This month is Indigenous History Month; it’s also Pride Month. In light of this, we are sharing some of the books our students and staff have been reading throughout the year to deepen their understanding of cultures and communities.
Having come through a full fifteen months of learning within a pandemic, we congratulate the Class of 2021 on all that they have achieved, securing post-secondary placements from some of the world’s top universities!
On Thursday, May 27, our Grads participated in Connectival – an educator-led and app-enabled community-building quest and collaborative race that engages students in building connections, having fun, and exploring team-building processes to create stronger connections with their peers, teachers and the larger school community.
Congratulations to the winners of the LCS Writes! competition. Our students have participated in this contest for years and they know that come springtime, they have the opportunity to flex their creative writing and communication skills and express themselves.
This week marked an exciting new chapter at LCS as our new ½ acre vegetable garden yielded its first harvest! LCS Farmer, Kohl Kuntz planted vegetable seedlings at Northcote earlier this month and we’re thrilled that some of the produce is already ready to consume.
This week, we acknowledged all of our students who have shown dedication to their spring term co-curriculars. Since April, our students have been encouraged to stay connected by staying active, being creative, and having fun while participating in their choice of over 20 on-campus and remote programs being offered.
Our Grade 11 students have been busy working on their culminating project: graphite self-portraits. The self-portrait drawing project is a longstanding tradition at LCS; this assignment helps students focus on their drawing skills while exploring themes of self-identity.
Our community was fortunate to (virtually) welcome Dr. Lisa Damour last week in two sessions – one designed for students and one for parents – about managing our mental health during the pandemic. Dr. Damour is a best-selling author and clinical psychologist who is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association.
Jana Rubel ’22, Caroline Chen ’21, Louise Prindiville-Porto ’22, Shirley Li ’21, and Shenda Fitton ’22 were led by Mr. Arsenault as they prepared their presentation: “One Nature” Sustainable Development Plan for the Envirothon.
At Lakefield College School, our students have a wide range of interests and passions. The way they express themselves is often by forming groups and clubs with their peers to create an environment where they can take part in the activities they enjoy.
Rori Ash ’22 wrote a piece for the PAGE group’s ‘OurStory’ art exhibition last week. We spoke to Rori to learn more about her poem and she shared that this was one of the most difficult pieces she has ever written.
On Wednesday, May 12, a motivated team of 12 LCS students (including two members of the school’s Global Learning Committee and ten students who had previously participated in a Round Square Conference trip and/or student exchange), hosted a one-hour Zoom postcard, entitled “Find Your Discovery Superpower”.
On Thursday night, alumni and staff representing eight decades gathered (virtually) for an evening in celebration of five extraordinary women – Marilynn Booth P’98, Kate Ramsay P'06, GP'14 '16, Gretchen Ross P'79 '80, GP'17, Nancy Smith P'87 '90 '96, and Vera Wilcox P’03 – who have had a profound impact on the The Grove community. These women of Lakefield were awarded the prestigious title of “Honourary Alumna”.
At Lakefield College School, our goal is to inspire our students to get outdoors every day in order to deepen their connections with and to nature and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. When Ashbury College challenged us to a running competition that would require us to spend more time outside, we didn’t hesitate to participate!
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Club was launched in 2020 by Lily Bowman ’21 and Catherine Kim ’21. The students started meeting in the fall and have taken part in many initiatives since then.
Our Grade 9 and 10 Dance students were delighted to welcome Shakeil Rollock to their virtual classes multiple times over the past two weeks. Shakeil has guided the students in dance workshops based in Afro-Fusion and SoCa.
Last fall, a group of LCS students applied to be on the LCS Global Ideas Institute (GII) team to tackle a global issue collaboratively. The GII program is operated through the Munk School at the University of Toronto and this is the first year that Lakefield has participated.
Lakefield College School has dozens of clubs and groups that cater to different interests and are led by either students, faculty, or a combination of both. The TALK Club is a student-led group focused on roundtable discussions designed to facilitate healthy debate and conversation.
