A Very Lakefield Goodbye

By Iain Beaumont, LCS Associate Faculty Member "I can’t pick a single memory. I love Lakefield. Everyone is so kind, and really cares about you here." These are the words from just one of the 20 students who have spent the year at Lakefield, and will not be returning next school year. Tonight, this group of students and a handful of their teachers and residential staff (handpicked by the students themselves) gathered at the Head of School’s house for a goodbye celebration dinner. The room in which we all gathered buzzed with excitement, positive energy and a modicum of sadness, as teachers and students alike reflected on the past year and what was in store for the future. We dined and laughed, told memorable stories, and thanked each other for a great year in everyone’s company. "These students," one teacher reflected, "are some of my favourites, my best. I will miss…

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The Heart of Robin Hood Pulls No Punches

By Rory Gilfillan, LCS Teacher Both Liam Cole, who plays Prince John, and Mikayla Stoodley, who plays Alice (sister of Maid Marion), are straight A students.  They hold doors open for people, ask others how they are doing and then wait patiently for a response. It’s plausible that in the last week they helped an elderly person cross the street. But not on opening night. It can’t be easy to make an audience laugh after cutting out someone’s tongue, as Cole does during the second act or connect with an audience while callously stepping over a corpse as Stoodley’s does.   It takes practice. “To get into character I would have to find ways to make myself angry. Over time it became a lot easier just to jump into character.  I [also] found it helped to fully disconnect from myself in real life and the character I was playing. Understanding…

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LCS Chapel Talks: Sharing Life’s Defining Moments

By Lorraine Brown, Director of Spiritual Wellness and Diversity This is my second year in the newly created role of Director of Spiritual Wellness and Diversity. If you were to ask our students who I am you might hear, “She’s the Chapel Lady,” or “She teaches AP Lit,” or “She says good morning to us in Chapel.” All of those statements are true. I am in Chapel each morning and I greet our community as they enter and exit the Chapel. I coordinate the programming of chapel and I also teach English courses as well as Spanish. I love our chapel, I have since I started working at LCS in 2003. It is a sacred space. You can feel how different it is from the other spaces in our community. And it’s not just the architecture that sets it apart (although it is a beautifully constructed space), it is the…

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