MacLachlan students have a diverse calendar of experiential learning, leadership opportunities, competition, and spirit celebrations. Discover the latest events and initiatives happening in the MacLachlan Community
As MacLachlan College's Alumni Manager, I regularly connect with our graduates and hear their stories. One common thread that often surfaces in our discussions is the unique way MacLachlan instills a sense of community and service in its students over the years. This theme beautifully aligns with the upcoming Round Square International Conference 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya, where our current student delegation will be actively participating. This event isn't just another school gathering; it's a continuation of our rich tradition of service trips and a reaffirmation of the exceptional values that define our alumni community.
The MacLachlan community has a rich tradition of service that extends far beyond the classroom. MAC alumni, scattered across the globe, have consistently embarked on service trips that demonstrate their unwavering dedication to improving communities and leaving a lasting, positive impact. This tradition serves as a testament to the values instilled in MacLachlan students during their time at the school.
Our Grade 11 Biology class took a fantastic B-Day walk to the municipal greenhouses. They embarked on a journey to uncover the incredible diversity of plants and expand our understanding of classification, the evolutionary history of plants, and Latin-based binomial nomenclature.
It was a day filled with hands-on learning and an opportunity to connect with the fascinating world of botany.
Our Upper School students recently embarked on a creative journey like no other! They had the privilege of participating in a hands-on art workshop led by the incredibly talented artist, Aiden lee.
Aiden is an accomplished abstract painter and passionate advocate with autism, ADHD, and anxiety. His vibrant creations touch hearts and minds, while his advocacy work has impacted thousands of students and earned him prestigious awards.
In this engaging workshop, our students got to experience the power of art as a form of self-expression and emotional release.
We believe that diversity enriches our lives, and Aiden's visit reaffirmed the importance of embracing uniqueness and celebrating the beauty of individuality.
This week, we had the immense honour of welcoming Mr. Stephen Paquette to our school, and it was an extraordinary journey for us all.
Mr. Paquette mesmerized our PYP students in Grades 1–6, teaching us about the significance of Indigenous land acknowledgments and sharing profound insights into Indigenous culture and history, fostering a deeper understanding of the path towards reconciliation.
After the assembly, our SK students exploring themes of belonging and contributing were treated to an enlightening session where Mr. Paquette emphasized the value of relationships—with each other and with the Earth itself. He reminded us of the intricate interconnection of the natural world.
For our Grade 2s, diving into health and wellness, Mr. Paquette illuminated the Indigenous perspective with the four components of well-being: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
Throughout the day, we observed our students actively engaging, sharing their thoughts, and forming profound connections. Stephen's visit beautifully underscored the richness of diversity and the profound importance of respecting various cultures and practices as we strive to heal and grow together.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Paquette for being a bridge-builder of knowledge and relationships in our community.
Our first Upper School Engineering Club session was an absolute blast. Our students were given an intriguing challenge: fit their bodies through an index card!
After some engaging introductory discussions about what this year's club might have in store, our young engineers dove headfirst into this mind-boggling task. Creativity and problem-solving skills were on full display as students pushed the boundaries of what was possible.
We love shining a spotlight on our student action! Turbo, a dedicated student from MacLachlan College, who spent his summer break running a lemonade stand with a purpose!
Turbo shared that he learned about the importance of nature and the vital work done by WWF at school, and he wanted to show his commitment to protecting our precious planet. He raised an incredible $494.55 to donate to this incredible cause!
What an amazing job, Turbo! Your dedication and compassion are inspiring, and you're making a real difference in the world.
Today was our MacLachlan College Welcome Back BBQ! This annual event brings together our incredible MacLachlan College community - students, families, teachers, and staff - to kick off the school year with a whole lot of fun and delicious food.
There's nothing quite like the spirit of community, and we felt it in full force today. Laughter, smiles, and great conversations filled the air as we celebrated together.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to make this day special. Here's to a fantastic school year ahead, filled with learning, growth, and memorable moments.
Today was an incredible day at our Upper School! In the morning, we gathered for our Round Square Kick-off, setting the stage for an action-packed day ahead. In the afternoon, students from grades 7 to 12 came together for our Big Picture Conversation.
It was inspiring to witness these student-led, cross-grade discussions in action, fostering deeper understanding and unity among our diverse school community.
Maggie, a student at MacLachlan College, and her friend Charlotte put their creative talents to work by crafting handmade slime that captured the hearts of many. But their generosity didn't end there. They decided to channel their earnings, a generous $80, towards a cause dear to their hearts - the Oakville & Milton Humane Society 🐾.
Maggie went above and beyond, proudly donning her MacLachlan school uniform when personally delivering the donation. This thoughtful gesture was her way of ensuring that the staff at the society knew a MacLachlan student was the force behind this act of kindness.
