Grade 11 IB Music students are required to perform for a panel of jury adjudicators as part of their applied studies portfolio. Max Cole is a fantastic young guitarist and singer from right here in Windsor, and he is in his fifth year at our School. He is an integral member of the School Jazz Band, seeks centre stage as a leading cast member of every musical, and fronts his own pop band, Alkazar. Max elected to play a Carlos Santana guitar selection, entitled Europa. Accompanying him is our long-time guitar teacher and my dear friend and colleague, Mr. John Tetrault (1968-70). John is terrific at mentoring students like Max to strive to reach their full potential musicianship and beyond. What is an interesting aside is that John is also an alum of KES and his name still resides on the infamous "Wall of Payne" for his accomplishments in track & field during his KES school days! Click here and enjoy the performance!
Happy New Year! How wonderful it is to reconnect with our King’s-Edgehill community as 2019 begins. As students and staff share stories about their holiday traditions and travels, it is great to remember those local families who benefited from our Youth-in-Action Christmas Giving campaign. Our beautifully decorated Christmas tree no longer graces the entrance to our Performing Arts Centre, but thoughts of the toys, gifts and food bank items, now in the hands of local families, can put smiles on our faces. It is pleasing to know that the sleigh-full of items was delivered just before Christmas and shared with many families in need in our Windsor area. In addition to the gifts under the tree, a cheque for $350 was also presented to Matthew-25, our Windsor Food Bank. Special thanks are extended to our Youth-in-Action team who organized the collection, to those who decorated our Giving Tree, and to all the students, staff and families who left donations. The lasting joy of the season really comes from the giving.
For the past three weeks, I have attempted to feature the Concert Band; however, I have messed up each time with incorrect camera settings. Yesterday, I managed to capture the video 'with' audio. This number features the trumpet section which consists of Ella Brown (Grade 11), David Ubber (Grade 10), Eva Redmond (Grade 11), Gala Holm (Grade 9), and Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji (Grade 7). I am delighted and very lucky to have a full section as three trumpeters graduated this past June. Our new additions are terrific. They are doing some lightning licks in this piece which is carried along nicely by the other band members, and the high C at the end is executed by the section first chair, Ella. As the school year develops, I hope to turn up the heat and get the tempo up to 138; that's about 30 beats per minute faster than this performance! I know we'll accomplish this goal in time for the annual Spring Fling Concert. Wish us luck!
Last week the Grade 7 students met for their first science challenge of the school year. During a science challenge day, students are introduced to new science ideas and then challenged to apply these concepts to a novel problem. This challenge was all about: insulation and heat transfer. Students researched how heat moves, how it effects biology and how these ideas have been used to create new technology. Then came the challenge; each group was provided with cardboard, tape, plastic bags, newspaper, string and aluminum foil and were asked to build a structure that could insulate a 600 gram block of ice, preventing it from melting overnight.
Once again, our King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps represented our community at Operation Veteran in Ottawa. Our group of 25 attended the ceremonies at the National Cenotaph, toured the War Museum, the Museum of Canadian History, the Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica and Parliament. Highlights included an insider’s tour of the Speaker of the House’s office as Halifax MP, Mr. Geoff Regan, currently holds that position.
As you have no doubt read before, Ms. Stephanie Cummings has joined the KES faculty as our new dance teacher. This is a fantastic addition to our Performing Arts Programme, and our dance aficionados are wild over it! To date, Ms. Cummings has assembled her dancers to perform for some of our various public events such as the Terry Fox BBQ, Grandparents' Day, and Open House. I have been delighted to see fresh new choreography each time, showcasing creative, expressive, and talented routines. This week, I am taking a break from my usual musical feature to present a breakout routine that the dancers did at our recent Halloween Dance. Be prepared to watch Ms. Cummings lead the troupe to Sail in this performance art piece. Their onlookers were surprised, supportive and impressed, and the dancers left the stage to join their peers on the open dance floor feeling accomplished and appreciated. I hope you enjoy their performance!