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Table Tennis Take Provincial Gold

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 14, 2018 6:18:16 PM

Table Tennis Provincial Champs   Tin Long (Anson) Chan, Haichuan (River) Qi, Zhiming (Jimmy)and  Yize (Tom) Wang  competed at the NSSAF Provincial championships at NKEC on Saturday, May 5th. The team went 15 – 2 for the day.   Anson  and   River  went undefeated.   Jimmy  and   Tomalternated games. Anson’s media coverage had caught up with him, as he was the man to watch throughout the day. It soon became obvious that KES was the team to watch. Parents and competitors were more than complimentary of the entire team; the way they played and conducted themselves. I don’t think Tom changed his expression or body language in a back and forth defensive battle in the final match against the CEC athlete to seal the GOLD.

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

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 32

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 13, 2018 8:23:48 PM

Dear KES Family:

We were inspected by the Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development yesterday. The two inspectors were very professional and extremely experienced educators. They had diligently read through all our submitted policy documents and manuals, our course descriptions and offerings, our faculty credentials and extra-curricular programmes. In short: everything.

However, all they really needed to know was what they learned in the first two minutes of being on campus. After parking their car they were greeted by Chris Northup, our friendly and fabulous groundskeeper and gardener. Full of good cheer and warmth, Chris directed our guests to Marshall House where they met up with me, Derek Bouwman, and Aynsley Sasaki. After a day of touring the School and being spell bound by Efra Gonzalez’s unscripted piano playing in the Performance Hall (they were astounded that students could be trusted to hang out in the music room unsupervised), captivated by Sandy Stewart’s energy and the exceptional quality of her students’ artwork, and enthralled by Mr. DeCoste’s description of fractals and Pollock’s art, they finished up with a glowing report of the School. Hurrah! However, before they departed it was mentioned that everything they really needed to know was captured in their first interaction with Chris Northup. Everything else they did, be it talking with our students in the Student Lounge or feeling the ‘vibe’ in the Dining Hall, confirmed their first impression.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 31

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 5, 2018 6:49:26 PM

Dear KES Family:

Today is “Star Wars” day. I guess the official Jedi greeting of “May the Force be with you” coincides with May the 4th. Who knew? Only when one attends high school for many years (decades in fact) does one pick up such important cultural references. Hahaha!

Speaking of common knowledge, recent scientific studies have concluded what we have intuitively known to be true. Myopia in youth globally is accelerating at alarming rates. The statistics are staggering. In the USA the number has doubled in the last 30 years. In the UK 50% of university students are myopic. The primary reason is that children are spending more time indoors than ever before and looking at screens of one size or another. Spending 14 daylight hours a week outside will reduce the chances of myopia by 30%. Lots of screen time bad:( Outdoor activity good:).

I think we have all been aware that obesity and diabetes rates in today’s youth are rising at alarming rates, but it was fascinating to watch the CBC stories this week on the correlation between exercise and mental health. The symptoms of depression and anxiety are greatly reduced with exercise. The recommendation is for daily exercise. 180 minutes of physical activity a week can have significant results.

When I was growing up, my mother would kick us out of the house and tell us to “go out and play”. It is probably the best medical advice one can give children. We are so fortunate at KES to have activity built right into our daily lives. This includes teachers and Headmasters. Running around with the rugby team at the end of the day invariably improves my mood. It makes me happy – even when it is raining and muddy. Much of what we do at the School is structured, of course, but there is a significant amount of unstructured fun which occurs as well. It seems that a walk down to Baby Panda is actually good for one’s eyesight and overall well-being. Who knew?

I would be remiss if I did not mention the flip of joy I felt when I learned this week that the School Musical for next Fall is none other than “Momma Mia”. I love that show! Historically, it has not been licensed for school productions and yet we have been able to secure the rights to produce it next year. We have the vocal and musical talent to do it justice, too! For me, it is the ultimate feel-good-happy-cure-for-depression in a single evening ever.

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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 30, 2018 11:29:22 AM

Dear KES Family:

We all want to be heroes. When the defining moments are upon us, we all want to be the one who has the awareness and courage to step up and do the right thing, to make the big play, to save the day. Until the situation presents itself, we don’t know how we will react, but for sure, there is not one of us that does not hope that when the time comes we will be heroic.
Three situations this week:
James Shaw Jr. is being hailed as the Waffle House Hero. Very early last Sunday morning in a Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House, he found himself in the middle of his defining moment: a gunman entered and started shooting the restaurant guests with an automatic rifle. One can only imagine the shock and terror of sound and smoke and screams as the lethal attack took place. In the briefest of moments when the shooter paused to re-load, James Shaw Jr. leaped up, grabbed the rifle and threw it away causing the shooter to flee. James Shaw Jr.’s courage and presence of mind saved the lives of the remaining patrons.
I am not a huge basketball fan but I admire the game’s ability to showcase heart and presence of mind. In the last twelve seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers play-off game against the Pacers this week, LeBron James made a crucial mistake: the game was tied 95-95 and, as he approached the basket, he lost control of the ball, giving the Pacers possession. All the Pacers had to do was control the clock and score once to win the game and go up 3-2 in the series. However, LeBron shook off his mortification for “giving the game away” by blocking the Pacers’ winning shot, regaining possession of the ball, and then sinking an impossibly distant three pointer in the dying second of the game to win. After the match he told reporters that in those last seconds he wanted the ball, he wanted to take that shot. He defined himself in that moment.
There was an incident of bullying this week at our School. It so happened that a bystander, seeing what was going on, made an effort to stop the bullying.  In that moment, by stepping up and doing what was right this student defined himself as a young man of courage and heart and presence of mind.
The Reverend Curry reminded us in Chapel this week that the root word for courage is “cor”. This is the Latin word for “heart”. Another word for courage is fortitude, the Latin root for which is “strength”. We admire those with heart and strength because they have the courage to do what is right, to do what the moment requires. I believe courage is learned and hope, as our students progress through school and life, that they acquire the awareness of what each moment requires and the heart to act.

