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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

254 Improv

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 21, 2020 5:00:48 PM

Our Cadet Leaders stepped up this week and tried their hands at Classroom Instruction.  It was very successful when you consider that the last time any of our students gave a Cadet lecture was in November of 2019.  Our future leaders learned the Principles of Instruction while the Junior platoons learned the basics of the Cadet Movement. When you have great leaders like   WO Lily Gale, Greg Otto and  Mikaela Hinds, success is guaranteed.

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Topics: Campus Life, Cadets, bemore

Cadets 254 Goes Under Canvas

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 17, 2020 8:39:00 AM

Cadets in the 254 do a variety of training.  With the new COVID-19 environment, we are making every effort this year to remain outdoors.  With this in mind, we enlisted the aid of the Supply Section of 14 Wing Greenwood.  The Wing provided us with Modular Tents.  For anyone unfamiliar with Mod Tents just remember the old MASH series on TV.  They had these long tents, 16 feet wide, 9 ft high built in many 8-foot sections.  On Wednesday afternoon, all our Platoon Sergeants, under the tutelage of the CO, learned how to construct the Mod Tent. 

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

254 Sergeant Major Callum Lovelace

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 9, 2020 7:31:00 AM

Thursday was a great first day for the 254 Cadet Corps.  I did a job that I thoroughly enjoy; I promoted excellent young Cadets into supervisory ranks.  One of my most pleasurable moments was bestowing the rank of Master Warrant Officer on young Callum Lovelace.  Callum has been in the Cadet training system for 5 years.  He is an exemplary cadet with an intimate knowledge of drill, both foot and ceremonial.  During summer Cadet Training, Callum has commanded quarter guards for visiting dignitaries as well as leading winning drill teams in Cadet competitions.  Recently, Callum had the pleasure of being invited by the Minister of National Defence, the Honorable Harjit Sajjan, to participate in a webinar to honour his great-grandfather, Staff Sergeant Harry Lovelace.  Callum spoke on behalf of the family.  See the details below.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Cadets, kespride

Grade 9 Students Hitting Great Heights

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 27, 2020 6:45:22 PM

Every journey begins with a single step, and there were many uphill steps that followed the first one on the Grade 9 Duke of Edinburgh Adventure Hike last Thursday, September 17th, at Blomidon Provincial Park.   

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life, Cadets, kespride

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