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MacLachlan College

337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3H3

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$9,100 to 27,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 18
Day: 350 (Gr. PS - 12), Homestay: 20 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 3H3



About this school:


MacLachlan College is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum. Our exceptional co-educational learning environment is centred on academic excellence and an ongoing commitment to the latest innovations in education. Believing that active learning has a central role in inspiring and supporting a new generation of learners, our classrooms are adaptive and dynamic spaces that foster collaboration, creativity, engagement and flexibility. MacLachlan is proud to be accredited as an IB World School, the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious accreditation. Our students develop a strong academic foundation through the IB Primary Years Programme in Kindergarten through Grade 6 and transition to an enriched university preparatory program in Grades 7 through Grade 12. MacLachlan provides a rich and balanced education for every student by supporting academic achievement, accomplishments in the arts, extracurricular endeavors, community and international service, and other outdoor education pursuits. Our graduates are well prepared for future success and attend top universities in Canada and abroad. — Visit school website



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Our Take: MacLachlan College

our take“MacLachlan prides itself on being at the cutting edge of innovation in teaching and learning theory,” says Michael Piening, head of school. “This generation of learner, and the world they are growing up in, is very engaged, social and interactive. We looked internally at how we could best respond and adapt to enhance student exploration, creativity and knowledge.” That’s quite a mouthful, to be sure, but it’s a good one nevertheless. Schools are challenged to adapt their programs to the needs of students, and there are a lot of red herrings out there, such as an over-emphasis on digital literacy, for example. To be a 21st century learner can mean many things, though at McLachlan it means engagement with ideas, peers, and community. The annual Word Fest is a great example of that, in that case using the language arts program as a starting point for an engagement with issues and topics that require students to think creatively, empathize, and communicate their ideas. Earlier this year the grade one classes took part in a workshop with the Hamilton Children’s museum, roll-playing a shipwreck, stuck on coral in the midst of a storm. That, and indeed many programs at MacLachlan, can rightly turn heads. They provide telling examples of how the school expresses its dedication to engagement, exploration, and social interactivity, all of it as charming as it is impressive. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a diverse, active, and challenging academic environment. 

School busing:

MacLachlan College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington.

Principal's Message


Michael Piening, Head of School

MacLachlan College lives its mission statement by cultivating intellectual curiosity in its students and inspiring them to be active contributors to our ever changing world. Our small class sizes, averaging 14 in the lower school and 18 in upper school, ensure that every student is known on a personal level. This is a key feature of our school. MacLachlan College is committed to providing superior, world class education. Accredited as an IB World School, MacLachlan offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, making us the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious designation. The IB PYP programme is an internationally recognized curriculum designed for students from pre-school to grade 6. The IB is one of the world’s most highly esteemed education programs. In an increasingly globalized world, the IB challenges students to think critically, research deeply and develop internationally minded perspectives on a broad range of issues. Students become lifelong learners and conscientious critical thinkers. In grades 7 to 12 we offer a rigourous academic program with an option to work toward Advanced Placement courses of study. We believe in the traditional approach to education. However, true to our motto "Where tradition and vision meet", our methodology and approach to the use of communication technology is progressive. Our teachers and students engage in dynamic and interactive educational opportunities. Our approach leads to inquiry based learning and the development of higher order critical thinking skills. At MacLachlan College we believe in the personal touch. We take the time to listen. I would like to hear about your child and I invite you to call for a visit.


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What MacLachlan College says: MacLachlan College is a dynamic and inclusive community where teachers guide and facilitate learning by creating real world connections and a growth mindset is nurtured in every student. The rigorous academic program is supported by our active and collaborative learning environment, resulting in successful and resilient students who are well prepared for future success in today’s ever-changing world. MacLachlan’s ongoing commitment to innovative and challenging educational experiences allows for the rapid integration of new technologies and emerging active learning resources to enhance student exploration, creativity, and knowledge. By combining traditional methods of instruction with a living systems approach, classrooms have been transformed into creative hubs where students fully participate and engage not only in their coursework but with their peers, deepening their intellectual inquiry and critical thinking abilities. These adaptive and dynamic learning environments enable students and teachers to collaborate, innovate and connect existing knowledge to new thinking.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: .

