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KES Headmaster Newsletter -- Issue 32

Posted by KES Blogging Team on May 12, 2017 6:40:43 PM

Dear KES Family:

Back in the 1700s the German writer and statesman Johann Von Goethe wrote that, “A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.” I don’t believe his statement is/should be gender specific. Our manners, our compassion for others, our understanding of proper etiquette, reflect our character. Do we hold a door open for those who follow us? Do we spit in public? Do we say please and thank-you? Do we leave the toilet seat up? (Okay…that one is absolutely gender specific!)

In this day and age of fast food, it is easy for the younger generation to lose sight of the joys of slow food and perhaps the art and niceties of sitting down to a formal meal. However, at the recent NSSAF Celebration of School Sport Luncheon it was not the young athletes from other schools who had poor manners, it was their coaches. I was very proud of our honoured KES athletes Laurence-Olivier Belley and Taylor Amirault when they waited for everyone to be served their meal before they started eating. Indeed, our whole table took their cue and waited respectfully while a vegetarian dish was delayed being served to a coach seated with us…except for his senior coach seated beside him. He was half finished his meal before his colleague’s arrived and never noticed that even the 12-year-old athlete from his school sitting beside him had been waiting patiently for his other coach to be served.

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KES Headmaster Newsletter - Issue 27

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 7, 2017 4:41:37 PM

Dear KES Family:

I have been off campus this week and had a delightful two days in Vancouver before flying to Hong Kong (where I am now). Meeting up with alumni in Vancouver was fun.  The energy, the stories, and the passion that graduates of the School have for KES is really energizing. All of them are doing wonderful things and despite the generational differences there are striking similarities:  Taylor Wade '10 finished her Chemistry degree last year and is studying for her MCATs but won't write them until she returns from Ethiopia as part of an Athletes in Action mission trip. Former Head Girl Jenny Cho is on the Board of a Foundation doing transformative service work in Uganda - she is heading over there again soon. It was terrific seeing everyone. A very special thank-you goes out to David Bursey who hosted us at Earl's Restaurant (he works at Earl's head office in purchasing) and provided AAA steaks that he had aged in his own refrigerator at home for 70 days. They were mouth-wateringly delicious and tender! Best ever.

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Volume: 5 Issue: 31

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 8, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

One of the questions I ask prospective students is: “If you had one magic wish, one in which anything you wished for would come true, what would you wish for?” The most common answer is: “I would wish for more wishes.” This week I had an uncommon answer. When I asked this question of a 14-year-old boy his immediate answer was that he wished his younger sister would always be happy. My heart melted. I asked him if his sister had been sad and he answered: “No, she is always happy. This is what I hope never changes.” What was left of my heart melted completely.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 30

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on May 1, 2015 2:56:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

It has been said that this is the first generation of children to be raised by their peers, that the voices of our children’s friends, online or in person, are far more frequent and influential than the voices of the adults around them. This is worrisome, but there are times when the advice and experiences of one’s peers are relevant and beneficial. Yesterday, at the invitation of our School Counselor Aynsley Sasaki, graduates of the Class of 2014 came to the School to speak with this year’s Class of 2015. It was a glorious reunion. Hugs and smiles and laughter greeted everyone, including Nicco Castro who Skyped in for the occasion (minus the hugs of course).
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 29

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 24, 2015 2:51:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

“…and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” (Post-it note quote stuck to a wall of quotes this week)
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Volume: 5 Issue: 28

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 17, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

The unveiling of the Wilcox Memorial Cabinet this week brought audible gasps and visible tears. It is a work of hard wood art that celebrates both the life of a distinguished alumnus and the 254 Cadet Corps. Complete with our Regimental Colours, all our cadet trophies, and two gorgeous WWI officer swords gifted by alumni who served overseas in the Great War, the cabinet is both striking and inspiring to behold.
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 27

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 10, 2015 2:38:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

A young student wrote me this week with the following message: “In order to be a successful student, I have to be brave enough to try new things and challenges. I should face difficulties confidently instead of trying to escape from them.” I love this. It is a recipe for success in school and in life. Avoidance of new things and challenges is the easy road. Being brave and confident is hard, but these qualities are necessary when the path is challenging.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 2, 2015 2:33:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

It is Good Friday, and a very good Friday it is. The first week back has been productive on campus and reports from the Concert Band tour to New York with Mr. Smith and Ms. Sasaki have been excellent. Our IB students are all working hard in preparation for their oral and upcoming exams, and sports teams are approaching the upcoming season with a sense of adventure and humour. Given that there is at least four feet of dense snow covering the campus, our cycling, track and field, rugby, and golf teams are finding creative and fun ways to prepare. The Junior School Easter Egg Hunt yesterday demonstrated how a little ingenuity and imagination can make an adventure out of even the highest snow banks. It is a good lesson for our students to learn – one can stay indoors and complain, or one can have fun with the unique situation Mother Nature has given us.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 25

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 13, 2015 2:27:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

The March Break has finally arrived and, as I write this, I figure that about 100 KES students are actually in the air, zooming across the planet on their way home or to a vacation paradise (or both!). Once our School trips to Europe and Peru depart this weekend, we will maintain this lofty presence in the sky. It is remarkable to think that over the next few weeks one could visit just about any place on earth wearing King’s-Edgehill School clothing and sooner or later someone would recognize the School’s name. I hope they would say hello. It is always wonderful meeting people who have connections with the School. We will have students and staff in about thirty different countries this month. If you see one of us, we would love to meet you!
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Volume: 5 Issue: 24

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Mar 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

An essay written for me by a prospective student for next year quoted an American Journalist of whom I was unaware. Dennis Prager, the American journalist, said: “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” The boy’s essay used this concept of how we treat other people as a litmus test for goodness or evil. He writes eloquently about it. Being kind, honest, and generous defines one as good. However, he did not stop there. Being good, having moral courage, also means that “the will to stand up for something is paramount.” Being good, he says, is “not merely the absence of doing evil” or “turning a blind eye” to it.
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