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Parliamentary Teachers Institute

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 17, 2020 10:18:41 AM

Last week I had the incredible honour of attending the Parliamentary Teachers Institute. Sixty-two teachers from across the country met in our capital to discuss civic engagement and how to empower our youth to have their voice represented in our democracy. The week was a whirlwind of workshops and speakers including Members of Parliament, Senators, the Speakers of both houses and many of the Parliamentary librarians. I was left with a deep respect for the hours and passion that these individuals put into building Canada as a respected nation that supports equity and diversity. With the Wet'suwet'en protests and a screening of “We Will Stand” telling the story of  Colten Boushie, all happening that week, it made for a powerful look at the complex dynamic of Parliament and our government. What I saw was the power in the voice of the individual, and I have returned to my classroom to see my own students not simply as young men and women but instead valuable members of this great country, who it is our responsibility to impassion, empower and engage in the democratic process. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life

Junior School 2020 Poetry Competition

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM

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 on Wednesday, February 26th, when thirteen students from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their favourite poems.  There was a plethora of styles, ranging from original creations to Shakespearean sonnets, free verse to rhyming schemes.  Themes of friendship, faith, ecology and society were explored.  You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us laugh, sigh, and think carefully about the messages conveyed.  

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Junior School Science Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 4, 2020 2:03:08 PM

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English 8L Journey to Mark Adam's Recording Studio in the Woods

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 3, 2020 8:43:00 PM

One of my objectives as a middle level English educator is to inspire students to act or react from a text, be it a piece of literature, novel, documentary film, play script, or a song. Texts come in all forms and students are constantly encouraged to connect and create fascinating inquiries. Sometimes, these thoughts turn into ideas for final projects or essays. In this case, our English 8 class decided it would be a good idea to write a song together after reading   Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I came up with the first line: "Ender was a spaceman", and the students took to writing the rest. It turned into a great song! It had to be recorded!

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IB SL Group Go Their Own Way on a Classic and a New Recital Date

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 13, 2020 9:36:18 AM

Last week I featured   Hidemi Sato  preparing a piano piece for the upcoming spring recital of my IB musicians. Please be advised of a change in the recital date: It will now be held on   Monday, March 2nd, at 7:30pm. This change is due to a conflict with a public debate of our pending new amalgamated West Hants councillors taking place in the Fountain Performing Arts Theatre on the original date I gave last week.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, ARTS

Our Captains' Counsel Explores Confidence

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 12, 2020 9:36:00 PM

This week our Captains' Council group convened once again for our fourth meeting of 2020. This group is comprised of student-athletes who have been identified as leaders by their coaches on their respective Senior Varsity teams. This programme, which began five years ago, provides these students an opportunity to explore different aspects of leadership while also discussing the challenges and rewards of being a leader in our School context.

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Our Director of Advancement in Montreal!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 12, 2020 9:36:02 AM

To cap off the Advancement and Alumni Office’s fantastic start to 2020, last Monday,   Director of Advancement Heather Strickey  hopped on an early morning flight to Montreal. She was received by the bitter cold, characteristic of Quebec’s winters, but warm hospitality began with her being granted an early check-in at her hotel—truly a modern miracle.
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Let's Play Math Games

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 6, 2020 8:49:02 PM

On Wednesday, January 22nd, Dalhousie University hosted its latest Math Circles evening.  Two visiting professors from Mount Saint Vincent University, Dr. Danielle Cox and Dr. Douglas Whitaker, provided an interesting workshop on the games SET and Spot It!  SET is a card game with a deck of unique cards that differ in four features:  number of shapes (1, 2 or 3), shape design (diamond, squiggle or oval), shading (solid, striped, or open), and colour (red, green, or purple).  With 9 cards revealed, the object is to find a “set” of three cards that, for each one of the four categories (number, shape, shading and colour) are either all the same or all different.  It is a great game of observation, logical reasoning and focus. 

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Spring Recital Prep can be a Brain Burner

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 4, 2020 9:53:00 PM

Hidemi Sato (Grade 11) , from Japan, is taking Grade 11 IB SL music in solo performance. Like other student performances that I've offered to the Headmaster's Newsletter before, Hidemi is preparing for her spring recital. This is a video clip of her jury adjudication, the jury consisting of four music teachers and an audience of other music students. I am always eager to hear music from different countries and cultures. All too often, we are exposed to standard classical repertoire, which I really like, but in most cases cannot truly enjoy simply because of the saturation point and varied levels of skill. Our International students bring with them music that we are not familiar with, both traditional and contemporary. Fresh works to the ear excites the brain differently than familiar pieces do. Alumna, Dr. Melanie Segado (2008) has been and is currently on the forefront of exactly this area of study. You can learn more about her from Google, YouTube, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.

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

Junior School Math Competitions

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 28, 2020 3:50:48 PM

Throughout the year, our students take part in a variety of challenging University of Waterloo Mathematics competitions that are written globally.  The first such competition this year was the Beaver Computing Contest that took place in November.  Every student in Grades 7, 8, and 9 rolled up their sleeves and turned on their laptops or tablets to take part in this contest.  This 45-minute competition consisted of 15 logic problems and was completed in   Mr. Hollett’s, Mr. Huck’s and  Mr. Campbell’s  computer classes.  Students exercised their best reasoning skills and raced the clock as the minutes ticked away on the screen in front of them.  Like many of the other University of Waterloo CEMC (Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing) contests, the Beaver competition focuses on problem solving with an emphasis on computational and logical thinking.  The problems are always interesting, and some can be quite challenging.  Questions are inspired by topics in computer science with a comfort level in general mathematics curriculum required.  Over 12,000 students across the country took part in the 2019 Beaver Computing Contest.  Once again, many of our students performed above the national average.  The following KES students are our top contest scorers:
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