Our Grade 9 students hit the ground running this year. They worked their way through the initial orientation and on the first Friday of classes, they started their Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the program, Bronze is the first level in the Duke of Edinburgh program and is an established feature here at KES.
Here on our KES campus, we have our own cancer stories. Judy DesRoches, our Head of Female Boarding and Administrative Assistant, has been an inspiration for our School community. The mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. Her positive spirit and personal determination are recognized by all. Please click here for her inspiring story. It is this kind of motivation that makes taking part in the Terry Fox Run on Sunday easy.
All students, staff and alumni can register for this year’s 40th Anniversary event by clicking on this direct Windsor/King’s-Edgehill link. It will be a “One Day. Your Way.” event, and I look forward to seeing the photos of students and their families walking, running, cycling or hiking their self-designed 5K routes. Photos should be submitted to Monica Schafer, Director of Student Life on Sunday.
Thank you for your participation.
Kai Smart came to us in Grade 11 having already studied at a few schools for students with learning differences. At KES, our plan with Kai was to strengthen the strategies she had already acquired and to add new ones as necessary, while attending mainstream classes with the goal of acceptance at the university of her choice. Kai quickly established her role as one of our hardest working students as she determinedly demonstrated her capabilities. Kai earned honours grades in each term at KES; I think her effort took her even farther than she thought she could go. It has been a highlight of my career to work with Kai and to see her flourish. She is keen to share her story to encourage students with learning differences and teachers who work with them. A learning difference does not stop you from accomplishing your dreams. We are very proud to share an article about Kai that was featured in the Royal Gazette in Bermuda.
As we know, this year is challenging us to do things differently. While members of our King’s-Edgehill boarding bubble community will take part in an on-campus event on September 20th, our large day population will take part in a virtual event. It will be a “One Day. Your Way.” approach with day students and their families choosing their own route and location to safely walk, run, bike, hike, skate or wheel. Without the usual social buzz of a busy registration desk, fundraising will go virtual as well. Boarding students are finding creative ways to raise money for cancer research on campus, while day students are registering independently with their families with the option of fundraising on their own. William Ahern, a full IB Diploma student and Grade 11 Steward from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is eager to make a personal impact. This is his tenth year taking part in the Terry Fox Run, and he recognizes the determination and perseverance that Terry Fox personified. William is motivated to do more than just complete the 5K event; he has created his own fundraising page online and has already raised over $700 that will translate into innovative cancer research that will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Way to go, William! The theme of this year’s 40th anniversary event is “Try like Terry”. During our ongoing pandemic challenge, there is no better way to generate a spirit of hope than to offer support to those in need. I challenge all students to follow William’s lead and act now to make a difference for others. All donations and personal fundraising efforts are appreciated greatly. As Terry once said, “Anything is possible if you try.”
This isn't the only example of King's-Edgehill School students contributing positively to our wider community. There are many opportunities to have an impact at KES. Read more about our Student Volunteers here.
A School day at KES will be a little different than years past, here is what you can expect.
Families are asked to be aware of personal health every day. If a student or family member has a COVID-19 sign or symptom present, he/she must stay home.
Upon arrival to campus, day students will proceed to the lower Athletic Centre entrance. Following health screening, students will proceed to chapel, assembly, or the first class of the day.
As you get ready for your first year at our School you likely have a few questions, here are some answers to the most common questions our new students ask.
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When inside any building on campus, or at any time where social distance cannot be maintained, a mask must be worn. Please review proper mask wearing etiquette with your child. The week prior to the start of school it is recommended to have your child practice wearing a mask for long stretches at a time.
The School will provide one KES mask per student and will also sell masks at the School Store. Students may bring their own mask from home (please make sure mask material does not depict inappropriate images or advertising).
As we prepare for the school year ahead, the health of our students, staff and extended KES community is paramount. We are excited to finally be learning and living together, but very aware that special attention will be necessary to maintain a healthy campus. After consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Nova Scotia, KES has an approved plan for reopening that includes important preventative measures. Some of these changes will take a little getting used to and others have already become common practice for many. Regardless, these safeguarding protocols will not change the campus spirit and usual KES community engagement!