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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The LCS THRIVE / Jack Chapter Club: Warriors for well-being

It's 5:15 on a Monday night in November. About 30 teenagers sprawl on couches, armchairs and the floor, propped against cushions and each other. They're wearing sweats and jeans and look like a close group of friends hanging out in someone's rec room. But in fact, they're in the School Life Centre at Lakefield College School. And although it's likely they'll become friends, they're LCS boarders and day students, all from different grades, houses, backgrounds and countries. What they have in common, what brings them together on this frigid winter night, is their mutual desire to increase the happiness and well-being of every person in the school. Many names come to mind to describe this keen, compassionate group: Sensitive Superheroes; Warriors for Well-being; Champions of Cheer. But the actual name is more prosaic. These students have joined an LCS club called THRIVE/Jack Chapter, which aims to promote the values of…

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