This week, our community had the special pleasure of connecting with digital consultant, speaker, food campaigner, and former LCS exchange student, Danny McCubbin. Danny joined us for the fourth instalment of our Virtual Speaker Series in 2021.
On Thursday, our school connected, from around the world, to celebrate Earth Day. At Lakefield, we prioritize spending time in nature and getting outdoors every day and Earth Day was certainly no exception.
The Audrey Wearn Language Prize seeks to encourage Canadian youth to engage in creative problem solving, encouraging, and strengthening multilingualism among Canadians. The initiative aims to encourage youth to “solve a language based challenge in their community, devising a solution that is measurable, transferable, and scalable.” (The Audrey Wearn Language Prize, 2021).
Students in Mr. Bemrose and Ms. Bugeia’s Outdoor Education Classes welcomed weather reporter and journalist, Michelle Mackey from CityTV to discuss her journey and career as a reporter. Michelle has a special connection to LCS; her sister, Paige ’11 is an alumna and Michelle is a self-proclaimed “Moodie House” girl by proxy.
Congratulations to Sarah Jiang ’22 and David Crispo ’22 who were elected by their peers and staff in the vote that took place on Tuesday morning. Both Sarah and David are excited about being selected as Co-Head Students and they are looking forward to leading the student body next year.
This week, our students welcomed 19 guests from the LCS community to our campus (virtually) for Career Day! Career Day is an annual tradition at The Grove providing students with an opportunity to make a connection between their academic interests and future professional endeavours.
LCS is proud to announce that we will be hosting the OFSAA Nordic Skiing Championships in 2022! After unveiling our new 900m sprint track earlier this year, this announcement comes as added excitement to our Nordic Skiers and the LCS community.
In recent months, LCS students in all grades have participated in math contests to test their knowledge and challenge themselves to grow valuable problem solving skills. Competitions are not always about achieving first place, they are an important part of learning that help students develop motivation, determination, and quick thinking skills, all of which are valuable tools that can be applied in other areas of life.
Over the last year, LCS students have been working on developing apps for their peers and the broader LCS community. We are thrilled to announce that LCS has officially been approved to operate an Apple Developer account, which will allow our students to launch their own apps in an App Store accessible only to the LCS community.
Entrepreneurial ventures are alive and well at LCS. Earlier this year, some of our Grade 12 students launched LCS Eats (a local version of UberEats) and more recently, a group of students created a lunchtime specialty coffee business to provide the LCS community with delicious beverages throughout the week.
On Thursday, March 25, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, a notable Canadian interdisciplinary artist, joined the Grade 9 Integrate Arts class to discuss her work and share her creative experiences. Cheryl is of Cree, Metis, German and Polish descent, and has family ties to the Papaschase First Nation and Kikino Metis Settlement in Alberta.
At The Grove, maple syrup production has long been a part of the traditions our students and staff enjoy in the Springtime. The function of maple syrup harvesting has varied over the years. Originally made to supply the Dining Hall, later used as a chore for students caught misbehaving, and now a beloved tradition, the roots of maple syrup production extend as deep as the roots of the campus maple trees themselves.
This week, our Grade 12 students hosted an all-school intersession day which saw students take part in activities designed to pass along and share stories of connection, tradition, and culture at LCS. And, most important, build the leadership confidence of their younger peers.
Ms. Kee’s March Movie Month is in full swing and students are enjoying spending time with their house families, connecting with friends digitally, and for day students, watching movies at home. So far, the weekly themes have included “This Movie Changed Me”, “Movies That Made Me Laugh”, and this week, students will watch a documentary of their choosing.
Students in the PAGE (Passionate Advocates for Gender Equity) group are currently recruiting artists to participate in their OurStory art exhibition on May 8, 2021. The exhibition aims to ignite conversations in our community about gender equity by representing gender discrimination through artwork.
On Thursday, March 18, LCS students held dress rehearsals for their first in-person Airbands House competition of 2021. Airbands is a fun community event (and competition) at LCS where students get a chance to live like – or at least perform like – their favourite musicians!
