It was a great wintry day on Monday, the sun was shining and the air was crisp, a wonderful day for our Junior School Snow Sports Day. The cold wind chill temperatures did not interfere with our fun, as everyone was dressed for the weather and excited to be on the slopes of Ski Martock. For the novice or the more experienced, there was fun for everyone. For some, it was the first time ever to step into a pair of skis or strap on a snowboard. For some of our Grade 7 students - Tanvi Manchineni and Nikhita Kolla - this was the case, and the sense of accomplishment was written all over their faces. Even Mr. Campbell’s five-year-old son, Lachlan, mastered the basics during his day on the hill. The memories will remain for years. For the more seasoned winter athletes, the jumps and rails provided the perfect challenge. After a few runs, everyone enjoyed the warmth of the lodge and the shared laughter of friends. And now, our local and international students understand first-hand what it means to enjoy a Canadian Beaver Tail! What a terrific way to kick off our 2019 Spirit Week.
Our KES Stage Band performed the 1983 hit song Flashdance What A Feeling at our last coffee house. This group meets and rehearses on Monday and Friday mornings and has developed a diverse collection of tunes ranging in selections from James Brown, Jerome Kern, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Irving Berlin to name a few. Although some band members were absent due to other School commitments, the students in this performance include Grade 10 students, Victoria Dubois and Ileana Wheeler (vocals), Grade 11 students, Ella Brown (trumpet), Morgan Bryant(guitar), Max Cole (lead guitar), and Eva Redmond (cornet). Special recognition is extended to seniors Joanna Bond (vocals), Nick Cheverie (drums), Kyra Jarvis (alto sax), Miguel Villar Moreno(guitar), Che Him (Bryan) Li (piano), Ben Lohr (bass), and Piranavan Somasekaram (clarinet). You might want to put on your dancing shoes when you listen to this clip!
Poetry limbers up the imagination and is a true art form that packs emotional punch. We saw first-hand the power of poetry in our Junior School Assembly last Wednesday, January 30th, when eight finalists from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their chosen poems.
Congratulations are extended to William Ahern, Hannah Bryant, Taylor Cole, Harrison Klein, Emily Norton, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji, Jessica Ugwoke and Sabine Wellard; they can each be proud of their efforts to stand before the entire Junior School and confidently present their poem. The range of styles and deliveries kept things interesting. You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us think carefully about the power of the words and the messages conveyed. The judges did not have an easy task to select the winners; however, they did single out the top three performances for the 2019 Junior School Poetry Competition (3rd, 2nd, 1st, respectively): Harrison Klein, Taylor Cole and Emily Norton. The entire School was entertained at this week’s Full School Assembly as Harrison presented “Jabberwocky”, Taylor, “Social Media” and Emily, “A Million Pieces”. I congratulate and thank these students for sharing their passion with us and starting our day off in such a creative and thought-provoking way.
This past Thursday, our KES Robotics Club had its annual in-house Robofest tournament. Teams of 2 or 3 students have been preparing robots since November to compete in a game called "Binary Blocks". The game consists of autonomous robots having two minutes to build a four bit binary number out of black and white colored blocks. Details of the game can be found on the Robofest website.
Rayannah Hwang has attended KES for five years. She was born in Korea and now lives in Falmouth.
I have chosen 'Building 1' as my favourite piece since it is one of my most recent works. I enjoyed working with the transfer technique, and it also includes ink and marker. I wanted to incorporate buildings into this work since the structures have always interested me. The middle of the drawing is the platform--through the glass you see colour then above the structure I wanted to draw the buildings as a skeleton or a minimalist view.
Future plans: I plan to study Architecture.
Our first trip of 2019 to Dalhousie University Math Circles was last Wednesday, January 16th. We had two vans filled with students eager to explore the “Counting” workshop that was presented by Dr. Peter Selinger, a Dalhousie University professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He posed counting problems that seemed easy enough at first, like how many ways could you colour a 2 by 2 square using only two colours? Immediately, everyone started drawing squares, first shading top left, then a different square shading top right, another shading bottom left, and then one shading bottom right. Then the colouring shifted to 2 squares, first on the top, then one side, the bottom, other side, etc. I am sure you get the picture. While it was interesting to try to find all possibilities, a mathematical discussion revealed an easy formulaic way to figure it out. In the case of the 2 by 2 grid, there turned out to be 16 possibilities or simply 2x2x2x2. The 3 by 3 square proved more difficult to draw all possibilities, but a quick calculation (29) indicated there were 512 different ways. Of course the challenge did not stop there. The counting became more challenging when symmetries were considered. In other words, how many ways could you tile the 3x3 square with black and white tiles, if two tilings that differ by a rotation were considered equal? And then, moving into three dimensions, how many ways are there of coloring the 6 sides of a 3x3 cube with 3 colours, up to a rotation of the cube? (answer=24) The evening became a true counting challenge, and at the end of the seminar Dr. Selinger’s explanation of Pólya's counting method provided a quick and accurate way to do so (answer to the final challenge is 24). Our counting was interrupted when the variety of pizzas arrived.
As always, it was an evening of collaborative problem solving, pizza and fun. I commend David Helyer, Luke Mainwaring, Athena Cox, Silas Fillmore, Yifan (Doreen) Xing, Aden O’Callaghan, Holden Hoover, Zhi (Angel) Li, Jiahuan (Edward) He, Yi (Edward) Chang, and Haichuan (River) Qi for their ongoing interest in Math Circles. It was also terrific to meet up with alumna Mona Mohamed (2015-18) and former student Matvey Semenenko at the event.
We look forward to the next Dalhousie Math Circles event: Linear Inequalities and Economic Problems on Wednesday, February 13th. Interested students can sign up on the whiteboard in my Math classroom. Special thanks to Mr. Glen Faucher for driving the second van.
Our first Coffee House of 2019 was on Tuesday, January 15th. We had an excellent crowd that got to enjoy many great performances of all kinds. From the fantastic music group JEBB (Jeff Smith, Ella Brown, Ben Lohr, and Bryan Li) to some students from Ms. Cummings’ Grade 9 dance class, talent was all around. It’s always a pleasure to see so many students step up and share their abilities with our community.
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.