Maggie's big heart and selfless spirit make us immensely proud. Her actions exemplify the values we hold dear at MacLachlan College - a commitment to community, compassion, and creating a positive impact.
Our MacLachlan College Upper School students had an amazing time at Coronation Park for our annual picnic!
This annual event welcomed our new students and provided an opportunity for all Grade 7-12 students and staff to mingle in a relaxed setting. To make it even more special, everyone sported their House colours to take part in all the fantastic activities our Prefects had lined up.
Thank you to everyone who made this day so memorable!
Our first Upper School assembly of the year was a blast! The prefect council got the energy going with engaging spirit activities, and students received exciting updates about clubs and leadership roles for the 2023-2024 academic year.
These opportunities span a wide range, including dance, MAC Prism, diversity and inclusion, round square, engineering, DECA, public speaking, chess, and numerous others!
Today, our Lower School students are taking house spirit to a whole new level by decking themselves out in an array of house-coloured accessories! From scarves to hats, socks to pins, they're proudly representing their houses in style.
Who will have the most spirit-filled accessories today?
Our MAC athletes are in high spirits as the U14 Soccer Trials kick into high gear, building up the anticipation for the tournament just around the corner!
Join us in expressing our gratitude to Abdul, a remarkably talented Grade 9 student who generously dedicates his time to coaching our U14 and U12 Mariners. Additionally, let's extend our appreciation to our outstanding coaches, Mr. Vanstone and Mrs. Taylor, whose dedication and passion are the driving forces behind our success on the field!
Imagine a world where education and community converge, where every individual's journey intertwines with others, creating a tapestry of support and inspiration. I'm thrilled to be the Alumni Manager at MacLachlan College, where this vision becomes a reality every day.
My story is one of unwavering passion for education and the transformative power of community. From an early age, the pursuit of knowledge and the joy of helping others learn ignited a fire within me. This lifelong passion set the course for a career dedicated to making a positive impact in the realm of education.
The first day of school at MacLachlan College is upon us, and we couldn't be more excited to see all your smiling faces again.
To our returning students, we're thrilled to have you back on campus, ready to embark on another year of learning, growth, and unforgettable experiences. Let's make this year even more amazing than the last!
And to our new students, a warm and enthusiastic welcome to the MAC family! We can't wait to get to know each and every one of you and help you feel at home in our close-knit community.
We are incredibly proud of our MacLachlan students, Oren and Oshra, for their remarkable initiative to create positive action within our community. Your dedication to making a difference not only reflects your compassion for animals but also showcases the values we hold dear at MacLachlan.
Thank you for being shining examples of what it means to be active, caring members of our community!
What an incredible feat by Ria, Oren, and Oshra! This summer, their entrepreneurial spirit shone bright as they created their very own lemonade stand, raising a remarkable $405 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Canada.
Their dedication to making wishes come true for children facing challenging circumstances is nothing short of inspiring. We applaud their kindness and determination, and we're grateful for their positive impact on our community.
Today marked an important milestone at MacLachlan College as we kicked off our Student Orientation Day with boundless enthusiasm. We extended a warm and hearty welcome to both our new and returning students, setting the stage for an exhilarating journey together throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
Families and students alike had an opportunity to immerse themselves in the transformative changes that have taken place on our campus, thanks to our recent renovations. The day was filled with discovery as parents and guardians joined their children on a campus tour, where they explored our facilities and newly refurbished spaces.
Students and their families had the joy of connecting with our exceptional team of educators, who are eagerly awaiting the chance to nurture the minds and spirits of our students.
We can't wait to see you all once again as we dive headfirst into a year filled with learning, growth, and unforgettable experiences!
The Trafalgar campus at Maclachlan College is buzzing with energy as we welcome back our amazing MAC staff, ready to create inspiring learning journeys filled with growth, curiosity, and endless possibilities.
Together, we're gearing up for an incredible start to the upcoming school year on September 6th.
A warm and hearty welcome is extended to the latest additions to our close-knit community, as they officially become an integral part of the ever-growing MAC family.
Together, we will continue to build upon the strong foundation that has made MacLachlan College an institution renowned for its academic excellence, future-ready mindset, and unwavering support for one another.
At MacLachlan, we have a commitment to fostering innovation and growth, and we're delighted to welcome these talented individuals who share our passion for re-imagining possibilities for a brighter future.
Our Upper School Teachers Retreat was an incredible opportunity for brilliant minds to come together and collaborate on shaping the future of Round Square at MacLachlan College.
During the retreat, our dedicated teachers engaged in thought-provoking discussions, brainstorming sessions, and interactive workshops. Their shared expertise and passion created a dynamic environment where innovative ideas flourished.
