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Welcome Grade 12 Students!

What to Expect in The First Weeks of School: September 5-16, 2023

Whether you are a new or returning student, we are so excited that you will be joining us for your Grade 12 year at LCS. Preparations are well underway to welcome you to the school, and to help everyone feel at home at The Grove as you begin your GRAD YEAR!

Just in case you’re starting to wonder what the beginning of your Grad Year will look like, here’s an overview of the first few weeks of September.

Arrival Day

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  • Tuesday, September 5

    We look forward to welcoming you on campus on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. 
    • Your Head of House will be in touch with you to arrange an arrival time
    •  If you are a new boarding student, your arrival time will be scheduled between 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • If you are a new day student, your arrival time will be scheduled between 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 
    We will be waiting near the Gate House to welcome you! From there, you will head straight to your house to meet and connect with your Head of House, Associate Faculty and Advisor. You’ll have time to unpack (if you’re a boarder), connect with the other Grads in your house, and sort out your school uniform, as needed. If your parents are with you, you can enjoy brunch together in our dining hall before you say goodbye. 
    • Afternoon: Your Grad year formally starts the moment you gather in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. to begin your Grad Leadership Conference. 
    • Early Evening: You will eat dinner in House groups to give you time to connect with your Head of House and House Team and start to plan your welcome strategy and first house events for the Grade 9-11 students. 
    • Late Evening: There will be time to connect with friends and more fully unpack as you enjoy a campfire down at the waterfront and then time in your house. 
    Our hope is that by the end of the day, our new Grads will begin to feel at home at The Grove. 

    Important Note for Day Students:
    All Day Student Grads are invited to spend the night of Wednesday, September 6, 2023, on campus, sleeping over in your houses. To be prepared, please ensure that you bring your Formal Dress, bathing suit and towel with you along with what you need to sleep over on Wednesday.

    Dress expectations: clean casuals, comfortable shoes

    Handy items to have:
    water bottle, hat

Feeling at HOME at THE GROVE

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  • Wednesday, September 6

    You’ll spend Wednesday together with your entire Grade 12 Class participating in our Grad Leadership Conference and helping prepare to welcome our new students to campus the next day. The day ends with your Grad Class picture, a formal dinner, Grad Opening Chapel and a special dessert at Ms. Kee’s (our Head of School) house.  

    Dress expectations: 
    • Comfortable clean casuals that you can wear outside
    • Formal Dress for Grad Class photo, dinner and Opening Chapel
    Handy items to have: water bottle, hat, laptop, pen, paper
  • Thursday, September 7

    On Thursday, you will help welcome our new Grade 9-11 students to campus. In the afternoon, you will lead house get-to-know-you activities and games and set the tone for the first night in residence. In the evening, you will lead your house in a campfire on campus or on the Amazing Race challenge through the village of Lakefield.

    Dress expectations: Grad t-shirts (provided) and comfortable clean casuals that you can wear outside

    Handy items to have: water bottle, hat, laptop, pen, paper

    Day Bus Schedule: Grads are to arrive by 8:15 a.m. The bus will depart from the LCS Bus Turnaround at 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 8

    Your Grad Leadership Conference continues; you will work with the new students in your house to explore your non-negotiables, pillars, and goals. To facilitate these essential conversations, you will participate in an Inclusivity Workshop, led by the Get Real Movement. This workshop will serve as a springboard for meaningful discussions within small house groups.

    In the evening, you will lead your house in a campfire or a friendly game of kickball, and then get ready to welcome all of the returning Grade 10 and 11 students to the house on Saturday morning. 

    Dress expectations: comfortable clean casuals that you can wear outside

    Handy items to have: water bottle, hat, laptop, pen, paper

    Day Bus Schedule:
    arriving at the school by 9:15 a.m. and departure at 8:30 p.m. (after programming finishes)
  • Saturday, September 9

    On Saturday, you will help welcome all returning Grade 10 and 11 students to campus. After an afternoon of house events, conversations about our school values, and our first spirit paper house competitions of the year, we’ll come together as a school for a BBQ dinner. You will have the chance to finish the day with a bonfire down at our waterfront on the shores of Lake Katchewanooka.

    Dress expectations: Grad T-shirts and comfortable clean casuals with a sweatshirt or jacket for the cooler evening

    Handy items to have: water bottle, hat

    Day Bus Schedule: The bus will run 1 hour later than regularly scheduled times, arriving on campus by 9:15 a.m. The bus will depart from the LCS Bus Turnaround at 8:30 p.m. after programming finishes.
  • Sunday, September 10

    After enjoying a delicious brunch in our dining hall, you are invited to explore the LCS campus and enjoy all it has to offer. You’ll have the option to participate in activities such as (sailing, windsurfing), canoeing, fishing, (rock climbing), disc golf, (ultimate frisbee), soccer, (yoga, our ropes course and climbing wall), or simply enjoy the waterfront or walking in the woods.

    Optional shopping excursions will also be offered to our boarding students to pick up items they may have forgotten to bring with them.

    The day is optional for day students, however, you are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.
    Dress Expectations: comfortable clean casuals that you can wear outside

    Handy items to have: water bottle, hat 

    Optional: swimsuit, towel, water shoes

    Day Student Bus: No bus available

Feeling at HOME in your CLASSES

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  • Monday, September 11 & Tuesday, September 12

    Monday and Tuesday will be an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates in your Mod 1 courses. 
    • Period 1 starts at 8:30 a.m. 
    • On Monday, we will gather as a community at 10:10 a.m. for our Opening Chapel and then you will go to your Period 2 class. 
    • After classes on Monday, you will gather with your grade to spend the afternoon preparing for your September Intersession experiences. You will review your September Intersession schedule, discuss what you need to pack, and prepare for the adventures to come in the upcoming days. You will also have your school photo taken.
    • After classes on Tuesday, you will participate in your first day of fall co-curriculars and competitive team tryouts. 
    Dress Expectations: school uniform (standard dress) and a change of clothes for co-curriculars

    Handy items to have: water bottle, laptop, binders, backpack, pen, etc.

    Day Bus Schedule: Bus runs its regularly scheduled M/T/TH/F pickup times and arrives on campus at 8:15 a.m. Bus will depart LCS at 5:45 p.m.

Algonquin Expedition

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  • Wednesday, September 13 - Saturday, September 16

    Our Grade 12s will be preparing for, and heading out on, their three-night, four-day Algonquin Expedition. They will depart for Algonquin Park on early Wednesday, September 13, and return to campus by the end of the day on Saturday, September 16. Students will travel in house groups with two staff members, canoeing, portaging, preparing meals over camp stoves and sleeping in tents. 
To allow you to be fully present and engaged with those around you during these experiences, we will be limiting cell phone usage. We will ensure that lots of photos are taken and made available. This will also be communicated to your parents ahead of time so that they are not expecting communication from you during the day. You may want to let your friends from home know this as well.

At the end of these two weeks, it is our hope that you feel at home within our community and ready to dive into learning and life at The Grove! 

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

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