The Grad Class of 2023 started the new school year off with an impressive mix of effort, grit, determination and teamwork while exploring the beautiful wilderness of Ontario. They've formed new friendships with staff and students and already have so many good memories to share, ones that may fade, but will never be forgotten, as they set the course of their final year at The Grove.
On Saturday, September 17, our students finished off their September Intersession experiences by running and walking in honour of Terry Fox. Each year, schools across Canada run and walk to continue Terry Fox's Legacy of Hope.
Students in all Grades have had opportunities to spend time in nature, on our lake, in our woods and on our fields. Last week, they enjoyed Grade-specific fall intersession activities providing more immersive opportunities to spend time in nature.
This week marked the official start of the 2022/23 school year. Students immersed themselves in their new schedules, attending their first classes of the year, enjoying their co-curricular programs, making new friends, attending house events, participating in September Intersession and more!
A large part of living and learning at Lakefield College School means embracing traditions that preceding students have enjoyed for decades. The final year at LCS is particularly rich with tradition as students aim to soak up every last bit of the Lakefield experience.
Our campus came to life this week as our new Grade 9 to 11 students and our Grads arrived (and we look forward to welcoming our remaining returning students tomorrow!). The Grove returned to its vibrant state as students arrived for the 2022/23 school year.
This month, we are poised to welcome six cohorts of students in our Grove Prep for Grades 7 and 8 and Grove Prep for Grade 9 programs. Our Grove Prep programs offer students the opportunity to identify their strengths and passions and advance their academic skills in preparation for the school year ahead while also enjoying traditional camp-like activities.
This week, we welcomed our English as a second language (ESL) students to campus for our Learning English Through the Outdoors course. Since their arrival, the group has been busy immersing themselves in nature and course materials.
At LCS, we aim to craft transformative experiences that will help students discover their best true selves. Following their trip to Curve Lake, our Seed to Table students reflected on their experiences and shared some of their learnings from the excursion.
This month, we welcomed our second-ever LCS Dance Intensive campers onto our beautiful campus. Over the course of a week, dancers pushed themselves to learn new skills, refine their existing talents, and explore new, creative opportunities through fun and challenging choreography.
On Thursday, our From Seed to Table: Adventures in Eco-Farming students took a field trip to Curve Lake to learn about harvesting wild rice from James Whetung and his daughter Daemin. James and Daemin not only shared how wild rice is grown and harvested, but they also explained what it means to their Anishinaabe culture.
This week, the class went to the heart of downtown Peterborough to visit the Peterborough Farmer’s Market. At the market, students had the opportunity to speak with local farmers to learn more about how they operate their businesses.
Lakefield College School alumni have been busy, setting new goals, achieving athletic success, and thriving in their careers. In recent months, our alumni have been featured by local, national, and global media outlets for their accomplishments. Congratulations, Terrapins!
Richard Hong ’25 wasn’t always a runner but through perseverance, he has become one of the fastest runners on the team and ran faster than over 100 runners his age in the 2021 OFSAA Cross Country Running Championships.
This week, we welcomed students from two of our blended learning courses (From Seed to Table: Adventures in Eco-Farming and Grade 10 Science) to our campus to begin the in-person portion of their programs.
On June 24 and 25, we gathered together to celebrate again, as we welcomed the Classes of 2020 and 2021 back to campus for their own unique celebration experiences; a chance to reunite and reminisce together and with their teachers about some of their best times at Lakefield.
It was wonderful to see so many of our families coming together to celebrate and enjoy our beautiful outdoor ceremony. While the weather was cool, the sunny blue skies and sparkling waters of Lake Katchewanooka did not disappoint and provided the perfect backdrop for the day.
The Jack Ride is Canada’s Ride for Youth Mental Health. It’s held each spring in support of thousands of young leaders working for the future of youth mental health in Canada. There was an official ride in Caledon, Ontario and many other satellite rides involving people all over Canada. Money raised from the ride is used to support the important work done by the organization Jack.org.
Throughout the year, our OE classes have been developing new skills to use in the wilderness. From practicing canoe over canoe rescues to learning synchronized strokes to proper positioning of paddlers and gear, they have learned so much and gained well-founded confidence in their abilities.
Our senior students dazzled at their last social event of the school year — Formal. Held at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, the Class of 2022 posed for photos, danced the night away, and enjoyed a delicious dinner together.
