On Saturday, November 25, 2017, three King’s-Edgehill School Math League teams visited Acadia University to compete in the first contest of the year. After a round of ten team questions and the pairs relay, and with only the individual relay remaining, our Math League Team of Phoebe Yuen, Yufei (Jessica) Wu and Jiashu (Jay) Liu finished it first; another of our Math League Teams of Qianhui (Venus) Hong, Ziyue (Shell) Jiang, Hsiao-Yu (Mia) Chen and Yue (Rebecca) Yu finished it third.
Congratulations, mathletes, and don’t forget we have practices on Tuesday evenings led by Captain Linxuan (Skyler) Li, and teachers Mr. Chris MacLean and Ms. Michelle Moon.
We hope to see interested mathletes at our next practices!
Dear KES Family:
The Admissions Office has been very busy and, as a result, I have had the pleasure of interviewing over a dozen excited (and nervous) teenagers this week. With the exception of one, all would be terrific additions to KES next year. Each interview takes on a life of its own and goes in different directions, but one of the questions I ask is whether there is anything about coming to KES that worries or scares them.
The consistent answer to this question is making friends, of being liked, of being accepted within our community. That “what if no one likes me” fear is very real. The thought of being alone, or being lonely, is scary. I don’t think it matters what stage of life one is in, I don’t think there is anything more challenging than that feeling of being isolated and separate. Belinda and I recently watched the film “Our Souls at Night” starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Their characters live across the street from each other and each is living alone after having lost their spouse many years before. The film starts with Fonda asking Redford if he would consider coming over at night to sleep with her. Not for “that” she says, but for company, so that she can sleep. “The nights are the worst,” she asks, “Don’t you think?” Eventually he says yes and they become close friends.
One cannot guarantee that every student will find a best friend at KES, but I am confident that our School community is sensitive and thoughtful enough that no one ever eats alone in the Dining Hall or feels excluded from School activities. Empathy is highly valued in our School culture. It is really important to all of us that people are treated with dignity and respect, and that everyone feels valued and welcome.
One of the unique aspects of KES is our good fortune to have a School Reverend. Especially at Christmas time, Reverend Curry is masterful at demonstrating that we are not alone. As he explained the story of Mary and the symbolism of the Advent Wreath in Chapel this week, I could not help but draw comfort from his words. It is Reverend Curry’s way that even if one has deep questions and is undecided about one’s faith, everyone is invited to participate in our services together.
As December is upon us and our whole-School Carol Services this weekend beckon, I cannot help but contemplate how fortunate we are to be part of a community that is so inclusive and thoughtful, does so much together, and envisions a world that is not empty, alone, and godless.
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education. Some aspects such as Drama, Music and Visual Art, are part of the regular academic curriculum and are available as IB courses as well.
Dear KES Family,
"But before we talk business first tell me, how is your family?"
With this question, I was greeted in Abu Dhabi by an Emirati gentleman named Fadi Alyousef who shares our vision of building a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in the UAE. For the next hour we each told stories about our children, our brothers and sisters, and of our parents. As the week progressed and we visited homes, met spouses and children and shared dreams and meals with our partners in the United Arab Emirates, it was clear that building our relationship was as important as the work we had come to do.
I was accompanied by Trevor Hughes (Chair of the Board, King's-Edgehill School) and by Warren MacLeod (Director of King's-Edgehill School International), as well as Issmat Al-Akhali (CEO of Blacksheep Projects in Halifax). After three years of successful license and land applications in Abu Dhabi, we were travelling to walk the land upon which our new campus, King's-Edgehill School Abu Dhabi (KESAD), would reside. Located in a quickly growing community and bordered by beautiful new homes and pristine roads and highway, our large parcel of land is untouched desert sand.
The concept designs for KESAD are beautiful. Colourful and uniquely laid out, windows and shaded courtyards abound. It is designed to maximize natural light and to enhance everyone's educational experience. Large classrooms and open communal spaces will benefit from wide corridors and huge windows. It will be a knock-your-socks-off gorgeous school for upwards of 2,000 students. If all goes smoothly with the construction, we will welcome our first students in September 2019.
After our work and 'business' was done, but before we set off for the long journey back to Nova Scotia, we had a final farewell in the home of Raed Alyousef, another partner and investor in KESAD. Greeting us warmly at his doorstep were his two dogs (a large Husky and tiny Pomeranian) and his parrot. The conversation ranged from art to time travel. He has two striking paintings by a Syrian artist of which Warren asked if he could take photographs. "Of course," Raed replied. "My house is your house."
Two flags will fly at KESAD: Canada and the UAE. I am thrilled with the cultural bridges we are creating and the core values we share. In the future, the opportunities for our students at home and at KESAD to do the same will be limitless.
Topics: About King's-Edgehill School
This created an opportunity for twelve cadets to visit Parliament, The National Art Museum, an OHL hockey game, the War Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica, the Supreme Court, and present to hundreds of people at the Chateau Laurier.
Quynn Rusaw, William Ahern and Thomas Boily helped me present the story of the Halifax Explosion -- the day, 100 years ago, that the violence of war came home to Nova Scotia. Dr. Kavanagh knew we would represent the province and the topic with knowledge and respect. The cadets did not disappoint and showed no nervousness even though the Minister of Defense, Harjit Sajjan, was in attendance at the event and had presented just before our cadets.
We also had the opportunity to visit the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Geoff Regan. He regaled us with stories and took us to the floor of the commons, with everyone trying out his chair, and a few students even tried out the view from Mr. Trudeau’s desk.
It was a memory-making trip for all our participants. Silas Fillmore, Alden Mulherin, Carter Short, Max Escaravage, Jakob Rusaw, Ties Bouwman, Matvey Semenenko, Aden O’Callaghan and Luis Ganem represented our Corps, our School and their families very well.
Next year, the focus will be on Women’s Contributions during Wartime. Our goal at KES will be to send a contingent of female cadets to Ottawa in 2018.
The cadets thank Captain Hynes and Ms. Schafer for their support, all the students and faculty who contributed to our Dress Down fundraiser and Dr. Brad Rusaw for his help and contributions to the weekend of learning and friendship.