Crisis Management Simulation—Learning Important Life Skills

By Peter O'Grady, LCS Teacher The Crisis Management Simulation has been an integral part of the Grade 12 Outdoor Education experience at Lakefield College School for almost 20 years—teaching teamwork and the building of communication and collaboration skills. Combining amazingly realistic make-up, a story that involves multiple injured persons, an amazing outdoor wooded campus and an often wet and cool late November day, the stage is set for an impactful and meaningful experience. Students are asked, in advance of the simulation, to consider and identify their unique strengths and how they align with the type of leader they are. For this particular activity, students are assigned to roles that align with their particular strengths and areas they feel confident with. While wilderness first aid, in general, is part of the experience, in this context, introducing students to this skill area - of identifying and working to personal strengths - is the key. We build on first aid training…

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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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