In a year full of global reactive changes, it’s been exciting to see the results of a change we’ve been planning to implement at LCS over the past few years — the rollout of our new daily and annual schedule which came together after years of researching the best model for student learning.
While this year has looked different, the Musical Theatre program has gotten creative to safely offer 40 students a high level of training and to continue nurturing their incredible passion for theatre. This week, students had the opportunity to participate in a monologue workshop with Cameron Grant, a Shaw Festival actor.
The Guidance Team welcomed Helen Batten, an established landscape architect with Basterfield and Associates in Peterborough, to campus on November 24 to speak with anyone interested in the field of landscape architecture, architecture in general, or environmental sustainability.
On a very snowy and chilly Sunday, November 22, Grade 10 students participated in the annual Lakefield Santa Claus Parade. It was wonderful to see this group share their positive energy, talents, and time with the community!
The results are in! Participation in this year's Grove Society Virtual Annual General Meeting was the highest ever, and our community voted overwhelmingly to endorse the slate of candidates for the 2020/21 Executive.
A group of Lakefield College School students will participate in the virtual Montreal Model United Nations Conference 2020 this weekend. The conference emphasizes the spirit of collaboration and encourages students to develop workable solutions to complex issues.
This week, we had the pleasure of hosting Parents’ Week virtually where parents connected one-on-one with teachers and advisors, our community came together for our Remembrance Day service, we welcomed guest speakers, and had a Guidance update.
On November 11 we held our Remembrance Day ceremony, gathering as a community in a hybrid format to acknowledge, remember and honour the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.
Last week, the Page to Stage integrated Grade 10 English and Drama class performed their version of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a play by the Mischief Theatre Company. As the title implies, it is the story of Peter Pan but whose execution is full of mishaps. This play within a play was full of technical hitches, high school love interests and COVID protocols getting in the way of the characters finding their way in Neverland.
Students learned about and celebrated Día de los Muertos, with the Grade 11 Spanish class engaging in a variety of learning activities throughout last week to explore and understand the traditions and spiritual elements of this celebration.
Over the last two years, the Nordic Signature program has made great gains toward our goal of creating more opportunities for more people to enjoy cross-country skiing, and much of the gain has come from the rejuvenation of the on-campus ski trails.
Fiona Sampson P '24 visited Ms. Hansler's Grade 12 Law Class to talk about Human Rights Law, the work of the 160 Girls Project, her experience as a Human Rights lawyer and her path from law school to global human rights law.
Our focus on leadership is formalized in the Leadership, Character, Values Program (LCV) which encompasses all grade levels and is supported by grade mentors. One important aspect of leadership development at LCS, is the active involvement of our senior students in nourishing and maintaining a positive community spirit.
This past Sunday, eight students joined Mr. McEachern and Mr. Johnston in a beautiful fall hike into Canadian shield to High Falls, enjoying the opportunity to be active, reflect and spend time with one another.
Over the summer, students were inspired with the idea to start a school paper and have been the leading force behind it since. The biweekly newspaper features articles written by LCS students for the LCS community.
Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation, recently wrapped up meetings with our students to hear their feedback the year so far. This important tradition equips our students to be participants in a process of school change and organizational life.
Student feedback and conversation is invaluable to having a healthy, caring community. We are making some changes in our dining schedule and creating safe opportunities for inter-house socialization to help our boarding students feel more at home.
Last week, the Grade 10/11 Outdoor Education (OE) classes packed their gear and paddled up to our beautiful Northcote campus to spend the night. With detailed planning and several safety modifications, our students had an incredible time connecting with the land and each other.
The LCS Jack Chapter is a student-led club sharing in the mission to break the stigma of mental health by identifying and dismantling barriers in the local and LCS community to cultivate positive mental health experiences for all.
In a lesson titled “Flying Pigs” Mr. Braeckman’s AP Physics class creatively applied the concepts of circular motion. Students worked in groups and used only a meter stick and a stopwatch to design a procedure and make measurements to investigate the forces involved in the circular motion of a flying pig.
The Grade 10 remote and in-person Canadian History classes joined together to look at 100+ year old primary sources of the LCS Old Boys’ service files from WWI. This was an invaluable learning moment for our Grade 10s who learned more about Grove students who gave their lives for Canada.
Rowan's Law Day took place on Wednesday, September 30 and our SICs of Health and Wellbeing helped students and staff become more concussion aware by presenting the story of Rowan Stringer, the origins of Rowan’s Law Day and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
We believe that getting outside and in touch with nature is an important part of a holistic educational experience. Now, more than ever, our natural surroundings are one of our greatest assets as we work to maintain a healthy community and offer students an exceptional learning environment.
