Kells staff make up the heart and soul of our school, but how much do we really know about them? This new series of profiles showcases the wonderful professionals who come together every day to ensure Kells students get the best experience possible.

First up, science and math teacher Raffaat Ghanem!



The middle and high school science fair is a longstanding tradition shared not only by the 2020 cohort of Kells students but likely also by their parents and grandparents. How many among us have brainstormed to come up with an original idea, applied the scientific method, and presented our results to fellow classmates and judges?

Kells’ science fair is compulsory for all science students at the grades 7 through 11 levels. Its aim is to encourage students to understand the world around them, to enrich their sense of inquiry, and to challenge them to seek solutions to environmental and social issues. The process helps students develop their critical thinking, conduct research, do experimentation and/or build technological objects, analyze their findings and communicate them effectively to others.

Over the years, Kells students have done very well at regional science fair competitions. We expect strong performances this year as well, and we are bringing the maximum number of entrants possible. Winners at the school-wide science fair are usually chosen to represent the school at the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair, where they compete against other students from anglophone schools in Greater Montreal. From there, they may be chosen to compete at the provincial, national and international levels.

This year’s exhibits ranged from testing various types of bridges to using albumin to treat skin and lavender oil for healing burns, making fire-resistant paint, designing an anti-snoring bracelet, and building a smart fire alarm and de-icing sprinkler system.

The winners of the 2020 edition of the Kells Science Fair held on January 24th were:


The annual Spring Concert is a special event for Kells Academy. It brings our community together and gives our students the opportunity to showcase their musical, dramatic, and dance talents for family and friends. This year we varied from tradition by putting on a full musical production, an adapted version of the film Across The Universe, which features many of The Beatles' legendary songs. Through close collaboration, teamwork, dedication, and no small amount of talent, approximately 175 students from 4 campuses came together to create a superb show with an unforgettable message of peace, love, and understanding.

For this year’s theme, our students chose to take a trip Across the Universe—and across the pond—to explore and celebrate the themes of some of the Beatles’ most memorable songs. Through close collaboration, teamwork, dedication, and no small amount of talent, our students and staff came together to create a superb show with an unforgettable message of peace, love, and understanding.

Read on to find out what surprises our students had in store for this year’s spring concert!


Kells students have been excelling on the international stage, at the World Scholar’s Cup, a very prestigious team competition with participants from 82 countries. Founded in 2006, the World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) aims to bring together students from different countries and cultures – those who are interested in learning beyond the set academic curricula and in discussing issues and ideas that are relevant today. Typically each school sends two to three students who participate in four standard round events in six subjects: Science, Literature, Art & Music, Special Area, History, and Social Studies.



Encouraging young minds to think critically and analyze is an important step in their personal and academic development. The subjects they learn in and out of class can help them acquire crucial skills that benefit them throughout their lives.

Literature and creative writing are more than just studying words on a page—exploring the deeper meaning behind what our students read can help them develop their own thoughts and opinions, as well as help them find new and artistic ways to express themselves as individuals. The written word helps us build a bridge between ourselves and the world around us, and forge deeper, more meaningful connections with the things we learn every day.

Kells Academy recently had the privilege to participate in the Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) essay competition. Read on to find out how our students excelled, and to discover how we’re promoting their passion for writing in and out of the classroom.