Topics: Academics at KES
Last week and this week, Junior School mathletes also took part in The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC), a logic-based contest which introduces computer science to students. Our students in Grades 6 to 9 completed the contest in their Computer classes.
Topics: Academics at KES
Congratulations to William Larder (Grade 7) and Alex Graham (Grade 8) who attended the (online) Nova Scotia Provincial Impromptu Debates in October and qualified to attend the British Parliamentary National Debates hosted by Alberta Speech and Debate in November (also virtual). Similarly, Danica Scully (Grade 9) and Vincent Armstrong (Grade 8) also qualified for Nationals and finished first in the junior division in a 3-0 judge’s decision grand finale debate against Fountain Academy. Congratulations all junior debaters!
Words are powerful. Just ask Grade 8 student Vincent Armstrong, now in his second year at King’s-Edgehill. Vinnie is a dedicated student and athlete who has a passion for debating. His initial contact with our KES community was through the summer Debate Camp on our campus. As a young Grade 5/6 student he took part in the summer camp and, since his arrival as a Grade 7 KES student, he continues to hone his rhetorical skills as a debater. Last week, Vinnie was one of the top 80 debaters from Grades 6 to 12 across Canada to take part in the online National Debate Seminar. The Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association (SEDA) hosted this year’s event from Thursday, September 24th, to Sunday, September 27th. “I learned so much about First Nations culture,” said Vinnie as he enthusiastically shared the reflections of his experience. Speakers from the Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatchewan addressed the group daily, teaching the debaters about experiences of the First Nations through a variety of presentations, including: Aboriginal Myth Busters, Learning Circle Teachings, and the Ethics of Representation. “I also learned lots about how I can improve my debate skills for the future,” said Vinnie, reflecting on the inspirational addresses, including one by Tom Lawson, the founder of the Canadian Student Debating Federation. I congratulate Vinnie on taking part in this level of debating competition; I can’t think of a better KES representative!
The Grade 9 Geography Class took advantage of a beautiful Annapolis Valley morning this week to explore and learn about sustainable living by visiting Mr. Lakes’ rural property. The group began the visit by walking on the ridge’s woodlot, identifying species and discussing forest management with a focus on using wood as a heating source while edifying the lot’s health with selective cutting.