Team Racing Sailing athletes have been taking full advantage of the sunny skies and beautiful waterfront to get out on Lake Katchewanooka and participate in our first races. Coach Sarah Sackville shared how the program has benefited from readily available resources, new sailing equipment and keen support from our faculty.
Wellness Wednesday is a new initiative that started for the 2020/21 year and is designed to encourage our entire school community to get outside, have fun and be active during the lunch hour. 17 wellness offerings were run by students and staff including beach volleyball, canoeing, mountain biking, running and more.
Maurice Switzer '63 joined our Chapel virtually on Monday, September 28 to speak to students and faculty about the meaning of Orange Shirt Day, which takes place every year on September 30. It is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.
On Sunday, students and staff gathered together as we harvested the honey from the school's apiary. We now have 12 hives that we use as part of our programming and we harvested nearly 250 pounds of honey this year! Our honey is packaged and sold in School Stores with all proceeds going towards student programming.
This past Thursday, we celebrated our global community in our chapel program as our SICs of Global Learning, Meeri ’21 and Dana ’21 led our students, faculty and staff through a celebration of who we are at Lakefield.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Maurice Switzer '63 to Ms. Brown's Grade 12 AP Lit class this week. Students reflected on and discussed their reading of Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass, as part of their Colonizer and Colonizing unit.
On Wednesday, September 23 as part of Wellness Wednesday, the whole school came together to run and walk in honour of Canadian hero Terry Fox. Over 550 laps were completed with Team Pullen coming in first place with 159 laps!
Today our faculty went deeper in their professional learning about how to best support and engage our students in meaningful hybrid learning experiences. Led by Eric Hudson, Director of Learning and Design for Global Online Academy, the Lakefield faculty learned more about best practices and developing research in the field of hybrid teaching, and applied this learning to their specific class planning at LCS.
The Admissions Department, and the entire LCS staff and faculty, could not be more proud that Felicia Neil, Enrolment Manager: International, has been named the recipient of this year's Enrolment Management Association's Rising Star Award.
Our first community Chapel gatherings took place this week with the opportunity for our students to come together in their Houses to participate. Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation, gave a welcome address to remind our students of the importance of our school values and how they make us stronger, healthier and better as a community.
This school year has presented us with an opportunity to use longer class blocks, hybrid learning and our beautiful outdoors to offer students creative, dynamic and authentic learning experiences. During our first week back in class, students are thriving as they settle into a routine and engage in increased peer learning with real-time feedback from teachers.
Last Saturday, new students gathered at the waterfront to take part in the "Flourish Fiesta." They rotated through a series of fun, interactive activities that had them exploring some of the principles of Positive Psychology which is a foundational element of our approach to learning and wellbeing.
Jack Freeman '21 and Catherine Kim '21 welcomed our new and returning students to campus in our Opening Chapel this week, sharing their goal to make this a positive school year through a community of empowerment, good questions, trust and support.
Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation, made a surprise announcement in Chapel today: the tradition of meeting with every house will take place on a pontoon boat ride over the dinner hour for the next three weeks!
The arrival of the Class of 2021 on Tuesday marked the official return of students to campus since our closure in March. The Grove was filled once more with the sounds of laughter, shouts of happiness and the bustle of student life as our Grade 12s took part in the annual Grad Leadership Conference and Opening Grad Chapel.
This week has allowed us to come together and have intentional time to connect, settle in, learn about our new safety protocols and have fun. We are thrilled to be reunited as a community and look forward to all the opportunities that the 2020/21 school year will hold.
The value of eating together as a family remains a cornerstone of our community interaction and although we are required to physically distance and limit whole school dining for some meals, we will still bring our whole community safely together for lunchtime meals.
During this extraordinary year, the importance of community and the power of human connection in learning and growth has become even more clear. As we come together in house families, community time in our daily schedule will provide opportunities for connection, engagement and fun while keeping safety first.
On Monday, August 31 our faculty and staff gathered together as a community to open the new school year with our annual staff chapel service. Embracing our “Outdoors Every Day” value, chapel was held under the shade of The Grove with staff maintaining a safe distance from one another on picnic blankets and chairs.
Several ELL Summer Academy students have joined The Land Canadian Adventures guide and outdoor educator, Andrew Sernasie on LCS campus for a couple weeks of hands-on outdoor skills workshops and canoe-camping trips. They are joined by some returning and some new LCS students in this blended program.
Our safety plan is not only a commitment to our students, staff and families but, to our community at large. On Tuesday evening, members of Lakefield and the greater community were invited to a virtual public presentation to learn more about our return to school plan.
Over 30 alumni came together for our first Alumni Trivia: Virtual Edition and enjoyed a night of fun and friendly competition as alumni went head to head to see who knows the most about LCS past and present.
Our final Virtual Community Summer Gathering took place on August 19 hosted by our Seniors-in-charge of Student Life Valentina Boren ’21, Catie Dobson ’21, Aidan Maltman ’21 and Gavin Plunkett ’21 with highlights on our upcoming Opening and Return to School.
