This summer, Lakefield College School faculty and staff ventured into a unique and enriching experience as they gathered for a weekly pottery class led by the talented Cory Miller (Guidance and Learning). The class was made possible through the support of THRIVE
, our holistic well-being program. And the experience was designed to nurture the social and emotional well-being of our dedicated staff while modelling the value of lifelong learning for our students.
Beyond the creation of beautiful clay pieces, this pottery class served as a symbol of our commitment to personal growth and development. Trying a new activity at any age requires patience, vulnerability, and calculated risk-taking—traits we aim to instill in our students.
"We ask students to learn and step outside their comfort zones every day. It's important for us to model this too!" remarked one staff member.
Clay, as a medium, offers a therapeutic and meditative quality, promoting mindfulness and relaxation. As our team moulded clay into unique shapes and forms, laughter and conversation flowed, fostering a sense of camaraderie and unity among our team members. The collaborative nature of pottery created an environment where ideas were exchanged, and bonds strengthened, echoing the values of community and togetherness that are at the core of LCS.
“This class allowed me time, space and materials to try a new creative outlet while getting to know colleagues outside of our typical workspaces.” - Felicia Neil, Associate Director of Admissions, International | Pottery Participant
Cory Miller, with her expertise, guided the group through the intricate world of pottery, providing a canvas for self-expression and creativity. Pottery, when done in a group setting, has been known to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and enhance problem-solving skills (Tan, Chuah, Lee, and Tan, 2021
). It encourages individuals to step out of their comfort zones and embrace the joy of learning something new.
Ultimately, the THRIVE-subsidized pottery class not only allowed our faculty and staff to explore their artistic sides but also provided them with a fresh perspective on well-being and lifelong learning. It was a reminder that taking time for self-care and nurturing one's creative spirit can have a profound impact on overall happiness and productivity.
As we enter the new academic year, the memories of this pottery class will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration and the connections formed between staff will continue to grow.