Characteristics and Skill Sets Our Students Need – Now and in The Future

As part of our school-wide strategic planning process, the faculty and staff at LCS are on a mission to explore; to search for innovative practices and models across industries, to better understand and consider three questions:   What are the skills that students will need in the future?  How is the world changing?  How might LCS need to change? One of the groups, including 5 staff members and Head of School and Foundation Anne-Marie Kee, recently travelled to Ottawa to visit two places: The University of Ottawa to attend the Arts Innovation Panel - Inspiring Faculty of Arts Entrepreneurs; and Shopify Inc. a tremendously successful e-commerce company led by 37-year-old billionaire Tobi Lütke.  Below are highlights of some of the key takeaways from our trip. Creating a Work Ethos that Inspires and Gets Things Done - The Entrepreneurial Employee “Get things done!” It’s one of the inspirational expressions (a politer version), mounted on…

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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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The Chapel and Spiritual Pathways Programs

Building New Pathways to Spiritual Wellness and Diversity at Lakefield College School “Every weekday (except Wednesday) we begin the day in Chapel—referred to by many of our alumni as the “Heart and Soul of the School.” This year, we are pleased to share a new vision for our Chapel program. Remaining true to our values of embracing diversity and encouraging empathy, acceptance and a balanced lifestyle, our new Director of Spiritual Wellness and Diversity, Ms. Lorraine Brown will be focussed on involving members of our community in seeking to understand the diverse spiritual and religious expressions represented while educating one another about our differences and similarities. As a community we will be encouraged to develop a deeper appreciation for one another, enabling a more profound capacity to empathize in our community and in the world beyond LCS.” ~ John Runza, Assistant Head: School Life The Birth of the Spiritual Pathways Program…

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