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Heathers: The Musical

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 28, 2021 1:56:24 PM

Senior school students have been hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming musical, Heathers. The production is a dark comedy that deals with matters affecting teens including bullying, suicide, manipulative relationships, and mental health issues. A student favourite, parts of the show have been revised to best suit a school environment. 

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Topics: Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Creativity in GRADE 11 IB SL Math

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 15, 2021 9:13:00 PM

As a fun and different approach to logarithms and their connections with exponents during distance learning, our class had an option of using their creative side as a final assessment.  I decided to get a little creative and wrote a song about the ten major concepts in the unit.  It is written to the tune of “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp, and I titled it   “A little Ditty about Exponents and Logs”.  For Part 1 of the final assessment, students listened to the song and wrote about the ten key concepts expressed.  This was excellent insight into whether the students recognized and grasped each of the concepts.

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Topics: Academics at KES, Arts At KES

Spontaneous Sounds

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 10, 2021 8:38:00 AM

I am suspicious of seeing cell phones in my classroom, but I don't always see them when they're being used because kids are crafty. In this case, recently I received an email from   Hannah Koopernaes (Grade 11)  with an audio attachment. After her IB music class finished uploading the required material for their course assessment, the group turned to having some fun learning a couple of tunes for what was then expected to be a 'live' Arts Gala, as  the "house band". In doing so, we began working on a few different songs, one of which features the oboe. Okay... we have one of those in our collection, played by Mitchell Larkin (Grade 11). So, as the group attempted to play the piece, during the second run-through of the song, Hannah had the idea to record it on her cell phone so that she could have it to practice with after class. She sent it to me a couple of weeks ago when schools went into lockdown, just out of interest’s sake. This recording is raw, but delightfully transparent in exposing a natural occurrence in the process of learning a tune as a group. This will hopefully give you insight into exactly why I love my job. But nevertheless, I will remain suspicious of the cell phone in times ahead! 
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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Mitchell's Contribution to Music Monday

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 2, 2021 9:45:50 AM

The Coalition for Music Education launched Music Monday in 2005. Held annually each May, it is one of the world’s largest single events dedicated to raising awareness for music education. This year, a one-hour virtual concert featuring some of Canada's premiere ensembles was published on YouTube and Facebook. One such group featured was the National Youth Band of Canada, comprised of accomplished instrumentalists from across the country.  
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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Distance Learning of Music - Not Totally Impossible

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 24, 2021 9:06:00 PM

In pre-COVID times at KES, there were expansive opportunities in the performing arts. With specific regards to music, there were concert band, jazz band, pit bands, multiple small combos, choir, bagpipe band, cadet band, soloists and collaborations of every kind, not to mention an ensemble at every grade level 6-12. Instrumental and vocal music was usually found everywhere on campus and beyond, all day and evening long. The past year has been different, as we are all aware.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Grade 6 Girls Dance to Promote Positive Vibes

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 18, 2021 10:12:16 AM

Wednesday mornings always begin with an assembly of the junior students, where important information is shared, and quite often there will be an event of some kind. This can range from a competition, to games, and of course, recitals of music or dance. Three Grade 6 girls, Lily Blois, Laura Oulton, and Mylah Simpkin, collectively thought it would be fun to choreograph their own dance routine and present it three weeks ago.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Almost, Maine

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 11, 2021 5:34:00 PM

John Cariani, the playwright of  Almost, Maine, describes his play as "people falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend...". These are the stories of average, everyday people who experience the unexpected; just like us, currently living in extraordinary times. 

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Almost Maine - Meet Our Cast and Crew

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 5, 2021 4:01:35 PM

Almost, Maine  has been one of the top high school play productions for the past few years, and it offers a collection of short love scenes, exploring new-found love, long-lasting friendships that take an exciting leap of faith, or partnerships whose love has dissolved over time. With the world’s problems weighing heavily on our shoulders, our Senior School students present uplifting and inspiring stories that remind us of the good things in life. Even when faced with adversity, love will find a way.   Almost, Maine  was brought to you by enthusiastic and spirited students who are bursting with bright talent. Thank you to our backstage members   Sarah, Lily, Maeve, and  Qiaoman  for interviewing the cast and crew and for writing Newsletter articles each week. 
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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

We're All In This Together - Revue Finale

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 4, 2021 4:00:54 PM

As the pandemic has us all in an altered state and searching for protected well being, there can be no better truth to the phrase,   We're All in This Together. That's how our thespians, musicians, and dancers concluded our musical revue.
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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

"This Is Me:" - Revue #11

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2021 7:39:51 PM

The 2017 blockbuster movie, The Greatest Showman, garnered much attention for its soundtrack which includes the winning Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, “This Is Me”. Like previous selections from our Musical Revue that have been featured already, this song identifies with personal identities and encourages one to accept who they really are. Fortunately, our KES community fosters this philosophy in simple dignity and respect as an aspect of our Mission Statement, and everybody is comfortable with that.

Enjoy “This Is Me!”

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Topics: Arts At KES

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