3 Reasons to Try Drama and Dance at an Independent High School

While arts education has sadly been cut from some school curriculums, it is flourishing in others and is recognized for its significant developmental value in everything that schools should be nurturing. Research suggests that education in the arts improves general academic performance, comprehension and communication skills, social and emotional development, and cognitive ability. For a school like Lakefield College School (LCS), which challenges and enables students to reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit, the cocurricular arts program plays a central role. For example, the confidence and creative stimulation developed through artistic dance and the dramatic arts in school serves students in whichever path they choose to pursue throughout their lives. LCS develops and presents a dance showcase and two major drama productions each year in which students are heavily involved in all aspects. Any student may audition for the plays in fall and spring terms. Many acquire…

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Designing for School Spirit

Today in Chapel, I had the pleasure of sharing with our students our new LCS Terrapin graphic/logo designed by Kevin Limeback. The logo represents, in two-dimensional form, our school mascot—a big-footed, friendly green terrapin who joins us to cheer for our athletic teams and celebrate special events (a generous gift of the Grad Class of 2014). The terrapin pays tribute to the many varieties of turtles that share our lake with us, we love our natural environment—just consider our longstanding cheer and nickname for the school: G-R-O-V-E, Grove! (Named for the beautiful grove of maple trees on campus, tapped every year to produce delicious maple syrup.) The designer of the LCS Terrapins logo, Kevin Limeback, began his involvement with LCS as Assistant Head of House for Rashleigh, and is now a Teaching Fellow in the Lakefield Educators' Apprenticeship Program for Grades 9 and 10 science. Kevin’s passion for teaching stems from his experiences working…

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Seeking Skill and Excellence Outside our Comfort Zone

For those of you who follow the school’s Youtube channel, you may have noticed this week that I have been officially indoctrinated as one of the pilots of our new video drone. I can’t tell you how excited I was (little did I know how challenging it would be to learn how to fly it)! As adults, we sometimes forget how daunting learning can be. Within our professions we are wired to "know everything" in our field of practice—there is a comfort in knowing a subject or topic really well, to have an “area of expertise” and to stay within it. When you dare to step outside of your comfort zone, and try something new, it can be intimidating. So, there I was on Tuesday morning, queued up to try, watching the school’s beloved photographer, Simon Spivey, as he deftly flew the new video drone. He made it look effortless as he…

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