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Welcome New Students!

What to Expect in The First Weeks of School: September 7-16, 2023

We are so excited that you will be joining us at LCS this fall! Preparations are well underway to welcome you to the school, and to help you feel at home at The Grove.

No doubt you have questions about the first few weeks of school. On this page, you will find information about the activities you will be engaged in in September.

We’ve designed these activities to help you get to know LCS and feel at home within our community. You’ll have time to get to know your housemates, residential staff, advisor, teachers and classmates, as well as time to become better acquainted with the broader Lakefield and Peterborough communities.

Arrival Day

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  • Thursday, September 7

    We look forward to welcoming you on campus on Thursday, September 7.
    • 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, between 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 
    Our Grads (Grade 12 students) will be on campus to welcome you and help you find your way to your house where you will meet your new Head of House and Advisor. You’ll have time to unpack (if you’re a boarder), get your class schedule and your laptop (if you have ordered one from the school), and sort out your school uniform. Once all of that is done, you and your parents can enjoy brunch in our dining hall before you say goodbye to each other. Your parents will have the chance to meet with your Head of House and other new parents while you get together with the Grads and other new students in your house to get to know each other and explore your new home. There will be time in the evening to more fully unpack, learn your way around campus, and begin to make new friends. 

    Our hope is that by the end of the day, you will begin to feel at home at The Grove. 

    Dress expectations: clean casuals, comfortable shoes

    Handy items to have:
    water bottle, hat

    Day Bus Schedule: No morning bus as students will arrive with their parents at their assigned time. Students may choose to take the bus home in the evening. The bus will depart from the LCS Bus Turnaround at 8:30 p.m.

Feeling at HOME at THE GROVE

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  • Friday, September 8

    You’ll spend the day getting to know more about life and learning at The Grove. Included in this day are opportunities to:
    • learn where your classes are, how to access information about your classes and other handy EdTech hints;
    • experience the refreshing water of Lake Katchewanooka as you complete your swim test;
    • get to know your Advisor; 
    • Explore who will you be at Lakefield — what are your non-negotiables? Pillars? 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;
    • Get to know your housemates by playing a game or relaxing around the campfire;
    • Make some new friends!
    Dress expectations: comfortable clean casuals that you can wear outside AND a swimsuit, towel, change of clothes and shoes that can get wet (for swim tests)

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

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

    On Saturday morning, you, along with all of our new students (day and boarding), will be introduced to key concepts of Positive Psychology (read more) as you participate in our Flourish Fiesta down at the waterfront! 

    In the afternoon, you will have the chance to connect with the returning students in your house (who will arrive in the morning). After an afternoon of activities as a house, getting to know each other and our first spirit paper house competition of the year, we’ll come together as a school for dinner followed by time to connect with your grade. 

    Dress expectations: clean casuals with a sweatshirt or jacket for the evening

    Handy items to have: water bottle and hat

    Day Bus Schedule: the Bus will arrive at the school by 9:15 a.m. and depart 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 and 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.

Feeling at HOME in our COMMUNITY

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  • Wednesday, September 13 - Friday, September 15

    Grade 9 - 11s
    While our Grads are in Algonquin Park, Grade 9-11 students will have the chance to participate in experiential learning opportunities with their grade on campus, in the Lakefield and Peterborough communities and further afield.

    Grade 9s
    The focus of the Grade 9 September Intersession will revolve around discovering the Peterborough region, concluding with a guest speaker and an afternoon of "Camp Lakefield" at the waterfront. Grade 9 students will have ample time to familiarize themselves with both the LCS campuses—the main campus and the Northcote campus—and will also have the chance to experience a day and boarding student sleepover in their respective houses.

    Grade 10s
    Grade 10 students will engage in a diverse range of team-building endeavours, immersing themselves in a Treetop Trekking adventure and spending the night in the Ganaraska Forest. They will delve into the values of community stewardship by participating in a Bike Quest collaboration with the "Big Brothers Big Sisters Agency of Peterborough". Additionally, they will have the chance to experience a day and boarding student sleepover in their respective houses.

    Grade 11s
    Grade 11s will spend three days and two nights at Camp Kandalore where they will work to build deeper connections with each other while strengthening skills they will need for the year ahead. Students will participate in outdoor adventure programming and will also experience a global citizenship workshop during their stay at the camp. 
  • Saturday, September 16

    On Saturday morning, all grade 9 - 11 students will participate in our annual Terry Fox Run and Community Celebration and then welcome our grads home after their Algonquin Expedition. 
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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