Inside King's-Edgehill School

Going the Distance in Distance Learning

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 13, 2021 5:35:00 PM

We are now in the second week of our Junior School Distance Learning (DL) program, and there is no question that everyone is missing the physical connectedness of being together on campus.  Staying safe and protecting those around us remain our shared priorities. Despite the reputation of mental malaise associated with universal virtual learning, I commend our students and teachers for responding to the challenge in true “Highlander” form. 
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Our Debaters Earn Silver!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 9, 2021 5:33:27 PM

Online debate tournaments have continued into the spring, and I'm super happy to report that 2 of ours,   William Ahern and   Thane Morgan, advanced to the final round of this past weekend's Senior Level Ontario Student Debating Union Tournament.  
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Big Wins at Regional Science Fair

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 25, 2021 7:41:00 PM

After a very successful School science fair, a number of our students were chosen to represent KES at the Regional level.  This year’s fair was a little different due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Each student created a 5-7 minute video presentation of their board to the judges, and uploaded this video and their research papers to the Regional website.  The results are in and I’m very excited to share with you how well our students have done!
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The 8B Times

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2021 1:26:00 PM

The following newspaper you are about to read is individually and collectively created by my Grade 8 English class. Recently, we finished learning about different speech writing techniques and types. While speeches are delivered by the presenter themselves (whether that be verbally or through sign), it is important to remember how a speech presents itself as a written page; to help students remember this, we compiled our speeches into a newspaper for others to read. Students selected their own topic and style while being challenged to add in a few specific requirements like interviewing and using power words.
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Dalhousie Math Circles - Exploding Dots

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 20, 2021 7:00:00 AM

On Wednesday, March 31st, Dalhousie University hosted its latest virtual Math Circles evening.  Dr. Asmita Sodhi (Dalhousie Mathematics Department) led the seminar, providing interactive opportunities and the mathematical motivation to make the event a great success.  The topic itself, Exploding Dots, had our curiosity piqued, and the ensuing mathematical connection did not disappoint. The hour-long presentation was an uplifting mathematical experience.  Time itself seemed to “explode”.  First, participants were introduced to a ”2 to 1” exploding dot machine, where they introduced numbers into the furthermost right block of a series of attached boxes, and watched as pairs of dots exploded into one dot in the adjacent box to the left.  This pattern continued in adjacent boxes until participants discovered that they were actually expressing numbers in base 2, or binary form.  

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Global Knowledge Winner – Sabine Wellard!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 19, 2021 6:30:00 PM

Congratulations to   Sabine Wellard (Grade 9), our KES Great Canadian Challenge Junior School winner!  She not only won two ‘sweet” prizes of maple syrup and Peace by Chocolate products, but she will be taking the ceremonial globe to classes and lunch to commemorate her “global knowledge”.   😀
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Mediocrity Wins!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 4, 2021 1:26:38 PM

On Saturday, March 27 th, our King’s-Edgehill School Robotics teams competed in Acadia University’s regional Robofest qualifier. Twenty-three teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island were involved in the tournament which was held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
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Congratulations to our KES Junior Debaters!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 31, 2021 11:38:00 AM

On the first Saturday of the March Break, Junior School students   William Larder  (Grade 7),  Vincent Armstrong  (Grade 8),   Sadie Junger  (Grade 9) and   Danica Scully  (Grade 9) weren’t sleeping in; instead, they were up early and competing virtually at the NSDS Junior Provincial Debates.  This wonderful four-round event tackled such relevant education topics as: “This House would offer post-pandemic online education in schools” and “This House would switch from a numerical grading system to a pass/fail system.”  Global health topics were investigated too, as well as the crowd-pleasing “Assuming the feasibility, this House would bring back the dinosaurs”!

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Emerging Leader - Fox Sullivan

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 27, 2021 2:08:57 PM

A Windsor native,   Fox Sullivan  joined our School community in Grade 6 and is on pace to be a lifer. Over the course of the last four years, our Junior School staff have witnessed Fox’s personal growth from a quiet, fun-loving Grade 6 student to a leader in our Grade 9 class who is respected by all. A dedicated volunteer, hardworking student, and talented snowboarder, Fox has all the attributes of a role model for the students in our Junior School community.  He is a friend to all and is the type of student leader who does a lot of small things that might not be noticed by someone if they weren’t paying attention.
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Dalhousie Math Circles - Exploring Cryptography

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 9, 2021 7:10:00 PM

March is Fraud Prevention Month.  The stats are fascinating: according to internet security experts, it takes a hacker only a fraction of a millisecond to crack a simple password like “abcdefg”.  Add just one more character and the time increases to five hours.  Nine-character passwords typically take five days to break, and ten characters, four months to crack.  The timing was right last Wednesday, February 24th for Dalhousie’s Virtual Math Circles event that explored Cryptography, the science of encryption and security behind applications like banking transaction cards, computer passwords, and e-commerce transactions.  The presenter was Dr. Frank Fu, a postdoctoral researcher who showed us encryption methods used to safeguard the digital world.  The presentation began by discussing how checks can be made to ensure communication is secure online and that websites are legitimate.  Next, encryption and decryption were defined, and specific encoding methods were explored.  Caesar encryption, a shift cipher, was one of the easiest encryption techniques to learn. Each letter of the message is “shifted” a fixed number of positions (key) down the alphabet.   For example, if the key is “2”, the word “MAGIC” would be encrypted to “OCIKE”.  Dr. Fu pointed out that when trying to break a code, a frequency analysis of letters is beneficial.  A bar graph demonstrated that the letter “e” occurs most frequently, and much more so than the letter “q”.  With this in mind, participants were challenged to decrypt “ALIIP”.  Substituting a probable double “e” for the double “I”, leads to an encryption key of “-4”.  Moving four letters back from the original letters results in the word “WHEEL”.  Did you get it?  The seminar continued to explore more complicated encryption protocols.  I commend Lillian BloisHunter HoodWill LarderAnthony Wheeler and Owen Xu for their participation and contributions.  The next opportunity to attend Dalhousie Math Circles will be on March 31st.  It is a great form of Math enrichment for students of all grades.

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