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Christine Wang – Fantastic Flautist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 27, 2018 6:27:00 AM

Grade 11 student,   Jialan "Christine" Wang  arrived at King's-Edgehill School from Nanjing, China, for the start of the school year and quickly became involved in our music programme. She is a first chair flautist in our concert and cadet bands, and she has also been a featured solo and duo instrumentalist at various special events. Her most recent performance was last Wednesday for our annual Cultural Fair variety show where she played a beautiful rendition of a piece   (click here)  that our Culture Committee Chair, Grade 12 student,  Jiacheng "Denny" introduced the following way:
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES

254 Sergeants Mess Dinner 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

A major event in the lives of the Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps is the Annual Sergeants Mess Dinner. Stanfield Dining Hall/McLellan Annex was transformed into the formal dining room of the Sergeants Mess complete with all the trimmings of candelabras, the historical trophies and the formal dinner arrangement.

The members of the Mess arrived promptly in their best dress sporting the kilts and sporrans of this fine Corps. The PMC duties this year went to Master Warrant Officer Julia Strickey. Julia was on the ball. The communications between her and the Chief Steward, Master Corporal Evan Logan were flawless. Master Corporal Logan was amply rewarded for his efforts by the Commanding Officer who used the occasion of the dinner to promote him to Sergeant. Well done, Evan.

The musical accompaniment was classy. The trio of Warrant Officer Ben Lohr, Sergeant Kathleen Balcome and, now newly promoted last night Sergeant, Bryan Li added a touch of warmth to the dining room. Well done and many thanks to this crew.

The Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Ella Jollymore was gracious with her words thanking both the servers and the kitchen staff for an outstanding meal. She also took the opportunity to thank the seated members of the Corps for their exceptional performance, loyalty to the Corps and their Leadership of the younger members.

The Headmaster as always was eloquent in his words at the dinner. He stated that the Mess Dinner was one of the most enjoyable nights in the School calendar. He further complimented the Mess Members on their performance throughout the year.

The Keynote Speaker, Chief Julia Cecchetto of Kentville Police Service gave an outstanding talk to the Mess on women in policing and the issue of diversity which faces all of us in this day and age. She captured the attention of her audience and challenged them to stand up in the face of uncomfortable situations and meet life head on.

On a personal note, I would like to commend the amazing efforts put into the preparation of last night’s event. The Corps Administrative Officer, CI Morgaine Sullivan drew all of the working parts together from seating plans, menu items, place cards and a myriad of other tasks to ensure a successful outcome. The meal was prepared with pride and dedication. The Haggis, well I cannot say enough about the Haggis. It was great! There is a rumor that one of the Sergeants had 5 helpings. It speaks for itself.

Another amazing event in the history of this unique Corps, the 254 of King’s-Edgehill School.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Cadets

Earth Day 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 25, 2018 1:00:00 PM

In anticipation of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22nd, students spent the day Wednesday getting in touch with nature and being stewards of the environment.   Mr. LePoidevin  set the tone for the day by cycling to School from his home in Port Williams, a distance of 32 km; even the cold temperatures at 5:30 am did not deter him.   Ms. Natalie McMaster, from Efficiency Nova Scotia, was our guest speaker in Junior Assembly. She gave a compelling presentation focusing on ocean plastics and highlighting some interesting statistics, including:
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community

Fashion en français

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Grade 9 students took full advantage of the opportunity to practise their French while strutting their stuff on the runway this week with the 2018 edition of the Défilé de Mode. This fashion show en français was the culmination of the class’s thematic study of clothing and accessories; the students went to great lengths to prepare and model their spring collection, to the delight of their classmates – félicitations!

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

KES Annual Cultural Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2018 2:51:51 PM

What do you get when you put food, dance, song, and games together? You get the KES Annual Cultural Fair! Once again students from all corners of the globe and from across Canada stepped up and proudly displayed various aspects of their country’s culture for other students, the staff and the faculty at KES.
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Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 28

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 13, 2018 7:34:33 PM

Dear KES Family:

With a population of 25 million people, Shanghai is the largest city in China. Like Mexico City or New York, the sheer size of the metropolis and the density of the people is almost overwhelming. The contrast of elements - from trees a thousand years old to meeting "Tami" the robot at the help desk in the train station - is staggering. Having just finished a visit with families in Jinan and basked in the peace and ancient natural beauty of Confucius’ historic home, Shanghai offers its own steep contrast.

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