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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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Shakespeare Outside

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 17, 2018 10:44:02 AM

On Friday, May 4, the Junior School celebrated Shakespeare outside with an adapted performance of Romeo & Juliet. Over the course of their Shakespeare unit, my Grade 8 classes chose the lines which they felt were most important and moved the story along in the most meaningful way. Knowing that their target audience would be the Grade 7s, the classes chose lines that gave students a great introduction to the world of Shakespeare!

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KES Theatre at Its Stunning Best!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 30, 2018 1:22:23 PM

This year’s Junior School musical production, Cinderella, was both magical and dazzling. A stellar cast of twenty-four students from Grades 7 to 9 entertained audiences with their jubilant singing, dancing and stunning stage effects.

It was truly magical to watch the beggar transformed into the luminescent fairy godmother and Cinderella’s charred rags magically become a stunning ball gown. Mice were transformed into horses, a pumpkin into a chariot and audiences into fairy tale believers.

There were the pitch-perfect singing performances, the well-timed delivery of hilarious punch lines, and the impressive group choreography. It was a show for all ages and the jubilant dancing of the young audience children during intermission on opening night captured the spirit that everyone was feeling.

Special thanks are extended to each member of the cast and crew, our choreographer, Grace Gallant, the set designers and the many hands that made this show such a success. It was tremendous to see so many student volunteers giving their time. I offer a standing ovation to our graduating Grade 9 performers who made this production so triumphant. I know that, though they will be leaving the Junior School, they will continue to share their talents as mentors to our younger thespians. Hats off to our director Ms. Toven MacLean for her exceptional abilities in putting this show together and to Ms. Karlee Sinclair for her stage assistance. Cinderella will provide wonderful memories for years to come for so many of our students. Bravo!

Taya Shields
Junior School Director

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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Christine Wang – Fantastic Flautist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 27, 2018 6:27:00 AM

Grade 11 student,   Jialan "Christine" Wang  arrived at King's-Edgehill School from Nanjing, China, for the start of the school year and quickly became involved in our music programme. She is a first chair flautist in our concert and cadet bands, and she has also been a featured solo and duo instrumentalist at various special events. Her most recent performance was last Wednesday for our annual Cultural Fair variety show where she played a beautiful rendition of a piece   (click here)  that our Culture Committee Chair, Grade 12 student,  Jiacheng "Denny" introduced the following way:
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Fashion en français

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Grade 9 students took full advantage of the opportunity to practise their French while strutting their stuff on the runway this week with the 2018 edition of the Défilé de Mode. This fashion show en français was the culmination of the class’s thematic study of clothing and accessories; the students went to great lengths to prepare and model their spring collection, to the delight of their classmates – félicitations!

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Alexandra Newbould (1994-1997): Illustrator, Court Sketch Artist, Painter

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM

I attended KES from Grade 10-12. Though it was difficult living away from home, it was cool to be surrounded by students from around the world. You become family because you're in it together. I have solid friends and many funny memories. After graduating from KES, I went to University of Victoria and received my BFA in Visual Arts. I did a bit of traveling before settling down in Panamá for a few years working as an English teacher and painter. After a while I wanted more technical training in illustration so I came back to Canada and studied Illustration.

I work out of my studio in Toronto's west end. I create fine art for exhibitions, freelance illustration for different clients from advertising to album covers, and my favorite work is courtroom sketching for the Canadian media. I also have a business called the Tat Shack in Sauble Beach, Ontario, where I do henna tattoos and sell art in the summer months. I tried many things along my journey, failing at some, learning from mistakes, listening and taking advice from friends and family. I like to meet as many people as possible, through networking opportunities that arise and I try to be open and flexible when they do. I intend to continue doing what makes me happy for as long as I can which is drawing, painting, and traveling at will. One day I might like to focus exclusively on portrait painting. My advice is to go into a field doing what makes you happy. You were probably put on earth to do it, and you are going to excel at it because you will be motivated. Keep your eye on the prize and the universe will make it happen.

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From Class to Sport to Classical

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 12, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Knowing that Grade 8 student,   William Ahern, one of our most gifted pianists and our chapel organist, recently had a master class with Professor John Hanson, of Acadia University, I wanted to catch him while his fingers were still hot from the experience. We all have busy schedules here on campus, so I seized the opportunity to grab William just after he finished his afternoon sport activity. Without hesitation, he sat down at the piano and let me record his newly-polished piece. I am confident that this Eighth Grader will impress even the best of players.   Enjoy the performance!
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Junior School Play - CINDERELLA

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 9, 2018 5:37:34 PM

On April 20th and 21st, a timeless tale of transformation will unfold right before your eyes as the King’s-Edgehill Junior School presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. 

This classic musical features all the moments you love – an incredible transformation, the glass slipper, and the lush score of classic songs "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible" and "Ten Minutes Ago.” In this hilarious and romantic musical experience, see how everything can be possible when a little bit of magic combines with the immense power of hope and love.

Show times are Friday, April 20th at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 21st at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 902-798-2278, ext. 3593.

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