Leadership, Community and the Individual

We’ve just completed our first weeks back to school after the March break which signifies the beginning of one of our favourite seasons at The Grove. Outside temperatures are on the rise, the maple trees are tapped, the snow is beginning to melt and soon we will all be caught up in sunshine and a frenzy of outdoor springtime activities and celebrations. It’s what we like to call the beginning of "Camp Lakefield." For many of us, it’s a time for reflection too. Teachers are looking back on their programs and evaluating the year’s successes; students are considering their plans, regaining a rhythm of school work and diving into major projects; and senior students, especially, are focusing on getting the most out of what remains of their time here—while preparing for their year ahead as graduates. Leading the Way in School Life It’s this latter group, the graduating class, who set the tone for community life in a significant way. In their…

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Finding Inspiration in The Flipped Classroom

Many of our favorite teachers share a common trait, a teaching process characterized by a continuous evolution and refinement of practice stemming from curiosity and feedback and, ultimately, a love of the meaningful connections that can be shared between teacher and student—the "ah-hah!" moment, when a student really gets it. In her most recent blog post, LCS Chemistry teacher Melissa Rathier recently described her teaching career as, "one big action plan in teaching Chemistry. Question. Reflect. Explore. Test. Re-Test. Repeat."  She goes on to describe one of the biggest shifts she made in her teaching practice and the questions that inspired her to pursue the "flipped classroom"  and why it was so successful.  It's a wonderful insight into her craft which I encourage you to read if you have not yet.  Enjoy! "I have been lucky enough to teach the same courses (Grade 11 & 12 Chemistry) for my entire…

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Inspiring Trust and Learning Through our Shared Stories

The Chapel Talk:  A Time-Honoured Tradition In my opinion, one of the best traditions at Lakefield College School is the Chapel Talk. Our Grade 12 students are offered the opportunity during their graduating year to address the whole school community in Chapel. They are invited to share their story, often reflecting on their time at LCS—inspirations and challenges, the role the school played in their journey—and where appropriate, offering some advice to the Grade 9 to 11 students. Most of our Grads take advantage of this tradition and many comment on how they have waited for the opportunity since the days when they sat in the back pews of the Chapel in Grade 9. Some of my favourite memories of The Grove are from Chapel Talks—self-reflective and often insightful, we really get to know our students and see how they have developed emotionally during their time at the school. I…

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