We are immensely grateful for the collective wisdom and commitment demonstrated by our team. Their collaborative efforts will undoubtedly pave the way for an even brighter future for our school community.
Together, we are building a Round Square experience that empowers our students, fosters global citizenship, and nurtures their intellectual growth. The exciting journey towards educational excellence at MacLachlan has just taken a tremendous leap forward!
Our PYP faculty at Maclachlan College is embarking on an incredible professional growth journey through 3-day workshops. These workshops offer them a chance to enhance their teaching skills and empower our students in remarkable ways.
In the workshops, our dedicated teachers are immersing themselves in evidencing learning, local & global inquirers, and creating a curriculum for transdisciplinary learning. Through these focused sessions, our faculty members are gaining valuable insights and tools to foster student progress, ignite curiosity, and cultivate integrated learning experiences.
At Maclachlan College, we strongly believe in the power of continuous learning, and these workshops exemplify our commitment to providing the best education for our students. We are excited about the transformative impact these workshops will have on our faculty and, ultimately, the educational journey of our students.
With hearts full of pride and admiration, we congratulate our extraordinary Grade 12 students on their graduation!
As you close this chapter and step into the next phase of your lives, remember that the education, friendships, and memories formed at MacLachlan College will forever be a part of you. Cherish the valuable lessons learned, the experiences shared, and the growth you've achieved.
Congratulations, MacLachlan College Class of 2023!
The remarkable Class of 2023 gathered to commemorate their memorable MacLachlan journey as they prepared to embark on their thrilling university endeavours! The graduation dinner at Piano Piano in downtown Oakville was an evening that will be cherished forever, filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable memories.
We couldn't be prouder of our Grade 12 Grads for their unwavering determination, dedication, and numerous achievements throughout their high school years. Each and every one of you has shown incredible potential, and we eagerly await witnessing your success as you pursue your passions in your chosen fields of study at university!
What an exhilarating adventure our intermediate students had on their year-end trip to Canada's Wonderland!
Amidst the thrill of adrenaline-pumping rides and endless laughter, our students created unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. A big thank you to the dedicated teachers, staff, and parents who made this exhilarating adventure possible.
Grade 5 took part in an exhilarating trip to Air Riderz Trampoline Park in Mississauga to celebrate their hard work and further cultivate the attribute of being a risk-taker!
With boundless energy and high spirits, our students bounced, flipped, and soared through the air in a thrilling display of athleticism and courage. The trampoline park provided the perfect setting for our students to challenge themselves, conquer fears, and push their boundaries.
Our Grade 4 students had an incredible year-end trip to Jack Darling Memorial Park, creating unforgettable memories with their classmates. From friendly competitions to team-building activities, they showcased their amazing teamwork and camaraderie.
It was a day filled with joy, laughter, and a wonderful way to end the year!
Last week was an exciting moment for our amazing Upper School students as they bid farewell to another incredible year! We commemorated their accomplishments and shared their joy at the unforgettable Year-End Assembly and Awards Ceremony.
Our students have shown immense dedication and perseverance throughout the year, excelling both inside and outside the classroom. From outstanding performances on the sports field to uplifting displays of school spirit, their enthusiasm and passion have been truly inspiring.
Of course, we must also acknowledge their remarkable academic accomplishments. These students have demonstrated a commitment to learning and a pursuit of knowledge that will undoubtedly set them on a path to future success.
Congratulations to all the award recipients and to every student who contributed to making this school year a memorable one. We wish you a well-deserved break and look forward to seeing what you will accomplish in the future!
Our PYP school community gathered on the backfield, filled with enthusiasm and school pride, to witness an extraordinary Mac Olympics medals and awards ceremony. It was a remarkable day, marking the culmination of a fantastic school year.
To our outstanding students, we applaud your hard work, determination, and resilience throughout the year. You've demonstrated your commitment to learning, embraced challenges, and shown remarkable growth both academically and personally.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated teachers and staff. Your unwavering support, guidance, and passion for education have made a lasting impact. Your commitment to fostering our students' potential and creating a vibrant learning environment is truly commendable.
We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to our diligent front office staff and facilities team. We truly appreciate all that you do to ensure the smooth operation of our school. Your contributions do not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for your invaluable support.
To our parents and families, we appreciate your trust and partnership. Your ongoing support has been instrumental in shaping the success and well-being of our students. Thank you for being an essential part of our MacLachlan College community.
Have a wonderful summer filled with joy, relaxation, and exciting adventures. Stay safe, recharge, and return with renewed energy as we eagerly await the start of another extraordinary school year.
Grade 6 Students Soar to New Heights on Treetop Trekking Trip at Binbrook Conservation Area!
