The Babineau Boys: Soaring with a Safety Net

"The first time we were on campus was the day Christian '14 started school in September 2012." Simone Babineau says with a smile. "Classes hadn't started yet, and we ran into Ian Armstrong—who we'd met before—walking down a corridor. He immediately came up to Christian, put his arm around his shoulder and said, 'I'm so glad you're here!' I'll never forget that. We knew Christian was where he was supposed to be." The Babineau family—Phil, Simone and their two sons, Christian '14 and Alex '16—had never considered boarding school when the boys were growing up in New Brunswick. But one winter after Christian returned home from playing hockey against some prep schools in Ontario (both Christian and Alex are skilled players), he said he rather liked the idea of boarding school. Simone and Phil were taken aback. They'd always told their children they could achieve anything their hearts desired, to…

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Starting fires – passion and experiential learning

A passion for learning is a hard thing to teach. It’s something that’s ignited. As parents, we see this potential in our kids. As educators, we see it in our students. We continually search for a key; something that creates a spark and turns it into a fire. It’s a fine line. A yin and yang between hoping young adults find this passion of their own accord, and trying to facilitate it within educational structures. The desire to learn, apply knowledge, and ultimately, move it forward, is essential. Not only because it embodies what we want the next generation to be, but also because it’s critical for success on any level. Today’s competitive advantage isn’t in having knowledge, but rather, understanding how to use knowledge. Preparing students in this regard is straightforward. You simply create this kind of environment. There’s no trick to it. You make passion, inquiry and creativity…

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Mamma Mia! Takes the Stage

By Rory Gilfillan, LCS Teacher Shakespeare was wrong. While all the world may be a stage, a musical is categorically different. Unlike life, actors can’t take a sick day, can’t ask for an extension and can’t opt out because, when the curtain goes up, whether they are ready or not, for two hours the oldest show business cliché comes into effect; the show must go on. In terms of authentic experiences nothing approaches an enterprise of this magnitude and Lakefield College School’s production of Mamma Mia! was no different. Mamma Mia! is the highly acclaimed Broadway musical (and film) that tells the story through the music of ABBA, of free-spirited Donna, who is the proprietress of an inn on the fictitious island of Kalokairi.  Little does she know that her soon to be married daughter, Sophie, has invited three of her mother’s former paramours in the hopes of discovering the identity…

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