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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Lessons Learned on The Ocean

Alumnus Joe Ribbins ’18 is spending his year with Class Afloat exploring the world and enjoying new experiences while aboard a tall ship. Submitted by Joe Ribbins Class of 2018 Waking up to a beautiful sunrise over a calm ocean, seeing the stars over the open sea with no light pollution, and having to eat soup when the boat is rolling over 10 ft swells are just some things I have had to get used to when living at sea. My name is Joe Ribbins, or as my school friends call me—Ribz.  Thanks to Lakefield, I am now sailing on a 70 meter (200+ ft) tall ship to 23 different ports in 20 countries and will cross the equator and the Atlantic Ocean twice. The first five ports have been some of the best experiences that I have ever had. Of course, I miss home (Cayman Islands) and Lakefield. I miss…

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Integrating Disciplines, Nature and Joy

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences in Grade 9 In June of 2017, teachers at Lakefield College School involved in the Grade 9 program embarked on an exciting venture. Together with Advising curriculum writers and Leadership, Character, Values (LCV) leaders, they set out to determine how Lakefield could provide Grade 9 students with more authentic learning experiences. The teachers represented five different disciplines—science, math, French, English and outdoor education. Their goal was to enrich their students’ learning by seamlessly integrating various aspects of LCS education with the academic program. They hoped not only to integrate their five courses, but also to weave nature, THRIVE (health and well-being) concepts, and LCV themes into Grade 9 classes. It was a daunting task. But after half a dozen meetings that summer, the group was ready to put interdisciplinary learning into practice. Grade 9 was the focus of the integration plan because with only 60 students,…

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