Inside King's-Edgehill School

KES Students to Visit University Campuses in Ontario/ Quebec

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 19, 2017 7:43:55 AM

There is nothing more exciting to a Senior Student then visiting and touring a university campus. It’s a student’s firsthand view of what university life is like, and get an opportunity to get information, ask questions and decide if that university if a good fit for their future aspirations. A campus visit allows a student to experience the people, the learning environment as well as see the dorms and walk around campus. 

 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, University Counselling

Students sign up to "Be More": KES Clubs and Activities Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 18, 2017 3:51:43 PM

It is always exciting to chat with our new and returning students at the beginning of the year, and listen to what their goals are for the year ahead! Some students want to volunteer more in the local community, be in the school musical, or become a better public speaker, and others want to get involved in evening intramurals or learn a new language.  

Last Friday over lunch students gathered in the quad to hear all about what clubs and committees are offered this year at KES. Teachers and students creatively decorated tables, provided information, and encouraged students to sign up for clubs of interest.  

Here are some of the clubs we have offered at KES this year:

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, volunteering, clubs and committees

KES Headmaster's Newsletter -- Week 37

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 17, 2017 4:21:02 PM

Dear KES Family:


What defines a good year? Is it prizes and championships, scholarships and university acceptances? Having just seen Grade 10 students Ben Fleckenstein and Justin Betance spontaneously throw their arms around each for an exuberant end-of-year hug, perhaps the measuring stick is simple: good friends, good memories, and a feeling of joyous accomplishment. A good year is that eruption of positive emotion one feels when a job is well done and freedom awaits. The yardsticks of success are both personal and collective. Summertime beckons.

I will miss this grad class. I know in my heart that they will thrive in the years to come, but there is a strange heaviness in me. You know that feeling when you say goodbye to a loved one at the airport? You know that little bit of heaviness as you turn away at the security gate and walk back to the car – they move on, their adventure begins, their life is separate from yours? Same thing. It is always tougher for those who stay behind.

The crows who live on campus always stay behind. Generation after generation they have witnessed more graduations on this campus than anyone. I consider it a compliment that they no longer squawk or caw when I walk by them. Maybe a tilted head, or a little hop away, but they seem to accept me as one of the clan. I take my cues from them and remember the old superstition about the crows at the Tower of London – all will be well with the British Empire as long as the crows are in good shape. I am happy to report, as I do every year at this time, that the crows at KES are doing well.
 
Sincerely,
Joe Seagram

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Cultural Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 15, 2017 7:59:58 AM

Third time is a charm, or so they say. Perhaps there is some truth to that, since the third annual KES Cultural Fair was “…the best yet!” according to many faculty and students.

Certainly it was a great day for students from various cultures to step into the foreground and share with us all the wonders of their country's, traditions, festivals, history, and food, glorious food! Students were treated to a delightful variety show where several students sang songs of love for each other or their home. The advanced soccer ball handling skills of a group of Mexican students was a fantastic finale to the show. The talents of henna and calligraphy artists was enjoyed as well.

It is always a delight to see the pride in the faces of the students who are sharing and the interest in the faces of the students who are travelling for the afternoon. A job well done by all.

Angie Folker, Sally Wride, Janice Kleiner
Fair Coordinators

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Great Canadian Geography Challenge

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2017 8:23:00 PM

Grade 9 student Olivia Drava won the Junior School Great Canadian Geography Challenge for the second straight year. Brisnel  Etou also made it to the final round; however, Olivia emerged as the winner with a wide variety of knowledge that translated into correct answers in all rounds. She loves to travel and retains details with ease. Olivia is our first two-time winner; however, with her moving to the Senior School the field is open for next year. Liam Connor and Matvey Semenenko progressed well and are returning to the Junior School.

