A life-threatening emergency can happen at a moment’s notice and, though we don’t want to dwell on this reality, it is reassuring to know that there are those with the training and the initiative who can save the day. Such was the case for Carter Short, one of our Grade 9 students from Newfoundland and Labrador. A capable student and a responsible young man, Carter was honoured with the Red Cross Rescuer Award at our last full School assembly. His quick thinking and responsible actions saved a choking victim earlier in the school year.
The Annual Cadet Ball is a spectacular event at King’s-Edgehill School. This year was no exception due to the efforts of many dedicated people. I am so thankful for the support given to the Corps. Right from the start, we had the much needed involvement from the staff at Marshall House, in particular Ms Kathy Bonang and Ms Jenn Shaw. These two fine ladies coordinated notices out to faculty and parents. Within the Cadet office, Ms Morgaine Sullivan maintained the file detailing attendees and guests. This is no mean feat as there are always last minute people who have selected a date and finally found the courage to ask the young man or lady.
Of course, there is no point in having a ball if no one knows the dance movements. This year we called upon the multi-talented Sarah Bell and Ms Stephanie Cumming. Between these two extraordinary dancers, they staged dance lessons for the students that were amazing and lots of fun.
Everybody finally got their ducks in a row and the day of the event came. Mr Jeff Smith’s Big Valley Swing Band once again provided fabulous music for the evening. The space looked amazing due to the efforts of Ms Sandy Stewart. Ms Stewart can take any area, use her great talents and turn it into a dream world. What an amazing lady and a true supporter of the cause.
This year I received a very fine comment from the orchestra. They really like to play for the Cadet Ball because the students are so charged up on the floor, not afraid to try new movements and just thoroughly enjoy the experience. What more could one ask for? What a great way to end the Cadet Year.
Don’t worry though, 11 September 2019 is fast approaching. Wednesdays -- the best day of the week!
Our Grade 9 Class once again visited the Garden of the Gulf or, as many know it, Prince Edward Island. This annual trip always proves to be a memorable event of learning, laughing and togetherness. Many lesson are always learned including just how cold the waters of the Northumberland Strait are in May, that lobster is delicious and that go-karts go very fast.
Last Friday night, the Fountain Performing Arts Centre was buzzing with energy: finally, the evening of our Annual Cadet Ball had arrived. Officers' uniforms, tuxedos, new suits and, of course, beautiful ball gowns filled the complex; everybody was smiling. Few teenagers have an opportunity to experience a formal dance with a 23 piece Big Band. The Big Valley Swing Orchestra (I play lead trumpet and co-direct the group) provided music for the occasion, and we lured the eager dancers to the floor with our very first tune. Leading up to the event, students took weekly dance lessons to learn how to 'jump, jive an' wail' (excuse the pun, but I had to), and their efforts were evident in the number of kicks, spins, and flips that kept people alert and on their toes. Since KES Jazz Band members, vocalists, Kathleen Balcome and Nicola du Toit, pianist, Bryan Li, and guitarists, Mike Moreno and Max Cole were in attendance, I was honoured to invite them to sit in with the band to perform Blue Skies. Needless to say, they did a terrific job. The video camera was situated at the back of the theatre balcony, so the audio is cluttered by crowd chatter; however, I am excited to offer you a glimpse into the gala event and their performance. Watch the video here.
KES Voice Students Recital - Please join us in the Vair McLellan Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm to hear eight dedicated KES voice students present music they have been working on this year with voice coach Amanda LeBlanc. Their selections span old favourites, contemporary pop, and musical theatre, so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy (and maybe hum along to).
You are invited to attend our very first Annual KES Dance Recital on Monday, June 3rd. We will be showcasing a mix of styles including jazz, contemporary, K-Pop, and highland – just to name a few. The performances will begin at 7:00pm in our Fountain Performing Arts Centre and will last approximately 1.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission. While our dancers ask for donations at the door, there will be raffle tickets on a gift basket and flowers will also be sold. Come see what our brand new dance programme at KES is all about. You just might learn a new move or two!
Recently, our Grade 7 students took their learning outdoors and stepped into the woods and fields of the Annapolis Valley and the spectacular beaches of the Minas Basin. The students explored a section of Nova Scotia’s coastline where the rich red mud and abrupt cliffs contrast with the fresh green of new spring growth.
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.