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The Foggy Goggle - Our Last Alumni Event of 2018

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jan 10, 2019 7:27:44 AM

What a wonderful time the Alumni and Advancement Office had at our last event of 2018! As Students at the School dove into December exams, the team wrapped up the term by hosting an Alumni Social at the Foggy Goggle in Halifax on December 13th. With its cozy ambiance— including a brightly lit Christmas tree and garlanded bannisters—the Gottingen Street pub was a perfect place to catch up with Halifax-based Alumni, Parents, and Friends before the New Year. 

Over 50 members of the KES community joined us, representing five decades (1973-2017!) of graduates. What a treat it was to see regular attendees of our events mingling with Alumni we hadn’t seen in years, reminiscing and making new connections. It was also great to see a large contingent of more recent graduates make time to swing by, even in the midst of post-secondary exams or having just arrived back in Nova Scotia for surely hectic holiday visits—something we greatly appreciate!

Everyone enjoyed the evening of great food and merrymaking, thanks in part to Clyde, who drove the “party van” and transported staff safely to and from Halifax. Many thanks as well to the staff at the Foggy Goggle for their awesome service, and a special shout out to Carrie, who runs the kitchen at the Foggy Goggle—and just so happens to be our Director of Advancement, Heather Strickey’s niece! 

It really was a pleasure to see everyone, and after a nice holiday break the Advancement team is looking forward to getting on the road again in 2019.

Happy New Year!

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Career Night

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 26, 2018 7:51:00 AM

Recently, our Grade 11 students attended our annual “Career Night”. We operate the event on a model similar to “speed dating”. Each student was able to choose one of four “career clusters”: Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts, Applied and Physical Sciences or Business. On the night of the event, they met with three professionals from their chosen cluster, and three presenters from a different cluster. This way they had the opportunity to hear about a career they were interested in, plus they were exposed to careers that they may not have considered before. Students had 8 minutes to hear about each professional’s career and the path he or she took to get there. It was wonderful to have such a diverse group of presenters come to meet with our students. After the 6 circuits were completed, there was a reception that allowed students to mingle and chat more informally with our presenters. This was a highlight of the night for many. It was great to see so many of our students creating connections, networking, and engaging with our Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the School.

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Alumni Department on the Road in Ontario

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Nov 21, 2018 7:04:40 AM

Jenn Shaw and I took to the skies and landed in Toronto on Monday, October 22nd. We hustled into a rental car and made our way to St. Catharines where we had the chance to meet up with   Alexander Hood (1948-1951). Alexander had some lovely tales to share with us of his time at KCS in the 1950s.

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Proud of our Rugby Alumnae

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Oct 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When we welcome new student-athletes to their first-ever rugby practices in the still snowy beginning of Spring, it becomes very clear just how little they know about the game. Year in and year out, however, those same girls who had never thrown a rugby ball before coming to King’-Edgehill are running, passing, and tackling as if they had been playing for years. This year, 10 of those former student-athletes, who got their start in rugby here at King’s-Edgehill, played varsity rugby at the USport level across Canada.

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Meet Murray Carter (1982-1987): Master Bladesmith

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 10, 2018 9:43:00 AM

I attended KES from 1982 until I graduated in 1987. I was one of the original Buckle House Boys. As a restless boy in public school, we were looking for a better educational "fit", and when I toured the campus and saw the students walking around in their cadet uniforms, I couldn't wait to attend. I thoroughly enjoyed the Cadet Corps programme over the next five years, and benefited immensely from the academic programme as well. A couple of the life-long skills I honed at KES were time management and how to efficiently study new subjects. After graduating from KES, I applied those skills to learn my trade as a Master Bladesmith, learn to speak two new languages, became a published author, produced commercial Videos, and learned to fly helicopters and airplanes, along with a few other noteworthy skills. My whole adult life I have been constantly reminded of the value of my experience at KES.

