On very short notice, the Grade 9 Sciences Humaines class organized a fundraiser bake sale in support of the Barho family in Halifax who tragically lost all seven of their children in a house fire in February. Having fled the civil war in Syria, the Barhos arrived in Nova Scotia in 2017 as refugees to start anew in Canada.
Our Grade 9 students were determined to do something meaningful to help the surviving parents with their immediate and future costs associated with this tragedy. They quickly recruited volunteers among faculty, staff, and students to provide baked goods for what is rumoured to have been the most successful bake sale in all of KES history. With the support of the entire School, between the bake sale, generous donations, and dress-down-day contributions, we raised a total of just over 1,200$!!! All in one day!!
We thank everyone who participated in some capacity with this initiative. We are certainly proud of everyone’s generosity and support. This money will go directly to the Barho family’s cause on behalf of KES; from one family to another.
It was a great wintry day on Monday, the sun was shining and the air was crisp, a wonderful day for our Junior School Snow Sports Day. The cold wind chill temperatures did not interfere with our fun, as everyone was dressed for the weather and excited to be on the slopes of Ski Martock. For the novice or the more experienced, there was fun for everyone. For some, it was the first time ever to step into a pair of skis or strap on a snowboard. For some of our Grade 7 students - Tanvi Manchineni and Nikhita Kolla - this was the case, and the sense of accomplishment was written all over their faces. Even Mr. Campbell’s five-year-old son, Lachlan, mastered the basics during his day on the hill. The memories will remain for years. For the more seasoned winter athletes, the jumps and rails provided the perfect challenge. After a few runs, everyone enjoyed the warmth of the lodge and the shared laughter of friends. And now, our local and international students understand first-hand what it means to enjoy a Canadian Beaver Tail! What a terrific way to kick off our 2019 Spirit Week.
On February 6th, 11 students and 2 chaperones packed their bags and headed to Orlando, Florida for five days to attend the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference hosted by DECA. DECA is a not-for-profit organization which helps to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools and colleges around the globe for the world of marketing, finance, hospitality and management. It was a unique opportunity for our students as they had the chance to listen to guest speakers as they addressed and discussed many areas of business.Representatives from the resort industry talked about what decisions go into building a new resort. We heard from the sports and health industries as they discussed the importance of staying relevant to the next generation. In
Our Grade 9 Geography classes welcomed a guest speaker this week. Mr. Simon Irving from Wolfville grew up playing baseball locally, and as a past coach, we have kept in touch. Simon recently set his career as a Geologist to the side for a bit to go for a walk…..a really long walk! Simon decided to walk the Pacific Coast Trail from end to end! He walked from the Mexican border to Canada through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Our Grade 9 class enjoyed hearing about his epic hike through the desert, over mountains, and alongside forest fires, withstanding hunger and of course the rains of the northwest. Let’s just say, it made our Keji Adventurous Journey seem like a “walk in the park”. Simon spoke of the planning, physical preparation, ambition, friendships, generosity, goal setting, solitude and deprivation that challenged him along his journey. In this age of jet travel, it was integral to hear that the continent is very expansive and vast, especially if measured one step at a time. When asked how many steps he believes he recorded, he said “north of 6 million.” That is geography at a fundamental level. Happy Trails!
Poetry limbers up the imagination and is a true art form that packs emotional punch. We saw first-hand the power of poetry in our Junior School Assembly last Wednesday, January 30th, when eight finalists from Grades 7 through 9 stepped forward to recite their chosen poems.
Congratulations are extended to William Ahern, Hannah Bryant, Taylor Cole, Harrison Klein, Emily Norton, Sachaa Rudrum-Bhimji, Jessica Ugwoke and Sabine Wellard; they can each be proud of their efforts to stand before the entire Junior School and confidently present their poem. The range of styles and deliveries kept things interesting. You could hear a pin drop as students recited their chosen poems, making us think carefully about the power of the words and the messages conveyed. The judges did not have an easy task to select the winners; however, they did single out the top three performances for the 2019 Junior School Poetry Competition (3rd, 2nd, 1st, respectively): Harrison Klein, Taylor Cole and Emily Norton. The entire School was entertained at this week’s Full School Assembly as Harrison presented “Jabberwocky”, Taylor, “Social Media” and Emily, “A Million Pieces”. I congratulate and thank these students for sharing their passion with us and starting our day off in such a creative and thought-provoking way.
This past Thursday, our KES Robotics Club had its annual in-house Robofest tournament. Teams of 2 or 3 students have been preparing robots since November to compete in a game called "Binary Blocks". The game consists of autonomous robots having two minutes to build a four bit binary number out of black and white colored blocks. Details of the game can be found on the Robofest website.
Rayannah Hwang has attended KES for five years. She was born in Korea and now lives in Falmouth.
I have chosen 'Building 1' as my favourite piece since it is one of my most recent works. I enjoyed working with the transfer technique, and it also includes ink and marker. I wanted to incorporate buildings into this work since the structures have always interested me. The middle of the drawing is the platform--through the glass you see colour then above the structure I wanted to draw the buildings as a skeleton or a minimalist view.
Future plans: I plan to study Architecture.