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: Our teachers use best practices based on individual student need.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: .

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What MacLachlan College says: Technology is seamlessly integrated throughout our curriculum.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What MacLachlan College says: Our educational philosophy of international mindedness is cultivated and supported through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. MacLachlan is proud to be the only school in Oakville designated with the prestigious IB PYP designation. Small class sizes provide personalized attention where students develop a sense of belonging and purpose through strong bonds with their teachers and fellow classmates. It is of paramount importance that we provide an atmosphere where students do not just learn, but are eager and engaged. Our students embrace learning, develop a spirit of confidence and find their own voice in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What MacLachlan College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What MacLachlan College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    MacLachlan College offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    MacLachlan College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback1 to 12
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to SK
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What MacLachlan College says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Day (Domestic) Day (International)
    Day (Domestic)$21,600
    Day (International)$27,500


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)all students5%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 370
    Average enrollment per grade23
    Average class size15 to 18
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What MacLachlan College says:

    Applications are welcome throughout the year, however, beginning the process early increases the likelihood of securing a space for your child. MacLachlan accepts applications from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Please note, admission procedures are more informal for children at the PK to SK levels. Rolling admission is available for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8. MacLachlan offers a full-year course schedule in Grades 9 through Grade 12 and typically cannot enrol students in these grade levels mid-year.



    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student MacLachlan College is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size25
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Winter Wisdom Circles

    The inaugural Winter Wisdom Circles took place on Friday December 16th and were a resounding success‭. ‬The event‭ ‬was attended‭ ‬by students from Grades 7-12‭ ‬and opened with a smudging ceremony on the backfield‭. ‬The students gathered in a circle and observed as Stephen Paquette explained‭ ‬the purpose behind the smudging ceremony and what it entailed‭. ‬Stephen then invited ‬a student ‬to walk the circumference of the circle‭ ‬with‭ ‬burning sage‭. ‬Upon the completion of her circle‭, ‬she joined Stephen within the circle to take part in the remainder of the ceremony which involved clarifying sight‭, ‬hearing‭, ‬words‭, ‬and heart through cleansing yourself with the smoke of the burning sage‭ -‬‭ ‬a medicinal herb according to his people‮’‬s beliefs‭.‬‮ ‬After the ceremony‭, ‬the students split up into their respective houses and‭ ‬headed off to‭ ‬the‭ ‬first of four Winter Wisdom‭ ‬Circles‭. ‬‬‬‬‬‬ 

    The first session I attended was a‭ ‬circle‭ ‬on mindfulness and your brain led by Kate Kerr‭. ‬This session involved a discussion examining what mindfulness consists of and the purpose and idea behind mindfulness‭. ‬Kate introduced our group to the wheel of mindfulness/awareness before leading the students through a mindfulness practice which involved focussing on certain elements‭ - ‬from the sensation of breathing on your body‭, ‬to the sounds around you‭. ‬The session closed with a discussion of what the practice meant to us‭, ‬what we had experienced during the practice‭, ‬and‭ ‬what‭ ‬the students proposed for how they could incorporate the practice of mindfulness into everyday life‭.‬‮ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 

    The second session was led by Shannon Kitchings and focused on poetry and the spoken word‭. ‬Shannon began the session by reciting a poem about abducted indigenous women in Canada‭ which was in keeping with our Winter Wisdom‮’‬s theme of truth and reconciliation‭. ‬Shannon then‭ ‬exposed the students to methods looking at how to create their own poems through writing down words according to pre-designated categories‭, ‬through conversion and finally through movement‭. ‬We then delved into developing our very own poems which incorporated elements of each of the methods‭. ‬The session ended with the students volunteering to read their poems alloud to each other‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 