As part of this summer's Learning with Lakefield Certificate, Farm and Garden to Table focused on how to source local food and grow your own, blending learning about local food systems and then transforming the ingredients into delicious, simple recipes.
Our third Virtual Summer Community Gathering on Wednesday, August 5 focused on health and wellbeing as we navigate the return to school this fall with our students and families. Incoming Co-Head Student Jack Freeman ’21 and SIC of Health and Wellbeing Fatima Shahbaz ’21 co-facilitated a discussion with special guests Dr. Karen Cohen, Wendy Hepburn ’00 and Emily Cosgrove.
Teachers share some of their highlights from summer programs including ethical dilemma debates in the world of business, learning about how to be a well-rounded athlete, meditation and online lab simulations.
Our community gathered on Wednesday for a Schedule Webinar. Incoming Co-Head Student Jack Freeman '21 led a panel discussion on our new school schedule and how it will support well-being, getting students outside and moving, and also allow time to think and reflect, sleep and rejuvenate.
Earlier this year for our Bio Bites sessions, Ben Teskey from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters came to campus to give a presentation on Atlantic salmon as Grade 12 students participated in the Bring Back the Salmon program.
In a recent LCS Learns blog post, Mikayla ’20 shared how remote learning led to a unique opportunity for her Classicial Civilizations class to explore a whole new environment through the digital education platform FutureLearn, which brought the history of the city of Rome to life.
Lily '21 shares how a group of 15 students have been working on an initiative to hold opportunities for conversation and education surrounding important topics in our community, including our first Virtual Summer Student Community Gathering.
Our summer programs offer students a wide breadth and variety of learning opportunities to enhance camp and outdoor leadership knowledge and skills, earn a high school credit, or just have some fun learning a life skill. Teachers shared highlights from their classes so far.
As the year drew to a close, the Class of 2020 secured post-secondary placements across North America and Europe, while also receiving offers totalling $1.98 million in scholarships and other funding! Whatever their choices for life after Lakefield, we’re immensely proud of our students and the opportunities they have, and we wish them all the best!
This Spring as part of the Learning with Lakefield - Remotely: Certificate enrichment program, students in Exploring and Creating Film studied the history of film, film genres, scriptwriting, editing and more.
Today we celebrated the end of our remote Spring Co-curricular Program, recognizing award winners in each of the 35+ programs who represented and highlighted all of the great accomplishments of the group as a whole.
Mr. Geoff Bemrose and Mr. Sam Wilson ran The School of Remote Rock as a co-curricular during the spring term, with a focus on arranging, recording and producing a music video of a virtual LCS Rock Choir Tune.
This past fall, twelve lucky students got to work with Rob Wells and learn about the art of songwriting and recording. Over the two day workshop, students wrote an original song and recorded it in our chapel.
Grade 9 English students created photo essays for a class assignment. Marlow '23 took it to the next level and created a poetic rendition of the assignment that's called "Same Sky", focused on the idea of unity.
Every Friday, our campus kids connect for a video chat with Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation. Over 25 staff families participate each week and the kids suggest different themes each week, such as fort day!
Teams had to create a detailed plan for a fictitious school of 1600+ people that would move them from their long-established diversion rate of 40% to at least 90%. Teams must address complex issues including economic viability, stakeholder engagement, social acceptance, and have a thorough knowledge of best practices, all presented in a compelling 15 minute video.
Students, faculty and staff came together on Saturday, May 2 for our first virtual Coffee House to enjoy musical and spoken word performances. The bravery, talent, variety and support of our students made the evening a huge success.
Grade 10 students are studying organ systems as part of the biology unit this spring in humans and frogs! While they have had opportunities to share cooking experiences in outdoor ed classes - it was the human digestive process that Ms. Rogers was able to share with them in science class.
Mr. Rollwagen’s Grade 12 World Issues class welcomed guest speaker Drew Monkman on Wednesday, as part of their unit on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change. It was particularly meaningful to have him speak on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day when students could think about how to connect the lesson to their own personal actions.
This week, students in Mr. Moffatt’s Grade 12 International Business class were visited by guest speaker Dr. Markus Miele P ’20 from Miele, an independent family-owned company that manufactures appliances for use in the household, commercial operations and medical practices.
The election to select the Co-Head Students for the 2020/21 year was held this week. Congratulations to Catherine Kim and Jack Freeman who were elected by their peers and staff in the vote that took place on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Gilfillan’s Grade 11 American History class has been studying the Vietnam War and applying their learning to current events. Through a “Zoom In” photo activity this week, students analyzed what was taking place in the photograph while drawing on what they’ve learned so far.