This immersive outdoor experience allowed our students to push their boundaries, overcome challenges, and develop essential teamwork and problem-solving skills. As they maneuvered through the course, they embraced the wonders of nature, breathing in the fresh air and marvelling at the beauty that surrounded them.
Our Grade 3 students just had a thrilling year-end trip to Safari Niagara. And let us tell you, it was an adventure like no other!
One of the absolute highlights of their trip was the incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with the awe-inspiring animals and even hand-fed the majestic giraffes!
Witnessing these young minds connect with nature and wildlife in such a meaningful way was a sight to behold. As they interacted with these gentle giants, learning about their habitat and habits, a newfound appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our planet blossomed within them.
Our wonderful teachers and Spirit and Pride team worked extremely hard to coordinate and organize a new and improved house showdown called "The Amazing Chase"!
Students grouped up with their house team members and completed timed and head-to-head challenges to collect points. It was an exhilarating experience that brought everyone together in the spirit of friendly competition and camaraderie.
"The Amazing Chase" was a resounding success and will be remembered as a shining example of the incredible spirit and sense of community that defined MacLachlan College!
The energy was contagious as our PYP community came together for our annual MAC Olympics, an exhilarating event to commemorate the final days of the school year. Our students donned their house colours with pride, embodying the Olympic spirit of unity, friendship, and healthy competition. The atmosphere was electric as cheers echoed throughout the park, igniting a sense of pride and sportsmanship.
Thomas, Colborne, Chisholm, and Sumner all showcased their spirit and pride and from sprinting on the track to leaping in long jumps, our students displayed their remarkable track and field abilities with passion and determination.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the student volunteers, teachers, parents, and staff who made this day possible.
Our Grade 11 and 12 students had an incredible time at La Tradition de France, indulging in a scrumptious breakfast.
The authentic experience was elevated by the restaurant owners, who are Parisians themselves. Our students immersed themselves in French culture, conversing in the language, and savouring mouthwatering pastries and crepes.
It was an unforgettable final French class of the year, creating cherished memories for everyone involved.
Congratulations to all the recipients of the PYP Year-End Awards! Each of you is an inspiration to your peers and a shining example of what can be accomplished through hard work, commitment to learning, and passion for personal growth.
As our PYP students move forward, may the recognition received at this ceremony serve as a reminder of their incredible capabilities and fuel their ongoing pursuit of excellence.
We have no doubt that they will continue to shine brightly, making a positive impact on the world around them.
If you haven't had the chance yet, make sure to take a look at the garden beds at the entrance of our MacLachlan Campus and feast your eyes on the breathtaking blooms!
Our amazing gardening club deserves a standing ovation for their dedication and green thumbs. From pulling pesky weeds to meticulously tending to the soil, these gardening enthusiasts have transformed the entrance with colour.
Let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible effort they've put in. Our Gardening Club would not have been possible without the guidance and support of our dedicated teachers, who have nurtured their love for nature and instilled a sense of responsibility towards our environment.
Our enthusiastic Grade 4 classes embarked on a thrilling trip to the Ontario Science Centre as part of their Unit of Inquiry on Inventions. During a captivating workshop, they dove into the fascinating world of light and sound, discovering the secrets behind these amazing phenomena. Through hands-on experiments and engaging demonstrations, our students gained a deeper understanding of the principles that govern these essential aspects of our lives.
After the workshop, the exploration continued as they ventured into the myriad exhibits at the Science Centre. From interactive displays to awe-inspiring installations, our curious learners immersed themselves in a world of discovery.
Our Grade 9 Geo students recently organized their own town hall meetings to tackle major challenges of the future, envisioning solutions for the year 2067.
These student-driven meetings were incredibly inspiring, as each student took on the role of a regional counsellor responsible for addressing a specific challenge. Some of the challenges they passionately worked on include reducing environmental impact, becoming a responsible global member, managing renewable and non-renewable resources, and navigating a changing economy and demographics.
We are immensely proud of our students for their proactive approach to these crucial issues. By engaging in these discussions and brainstorming solutions, they are shaping a brighter and more sustainable future for all.
The Mad Science Education Company just ran a mind-blowing Changes in Matter workshop for our Grade 5 students! They dove deep into the world of states of matter and conducted thrilling hands-on experiments.
With the help of their knowledge of the states of matter, our young scientists had a blast exploring the wonders of chemistry. Exploring changes in states of matter with dry ice, making bouncy balls through chemical reactions, and mixing liquids to test physical or chemical changes!
We are proud of our budding scientists for their enthusiasm and eagerness to explore the world of science.
MacLachlan College intermediate students embarked on a memorable experiential learning trip to Quebec City!
