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Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Tessa Firth '18

Posted by Mr. Rory Campbell on Jan 10, 2022 9:04:09 AM

Join Mr. Rory Campbell as he catches up with KES Alumna Tessa Firth '18 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu '14

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Dec 6, 2021 10:32:15 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!



Fortunately, good schools are increasingly prioritizing the encouragement of diversity and inclusion. I recently had opportunities to contemplate plans of action with colleagues and students as we move forward with curriculum and extra-curricular strategies to ensure our community is aware of the nature of stereotypes and oversights. Even with the best intentions, we are all vulnerable to misconceptions. Perhaps this is why a recent Facebook post by Hsiu-Ping (Patrick) Wu ‘14 caught my attention and popped with prescience.

Patrick is an award-winning composer and violinist. He currently studies in Boston; however, he considers Halifax home. As a Taiwanese-Canadian, he eloquently expressed his perspective in a recent post:

“A colleague of mine recently asked me, ‘Can your music sound more Asian? Maybe add some pentatonic in it?’ I have studied western classical music, as well as traditional Chinese and Indian music. Should my music sound Asian? Should everything that comes from me be considered a part of ‘Chinese music?’ Can it not be simply Patrick Wu’s music?"

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Ian Janes

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Nov 2, 2021 10:46:02 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!



The past year-and-a-half has forced many of us to be creative within the walls of our own homes in order to cope. I found myself finding solace and recreation in music, turning to the piano. However, for those whose livelihoods depend on performing, the pressure was on to adapt! I recently reached out to an experienced professional – Ian Janes ‘95, and it is evident that he is improvising as any great musician would. 

Ian has always been creative as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Recently, he released a splash of creativity that is paradoxically retro yet progressive from an artist who is adjusting to the times in which we live. 

Ian says it as succinctly as a well-placed musical note when describing the ever-changing music business: “The digital stays forever and for never, so I had to find a way to share my music, my way.” Ian’s new project tries to find the balance between the digital and the tactile with the release of Episode 5. His fifth album features a physical companion book of lyrics, photos, and narratives about the creative process, and Rolling Stone France took notice: "The album is authentically divine…Episode 5 is undeniably his best work yet...Ian Janes knows how to write songs that sound like classics, and he keeps getting better.” 



“I was finding, as an artist, I was creating things with no physical manifestation; I wasn’t satisfied. I grew up digesting album art and lyrics. I decided to try a new way to deliver my music…that’s why I am including the book…think of it as an extended and more elaborate album art. There is something about offering a physical product that feels closer to my personal style, an actual real thing in addition to the music itself,” says Ian. “A break from the screen, something to do with your ears, eyes and brain while you listen to the music.” 

All musicians are adjusting to an industry that quickly transitioned from something that people paid to own into something people no longer pay anything to “own.” That’s a tough way to make a living; however, Ian is in the circles of success, recently collaborating with promising young artist Kylie Frey. Their song “I Do Thing” recently went to the top of the country chart in Texas. Ian also had one of his songs prominently featured on the CMT TV show 'Nashville' (Season 5-Episode 11). 

Before the shutdown, Ian travelled to both Nashville and Los Angeles up to 5 times a year working with a variety of industry professionals. In fact, in mid-March, when the pandemic hit, Ian was booked to head back to Los Angeles to follow up on some opportunities sparked during a January 2020 trip. 

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Topics: Arts At KES, KES Alumni, ARTS, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Léa-Kristine Demers

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Oct 20, 2021 9:38:49 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he shares profiles of KES Alumni. It's always fun and motivating to Connect, Converse and Catch-Up!
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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Welcome to the Fold! Annual Giving 2021-2022

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Sep 23, 2021 9:54:39 AM

Welcome to the KES Highlander Fold! Providing a welcoming environment for our Students, Parents, Faculty, Alumni, and the greater KES Community is the foundation of our new KES Highlander ethos of “Welcome to the Fold.” A unique aspect of Highland Cattle is that they live in folds, not herds. Hence, “Welcome to the Fold!” Our goal at KES is to build an inclusive and accessible community for everyone. We recognize that becoming a fully accessible School is a journey of continuous improvement and as part of this year’s Annual Giving Campaign, we are starting phase one of our journey. 


