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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.

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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This article was originally printed in the Alumni magazine, read more alumni stories here:

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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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Meet Victoria Dubois - A Musical Force

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 8, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Meet the most recent talent to arrive to our School, Victoria Dubois. This Ninth Grader joined us in January and she plays the flute in the concert band and in her music class. Beyond that, this capable vocalist performed at our recent coffee house, accompanying herself on the piano. Today, I am pleased to feature her singing and playing the guitar for her most recent composition, Too Many Times. Sensational, I say! Click here and enjoy!!

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Meet Anna Gilkerson (1994-1999): Fashion Designer & Stylist

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 26, 2018 9:59:12 AM

I enrolled at KES because my parents wanted me to get a great education! Plus campus life seemed interesting to me as I had no siblings close in age. I loved living with people from all over the world, and I loved the great music and art programmes along with the academics. I grew up at KES and I enjoy all the memories - the good and the bad. One quick memory is when I had an emergency appendectomy and Mr. Penaluna, who was the headmaster at the time, leaned over my hospital bed where I was waiting for surgery and said "you look absolutely green, Anna!" But it was kind of funny and made me laugh. Everyone was there for you through thick and thin. It was a big family for me. After graduation, I went snowboarding in Vermont
then to art school in NYC a year later. Then I studied fashion design in NYC and Florence, Italy. I then worked in Montreal for three years in the fashion industry before moving back to Nova Scotia to start a family and my own sustainable made-in-Canada clothing line.

I opened the Makenew Curated Thrift Shop and a clothing line we currently produce here in Halifax called
AKG. (Check us out online I am currently expanding to a larger shop space and starting a wholesale business importing fairly-made goods from around the world and raising my daughter and still making art on the side. I won the Art Prize when I graduated from KES so you know I have to keep that flame going! Being able to meld my love for fashion and contribute to a sustainable future has been the most rewarding. In the future, I will travel abroad collecting beautiful things for my shop and exciting product mix expansions and collaborations while raising my daughter with my loving partner Zac and working on our house in Dartmouth while making art on the side. Oh, and you know, a small farm off the grid in the woods near the ocean?! I will always be involved with the arts and fashion. I get to work with so many talented people; I am so fortunate! And Makenew will always exist in some form or another. I am always working to improve what I do. The best businesses must lead the future not follow it. My advice to current students is: Do what you love and then working hard will never feel like work.

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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Our Coffee House Talent

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 8, 2018 11:13:00 AM

An assortment of student musicians got together the evening of Thursday, February 15th to perform for their School peers and some local family members.

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