Into the Future and Back to the Land

For years, students at Lakefield College School have found themselves outdoors nearly every day in the school’s 315-acre waterfront setting on the edge of the rugged Canadian Shield. It’s a way of life at LCS, part of the philosophy of “healthy body, healthy mind” that the school has always endorsed and a natural byproduct of its surrounding lake, fields and forests. Today, it has even been elevated to strategy and lives within the school’s plan under its Outdoors Every Day pillar. This passion for the environment as, at once, an outdoor classroom and a fountainhead of mental and physical health is now taking a more intentional focus encompassing sustainability and environmental responsibility. Front and centre is a separate 160-acre property, Northcote Campus, where students will learn about regenerative farming, entrepreneurship and culinary skills through an immersive, authentic experience. Supporting the farm campus and its mission is a matrix of new…

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A Learning Schedule Designed For Student Well-Being and Engagement

By Dean VanDoleweerd, Assistant Head: Academics and Jen Frickey, Director of Learning Success Experience and science continue to show us that our daily rhythm has a dramatic effect on our mood, our learning, and our outcomes. Our experience and research into the very best educational models reveals that the daily schedule our students live by has a huge impact on their learning and well-being. This year has been very exciting for Lakefield College School. We were able to merge brain-based science about learning with other measures to ensure we could meet our Safety First COVID protocols while providing our students with a dynamic and flexible schedule to accommodate current needs. As we look ahead to September 2021, we are even more excited to offer an enhanced year-long modular schedule that is designed to maximize opportunities for creating the transformative learning experiences our students deserve. Following two years of consultation with Independent School Management, we have developed…

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LCS Students Strive for Success | The Duke of Edinburgh Award Canada

Lakefield College School is proud to have been one of the first institutions in Canada to offer students the opportunity to earn the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's Award, an international program that operates in more than 45 countries. Since the 1960s, more Lakefield students than any other high school in Canada have been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award fosters self-discipline, enterprise, and perseverance. Any young person between the ages of 14 and 25 can participate in the award program. The Award celebrates comprehensive individual development, self-training and personal achievement, and is based upon individual effort and growth.  In alignment with Lakefield College School’s holistic approach to education, this award compels students to build these four areas into the way they choose to engage everyday both in the classroom and beyond.   How does the Duke of Edinburgh Award work? There are three levels to…

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