Student Exchange – Adelaide Australia: How Sweet It Is!

2016_2017_StudentExchange_SophiaAuclair_01This trip has not only been the best time of my life so far, but it has also been a time where I have learned about myself as an individual and my passion for animals has deepened.

The day after I arrived I went straight to exploring this beautiful country. On July 19th, Abigail, Angela (her mom) and Alana (a close friend of Abigail’s), and I, explored downtown Adelaide and the amazing sites that awaited us. We started off our day by visiting the central markets where we wandered around for a while, and then headed off to the North Terrace where we saw the University of Adelaide, an art gallery and a library. We also had an opportunity to visit Adelaide’s war memorial; it was beautifully detailed and filled with representations of soldiers that fought for Australia during World War II. We then visited the Alpine festival, which is an annual festival to celebrate winter. In this festival they had a lot of different fun activities available to the public. We ended the day at the Torrens River where we relaxed for a little while.

On July 20th, I had a very memorable experience. I learned something about myself that I am very happy with as it made me aware of how deep my passion for animals is. It was during our visit to the Urimbirra Wild Life Experience where I got to see so many different animals from those I have seen in Canada. Yes, everyone loves animals but something in my heart told me that day that I definitely want to work with animals in the future. This day was also filled with numerous activities, such as a visit to Victor Harbour where we ate fish and chips and indulged in some candy I had never seen or eaten before. We also walked around Granite Island where we found some spectacular views overlooking the bay. However, this will be the day where my happiness was greatest as it touched my passion for animals.

The day after, we went to Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Although there weren’t many leaves on the trees to see—it is winter in July, which feels like a warm Canadian fall—it was an amazing experience to see the Australian nature that surrounded us. After this, we went to Melba’s chocolate factory. Who can get enough junk food? Here, I tried many different chocolates that Australia is known for in this part of the world. We then walked through Hahndorf, a charming German town with lots of pretty sites and then wound down our day with a little bowling and dinner with some of Abigail’s friends. 

July 22nd was somewhat rainy so we had a laid back day as we walked around the Westfield Marion Mall where I had an opportunity to see many different stores that are unique to Australia. We also caught a movie—Central Intelligence—that was actually pretty funny. It was too rainy to do anything else so we headed home and had a relaxing night watching movies and eating junk food.

The day after, the weather had cleared up, and we spent the day in the Kuipto Forest where we made a bonfire and…went Pokémon hunting. We also explored the forest and roasted yummy marshmallows. 

Today, July 24th, we walked down to Jetty Road in Glenelg where we strolled along the coast of their beach, which was very windy. This being their winter, it was too cold to swim in the water as the temperature hovers around 15 degrees Celsius. 

Although my trip has only begun, I have had an awesome time so far. I am very excited to go to their school—even though it is my summer holiday time out of school!!— and I am really happy I am having this opportunity to travel the world.— Sophia Auclair ’18

Une activité de jardinage pour protéger les papillons

Butterfly_GardenChaque année, les papillons monarques font un voyage de plus de 5000 km du Canada jusqu’au Mexique. Mais depuis quelques années, les populations de monarques ont atteint un creux historique d’à peine 33,5 millions en 2013, alors que leur moyenne annuelle avait été de 350 millions au cours des 15 dernières années.

Une des principales causes de ce déclin? La disparition marquée de la seule espèce de plantes dont se nourrissent les monarques et sur laquelle les femelles pondent leurs oeufs : l’asclépiade.

Le 26 mai, des élèves de 3e année à la 11e année ont participè à la sauvegarde des papillons en plantant des asclépiades, une plante vitale pour les monarques. Ce jardin papillon se trouve à côté du nouveau parking.

Vous voulez faire un petit geste concret et significatif pour protéger les monarques? Plantez aussi de l’asclépiade pour les accueillir chaleureusement cet été! Ce petit geste contribuera à créer un effet papillon pour la protection des monarques, qui dépendent de nous pour assurer leur survie.

Voici des commentaires d’élèves du junior school après l’activité :

  • «J’ai beaucoup aimé planter des asclépiades pour aider les papillons monarques à survivre. J’aime les papillons et faire du jardinage. J’espère que les papillons vont aimer nos plantations!» Vanessa Melki, 4e année
  • «J’ai trouvé que c’était une très bonne initiative de planter des asclépiades pour attirer les papillons monarques puisque ces insectes sont très beaux et peuvent embellir l’école.» Édouard Des Parois Perrault, 6e année
  • «J’ai beaucoup aimé cette expérience en jardinage parce qu’on a donné plus de beauté à l’école.» Adam Trasher, 6e année
  • «Just to think that this activity can bring beauty and wonder to our school and could change the way we live our lives.» Élan Martin-Prashad, grade 6
  • «J’ai beaucoup aimé planter les différentes espèces végétales parce qu’on aidait l’environnement et les papillons.» Amélie Stevenson, 4e année
  • «J’ai aimé jardiner parce que j’ai appris à mieux jardiner.» Brendan Singleton, 4e année
  • «J’ai beaucoup aimé planter des arbustes et enlever les mauvaises herbes du joli jardin.» Maya Lutfy-Friedman, 4e année
  • «I really liked gardening because it was fun to help out and help the butterflies.» Gianluca Pietrantonio, grade 4
  • «J’ai aimé faire le jardinage avec mon amie Annia. C’était tellement amusant d’aider ainsi les papillons.» Annie Shane, 4e année
  • «J’ai aimé faire le jardinage pour aider les papillons. C’était tellement amusant. J’aimerais le faire à nouveau!» Annia Sandler, 4e année

