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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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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Trailblazers and Pathmakers

The Importance of Inspiring Young Women By Betsy Macdonnell ’18 (reprinted from Just Another People Person) The first time sexism revealed itself in my life, I was six years old. In Kindergarden, it was playground tradition for the boys to play kickball at lunch. From a young age, I was rather confident, and I didn’t think twice about joining the game. I stepped into the line to play when one of my male classmates turned to me and said, “you can’t play kickball, you’re a girl.” At the time I was shocked, and annoyed, but mostly because I just wanted to play with the boys. With the help of my female classmates, I eventually convinced the boys to let me join. Flash forward 11 years. Although feminism was still a strong belief of mine, it had been a while since I had been able to act on that belief. I…

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