Lakefield College School

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Lakefield College School
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Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
Address
4391 County Road #29
Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0, Canada
Information
School type Private, Coeducational, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Anglican Church of Canada
Established 1879
Head of school Struan Robertson
Enrollment 365
Campus Waterfront Campus (155-acre (0.63 km2), rural), Northcote Campus (160-acre (0.65 km2), rural)
Colour(s) Red and Green         
Mascot Terrapin
Rival Trinity College School
Tuition $29,180 (Day)
$50,865 - $54,630 (Boarding)[1]
Website

Lakefield College School (sometimes called LCS, The Grove or simply Lakefield) is a private boarding school located north of the village of Lakefield, Ontario. It was the first Canadian member of Round Square, an international affiliation of schools.

Lakefield College School has the volunteer support of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, a member of the Canadian Royal Family and the British Royal Family, who graduated from Lakefield in 1978. He serves as patron of the Friends of Lakefield College School.[2]

History[edit]

LCS was founded in 1879 by Sam Stickland and Col. Sparham Sheldrake (in Strickland's home, called Grove House). It was originally named Sparham Sheldrake's Preparatory School for Boys or The Grove and was located on 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land with a large farmhouse, a shed, and a kitchen; with enough room to accommodate about 15 boys.

In 1895 Reverend Alexander Mackenzie, then a teacher at the school, became Headmaster and bought the school from Col. Sheldrake. He built the school chapel (in 1924) and established the school's educational philosophy of combining a rigorous academic curriculum with a full and enriching program of sports, arts and outdoor education. During his time at the school, new classrooms, dormitories and dining room were added. His son Kenneth became the school's third Headmaster — a position he held until joining the Royal Canadian Navy two years later; he died in a car crash in 1966.

In 1940, Gordon Winder Smith, was appointed Headmaster. The school was faced with a mounting debt, buildings in poor condition and very little property surrounding the school. Working closely with the school's Board of Governors, Winder Smith or "Boodie" as he was known, worked diligently to retire the debt. He then embarked on a program of upgrading the facilities and adding new buildings and residences. Following the Second World War the name was changed to Lakefield Preparatory School. In 1958, the school's new classroom building was visited by Governor-General Vincent Massey. In 1964, Mr. Smith retired and Winder Smith Dining Hall was named in his honour.

Jack Eastwood Matthews was appointed as the next Headmaster and over the next seven years the school expanded in numbers and in international acclaim (Matthews went on to found Lester B. Pearson College in British Columbia). In May 1965, Lt.-Gov. Earl Rowe visited and officially opened Winder-Smith Hall and in September, Premier John Robarts officially opened Colebrook House.

On January 1, 1966, Lakefield Preparatory School was renamed Lakefield College School. In 1969, Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh visited and presented Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. In 1970, the funds for a new theatre and classroom building were donated and construction began. It was called the McLaughlin-Osler Centre and was opened by former Old Boy, Teacher and then Peterborough MP Hugh Faulkner. The next Headmaster, John Terry M. Guest was appointed in 1971, and Ashelworth House and property surrounding the school was purchased.

In 1979, Prince Andrew attended the school for a term as an exchange student from Gordonstoun School, Scotland, starting a long lasting relationship that continues to this day. In the same year LCS celebrated its centennial. The school became the first Canadian member of the Round Square Conference of Schools, an international association of schools with similar values and beliefs.

In 1985, David Hadden took over as Headmaster, initiating major changes. Although there was much debate among its alumni, Board of Governors, and trustees, LCS became co-educational in response to changing times and enrollment. In 1989, the first females were accepted to LCS. Under Hadden's headship, other changes occurred including the replacement of the old chapel (1997), the additional of an artificial ice outdoor hockey rink (2005) in memory of Bob Armstrong, the addition of the Northcote campus (2007) and the beginning of construction on a $12.5 million Student Recreation Centre (2007).

Headmaster David Hadden announced that the 2007–2008 school year would be his last at the school. In early 2008, David Thompson, the Principal of Greenwood College School and LCS trustee, was appointed as his successor. In 2008, the new student recreation centre, with a gymnasium, outdoor education classrooms, and student common areas was officially opened and named Hadden Hall.

David Thompson resigned as Head of School, effective June 30, 2010.

Sarah McMahon was appointed Interim Head of School, effective August 1, 2010.

Struan Robertson joined LCS as Head of School in March 2011.

Campus[edit]

LCS has a 155-acre (0.63 km2) wooded, waterfront, campus on the east shore of Lake Katchewanooka in rural Ontario. It is just north of the village of Lakefield, an hour and a half north-east of Toronto by road.

It contains eleven boarding houses, with an average of just over 20 students per house. The main building contains a chapel, dining hall, modern theatre, music room, art room, day student locker rooms, science labs, large library, computer lab, and classrooms.

An outdoor artificial ice surface, The Bob Armstrong Rink, has been operational since November 2005. A boathouse at the waterfront contains sailboats, kayaks, and canoes. Other buildings contain the dance studio and weight room.

Recently, 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land was donated to LCS through the Gastle family. The 'Northcote' campus officially became part of the LCS community on October 27, 2007.

In October 2008, Lakefield College School opened a new student recreation centre, named Hadden Hall in honour of David and Susan Hadden's 23 years at the school. The facility includes a gymnasium, outdoor education wing, indoor climbing wall, dance studio, exercise facility, and several common areas for students. The east wing of the hall was named the Paul and Hélène Demarais Family Outdoor Education Wing, and the gymnasium was named for The McEwen Family. This new building is the school's first LEED gold-certified building.

Construction on LCS's second LEED gold-certified building, a new residence - Cooper House was complete for Fall 2009.

Students[edit]

As of 2013, LCS enrolls 365 students (grades 9–12); 252 in boarding and 113 in day status.

The boarding students are divided into eleven residential houses, (Grove, Ondaatje, Memorial, Rashleigh, Upper Colebrook, Lower Colebrook, Susanna Moodie, Matthews, Wadsworth, Ryder, Cooper), each with an adult 'Head of House' who acts as a parent and an 'Assistant Head of House' who acts like an older brother or sister while the student is away from home. There are five boys' boarding houses and six girls' boarding houses which contain student dormitories, washrooms, common areas, a Head of House residence, and an Assistant Head of House apartment. Each has an average of 23 students and two adults.

There are also the four competitive houses of Lefevre, Mackenzie, Pullen, and Sheldrake. Initially there were two houses, Red and Green, but these were divided in the 1950s into the four 'houses'. The initial colour schemes for each house was: Lefevre, green and silver; Mackenzie, blue and red; Pullen, blue and yellow; Sheldrake, black and gold. These colour schemes have since been changed.

All students also have an academic advisor, who helps with course selection, university admission, and arranging extra help (including tutoring) if necessary.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

As part of the "education of the whole person", Lakefield College School offers Co-Curricular activities such as a community service opportunities, choir, band, theatre and different student-led interest groups such as photography club, yearbook club and chess club.

Students have a choice of 49 competitive and recreational sports - students must engage in three sports a year, one a term.

Curriculum[edit]

Lakefield College School offers a wide range of Arts, Languages, Math, Science, Technology and Social Science courses to its students, including eight Advanced Placement courses.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • John W. Childs `Ramblings of a Rolling Stone: A Boy's Journey from England to Canada During World War II`(1939-1945). John W. Childs wrote about his life as a student at Lakefield.[5]

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Coordinates: 44°26′24″N 78°15′54″W / 44.440°N 78.265°W / 44.440; -78.265