This interview is part of a series, called “We Are Lakefield” — inspired by a phrase you’ll often hear our students and Head of School (Ms. Kee) say with pride (followed by “We got this.”) when community spirit and strength are employed to power through a uniquely challenging time, event, or activity. In this series, you’ll hear personal reflections from our students that provide valuable insight into what it means to be a part of the LCS community.
This week, we spoke with one of our Grade 9 Grade Representatives, Jud ’25 to learn more about his experience at Lakefield College School. In this article, Jud speaks about growing up at LCS, his experience switching from a “campus kid” to an LCS student, how he embraces an attitude of gratitude, and more!
Growing Up at LCS
“When I was just 6 years old, my family moved on campus so that my dad could be the Head of Matthews House. I didn’t know a lot about my dad’s job at LCS at the time but I remember how excited I was to move on campus. I think my favourite part about having that pre-LCS campus experience was that I had a really good childhood because of it. I remember coming home on the bus in Grade 4 and sprinting to grab my shinny gear so I could go and skate with the LCS students on Bob Armstrong Rink. Even if I wasn’t the best skater out there when I was little, all of the students made sure I felt like I was.”
From Campus Kid to LCS Student
“Since I lived at LCS for so long before actually attending school here, I felt like I was missing out on the full experience. By the time I got to Grade 9, I couldn’t wait to start and be fully immersed in all the school offers. The thing I noticed after the first week is how I felt right at home (literally). After eight years of living on the campus, I knew my way around, and that made it really easy to adjust to my classes. I didn’t spend too much time trying to find my classes on the first few days, which eased the stress in my first few weeks of high school.”
The People Make the Difference
“The people at LCS are what really make the experience great. The teachers are really thoughtful and want to help you reach your learning goals. Another thing I noticed right away about LCS is how happy everyone is. Everyone always wants to have fun and everyone does their part to make sure that you are having a good experience.”
An Attitude of Gratitude
“I am grateful for everyone at LCS. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. From our Head of School, Ms. Kee, who has led LCS through these challenging times, our Aramark staff who make sure we are all fed with delicious meals, to our facilities staff who work hard to keep the campus looking great and keep our outdoor rink cleared and in great shape, I am truly grateful for all of the people at LCS.”
Learning to Lead
“LCS has given me opportunities to be a leader; that is going to be a very helpful skill to have in my future years. Along with that, the teachers at LCS have also helped me have a better understanding of the work I’m doing through Grove Time and extra help. Just knowing that it isn’t hard to get help with work is something that makes me more confident in my classes.”
“I would totally recommend LCS to someone who is considering attending because, at LCS, you get a truly memorable high school experience, no matter who you are. I wasn’t sure that I would fit in at first because everyone seemed so different, coming from different places around the world and I didn’t think I would be so close with the boarding students. Trust me when I say that everyone is in the same situation as you and wants to be your friend. All you have to do is start a conversation with someone because everyone wants someone to talk to.”