Venturing into the heart of Quebec's rich history and vibrant culture, our students had the privilege of exploring this enchanting city. From the charming cobblestone streets to the majestic architecture, every moment was steeped in learning and adventure.
Beyond the academic enrichment, this trip fostered personal growth and camaraderie among our students. They forged lasting friendships, embraced new perspectives, and created cherished memories that will undoubtedly stay with them for a lifetime.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the teachers, staff, and parents who supported and made this experiential learning trip a resounding success. It is through these transformative experiences that our students continue to thrive and become global citizens.
Grades 4, 5, and 6 students had a blast as they embarked on an unforgettable field trip to downtown Toronto last week to support our beloved Toronto Blue Jays in their thrilling game against the Milwaukee Brewers!
Experiencing the live-action was an incredible opportunity for our young sports enthusiasts to witness the excitement of professional baseball firsthand.
We're proud of our students for representing our school with enthusiasm and positive energy throughout the game. They showed exceptional sportsmanship, engaging with fellow fans and fostering a sense of camaraderie among everyone present.
PK, JK, and SK students embarked on a fascinating field trip as part of their 'Let it Grow' Unit of Inquiry. They discovered the wonders of nature firsthand, immersing themselves in the beauty of the environment.
The students were buzzing with excitement as they got their hands dirty, planting seeds, and observing the growth process. They learned about the different stages of plant life and even had the chance to identify various flora and fauna species in the park.
Our amazing Spirit Squad came together to create a stunning and inclusive installation that truly captures the spirit of love, acceptance, and unity of our MacLachlan community. 🌈
Each student traced their hands, symbolizing their unique identities and the power of coming together as a vibrant community. The result? A beautiful and welcoming piece that reflects our diverse school family.
Join us in commemorating Pride Month, and let's continue to create a world where love, respect, and inclusivity flourish. ❤️🏳️🌈
The Grade 6 Exhibition at MacLachlan College was a tremendous success!
Families had the privilege of exploring our students' captivating projects centered around the theme of "Sharing the Planet."
Over the past months, our Grade 6 students invested their time and effort into researching and addressing pressing global issues that affect us all and we couldn't be prouder of our students' commitment to creating positive change.
They took charge of their own inquiries, planning, and crafting impactful calls to action. Their dedication has sparked essential conversations and heightened awareness about these critical issues.
Congratulations to all the Grade 6 students for their inspiring work! You are future leaders who are reimagining possibilities and shaping a better world.
Each and every player on the team demonstrated incredible skill and determination at Birchwood Park this week. But let's not forget to acknowledge the wonderful sportsmanship displayed by the MacLachlan Mariners. Your respect for the game, your opponents, and your teammates sets an inspiring example for everyone.
A big shoutout to the coaches and parents who have been there supporting the team every step of the way. Your guidance and encouragement have undoubtedly played a vital role in their success.
Upper School students engaged in a fantastic Design Thinking Activity this week, working together to make our community even better! They put their heads together and brainstormed some incredible ideas, fueling their creativity and collaboration.
In the afternoon, they headed to Lakeside Park for a delightful picnic surrounded by the beauty of nature. Everyone enjoyed games and activities set up for their entertainment. From drama games and art to sports and music, there was something for everyone! They even had a French promenade and a filmmaking station for those interested in exploring different avenues of expression.
It was a day filled with collaboration, creativity, and community building. Let's continue building a stronger, more united Upper School Community!
Grade 1 students embarked on an unforgettable experiential learning journey to the ARTisan Market at the Hamilton Children's Museum!
Our young students delved into the world of financial literacy, honing their skills in a fun and creative way. They eagerly took charge of budgeting for their materials, which they later transformed into breathtaking hand-painted cards.
Harnessing their imagination and entrepreneurial spirit, our talented students even crafted their own advertisements and discovered the art of pricing and bartering.
The highlight of the day was when they got to shop at their friends' stores, each offering unique, one-of-a-kind cards.
We're incredibly proud of our Grade 1 students for embracing this hands-on learning experience and developing vital skills that will serve them well in the future.
We had an amazing time today hosting the MacLachlan College Primary Poetry Festival Finals!
Students from pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 worked diligently to select and memorize choral recitations, while the top four students from Grades 1, 2, and 3 delivered captivating individual poetry recitations. This beloved tradition at MacLachlan continues to shine brightly.
We congratulate all the talented young poets and performers and our heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.
Our ESL students embarked on a captivating adventure to Toronto Island, and the experience was absolutely unforgettable!
Immersing themselves in the island's captivating history, they set out on a thrilling self-guided tour, pedalling their way through trails on quadricycles. Laughter and excitement filled the air as they explored the hidden gems of this picturesque island park.
