“I recognized, whilst I was here, what this school meant to me. And I suspect those of us who have actually been here, understand what I am talking about. It is about the friendships that you make. It is about the environment in which you live, it is about the relationship that you have with your teacher, and the inspiration that they can give. And if you combine that, and many other things, into consideration, it has made the most significant impact on each and every one of us who have been here. I have always maintained very close relationships with what goes on here, because I believe that this is the school that leads when it comes to innovation in education, innovation when it comes to the way that we respect, and the way that we work with our environment.”
On Tuesday (May 7th), two Lakefield College School families expressed their support of the school through commitments of very generous gifts totalling $18 million.
Alumnus John ’68 and Jane Hepburn have made a $15 million commitment toward the school’s new dining hall and other strategic priorities. The Hepburn's gift represents one of the largest single donations ever made to an independent school in Canada.
The new dining hall has been identified as one of the major priorities under “Community First” in the school’s latest strategic plan and will be situated in the heart of the beautiful campus, which is located on Katchewanooka Lake.
A gathering place for the entire community, the dining hall will be designed to strengthen and enhance the student experience and will be named in honour of the John and Jane Hepburn Family.
"With this new dining hall will come an array of opportunities for us to connect and learn from each other, as one community in one inspirational space,” says Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation.
In addition, the Parent Family confirmed their intention to make a very generous gift to the school of $3 million towards a new student residence. Parent House will complete the proposed double residence, which includes Ross House (announced last spring) and will be designed to strengthen their new “Community First” house model.
This gift is made by Marc Parent in honour of his children Alexandre '15, Sabrina '18 and Stephanie '20 in gratitude for the indelible mark the school has left on their lives.
With a longstanding history as one of Ontario’s leading private schools, Lakefield College School is not your typical independent school—it has a casual, unique atmosphere/setting yet is a top quality institution.
Offering a vibrant day school program to more than 100 local students, "The Grove" (as it is well known) currently attracts boarding students from over 29 countries. Founded in 1879, LCS is an independent, co-educational high school located just north of Peterborough (at 4391 County Road 29, Douro Dummer) right before you hit Clear Lake and cottage country.
LCS—located on a picturesque, stunning campus with Katchewanooka Lake as a backdrop—is holding its annual Open House on Saturday, October 18th at 10 a.m. to share with prospective students and their families what it firmly believes to be the best learning experience in the province!
LCS UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
LCS combines a rigorous academic curriculum with unique experiential learning opportunities that encourage a passion for lifelong learning and fosters leadership development, resiliency and confidence—key factors to achieving success. At LCS, you’ll find top quality teachers who have the freedom to be innovative; specialized settings to enhance learning styles; a personalized approach with smaller student to staff ratios (7:1); a high academic standard; and an incredible post-secondary success rate (100 percent acceptance to universities and the majority attend university of first choice).
Lakefield College School is committed to ensuring that outstanding students have the opportunity to attend. About $1.6 million in partial financial assistance is offered annually to one in four of their students. LCS is incredibly proud of the unprecedented level of support they are able to offer their students!
At LCS, individualized learning support is offered to best fit the personality and overall needs of each and every student. Having a chance to both live and learn with students from around the world enhances the learning experience for students and encourages global awareness.
LCS recently adopted a new schedule which reduces the number of classes from five to four in the typical day and at the same time increases the length of classes. Head of School Struan Robertson says, “With only four classes per day instead of five, students can organize their workload more effectively and have more time during class for meaningful learning with their teachers and peers.”
With 2/3 students living on campus, day students have the option of taking advantage of a program schedule that maximizes 24/7 learning opportunities. There are opportunities to sign up for nighttime classes during the school year and online classes (in the summer) to expand learning hours. This helps prepare students for university life just around the corner.
"GROVE TIME" FOR STUDENTS
Each day, students are allotted 90 minutes of “Grove Time”. This is flexible time offering enrichment activities such as specialized workshops, leadership development, guidance, clubs or extra help if needed. The school stresses the importance of leadership and character development at all times. Its leadership program—delivered through each grade level—explores concepts of identity and self-reflection, character, and becoming responsible citizens of the student’s local and global communities.
The school’s Senior-in-Charge Program offers graduating students the chance to assume positions of responsibility and put their leadership skills into practice as community leaders by filling positions such as Heads of School Life, Heads of Houses, Athletic Spokespersons and leading charitable funding initiatives. These roles not only assist the younger students on campus, but are a vital tool in the growth of the seniors before they venture off to post-secondary life.
While at LCS, students graduate to attend prestigious universities around the world. The core of all of its programming lies in the fundamental belief of value-based learning to develop strong leaders for our world’s future.
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You can pre-register for the LCS Open House here.
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Traditionally, the idea of attending a private secondary school for many Canadian families was not considered possible. Options were usually limited to public and Catholic district school boards and were based on location. There was generally a preconceived notion that private education was reserved only for the financially or socially elite in our society.
Fast forward to today’s world and you’ll come to discover that this myth has no credibility anymore. Finally, there are viable options. If you have ever been curious about the possibility of sending your children to an independent school, you are going to want to mark January 16th on your calendar. It is then that Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), will be the guest speaker at an event geared towards showing how accessible a private school education has become—in addition to highlighting exceptional learning outcomes.
The event, which is taking place at the newly renovated BrandHealth building located at 379 George St N in downtown Peterborough, will be a real eye opener in terms of providing benefits in private school education that were once thought unattainable by most. Financial assistance programs are now breaking down barriers to open up opportunities for families to send students to independent schools in order to take advantage of their numerous benefits.
Some of these benefits include:
• top quality teachers who have freedom to be innovative, specialized settings
• enhanced learning styles
• a personalized approach with smaller student to teacher ratios
• incredible academic quality
• an incredible post-secondary success rate
Most important, independent education produces extremely happy students. The ability to choose a school that best fits the personality and overall needs of a child keeps them from being boxed into an education essentially based on location alone.
With greater accessibility through financial assistance, CAIS schools are becoming more and more a popular choice.
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