A bounty of great friendships, learning opportunities, and plenty of food: these are everyday realities at King’s-Edgehill School. We have so much for which to be thankful and last week we had the opportunity to celebrate a KES Thanksgiving together. Wednesday, October 3rd, was our first Headmaster’s Dinner of the year, and what a feast the kitchen staff created for us. It was an amazing hot ham and turkey dinner with all the fixings for a gathering of about four hundred!
Hensley Memorial Chapel was decorated beautifully to celebrate the harvest thanks to the efforts of Silas Fillmore, Zane Scott, Eric Sweetapple and Qiaoman Tracey. Food bank collection bins overflowed with non-perishable donations that were passed on to local families in our Windsor community. The donated disposable plates and cups were appreciated by Harvest House, our local soup kitchen, and used for their community Thanksgiving dinner. A sincere thank-you to our Youth-in-Action team for organizing the collection and to those who contributed. In addition, some of our local KES families welcomed members of our international community into their homes as part of this year’s Thanksgiving Homestay. Their generosity was appreciated greatly. What a memorable way for our international students to experience our Canadian culture.
Of course, Thanksgiving celebrations would not be complete without pausing to give thanks for our grandparents. Last Thursday was Grandparents’ Day and it was wonderful to see so many grandparents enjoying a back to school experience. How wonderful it is to see returning grandparents each year who have been attending our Annual Grandparents’ Day for over five years. Of note this year: Eileen Connors (grandmother of Kathleen Balcome) who has been in attendance for the past 10 years; Ray & Carl Porter [grandparents of Rhyan, Jakob and Quynn (KES ’18) Rusaw] who have been visiting KES for the past 8 years. David Wilson (KES Head Boy 1947) was an honorary guest at this year’s Grandparents’ Day as well.They were entertained with poetry, music, dancing, robotics, cadet demonstrations, a wellness presentation, a Mamma Mia! theatrical performance and reflections on the importance of grandparents. The campus tours began with a blast as everyone gathered outside for the Annual Junior School rocket launch! It was a wonderful day of learning for all and a day to celebrate the gift of grandparents. What a fitting way to begin our Thanksgiving break!
Taya Shields Junior School Director
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