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Thank you to all LCS students, families, faculty, and staff for another incredible year at The Grove! On Saturday, June 17, we enjoyed a joyous celebration of the accomplishments and growth our students achieved throughout the 2022/23 academic year.
On June 3, LCS students eagerly suited up to ride their bikes as a part of the 2023 Jack Ride, Canada's Ride for Youth Mental Health. This event supports thousands of young leaders dedicated to shaping the future of youth mental health across the country.
This year, Lakefield College School students embarked on exhilarating exchange trips that spanned three continents, including South Africa, France, Australia, Germany, and Scotland. These transformative experiences offered our students a unique blend of challenges, adventure, and personal growth.
At Lakefield College School, we understand the profound influence that our learning environment has on the overall learning experience. Thanks to the invaluable contributions of Rupel ’89 P ’22 ’23 and Marcy Ruparelia P ’22 ’23, we are proud to unveil our new Learning Support Classroom—a physical representation of our knowledge about how people learn and thrive.
Despite the rain and cool temperatures, the spirits of our graduating class remained undeterred as they eagerly embraced the long-standing tradition of the Grad Jump. This unique celebration symbolized not only the end of the school year but also the culmination of their high school exams and the exciting journey that lies ahead.
Lakefield College School Physics students recently showcased their exceptional talent and knowledge in the field of physics by participating in the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT) Grade 11 Contest.
Lakefield College School's Going Grove Grad Dinner was an unforgettable evening filled with joy, reflection, and anticipation as our Grade 12 students prepared to embark on their journey as LCS alumni.
LCS Grade 9 and 10 students have had an incredibly busy year, immersing themselves in various mathematics competitions and showcasing their exceptional skills. From local contests to regional and even national-level events, our students have consistently displayed their mathematical prowess and determination.
LCS students showcased their strength, determination, and teamwork again in the third leg of the Ondaatje Challenge. This exciting event brought together students from various grades as they embarked on a challenging two-kilometre paddle race across the lake. Our athletes demonstrated resilience and commitment to pushing their limits with each stroke.
The Class of 2023 is to be congratulated on receiving over 440 offers of admission from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe! While final scholarship details are still forthcoming, as of this writing, our graduating class has been offered scholarships and other awards totalling over $2.3 million—a testament to their strength and academic potential.
Lakefield College School recently hosted its highly anticipated Home to The Grove Reunion, welcoming back alumni and their families for a weekend filled with nostalgia, laughter, and the joy of reconnecting.
Lakefield College School recently held its inaugural Chess Tournament, organized and run by the exceptional efforts of Grade 12 student, Amrit ’23. The tournament brought together students from all grade levels to showcase their strategic thinking and chess skills in a competitive setting.
Lakefield College School recently concluded its highly anticipated 20th annual Stock Market Competition, a thrilling simulation that tested the financial acumen and trading skills of over 119 participants.
This year's Regatta Day was a vibrant celebration of our tight-knit community and the spirit of ‘Camp Lakefield’. With clear skies and sunny weather, students, alumni, and families gathered on Lake Katchewanooka for an unforgettable afternoon of fun.
Laughter filled The Bryan Jones Theatre as our talented Drama students took the stage in their uproarious production of The Play That Goes Wrong. This side-splitting comedy, known for its unpredictable mishaps and theatrical mayhem, showcased our dedicated performers' exceptional acting skills and comedic timing.
At Lakefield College School, sustainability and a deep appreciation for nature are ingrained in our educational philosophy. Our bee program, led by Mr. Hart, our resident beekeeper, is just one of the many initiatives that help our students develop a keen understanding of environmental stewardship.
Our 1st Ultimate team recently captivated spectators as they hosted the CISAA Division 2 playoffs on Wednesday. The thrilling semi-finals saw LCS take on Country Day School on Lefevre Field, showcasing their remarkable defensive prowess and well-coordinated offensive plays.
Our Grade 10 Outdoor Education students recently had an incredible opportunity to participate in an intensive and exciting river rescue exercise. This experience truly showcased the "Lakefield difference" by providing our students with hands-on training that goes beyond the classroom.
Ms. Brown’s Grade 12 English class recently embarked on an innovative approach to Harkness discussions, exploring new ways to provide and receive feedback. Traditionally, students would annotate each other's essays with pens and highlighters, but this time, they embraced a more collaborative and introspective method.
Lakefield College School's highly anticipated Spring Fling dance finally arrived last week, and it was an evening to remember! Students showed up, ready to embrace the vibrant atmosphere and celebrate the last school-wide dance of the year.
Our Track and Field team showcased their incredible talent and determination at the recent Colts Classic Race in Markham, marking their second meet of the season. With nearly 50 schools participating in the event, our athletes made a strong impression with their outstanding performances.
This week, our students enjoyed a recess from their typical Monday schedule and embraced a day of immersive learning during a dynamic intersession program. With a focus on individual well-being, community engagement, and future aspirations, students from each grade level delved into a range of activities tailored to their unique educational journeys.
