Our Grade 9 Geography classes welcomed a guest speaker this week. Mr. Simon Irving from Wolfville grew up playing baseball locally, and as a past coach, we have kept in touch. Simon recently set his career as a Geologist to the side for a bit to go for a walk…..a really long walk! Simon decided to walk the Pacific Coast Trail from end to end! He walked from the Mexican border to Canada through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Our Grade 9 class enjoyed hearing about his epic hike through the desert, over mountains, and alongside forest fires, withstanding hunger and of course the rains of the northwest. Let’s just say, it made our Keji Adventurous Journey seem like a “walk in the park”. Simon spoke of the planning, physical preparation, ambition, friendships, generosity, goal setting, solitude and deprivation that challenged him along his journey. In this age of jet travel, it was integral to hear that the continent is very expansive and vast, especially if measured one step at a time. When asked how many steps he believes he recorded, he said “north of 6 million.” That is geography at a fundamental level. Happy Trails!
Poetry limbers up the imagination and is a true art form that packs emotional punch. We saw first-hand the power of poetry in our Junior School Assembly last Wednesday, January 30th, when eight finalists from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their chosen poems.
Congratulations are extended to William Ahern, Hannah Bryant, Taylor Cole, Harrison Klein, Emily Norton, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji, Jessica Ugwoke and Sabine Wellard; they can each be proud of their efforts to stand before the entire Junior School and confidently present their poem. The range of styles and deliveries kept things interesting. You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us think carefully about the power of the words and the messages conveyed. The judges did not have an easy task to select the winners; however, they did single out the top three performances for the 2019 Junior School Poetry Competition (3rd, 2nd, 1st, respectively): Harrison Klein, Taylor Cole and Emily Norton. The entire School was entertained at this week’s Full School Assembly as Harrison presented “Jabberwocky”, Taylor, “Social Media” and Emily, “A Million Pieces”. I congratulate and thank these students for sharing their passion with us and starting our day off in such a creative and thought-provoking way.
This past Thursday, our KES Robotics Club had its annual in-house Robofest tournament. Teams of 2 or 3 students have been preparing robots since November to compete in a game called "Binary Blocks". The game consists of autonomous robots having two minutes to build a four bit binary number out of black and white colored blocks. Details of the game can be found on the Robofest website.
On Monday, February 25th King’s-Edgehill School (KES) teachers, staff and students look forward to opening their doors to parents, prospective students and their siblings for a day designed to highlight why so many families choose KES.
We understand that selecting a private school for your children is a difficult decision and can be overwhelming. The KES Open House is designed to simplify the process by allowing you and your child to fully immerse in the KES experience. You will not only tour the campus and get to know some of our KES family, but you will have time to ask questions, explore the classrooms and hear, first hand, the value and enrichment opportunities KES provides each and every student.
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Senior student and "Lifer" of 7 years at KES, Joanna Bond, from Hubbards, Nova Scotia, is no stranger to our Music programme, most especially on stage with our musical theatre productions. Joanna is also a vocalist in the School Jazz Band and Drum Sergeant Major of our Cadet Band. I first directed Joanna even before she was a King's-Edgehill student; she was in Grade 5 and acting in a collaborative production of Jane Eyre between King's-Edgehill School and local theatre company, Quick As A Wink. Since then, I have seen Joanna in every School musical and a bevy of community shows as well. Musical theatre is JoJo's passion. I doubt that there is a musical with which she is not familiar. Like my other Grade 11 and 12 music students, Joanna recently was adjudicated by my associate music teachers here on campus. The comments they made will be useful to her as she prepares for her graduation recital this spring. Joanna performed Think of Mefrom The Phantom of the Opera. This song is regarded by many to be challenging, especially by the final operatic cadenza of scales and intervals that include a high Bb. Accompanying Joanna, is another Grade 12 student and accomplished pianist, Elizabeth Walsh from Labrador. I hope you enjoy the performance!
Our first trip of 2019 to Dalhousie University Math Circles was last Wednesday, January 16th. We had two vans filled with students eager to explore the “Counting” workshop that was presented by Dr. Peter Selinger, a Dalhousie University professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He posed counting problems that seemed easy enough at first, like how many ways could you colour a 2 by 2 square using only two colours? Immediately, everyone started drawing squares, first shading top left, then a different square shading top right, another shading bottom left, and then one shading bottom right. Then the colouring shifted to 2 squares, first on the top, then one side, the bottom, other side, etc. I am sure you get the picture. While it was interesting to try to find all possibilities, a mathematical discussion revealed an easy formulaic way to figure it out. In the case of the 2 by 2 grid, there turned out to be 16 possibilities or simply 2x2x2x2. The 3 by 3 square proved more difficult to draw all possibilities, but a quick calculation (29) indicated there were 512 different ways. Of course the challenge did not stop there. The counting became more challenging when symmetries were considered. In other words, how many ways could you tile the 3x3 square with black and white tiles, if two tilings that differ by a rotation were considered equal? And then, moving into three dimensions, how many ways are there of coloring the 6 sides of a 3x3 cube with 3 colours, up to a rotation of the cube? (answer=24) The evening became a true counting challenge, and at the end of the seminar Dr. Selinger’s explanation of Pólya's counting method provided a quick and accurate way to do so (answer to the final challenge is 24). Our counting was interrupted when the variety of pizzas arrived.
As always, it was an evening of collaborative problem solving, pizza and fun. I commend David Helyer, Luke Mainwaring, Athena Cox, Silas Fillmore, Yifan (Doreen) Xing, Aden O’Callaghan, Holden Hoover, Zhi (Angel) Li, Jiahuan (Edward) He, Yi (Edward) Chang, and Haichuan (River) Qi for their ongoing interest in Math Circles. It was also terrific to meet up with alumna Mona Mohamed (2015-18) and former student Matvey Semenenko at the event.
We look forward to the next Dalhousie Math Circles event: Linear Inequalities and Economic Problems on Wednesday, February 13th. Interested students can sign up on the whiteboard in my Math classroom. Special thanks to Mr. Glen Faucher for driving the second van.
The Atlantic Canadian Independent School Basketball Tournament was held in Halifax last weekend, and King’s-Edgehill was represented by four teams over several divisions.
The Senior Girls stunned the tournament participants with a semi-final win over Halifax Grammar School. They eventually finished 2nd to Sacred Heart after a competitive final. Rayannah Hwang, Sarah Lynch, Miranda Watson and Maddie Smith led the team to victory. Although Maddie Barbour was injured and couldn’t play in Saturday’s games, her role on Friday was crucial to her team.
Our Senior Boys' Development team played three games with enthusiasm and camaraderie against tough competition. Although the team finished 6th, they had a chance to compete and represent our School with positive spirit on and off the court. Yujianxuan (Rain) Cui, Kun (Ken) Lee and Peter MacGregor led the way with strong play. Jarred Douglas also played a key role in a leadership capacity as he helped coaches with our younger team.
The Junior Girls were competitive in every game and came home with 3rd place. Gala Holmcontinues to lead the team with great offensive skills and a strong defensive presence. The “two Gabby’s”, Gabby Shaw and Gabby Strickey were also key leaders and players in the clutch.
The Junior Boys finished the tournament in 2nd place with a 2-2 record. Justin Day led the team in the semi-final with aggressive rebounding and key baskets. Yuk Kan (Lucas) Tam continued to lead the team in scoring, and Kyle Clanachan was the main rebounder, especially controlling the defensive boards.