Integrating Disciplines, Nature and Joy

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences in Grade 9 In June of 2017, teachers at Lakefield College School involved in the Grade 9 program embarked on an exciting venture. Together with Advising curriculum writers and Leadership, Character, Values (LCV) leaders, they set out to determine how Lakefield could provide Grade 9 students with more authentic learning experiences. The teachers represented five different disciplines—science, math, French, English and outdoor education. Their goal was to enrich their students’ learning by seamlessly integrating various aspects of LCS education with the academic program. They hoped not only to integrate their five courses, but also to weave nature, THRIVE (health and well-being) concepts, and LCV themes into Grade 9 classes. It was a daunting task. But after half a dozen meetings that summer, the group was ready to put interdisciplinary learning into practice. Grade 9 was the focus of the integration plan because with only 60 students,…

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The usual results. Far beyond the usual suspects.

Counselling for Success – University Guidance at LCS At LCS, June is a month where we collectively take a moment to pause, reflect, and enjoy. Our students work exceptionally hard, and nothing is more rewarding than watching them achieve their goals and take the next step. In terms of post-secondary destinations for the Class of 2018, this year’s list reads like a “who’s who” of global universities. Canada is well-covered, with the top three schools being Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. International locales continue to grow, with students traveling to the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., Germany and Spain. Destinations are also becoming more diverse, including schools such as the Royal College of Surgeons (Dublin, Ireland) and the IE University (Spain). Navigating a sea of complex choices. Among the faculty celebrating our graduating students this year, you'll find Tom Milburn (Director of University Guidance) whose daughter…

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“This is why I decided to come to LCS.”

Talking with Betsy Macdonnell '18 about outdoor education (OE) at Lakefield College School. First impressions have a big impact. For Betsy Macdonnell '18, her first experience at LCS changed her life. In 2014, she had a day-long tour, shadowing another student to get an immersive feel for life at The Grove. She was in the process of deciding what course to take with her future. Being raised in New York City, many prestigious American schools were on the radar. Her Father (Hugh Macdonnell ’85), however, was an LCS graduate, so she ventured north. Part of the day involved a session on the high ropes course. Not only was this a significant departure from other tours, but it also revealed something very unique. “There was a sense of community that was prevalent. Here I was, miles away from home, in a challenging, frightening situation—being encouraged and supported by complete strangers. This is why…

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