A keen group of LCS students meets weekly for 90 minutes, trying out puzzles from the inestimable Martin Gardner (an American popular mathematics and popular science writer), sometimes building figures like rhombic dodecahedrons and deltoidal icositetrahedrons, and discussing approaches for solving interesting questions from past math contests.
Our Grade 10 and 11 Outdoor Education students recently travelled to Camp Medeba in Haliburton for our annual Adrenaline Day! While following all safety guidelines, our students were able to challenge themselves and push their limits on the 40-foot ice climbing wall, giant swing, and 700-foot zipline.
Over the weekend, LCS students and staff set up a Nowruz (Persian New Year) Haft-Sin Table for our community to learn from and enjoy. This idea came fully to life with the help of Matthew ’23 and Doga ’24.
Ms. Brown’s Grade 10 English class recently welcomed Maurice Switzer ’63 for a discussion about the legacy of Residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
Over the past month, LCS artists have been re-imagining product labels for The Grove’s very own, hand harvested maple syrup and honey. A school-wide call for artwork was made by our Arts Department seeking new student designs for this year’s harvest and they delivered!
On March 10, 2021, the Musical Theatre students put on a hybrid live performance of music, singing, dancing, monologues and more. Students performed in three locations (Chapel, Library, and Theatre) and student Houses rotated throughout each location to watch the performances safely.
Learn more about our Modern Language Learning classes at LCS with Modern Languages Teacher, Derek Doucet. In this article, Derek delves into his teachings and provides an overview of what students in his class can expect.
At LCS, one of our core values is individuality. “By celebrating the unique gifts and qualities brought by the individual to the community, we encourage the development of personal values in the context of responsibility to the community and to oneself.”
On Friday, February 19, LCS held its second annual Seb Jones ’13 Memorial Poetry Slam. Throughout the evening, we focused not only on celebrating creativity but also speaking about mental health, and keeping Sebastian’s legacy alive.
On Friday, February 12th, Lakefield College School held its fourth annual Chinese Food and Culture Festival. This year, the festival overlapped with the Lunar New Year, making for an even more exciting celebration.
LCS students will be joining discussions about diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership with their peers from other independent schools at the You Belong: Leadership and Diversity Summit on Friday, February 19, 2021, hosted by Bishop Strachan School.
In light of Black History Month, some LCS students and staff members would like to share some helpful resources to learn more about the legacy of influential Black Canadians and also celebrate the work Black Canadians are doing today.
On Saturday, February 6, 2021, LCS students attended the virtual World Affairs Conference hosted by Upper Canada College. At this event, students learned about current global issues and heard from industry professionals about current trends and their predictions for the future of business, society, and the planet.
February is Black History Month in Canada, an annual observance that takes place to honour the legacy of Black Canadians. As a community we are embracing the opportunity to explore and celebrate its significance.
The LCS Economics Class took part in a stock market simulation to learn the fundamentals of stock marketing. The class received real-time feedback from their decisions, which was both exciting and humbling!
This month’s award is presented to Norah Appleby ‘24! Norah was a member of the dance team in the fall and has been a committed member of the Musical Theatre group, both in-person and during remote learning.
Over the past week, LCS students, staff, and faculty took part in #BellLetsTalk initiatives. Our community was primed to acknowledge this important mental health movement thanks to a presentation given in Chapel last week by Fatima Shahbaz ’21, Halle Lawson ‘21, Ella Zegarra Brown ‘22, and Gavin Plunkett ‘21.
As LCS students returned to in-person classes this week, they may have noticed an unusual number of birds flitting about the school’s back courtyard. Some feathered friends have been drawn to feeders that were set up this winter on the small patch of lawn between Grove House and the Dining Hall.
Next week on Thursday, January 28, 2021, millions of Canadians will recognize Bell Let’s Talk Day. This week in Chapel, LCS students shared a presentation about mental health awareness and the LCS Jack Chapter