After gradution, I travelled to Japan and studied karate while teaching English and apprenticing under a 16th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith. (Click here to see the video "History of the Yoshimoto Bladesmiths"). I am owner and operator of Carter Cutlery, a ten employee company producing the world's best performance cutlery, in Hillsboro, Oregon. What are my plans for the future? Professionally, I plan to continue to slowly grow the company to about 30 employees, and eventually pass it on to my most capable Bladesmith Journeyman. My advice to current KES students is: don't worry or fret about what the future holds. Just focus on the studies before you and get in the life- long habit of giving every task your best effort. The habit of putting forth your best effort is invaluable in life, and is a skill that transfers across every discipline. My best friend from KES, Tim Curnew (1981-84) once shared his grandfather's favorite quote with me: "If a task is once begun, don't leave the job until it's done. Be the labour great or small, do it well, or not at all".

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Meet Kari MacLeod, Alumnae Parent (2007-2012): Creator of de Cassagne Handbags

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Aug 7, 2018 9:14:00 PM

As a family in the mineral resource industry, we were used to moving on a fairly regular basis. KES was the fourth school that our daughters attended. Skye and Iona arrived at KES in September 2007, graduating five years later in 2012. What attracted us to King's was the small student to teacher ratio; even compared to the girls' previous three private schools, the ratio at KES set it apart, ensuring an unparalleled level of attention and instruction. The other attraction of KES was the athletics program. Our girls enjoyed many sports including soccer, volleyball, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country running, badminton, and swimming. The highlight of their extra curricular experiences was the 2011 Mt. Kiliminjaro climb combined with community service in Kenya. I had been involved in mineral resources since graduating university, working in both corporate communications and office management. In 2014, I stepped back from the corporate world and followed the advice we'd given

Skye and Iona when they were applying to university; find your passion and follow it. For me that was handbags. In the mid 1980s, I graduated from the prestigious Fashion Technique and Design program at Sheridan College, although I was not specifically trained in accessories, I utilized my knowledge in drafting and design and began perfecting the art of leathercraft and handbag design. Named after one of my French ancestors, de Cassagne, my handbag company, is crafting bags here in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. I am enjoying the challenge of starting a new company with the vision of it growing into a recognized Canadian brand.

I think the most important advice I can give future KES students is to not be afraid of making mistakes! It is through making mistakes that we learn and grow. My other piece of advice is to be kind. In these tumultuous times that we find ourselves in, kindness is often overlooked; take the time to make a difference each day in someone else's life. For us, King's-Edgehill School has been a wonderful part of our lives. We hope your family enjoys it as much as we did.

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A Family Tradition Since 1895 - The Olands

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jul 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM

You can imagine our excitement when we meet a family that has had many generations attend KES. One such family is the Oland family whose rich history with our School extends back to 1895 when John Culverwell Oland, Jr. attended KCS and his sister, Sadie, attended Edgehill. At the outbreak of the Boer War, in 1899, John was one of the first to volunteer for service in South Africa. This respect for the military is a longstanding tradition with the Oland family that continues to this day.

John and Sadie were followed by Bruce Oland in 1928. Bruce served in the Canadian Artillery before and during WWII, and with the Naval Reserve after the war, retiring as Commodore in 1971. Bruce's brother, Don Oland, served in WWII as a CAN- LOAN Officer with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He lost his leg just prior to the wars' end. Bruce spent his working life at Keith's and Oland Breweries, retiring as President in 1976. In 2006, Bruce was invested into the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the Canadian Armed Forces, Nova Scotia industry, and to many charitable causes.

Bruce wasn't the only Oland to attend KCS in the 1930s.  His cousin, Ted Canavan, attended from 1931-40. After graduation, Ted enlisted in the army and landed in France six weeks after D- Day. On October 23rd, near the Dutch-Belgium border, Ted's courage and leadership under heavy fire won him the Military Cross. Ted spent six weeks in a POW camp before being liberated on VE Day. After the war, he trained as an engineer and worked for several aerospace companies in Los Angeles. You may recognize Ted's name from our Athletic Centre which is named for the generous gifts that Ted made to our School.

