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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Lakefield College School Earth Day Address

By Mike Arsenault, Lakefield Environmental Action Force (LEAF) Coach, Values Advocate: Environmental Stewardship and Biology Teacher We are a school that has always been deeply connected to our environment. The sun, water, land, and wind that nurture life—nurtures us. Our Lakefield environment is vital and it connects us together. It is important to us and right now we acutely feel that something is missing. It has shaped who we are, it informs our growth, and it anchors our community. For some of us it's sacred. To me, it feels like LCS has been quietly celebrating Earth Day since our birth as a school, 141 years ago. Springtime and camp Lakefield has lifted the spirits of many students. Those of you new to LCS are missing that experience right now, and those of you who have been here longer know precisely the magic that springtime at LCS brings. We all feel a loss.…

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