The trip left our students with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the world around them.
In affiliation with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, our MacLachlan College students in grades 9 through 12 embarked on a breathtaking spring canoe trip. Their three-day adventure in Algonquin Provincial Park was filled with excitement, personal development, and discovery!
During this trip, our students embraced the Round Square IDEALS and made remarkable discoveries about responsibility, problem-solving, commitment to sustainability, inquisitiveness, courage, self-awareness, compassion, teamwork, tenacity, inventiveness, and communication.
Challenges were met with resilience as they sharpened their problem-solving skills, nurtured their leadership qualities, and embraced sustainable living practices. They also delved into traditional wilderness survival skills, fostering a profound connection with nature.
The memories created and the growth achieved on this journey will stay with our students forever. We're immensely proud of their resilience, teamwork, and unwavering spirit of adventure!
We have some incredible news to share with the MAC community! Our Grade 6 students organized a remarkable canned fruit food drive last week, with an ambitious goal of collecting 350 cans to sponsor a special shelf in MacLachlan's name at the Kerr Street Mission.
We are thrilled to announce that our students collected an impressive total of 326 canned fruits! Although we fell a little short of our initial target, this is still an outstanding achievement. The impact of these donations will be felt by those in need, and we are immensely proud of the action taken by our Grade 6 students and the entire MAC community.
A special shoutout goes to the Thomas Redhawks for their exceptional dedication and enthusiasm. They went above and beyond, collecting the most donations.
Let's continue making a positive impact and supporting those in need. Together, we can make a difference!
Over the course of two action-packed days, Nikita, Jazlyn, Nikki. and Siyang showcased their skills and enthusiasm in competition and workshops at the HOSA Spring Leadership Conference held at Exhibition Place in Toronto!
This conference provided our students with an unforgettable learning experience. They dived deep into the world of health sciences, engaging in hands-on activities and attending informative workshops. From honing their skills to expanding their knowledge, this event ignited a passion within them for the field.
Nikita and Jazlyn left their mark by participating in the highly competitive sports medicine event, while Siyang took on the challenge of medical math. Their dedication and expertise shone through, as they demonstrated their remarkable abilities and resilience. Nikita's exceptional performance led him to the second round on the second day, ultimately securing a remarkable 5th place overall.
Members of our Grade 12 Philosophy class attended a captivating lecture hosted by the esteemed Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
The talk was led by Birgit Kellner, an incredible Buddhologist and Tibetologist from the Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia in Vienna. Her presentation delved into the contextual and philosophical study of Buddhism, which beautifully complemented their ongoing exploration of metaphysics.
Attending this lecture was not only academically enriching, but it also provided students with a sneak peek into university life. The journey back to school on the GO Train was equally stimulating as they engaged in lively discussions about the lecture and its implications.
It's truly inspiring to see how philosophical concepts and ideas can ignite our curiosity and broaden our perspectives.
Our Grade 11 and 12 French students embarked on an adventure to Crepe Kitchen in Downtown Oakville!
Indulging in delicious French cuisine, they not only satisfied their taste buds but also honed their language and conversational skills en français in a lively public setting. It was a wonderful experience that enriched their understanding of French culture and enhanced their linguistic fluency.
Our Grade 5 students had an amazing time on their recent trip to Crawford Lake Conservation Area. They discovered the rich First Nation heritage of our region as they explored a 15th-century reconstructed Longhouse Village!
The students had an opportunity to participate in various traditional activities, including circle gatherings, fire starting, traditional games, craft making, and guided hikes.
Today, we celebrated diversity and culture at MacLachlan College with a Multicultural Spirit Day!
Students and staff from PK to Grade 12 proudly showcased their cultural heritage by wearing clothing that represented their diverse backgrounds and traditions. It was amazing to see the beautiful variety of cultures represented and the sense of unity and respect that we all share.
Let's continue to celebrate our differences and embrace the richness that diversity brings to our community!
Our Grade 1 students had a blast on their latest experiential learning trip to Whitehern Historic House and Garden!
They had the opportunity to learn about different forms of technology and how they were used in the past. As a bonus, they also got to play with antique toys and games, which they found both fascinating and fun. It was a great opportunity for our students to gain a better understanding of history and how things have changed over time.
Our Grade 4 students had an incredible experience at Mountsberg Conservation Area as part of their Habitats unit!
They explored the wetlands, swallow and squirrel nests, and even got their hands wet with dip net exploration in the Aquatic Habitats. The students had the opportunity to learn about the diverse flora and fauna found in the area and how they contribute to their ecosystems.
The final tournament of the year brought outstanding success for MacLachlan debaters. Powerfully propelled by Micah Albert's first-place individual finish on the senior side, the team of Micah and Aisha Mahmoud finished first overall in the senior team standings to bring home The George Taylor Fulford Trophy.
