Topics: Academics at KES
Recently, our Grade 11 students attended our annual “Career Night”. We operate the event on a model similar to “speed dating”. Each student was able to choose one of four “career clusters”: Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts, Applied and Physical Sciences or Business. On the night of the event, they met with three professionals from their chosen cluster, and three presenters from a different cluster. This way they had the opportunity to hear about a career they were interested in, plus they were exposed to careers that they may not have considered before. Students had 8 minutes to hear about each professional’s career and the path he or she took to get there. It was wonderful to have such a diverse group of presenters come to meet with our students. After the 6 circuits were completed, there was a reception that allowed students to mingle and chat more informally with our presenters. This was a highlight of the night for many. It was great to see so many of our students creating connections, networking, and engaging with our Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the School.
Our Junior Division:
This summer, during the month of July, we were given an opportunity to attend the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Annual Camp at Dalhousie University in Halifax. We stayed for five days in residence, attending seminars during the day and hanging around campus or participating in activities in the evenings. It gave us exposure to a high level of education beyond the confines of the classroom, and allowed us to meet peers with similar interests. On top of this, it gave us a taste of university life, and introduced us to people working practically in the field of mathematics, as well as to other students who were aspiring to that. We would like to thank our Math teachers, especially Mrs. Dufour, for thinking of us and wanting to send us to this camp. We are so grateful for this wonderful opportunity!
One event King’s-Edgehill School Senior Students look forward to is the opportunity to tour a university campus. Every other year, a limited group of students have an opportunity to travel to Ontario to visit a number of universities.
Topics: Academics at KES
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.