One of the wonderful things about KES is our strong sense of community. It is one of the benefits of being small and having the opportunity for our youngest students to share the same campus with our seniors. But it goes beyond that; authentic friendships and meaningful relationships that transcend grade boundaries are a reality at KES. It is part of our community fiber to know and support each other. Such is the case with our senior buddies program. Grade 12 prefects and Grade 11 stewards (51 in total) are buddied up early in the year with our Grades 6, 7 and 8 students. It is a voluntary program for the seniors, organized by prefect Qiaoman Tracey ‘23, and it is one that brings much joy and reward for those involved.
This past Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, the senior buddies gathered in the athletic centre and waited in anticipation for the arrival of the juniors. What a great start to their day! Lucy Goddard ‘23 and Evey Kennedy ‘23 ran the game “red light, green light” with superb organization, and their enthusiasm was contagious. There were no sleepy eyes or slow movers in the crowd. The juniors had a blast, and they certainly were primed for their first-period classes!
Sincere thanks go to each of the senior buddies for nurturing these special relationships and for providing memories that will remain vivid for years to come.