Inside King's-Edgehill School

Video Victory

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 8, 2019 7:36:20 AM

Grade 11 student, Eva Redmond, arrived at King's-Edgehill School from Gander, Newfoundland last September with her camera and her cornet in hand. Within a couple of weeks, she became a lead player in every KES band, took center stage with the ensemble of our production of Mamma Mia!, and, won an internal promotional video contest for her piece on the opportunities that KES has to offer perspective new students. She also co-founded and rekindled a photography club on campus that has amassed quite a few like-minded shutter bugs. Last week, Eva submitted a 'short' video in the Halifax FIN Kids Film Festival. Her video is focused on The Arts and how they are valued by all and fill a necessary need in life's fulfillment. She was delighted to get immediate news from the competition committee that she passed the semi-finals and that her film would advance to the finals. Last weekend, Eva attended the Festival viewings and walked away a Winner! Eva just might be giving Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, and other producers/directors some competition in the near future! Please take the time to view her video; I am certain that you will be impressed too. Congratulations, Eva!

One Tuesday afternoon after photography club, I was hanging out in the Art room, kind of in the mood to do some filming. So, I ventured to the back where Sophia and Abigail were working on their art pieces. They welcomed me to film them, and that's how it all started. A couple weeks later I stumbled upon the film festival online and thought, Perfect! I'd finally have a use for the footage I had started to throw together. I started planning the layout of the video and asking people to take part. What was really an important aspect for me was the comfort the Arts bring to youth and students of my age group. I have been shown time and time again since arriving at this School just how much the Arts mean to people, and sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve, so I thought, what a perfect time to showcase them. In the beginning of the piece, the Arts have been taken away and people react in just raw footage. Later, of course, the Arts come back and you see the light it brings to everyone's life. While interviewing, I simply told people, "Pretend the Arts were all instantly taken away; how do you feel?" at first they found it funny, but by the time we got a couple minutes in, you could feel the real fear and anxiety they had just thinking of this. That's when this project became so much more real and more than just a film to me. I had to show the world how the Arts genuinely affect our lives and just how important they are. I had to do this for all the artists to have a voice. I am so thankful that the judges saw that and that the piece had a chance to be seen by others, and I hope that they saw the importance like I did.  

Jeff Smith
Director of Visual & Performing Arts
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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Topics: ARTS

Art Department News - Grade 8 Paintings

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 7, 2019 7:32:29 AM

Over the last few weeks, we have been so busy with our IB Senior Art Show and Gala that the focus has been on my Senior Art students. Meanwhile, back in the Art room, my Grade 8 Art students have been very busy with their acrylic paintings. This group arrived in my Art class at the end of January, and for many of these students, this would be their first formal Art class. As an Art teacher, my goal is to give them a good solid background in using different media and to learn different skill techniques so they feel comfortable enough to create. With this painting project, we concentrated on the materials, composition (close up), blending and colour. All of the students’ paintings are included so we can see that they all should be very proud of their achievements. Excellent job!! Now, onto working with clay!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

A Raw Glimpse of Talent and Potential

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 24, 2019 7:40:00 PM

Periodically, I record my various ensembles for playback and reflective analysis. Such is the case in this clip. I have a stellar group of enthusiastic musicians in this term's Grade 10 Fine Arts Music class. They arrive to class eager to learn new material and perform. They cooperate and support each other, and they are always focused. Of equal importance to me is that they have fun. This week, I am submitting another unedited video of a typical rehearsal class with this entertaining bunch. That day, I asked the singers to really focus on intonation and blending their unison passages, and the band to be conscientious when playing their syncopated chord progressions. Don't worry if you are not familiar with these musical features; I'll just tell you that they did a solid job of both. This is  Grace Gallant’s  (electric bass) comment on the performance:

