Inside King's-Edgehill School

Star Cyclocross - Duncan Ferguson

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 11, 2017 3:52:21 PM

Duncan Ferguson  has had a busy fall term, playing a key role in nets leading the Division 3 Senior Boys’ Soccer team as well as striving to do his best, in his first love, as a cyclist.

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

Junior Robotics Lunenburg Competition

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 6, 2017 1:51:00 PM

This past Friday, the Junior Robotics team, represented by   Aden O’Callaghan, Jayden Morrow, Matvey Semenenko, David Helyer, Oliver Cox, Claire Meng, and  David Connors, travelled to the NSCC Lunenburg campus to compete in the annual First Lego League Robotics Competition. This year’s First Lego League Competition was titled “Hydrodynamics” and featured challenges and projects related to the physics, cycles, uses and conservation of water. The competition involved solving a series of robotic challenges and presenting solutions to a water problem that the group had identified. Our team worked hard all morning, competing with their robot and then presenting their robot design, innovative project and team core values to a series of judges.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Robotics at KES

Mathletes Score at Acadia Math League

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 5, 2017 7:02:00 AM

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!

The wonderful thing about striving to be more is that you never know where you might end up. Through our International Baccalaureate Programme, our students are able to pursue post-secondary education almost anywhere in the world. Download our IB Guidebook here.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 12

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Dec 3, 2017 5:51:12 PM

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.

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Grade 8 and 9 Visual Arts

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 30, 2017 11:45:00 AM

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.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Arts At KES, extracurricular programmes

Mouse Trap Car Races

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 28, 2017 7:46:00 AM

Last Friday morning, earlier than expected, students were out of beds and snapping mousetraps all around campus. “What on earth could they be doing,” you may ask? Well, it turns out all Grade 10 Science students were putting the final touches on their latest project, mouse trap cars.

In early September, all of the students involved were presented with a challenge. They were to build their own vehicle that was to be powered by a single mouse trap. Students were given some direction, but mostly it was up to them to choose what to build. They were allowed to use pre-manufactured wheels only (all other parts were built). On Friday, each group ran their cars in the gymnasium. Each car needed to run two meters minimum but many ran for ten meters! Each car was timed so average velocity could be calculated for each run. In the end, extra points were awarded for the fastest car and the most beautiful vehicle.
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KES Headmasters Weekly Newsletter -- Week 11

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Nov 24, 2017 5:18:20 PM

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.

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Operation Veteran

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 24, 2017 8:09:59 AM

The 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps was well represented at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa during Remembrance Day 2017. The Cadets were invited, for the third time, to participate in Operation Veteran, a programme started by   Dr. Paul Kavanagh  in co-operation with the National War Museum. Operation Veteran began when Dr. Kavanagh noticed one day that our veterans had to pay for a meal in the cafeteria at the War Museum which commemorates their sacrifice.   Dr. Kavanagh  started Operation Veteran to raise money for a meal programme and to educate young people about our history with regards to global conflicts. Our School raised $900 to help his programme which gives 100% of all money raised directly to veterans’ meals.

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.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Boarding School, KES Cadets, Cadets

Mary Ann Dufour – CEMC Advisory Board

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 23, 2017 11:17:00 AM

With origins reaching back into the 1960s, The University of Waterloo math contests are written by over 200,000 students in schools around the world. In an age in which universities struggle to evaluate student ability based on regular class marks, Waterloo considers the results on these contests an independent means of measuring student ability and potential. Students who perform well on the various Waterloo math contests are offered scholarships and invitations to prestigious conferences. The organization behind the creation of these contests is named the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC). In its own words, “The CEMC has become Canada's largest and most recognized outreach organization for promoting and creating activities and materials in mathematics and computer science.” Among the many people and groups comprising the CEMC is the “Advisory Board”. Comprised of 12 leaders in mathematics education – including the Dean of Mathematics, 3 members of the faculty of Mathematics at The University of Waterloo, the Director of the CEMC, the CEMC business manager, and six elementary and high school teachers – the Advisory Board provides insight into the current and future directions of the CEMC.
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Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day for the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 21, 2017 4:01:18 PM

Our 254 Cadet Corps was in full dress mode for Remembrance Day 2017.  The Corps was spread out with 12 cadets in Ottawa under the guidance of Mr. Kevin Lakes as part of Operation Veteran.  In the Town of Hantsport, a Flag Party commanded by   Sergeant Major Charlotte Hache  was piped on parade by   Master Corporal Grace Gallant.   Click here  to see the video. The main body of the 254 paraded at the Cenotaph in the Town of Windsor.  Though the day had a bit of a cold bite, there was very little effect on the individual cadets.  As the   Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Ella Jollymore  gave the word of command – "By the Left – QUICK – MARCH", the Corps moved off and marched down to join the Veterans and the public at the Cenotaph.  The cadets looked splendid -- some arrayed in traditional Highland dress and the others in Army Cadet Greens.  The haunting notes of   Last Post  and the rousing   Reveille  were played by the   Corps Bugler, Sergeant Ella Brown.  The   Lament  was played by our own   Pipe Major, Warrant Officer Nicola du Toit.  The Vigil at the Cenotaph was commanded by the   Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Meredith Chambers.  The official wreath from the Corps was laid by none other than   Lachlan Campbell, aspiring cadet and son of KES teacher   Mr Rory Campbell and Dr Amy MacDonald  Junior Cadet Campbell  was accompanied by   Sergeant   Major Julia Strickey.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics at KES, Cadets

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