New to the KES family this year is Ms. Stephanie Filman (opening scene - far left), who has taken on the task of being our in-house vocal coach and choir director. In addition to that, her talents and abilities have made their way into the classroom and everywhere around our campus. Her enthusiasm is infectious, to say the least. To help bring in the festive season and ease the tensions of the pending examinations, Ms. Filman assembled a number of faculty, and our Headmaster, to sing Christmas carols in the cafeteria at lunchtime on Thursday. By the grins on the onlookers' faces, their efforts were successful. Here is a glimpse at their joyous renditions of a few Christmas favourites. I suspect you may find yourself singing along! Click here to watch the video.
On Wednesday evening, the KES Pipe Band took to the streets of Falmouth for some celebratory "chanter caroling". Thirteen students played Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells on their practice chanter, an instrument that students learn to play before they take hold of the mighty highland bagpipes. If these students keep it up, this caroling tradition is due to get a bit louder each year. Congratulations to this wonderful crew!
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When Christmas is near and you are away from home, it feels great to find moments in which we can create and experience some pieces of our culture and traditions. All of our students and teachers from Germany, as well as Ella Brown, one of our fierce learners of German, recently transformed Mr. and Mrs. Verryn-Stuart’s kitchen into a Weihnachtsbäckerei (Christmas bakery) and our living room into a movie theatre.
On arrival day to School last September, I met a wonderful couple, Mr. & Mrs. de la Peña from Cancun, Mexico. When they learned that I am the Music teacher, they told me that their son, Rodrigo Jr., loves to play the piano. I could tell that they were very proud of his talent and interested in making sure that he would have access and opportunity to play. The next day, classes began, and to my surprise, Rodrigo arrived to my IB Music class. Since that day, I have had the good fortune to teach this fine young man. He is both talented and a true gentleman. His piano playing impresses me, and he is motivated to improve his total musicianship. What also impressed me early on in the term was the fact that he willingly volunteered his free time in the greater community, helping strangers to clean up after tropical storm, Dorian. Last week, my IB music students had to perform for a jury of adjudicators. This process is helpful in receiving feedback for their full-on public recital next spring. Rodrigo selected Ocarina of Time Medley, by Konji Kondo. This medley has a broad scope of styles and dynamics and Rodrigo has it committed to memory. He seemed as comfortable playing this piece for a jury of four Music teachers and a panel of classmates as he looked wearing his Christmas-theme clothes during our dress-down day.
I hope you enjoy the performance.