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We did it! Distance Learning a Success!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 6, 2020 1:15:00 PM

We did it!  After nine weeks of KES Distance Learning during this time of global pandemic, we have successfully concluded the 2019-2020 School year.  Who would have thought that a predicted day or two delay after our March break would turn into weeks, and then, ultimately months apart?  Administration and teachers were quick to implement an online programme for all students so that learning could continue each day, and I am pleased to reflect in hindsight that it did.  The learning curve was steep for students and teachers but a supportive and committed approach contributed to the overall success of the plan.  Chapel services, weekly Assemblies, daily fitness workouts and Zoom classes provided regular opportunities for students, families and teachers to stay connected.  On the final afternoon of classes, it was terrific for Grade 7 and 8 students to gather in Zoom rooms with their teachers and classmates to share year-end reflections and summer farewells.  How exciting it was to see and hear everyone.  The hope for an on-campus reunion in September fills our hearts with joy and optimism.  Have a safe and fun-filled summer holiday!
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Distance Learning

We Miss You!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 4, 2020 6:25:00 PM

I hope you enjoy the video that I put together, with the help of some of your favourite people, so you know just how much you are missed. You might recognize a few of our friendly campus faces! 

Please click here to watch the video. 

Have a great summer with your family.

Stephanie Cummings

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Distance Learning

A 'Goodbye' from our Stewards

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 4, 2020 1:24:00 PM

Dear Richardson Hall Girls & Buckle House Boys,

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, kespride, Distance Learning

Congratulations to the Grade 9 Class of 2020!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 4, 2020 6:26:00 AM

On Thursday, May 28th, we honoured our graduating Grade 9 Class of 2020. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented our fifty-four Grade 9 students and their parents from gathering on campus to celebrate with our customary Graduation Banquet, technology allowed us to gather virtually and to connect, contribute and celebrate meaningfully together.   A keepsake YouTube video was launched at 7:00 pm Atlantic Standard Time and students from as far as 12,000 kilometres away watched in real time and joined in the group Zoom reception that followed.   Pedro Arjona  recited a special graduation prayer for the Class of 2020 from his home in Mexico City, and students shared Junior School memories and meaningful quotations as the video journeyed from baby photos to pictures of the students from this past year.  
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life, Distance Learning

Connect/Converse/Create - Grad Style

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 3, 2020 6:23:00 PM

Pat and I handed over the hosting duties to graduates Duncan McLaughlin and Eva Redmond for our final episode of Connect/Converse/Create. This one is devoted to our Grade 12 students. It was a pleasure to arrange this, and I think you will enjoy hearing about their many topics including: Ball Games, Yearbook, Photography, Black History, Prefects, Campbell’s Day Boys, Winter Carnival, Earth Day, Prep Basketball, Chapel, Cadets, History, Prep Hockey, Art Room and much more. A big thank you to Pat for digging up a lovely closing from the “archives”, to remind us of the perspectives that history provides. Hopefully our podcasts played a small role in keeping you sane; it sure helped us! 

Enjoy!

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Campus Life, Distance Learning

Some Final Thoughts from Coach Stuart

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 3, 2020 1:18:00 PM

Humans are creatures of habit. This is especially true for athletes and, particularly so, for the young men of the King’s-Edgehill Rugby Team. These habits sometimes transcend into rituals, and rituals serve important functions. They give meaning to our endeavours, they provide comfort in a world that can sometimes seem chaotic, and they serve as steppingstones on the way to desired short-term and long-term goals. Most importantly, they help construct a feeling of collective identity that forms a sense of belonging. In addition to their ingrained understanding of the importance of hard work, a sense of belonging helps our athletes buy into the considerable amount of effort required in a programme like ours and, more significantly, contributes to the lifelong friendships that are formed here.

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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Athletics At KES, Athletes at KES, Distance Learning

Distance Learning Deputy Head

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM

This is the final instalment of the Faucher family videos. The story of the distance learning deputy head concludes with a number of cameo appearances of KES friends and colleagues. Thanks to all who played along!
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Arts At KES, ARTS, Distance Learning

Our Adaptive Volunteer Programme

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM

What a great year of volunteering this has been. Our students have worked throughout the Windsor community and beyond, at nursing homes, with Mermaid Theatre, at a drugstore, with churches in their communities and with residential homes.  Our volunteers were devastated to lose the opportunity to visit all their new friends as the spread of COVID-19 cancelled school and with it, our volunteer programmes. To address this, we started two programmes from home: Cards of Caring and a Pen Pal programme.  With Cards of Caring, volunteers were given the addresses of local nursing homes to send homemade cards.  The cards were addressed to “A Resident in Need of a Smile”, popped into the mail, and were distributed randomly by nursing home staff.  These were amazing!  The bright colours, the artwork and the warm sentiments inside spread joy, for sure. 
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Campus Life, Distance Learning

Headmaster's Weekly Newsletter -- Week 34

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 30, 2020 9:13:35 AM

Dear KES Family:

I did not think I would feel this way. Despite having an empty campus this term, the familiar mixture of sadness and exhilaration is still making its presence felt. That end-of-year feeling overwhelmed me after yesterday’s final Chapel service, and I barely held it together while watching the Arts Gala on Tuesday or listening to the final Podcast this morning (hosted by grads Eva Redmond and Duncan McLaughlin).
In her Grade 9 Graduation valedictory address last night, Jessica Ugwoke spoke about coming to the School from her home in Newfoundland and finding a new home at KES. She described the sense of belonging and support she felt when she arrived, calling KES her “emotional home”. What a wonderful thing to be able to say about one’s school!
 
This sentiment is expressed time and time again in the Podcast by the graduates of the Class of 2020. Whether it is Duncan McLaughlin describing catching for his brother who was pitching during the School’s first baseball game, or Ava Benedict saying that KES has “just been like my family”, or Emily Coady expressing how she instantly felt a “huge sense of family”, it is clear that there is a special closeness which binds us. KES feels, figuratively and literally, like family. The feeling expressed by Jessica in Grade 9 is echoed by Class of 2020 grad Heavyn Beals’ recollection of when she came to campus “it just felt like home”.  
 
This is why all spring we have missed each other so much. The campus, the nest, has been empty. Our family gone, our home has not felt the same. (Just watch the Fauchers’ hilarious three-part mini-series on our YouTube channel, and you will see how crazy we have all been without everyone around.)
However, despite the distance between us, we have maintained our connection to each other. Through imaginative use of technology, we have preserved the emotional home. It sounds so cliché but, although we are not together, we have never really been apart.
 
Huge hugs to all. The KES family is alive and well. (As are the ravens, thank goodness!) Congratulations to all.
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Topics: Joe's Journal -- Weekly Headmaster's Newsletter, Distance Learning

“Hast du etwas Zeit für mich, dann singe ich ein Lied für dich.”

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 29, 2020 8:31:15 AM

“Hast du etwas Zeit für mich, dann singe ich ein Lied für dich.”
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, Academics at KES, Distance Learning

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