The next Oland generation to attend the School included Bruce's brother Don's children
Jamie Oland (1964-70), Brenda (Oland) Huntley (Edgehill 1971-72); Bruce's twin sister Amadita Stanbury's children Bruce (staff 1964-66), Christopher (1961-64); and Bruce's son, Richard Oland (1974-79).

Richard followed the family tradition of serving his country in the Canadian military commanding HMCS Goose Bay and HMCS Scotian, and retiring as the Regional Advisor Atlantic Region to the Commander Naval Reserve. Richard is current Chair of the Board of Governors, NS Division Canadian Corps of Commissionaires which was founded by his grandfather Colonel Sidney C. Oland in 1937 and later chaired by Bruce Oland. Richard remains engaged with King's-Edgehill School having served on the KES Board of Governors for over 17 years. In a quest to support the School and its students, Richard and his father, Bruce, established the Bruce Oland & Richard Oland Scholarship recognising a Nova Scotian student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and academic potential.

The next generation of Olands to attend the School included two of Richard's children, Keith (2007-10) and Heather (2009-13). Keith graduated from Saint Mary's University with a Commerce Degree and is currently teaching in Asia. Heather attended Dalhousie University and is now in her first year of Medical School at Dalhousie University.

Now, the question must be asked. Can we look forward to a fifth generation of Olands at King's-Edgehill School? We certainly hope so.

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Dr. Karen Mann (1948-1958)

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 22, 2018 3:01:00 PM

Dr Karen Mann was an amazing woman who left us far too soon. She attended Edgehill from 1948-1958; served on the KES Board of Governors and was the Chair of the Inglis Education Foundation. She passed away on November 28th, 2016 .

Below is a small excerpt from the poignant eulogy her son, Dr. Geoff Mann, gave at her funeral.

Little did we know it at the time, but our mom was in fact a superhero. It was her secret identity. The unobtrusive names she went by in everyday life -- Karen, Mom, Dr. Mann, Nan -- these just threw us off the trail. Now we know.

The first clues we had were subtle: Who but a superhero could remember the birthday of every single person she ever met? And their children.

Who else could write so perfectly neatly, and yet so microscopically small?

Think about it a little more, and we should be embarrassed we didn't figure it out earlier.

For example, everyone who knows her can now recognize she had the power to stretch time, so she could fit three times as much into a day as the rest of us. Who but a superhero could, all in one day, write a book chapter, walk the dog, sit in on three meetings, make a flat of raspberry jam, play piano at choir rehearsal, teach a seminar, call on two friends, send 50 emails, and knit a sweater all while the apple tart and two kinds of lasagna (veggie and meat) were cooking for a dinner party in the evening?

No one but a superhero could do that.

Everyone who knows her knows her memory was superhuman. Who but a superhero could, in one day, remember to edit the 5th draft of the research proposal, bring a colleague flowers on their anniversary, review three journal articles for the editorial board, schedule the next meeting in Boston, buy dish detergent (we're almost out), talk to the bank, call each of her children, and send off that birthday card to her great- nephew in Wales just the right number of days beforehand so it arrives on the exact day?

And then get on a red-eye to Malaysia.

No one but a superhero could do that.

And yet I worry that somehow, talking about Mom on these terms might diminish her amazingness, because it might make her extraordinariness less extraordinary, as if she was gifted and we aren't, so we couldn't do what she did, and we couldn't be what she was. Speaking only for myself, I often think that's true.

But if it's true, I now realize, it's not because she was endowed with powers most of us don't have. She really was extraordinary, but it's not because of that. It's because she made so amazingly much of the same ordinariness we all share. She worked, and she worked very hard, sometimes it seemed to us maybe too hard. She liked to go for walks or sit on a deck with a drink in the sunshine. She loved a lot of people a whole lot, and she thought about them all the time. She could hardly contain her joy in h

er family, especially Ian, Peter, Gillian and I, and her grandchildren. She made new friends all the time, but was always bound closely to her oldest and best friends.

Like everyone else, sometimes she got scared, or embarrassed by her mistakes, or looked back on the past with some regret. And like all of us, maybe more than a lot of us, she worried, almost always about the people she loved. She hurt when they hurt, and she fretted ceaselessly when things went sideways for them.