Students at LCS have soared to new heights with our Drone Program (launched this spring)! Over the past three weeks, the program has achieved remarkable milestones, including a successful flight review, the assembly of a Quadcopter kit, and an enlightening presentation by Vev Soreign, a prominent figure from SUGU Drones.
On Saturday, April 29, 2023, our Debate Club students showcased their exceptional debating skills at the Spring Fulford Debate Tournament at Villanova College School in King City. The team, consisting of Fiona ’24, Blake ’26, Chloe ’25, and Uma ’24, competed against formidable opponents from various schools.
We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our Grade 11 photo contest. This initiative, which aimed to inspire our students to explore their artistic side and engage with the world around them, showcases the incredible talent and creativity within our school community!
Last weekend, six Grade 11 students (Nate ’24, Gabi ’24, Natalie ’24, Ashwyn ’24, Aidan ’24, and Sarah ’24) had the privilege of attending the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) at the RBC Place in London, Ontario.
Our Grade 9 students recently returned from a 3-day canoe trip through Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park where they put their outdoor skills, teamwork, and determination to the test. The trip served as a culmination of their learning and a chance to challenge themselves in a new environment.
Over the last two weeks, two cohorts of our Grade 9 students travelled to the city to visit the Ontario Science Centre for an engaging experience where they had the chance to examine meteorites from Mars, discover how the human body deals with danger, explore a real-life rainforest, and more.
This week, 23 daring students completed the second leg of the Ondaatje Challenge: a 15km bike ride in the cool, rainy weather. As Mr. Harris said, “It was a cold day for a time trial!” Athletes had to work harder than usual to warm up their muscles and gain speed to meet the Ondaatje Challenge standards.
As part of the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week, our school community came together to place additional focus on how to prioritize our mental wellbeing. In Chapel on Monday, Ms. Runza and Ms. Mayo highlighted this year's #MyStory campaign and announced a series of activities designed to help students THRIVE this week.
As the warm weather approaches, we are eager to resume farming activities at our Northcote Campus. Our students will be able to enjoy a more diverse array of outdoor learning activities, including planting seeds, watering plants, and harvesting vegetables.
Before the March Break, students in our Grove Records co-curricular program worked with Canadian producer and songwriter Rob Wells to write, record, and produce original music. Students attended two workshops with Rob; one was to write a song (in less than 24 hours) and the second was to record the song.
Lakefield College School celebrated Earth Day on April 21, 2023, with a variety of activities aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices. The day was filled with exciting events and opportunities for students to engage outdoors and learn about ways to protect our environment.
On Monday, April 17, twelve students who enjoy recreational mathematics travelled to Pickering College to take part in a regional edition of the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest, which is coordinated through the University of Waterloo.
On Monday, April 17, the Ondaatje Medal Challenge began with the 10km time trial on the Rotary Trail in Lakefield. The chilly spring weather was welcomed by students who were happy to have a refreshing breeze cool them down.
Through frequent outings, students have had the opportunity to sharpen their briefing and checklist usage as well as their piloting skills. Two students have already passed their Transport Canada exams—Abdul ’23 with a Basic Certificate and Linus ’24 with an Advanced Certificate.
Our 2023 Spring Concert—held on Thursday, April 20 in the Bryan Jones Theatre—was a magnificent display of student talent. The program showcases a wide range of music genres, including classical, jazz, pop, and even a sea shanty!
This week, students across all grade levels and faculty and staff had the opportunity to participate in a celebration of cultures and cuisines. The Aramark staff prepared traditional recipes from around the world for mealtimes, allowing students to learn, enjoy, and appreciate the diverse array of cultures represented in our community.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of six adorable baby chicks at LCS this week! These fluffy little creatures were hatched from eggs that have been carefully incubated by Ms. Delevadova's Grade 11 Environmental Science class.
Lakefield College School students are showcasing their artistic talents at the Spark Photo Festival. The festival, which runs until April 30, features works from Willow ’24, Molly ’26, Linus ’24, Lily ’26, and Nabeeha ’26.
Ms. Delevadova's Grade 11 Environmental Science class is currently in the midst of their sustainable agriculture unit, and this week, they had the opportunity to visit Northcote Campus' farm to gain a deeper understanding of regenerative agriculture practices.
Ms. Hansler's Grade 12 Canadian and International Law class recently got hands-on experience in a mock crime scene activity. The students took on the role of investigators and worked in teams to process evidence from the fake crime scene.
The new Grove Goodies initiative is a powerful testament to the capacity of student leadership at LCS. This project was conceived and executed by a group of ambitious Grade 10 students, Ben ’25, Louisa ’25, Jeronimo ’25, Jud ’25, Hannah ’25, and Audrey ’25.
This week, we celebrated our students’ efforts and achievements through Winter Co-curricular Awards. Since November, students in 25 athletic, art, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) co-curricular programs have been working together to develop and improve skills, work creatively, gain new knowledge, build connections, and have fun.