Creative expression has never been so meaningful as times like these. Grade 9 students have been keeping logs to challenge themselves to find joy in the arts, exploring their art major along with other artistic genres to complete integrated arts mini-assignments.
Every year LCS enjoys a visit from our Peterborough Police's K9 and Emotional Support units and just because we can't all be physically together doesn't mean we can't do that which we love to do as a community!
Harkness discussions are particularly meaningful for allowing students to lead the conversation, check-in with one another and consider different perspectives. Now, more than ever, we need to encourage students to be mindful and engaged global citizens.
As an OE teacher, I am always interested in what each student takes from Lakefield to share in their communities beyond the boundaries of our campus. How we interact with others is one of the most important things that students practice and apply in the 'real world'.
Mr. Gilfillan's Grade 11 American History class was asked to reflect and discuss how their learning so far has connections to real-life experiences, through an activity called Connect/Extend/Challenge.
This week, we celebrated our Winter Co-Curriculars with our awards ceremony and an opportunity to recognize accomplishments this term. It's been an incredible season for students to demonstrate their grit, determination, passion, courage and kindness. Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work!
“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” Sophie '22 reflects on her exchange experience at Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
Four teams of four students (2 teams of Grade 11s and 2 teams of Grade 12s) competed in the 2020 Engineering Week Challenge this week. Congratulations to Eric Xia '20, Eric Zang '20, Matt Zhang '20 and Wulfric Harris-Stoertz '20 who finished first!
The LCS Photo Club will be participating in the SPARK Photography Festival in April! 22 student photographers will have their work featured with subjects ranging from landscapes, wildlife, portraits, and food photography.
For Intersession Day on Tuesday, February 25, students engaged in dialogue and learning about Critical Media Literacy before heading to Northcote Campus to enjoy outdoor fun together at our annual Winter Carnival.
Students performed spoken word poems at our first annual Slam Poetry Coffee House in Celebration of Seb Jones ‘13 on Saturday, February 22. Sarah '22 shares her experience preparing for the competition and the long-lasting impact of the event.
Students experienced a university-level lecture when Dr. Geoff Stewart, adjunct History professor at both the University of Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario, visited Mr. Gilfillan's Grade 11 American History and Grade 12 World History classes.
37 dancers from the LCS Dance Company and the Grade 12 dance class spent the day in Toronto for the CIS Dance Fest, developing their skills in a variety of genres and choreographing performances for a school showcase production.
Olivia '22 shares her Grade 10 exchange experience so far as she attends Bridge House School in South Africa. In her words, "I've had the biggest smile on my face and I don’t think it has left since I arrived in beautiful South Africa."
This past weekend an intrepid group of Lakefield students and staff took their first step towards the adventure that awaits them over the March Break and made their way to Bark Lake Leadership Camp for two days of immersive thinking about what it truly means to be a world traveller.
Prajina '22 is currently on exchange at Linden Hall High School in Dazaifu, Japan and shares her experience and what she has learned so far from embracing Japanese culture, meeting new peers and appreciating a global perspective.
Over the past two weekends, eleven students represented Lakefield College School at Vex Robotics Competitions. They worked together in teams to design, build and program robots under strict constraints while competing against opposing teams.
K-Rod is a spirit event unique to LCS which helps us to get outdoors and enjoy the winter season together. The combination of music, fireworks and festivity makes it a special evening to enjoy time in community with one another.
On Wednesday, February 5, we held our annual LCS Invitational Nordic Skiing Race with over 100 athletes participating from 7 schools. This year, however, it was extremely exciting because it was our first time racing on the new ski trails.
By the time students are in their graduating year, they have researched various career options, interviewed people working in the profession to which they aspire, developed a detailed resume outlining their volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, and personal strengths, and identified a variety of compelling postsecondary options.
On Sunday, January 19, Lakefield College School students were treated to an exceptional evening of food, tradition, and entertainment – the third annual Chinese Food and Culture Festival. This important annual tradition continues to grow and evolve.
The Alpine team travelled to Mansfield Ski Club on the 15th of January for the first race of the season. All of the hard work during dryland training and in the courses at Sir Sam’s paid off with some outstanding individual and team results!
This past weekend, three LCS Nordic skiers made the trek to North Bay to compete in the Ontario Cup series. We attended with the Kawartha Nordic Racing Team through a new partnership designed, as part of our Nordic Signature Program, to take our athletes to a new level with increased training time and greater competitive opportunities.
Mr. Arsenault and Ms. Sparkman’s AP biology class had a unique opportunity to explore their own genetics as part of their January intersession experience. The goal of the day was to provide students with an opportunity to put what they have been learning about genetics and genetic technologies into practice.
As their first project of the year, students in Grade 11 Visual Arts created a series of three postcards and chose one of their cards to be sent to Surface Gallery in the United Kingston to participate in their annual International Postcard Show.