Lakefield College School is committed to the responsibility of nurturing the spiritual life of its students.
From its earliest days, the Alexander W. Mackenzie Memorial Chapel has been at the heart of school life. Every school day begins in the chapel to acknowledge and celebrate our community spirit. In our chapel services we share prayers, music and festivals and by doing so, affirm the special contributions of each individual student. We believe that by sharing, listening, singing and quietly reflecting in the Chapel we strengthen our community spirit.
Affiliated with the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Toronto, Lakefield acknowledges its Christian heritage while appreciating and understanding the importance of inclusive dialogue. We strive to enable all students to draw upon their individual strengths and belief-systems in a safe and respectful environment. Chapel is intended to empower, liberate and respect each student's dignified identity. Students are encouraged to recognize their power as individual members within a loving and unified community.
The Chaplain regularly addresses the community by discussing contemporary issues and making them relevant to everyday life. The Chaplain's leadership is enriched and complemented by the addresses of guest speakers, faculty members and "Senior Chapel Talks." The Chaplain is available to all students.
An aspect of the Enduring goal, of Our Way | More Intentionally Lakefield, was to revitalize the Chaplain and Chapel Program to reflect its position as the “heart and soul” of The Grove. This was the topic of the May 2013 Trustees’ Meeting—trustees and Grade 12 students met to share and compare the role of the Chapel in their LCS lives. It was a very engaging discussion for all involved and highlighted the importance of the role of the Chaplain in the life of the school—focusing on the unique fit and special needs for a Chaplain within an independent boarding school environment.