This year, our neighbours in Lakefield and Peterborough may experience fuller gardens, fortified with an abundance of wildflowers, thanks to our student volunteers. Last week, a group of LCS students volunteered their time to tour the community, gifting sachets of wildflower seed packets to local residents in an effort to help pollinator insects thrive.
This year’s Regatta Day showed our community what “Camp Lakefield” really means. Under blue skies, warm weather and a cooling breeze, our students enjoyed an afternoon of canoe races in a final attempt to earn more paper house points!
An annual tradition, LCS graduating students leap into the lake, in full classroom dress, after completing the last exam of their Lakefield College School this year. A week of beautiful weather accompanied the students as they celebrated the successful end of their high school careers.
This year’s Gladiator Day marked the continuation of a longtime LCS tradition that had been put on pause since 2020. The day began with a deafening cheer-off between our four Paper Houses—Mackenzie, Lefevre, Sheldrake and Pullen—and then the cheering continued throughout a series of chariot races in the McEwen Gym.
As the Grade 12 class looks towards Closing and graduating next week, the Lakefield College School Foundation held a special dinner, the Going Grove Grad Dinner, in their honour to celebrate their transition to their new roles as LCS alumni.
Ms. Brown’s Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice class completed their culminating task project for the course, which required them to foster community connections with local professionals and organizations to help them gain insight into their research topic of choice.
This week, we celebrated our 30 full-year co-curricular programs, which take place on Mondays and Thursdays. These programs offer enrichment for students who want to dig deeper in a particular area, and a chance for students to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.
May marked a milestone for Lakefield College School. This reunion was made even more remarkable by the number of classes we celebrated. After almost two years of being apart, we gathered to commemorate milestone reunions for classes ending in '0, '1, '2, '5, '6, and '7. As a result, over 700 community members joined us between May 27 and 29.
This week, our community felt very lucky to enjoy the sweet and silly production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in The Bryan Jones Theatre. The cast and crew have been busy preparing for the show for several months, balancing memorizing new scripts, solving technical problems, perfecting character accents, and learning dance choreography all while managing their academic obligations and co-curricular activities.
The hot, summery weather that has graced our campus marks the end of the spring co-curricular season (and the start of many summer events and activities!). This week, we acknowledged all of our students who have shown dedication, commitment, and passion for their spring term co-curricular activities.
On Tuesday, Ms. Morencie invited student artists and art lovers alike to visit the Art Room for a talk with local artist Casandra Lee. Casandra greeted students and began her talk by giving context about her background as an artist and a new Canadian. Commencing her art practice at age 19, Casandra identifies as someone who began creating art later in life.
This is the last full week of competitive athletics for the spring season (and for the 2021/22 school year)! Our student-athletes are leaving nothing behind on the field and are achieving amazing results.
Have you heard of Coachella? It’s an increasingly popular annual music and arts festival held in the Coachella Valley and Indio, California. This year, our students put an LCS twist on the event and held their own version—Grovechella—at The Grove!
After a two-year hiatus (due to the pandemic), Ms. McElwain’s Grade 12 Drama class performed their children’s theatre production of Room on the Broomand The Gruffalo for the Junior and Senior Kindergarten classes from North Shore Public School in Keene.
Ms. Connelly's Grade 11 Healthy Living and Outdoor Activities class has been practicing their whitewater canoeing skills for the past three weeks, preparing to put their knowledge to the test in Burleigh Falls. Through hard work and determination, they've gained confidence in their abilities to navigate the choppy rapids.
At LCS, we are grateful to have students who are deeply engaged in their learning and whose curiosity and compassion guide their exploration of complex and complicated histories. Recently, our Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice class did just that over the course of two discussions with a special guest and valued member of the LCS community, Maurice Switzer ’63.
This month, our Grade 9 classes took a 3-day canoe trip through Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park to put their outdoor skills, teamwork, and determination to the test. The trip is both a test of our students’ skills and a celebration of what they have learned. Students paddled, portaged, set up camp, cooked, and cleaned over a span of three days.
The warm summery weather in Lakefield provided excellent conditions for our student-athletes as they competed in some of the last games of the season. There are two weeks remaining in the spring competitive athletics season and students are giving their best efforts to achieve success in their sport of choice.
