Meet two of the newest members of our King’s-Edgehill School Junior School community: Nikhita “Nikki” Kolla and Tanvi Manchineni. Nikki and Tanvi are from England and recently moved with their families to Nova Scotia and became Grade 7 students at King’s-Edgehill. They arrived just before Christmas and jumped in with both feet, taking part in all activities and even requesting to write term exams, which they did, just for the fun of it! Their enthusiasm for trying new things and taking advantage of new opportunities quickly earned them many friends and the respect of our entire community. They are fun-loving, capable and compassionate contributors to school life. It was terrific to watch Nikki and Tanvi play their first competitive game of basketball last week and, this past Wednesday, address the entire Junior School with a presentation on their home country, England. They provided a cultural lesson that shed light on the geography, customs, and some little-known British fun facts: you can never be more than 115 km away from the ocean; it is a criminal offense to stick a postage stamp to an envelope upside down; it is illegal to die in the House of Commons(!) They pointed out that a “boot” isn’t just footwear; in England it is commonly known as the trunk of a car. You wear “trousers”, not pants, and in team sports you wear “bibs”, not pinnies. As a follow-up to the Nikki’s and Tanvi’s presentation, lunch on Wednesday featured a delicious British menu that had been requested by the girls. The “Toad in the hole” dish was a particular favourite. I wish to thank Nikki and Tanvi for enriching us all with an interesting global lesson.
Last week the Grade 7 students met for their first science challenge of the school year. During a science challenge day, students are introduced to new science ideas and then challenged to apply these concepts to a novel problem. This challenge was all about: insulation and heat transfer. Students researched how heat moves, how it effects biology and how these ideas have been used to create new technology. Then came the challenge; each group was provided with cardboard, tape, plastic bags, newspaper, string and aluminum foil and were asked to build a structure that could insulate a 600 gram block of ice, preventing it from melting overnight.
Grade 10 day students, Victoria Dubois and Ileana Wheeler, are both musical dynamos who spend most of their spare time in the music room working on duets. In addition, these two are in my newly-formed jazz choir, and Victoria plays the flute in the Concert Band, while Ileana plays the violin. Recently, these two have been working on a Calum Scott song entitled You Are the Reason. Like last week's feature, this clip exposes both the talent and the joy that our musicians share when making music together for fun. Enjoy the performance!