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KES Joins in Worldwide Piping Tribute

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 4, 2020 7:01:00 AM

On Friday, April 24 th, 2020, bagpipers across Canada and as far away as Scotland and Oman joined together in solidarity to play the well-known hymn,   Amazing Grace, as a stirring tribute to the 22 Nova Scotians who lost their lives in the terrible killings that happened the weekend before. The event had its roots in Nova Scotia, but the desire to comfort the families of the victims spread quickly over the internet and around the world. Although separated by distance, the pipers played   Amazing Grace  at exactly 8 o’clock in the morning.   Chaz Faucher, one of our youngest Grade 6 students, and   Mr. Pat LePoidevin, our Junior School pipe instructor and teacher, had their bagpipes ready. It was the first day of our adjusted four-day school week, but they were up early in their respective towns to take part in this tribute. Dressed in his Highland kit, Chaz did our KES 254 Cadet Corps and our entire School community proud as he played   Amazing Grace  with heartfelt passion on our campus. A video of his performance was shared on a YouTube site along with the recordings of 153 other pipers. The event was featured on CTV National News, highlighting this beautiful tribute for viewers across Canada. Chaz can be very proud of his efforts last Friday; we are all very proud of him. He has been taking piping lessons from Pat LePoidevin for the past three years. It is a popular programme which now continues each Friday morning through Zoom practices online. Chaz is joined by other interested Junior School pipers:   Ann MacQuarrie, Caitlin Behan, Emily Mei, Ezra Sasaki, Gabby Shaw, Jacob Fines-Belcham, Sabine Wellard, Tanvi Manchineni, William Larder, Qiaoman Tracey, Nate Montgomery, and  Kelly Bouwman  (our leading Senior School piper). I extend a sincere thank you to   Chaz  and   Mr. LePoidevin  for representing our entire community in this meaningful way.
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Topics: King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Cadets, kespride, Distance Learning

Remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 17, 2020 8:53:00 PM

This is an historic day in Canada.  9 April 1917 was the start of a momentous campaign during the First World War, the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The decades since the Battle of Vimy Ridge have slipped by, but the legacy of the Canadians who accomplished so much in that important First World War battle lives on. Some say that Canada came of age as a country on those harsh April days in 1917.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

Madi Taljaard Shoots to Success

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 18, 2020 7:21:00 PM

Madi Taljaard has once again distinguished herself as a Cadet Biathlete at the National level. Madi attended the Cadet Biathlon Nationals at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier last week as a member of Team Nova Scotia. This talented young lady is just fresh off Cadet Zones where she won GOLD, and Nova Scotia Provincials where she won two GOLD medals. Madi produced some great results in Valcartier. In the 6 km Sprint race, she placed 9th overall in Canada. The Patrol Race produced a result of 4th position in the nation with Madi shooting clean, 10 for 10. The final race was the Mass start. In this heated 7.5 km competition, Madi placed 6th in the nation and beat everyone else in Atlantic Canada, shooting 14 out of 20 targets. In addition to her amazing talent as a biathlete, Madi was also given the Most Heart Spirit Award in the Games. With cries of “When I say Nova, you say Scotia”, the team from Nova Scotia was named the Most Spirited group at the competition. Way to go, Madi. Well done!

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Topics: Athletics At KES, Cadets, Athletes at KES

Black History Month at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 3, 2020 8:38:43 AM

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Topics: Campus Life, Cadets

Customs and Traditions Alive and Well at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 5, 2020 8:48:02 PM

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, the   Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Max Cole  and his Warrant Officers and Sergeants welcomed faculty, staff, Alumni and Corps staff to the annual Sergeants Mess Dinner. Guests were piped into Stanfield Dining Hall/McLellan Annex by the   Corps Pipe Major, Master Warrant Officer Kelly Bouwman. We were greeted by the Mess   PMC, Master Warrant Officer Will Fleming  and then proceeded through the formal receiving line of the senior members of the Corps. Our Cadets looked splendid in their Highland dress.
The dining room was transformed into the Sergeant’s Mess. The tables held elaborate place settings, the candelabras were polished and lit with red and white candles for the national colors and the cadet trophies were on display. This year the dinner was moved closer to Bobby Burns day. Of course, being a Highland Corps, the haggis was well represented.   Master Warrant Officer Madison Taljaard  and   Warrant Officer Ben Fleckenstein  gave a rousing ‘Ode to the Haggis’. This ode was then challenged by   Master Warrant Officer Katie Goddard  and   Master Warrant Officer Laura Gillis  who gave us the ‘Ode to Cheesecake’. The spirit of the dinner was excellent.