As well, Ava Knul set aside her first-debate jitters to place 5th overall in the junior individual standings. Claudia Martinez Ponce de Leon, also debating for her first time at the Fulford, felt certain that she gave a strong showing in all of her debates. Observers Kimberly Archer and Tara Abouzeid ably supported their team and gained valuable experience at the event.
As you can see below, the resolutions had students thinking on their feet and trying hard to bring current events into focus.
BIRT The Canadian Government should establish an agency to regulate the truthfulness of the news.
BIRT All newly qualified Canadian healthcare professionals should be required to work for 2 years in a location of need.
BIRT All Ontario university degrees should require a co-op or experiential on-the-the-job experience as a condition of graduation.
Our Grade 2 students had a pawsome time with Pawsitively Pets, who visited our Trafalgar campus to provide an interactive learning experience for our animal-loving students!
The workshop was specially designed to complement their studies on animals and helped them learn about different types of animals, their survival instincts and their habitats. The hands-on experience gave our students an opportunity to interact with the animals, ask questions and learn more about different animal species.
Thank you Kristy and Chana from Pawsitively Pets, for making this a memorable and educational experience for our young learners!
Wow, what a night! On Thursday, May 27th, we held our Alchemy Showcase for 2023, and it was an incredible display of talent from our MacLachlan students and upper school music students.
Our music students gave outstanding performances at the beginning of the show, featuring both original pieces and renditions of ABBA songs that left us all in awe. This set the stage for the captivating play "Gossip" by renowned playwright Brian Hampton, which had us all on the edge of our seats.
Big thanks to all who contributed to bringing this production to life. Your hard work and dedication have made this Alchemy Showcase for 2023 an absolute success!
Our Grade 6 students took a trip to Laval, Québec to attend space camp as a part of their unit of inquiry, Reach for the Stars!
It was a great opportunity for our students to dive deeper into the wonders of space and explore the cosmos in a unique and engaging way. We can't wait for them to share their experiences with the rest of the school community and continue to inspire others to reach for the stars!
We're incredibly proud of our junior and intermediate students who competed in the day-long chess tournament at Rotherglen!
With determination and bravery, they played a total of 164 games of chess under some stressful conditions. Congratulations to everyone on a long and rewarding day of chess.
A special shout-out goes to our junior team of Caleb, Aaron, Annie, and James who advanced to the equivalent of the chess playoffs. They played their hearts out and came home with some hardware around their necks, earning a bronze medal in their match.
Our Grade 9 students had an incredible day at Mountsberg Conservation Area, where they participated in the Climate Change SOS program. This full-day program was a perfect fit for their Science unit on Sustainable Ecosystems and Climate Change.
The students delved into the effects of climate change, acquired knowledge about nearby ecosystems, and participated in endeavours to foster sustainability. They helped the Mountsberg staff in inspecting the sugar maples in their operational sugar bush to assess whether the trees would continue to survive in Southern Ontario.
It was an exciting day at MAC as the Upper School Physics classes went head to head with the History classes in a Catapult and Ancient City challenge!
The Physics students used their skills to design and construct catapults, while the History students built ancient cities to defend. It was an intense battle as the Physics students attempted to destroy the History student's cities.
Our Grade 6 students are taking their learning to new heights! As part of their Up, Up and Away Inquiry Unit, our Grade 6 classes recently visited the Canadian War Plane Museum. They had a blast exploring historic aircraft, learning about aviation history, and gaining firsthand knowledge about flight.
Our Grade 11 and 12 Biology students spent the day at the Ontario Science Centre to explore Genetics and Molecular Biology. They participated in a hands-on biotechnology laboratory workshop where they transformed E. coli bacteria using a gene from a bioluminescent jellyfish.
The day at the Ontario Science Centre was not only a chance for our students to deepen their understanding of Genetics and Molecular Biology, but also an opportunity to develop crucial skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and experimental design.
We would like to congratulate Madison Wong, for her selection to work as a legislative page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Queen's Park. This program offers the opportunity to experience the provincial legislature in action for three weeks, where they meet important parliamentary figures and politicians.
We are thrilled for Madison and her remarkable achievement, and we look forward to seeing where her future endeavors take her.
Our seventh-grade students embarked on a journey to the Ontario Science Centre to investigate the principles of conduction, convection, radiation, and heat transfer. The students conducted various experiments that enabled them to design and solve real-world problems related to these concepts.
Today, our students and staff are wearing green to show their support for organ donor awareness and registration across the country. April 7th marks Green Shirt Day, a day dedicated to the Logan Boulet Effect and its mission to raise organ donor awareness in Canada.