This performance is special to our band as it shows our capabilities of blending and collaborating together musically. Our band throughout the term has bonded and melded together to form a musical group that we are proud of. Each music class is always fun and interesting. We agree on the task for the day and we accomplish learning a new song that same day, leaving us all satisfied and fulfilled. Collaborating has been an important learning lesson for all of us and we hope you enjoy!
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

Oh, What a Night!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2019 5:14:13 PM

We had our second annual “Arts Gala” on Thursday, April 4. The Gala is our chance as Arts teachers to celebrate the incredible artistic talent that we have at this School. The trophies were presented as the top academic awards in each discipline of the Arts. The Art pins were presented as acknowledgment to the students who are involved with more than two of the Arts, with one for work outside of the classroom such as helping with our Annual School Musical.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

A Dramatic Success!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 22, 2019 5:12:11 PM

King’s-Edgehill’s first play production   So Much Drama!  was an incredible success. The talents of each student on stage helped to create a beautiful and hilarious combination of scenes, which was the product of dedication and hard work. With only two performances on March 29th and 30th, we were able to raise over $430 for charities that were chosen specifically by the students. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the students involved, and we hope to continue seeing success with our School play.

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Topics: Arts At KES, ARTS

Just Like in Olden Days

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 19, 2019 5:13:00 PM

Recently, a collection of our Senior School students performed a collection of short plays in a series they called   So Much Drama!; you can read more about their production in this week’s article by   Ms. Sinclair. What I want to comment on is the collaboration of drama and music. Up until the advent of 'talking picture movies', Vaudeville acts were popular. In most cases, the various skits and performances were stitched together via a musical interlude. Such is the case in   So Much Drama!.   Megumi Tsuji, whom I have featured earlier this year, provided an assortment of piano pieces while the sets were being arranged for each vignette. I have included a copy of the billboard so that you can know the cast and their works. I am very pleased that 'straight-up' drama has found its way back into our Performing Arts programme, offering our non-musical thespians the opportunity to take center stage; however, I am equally pleased that Megumi's contribution elevated essential set changes that would otherwise be downtime for an audience seated in dark silence. I congratulate all cast and crew alike; Bravo!   Click here  to enjoy the performances.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Arts At KES, ARTS

What Amazing Talent!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 15, 2019 7:44:50 AM

Congratulations to the IB Art Class for their amazing Exhibition last week! They should be very proud of their accomplishments, hard work and dedication. This exhibition marked a lot of “firsts” – it was the largest IB show at our School to date, and we had a record-breaking attendance on Opening Night!
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Topics: Arts At KES, IB Programme, ARTS

Freaky Friday at KES

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 11, 2019 3:32:00 PM

When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation.

There are 3 performances for the show so come out and support this wonderful cast on:
  • Friday, April 12th 7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 13th 2:00pm & 7:00pm.

There's always something exciting going on at King's-Edgehill School -- it's in the air. You can hear music in the halls, smell healthy meals cooking, see original artwork and performances and feel the energy of students who love to learn. Experience it for yourself! Plan your visit here.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

A Million Dreams can come alive

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 11, 2019 12:44:41 PM

Last night, our School celebrated the 2nd Annual Arts Gala, hosted by seniors   Nicola DuToit  and   Linus Mulherin  and assisted by the Arts Committee Head,   Joanna Bond. The event showcased talent and works from our various programmes of visual art, media art, dance, drama, and music. Midway through the show,   Nicola  (vocals) was joined by three more Grade 12 students,   Sharlene Chan  (vocals), and   Kathleen Balcome  (piano and vocals), and   Antonia Ziegler  (page turner) to perform a piece from the 2017 hit movie, The Greatest Showman, entitled  A Million Dreams  Click here to watch the performance. Their rendition was filled with passion and musicality and delivered an appealing message. The chorus of the song sums up nicely the ethos of art, in my opinion:

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

Freaky Friday The Musical

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 8, 2019 9:13:01 PM

You are invited to attend our Junior School performance of Freaky Friday on Friday, April 12th at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. 

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Topics: Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS

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