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Musical Talent from Finland – Meet Elisabeth

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 11, 2018 10:42:00 AM

Wednesday was the first day of classes for the 2018-2019 School year. A young lady arrived in my classroom seeking information on how she might possibly join one of my music classes. She introduced herself as Elisabeth Lohi, a Grade 11 student from Finland who is passionate about playing the piano.

After a brief conversation, I invited her to play for me. She accepted immediately and seated herself at one of our grand pianos. It took only a moment for me to realize that she is not only passionate, but truly gifted as well. I asked her if I could record her for our first musical feature of the Headmaster’s Weekly E-Newsletter. She smiled and said, "Yes, of course." Remember, this talented young lady is in a new country, culture, and school. I am told that there are many new students who are attending King's-Edgehill School this year but, I am sure you will agree, that Elisabeth has set the bar high on her first day! Click here for her performance.

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Meet Joan Gregson (1945-1950): The "Snapple Tea Spiked" Partying Grandma

Posted by Heather Strickey on Aug 7, 2018 9:41:00 AM

There are people in this world that you hear so much about before you actually meet them. Joan Gregson is one of those people. I had heard so much about Joan leading up to and at the Edgehill 125 Reunion the summer of 2016. Joan made many great friends while at Edgehill. Many of those friendships remain strong today.

The theme for this magazine is the "Arts." Ms. Gregson has definitely pursued a career in this field. As a new girl to Edgehill in 1945, she volunteered to write a script for the New Girls' play. She wrote about a young girl looking at a photo album with her grandmother. Edgehill promoted plays and musicals, and under the aegis of Miss Marshall, a music and language teacher at Edgehill in the 1940s, and Miss O'Neill, Edgehill's Headmistress from 1954-1958, Joan's interest in the theatre grew.

Joan graduated from Edgehill, married, and had children. Her interest in the theatre was dormant. However, one day, her mother persuaded her to see a play at the Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) in Halifax. Joan's immediate reaction upon seeing the production was "I can do better than that!" She let the TAG know of her interest and continued to pester them until she was cast in The King of Hearts, and from there she starred in ingénue roles for several years. Joan made the jump into radio when she joined the cast of the "The Gillan's." She played a myriad of characters including Billy, Mary Ann, Rob Roy, and the country teacher. At that time, CBC Halifax was a major production centre for radio dramas in Canada, and Joan worked for many years in that milieu winning an ACTRA Award for Best Performance in Radio for her portrayal of Mira, a Korean, in "The Path."

Joan became a member of the original company of Neptune Theatre appearing in the opening production of Major Barbara, followed closely by the Fourposter. Over the 31 years she was with Neptune, Joan appeared in such productions as Arms and the Man, Broadway Bound, Dear Liar, Same Time Next Year, Equus, Noises Off and Candida. I asked Joan if she had a favourite actor with whom she worked. She did mention Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger from M.A.S.H.) who she starred opposite in The Last Romance (pictured on right).

Joan's "big break" came when she was cast to play Mrs. Cheever in the 1995 film adaptation of The Scarlet Letter featuring Demi Moore, Robert Duvall, and Gary Oldman. Joan then moved to Toronto hoping to seize opportunities in TV and film not then available in Nova Scotia. Over the years, she has appeared in several commercials, films and TV series such as Black Harbour, Murdoch Mysteries, My Babysitter's a Vampire, and most recently in Saving Hope, Schitt's Creek, Four in the Morning, Mary Kills People, and Anne of Green Gables.

Joan with Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger from M.A.S.H.)

King's-Edgehill School Alumni Magazine - Life Connections 2016

Is Joan pondering retirement? "I am busier than I have ever been." Joan has no plan to slow down or retire! I caught a brief glimpse of Joan's work as she portrays a Snapple drinking, partying Grandma (pictured left). If you want to put a smile on your face, check out: https:// vimeo.com/138218258.

I have to say it's pretty cool knowing a real actor. Joan, may you continue to "break a leg."

 If you are a dancer, a singer, a musician, an actor, an artist, or have all of these talents, then King’s-Edgehill School is the place for you.

