Inside King's-Edgehill School

G for Two

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 9, 2019 6:08:08 PM

Grade 11 IB Music students are required to perform for a panel of jury adjudicators as part of their applied studies portfolio. Max Cole is a fantastic young guitarist and singer from right here in Windsor, and he is in his fifth year at our School. He is an integral member of the School Jazz Band, seeks centre stage as a leading cast member of every musical, and fronts his own pop band, Alkazar. Max elected to play a Carlos Santana guitar selection, entitled Europa. Accompanying him is our long-time guitar teacher and my dear friend and colleague, Mr. John Tetrault (1968-70). John is terrific at mentoring students like Max to strive to reach their full potential musicianship and beyond. What is an interesting aside is that John is also an alum of KES and his name still resides on the infamous "Wall of Payne" for his accomplishments in track & field during his KES school days! Click here and enjoy the performance!

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Surprise Halloween Dance

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 21, 2018 6:19:00 PM

As you have no doubt read before, Ms. Stephanie Cummings has joined the KES faculty as our new dance teacher. This is a fantastic addition to our Performing Arts Programme, and our dance aficionados are wild over it! To date, Ms. Cummings has assembled her dancers to perform for some of our various public events such as the Terry Fox BBQ, Grandparents' Day, and Open House. I have been delighted to see fresh new choreography each time, showcasing creative, expressive, and talented routines. This week, I am taking a break from my usual musical feature to present a breakout routine that the dancers did at our recent Halloween Dance. Be prepared to watch Ms. Cummings lead the troupe to Sail in this performance art piece. Their onlookers were surprised, supportive and impressed, and the dancers left the stage to join their peers on the open dance floor feeling accomplished and appreciated. I hope you enjoy their performance!

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From Choreography to "Stone Cold" in a Heart Beat

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

As you may be aware, King's-Edgehill School thespians, musicians, and dancers are gearing up for one of the first non-equity productions of  Mamma Mia here at our School from November 22ndto 24th  (mark your calendar!). Grade 10 student,  Sarah Bell , and Grade 11 student,  Katie Goddard , are both instrumental in choreographing some of the numbers in the show. While waiting for the troupe to work out their steps of  Waterloo  during the last rehearsal, I heard the two girls harmonizing a different tune that is not a song in the show. Their voices blended beautifully on this song that I had not heard before. I approached them and asked if they would let me feature them in our weekly Newsletter and they immediately smiled and said yes. Katie announced that she would learn a piano accompaniment for the next day. What this clip reveals is a first rehearsal of the piece. While I was getting the camera ready, the girls attempted Demi Lovato's,  Stone Cold , with Katie playing the piano. They discussed the harmonies and a chord change; then, I turned the camera on them. None of the weekly videos I release for our Newsletter are engineered or edited. This is a fun example of an 'almost perfect' first attempt, with a reaction at the end that will entertain you nearly as much as their performance.  Click here to watch their performance. 

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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Jason Hu Shreds Black Sabath's Crazy Train

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 1, 2018 4:27:00 PM

large_news1199288_1165187During our faculty professional development days, I was approaching an afternoon session being held in the theatre, when I heard Crazy Train booming loudly in the Concert Hall. I thought it was a recording and it was, with one exception: playing the lead guitar part (and shredding it like a pro) was one of our new Grade 9 International students, Qili (Jason) Hu, from Taiwan. He absolutely nailed every chord and riff exactly like the original recording. I asked Jason to give you his comments, which follow, and I ask you to watch a clip of Jason playing with an accompaniment track and witness his talent and enthusiasm for Heavy Metal music.

"My name is Jason Hu. I have been learning electric guitar for six years, and I have the super biggest dream to create the most famous heavy metal band in the world! When I was young, I heard a music band, named Pantera. There was a super crazy guitar player named Dimebag Darrell,  and their music is super cool and crazy! So, because I have my dream, I started to learn guitar!!! My motto is 'Never give up!’

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You Are the Reason

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 25, 2018 4:08:00 PM

Grade 10 day students, Victoria Dubois and Ileana Wheeler, are both musical dynamos who spend most of their spare time in the music room working on duets. In addition, these two are in my newly-formed jazz choir, and Victoria plays the flute in the Concert Band, while Ileana plays the violin. Recently, these two have been working on a Calum Scott song entitled You Are the Reason. Like last week's feature, this clip exposes both the talent and the joy that our musicians share when making music together for fun. Enjoy the performance! 

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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.)

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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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