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Junior School Poetry Competition

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 13, 2019 4:33:00 PM

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 last Wednesday, January 30th, when eight finalists from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their chosen poems. 

Congratulations are extended to William Ahern, Hannah Bryant, Taylor Cole, Harrison Klein, Emily Norton, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji, Jessica Ugwoke and Sabine Wellard; they can each be proud of their efforts to stand before the entire Junior School and confidently present their poem. The range of styles and deliveries kept things interesting. You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us think carefully about the power of the words and the messages conveyed. The judges did not have an easy task to select the winners; however, they did single out the top three performances for the 2019 Junior School Poetry Competition (3rd, 2nd, 1st, respectively): Harrison Klein, Taylor Cole and Emily Norton. The entire School was entertained at this week’s Full School Assembly as Harrison presented “Jabberwocky”, Taylor, “Social Media” and Emily, “A Million Pieces”. I congratulate and thank these students for sharing their passion with us and starting our day off in such a creative and thought-provoking way.

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KES Robofest Fun!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 11, 2019 10:25:52 PM

This past Thursday, our KES Robotics Club had its annual in-house Robofest tournament. Teams of 2 or 3 students have been preparing robots since November to compete in a game called "Binary Blocks". The game consists of autonomous robots having two minutes to build a four bit binary number out of black and white colored blocks. Details of the game can be found on the Robofest website.

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The Counting Challenge

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 2, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Our first trip of 2019 to Dalhousie University Math Circles was last Wednesday, January 16th. We had two vans filled with students eager to explore the “Counting” workshop that was presented by Dr. Peter Selinger, a Dalhousie University professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He posed counting problems that seemed easy enough at first, like how many ways could you colour a 2 by 2 square using only two colours? Immediately, everyone started drawing squares, first shading top left, then a different square shading top right, another shading bottom left, and then one shading bottom right. Then the colouring shifted to 2 squares, first on the top, then one side, the bottom, other side, etc. I am sure you get the picture. While it was interesting to try to find all possibilities, a mathematical discussion revealed an easy formulaic way to figure it out. In the case of the 2 by 2 grid, there turned out to be 16 possibilities or simply 2x2x2x2. The 3 by 3 square proved more difficult to draw all possibilities, but a quick calculation (29) indicated there were 512 different ways. Of course the challenge did not stop there. The counting became more challenging when symmetries were considered. In other words, how many ways could you tile the 3x3 square with black and white tiles, if two tilings that differ by a rotation were considered equal? And then, moving into three dimensions, how many ways are there of coloring the 6 sides of a 3x3 cube with 3 colours, up to a rotation of the cube? (answer=24) The evening became a true counting challenge, and at the end of the seminar Dr. Selinger’s explanation of Pólya's counting method provided a quick and accurate way to do so (answer to the final challenge is 24). Our counting was interrupted when the variety of pizzas arrived. 

As always, it was an evening of collaborative problem solving, pizza and fun. I commend David Helyer, Luke Mainwaring, Athena Cox, Silas Fillmore, Yifan (Doreen) Xing, Aden O’Callaghan, Holden Hoover, Zhi (Angel) Li, Jiahuan (Edward) He, Yi (Edward) Chang, and Haichuan (River) Qi for their ongoing interest in Math Circles. It was also terrific to meet up with alumna Mona Mohamed (2015-18)  and former student Matvey Semenenko at the event. 

We look forward to the next Dalhousie Math Circles event: Linear Inequalities and Economic Problems on Wednesday, February 13th. Interested students can sign up on the whiteboard in my Math classroom. Special thanks to Mr. Glen Faucher for driving the second van.

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Beaver Computing Contest Results

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 18, 2019 4:00:00 PM

What better way to start 2019 than with some excellent University of Waterloo contest results. During the early weeks of November, every student in Grades 7, 8, and 9 rolled up their sleeves and turned on their laptops or tablets to take the University of Waterloo’s Beaver Computing Contest. This 45-minute competition, consisting of 15 logic problems, was completed in   Mr. Hollett’s, Mr. Alguire’s and Mr. Campbell’s  computer classes.
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Grade 7 Mock Parliamentary Committee Meeting

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 3, 2018 5:32:42 PM

On Wednesday morning, Marshall House became the Parliament Buildings for our Social Studies 7A class! The class held a mock parliamentary committee meeting as they are currently working through a unit on political empowerment. Following proper governmental procedures, students conducted a simulated meeting that was called by   Jose Maria Tapia Sanchez, the "Minister of Food".
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Career Night

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 26, 2018 7:51:00 AM

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.

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Our Outstanding Debaters

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 24, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Our debating students attended a very exciting 6-round debate tournament at Halifax West last Friday and Saturday. Several of our students, both novice and experienced, were in fine form. 

Our Junior Division:
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KES Students Attend the Annual Dalhousie Math Camp

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 5, 2018 6:43:22 AM

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!

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KES Students get firsthand view of University Life

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 7, 2018 6:30:00 AM

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.

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Dalhousie University’s Math Circle Finale

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 29, 2018 4:32:00 PM

On Wednesday, May 16th, we travelled to Dalhousie University for the final Math Circles event of our school year. The theme was a “math party”, and it was a great interactive way to end our yearlong commitment to math enrichment.   Erick Lee, a mathematics consultant from the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, led us through the party problems and provided opportunities to play games while exploring mathematical themes. The activities started with the Game of Sim; students competed in pairs to outsmart their opponent by trying to avoid making triangles while connecting the vertices of a polygon. This led to a discussion about Ramsey’s Party Problem and several other party-themed puzzles. Time flew by as our students worked collaboratively to solve the problems while enjoying the camaraderie of math friends and, of course, the free pizza and drinks. King’s-Edgehill was well represented by:   Matvey Semenenko, Max Escaravage, Oliver and Athena Cox, Jayden Morrow and  Mathangi Somasekaram. We look forward to reconnecting with the Dalhousie Math Circles team when the new school year begins in the fall.

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