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Meet Trish Neville (1995-1999): Jewellery & Metalsmithing

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 3, 2018 9:41:00 AM

I attended KES from 1994-1999 as a boarding student. It was really hard being away from my family at such a young age and making all new friends. As time passed, I began to love it there, and took full advantage of the IB Arts Program as well as playing trumpet in the band, which lead to a few international trips. Looking back, I realize that those four years at KES shaped who I am today and prepared me to face any circumstance or obstacle in my life. After graduation, I went to Mount Allison University before I transferred to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. I tried every medium available and after careful thought, chose to focus my studies on the fabrication of jewellery and stone setting. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Jewellery and Metalsmithing, I decided that the life of a starving artist wasn't really for me and being a commercial Jeweller and working in the mainstream jewellery industry would pay the bills. It was really tough at first being in a male-dominated industry, but with my education, skills and personality, I was able make it. That was over 10 years ago. I have never been without work. I hand- fabricate commission-based jewellery like rings, earrings and pendants using mainly white gold and platinum. I specialize in setting uniquely-shaped precious gem stones and diamonds. Vacuum casting and the lost wax casting technique are used frequently. Repairing and refurbishing heirloom jewellery fill many

hours in a day. It's very rewarding working with clients to bring a design idea or a drawing into the third dimension. It's funny how the twisted path of fate unravels in front of each one of us, creating opportunity where there wasn't any visible before. I would have died laughing if someone had told me back in 1999 that I would be a Goldsmith living and working in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Stay humble and dream big, literally anything is possible.

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school.  The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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Meet James Gilbert (Head Boy; 1997-2000): Actor & Writer

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 30, 2018 6:02:32 PM

I had a great high school experience at KES. I was fairly directionless prior to attending, and found that the school gave me multiple outlets with which to channel my energies -- the arts and humanities, sports, etc. Ultimately, I felt encouraged and supported to be myself. I loved the camaraderie of dorm life and the hilarity it often entailed. I met people who are still my best friends.

After graduation I studied theatre at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, UK. It was a fantastic programme that exposed me to wonderful arts culture and taught me what it meant to be a dedicated artist and ambassador of one's craft. I then moved to Toronto where I have been working professionally as an actor in theatre, TV, and film ever since. I'm also a writer, so currently, I'm developing a number of projects with various production companies. Auditioning, hunting for the next role - it never ends. Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and to carve out a living in the arts you have to diversify. Starting to write and create projects on my own was born out of a need and desire to have more control over my own destiny. This is no different than one day deciding that you're going to strike out on your own and start your own business. In the future, I plan to continue evolving and challenging myself as an artist.Owning a little cottage on the South Shore some day wouldn't be bad either. My advice to current students is to just go easy on yourself and be open to discovery and adaptation. Scatter others' expectations of you into the wind. Life is a work in progress, and it is no fun in having it all figured out too early.

If you are a dancer, a singer, a musician, an actor, an artist, or have all of these talents, then King’s-Edgehill School is the place for you.
 
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Meet Joan Kirton-Salter (1952-1956): Painter and Sketch Artist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM

When I was ten years old, I discovered the British author, W.E. Eastways, who wrote about boarding school days, which I found fascinating. The following year, I began Michaelmas Term at Edgehill. Besides receiving an excellent education, one of my best memories is the food! The school employed very good cooks, and delicious chicken dinners on Sunday still remain in my memory.

I am fortunate to live in the forest on Rigaud Mountain and have nature on hand to inspire me. Twenty-eight years of painting, taking classes, including art school, have helped me to produce works in oil, acrylic, prints, watercolours, portraits and collage. I believe drawing is the basis of art and would encourage students to sketch as much as possible: carrying paper and pencils with one, has surprising rewards in capturing a gesture or an interesting shape. Herein, is an ink and acrylic abstract painting called, "Fantastical Orchard" and a collage, "Homage to Emily Dickinson" which has my drawings, found objects of buttons, a Victorian earring, ribbon, an 1888 cloth spine and cover of a poetry book which was falling apart, and pressed floras. Emily has left us such an interesting Herbarium to enjoy. Today, keeping in touch with a few dear classmates is meaningful to me.

