Inside King's-Edgehill School

Volume: 5 Issue: 26

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Apr 2, 2015 3:33:00 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 3:27:00 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 4:00:00 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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Volume: 5 Issue: 23

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 27, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

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Volume: 5 Issue: 22

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 20, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

In selecting Mr. DeCoste as Robotics Coach of the Year, the Director of Acadia University’s robotics programme had this to say about King’s-Edgehill School’s coach and students:
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 21

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 13, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

Eleven Stanley Cup rings – that is how many I had on my fingers this week. None of them were mine of course (or from the Maple Leafs). They belonged to former NHL stars Glenn Anderson, Mike Krushelnyski, and Bob Sweeney. Between those three men, I had more rings than fingers to put them on!
 
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Issue: 5 Volume: 20

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Feb 6, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

One never knows how the media will present a news item but this week we were pleased to see that the School’s plans to open a campus in Abu Dhabi was a) worthy of features in the Herald, on TV and radio, as well as AllNovaScotia.com, and b) was treated positively as a good news story.  It was interesting to see what aspects of the venture were spotlighted and which were not mentioned at all.  I was also fascinated to see that although I was interviewed pre-production, the media was quite happy to use photos and footage that they had from six and seven years ago.  (Thank goodness my hairstyle has not changed!)
 
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Volume: 5 Issue: 19

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

Last week I had an extraordinary experience. There was no snow on the ground, but it was very cold. The ice on one of the ponds behind the School was like glass, very thick and clear. When I walked upon it, I was amazed to see right through to the bottom of the pond. The weeds and algae were green and lush. As I shuffled carefully across the smooth ice, I started to see fish darting about as well. It was a surprising and magical moment.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 18

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 23, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

Aldous Huxley’s famous novel “Brave New World” is not taught with the same frequency as it once was. Despite the fact that social conditioning and genetic engineering are perhaps far more real than fiction today than they were in 1931 (and there are definitely modern equivalents of soma), it is rare that a syllabus will have it listed. For a whole host of reasons, it is still one of my favourite novels.
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Volume: 5 Issue: 17

Posted by Joe Seagram, Headmaster on Jan 16, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Dear KES Family,

It seems self-evident that we are all accountable for our actions. We see evidence of this every day in the news, in sports, in our daily interactions with people. If I post something offensive on Facebook, for example, I am responsible for my words and images. This is what a group of Dalhousie Dental School students are discovering with regards to their Facebook posts. It is also what our students at King’s-Edgehill discover when their actions contravene the established rules and values of our School and community. Students make mistakes, they learn from them, they become wiser from the experience (we hope). The discipline process is often emotional and full of tears. It is very common to hear a child say “I was not thinking.”
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