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Grade 12 Graduation and Prize Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As the demands for academic excellence increase with each academic year, the end of each term is cause for celebration of another year of hard work and dedication – this is especially true for our senior graduating class. Senior School Graduation is a different experience at King’s-Edgehill School. The graduation ceremony, also called the Annual Closing Ceremonies, is held mid-June every year. This year, 2017, marks the 228th anniversary of the ceremonies.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 12, 2017 9:47:20 AM

Dear KES Family:


Nobody competes with the intention of losing. In life, in sport, from Monopoly to Crazy Eights, everyone likes to win.  So what do we do when we don’t win? What do we do with the emotional upset of losing?  Do we blame the referee? The weather? The coach?
 
How we react when we lose or win defines us.  It also teaches us.  Time and time again I read research into resilience and anxiety, into coping skills and mental and emotional health, and time and time again I am reminded that losing not only makes us stronger but is essential to the well-being and development of our children.  Life is full of set-backs and disappointments.  Sometimes we don’t get the job we applied for, or receive the marks we are used to at university, or the return on our investments that we hoped for.  Relationships break up (or down), flights get delayed and cancelled, disease and accidents are inevitable, and businesses frequently fail and/or let employees go. To prepare our children properly for life, we need to allow them to fail and to lose.
 
There is lots of research to show that exposure to germs at an early age, to literally play in the dirt, enhances our immune systems and strengthens our resistance to disease.  The modern-day trend of sanitizing our children’s environment, or snow-plowing any obstacles in their way, of doing anything we can to keep them from being disappointed, does them a disservice.
 
Winning is tough.  Even the best of teams cannot take victory for granted.  A provincial title is elusive, and the honour of wearing KES “sleeves” is rare.  I am over-joyed for the KES track and field athletes and coaches who returned to the School with a provincial banner last weekend.  However, there were five other teams competing last weekend too.  All of them did well but none came first.  Seeing their reactions and hearing their stories fills me with equal pride.  No matter how much we love to win and hate to lose, our students know how to savour the journey and appreciate each other.  They bounce back with humour and a healthy perspective. Of them I am equally proud.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 35

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 5, 2017 9:09:14 AM

Dear KES Family:


It is at this time of year when one realizes that there are a zillion shades of green.  The spring rain and warmth has created a verdant wonderland on campus and the surrounding hills and countryside.  However, it is rather ironic by the time June comes and the campus looks stunningly perfect that the end of the school year is upon us. I really think we ought to extend our programmes right through the summer months so that everyone can enjoy the natural beauty which surrounds us. Don’t you think? Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in a classroom?
 
Okay.  Maybe that is just too weird to contemplate, but it still seems a bit selfish to be saying farewell when the campus is so gorgeous and there are only a few of us left behind to enjoy it.
 
I had some fun today going back through some of my old photos from previous years.  I gathered a few for the slide show below.  These are not quite baby pictures but there are certainly some baby faces amongst them!  I apologize in advance for not having some of every student, but I think everyone will appreciate the trip down memory lane.  Some students have not changed much over the years.  For some, the years of growth and maturity (and orthodontics, hahaha!) have been transformational.
 
It is hard not to be nostalgic once June rolls around.  A third of the students currently at the School will not be here next year. It is hard to fathom the KES family without them.
 
 
Sincerely,
Joe Seagram
 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 26, 2017 5:37:31 PM

Dear KES Family:


Yesterday was a classic King’s-Edgehill School day. Chapel in the morning (wonderful message from Reverend Curry putting the Manchester bombing into a meaningful and thoughtful context), followed by classes, sports, and the Spring Fling arts extravaganza. In the morning I was able to see the track team in action at the Regional Championships, the rugby team(s) took to the field for their Regional Final in the afternoon, and then I saw many of those same athletes on stage at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre in the evening. Thank goodness for hot water and showers!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Bring a Friend To School Day--a Huge Success, with thanks to our students.

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 24, 2017 8:28:12 PM

A few weeks ago, we offered our students the opportunity to “Bring a Friend to School”.  We know that our students are regularly asked about what it is like to attend King’s-Edgehill School.  Our students are proud of their unique school and responded with enthusiasm. More than 30 students invited nearly 40 friends to spend the day with us! 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Take a Peek Inside King's-Edgehill School

Explore King’s-Edgehill School with this short video.  Tour our campus and see inside Canada’s first independent school.  

 

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