    The third session explored the traditions of indigenous people and was led by Stephen Paquette‭. ‬Stephen explained the four cardinal directions and the colours‭ ‬they were associated with‭: ‬yellow for East‭, ‬red for South‭, ‬white for North and black for West‭. ‬After exploring the colours behind each direction‭, ‬Stephen then taught the students how each direction‭ ‬is‭ ‬also associated with a stage of life‭. ‬Yellow is associated with babies‭ - ‬since it is their belief that babies enter the world through the‭ ‬‮“‬East door‭"; ‬youth is associated with red‭; ‬black is the colour designated‭ ‬for adults‭; ‬and white is the colour of the elders‭. ‬After a quick conversational quiz on whether or not we had retained this information‭ (‬we had‭), ‬Stephen moved on to the final explanation of an aspect of his culture‭, ‬which is the four states of self‭: ‬mental‭, ‬emotional‭, ‬physical and spiritual‭. ‬Testing‭ ‬us once more‭ (‬we passed again‭!), ‬Stephen concluded the session with a round table discussion looking at something each student and teacher in attendance learned over the past year‭.‬‮ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 

    The fourth and final session was a session on elemental movement with the two session leaders‭, ‬Eunji Kim and Heryka Miranda‭. ‬This session explored the theme of truth and reconciliation through movement‭ - ‬specifically the rhythm and movement of the four elements‭: ‬air‭, ‬water‭, ‬earth and fire‭. ‬Eunji and Heryka began the session by leading the students through some warm-up movements and‭ ‬then split the students into four groups‭ (‬one to represent each element‭). ‬The students were given a scenario in which the four‭ ‬elements would meet in the centre of the room‭, ‬but‭ ‬as language had not been developed yet‭, ‬they would need to convey‭ ‬the message through movement and sound alone‭. Our group was given access to a variety of instruments‭ - ‬from djembe drums to tambourines and were then told to choreograph a short segment that conveyed the message of their element‭. ‬The session ended once the‭ ‬students had convened in a circle in the centre of the room in order to watch the dances‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 

    The Winter Wisdom Circles were a complete success and‭ ‬exposed‭ ‬students to cultural experiences we had not encountered before‭.‬‮


    Bark Lake: An Amazing Experience

    From September 28-30, Grade 7 & 8 students stayed at the overnight leadership camp, Bark Lake. During these three days students learned about team building and leadership skills. They experienced many activities including archery, canoeing, the campfire, low ropes, orienteering, rock climbing, and survival skills. Fire building was an amazing experience where students used the materials they found from the forest and built a structure for a fire. Each group the used matches to start their fire and then had to use the fire to boil some water. During their last night at Bark Lake  students participated in a Wacky Talent Show and ended the trip with lots of laughs.


    Dr. Susan Aglukark’s Nomad Presentation Rich in Inuit Stories, Song and Culture

    On September 26th, MacLachlan College hosted a special assembly and presentation on Inuit history and culture, called “Nomad,” by Dr. Susan Aglukark, O.C., a renowned Juno awarding winning Inuit singer and passionate speaker.

     MacLachlan’s Grade 5 to 12 students and special guests from the community were moved by Dr. Aglukark’s description of how Inuit people in Canada have had to adapt over the last century due to rapid change and adversity affecting their social, spiritual and cultural traditions dating back thousands of years.

    The presentation highlighted the quiet dignity, determination and resilience of Inuit people, despite the many challenges they have faced. Dr. Aglukark shared how she continues to learn about her own history and heritage, and how it inspires her music and activism regarding issues facing Inuit and Indigenous peoples.

    The special assembly also marked the beginning of MacLachlan’s Mindful Nation: A Vision for Canada’s Future project, a year-long celebration in recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Throughout the year, students will be guided through learning experiences using the themes of acknowledging our past, looking forward to the future and being in the present today.

    Dr. Aglukark will return to MacLachlan on May 27th for a community celebration which will include Indigenous dancers and drummers, the unveiling of an Indigenous art installation, a gathering with pen pals from a First Nations School to encourage students to share their experiences, and the presentation of the first annual Dr. Susan Aglukark Award for Inuk Culture and History.



