Lakefield College School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2016-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||I participated in 1st team soccer (‘17, ‘18), 1st team basketball (‘17, ‘18), and first team track and field (‘17, ‘18) and was the captain of both the track and field team (‘17, ‘18) and basketball team (‘18). In 2017, our soccer team won CISAA gold, while in 2018, we won CISAA silver. Also, in 2018, I won CISAA silver in the 400 metre track and field event, and moved on to the Metro Regional Championships. Additionally, I was a “student in charge” (SIC) of my residence (Matthews House) where I was a looked up to as a leader in the house. If my fellow housemates had an issue regarding something that they did not feel comfortable talking to, I was their point of contact which allowed me to have a friendly conversation with them.|
|College Enrolled:||York St. John University|
|Home Town, State:||Brighton|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Lakefield College School stands out in a way that compares to no other. One aspect that makes it unique is it’s method of assessing a student’s knowledge in English classes. In my final year, the school adopted what is known as “Harkness Table Discussions”, where students gather around the table, and discuss topics related what the assignment is. There is minimal teacher interaction, and the students not involved in the discussion take notes on their peers’ involvement with constructive feedback. I enjoyed this method of learning and assessment because there are essentially no wrong answers and just allows you to get marks on your thoughts and queries regarding the task at hand. This differentiates from an essay where there you may be inclined to switch your method of writing style depending on the literature the essay is about.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think I just became a more mature and better person out of it. I don’t take my education for granted, and I set such high standards for myself because of Lakefield College School.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If I had any advice for kids wanting to go to boarding school is that don’t be shy to try new things or talk to other people. I tended to stay in my comfort zone, but if I were to do things differently, I would’ve probably tried to gain more relationships with my peers and get to know them a bit more.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, I enjoyed the scenery the best. The school is set on a lake and just had the most stunning sunsets.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you’re a guy, then Matthews House would be a great house to check out. The Head of House is fantastic, and the house even has a pool table as well!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I enjoyed most about the academics is that every teacher was there for each student if they required any sort of assistance - no matter what time of day. This is beneficial for students who play on a 1st team who are constantly travelling on the road for games, and can easily fall behind. However, with teachers living on campus as well as their students, there becomes a special bond which ultimately enables students to work at any hour with their teacher.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I enjoyed most about the athletics program was the wide variety of sports available. Although, I only stuck to the same three sports throughout my Lakefield College School career, it was comforting knowing that if I wanted to switch to a different sport, or try something new, that I would have that as an option.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the school plays that were put on at both the fall term and the spring term. Additionally, the dance showcase in the winter was always entertaining and good as everyone involved works so hard to put on a show for their audiences.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Lakefield College School always gave students the opportunity to achieve community service hours, as it is a requirement to achieve 40 to gain the Ontario High School diploma. Extracurriculars ranged from sports to Model UN, and so on.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the togetherness and the banter. I still stay in touch with the guys I lived with. I also enjoyed Friday nights where we would have “House Events” and it brought everyone together after a long week which really acts as a good stress relief.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I enjoyed the town life because it reminded me of my hometown. It’s small, like a village, and everyone knows everyone. There are unique stores/restaurants that are representative of the country of Canada which make it great for an international student to be able to have these experiences to enjoy such close to Lakefield College.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life was good. My most sociable times at Lakefield College School usually came while I was in class, in my house, or during open house (where students were able to go to other houses). I liked the bonding and relaxed time of it.
|9:00 AM||Period 1|
|10:15 AM||Period 2|
|11:30 AM||Lunch/ Grove Study Time|
|1:00 PM||Period 3|
|2:15 PM||Period 4|
|7:15 PM||Open House|
|8:00 PM||Study Time|
|9:30 AM||Period 1|
|10:45 AM||Period 2|
|6:00 PM||Off campus time|
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