Join us in spreading the word and making a difference!
Grade 10 and 11 students recently embarked on an exciting journey into the past, exploring the fascinating world of T-Rex fossils and the Tyrannosaur family of Dinosaurs at the ROM. During this field trip, they also discovered various archaeology techniques.
Overall, the experience was an informative and thrilling adventure, providing students with the chance to delve into the world of archaeology and learn about the incredible creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.
A huge congratulations to James and the rest of the Oakville Ogres for their outstanding performance in the 2023 Oakville Rangers U11 championship. With a 2-1 win, the team secured the top spot in the tournament. Additionally, they also clinched the Oakville Rangers Trophy by finishing first in the regular season.
The fifth-grade classes took a trip to the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge as part of their "Citizens of Planet Earth" unit.
This excursion provided an opportunity for hands-on learning experiences and direct observation of nature. While walking the trail to the sugar bush, students enjoyed discovering how sap is produced and flows within the tree, identifying maple trees, and learning how maple syrup producers tap their trees for sap.
Take a peek at what we've been up to in our Grade 8 science classes!
Our students had the opportunity to get their hands dirty with Ooblek, a non-Newtonian fluid. In addition, they explored the impact of temperature on viscosity and discovered how to compute the density of regular and irregular objects.
The recent trip to the Ontario Science Centre with the Grade 3 classes was fantastic!
They spent time delving into the world of structures and learned so much about what makes them sturdy and secure. They explored the shapes and materials that contribute to their stability and strength, as well as how structures in nature inspire our designs.
Students even got to build our designs, putting their limits to the test!
Lucas' team won the Ontario Minor Hockey Association U12 championship in an intense match against the Niagara North Stars that went into three overtime periods. The final score was 3-2, and Lucas was named the MVP of the game.
Great news! Our Mindful MAC team has raised $593.10 for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies during the 2023 Mindfulness Challenge. This donation will be directed towards the Centre for Mindfulness Studies' Community Program, with an emphasis on the Bursary Program. This initiative enables individuals who face financial or systemic obstacles to receive mental health care services.
Thank you to everyone who supported us in this important cause!
The Exquisite Corpse assignment for Grade 9 Integrated Arts classes involved creating artwork by building onto a random photocopy provided to the students. The artwork was then passed on to other students for further additions and after 3 to 4 changes, the original creator finishes the piece.
Congratulations to Matteo, Sofia, Joshua, Henry, Emma, Katya, Oshra, Phoebe, Haddie, Annie, Olivia, and Thomas for being chosen as our Students of the Term! You all exemplify the learner profile attributes of being caring, principled, and open-minded, which is an impressive accomplishment. We are so proud of you and the hard work you put in to achieve this amazing success!
This week, our primary students in Grade 1 to Grade 3 travelled to Young People's Theatre in Toronto to see the magic-filled adaptation of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's bestselling children's book. This adaptation of ‘The Darkest Dark’ was an exciting, engaging experience that captivated and inspired our primary students of all ages.
This week, our Intermediate and Upper School students enrolled in the ESL program attended a Steelhead hockey game with the Grade 7 HPE students! They had a great time cheering on the team and experiencing the energy of the game.
Congratulations to the MacLachlan Mariners on their impressive win in the U14 Floor Hockey Tournament at Fern Hill School! You all showed tremendous skill, tenacity, and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. You should all be proud of your accomplishments.
After many, many early morning practices the U12 floor hockey team was ready for their tournament this Tuesday. They were in a tough division, but put their skills to work early on. Despite coming away without a win in their first match, spirits remained high and the students took action to some changes to their positions and lines. Noeru put on the goalie gear, and changes to the lines saw more passing and shots on net.
Everyone at MacLachlan College is wearing pink to raise anti-bullying awareness. We advocate for kindness and inclusiveness, and students from all throughout the school took part in activities to learn more about how we can keep our school a safe place for everyone.
The 100th day of school is an exciting milestone for every classroom. There is plenty to celebrate for making it through these first 100 days, and this is a special opportunity for students to look back on their hard work and celebrate all the accomplishments and progress they have made.
Our annual MacLachlan Showcase Evening was a wonderful celebration of learning! MAC families were invited to travel through the learning process and navigate through different provocations, and learning engagements.
Congratulations from the MacLachlan family to Doutzen, who received first place in her category at the Merriam Music Festival. She has worked extremely hard over the last few months, and we are very proud of her commitment.
As part of their "Words Spoken or Sung" unit of inquiry, our Grade 5 classes headed to the MacLachlan Commons to take part in a poetry workshop led by award-winning artist, spoken word poet, performer, emcee, voice actor, and educator, Britta B.