    Comrodery, Cooperation and Spirit at House League Kick-Off!

    House League Kick-Off at MacLachlan!

    Spirits were high on Friday afternoon, as the Lower School officially started our House League season for 2016/17. Students will compete throughout the school year in a variety of games and activities. The emphasis as always is on active participation and fair play. The year will end with all members of the winning house being recognized at the final end of year assembly.

    MacLachlan's four houses include Thomas Red Hawks, Sumner Sharks, Colborne Gators and Chisholm Cheetahs.


    Empowering Youth and Supporting Community Charities

     As part of MacLachlan's Grade 10 program, students form groups to research deserving charities in the community. Each group is required to make a presentation to a panel of judges who select the winning presentation. The designated charity is then awarded $5,000 as part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), to support their work in the Oakville community.
     Since 2002, YPI has granted over $12 million to community-based social service charities across Canada, the United Kingdom and New York City, 100% determined by 400,000 informed and empowered secondary students who have completed the award winning philanthropy project.
     Our winners for 2015 were the team of Rachel and Susan. As a result, $5,000 goes to Safety Net, a grassroots, local charity located in Oakville.


    A Great Day on the Links Benefits MacLachlan's Bursary Fund

    On Friday, May 29, MacLachlan College held its Swing Into Spring Social Event. It was an excellent day at Piper’s Heath Golf Course that benefitted the MacLachlan College Education Foundation significantly. The mission of the MacLachlan College Educational Foundation is to maintain a bursary fund that provides students from varying economic backgrounds access to a MacLachlan College education. It is with thanks to the generous support of parents, teachers, sponsors and other members of the community that through this fund we are able to maintain a diverse student body and help families that could not otherwise afford a private education.


    MacLachlan College Voted Best Private School

    MacLachlan College was awarded the Oakville Beaver Readers selection diamond first place award for best private school. Thank you to all our students, families and alumni for voting!


    MacLachlan Make Your Mark Golf Classic - Raising Money for Education

    Our MacLachlan Make Your Mark Golf Classic was held at Piper's Heath Golf Club on Friday, May 24th. Although the weather was cool and windy, parents, staff, alumni and friends all shared a great time on the links. Unfortunately, no one was able to make a hole-in-one and win the $50,000 nor the Mercedes-Benz.

    We are pleased to report that our fundraiser for the MacLachlan College Educational Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Fund was a great success. Thank you to all members of the MacLachlan community for supporting this event and kudos to the many parents who gave of their time and energy to make Friday so rewarding. ...

    MacLachlan Student Experience at Canada Wide Engineering Fair

    The following article is written by MacLachlan Head Prefect, Ishan Aditya. He shares his experience at the Canada Wide Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

    I competed at the Canada Wide Science and Engineering Fair from May 11th to May 18th that was held at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta. There were a total of 482 students all the way from Australia to Nunavut. The title of my project was: "Skeletal Muscle Inflammatory Cytokine Expression Predicts Metabolic Disease Risk". I chose to investigate the inflammatory chemokine CCL2 located on chromosome 17 in skeletal muscle tissue in lean, overweight and obese patients. The reason was because I wanted to see whether the skeletal muscle tissue experiences inflammation in a state of obesity as virtually nothing is known, and so the gene expression of CCL2 would serve as a novel representation of this. Then I combined a population study looking at South Asian and European male and female patients that were lean, overweight, and obese as I wanted to see what role genetics plays in terms of skeletal muscle inflammation. Since South Asians experienced a higher concentration of this inflammatory cytokine, this means that they are more highly predisposed to inflammatory disorders like insulin resistance which leads to type 2 diabetes mellitus.  The findings of my project essentially showed that the BMI scale needs to be re-defined and restructured as skeletal muscle inflammation occurs at different degrees in different ethnic groups of our world. This is a major finding as it's a scale that's used by physicians globally. With the findings of my experiment I am also one step closer to helping find a cure or a possible non-invasive treatment at an "in-utero" for type 2 diabetes mellitus and lower the risk of patients for cardiovascular disorders.
    I presented my project to judges that were MDs and PhDs and my project was awarded a silver medal in the senior category, $300 in cash, and up to $10,000 in scholarships from the Universities of Dalhousie, Western, UBC, and Ottawa. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I had one of the best weeks of my life. I plan to continue my research at McMaster University in their Health Sciences program. ...