In most circumstances, when students’ eyes dart to the clock repeatedly to check the time, it’s a sign that they’re not engaged in their learning. In our Grade 10 Math classes this week, the opposite was true. Students raced against the clock to solve puzzles in escape rooms designed by Ms. McGill, Mr. McRae, and Mr. Adams.
In preparation for their upcoming journey to Palmer Rapids in the Madawaska River, Mr. Bemrose's Grade 11 Outdoor Education classes took to the river to learn some basic rescue and swimming techniques.
Our passion for the environment as, at once, an outdoor classroom and a fountainhead of mental and physical wellbeing has been taking on a more intentional focus in our planning, with a vision to encompass sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Experiential learning takes student impact to the next level. This week, Ms. Claassen's Grade 11 Accounting class put their knowledge about business operations to the test as they launched a series of pop-up shops, selling ice cream, potato chips, and soda to their peers.
Asian Heritage Month was designated to celebrate the contributions that people of Asian descent have made and continue to make, to the development and prosperity of Canada. It is also a month to showcase Asian art, history and culture.
This week, Ms. Brown’s Grade Grade 11 Gender Studies and Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice classes welcomed Councillor Akapo to The Grove to learn about her lived experience of being a woman of colour within the political arena.
Thanks to Sihan ’22, the new app’s creator, LCS parents and students can now download the LCS School Life Guide in the Apple AppStore. Access to the LCS School Life Guide from your mobile devices just got a lot easier.
Our Global Ideas Institute team just pitched their solution at the Global Ideas Institute Symposium on April 29, 2022. Their pitch addressed the topic: Advancing Health Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. According to Mr. Rollwagen, the group’s supervisor, “They did a fantastic job!”
At LCS, we believe spending time in nature and getting outdoors every day, year-round, is so important that it is one of the primary tenets of our strategic plan. Earth Day is dedicated to celebrating this value and what a day we are having! Culminating the end of Earth Week, today, our students celebrated Earth Day by spending time outdoors on a beautiful sunny spring day participating in environmentally-focussed intersession activities.
At LCS, we believe teaching respect for the Earth and respect for people go hand-in-hand. Our campus ecosystems and programs inspire us to be committed to environmental responsibility and to instill this passion in our students as well.
On Saturday, April 9, LCS hosted its annual Casino Night for the first time in two years. The theme for the night centred around the Gatsby era of the 1920s and everyone came dressed in black-tie attire.
The Ondaatje Medal Challenge began with the 10 km time trial on the Rotary Trail in Lakefield. The chilly spring weather was welcomed by students who were happy to have a refreshing breeze cool them down.
On Friday, April 8, the LCS student body participated in an intersession day that focussed on grade-specific activities, designed to get students to think about taking care of themselves, their community and their future (at LCS and beyond).
On Friday, April 8, we held the 3rd annual Seb Jones Slam Poetry event in the Bryan Jones Theatre. Throughout the evening, we focussed not only on celebrating creativity but also on speaking about mental health and keeping Sebastian’s legacy alive.
Today, our students welcomed over 20 guests from the LCS community to The Grove 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.
On Monday, April 4, local illustrator, live event artist, muralist, and workshop instructor, Jason Wilkins joined our Grade 9 Integrated Arts class to talk about his work, his career, and his advice for those interested in working in the arts.
This past weekend, members of the LCS Model United Nations club represented the school at the Ontario Model United Nations (OMUN), hosted by Upper Canada College. It was the first two-day event this year that the club has been able to participate in and our students were thrilled to have the opportunity.
The first Saturday in April was a balmy one with clear skies and light winds—a great day for Sotirios '24 to take maiden flights on his two recent RC kits: an Avanti 1300mm free wing arf Ultimate Performance and a red AVISTAR balsa wood plane kit 1560mm at the Young's Point Radio Controlled Flying Club field on Young's Point Road.
The LCS Film Club recently launched a webpage to showcase the short films they’ve produced over the past few months and share them with members of the LCS community. Now, you can enjoy watching the motion pictures they’ve written, directed, and edited to see the unique skills and talents of our students.
This week, our students gathered in Bryan Jones Theatre and Upper Hadden Hall to learn about the exciting course offerings available in the upcoming academic year. As we immerse ourselves in the sixth Mod of the year, we encourage students to start thinking about what excites them and what they’re interested in learning more about next year.