Which is all to say that her life had the same crazy mix of everything that ours has in it.

What makes her extraordinary then is only partly how much she accomplished in her super-hero like packed days, with her remarkable memory and intellect. But in the end that's not really it. It's ultimately more about how many people and places she touched so deeply while living out those days. 

Dr. Karen Mann's family has honoured Karen by creating "The Karen Mann Young Woman of Courage Scholarship." We feel privileged to have a scholarship prize carry her name.

Does this make you nostalgic for your days at KES? Stay in touch with us and each other, and keep up with all the goings-on at School. More reasons to be part of our alumni database.

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Meet Alex Naugler (1995-2002): Jewellry Maker

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 18, 2018 2:55:22 PM

I attended KES because both of my parents were working at the school, and it made the most sense for our family. I loved the diversity of the student body and the opportunities to explore the Arts. I participated in all of the Musical productions, was involved with the Literary Arts Journal and the Concert Band and spent most of my spare time in the Art Room. After graduation from KES, I went on to do a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith College, and a Master's of Arts in Religious Studies from Naropa University.

My small business making and selling handcrafted jewelry began in 2013 as Sticks and/or Stones Jewelry. I'm currently rebranding to Vicious Pretty, while focusing on bringing my business into better alignment with my values. I've always had a focus on quality materials and customization, and now I'm changing packing and some of my sourcing to more environmentally friendly and sustainable options. I've developed a real passion for local business, local food and sustainability, which I want to help nurture here in Nova Scotia by teaching young people about cooking with seasonal ingredients and starting from scratch. Local and sustainable food and business are social justice issues that affect everyone. The best advice I could offer to current students is to learn how to be adaptable. The world is changing quickly, and the one for which you prepare might be very different than the one in which you find yourself living and working. The nature of employment is shifting away from the old 9-5, work hard and move up the ladder. That said, you might as well focus on doing what you love and what fulfills you instead of an older traditional model of success.

This is one example of great friends doing great things at King's-Edgehill School. If you're an alumnus/alumna eager to re-connect with some of your KES friends, there are events going on all over the world. Find out more about that here.

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Meet Obe Amos (1996-1998): Builder

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jun 12, 2018 2:24:03 PM

Obe Amos came to King's-Edgehill School part-way through his Grade Eleven year with his twin, Logan, and they graduated in 1998. Obe is an honest kind of guy and revealed that he knew that "school really wasn't my thing." So, upon graduating, he took off for Australia. The plan was to stay for a while; however, his mom was ill and Obe returned eight months after leaving Nova Scotia. Upon his homecoming, Obe went into house construction and eventually found himself buying a home, renovating it and then selling it. Little did he know that this dabbling in renovation would become his focus in the future.

Obe was lured back to the South Shore where he grew up when Obe joined his father, Jeff, and they took over what is now Amos Wood in 2008. "Since 1976, Jeff has been a one-of-a-kind furniture maker, house designer/builder, and commercial retail designer/builder. Obe was brought up in his father's shop and ingested enough wood that it is in his bones. " He definitely has been steeped in what it takes to make beautiful things with wood and has been very busy outside of his career with Amos Wood.

Obe married Michelle, and they have been very busy raising Noah who is 10 and Anabelle who is 8. In fact, when I touched base with Obe in July, we were "facetiming" across countries. He was in New York, supposedly on vacation with his family; however, he was also installing a backsplash in the home where they were staying. Even when he's on vacation, Obe is following his passion of making things more beautiful. I asked Obe two of my famous questions. The first was what do you see in your future? His response was that he sees himself moving into the real estate industry while still working on renovating homes and working with wood. And, second, I asked if he had any advice for our KES students. I taught Obe my first year as a teacher so I was obviously impressed with his answer considering he could be a bit of a "smart aleck" when I taught him. His advice was "Don't fight it. High School is such a short time in your life, work with it and enjoy it. No one is out to get you. Make the most of your time at KES, it will be over quickly." Wise words from this worker in wood.

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