The crisp winter air was electric with excitement as the annual Katchewanooka Rod (K-Rod) finally took place on Wednesday, March 8. Despite being postponed multiple times due to unrelenting rainy weather, LCS students were determined to keep the tradition alive.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, AP Physics students competed in a one-day engineering challenge at the Healthy Planet arena in Peterborough. Working in teams of four, this year's challenge was to design and construct a bridge out of popsicle sticks, glue, tape, wooden dowels, and other provided materials.
On February 24, our Grade 11 Outdoor Education (OE) students travelled to Guilford, Ontario for a day of invigorating outdoor adventure at Camp Medeba. This trip was about much more than just having fun; it was an opportunity for our students to develop a wide range of invaluable skills that will undoubtedly serve them well in all aspects of their lives.
This week, we hosted our annual Career Day for our students in Grades 10 to 12, to give them the opportunity to connect with professionals from a range of fields and learn more about the career paths available to them.
LCS Faculty and Staff were in for a treat as they arrived at Upper Hadden Hall for a staff meeting this week. Greeted by parents wearing cheerful yellow t-shirts and surrounded by delightful bee-themed decorations, they were surprised with an appreciation event to show gratitude for their hard work and dedication.
Our Lakefield Environmental Action Force (LEAF), Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and THRIVE (health and wellbeing) clubs recently met with Trent University's 43rd Ashley Fellow, Chúk Obenigbo. The meeting was centred around climate justice and equity and the interactions between culture, health, and the environment.
In Mr. Gordon’s Grade 10 Introduction to Computer Studies class, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively using the ‘driver-navigator’ pattern, a technique widely used in the software industry. This approach involves two students working together on a piece of code, with one student designated as the ‘driver’ and the other as the ‘navigator’.
Students in Ms. Delevadova’s Grade 11 Environmental Science class were tasked with developing a renewable energy solution—an exciting and ambitious project that required them to research the various renewable and non-renewable energy production systems that exist today.
Students in Ms. Sparkman's Grade 12 AP Biology class recently had the opportunity to participate in a university-level lab experiment, transforming non-pathogenic E. coli bacteria with a DNA plasmid containing the GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein) gene, isolated from a jellyfish.
Lakefield College School students had a heartwarming surprise during their winter spirit week. As part of the festivities, the school arranged for a visit from the Lakefield Animal Welfare Society (LAWS), a local organization dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned, and injured animals in the community and finding adoptive homes for them.
This week, four LCS students travelled to Toronto to compete in the 44th Annual DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Provincial Competition, held at the Toronto Sheraton Centre. Our students participated in Team Decision Making Events for Entrepreneurship and Travel and Tourism, where they were given 30 minutes to prepare a 15-minute presentation on a real-life case study.
Our Grade 11 students recently ventured into the great outdoors for a camping trip to Northcote. Despite facing sub-zero temperatures and snow, they rose to the challenge and embarked on a thrilling adventure that they'll likely never forget.
On Wednesday, January 22 and Wednesday, February 1, students in our Drawing and Painting club had the pleasure of hosting Susan Fisher Thomas, an expert encaustic artist and educator. During her visits, Susan shared her extensive knowledge of the encaustic art form with our eager students.
Our annual Winter Carnival was once again a huge success, with students, staff, and faculty coming together to enjoy many classic Canadian wintertime festivities and activities. Despite the windy weather, the spirit of the day was warm and cheerful, as everyone took part in various events and competitions.
Rob Wells, a highly acclaimed Canadian producer and songwriter has recently visited our school to work with students in the Grove Records co-curricular program. This is not the first time Rob has come to our school, and we are always grateful for his time and expertise.
On January 25, our students took part in a variety of activities to acknowledge Bell Let's Talk Day. The day, which aims to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding mental health, was an opportunity for students to engage in discussions about mental health and wellbeing.
Spending time outdoors has been shown to have numerous benefits for both our physical and mental wellbeing. On January 15, our Grade 9 students had the opportunity to experience these benefits firsthand, during a ski day at Brimacombe.
At LCS, we are committed to fostering an educational experience that empowers students to take ownership of their learning. Providing students with the autonomy to chart their own academic paths is key. This approach not only enhances engagement and motivation but also equips students with the decision-making skills they need to succeed in the future.
We are thrilled to partner with Leave No Trace Canada and team and work toward our shared goal of protecting the environment. Leave No Trace's mission to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation aligns perfectly with our own efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
Seven LCS students participated in the 2023 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show, showcasing their artistic talents on a global stage. Students created 4x6” miniature artwork using media of their choice to express their creativity in a unique and personal way.
Before December Break, we wished 13 LCS students good luck and safe travels on their upcoming exchange trips abroad. As we approach the end of January, students have settled in with their host families and are immersing themselves in this exciting experience. Audrey ’25 is currently staying in South Africa and shared an update about her experience thus far.
This week, Ms. Connelly and Mr. Bemrose’s Grade 10 and 11 Outdoor Education (OE) classes had an enriching and memorable day at Camp Medeba. They enjoyed challenging and engaging activities that not only allowed them to learn about the natural environment but also to appreciate the importance of preserving it.
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.