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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 36

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jun 9, 2018 11:13:24 AM

Dear KES Family:

As I had my final meeting with this year’s dynamic Head Girl and Head Boy (Meredith Chambers and Arturo Ramirez), I could not help but feel the heaviness of their emotions. It was not just that they were feeling emotional about the end of their time at KES, that graduation is only a week away, but that they will be missing out on all the great things that are planned for next year. They are excited for the next stage of their own lives but sad that the next stage of the School’s life will belong to others.

There is a lot in the works this summer on campus and some fabulous new programmes at the School next year. I can see how they may feel they are missing out. First of all, construction has already started on the Fountain Performing Arts Studio. This is a 1,100 square foot dance and recording studio which will be home to our new dance programme and dance instructor Stephanie Cummings. It will introduce a whole new element to our performing arts programmes at the School. Additionally, construction for our new all-weather turf field starts on Monday. Surrounded by an eight-lane, crushed-gravel running track (we won’t be able to finish it until we have raised the funds to do so), it will be a huge addition to our recreational and varsity sports programmes as well as our Cadet Corps. The field will be FIFA and World Rugby dimensions and certified.

Sometimes the biggest changes are those which are not “built” but created. For instance, I have been busy this week interviewing girls for our new prep school basketball team. These young women are simply incredible. Motivated scholars and dedicated athletes, they will fill KES with their good humour and energy. Two of the sparkling and happy girls I interviewed this week are six foot four inches tall! All of these students are enthusiastic about working as hard in the classroom as they are on the basketball court.

And then there is the anticipation of having one of the very few licenses to perform “Mamma Mia” next fall, of having a vibrant dance programme, of seeing our debating and robotics programmes leap to the next national and international level.

To successfully survive another 230 years, KES must never stand still. We must constantly grow and evolve. We can stay small but we must always be mighty.

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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter, About King's-Edgehill School

Bring Your Sibling to School Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Once again, we opened our doors to our extended family by hosting our first-ever Bring a Sibling to School Day. On Thursday, we were thrilled to have 14 students bring 15 siblings to spend the day with us.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Dalhousie University’s Math Circle Finale

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 29, 2018 4:32:00 PM

On Wednesday, May 16th, we travelled to Dalhousie University for the final Math Circles event of our school year. The theme was a “math party”, and it was a great interactive way to end our yearlong commitment to math enrichment.   Erick Lee, a mathematics consultant from the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, led us through the party problems and provided opportunities to play games while exploring mathematical themes. The activities started with the Game of Sim; students competed in pairs to outsmart their opponent by trying to avoid making triangles while connecting the vertices of a polygon. This led to a discussion about Ramsey’s Party Problem and several other party-themed puzzles. Time flew by as our students worked collaboratively to solve the problems while enjoying the camaraderie of math friends and, of course, the free pizza and drinks. King’s-Edgehill was well represented by:   Matvey Semenenko, Max Escaravage, Oliver and Athena Cox, Jayden Morrow and  Mathangi Somasekaram. We look forward to reconnecting with the Dalhousie Math Circles team when the new school year begins in the fall.

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

Live Music at the Library

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 27, 2018 7:01:00 PM

The typically quiet Convocation Hall was rocking this week and filled with cheering and applause, as two KES bands performed for staff, students, and parents. 

Organized by our very own Junior School teacher and songwriter/performer, Mr. Patrick LePoidevin, the night kicked off with the band Alcazar. This group of KES students has been together for several years and group members include Nick Cheverie (drums), Max Cole (guitar),Linus Mulherin (guitar), (Grace Gallant absent last night, but plays bass guitar in the band), and Aria MacDonald (lead vocalist). This group lit up the stage with covers from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Radiohead, and the crowd went wild. 

Next up was Pat LePoidevin with drummer David Wolf (Teacher and Middle Inglis Houseparent), playing songs from their new album that is being released on June 8, 2018 (Captain Myles and the SPR). The songs on this album revolve around a story written by Pat about two children who accidentally build a rocket ship and fly through outer space. There was also a guest appearance by Mr. Brodi Robinson for a country number called “Cha Cha”. This is Pat’s 5th full length album, and this summer he and David Wolf will be playing for fans in Eastern and Atlantic Canada on a summer tour. 

The performances were truly “out of this universe”, and the KES audience was captivated listening to both groups' talent. Our community is beyond fortunate to have such gifted role models who are not only enthusiastic to share their own music with others, but also encourage and motivate our youth to dream big and get out there and perform for others!  Click here for a quick preview

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

The Art and Science of Balancing Life

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 26, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind for Grade 8 student William Ahern. After a year of debate practices and tournaments with the King’s-Edgehill School debating team, William, and his debating partner Grace Gallant, qualified for the Junior National Debates held in Calgary, Alberta. At this national debating tournament, William and Grace competed for two days and placed in the top 20. 

