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A Dinner to Remember at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 23, 2019 6:47:00 AM

This week I had the pleasure to assist our RSM, CWO Sophie Fraser (Grade 12) in hosting the Annual 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps Sergeant Mess Dinner. The event was spectacular. Right from the moment when the guests entered the Stanfield Dining Room/McLellan Annex and were greeted by a receiving line of Senior NCOs and Warrant Officers, I was struck by the professionalism of the Corps. They were not just well turned out in their Highlands, rather they were finely tuned as a unit.

As our PMC MWO Nicholas Cheverie (Grade 12) noted the meal was indeed exemplary. Our kitchen staff really know how to turn on the juice when it comes to a formal dinner. The main course was tasty, the dessert was superb and what more could be said about the fair Haggis. It is definitely an acquired taste. However, as Mr Seagram will point out, this School is the place to try new things so, if you are going to sample Haggis, your first experience should be the batch prepared by Chef Keith Miller. It was outstanding. The Ode to the Haggis was a performance in itself. MWO Ben Lohr (Grade 12) and WO Ella Brown (Grade 11) fielded great Scots accents and wet our appetites for the fine pudding.
The song stylings of Drum Major Joanna Bond (Grade 12) and the accompanying piano paying by Sgt Elizabeth Walsh (Grade 12) set a beautiful tone for a relaxing evening. Who could top WO Max Cole (Grade 11) and his lyrical response to the Ode to the Haggis in defence of Dessert?

A first for the Corps this year was the Sword Dance. The team of Ms Meghan Keoughan (Faculty), WO Kelly Bouwman (Grade 11), Sgt Deanna Fraser (Grade 11) and MCpl Rhyan Rusaw (Grade 10) were flawless. Dancing to the bagpiping of Mr Pat Le Poidevin (Faculty), they put on an incredible display of Highland Dance worthy of any BlackWatch Mess. Many thanks to these two fine faculty members, and our three cadets for the energy they put into the programme.

Our Keynote Speaker, Ms Jennie King, gave a resounding speech in support of youth leadership and perhaps charted a course for our coming graduates. Many thanks to her for her wise words. Of course all of this stuff does not just happen. It is created from the ground up. I send out a special word of thanks to Ms Morgaine Sullivan (Class of ’09; Staff) in support of the extreme amount of dedication that she put into this highly successful event. Well done, Morgaine!

This was another successful dinner for the annals of the Corps. What a great day to be a Cadet in the 254!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

Winter Carnival Blast

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 19, 2019 3:41:52 PM

February 12 dawned sunny and bright. The snowy campus of King’s-Edgehill School was ready to receive the participants for the annual Cadet Winter Carnival. The cadets had to step high to get over the unyielding snowbanks…..BEEP….BEEP….BEEP. Wake up Captain Hynes, you are dreaming! 

Let us start again. February 12 dawned sunny and bright with not a trace of snow on our KES campus. Undaunted, the cadets of the 254 formed up by flat and house combinations ready to compete in the annual Cadet Winter Carnival. Once again, we proved that the weather is not an obstacle to a plan. It simply provides the Cadet Leadership with an opportunity to innovate.

Under the supervision of our Drill Sergeant Major, MWO Lane Latreille and the amazing organizational ability of our Headquarters CQMS, WO Ava Benedict, the event was a success from the start.

The Toboggan Race on Grass was excellent. One cadet sat on and two more towed the toboggan through the course. The Senior Day Boys exploded out of this event with a timing of 24 seconds. Obviously, the video of their preparation was not all CGI. 

The Snowshoe Race was run on hard-packed sediment on the track around Jakeman Field. A superb level of fitness was displayed in this event.
This year, we mixed up the competition by having the Warrant Officers organize each event. They were great! They planned well and really impressed the Faculty with their level of preparation. Above all, they had to remain impartial. I will never forget the look of pure joy on the face of the judge, WO Alex Arki (a Senior Day Boy), when he leaped into the air as he announced the time for SDB in lighting their fire. 

