Twenty-seven of our new students arrived on campus this week - almost a month before September opening - to begin their LCS journey. The excitement was palpable as these students, coming from around the world, arrived at Uplands with a tangle of luggage, musical instruments and little sisters in tow.
The students have come to LCS early to polish their English, catch up on outdoor education skills, and learn about Canada - its geography, flora, fauna, and culture -with the goal of hitting the ground running with their Canadian classmates in September. If the first week is any indication, they will be ready to lead tours of The Grove by September! Already, they have paddled and swum in Lake Katchewanooka, spotted our resident bald eagle, learned how to recognize poison ivy, read Susanna Moodie's ode to the Otonabee, and unpacked the meaning of the school mission and values with their residential team of current LCS students, residential assistants, and alumni.
Taught by instructors Briagh Hoskins-Hasbury and Bretton Clark, who blend English language instruction with canoe paddling, camping and hiking adventures, the summer academy program supports our international students in their quest for excellence in English in a uniquely LCS way - through authentic learning experiences in the outdoors. Our student have been learning the fundamentals of outdoor living in preparation for their first of several overnight trips. And the bonus for our students? The camp takes place in August, allowing them to enjoy hot summer days and long cool evenings on our beautiful campus.