Nous tenons à remercier Greg Lynch de Mantis Environmental pour avoir supervisé la création du jardin, la fondation David Suziki qui est à l’origine du projet: “L’effet papillon” ainsi que la fondation Monarch Watch qui nous a permis d’utiliser leur poster “Bring back the Monarch”.

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Cradle to Grave   

Blog_CradleGraveOne unique aspect of LCC is that for most students, being part of our community is literally a “cradle to grave” experience. Whether our students’ “cradle” begins in kindergarten or grade 7, by the time they graduate, they will have had made many lifelong friends and they will have shared many special experiences together – both in the classroom and beyond in our co-curricular programmes. The friendships and connections to school will also live well beyond graduation.

As Headmaster, I connect frequently with LCC alumni across Canada, the United States and the UK. You might wonder why we bother. We see the practical value of our “cradle-to-grave” approach and the bonding between grads that develops many years beyond graduation. In addition to me, committed people in our Advancement Office are constantly in touch with grads. Mr. LLano is our “Director of Alumni Engagement,” and he is assisted by our Alumni Ambassador and former Assistant Head, Vic Badian. Another former Assistant Head, Mrs. Gendron is also in the mix, reaching out to young women, to help solidify their valuable connections to the school.

Every fall our annual alumni reunion/homecoming dinner brings together anniversary classes, celebrating 10 to 50 years. We offer alumni special hockey and basketball leagues on campus throughout the winter and sponsor a myriad of special social events that keep a lot of alumni connected.

We also have an extensive alumni outreach programme in cities across Canada, the United States and England. We recently hosted receptions in New York, Boston and Ottawa. I am pleased to report that our alumni network is strong, with very healthy turnouts in each city. It is very satisfying to see committed alumni from as far back as the 40s and 50s alongside much younger grads who are studying at university or who have recently entered the workforce, with all the challenges that brings. The older alumni come to these events determined to seek out young LCC grads who they want to mentor and assist. The younger graduates appreciate the opportunity for guidance and support in navigating their new careers under the common bond of sharing learning experiences at the same school – a lifetime bond.

In cities like New York, all of the young LCC grads are attempting to come to terms with a very competitive work environment and the reality of living in small and expensive shoebox apartments. So personal connections, guidance and career advice do matter. I am pleased to say that the courage, creativity and energy of our younger alumni are palpable at all LCC receptions.

We also recently held our annual Career Day and many LCC alumni came to speak to students about their studies or careers and offer help as mentors. A woman from Youth Employment Services Montreal opened Career Day by outlining popular trends in jobs – and she repeated frequently that our students need to be proactive in seeking personal “coffee meetings” with people in fields of interest to them. We understand that having the courage to do that can be a bit daunting, so that’s why our alumni office is there to support and develop personal connections between students, young graduates and a lot of willing established LCC alumni mentors who actually want to have coffee, tea and productive dialogue.

Mr. LLano and I look forward to connecting our students to mentors even before graduation, which will come quicker than you think. Don’t forget our philosophy, “cradle to grave”! – Chris Shannon, Headmaster





Middle School Students Spend Time at the Lasalle Boys and Girls Club

2015_16_MS_CommServ_LaSalle_BoysGirls_020Le samedi 7 mai, six étudiants de LCC sont allés au Club Garçons et Filles de LaSalle afin
d’organiser des jeux et des activités avec les enfants du quartier. Les étudiants ont organisé des jeux amusants ainsi que des activités sportives et artistiques. Les enfants se sont beaucoup amusés (nous aussi!) et ils ont bien apprécié notre présence. Ce fût une expérience enrichissante de pouvoir donner notre temps pour la communauté.

The students who organized and participated in this event had a great time and loved spending time with the kids. Just like last year, we all a great and fun experience. We hope to go back next year and spend more time with the kids.

Merci beaucoup,
Andrew Fata ’19

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Text Messages Home: What it’s Like to be a Young Round Square Delegate

Three LCC Middle School Students are currently attending the Round Square Conference at the Athenian School in Danville, California. The following series of texts from Andrew Vandenbussche ’19, LCC student delegate, were sent to his parents and printed with his permission.