And then the event came to its inevitable conclusion. Once again victorious, the Senior Day Girls mounted the podium and accepted the 2019 trophy as the Carnival winners. The Senior Day Boys, gracious in defeat, stood at the dinner and gave an eloquent standing ovation to the ladies.

What a great day and fun for all. Next year, SNOW!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

Highland Tradition Alive and Well at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 26, 2018 7:45:47 PM

A day in the life of a Cadet at King’s-Edgehill School can cover a broad range of activities. One can end up in a canoe on Pisiquid Lake, hiking Mount Moses, participating in the Small Arms Trainer at Camp Aldershot, taking a class, giving a class or refining the latest song by the Brass and Reed Band. Lots to do and sometimes something old becomes something new.

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Operation Veteran at KES

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 25, 2018 7:44:39 PM

Once again, our King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps represented our community at Operation Veteran in Ottawa. Our group of 25 attended the ceremonies at the National Cenotaph, toured the War Museum, the Museum of Canadian History, the Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica and Parliament. Highlights included an insider’s tour of the Speaker of the House’s office as Halifax MP, Mr. Geoff Regan, currently holds that position.

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The 254 Observes Remembrance Day

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 13, 2018 7:47:00 PM

Remembrance Day dawned cold and windy on the campus at King’s-Edgehill School. This year the Corps was spread out over three separate areas. We had 19 Cadets in Ottawa as part of Operation Veteran, 6 Cadets in Hantsport under command of the   Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, Master Warrant Officer Nicholas Cheverie  and 333 were on parade in Windsor.

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Our 254 Builds a New Fan Base At Acadia

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 6, 2018 4:27:00 PM

254 KING’S-EDGEHILL SCHOOL CADET CORP GUARD OF HONOUR - ATTENTION! And a hush fell over the crowd. You could have heard a pin drop at the Acadia University Rugby Pitch as our  Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Sophie Fraser  readied her Guard for the march on. Our 254 was invited to participate in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Women’s National Rugby Championship at Acadia University. The Cadets, decked out in full Highland Ceremonial Dress, were magnificent. The Guard consisted of the Colour Party commanded by  Warrant Officer, Madora Rae Barbour , and the Girl’s Rugby Team was commanded by  Company Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer, Tea Racozzi.  Our  Pipe Major, Master Warrant Officer, Nicola du Toit  and  Pipe Warrant Officer, Kelly Bouwman  provided bagpipe music to take the Guard onto the field. Formed to the left and right flanks of the Guard were the rugby players from Ottawa and Acadia. Ottawa featured Alumnae such as  Kenzie Cecchetto (Class of ’18), Morgan Rogers (Class of ’18), Alex Ondo (Class of ’16)  and  Amy Marchand-Dion (Class   of ’18) . I am sure they were proud to see their old Corps providing the pomp and circumstance for this auspicious occasion. Following the declaration of the games being open,  RSM Fraser  gave the General Salute to a rousing version of  Mary’s Wedding  on the bagpipes. This was immediately followed by the singing of  O Canada . Then the Guard marched off into the annals of our 254 history. What a night to be in the Corps!

Leadership. Precision. Respect for Tradition. That's why every King's-Edgehill student becomes a proud member of  our Cadet Corps. Download the Cadet Corps PhotoJournal for pictures and information on this exciting opportunity.
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The 254 Cadet Corps Marches Off in Style

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 1, 2018 7:00:03 AM

On Thursday, May 23, 2018, the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps turned out in their best uniforms for the final day of Cadet activities. The festivities began with the Corps photo in the Athletic Centre followed by the traditional march downtown through the streets of Windsor to Christ Church. Once the Corps was safely seated, our  Chaplain, The Reverend David Curryconducted the Corps Church Parade. Our   Head Boy Arturo Ramirez  and our   Head Girl Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Meredith Chambers  gave the formal readings followed by the   Reflections  from some of the senior Leadership of the Grade 11 Class. All of the cadets had pause for thought as they listened to the description of the role of the Corps and its unifying presence in the life of our School.

