The Lessons Nature Teaches Us

Deepening our connection with, and responsibility to, nature and the outdoors through beekeeping. On a warm day in early June, three students at Lakefield College School pull on long-sleeved white coveralls and plunk veiled hoods over their heads. Then they carefully tuck leather gloves under elasticized cuffs. Looking more like emergency responders in hazmat suits than high school students, they turn to the leader of this oddly dressed group. "Let's go," he says. Garret Hart, Head of Cooper House and Outdoor Education Assistant, is giving the students a hands-on lesson in one of Lakefield's latest outdoor pursuits: beekeeping. Hart is well known for coordinating The Grove’s maple syrup production every year. Many in the community covet the delicious product he and his students create each spring from the sugar maples on campus. Beekeeping is a fairly new endeavour at the school, and you can tell from the way he talks about the bees…

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The usual results. Far beyond the usual suspects.

Counselling for Success – University Guidance at LCS At LCS, June is a month where we collectively take a moment to pause, reflect, and enjoy. Our students work exceptionally hard, and nothing is more rewarding than watching them achieve their goals and take the next step. In terms of post-secondary destinations for the Class of 2018, this year’s list reads like a “who’s who” of global universities. Canada is well-covered, with the top three schools being Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. International locales continue to grow, with students traveling to the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., Germany and Spain. Destinations are also becoming more diverse, including schools such as the Royal College of Surgeons (Dublin, Ireland) and the IE University (Spain). Navigating a sea of complex choices. Among the faculty celebrating our graduating students this year, you'll find Tom Milburn (Director of University Guidance) whose daughter…

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“This is why I decided to come to LCS.”

Talking with Betsy Macdonnell '18 about outdoor education (OE) at Lakefield College School. First impressions have a big impact. For Betsy Macdonnell '18, her first experience at LCS changed her life. In 2014, she had a day-long tour, shadowing another student to get an immersive feel for life at The Grove. She was in the process of deciding what course to take with her future. Being raised in New York City, many prestigious American schools were on the radar. Her Father (Hugh Macdonnell ’85), however, was an LCS graduate, so she ventured north. Part of the day involved a session on the high ropes course. Not only was this a significant departure from other tours, but it also revealed something very unique. “There was a sense of community that was prevalent. Here I was, miles away from home, in a challenging, frightening situation—being encouraged and supported by complete strangers. This is why…

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