Learn about our Fine Arts curriculum from Grade 6 to IB Art as well as countless extra curricular opportunities to express your artistic passions.

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Toven MacLean - KES Theatre Arts Guru

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 3, 2018 2:02:37 PM

In Greek culture, the director of a play is called didaskalos, the Greek word for "teacher". It refers to an instructor acknowledged for their mastery in their field of learning. For Toven MacLean (1994-2001; KES faculty 2007-present) the connection between directing and teaching is a natural one. She is passionate about both and continues to inspire and direct many young minds in the classroom and on stage.

A King's-Edgehill School Lifer graduating in 2001, Toven was a creative and capable student who, after studying at Mount Allison and Acadia Universities, returned to campus in 2007 as a Junior School teacher, where she continues to make an impact as a Drama, Mathematics and English teacher. In her first year on staff, Toven directed the first-ever Junior School musical, Fiddler on the Roof, in the newly opened Fountain Performing Arts Centre. It was a first in the history of our School and the beginning of a Junior musical programme that rivals the best in the country. Hundreds of Junior School students have made their KES stage debuts since then and, thanks to Toven, have lifelong memories to recall about their theatrical experiences. Great Broadway hits such as The Sound of Music, Annie, Once on This Island, Into the Woods, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, and, most recently, School of Rock came to life on our KES stage under her direction, always meeting with rave reviews.

Ms. MacLean's love of theatre has motivated many beyond the Junior School. She is currently the Artistic Director for Quick As A Wink Theatre and, since 2013, has taken over the direction of our KES Senior School musicals. To date, she has directed over sixty productions. As a Grade Eleven student, Toven directed her first show -- Annie -- at a local elementary school. Since that time, she has directed shows with schools, summer
camps, and community theatres. Yet, in spite of her tremendous theatrical success, Toven
remains humble and never seeks recognition.

She is a talented, committed and inspirationalleader whose outstanding contributions to our community are appreciated greatly. From London to New York, she spends her vacations enjoying musical productions and garnering ideas to try on our King's-Edgehill stage. I have watched Toven work her magic as she
inspires students, encouraging them to take risks and grow in confidence and ability. She has the artistic vision, passion and ability to create wonderful productions and to inspire novice and experienced thespians alike. From casting to choreography, lighting to costume design, Toven lends her expertise to every aspect of a production, always giving her time selflessly. With her quiet confidence and calm demeanour, she brings out the best in everyone who steps on stage. Toven MacLean knows her craft, and we know how lucky we are to have her in our midst!

You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school.  The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.

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The Art and Science of Balancing Life

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

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. 

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KES Grade 8 and 9 Works of Art

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 22, 2018 8:00:00 PM

The Grade 8 and 9 Art classes started the term learning the basics of drawing such as line drawing, shading, contour drawing, perspective and other more advanced drawing skills.

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Visit

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 19, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The Grade 10 Art Class visited the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Wednesday, May 9th. We had the opportunity to view a few of the visiting exhibitions. The exhibit   The Light Fantastic was very popular -- the artists worked in neon light, video, print, paint and photography. This show was influenced by a line in one of John Milton’s poems of 1645. Other exhibits that we visited included:   Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax;   Shifting Grounds, and   Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the TŌKAIDŌ. To check out other Art Gallery of NS exhibitions  Click here.
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Luke Mainwaring - Evolving Musical Maturity

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 18, 2018 4:00:00 PM

On a frequent basis I am awed by emerging talent that students have kept hidden away from our daily routine.   Luke Mainwaring  plays the drums in my Grade 8 Fine Arts ensemble class, and he does a fine job of doing so; however, just the other day he sat down at the piano and played a terrific piece of music. As I listened, I realized that I had never heard this piece before, or anything resembling it, for that matter. Now, I don't profess to have heard all music in existence, but in my thirty-eight years of teaching music, it is my experience that most student musicians play the 'classic' familiar pieces. I've heard them time and time again. This is a rare and exciting exception.  I'll let Luke explain:

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