A New School Schedule that Promotes Well-Being and Engagement

By Dean Van Doleweerd Assistant Head: Academics As we work to finalize a new schedule for Lakefield College School for 2020/21, there are a number of important changes we will make to ensure we have a design which places our students at its centre. A student-centred learning schedule must help deliver the learning outcomes outlined in our strategic plan by maximizing engaged learning time, facilitating student well-being, adding flexibility and choice, and providing more opportunities for authentic learning.  One important change in accomplishing these goals is to reduce the number of subjects being studied at any one time. Currently, our students rotate their study among up to eight courses at once; the new schedule will see that number significantly reduced. Coupled with the reduced number of subjects being studied at one time is the general lengthening of class periods from 70 minutes to 90-95 minute sessions.   Why make these changes? No academic schedule…

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Teacher Appreciation Week – A Teacher’s Perspective

By  Mike Arsenault: May 6, All Staff Meeting Address Since it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, I think it’s important for us to establish the size of the tent under which we do or do not stand in order to give and receive the appreciation being offered. I don’t think it is too bold to say that “Every time we touch the lives of our students—we teach them.” After all, “teaching” is simply another word for the ancient and elemental bond that exists between the elders of the tribe and the younger members. If you are in this all-staff meeting you’re an elder. Sorry, twenty-somethings. If you come into contact with any of our students you are teaching them, even through the briefest of encounters. What each of us does—matters — because we are all connected. So, in my view the tent is big and we stand under it together. Mrs.Kee makes this claim,…

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Community First: The Power of Human Connection in Learning and Growth

By Vicky Boomgaardt Assistant Head: CoCurriculars At Lakefield College School, we are known for the quality of relationships that exist between and among students and staff, parents and alumni, on campus and around the world. Relationships are the cornerstone to deep learning and the lens of Community First allows us to focus on, nurture and grow these qualities that LCS students and families most value about our community. We recently shared with our students how we plan to strengthen our community through the creation of 'house families.' It’s part of a strategic initiative outlined under the Community First pillar of our strategic plan: Vision. Direction. Focus. 2019|2024.  Our vision ensures that we continually strive to fully know each and every one of our students; that we create strong connections between day and boarding, Canadian and international students; and that we continue to offer a well-rounded and enriching program including an advisory program that…

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