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Celebrating 70 Years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Service

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jun 3, 2022 10:03:12 AM

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Topics: Cadets, kespride, Leadership at KES

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Jake Oulton '15

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on May 16, 2022 11:05:18 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumnus Jake Oulton '15 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

It is unique for me to connect with a rapper. What’s even more unusual is to converse with a rapper just moments after he had checked on his herd of cattle!

That’s exactly what transpired recently when I had the opportunity to catch-up with Jake Oulton '15. I had heard a few of his tracks, which are gaining in popularity, and dropped by his farm to chat about the music business and his creative ventures.

“Since graduating from King’s, I’ve done a few things. I was a diesel mechanic, worked on transmissions and, of course, I love farming,” says Jake. “There was a period of time that a lot of bad things were happening, even death, and I started creating with my music. I found peace in the writing, it was an outlet – an escape.”

Jake does not look or dress like a typical rapper, but he sounds like one through every beat. “I never try to be anyone other than myself,’ he says. “When I started, I would stay up all night freestyling, I was doing it for myself. I guess I was a closet rapper.”

Jake is very open about using creativity and rhythms as a channel for his ADHD. “I find freestyling comes naturally for my brain.” he says. Jake admits academics were sometimes not his focus at KES and recalls Mr. Alan Dick saying to him that Jake would do well when he found a passion as an adult.

It is a changing landscape for musical artists in the digital world; however, Jake has managed to capture attention. On YouTube alone, he has had over 188,000 views of his three singles: Life on the Highway, Rodeo, and Until the End.

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Au revoir à Québec

Posted by Mr. Paul Hollett on May 6, 2022 11:00:00 PM

We packed our bags this morning and got ready to say au revoir to Quebec City and begin the final leg of our road trip. The time has certainly flown by! After checking out of the hotel it was a short drive to the Museum of Civilization, where students explored the exhibits at their own pace.

Next, lunch and free time at Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping centre and indoor amusement park provided one final opportunity for retail therapy for our students before leaving Quebec City. 

After taking a group photo, we reluctantly said goodbye to our guide extraordinaire Gilles and thanked him for helping to make our stay such an enjoyable and rewarding one.

The drive to Edmundston, New Brunswick, went smoothly this afternoon. Once again, the weather cooperated fully, reminding us of how fortunate we have been to have had blue skies and sunshine for nearly the full duration of our trip. Upon arriving in Edmundston the first stop was for supper and there was something to suit everyone's tastes on the extensive menu at Maple Leaf Queen's Buffet. It was also very enjoyable to reconnect with the restaurant manager and staff whom we had not seen for three years. We also learned that we were their first bus group since the since the start of the pandemic.

After leaving the restaurant it was a short trip to the hotel where we settled in for the evening. Students enjoyed some social time in their rooms or in the pool until bedtime.

It has been another wonderful day with our group. We will make an early start tomorrow as we start the drive back to campus.

We plan to arrive at the Athletic Centre parking lot between 4:30 and 5:00 pm on Saturday. If there are any major changes to this schedule we will make every effort to update this blog to keep you informed.

Attn New Boarding Students

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Topics: King's-Edgehill School in the Community, Travel at KES, kespride

Sunshine and Smiles

Posted by Mr. Paul Hollett on May 5, 2022 11:15:00 PM

We started the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, followed by a short bus ride along the coast to our first activity this morning: a visit to the Basilica of Sainte - Anne - de - Beaupré . Its shrine has been a world - renowned pilgrimage site for over 3 5 0 years and it attracts more than a million visitors annually. The mosaic artwork and stained - glass windows were truly awe - inspiring for our students. They marveled at the pillars inside the entrance that are covered with crutches and canes that represented those who have been healed.

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Topics: Academics at KES, Travel at KES, kespride

History's No Mystery

Posted by Mr. Paul Hollett on May 4, 2022 11:00:00 PM


After a good night’s sleep, our students started the day off right with a sumptuous breakfast at our hotel. We boarded the bus with our driver Steven and guide Gilles at 8:00 am, ready and excited to see what our first full day in Quebec City would bring—1,2,3, on y va!

Wolfe vs. Montcalm: The Battle of Quebec

A memorable and pivotal period of Canadian history came to life during our visit to Battlefields Park and the Plains of Abraham this morning. Students took part in an interactive presentation depicting the battle between the British and the French and gained a better understanding of the events that helped to build and shape this nation. 

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Topics: Academics at KES, Travel at KES, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Brandon Benedict '98

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Mar 29, 2022 9:30:48 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumnus Brandon Benedict '98 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

Brandon Benedict is at home.

Brandon returned to the Annapolis Valley in 2018 after an illustrious professional hockey career in Europe. However, seeing him in front of the Valley Junior A Wildcats delivering a pre-game talk, it’s evident he has found a professional “home” as well.

The dressing room goes silent when he enters, and he lays out the strategy and the attitude he expects from the young men. “No passengers tonight boys! Everyone “on the rope” for 60 minutes!,” he says with authority and credibility. There is respect and enthusiasm in the room, and the players go on to take a 3-1 win over the visiting team from the South Shore.

Benedict, who remains the all-time leader scorer in Halifax Moosehead history, followed his Junior career with an exemplary four-year run as a member of the Acadia Axemen. He then went on to play multiple seasons professionally in Texas, Manitoba, Denmark, England, and Ireland.

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

Connect, Converse, Catch-Up – Alexandra Ondo '16

Posted by Mr. Kevin Lakes on Feb 24, 2022 11:15:51 AM

Join Mr. Kevin Lakes as he catches up with KES Alumna Alexandra Ondo '16 in the latest edition of Connect, Converse, Catch-Up!

Alexandra Ondo '16 exudes inclusion.

connected with Alex recently to discuss her illustrious rugby career at the University of Ottawa; however, we quickly ended up conversing extensively about her leadership role within her community regarding issues of gender, diversity, and inclusion. We also had a chance to catch-up regarding her new professional life, working at a sport software start-up!

Alex recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in social sciences and a minor in global studies. She was also an All-Canadian rugby player four years in a row, winning five national medals including gold in 2017. It was her final year that piqued my interest and set us off on a very relevant conversation. “I returned for my fifth year because the team culture was focused on self-awareness, allyship, and promoting teammate comfort to be themselves,” she says pointing out that her final season would be about much more than athletics. 

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Topics: KES Alumni, bemore, kespride

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

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