In the days prior to debating nationals, however, William showcased his musical talent in the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, which is an annual music festival held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, involving over 3000 competitors of all ages and musical disciplines. William entered into four advanced piano disciplines (grade 9 and 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level music) and claimed first place in each. Furthermore, he was awarded the “Acadia University Rose Bowl/Mary Montgomerie Award”, which is an engraved bowl given annually to the most outstanding performer in any one discipline who has achieved the highest average marks in three or more solos; the “Senior Piano Trophy” for having a consistently high standard of solo performance in a number of classes; and the “Hester Jackson Baroque Award”, which is an engraved shield that recognizes excellence in baroque performance. A video is available here of his award-winning performance of Liszt’s Consolation #3. Watch his winning performance.

William’s interests not only span the arts, but also stretch to encompass the sciences where he is currently attending the Canada Wide Science Fair at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. His project is entitled “Fruit Flies Away”, and proposes a new innovative, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly method for eliminating fruit flies.

Congratulations to William for striving for excellence in each of his recent achievements and for role-modelling King’s-Edgehill School’s Be More motto. 

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 25, 2018 6:02:29 PM

Dear KES Family:

It is fitting that during a week when our Commanding Officer walked the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the future Duchess of Sussex, that we celebrated the accomplishments of the School’s 254 Cadet Corps. Indeed, it would have been great if it had been Captain Hynes who gave Meghan Markle away, but it was none other than our other Commanding Officer Prince Charles, the Colonel-In-Chief of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment to which we belong. It is a faint connection but, in a wee way, we were all present at the royal matrimonial.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

Kayaking and Hiking on the South Shore

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The beauty of Nova Scotia never ceases to amaze anyone who has the opportunity to be outside in our spectacular natural landscape. Eleven students and staff had the great fortune to kayak and hike on the South Shore a couple of weekends ago in Chester, Blandford and East River. This was a Duke of Edinburgh Leadership trip coinciding with the Cadet Star expedition programme which requires two modes of transport.

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

Provincial Win in University of Waterloo Math Contests!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 20, 2018 1:45:32 PM

The Pascal (Grade 9), Cayley (Grade 10) and Fermat (Grade 11) Waterloo Math Contests were held on February 27th, and presentations to our KES Mathletes were made at the April 25th School assembly. Certificates of Distinction are awarded to those scoring in the upper 25% of all contestants worldwide, and a medal is awarded to the highest scoring student in the School.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, IB Programme

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 33

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 19, 2018 1:41:32 PM

Dear KES Family:

It is a happy School today! IB exams are over, the sun is shining, and the quad is full of Frisbees and footballs and smiling faces. There is a feeling of accomplishment and anticipation in the air, and the long weekend starts this afternoon. What could be better?

Humility can be such an admirable and revealing trait. It is not typical in teenagers but when it emerges it is simply lovely to see and hear. Yesterday morning as Grade 10 student Ryan Costello made his way to Chapel, I congratulated him on his Gold Medal performance at the District Championships for track and field. He ran the second leg in the 4 x 100m Intermediate relay. Ryan’s instant response was to give credit and adulation to his relay team members Duncan McLaughlin, Andrew Yearwood, and Josh Mills saying, “I take no credit for our victory. Duncan, Andrew, and Josh are so fast I could have walked my leg and we still would have won.” A lightning fast skater on the hockey team and all-around athlete (also placed in the shot put yesterday), I am sure Ryan’s contribution to the team was far more than a walk.

A rare KES day it is when you don’t have to change clothes at least once. (Quick changes are a little known KES skill.) Yesterday for many, was a four-outfit day (minimum). A humble example would be Grade 11 student Linus Mulherin. He came to School in classroom dress, changed into his formal cadet reds at lunch, jumped into his rugby kit afterwards to hit the pitch against Avon View, and then transformed again to play bass guitar in Convocation Hall for our School rock band Alcazar.

I love Four Pillar days (Academics, Athletics, Arts, Leadership), and yesterday like so many of our students, Linus was swinging from Pillar to Pillar like Tarzan.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School

World Robotics Olympiad Qualifier

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The King’s-Edgehill School Robotics team travelled to Montreal, Quebec last week to compete in the Canadian qualifier for the World Robotics Olympiad (WRO). The WRO is a LEGO based competition in which students are responsible for designing, creating, and programming autonomous robots to complete a series of tasks in less than two minutes. Thirteen teams from across Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia competed in the Senior Division (ages 16 to 19). While all the competitors from King’s-Edgehill School did well at the competition, the robot created and programed by the team of   Jiashu ( Jay) Liu, Weijia (Torres) Liu, and  Xianlong (Daniel) Zhang  did particularly well coming in second place overall. My congratulations go out to all those involved. I am very proud of the accomplishments of such a talented group of future engineers, computer programmers, and scientists.

I would also like to thank   Chris MacLean and  Aynsley Sasaki  for their involvement with this trip. Without their help and great sense of humor this incredible learning experience could not have happened.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

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