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

Successful Dryland Training Season

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 15, 2020 11:38:07 AM

The Varsity Ski and Varsity Snowboard Cross (SBX) teams had a very successful dryland training season for the first part of their winter sports term prior to Christmas exams. Agility, core, balance and leg workouts were mixed with visualization exercises, team building activities and race mindset. We also had a chance to go to the Trampoline Park as a team outing. A big thank you to   Mr. Foley and  Mr. Hadley  for their assistance in the dryland training season.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets, Athletes at KES

Biathlon Alive and Well at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Dec 4, 2019 6:51:34 AM

Pumped up and energetic, the Biathletes from our 254 Cadet Corps attended the Zones Competition in 12 Wing, Shearwater on November 17, 2019. Biathlon combines two separate disciplines: skiing and shooting. Now, we are not talking classic, cross-country, but rather a specialized, skate-ski technique. After a hard round of skiing, Biathletes then have to control their heart rate and let their body relax to the point where they can fire off five well-aimed shots, hopefully, between heartbeats when the body is at full rest. In order to level the playing field and ensure that every competitor has a fair chance, Zones Competition is a combination of running and shooting.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Cadets

Remembrance Day at the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 19, 2019 7:03:57 AM

Remembrance Day is a sacred tradition in the 254, and 2019 was no exception. The drills were rehearsed, the wreath bearers appointed and the poppies ordered. All that remained was the call from the Royal Canadian Legion to set the location for either inside or outside at the Cenotaph in Windsor. The day dawned and the weather warmed up. The relief was evident on the faces of our Cadets. This year for the first time in a long while, all members of the Corps who paraded in Windsor were dressed in Highland Uniform. This has taken some time to accomplish, mainly due to a shortage of accoutrements for the full uniform. This year, thanks to the generosity of   Sir Graham and Lady Ann (Creighton) Day (Class of 1955) and King’s-Edgehill School, the necessary items were purchased. The Corps was ready to go.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Cadets

Our Commemorative Tulip Garden

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 2, 2019 2:45:00 AM

Operation Liberation celebrations have come to an end; however, the friendships and connections are already taking root beyond our trip. In fact, we recently received a donation to beautify our Campus Cenotaph with a Tulip Garden. These perennials have their origins in Turkey; however, they have become symbolic of the Netherlands and their liberation 75 years ago. Our campus groundskeeper, Mr. Chris Northrup, recently planted 75 tulip bulbs that will be a symbol of remembrance for the sacrifice made by our very own Black Watch Regiment during the Battle for the Scheldt Estuary in 1944.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Cadets

A 'bang-up' Job!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 17, 2019 3:15:00 PM

Jeff Smith, Director of Visual & Performing Arts, is pleased to announce that we've expanded our Music Programme even further with the addition of a Drum Line under the capable tutelage of our mad physicist and paramount musician,   Mr. DJ DeCoste . Drum lines have always been a most popular entity in the United States and recently growing in popularity in Canadian high schools. With the whole-hearted support of our School Administration and Finance Department, he has acquired 5 new Yamaha marching snare drums, 3 new bass drums, 3 new pair of Sabian crash cymbals and 1 new quad tom tom drum, all with carrying racks, stands, sticks and mallets. Added to that are other drums that he had in inventory for quite some time. This new endeavour has been embraced by   Major Keith Hynes,   and this select group is now part of our routine Cadet training, working as a dedicated platoon. To give you a peek at the equipment and the group’s intentions, he has filmed their 1st practice which shows them preparing for an Open House demonstration. With the exception of one or two students, everyone is learning their new musical skill for the first time. At the moment,   Mr. DeCoste   has them focusing on time, integration, synchronicity, and fundamental rudiments, all with a dash of maneuvers. He is confident that as our School year unfolds, this conscientious ensemble will do a 'bang-up' job! Please   click here   to watch the video.
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Topics: Arts At KES, Cadets, ARTS

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