The LCS Alpine team had another amazing season in the 2021/2022 school year, navigating changes and challenges with prowess. The year started began with exceptional dedication and hard work from our athletes during dryland training sessions before the December Break.
Throughout the month of February, LCS staff, students, and parents purchased candy grams in the form of chocolate bars accompanied by fun messages to deliver to their recipients of choice. This effort was part of a fundraiser to continue sponsoring two children in Honduras, allowing them to attend school through the Friends of Honduran Children organisation.
Our Athletics staff are very proud of the time, effort, and dedication students have poured into their co-curriculars, pushing themselves during practice sessions and honing their skills for competition.
On February 28, 2022, Mr. Hart (Manager, Outdoors Every Day) and Ms. Greenshields (Assistant Head: Sustainability) set up their stove in the courtyard outside the Dining Hall and students gathered around as the sweet smell of maple syrup wafted around the campus.
Ms. Brown’s Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice class commenced mini-projects inspired by Black History Month. Students engaged in the creative process and were encouraged to create something that represented a shift in their thinking.
Our students and staff travelled to Sir Sam’s in Haliburton on Sunday, February 13 and Sunday, February 27 in two sets of house groups to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in a twist on a classic LCS tradition, Ted Pope Day (this year, Ted Pope Days!).
This week, our Snowboarding team took to the slopes for the first 2022 CISAA Snowboarding event of the season at Craigleith Ski Club in Collingwood, Ontario. After an extended break from competitive snowboarding (due to COVID), our students were thrilled to safely compete once again.
Last week, 88 students stayed on campus for the February Break, enjoying a fun-filled four-day weekend, jam-packed with activities. Our on-campus students enjoyed a classic Canadian winter activity—dog-sledding through the snow-covered woods! For most students, this was a new experience and one they will likely remember for a lifetime.
On Wednesday, February 23, LCS welcomed students from across Central Ontario for the CISAA Nordic Skiing Championships. This was our first Nordic Skiing event of 2022 and our students and staff were excited to see competitive athletes from the local area and beyond take part in this event.
Ms. Morencie’s Grade 12 Art class has been working hard on their printmaking projects, drawing designs based on narratives and stories selected from life experiences, myths, poems, songs and books. This week, their hard work came to fruition as they printed their final pieces.
Last week, Lower Colebrook House spent their meeting discussing race and racism with Isaac Eshikaty, our Technical Solutions Analyst. Isaac joined the group to discuss his experiences with racism in Canada, addressing instances of micro and macro aggressions he has faced based on the prejudiced attitudes of others.
Our Dance classes were treated to a special dance lesson with Isaac Eshikaty, our Technical Solutions Analyst. Isaac shared the art of African gumboot dancing, which originated in the goldmines of South Africa in the apartheid era.
On Friday, February 4, 2022, our students celebrated the Lunar New Year with their House families. The evening began with an Asian-themed dinner in the Dining Hall, which was made even more special by the addition of authentic drinks from a number of Asian countries.
This week, we’re sharing music recommendations from Rock Choir member, Audrey ’25 who collaborated with Katiana ’22 and Cassi ’22 from our DEI Club. Together, these students created a playlist for our community to enjoy.
Ms. Brown’s Gender Studies class was delighted to welcome the Mayor of Peterborough, Diane Therrien and Otonabee Ward 1 Councillor, Kim Zippel into their class to talk about their experiences as women involved in municipal politics.
In honour of Bell Let’s Talk Day, our students gathered in their Advisor Groups to talk about mental health and wellbeing. During their meetings, students filled out "talk bubbles" with what mental health means to them and what they're doing to prioritize their own mental health.
Our Seniors-in-Charge (SICs) of LCS’s student-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Club, Sarah ’22 and Clea ’22 are acting as guides for their fellow peers and club members as they plan activities and initiatives to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month.
This week, in our all community Chapel program, our Wellbeing Centre Seniors-in-Charge (SICs), Isabella ’22, Victoria ’22, Andria ’22, Nikki ’22, and Rori ’22 spoke about the Bell Let’s Talk program. In their discussion, they addressed the prevalence of mental health challenges amongst Canadians, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and where to access support.
This week, and in advance of Bell Let’s Talk Day (which takes place next Wednesday, January 26, 2022), Ms. Dalrymple shared some wellbeing and mindfulness tips to help our students, staff, and faculty feel their best throughout the snowy season and beyond.
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.