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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2019 3:33:00 PM

Thirty-six Grade 10 and 11 Art students visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Tuesday, May 7th. What a visit! We explored the recent exhibitions such as: Industrial Elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth; Salvador Dali, A Suite of Prints; and Halifax Harbour 1918: Harold Gilman and Arthur Lismer. Our docents opened our minds and exposed us to new adventures. One group actually had time to do Performance Art pieces in one of the exhibitions.

I think the one painting that truly opened our minds and challenged our beliefs was the large painting (3.5 meters by 7 meters) by Cree artist Kent Monkman. It was recently gifted to the Gallery by the Sobey Foundation, and it has recently been installed and is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery. The massive painting depicts the arrival of the Europeans on the East Coast, the focus is two large sea-tossed vessels about to collide. One, a tattered raft rigged with a sail is occupied by pale characters from European history. The other vessel is a canoe filled with richly coloured contemporary and ancient Indigenous characters. The turbulence of these two cultures colliding was the theme that was explored. This painting certainly provoked thought and conversation and it truly is worth the trip to the gallery.

“I wanted people to think about what the treaties were intended to be, how they were interpreted by Indigenous Peoples; where did they go wrong?”- Kent Monkman

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

KES Rugby Star - Camryn Kleynhans

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2019 7:12:00 AM

While our rugby teams are in the middle of their hunt for a berth at the Provincial Championships, Grade 11 rugby star Camryn Kleynhans has been recognized by Rugby Canada for her exceptional play. This week, Camryn was named to Rugby Canada’s East U18 team which will compete against USA East U18 team this August at Brock University in Ontario. 

Based on Camryn’s inclusion in this camp, she will also be considered for selection in the National U18 team which will compete against USA in December. 

Considering Camryn began her journey with the sport here at King’s-Edgehill, her rise in the sport has been meteoric. Aside from playing with our School team, she has also competed with our local women’s club the Windsor Machine, the provincial U16 and U18 programs, and most recently travelled to Florida to partake in a 7s tournament against competition from across the continent. 

Jack Hanratty, the Nova Scotia Provincial Team coach and head coach of the National Women’s U-20 team commented that, “Camryn is a natural 7 in the game of rugby; once she is playing she only has one speed. She has a bright future and I look forward to seeing her develop”.

We are all very proud of Camryn’s accomplishments, and we will be cheering her on as we finish our high school season and she transitions to her summer commitments.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

District Track and Field Championships Recap

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 16, 2019 3:30:13 PM

For those who prefer tweet-like emails, here’s what the birds are chirping: after two days of competition our Intermediate boys and girls placed 2nd, and our senior girls and boys won another banner for placing 1st.  See below for complete results and new Wall of Payne members. See (far) below for a longer comment.
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Bring Your Sibling to School Day 2019

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 16, 2019 9:17:00 AM

Friday, May 3rd, was a special day. It was Bring Your Sibling to School Day and there was much excitement as approximately thirty brothers and sisters arrived with their siblings for a KES day of learning. They joined their brothers and sisters in Chapel, advisor meetings, classes, lunch and at the special after-school activities. It was a true family day of learning. In the Grade 7 class alone, we had the youngest and the oldest sibling visitors in the School. Nikhita Kolla brought her 6-year-old younger sister, Srini, and Caitlin Behan brought her 22-year-old sister, Holli, to campus for the day. Teachers offered differentiated instruction to meet the needs of everyone, and Holli even had the opportunity to assist the teachers during the Grade 7 Wellness class. It was wonderful to see our students taking care of their siblings and our community eagerly welcoming our guests. The smiles on the faces as they left each class, said it all. The day would not have been complete without a walking tour around our campus, a visit to historic Long Pond and a hike along the beautiful Manning Trails. The sunshine and fresh air felt good. The day ended with a game of Chocolate Bar Bingo in the dining hall, a big hit for all of our siblings. Special thanks are extended to Mr. Kevin Lakes for organizing the afternoon activities and to Jaymie Fawson, Freek Schep and Daniella Cortazar for their able assistance.

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Dancing in Italy

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2019 7:28:00 PM

Many of our students went to Europe during the March break and when school commenced, they presented a video synopsis of their travels. Pending graduate, JooHyun (Judy) Park and Grade 11 student, Jimin Choe added their twist on the trip with a short video of them breaking out their synchronized dance moves at the various places they visited. To me, this illustrates the importance and infectious enthusiasm fostered by our new dance programme. It has become an integral component of our daily Performing Arts options. Jimin and Judy comment:

Since we don’t have enough time to spend together, we wanted to cherish the moment in Europe in a special way. We love dancing and the dance we performed in the video was popular in our country. Therefore, we decided to make a short film of our dancing at tourist attractions. It is an honor to show our video. We hope you enjoy it!

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

“Fritz Walter Wetter (German expression to describe rainy weather for soccer) in Halifax”

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2019 3:29:26 PM

Almost 50 students were curious to see Halifax’s first professional soccer team. After boarding the bus with cheerful spirits, we headed to “Wanderers Ground” in Halifax to see the first Canadian Premiere League game on Nova Scotian soil. This is the first year of the Canadian Premiere League and the Halifax Wanderers is one of the seven teams participating in this division. Thanks to the Clanachan family for donating 50 tickets and some Wanderers swag to our School so we could witness the home opener against “Forge FC” (Hamilton, Ontario).

With typical Maritime weather (4 degrees, rainy, windy), the students enjoyed a close soccer game at high level. The Halifax Wanderers fought hard, played well and won the game 2:1 with goals scored by Garcia #30 and Perea #80. Another great KES trip is in the books and this is hopefully the start of many victories for the HFX Wanderers. 

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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

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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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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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

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