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British Parliamentary Nationals

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 2, 2020 7:44:05 AM

Thank you for supporting our provincial representatives at this past weekend's   British Parliamentary Nationals.  It was not an easy tournament; Zoom protocols aside.  Each province involved sent some of their best in the senior and U15 categories, and our students toughed it out in 6 challenging rounds of BP debate. 
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Math Circles Go Virtual

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 1, 2020 4:38:52 PM

Dalhousie University Math Circles have been a longstanding enrichment outing for our KES mathletes for years.  Although our current pandemic restrictions prevent us from attending Math Circles in person, it was great news to hear that Dalhousie University would bring their Math Circles to us via Zoom! 
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KES Mathletes Write the First Round of Year-Long Contests

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 27, 2020 10:52:22 AM

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing has been a network of enrichment and support for generations of Mathematics and Computer Science students at King’s-Edgehill School.  The CEMC programmes and resources inspire students and teachers around the world, and we recognize the standard of excellence and the meaningful challenge that the CEMC contests provide.  Over the course of the year, students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 will take part in these competitions.

On Wednesday, November 18 th, 58 students from Grades 9 to 12 wrote the 2-hour Canadian Intermediate Math Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition.  You could hear a pin drop in our Stanfield Dining Hall as the mathematical minds went to work.  The Canadian Intermediate Math Contest is written by students in Grades 9 and 10, while the Canadian Senior Math Contest is written by students in Grades 11 and 12.  These competitions are written worldwide.   Everyone who writes these contests benefits from the problem-solving enrichment opportunity.  Students are marked not just on their correct answer, but also on their ability to craft a clear, logical solution. 

In preparation for this contest, a “Pizza and Problems” afternoon was organized in   Mrs. Shields’  room on Tuesday for the Grade 9 students writing, while Senior School mathletes could be found in   Mr. MacLean’s  classroom honing their math skills in the biweekly Math League Club (Room A301).  Another way for students to prepare for the variety of CEMC contests is to sign up for the “Problem of the Week”, also put out by the University of Waterloo.  Please   click here  to see the weekly problems and solutions.  There are questions at four different difficulty levels.  Printed copies of these problems are available outside   Mr. Kershaw’s  and   Mrs. Dufour’s  classrooms.

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.

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Our Debaters are up for the Challenge!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 17, 2020 10:38:00 AM

A heartfelt congratulations to   Thane Morgan (Grade 11), William Ahern (Grade 11)  and   Danica Scully (Grade 9)  who represented King's Edgehill in last weekend's Dalhousie Invitational British Parliamentary Debate Tournament where they advanced through 6 rounds of very challenging motions!  The tournament was online, and our Senior Boys took on topics such as:
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Our Outstanding Debaters

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 31, 2020 10:29:56 AM

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!

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King’s-Edgehill School First Honour Roll

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 26, 2020 8:25:00 AM

On Sunday, October 11 th, the first KES academic report of the year was released online.  This report focused on the progress students made since the year began 5 weeks earlier.  While this report provided a general overview of students’ initial progress, the next report, which will go live on November 10 th, will be a more comprehensive report including cumulative numerical marks, effort grades and comments from all subject teachers and coaches. 

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Powerful Words

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

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!

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Learning about Sustainable Living

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 7, 2020 7:31:13 PM

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.  

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World Wide BottleSumo

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 4, 2020 8:08:32 AM

Some readers of this article may recall that last February the King’s-Edgehill School Robotics Team did outstandingly well at the Regional Robofest Tournament held at Acadia University. At that event, KES teams earned first, third, fifth and seventh place out of 37 teams in total from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The top four teams from this tournament qualified to compete at the World Championship at Laurence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan; however, due to the impact of COVID-19, the World Championship event had to be cancelled. 

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Want to Play Pandemic?

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Our Junior School lunchtime clubs are up and running!  While the weather is still gorgeous, most of our students find themselves outside on the swings, playing tag or just enjoying conversations in the sunshine.  For those who would prefer to be indoors, we have established some great options for them from 12:10 to 12:45 each day: yearbook, colouring, card making, creative writing, media club, film club, GSA and Dungeons and Dragons are but a few of the choices operating on different days of the schedule.
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