving for? Is the school the right size for me? What is the community like outside of the campus? What scholarship opportunities are available to me? Does this school have the athletic or arts programming I am looking for? Is the school located within a distance from home that I am comfortable with?

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Topics: Academics at KES, University Counselling

Alumnae Hockey Stars – Julia and Rita

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 10, 2017 12:51:00 PM

We are always happy to get updates from our alumni, and I was especially happy to receive news from my first hockey graduates,  Julia Schmitt (2014-17) and Rita Dorofeeva (2012-17). Julia and Rita both captained the hockey team last year and were a big part in our 4th place finish overall in the NAPHA! They were rewarded for their hard work on and off the ice and both received scholarships to attend Universities here in Atlantic Canada.

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Topics: girls hockey, hockey, athletics

KES Headmaster Weekly Newsletter-- Issue I

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Sep 9, 2017 8:08:08 AM

Dear KES Family:

It has been an absolutely superb first week here at the School. The enthusiasm (and energy!) for the year ahead is at an all-time high. Picking up from the tremendous leadership of the Class of 2017, this year’s graduates are already leading the way, providing a warm King’s-Edgehill School welcome for our 153 new students. Our Grade 11 Stewards and their Grade 12 Prefect counterparts are doing a remarkable job. Whether carrying luggage, reassuring new parents and students, or singing loudly in Chapel, they have helped everyone make that sudden transition from summertime and holidays to classes and our 24/7 KES life. Clubs and sports and auditions for the musical have commenced. Even the joys of running front hill for fitness have been discovered!

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

ESL Summer Camp Wraps up...

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 3, 2017 9:15:05 AM

We concluded our week with a wonderful variety show before writing the final test and then heading off to Oak Island to board the Bluenose II.

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Birthday Celebrations at ESL Camp

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 1, 2017 4:31:40 PM

We celebrated a few birthdays this week. Emilio, Victor and Cindy all had happy birthdays during the camp. Good thing we love cake.

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Topics: ESL Summer School

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