Inside King's-Edgehill School

KES Student Chefs on the Chopping Block!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 30, 2018 6:34:00 AM

Last week teams of KES student chefs had the chance to cook head to head in an intense and entertaining competition based on the television show “Chopped”. Here is how it worked:

Four teams entered the competition. Each team had access to basic pantry ingredients, such as eggs, milk, flour, bread, oil, spices, and so on. Teams were set up at identical preparation and cooking stations, where they were given an electric cook top, mixing bowls, pans, and basic utensils. Each team was then given matching “mystery baskets” which they had to use for the appetizer, main course, and dessert.

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Reading Buddies

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 24, 2018 7:56:00 AM

Volunteering is about giving, contributing and thinking beyond oneself. Volunteering is lauded in our community, and it is not just an after-school activity. Opportunities exist over the lunch period as well. Each Friday, there is just enough time for teams of Grade 9 students to grab a bagged lunch and head to Windsor Elementary School where they spend their lunchtime reading to young elementary students. The Grade 1 “reading buddies” arrive with their chosen book in hand excited to reconnect with our Grade 9 students who are eager to teach them to read. It is a wonderful partnership between the local elementary school and King’s-Edgehill School, and all students return to their respective classes with smiles on their faces. It is wonderful to watch our students develop relationships with these young students and instill a love of reading. Our students exercise responsibility, patience and good teaching skills as they keep their buddies focused and feeling good about learning to read. Confidence, pride and the satisfaction of helping others are the rewards for our volunteers. Special thanks are extended to this week’s group of Reading Buddy volunteers: :   Ana Becerra, Edward He, Emma MacDonald, Franck Ruiz Ortega, Mathangi Somasekaram  and  Megan Woodworth
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Even More Drill Fun!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 23, 2018 3:46:00 PM

Last week the 254 Drill Team decided to take a break from the parade square and take advantage of the latest gift from Mother Nature -- the snow. We went outside for some snowshoe training, and this was a treat as there were varying skill levels.  Olivia Drava  is a seasoned trekker while  Nydia Liu  had never snowshoed before -- first time for everything. The team explored some of our fantastic on-campus trails. We learned hand signals (so we could communicate without speaking and that was fun!) and specific drills to ensure that you know your group is complete when you are hiking at night. At the end of the trail everyone agreed that we had a great fresh air break from the classroom and a great time in the snow.

The Drill Team meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we do more than drill. Watch the Noticeboard in the Student Lounge for upcoming activities.

There are ten modules to the empowering Cadet Corps at KES including the Confidence Course and On Tree. Find out what being a Cadet will mean for your child by downloading the Cadet Corps PhotoJournal.
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Boarding School Myths Busted

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 15, 2018 8:03:46 AM

Dorm studying.jpgBoarding schools are accredited independent schools (CAIS) that offer an engaging and enriched educational experience. They are a home away from home for many children whose parents are looking to give their children the tools they need to do and be more. Enrolling your child in a boarding school means giving them the freedom to form lifelong friendships and experience an educational experience unlike any other. 

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life, Athletics At KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 17

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 12, 2018 5:03:15 PM

Dear KES Family:

Every day this week I walked past a pair of earbuds sitting on a hallway desk in the senior academic wing. Each time I could not believe that they were still there. Unclaimed and literally open for the taking, no one had touched them. Taking them would be so easy and yet there they remained, testimony to the honesty of the community. I had to wonder how many places in the world this would happen? I suspect not many.

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This is That Q&A

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 11, 2018 2:18:38 PM

In early December, Patrick LePoidevin's English 8 class was treated to a Skype lecture followed by a Q&A with a special guest. CBC producer Chris Kelly comes from a long history of radio and music production. Currently, Kelly records and produces the hit National show This is That, a news satire programme featuring comedians Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly. Chris just so happens to also be my brother-in- law, so he graciously joined our English class during the unit on satire. Prior to the skype meeting, the class split into groups and created their own This is That.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES

KES Opens Doors for “Bring a friend to school” Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 10, 2018 8:54:57 AM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a private school? Do you have a friend that already attends King’s-Edgehill School? On Wednesday, February 14th we are once again opening our doors for “Bring a Friend to School Day.” This is your opportunity to meet the staff and current students of KES and find out why your friend loves it here (and why you will too)! 

What makes KES such a great school? There are many things that make King’s-Edgehill School a great school including small class sizes, numerous award-winning athletic programmes, unique arts experiences, and a strong academic foundation.

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Captain Pins

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 9, 2018 7:51:02 AM

At our most recent assembly, we presented lapel pins to 26 of our students who have been named or appointed captains of their respective varsity teams during both the Fall and Winter seasons. This is the first year we’ve presented these “Captain Pins” and they serve as a way to formally recognize the leadership positions these student-athletes hold as a part of their athletic commitments here at the School. These students have also been taking part in our Captain’s Council leadership programme which helps to support and further develop our students’ leadership abilities.

The pin itself shows our School’s athletic crest surrounded by green laurel. Laurel is a symbolic image as it was awarded to the champions of the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece. Interestingly, it was also customary for laurel to be awarded to distinguished poets as well, which is fitting considering how committed our own athletic leaders are to their academic studies. The expression “don’t rest on your laurels” is also derived from this symbol and will serve as a constant reminder for our captains to continue to grow as leaders within our School community.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 16

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 5, 2018 5:06:24 PM

Dear KES Family:

Sustained winds over 80kph and gusts up to 170kph whipped through Nova Scotia last night. By 11:00pm the temperature reading on my back door thermometer was 12 degrees (warmer than it was in Florida!). Rivers of rainwater and snow melt flooded the storm drains by the Chapel and flowed unabated down Front Hill. Alarms sounded throughout the night as the power failed, was restored and failed again. As the wind’s incessant roar kept me awake through the wee hours of this morning, I wondered what damage daylight would expose on campus. Lying in bed I could hear the ancient bones of Alexandra Hall bend and creak with each gust, and the water in the third floor toilet slosh from side to side.

Amazingly, by breakfast time power and heat were on and high spirits greeted students and staff in the Dining Hall. For the second straight day we are likely the only school operating classes-as-normal in the province. The staff are all here and that holiday afterglow is still present. The snow may have disappeared overnight, and we may have lost some roofing shingles, branches from trees, and a little sleep, but we have been very fortunate to weather the storm as we have. We know that others have not fared as well.

It is both a small and a big thing. How a community deals with adversity says a lot about its character. As always, I am impressed by and grateful for the resilient and hardy KES spirit. It is as strong as ever and will see us through 2018 no matter what storms may blow.
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Social Media, Cyber-Safety and the Law

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 3, 2018 12:52:27 PM

On Wednesday, November 15th, we welcomed Ms. Sonja Ferrera from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to our Junior Assembly. She gave a relevant and candid presentation on “Social Media, Cyber-safety and the Law”. After pointing out the advantages of student Internet use, Ms. Ferrera highlighted some of the dangers. A compelling video made the dangers of sharing information online very clear. Cyberbullying was also defined and discussed, and the effects of cyberbullying were presented. The legal ramifications of requesting, posting and sharing intimate images also were made clear.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life

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