Mamma Mia! Takes the Stage

By Rory Gilfillan, LCS Teacher Shakespeare was wrong. While all the world may be a stage, a musical is categorically different. Unlike life, actors can’t take a sick day, can’t ask for an extension and can’t opt out because, when the curtain goes up, whether they are ready or not, for two hours the oldest show business cliché comes into effect; the show must go on. In terms of authentic experiences nothing approaches an enterprise of this magnitude and Lakefield College School’s production of Mamma Mia! was no different. Mamma Mia! is the highly acclaimed Broadway musical (and film) that tells the story through the music of ABBA, of free-spirited Donna, who is the proprietress of an inn on the fictitious island of Kalokairi.  Little does she know that her soon to be married daughter, Sophie, has invited three of her mother’s former paramours in the hopes of discovering the identity…

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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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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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