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.
Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The widely accepted origin of the festival is the tale of Chang E, a goddess who lives on the moon and meets with her husband every year on this day. Extended families get together to see the moon while eating and sharing the moon cakes. These yummy treats symbolize reunion and happiness.
Words are powerful. Just ask Grade 8 student Vincent Armstrong, now in his second year at King’s-Edgehill. Vinnie is a dedicated student and athlete who has a passion for debating. His initial contact with our KES community was through the summer Debate Camp on our campus. As a young Grade 5/6 student he took part in the summer camp and, since his arrival as a Grade 7 KES student, he continues to hone his rhetorical skills as a debater. Last week, Vinnie was one of the top 80 debaters from Grades 6 to 12 across Canada to take part in the online National Debate Seminar. The Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association (SEDA) hosted this year’s event from Thursday, September 24th, to Sunday, September 27th. “I learned so much about First Nations culture,” said Vinnie as he enthusiastically shared the reflections of his experience. Speakers from the Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatchewan addressed the group daily, teaching the debaters about experiences of the First Nations through a variety of presentations, including: Aboriginal Myth Busters, Learning Circle Teachings, and the Ethics of Representation. “I also learned lots about how I can improve my debate skills for the future,” said Vinnie, reflecting on the inspirational addresses, including one by Tom Lawson, the founder of the Canadian Student Debating Federation. I congratulate Vinnie on taking part in this level of debating competition; I can’t think of a better KES representative!