Three Hopes for 2019

When I reflect on our first term at the Grove, three specific moments come to mind:

In the fall, one of our grade ten students wanted to express her gratitude for our food.  To be honest, her original motivation was not gratitude but frustration:  she was bothered that so many students complained about food.  She wrote to friends and asked them to share photos of their meals.  She then put together a presentation to remind our community that we are fortunate to have such diverse, healthy, and tasty meals prepared for us. This led her to an idea – she invited our food service team to chapel and thanked them on behalf of our community.

And then the moment happened.  Our students jumped to their feet for a standing ovation for our dining and cleaning staff.

The second moment actually happened numerous times in one week. This fall, our production of Mamma Mia! was beyond amazing.  Our little theatre was bursting with energy and everyone jumped to their feet for a standing ovation at the end of each show.  What I loved most is that people stayed on their feet, singing and dancing during the last couple of numbers.

The third moment – another standing ovation – was a complete surprise.  Our Christmas chapel happens in the evening after students enjoy a formal meal in the dining hall.  At the beginning, I noticed that students seemed restless, and, I was a bit nervous about their ability to behave appropriately for the duration of the service.  Turns out – they were more than respectful.  When Adam Bishop, a member of our Foundation team and a former Head Boy, walked to the front to sing “O Holy Night” accompanied by our pianist, there was a lot of energy in chapel.  I know that Adam is a talented singer, and yet I felt nervous for him – no matter your talent, it takes courage to perform solo in front of hundreds of students.  But he began, and we were enraptured.  At the end, there was a pause.  I sometimes wonder about the appropriateness of clapping during a chapel service, and it was as if the entire chapel was pondering the exact same question.  And just as quickly, the question was answered.  The entire chapel sprang to their feet clapping.  The final song that night – Joy to the World – was the most enthusiastic singing I’ve heard in chapel since my arrival.

Now here’s the thing about standing ovations:  They are spontaneous. They only happen in groups.  They are full of joy.

That combination, to me, is “So Lakefield…”

I hope your year includes moments of spontaneity, community and joy.  I hope you might be able to return for a visit this year, perhaps to experience our theatre, chapel or another event.  And I sincerely hope you’re really lucky, and you get to be part of the transformative experience of a standing ovation at the Grove.

Happy new year!

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Highlights from 2018 at Lakefield College School

 

 

 

 

 

1 thought on “Three Hopes for 2019

  1. Ms. Kee,

    Thank you very much for writing about that special moment as a highlight of the term.

    I don’t have any words to explain how much support I received while preparing this little event. I remember telling my Mother about how much it bothers me to hear students complaining, and her warm response when she proposed the idea of a Chapel announcement. I knew that Ms. Brown and Ms. Dalrymple supported my idea but I didn’t anticipate the overwhelming support from Catherine, Gavin, Scott, Max and Emilia, who also proposed the beautiful idea of inviting the dining and cleaning staff.

    We were holding hands before going up in front of the entire school and that was a true moment of bonding. I also remember walking down the hallway and students coming up to me to express their gratitude for finally speaking about the issue. I know how important it was for staff to hear students applauding for their hard work. I noticed something magical happening – students are thanking dining and cleaning staff and are even having little conversations about favourite dishes. That is absolutely beautiful. Together we are making LCS a better place.

    Thank you for making LCS the best second home anyone could ever ask for. I am happy to be here every day.

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