Friday, May 3rd, was a special day. It was Bring Your Sibling to School Day and there was much excitement as approximately thirty brothers and sisters arrived with their siblings for a KES day of learning. They joined their brothers and sisters in Chapel, advisor meetings, classes, lunch and at the special after-school activities. It was a true family day of learning. In the Grade 7 class alone, we had the youngest and the oldest sibling visitors in the School. Nikhita Kolla brought her 6-year-old younger sister, Srini, and Caitlin Behan brought her 22-year-old sister, Holli, to campus for the day. Teachers offered differentiated instruction to meet the needs of everyone, and Holli even had the opportunity to assist the teachers during the Grade 7 Wellness class. It was wonderful to see our students taking care of their siblings and our community eagerly welcoming our guests. The smiles on the faces as they left each class, said it all. The day would not have been complete without a walking tour around our campus, a visit to historic Long Pond and a hike along the beautiful Manning Trails. The sunshine and fresh air felt good. The day ended with a game of Chocolate Bar Bingo in the dining hall, a big hit for all of our siblings. Special thanks are extended to Mr. Kevin Lakes for organizing the afternoon activities and to Jaymie Fawson, Freek Schep and Daniella Cortazar for their able assistance.
Many of our students went to Europe during the March break and when school commenced, they presented a video synopsis of their travels. Pending graduate, JooHyun (Judy) Park and Grade 11 student, Jimin Choe added their twist on the trip with a short video of them breaking out their synchronized dance moves at the various places they visited. To me, this illustrates the importance and infectious enthusiasm fostered by our new dance programme. It has become an integral component of our daily Performing Arts options. Jimin and Judy comment:
Since we don’t have enough time to spend together, we wanted to cherish the moment in Europe in a special way. We love dancing and the dance we performed in the video was popular in our country. Therefore, we decided to make a short film of our dancing at tourist attractions. It is an honor to show our video. We hope you enjoy it!
Almost 50 students were curious to see Halifax’s first professional soccer team. After boarding the bus with cheerful spirits, we headed to “Wanderers Ground” in Halifax to see the first Canadian Premiere League game on Nova Scotian soil. This is the first year of the Canadian Premiere League and the Halifax Wanderers is one of the seven teams participating in this division. Thanks to the Clanachan family for donating 50 tickets and some Wanderers swag to our School so we could witness the home opener against “Forge FC” (Hamilton, Ontario).
With typical Maritime weather (4 degrees, rainy, windy), the students enjoyed a close soccer game at high level. The Halifax Wanderers fought hard, played well and won the game 2:1 with goals scored by Garcia #30 and Perea #80. Another great KES trip is in the books and this is hopefully the start of many victories for the HFX Wanderers.
Over the last few weeks, we have been so busy with our IB Senior Art Show and Gala that the focus has been on my Senior Art students. Meanwhile, back in the Art room, my Grade 8 Art students have been very busy with their acrylic paintings. This group arrived in my Art class at the end of January, and for many of these students, this would be their first formal Art class. As an Art teacher, my goal is to give them a good solid background in using different media and to learn different skill techniques so they feel comfortable enough to create. With this painting project, we concentrated on the materials, composition (close up), blending and colour. All of the students’ paintings are included so we can see that they all should be very proud of their achievements. Excellent job!! Now, onto working with clay!
Adorned with painted whiskers and bunny ears, our Grade Nine leadership students: Nathan Casey, Kyle Clanachan, Taylor Cole, Justin Day, Mitchell Dinn, Maya Faucher, Bella Gallaise, Eugenia Gomez, Luca Graham, Gala Holm, Kayla Jarvis, Megan Mattie, Abby McCarthy, Doga Mercan, Emily Norton, Aden O’Callaghan, Greg Otto, Freek Schep, Carter Short, Sarah Sidorchuck and Gabby Strickey put some smiles on the faces of our younger Junior School students as they staged the 2019 campus Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Chase on the day before our Easter Break began. Grade Seven and Eight students responded with enthusiasm as they burst forth into the Quad when the word was given to begin the annual hunt and chase. The squeals of laughter and the energy release were terrific as students raced to spot the Easter treats! Chocolate eggs were found in record time and our Grade Nine bunnies did an amazing job outrunning the highly energized Juniors who were eager to tag them to capture the prized chocolate bunnies. What great fun! Special thanks are extended to Taylor Cole and Gabby Strickey who planned and ran the day’s events, and organized the rest of the Bunny Brigade. It will be a great memory for all!
Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending KES alumnus (2014) Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu'sgraduation recital at Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts. A talented violinist, Patrick was a cornerstone of our music programme during his tenure at our School. He was featured in our Fall 2018 Life Connections magazine and, since then, he has completed his Bachelor of Music degree and has been accepted to take his Master’s degree in composition at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston next fall. It warms my heart to follow Patrick's path into music, and I'm not alone: As I entered the well-attended Sir James Dunn Theatre, I spotted Tai-Yu (Debby) Chao (Head Girl 2013), and walking in right behind me and my wife was Erin Davison (2012) and Francis Laing (2012). We all watched and listened intently as Patrick bowed his way through an impressive repertoire with passion and technical prowess, set against the background piano accompaniment played by Danbee Ko. To celebrate our newest King's-Edgehill music grad, I offer this YouTube link to his performance . Patrick is the featured soloist in the first half of the recital and he also plays a supportive role in the second half which features a fellow music grad. I'm sure you will agree that his talent is great and his ongoing success is eminent. Please click here to view the recital programme.
Although Monday, April 22nd, is recognized worldwide as Earth Day, we understand that every day is Earth Day, and a consistent approach to environmental stewardship is necessary. Last Wednesday, April 17th, the Junior School celebrated Earth Day and students got their hands dirty as they spent the day taking part in environmental activities.
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!