Integral to the overall KES experience is how well we facilitate movement on our Campus. Therefore, our first Annual Giving Campaign goal is to begin eliminating physical barriers through important campus improvements. Currently, some members of our community struggle to access the Hensley Memorial Chapel safely. To eliminate this physical barrier to the Chapel, we plan to build a ramp that will dovetail into the beautiful stonework of this historic 1877 building. Also, as part of Phase One of the KES accessibility plan, we will pave the Ted Canavan Athletic Centre parking area, allowing easier and safer, year-round access to Campus.


The second goal of our Annual Giving Campaign is to continue to ensure our School is accessible to every student who has the desire to receive a KES education regardless of their financial means. Financial Aid is always a priority at KES. One third of KES Students depend on our Financial Aid and Scholarship Programme every year. As enrolment continues to grow, so does our need for financial aid funding! Every time you give, you are making it possible for motivated students to bridge the gap between their finances and their educational goal of attending KES. Without donations from the KES Community, we must consider raising tuition fees each year which in turn makes KES less accessible to students who want to attend our School.

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It can be very tricky!

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 7, 2021 8:37:00 PM

At the beginning of our distance learning phase, for their Health & Wellness class, the Grades 6 and 7 students were assigned the task of recording their own trick shots. There were no boundaries to their imagination, and they were free to do whatever they wanted, as long as it was fun. It was very entertaining to watch all the creative and fabulous submissions coming in. You can tell that everyone put some thought into their shots, and they tried very hard to be perfect and almost everyone succeeded.

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

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up - Michael Pitaev

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Apr 1, 2021 6:30:00 AM

I often think that the best compliment to any school is when a significant number of its graduates become teachers. This does not necessarily mean that they are employed in a school system, but to be more precise - they have a drive to share their knowledge and wisdom with others.
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Topics: About King's-Edgehill School, kespride

Virtual Event Season… Could we be nearing the end???

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 29, 2021 11:37:25 AM

When Jenn and I met in August to discuss what type of events the KES Advancement and Alumni Department would host for the 2020-2021 School year, we were really unsure of what the world would hold for us.  Would we need to plan virtual events for the whole year or would at some point, our battle with COVID-19 cease with it being vanquished from our planet?  We took a cautious, yet optimistic approach and planned virtual events spanning into April.  We were hopeful that, in May 2021, we could start welcoming guests back onto campus and host our annual events in person.  We still remain optimistic and hope that with the rise in vaccinations, the relatively low numbers of COVID-19 in the province, and with the re-opening of the Atlantic Bubble that we will be seeing some of you in the near future!

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

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up - Lucy Killacky

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Mar 24, 2021 1:57:00 PM

Lucy Killacky was a quiet girl with a mischievous smile who sat at the back of my Grade 9 English class in my first year at King’s-Edgehill. Over the next four years, I had the pleasure of coaching Lucy in both basketball (for three seasons) and rugby (for four seasons). Throughout those years, it was evident that Lucy was on a path that would lead her to success. Her maturity and moral compass seemed to make her wise beyond her years. Upon graduating, Lucy and I stayed in contact as she worked her way through a university degree and a varsity rugby career at my alma mater, StFX.
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Topics: KES Alumni, kespride

Grace Gallant – Our Great Debater

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Feb 15, 2021 10:50:16 AM

It is indeed high time that we congratulate   Grace Gallant, who qualified for the finals in Parliamentary Debate and finished in the top 30 competitors nationally from those who attended the National Public Speaking competition hosted (online) by St Johns Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg.  Superstar performance, Grace - well done!

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Topics: kespride

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