Inside King's-Edgehill School

Bronze Level Award Winners

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 13, 2021 9:07:00 AM

In a year where finding opportunities to volunteer was very challenging, the students in the Junior School rose to that challenge and earned   almost 1200  hours of community service as a group.  These students made cards for seniors, participated in School and community garbage pick-ups, performed peer tutoring, served in chapel, chopped wood, mowed neighbourhood lawns, and took on numerous other small tasks to make this happen.  It is clear that most of our students are not “in it for the pin”; most of them kept volunteering long after they had secured their awards, simply because they loved what they were doing. 

 
For our Grade 9 students in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, I am impressed with the number who managed to get their Bronze Level Award completed this year!  We got two day-hikes completed early in the year, but our required overnight trip was booked, postponed, rescheduled several times, and ultimately cancelled.  To compensate for these COVID-related difficulties worldwide, the Duke of Edinburgh organization set up a virtual programme, requiring students to watch videos of other people taking hikes, then physically preparing, cooking and eating a meal together, and then working in small groups to do research projects/PowerPoint presentation about COVID-19.  Compared to a regular award year, this easily added between 20 and 30 hours of time to get the award requirements completed; however, quite a number of our students persevered and have received their awards.  Congratulations to the following students who have successfully completed the Bronze Level!

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Topics: Cadets

A Great Training Year for the 254!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 3, 2021 3:31:07 PM

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases within the province, the Canadian Cadet Organization has deemed it necessary to suspend ‘in person’ Cadet training.  Therefore, there will be no Cadet Training conducted until our COVID numbers drop considerably.  While this is not good news, I want to reflect on the great training year we had. 
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Topics: Cadets

The 254 Starts Spring Training

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 7, 2021 1:28:00 PM

The winter white, frost and freezing rain are now behind us.  The Corps is back on Jakeman Field as the spring is upon us.  The 254 is back in action.  We immediately launched into some intensive drill training to rid ourselves of the rust of winter.  Mistakes were made all around and then the drills kicked in and the Corps stood up and marched.  Of course, the ceremonial season is upon us, so it was time to learn a new movement. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

Dining in with the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 7, 2021 7:28:00 AM

The evening of Thursday, March 25 th  was one filled with excitement and joy.  On this occasion the   RSM, CWO Sarah Hilborn, her Master Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers and Grade 12 Sergeants hosted the   Headmaster, Mr Seagram, Dr Seagram  and the Cadet Staff for a fine dinner in our Stanfield Dining Room/McLellan Annex.  Place cards were printed, the candles were lit, the trophies were placed on the crisp white tablecloths and the meal was excellent.  Our Junior School contributed the lion’s share of the serving staff. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

254 Takes A “Walk” Through the Past

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 26, 2020 8:53:00 PM

On the Cadet training day following Remembrance Day, there is always a difference in the Corps.  Even though we did not have the opportunity to march downtown this year, the Corps displayed a level of steadiness and determination on parade that would be the envy of many military units.  Having gone through the Remembrance Day Service there is a new energy in the Corps.  They had passed the big test.  On the opening march past for this week, the arms were a little higher, the sword drill had more snap to it and the Cadets were moving as one unit.  Once the drill ended the business of training got underway.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Cadets

Remembrance Day at King’s-Edgehill School

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 17, 2020 10:39:10 PM

The students and staff of King’s-Edgehill School experienced a great day this year for the celebration of Remembrance Day.  The weather was beautiful and warm. The students were on the mark.  This year, due to COVID-19 circumstances, we did not dress in Highland Dress but rather donned the #1 uniform of King’s-Edgehill School.  The Corps could not march downtown to the Windsor Cenotaph.  In true School fashion we, once again, ignored the things we could not do and concentrated our efforts on the things we could.  We stepped up our game to make this year truly memorable.  Our Cenotaph was guarded by 4 Warrant Officers armed with Claymore Swords.  They were directed by our   Corps Drill Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Officer Jiahuan (Edward) He.  The School marched on at 1045 hrs under the direction of the   Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Sarah Hilborn  Warrant Officers Melanie Bent and Yuxi (Lonnie) Luo  shared Master of Ceremony duties for the event.    Lance Corporal Lennon Rutledge  opened the programme with a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem, “O Canada”.    Warrant Officer Noah Szymanis  gave us the “Act of Remembrance”.    Master Warrant Officer Callum Lovelace  then wowed us with his beautiful instrumentation as he rendered the “Last Post”.    Master Corporal Sean Hurley  played a haunting version of the “Lament” on the bagpipes.  Callum then finished this segment off with “Reveille”.
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Topics: Campus Life, Cadets

Sergeants Step Up

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 15, 2020 8:57:00 PM

Leadership is defined as “the art of influencing human behaviour to accomplish a task in the manner desired by the leader”.  Fine words but sometimes easier stated than executed.  I have been influencing human behaviour of soldiers and cadets for the last 44 years.  I feel that I have it down to a fine science.  It is quite refreshing when I see the skill of leadership being practised successfully by a pair of teenagers.  This was a particularly busy week in the 254, and the lectures were assigned and ready to go.  Suddenly a Platoon Warrant Officer told me that the Sergeant scheduled to teach the stoves and lanterns lecture was not available. Now, when you speak of a stove and lantern, like any other tool, the first thing you think of is safety.  This is not just a subject that you can pick up and teach without some prior knowledge.  The week before Sgt Luke Fawson and Sgt Eric Sweetapple had given the same lecture. Let’s try it again I thought.  I got both of their attentions and told them my dilemma.  True to form, Luke and Eric simply asked which platoon needed the instruction.  I gave them the number; they gathered the kit together and taught a flawless lecture.  Now I can walk into any platoon in the Corps and teach the material I know and gain their attention.  However, now I had two young Sgts, unfamiliar with their audience (look for the friendly face may not have applied here) who carried on and employed the art of leadership.  Days like this make me proud to be the Commanding Officer.  There is boundless professionalism in our Corps.  What a great day to be a member of the 254.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Cadets

Spreading the Word

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 15, 2020 8:57:00 AM

On Wednesday morning, I had the great pleasure of addressing the Women’s Connection at the New Minas Baptist Church.  This was a team effort. I was accompanied by our own Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Sarah Hilborn and a fine Alumni and former Cadet Warrant Officer, Ben Fleckenstein (2015-20).  Our Leadership Trifecta spoke in detail about the Canadian Cadet Organization and how the programme is conducted at King’s-Edgehill School.  Ben, decked out in full Highland Ceremonial Dress complete with Claymore Sword, served as Sarah’s model as she described the uniform and traditions behind it.  Sarah then went on to describe her role as the RSM of the Corps, highlighting her responsibilities as part of the Command Team.

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Topics: Campus Life, Cadets

254 Goes Back to the Basics

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 7, 2020 9:46:00 PM

This past Wednesday was a great day for the Corps.  We decided that we would go back to the basics.  Our Cadets learned how to make fire, chop and saw wood, read a map, fire a pellet rifle, tie knots, and service a lantern and camp stove.  Under the guidance of   Mr Eric Kershaw, WO Allie Martin  showed her fire making skills and   Sgt Jessica Ugwoke  demonstrated the proper technique of chopping wood with an axe and sawing logs with a bucksaw. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Cadets

Mapping the 254

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 27, 2020 5:26:00 PM

This week the Cadets of the 254 learned the basics of map and compass reading.    WO Sarah Hardy, Sgt Maggie Mills and Sgt Ben Roddis  guided a platoon of young students through the signs and conventional symbols that are used to indicate various objects and areas on a map. The art of interpreting location with a map and compass are very valuable tools in the 254. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Cadets

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