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A Parade of Care

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 31, 2018 6:35:00 PM

Teach us to care and not to care. These words from T.S. Eliot’s poem   Ash Wednesday  served as a framing device for   The Reflections  read at the annual Church Parade held at Christ Church, Windsor, on Wednesday, May 23 rd  at 3:00pm.   Head Boy, Arturo Ramirez Balderas, read the First Lesson from   Genesis  on the story of the Tower of Babel, while   Head Girl, Meredith Chambers, read the story of Pentecost from   The Book of The Acts of The Apostles. Babel is not a just-so story that seeks to explain the origins of cultures and languages - as if such things were the result of divine punishment - but about human pride and presumption in the imposition of one language and culture, essentially denying the God-given diversities of our humanity. Such is the form of all and every form of totalitarianism past and present. Pentecost celebrates the diversity of languages and cultures, demonstrating that the real truth and unity of our humanity is found in and through those diversities as authored by God. Unity and diversity are not human constructs in this view but divinely established.
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254 Sergeants Mess Dinner 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

A major event in the lives of the Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps is the Annual Sergeants Mess Dinner. Stanfield Dining Hall/McLellan Annex was transformed into the formal dining room of the Sergeants Mess complete with all the trimmings of candelabras, the historical trophies and the formal dinner arrangement.

The members of the Mess arrived promptly in their best dress sporting the kilts and sporrans of this fine Corps. The PMC duties this year went to Master Warrant Officer Julia Strickey. Julia was on the ball. The communications between her and the Chief Steward, Master Corporal Evan Logan were flawless. Master Corporal Logan was amply rewarded for his efforts by the Commanding Officer who used the occasion of the dinner to promote him to Sergeant. Well done, Evan.

The musical accompaniment was classy. The trio of Warrant Officer Ben Lohr, Sergeant Kathleen Balcome and, now newly promoted last night Sergeant, Bryan Li added a touch of warmth to the dining room. Well done and many thanks to this crew.

The Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Ella Jollymore was gracious with her words thanking both the servers and the kitchen staff for an outstanding meal. She also took the opportunity to thank the seated members of the Corps for their exceptional performance, loyalty to the Corps and their Leadership of the younger members.

The Headmaster as always was eloquent in his words at the dinner. He stated that the Mess Dinner was one of the most enjoyable nights in the School calendar. He further complimented the Mess Members on their performance throughout the year.

The Keynote Speaker, Chief Julia Cecchetto of Kentville Police Service gave an outstanding talk to the Mess on women in policing and the issue of diversity which faces all of us in this day and age. She captured the attention of her audience and challenged them to stand up in the face of uncomfortable situations and meet life head on.

On a personal note, I would like to commend the amazing efforts put into the preparation of last night’s event. The Corps Administrative Officer, CI Morgaine Sullivan drew all of the working parts together from seating plans, menu items, place cards and a myriad of other tasks to ensure a successful outcome. The meal was prepared with pride and dedication. The Haggis, well I cannot say enough about the Haggis. It was great! There is a rumor that one of the Sergeants had 5 helpings. It speaks for itself.

Another amazing event in the history of this unique Corps, the 254 of King’s-Edgehill School.

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Even More Drill Fun!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 23, 2018 3:46:00 PM

Last week the 254 Drill Team decided to take a break from the parade square and take advantage of the latest gift from Mother Nature -- the snow. We went outside for some snowshoe training, and this was a treat as there were varying skill levels.  Olivia Drava  is a seasoned trekker while  Nydia Liu  had never snowshoed before -- first time for everything. The team explored some of our fantastic on-campus trails. We learned hand signals (so we could communicate without speaking and that was fun!) and specific drills to ensure that you know your group is complete when you are hiking at night. At the end of the trail everyone agreed that we had a great fresh air break from the classroom and a great time in the snow.

The Drill Team meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we do more than drill. Watch the Noticeboard in the Student Lounge for upcoming activities.

There are ten modules to the empowering Cadet Corps at KES including the Confidence Course and On Tree. Find out what being a Cadet will mean for your child by downloading the Cadet Corps PhotoJournal.
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