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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The Babineau Boys: Soaring with a Safety Net

"The first time we were on campus was the day Christian '14 started school in September 2012." Simone Babineau says with a smile. "Classes hadn't started yet, and we ran into Ian Armstrong—who we'd met before—walking down a corridor. He immediately came up to Christian, put his arm around his shoulder and said, 'I'm so glad you're here!' I'll never forget that. We knew Christian was where he was supposed to be." The Babineau family—Phil, Simone and their two sons, Christian '14 and Alex '16—had never considered boarding school when the boys were growing up in New Brunswick. But one winter after Christian returned home from playing hockey against some prep schools in Ontario (both Christian and Alex are skilled players), he said he rather liked the idea of boarding school. Simone and Phil were taken aback. They'd always told their children they could achieve anything their hearts desired, to…

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Starting fires – passion and experiential learning

A passion for learning is a hard thing to teach. It’s something that’s ignited. As parents, we see this potential in our kids. As educators, we see it in our students. We continually search for a key; something that creates a spark and turns it into a fire. It’s a fine line. A yin and yang between hoping young adults find this passion of their own accord, and trying to facilitate it within educational structures. The desire to learn, apply knowledge, and ultimately, move it forward, is essential. Not only because it embodies what we want the next generation to be, but also because it’s critical for success on any level. Today’s competitive advantage isn’t in having knowledge, but rather, understanding how to use knowledge. Preparing students in this regard is straightforward. You simply create this kind of environment. There’s no trick to it. You make passion, inquiry and creativity…

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