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.
The Annual Cadet Ball is a spectacular event at King’s-Edgehill School. This year was no exception due to the efforts of many dedicated people. I am so thankful for the support given to the Corps. Right from the start, we had the much needed involvement from the staff at Marshall House, in particular Ms Kathy Bonang and Ms Jenn Shaw. These two fine ladies coordinated notices out to faculty and parents. Within the Cadet office, Ms Morgaine Sullivan maintained the file detailing attendees and guests. This is no mean feat as there are always last minute people who have selected a date and finally found the courage to ask the young man or lady.
Of course, there is no point in having a ball if no one knows the dance movements. This year we called upon the multi-talented Sarah Bell and Ms Stephanie Cumming. Between these two extraordinary dancers, they staged dance lessons for the students that were amazing and lots of fun.
Everybody finally got their ducks in a row and the day of the event came. Mr Jeff Smith’s Big Valley Swing Band once again provided fabulous music for the evening. The space looked amazing due to the efforts of Ms Sandy Stewart. Ms Stewart can take any area, use her great talents and turn it into a dream world. What an amazing lady and a true supporter of the cause.
This year I received a very fine comment from the orchestra. They really like to play for the Cadet Ball because the students are so charged up on the floor, not afraid to try new movements and just thoroughly enjoy the experience. What more could one ask for? What a great way to end the Cadet Year.
Don’t worry though, 11 September 2019 is fast approaching. Wednesdays -- the best day of the week!
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!
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!
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.