Our first Coffee House of 2019 was on Tuesday, January 15th. We had an excellent crowd that got to enjoy many great performances of all kinds. From the fantastic music group JEBB (Jeff Smith, Ella Brown, Ben Lohr, and Bryan Li) to some students from Ms. Cummings’ Grade 9 dance class, talent was all around. It’s always a pleasure to see so many students step up and share their abilities with our community.
Meet two of the newest members of our King’s-Edgehill School Junior School community: Nikhita “Nikki” Kolla and Tanvi Manchineni. Nikki and Tanvi are from England and recently moved with their families to Nova Scotia and became Grade 7 students at King’s-Edgehill. They arrived just before Christmas and jumped in with both feet, taking part in all activities and even requesting to write term exams, which they did, just for the fun of it! Their enthusiasm for trying new things and taking advantage of new opportunities quickly earned them many friends and the respect of our entire community. They are fun-loving, capable and compassionate contributors to school life. It was terrific to watch Nikki and Tanvi play their first competitive game of basketball last week and, this past Wednesday, address the entire Junior School with a presentation on their home country, England. They provided a cultural lesson that shed light on the geography, customs, and some little-known British fun facts: you can never be more than 115 km away from the ocean; it is a criminal offense to stick a postage stamp to an envelope upside down; it is illegal to die in the House of Commons(!) They pointed out that a “boot” isn’t just footwear; in England it is commonly known as the trunk of a car. You wear “trousers”, not pants, and in team sports you wear “bibs”, not pinnies. As a follow-up to the Nikki’s and Tanvi’s presentation, lunch on Wednesday featured a delicious British menu that had been requested by the girls. The “Toad in the hole” dish was a particular favourite. I wish to thank Nikki and Tanvi for enriching us all with an interesting global lesson.
Happy New Year! How wonderful it is to reconnect with our King’s-Edgehill community as 2019 begins. As students and staff share stories about their holiday traditions and travels, it is great to remember those local families who benefited from our Youth-in-Action Christmas Giving campaign. Our beautifully decorated Christmas tree no longer graces the entrance to our Performing Arts Centre, but thoughts of the toys, gifts and food bank items, now in the hands of local families, can put smiles on our faces. It is pleasing to know that the sleigh-full of items was delivered just before Christmas and shared with many families in need in our Windsor area. In addition to the gifts under the tree, a cheque for $350 was also presented to Matthew-25, our Windsor Food Bank. Special thanks are extended to our Youth-in-Action team who organized the collection, to those who decorated our Giving Tree, and to all the students, staff and families who left donations. The lasting joy of the season really comes from the giving.
For the past three weeks, I have attempted to feature the Concert Band; however, I have messed up each time with incorrect camera settings. Yesterday, I managed to capture the video 'with' audio. This number features the trumpet section which consists of Ella Brown (Grade 11), David Ubber (Grade 10), Eva Redmond (Grade 11), Gala Holm (Grade 9), and Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji (Grade 7). I am delighted and very lucky to have a full section as three trumpeters graduated this past June. Our new additions are terrific. They are doing some lightning licks in this piece which is carried along nicely by the other band members, and the high C at the end is executed by the section first chair, Ella. As the school year develops, I hope to turn up the heat and get the tempo up to 138; that's about 30 beats per minute faster than this performance! I know we'll accomplish this goal in time for the annual Spring Fling Concert. Wish us luck!
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.
Once again, our King’s-Edgehill School Cadet Corps represented our community at Operation Veteran in Ottawa. Our group of 25 attended the ceremonies at the National Cenotaph, toured the War Museum, the Museum of Canadian History, the Canadian Mint, Notre Dame Basilica and Parliament. Highlights included an insider’s tour of the Speaker of the House’s office as Halifax MP, Mr. Geoff Regan, currently holds that position.
Nine of the residences on campus, including the homes of our Heads of Residence, Director of Admissions, Houseparents, and Headmaster, were giving out a variety of treats. A group of over thirty junior students also ventured off campus to local homes, and many of these students had created completely new costumes on their own for the evening’s festivities! It was a perfect Halloween night; mild weather, dark skies, and just the right amount of creepiness in the air! A huge thank you to our in house trick-or-treat chaperone, Federico Cisneros , who has been taking KES students out to experience this tradition for many years.