The New Lakefield District Public School!
As a result of $6.38 million in provincial funding for updates and renovations, this new school will be one of the most unique elementary schools in the Board. The many enhanced educational opportunities that will be created for students in the new school, include:
- maintaining the integrity of the 19 acre site (largest by far for an elementary school in KPR)
- maintaining the large high school gyms for school and community use
- a large new learning commons (library) with maker space
- maintaining a multi-purpose room/cafeteria with full kitchen
- new sound enhancement technologies within classrooms
- opportunities for enhanced science programming
- new modular classroom furniture to support 21st Century learning
- a dedicated music room
- newly designed Kindergarten rooms
- maintaining a strong Curve Lake First Nation presence within the local educational community, with continuance of a First Nation classroom
- the ability to retain Grade 7-8 French Immersion students within the Lakefield community
Renovations have begun at the current Lakefield District Intermediate and Secondary School site to transform it into a new, Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, starting in September 2017. All grades will move from the current Ridpath Junior Public School to the new site, as will Grades 7 and 8 only from Buckhorn Public School.
A committee of parent/community/school board representatives reviewed 162 submissions from the community. At the February 23, 2017 Board meeting, Trustees approved Lakefield District Public School as the new school's name.
The new Lakefield District Public School will continue to offer regular English programming, French Immersion, and Ojibwe classes.
Starting the New Year in Our New School!
We’re very pleased to share that the first day of school in our new building will be January 8, 2018! Our contractor, Steelcore, has confirmed that we will be able to begin moving into our new school during December. Once we have occupancy of the building, following numerous inspections by fire and building officials, there will be lots of work happening to continue preparing the school for students. This includes cleaning, waxing floors, installing SmartBoards and other technology, unpacking and preparing classrooms.
Moving in at the beginning of January will provide time for the work mentioned above to take place, and will allow us to take advantage of the natural break over the holidays. Over the coming weeks, we will focus on making the transition as smooth as possible for students, particularly those with special needs, to help ensure they have a positive start in January.
While the school will be open to students on January 8, it is important to note that there will still be a few outstanding items that we will continue to work on over the following weeks. Work will be ongoing in some areas, such as the kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Our new electronic sign is on order, and will be installed shortly after our opening day. Our focus is on ensuring the school is operational and safe for students and staff, and we will continue to work diligently on outstanding items.
For safety reasons, we ask that parents and students not visit our new school site before January 8 because of the ongoing work that will be taking place. Families will be invited to an Open House in January, and an official opening celebration with local dignitaries and stakeholders will take place in the spring. Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing support and patience during this large project! We believe the new facilities and opportunities for students will be amongst the best in our school board!
Aerial view of the front of the school from the road. The new school will feature an upgraded accessible entrance, seating and sign in front of the school, more trees and new pathways. The sacred stones from Ridpath will be moved to the new site and a new electronic sign will be installed.
View of the school and new parking, bus drop-off and pick-up from the west.
View of new front foyer in main entrance.
View from front foyer toward Learning Resource Centre hallway.
Learning Commons Corridor.
Learning Commons Interior looking at Reading Niches outside the library.
This ramp highlights the colours of the interior of the school, used as a way-finding strategy to help students know which corridor/section of the school they are in.
Views from in and outside the Resource Room.
Views from in and outside the Resource Room.
Sample Kindergarten classroom.
Sample school classroom.
The right-sizing of the former Lakefield District Secondary and Lakefield Intermediate School site includes removal of the Intermediate wing in order to improve safe access and traffic flow for students, parents, staff and buses. The graphic below depicts the school's site plan.
Over 20 community organizations regularly use our schools in Lakefield after-school, on weekends and in the summer, for over 7,000 hours each year. We will be able to accommodate all of these groups in the new school. Beyond community use opportunities at the new school, additional partnerships at the school will include the following.
Child Care: a full-service, three-room licensed child care, with space for 49 children, including infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The school will also have a before and after-school licensed child care program for children in Kindergarten up to Grade 6. Both of these programs are in partnership with YMCA of Central East Ontario.
Child and Family Hub: Lakefield District Public School will also include a new child and family hub dedicated space operated by the Peterborough Family Resource Centre, for parents and children (0-6) to participate in early learning activities together.
Kawartha Youth Unlimited will have community partner space for its many youth programs and services, including daytime and after-school programs.
Nourish Lakefield’s Community Garden features 'field-style' plots at the west end of the property for community members to grow their own food. Partners include Selwyn Township, Lakefield United Church, and the Lakefield Food Bank.
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