    iPads a Part of Learning in Grade 1

    Mrs. Duke's Grade One class is participating in a trial iPad one to one program. Each student will be receiving a school iPad for use in the classroom and also at home.  Over the last several months, Mrs. Duke has been working creatively planning how to effectively integrate the iPads into the curriculum and classroom routines. Starting this week, the students will be taking the iPads home. All grade 1 pupils will be using a variety of specially selected apps and reading resources to enhance their learning. Traditional learning methods, such as journal entries and math workbooks, will continue to be utilized as core components in the programme. The iPads will be used as an additional resource to reinforce and enhance math and language concepts in an interactive and engaging way. A large selection of leveled reading material has also been pre-loaded on the iPads.  We are very enthusiastic about this exciting educational opportunity and it is our belief that a technology rich environment will increase student interest and enjoyment of learning.


    MacLachlan Student receives his Silver Award at Queen's Park

    MacLachlan College Head Prefect, Ishan Aditya, was formally presented with his Silver Level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The ceremony took place at Queen's Park in Toronto on Saturday, November 10th. Ishan has participated atively in the programme since grade 9, having previously completed the bronze level. He has successfully excelled in all four elements of the programme: service, two adventurous journeys, skills, and physical recreation. 


    MacLachlan Students attend We Day

    Along with about 20,000 screaming youths, Grade 6,7 and 8 students from MacLachlan College attended the annual We Day at the Air Canada Centre. Al Gore, Nelly Furtado, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Trudeau, and many other speakers and performers attempted to inspire their youthful and excited audience. Created by Free The Children to celebrate young people, We Day inspires students to create positive changes around the world.


    Mac Public Speaking Team Excels at Internationals

    Returning from the prestigious International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in Calgary, Alberta, students touched down Monday afternoon at Pearson in the midst of the huffing and puffing of the leading edge of Hurricane Sandy. They blew into town with glad tidings from this year’s competition that welcomed 150 students from 41 schools and 7 countries. It was truly an international event drawing students from as far away as The Doon School and Vivek High School in India.
        MacLachlan College was represented at the championship by veteran IISPSC contestant Ishan Aditya (gr. 12) and two first-time attendees, Rafey Sattar (gr. 12) and Ella Purtill (gr. 11). Overall MacLachlan College finished 28th out of the 47 teams that participated, just behind fellow CIS school Appleby College but ahead of Ridley College.
    Ishan participated in Impromptu, After Dinner and Dramatic Interpretation with his best finish coming in Dramatic (12th place) where he narrowing missed an invitation to compete in the tournament finals. Ishan noted that the comments he received for his dramatic monologue performance from Karl Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, were the most satisfying to him personally. Overall, Ishan finished in the top 3rd of all individual competitor’s at 44th place. Ishan was brimming at the airport saying goodbye to his colleagues for the last time. €œThis is the best. This whole experience has meant so much to me.
        Rafey competed in Persuasive, Interpretive Reading and Extemporaneous. His top finish was in Extemporaneous where he placed 9th overall. Also of note was his 25th finish in the persuasive category, a category that drew upwards of 80 competitors – more than any other category. When asked to comment, Rafey was not entirely sure of how to assess his 47th place finish. Coach Gregory Dominato put it into perspective this way: €œTo finish in the top 3rd at this competition is a significant achievement. I mean were talking about the top students from some of the top schools in the world.” He went on to point out the success that students from the IISPSC had at the world tournament last year: €œOf the 10 top individuals at last year'€™s Worlds, 7 were from this tournament [IISPSC]€. Moreover, he noted with some national pride, €œThey were all Canadians. Needless to say, Rafey finds himself in elite company. 
        First time IISPSC participant Ella Purtill put in a very solid performance finishing 8th in the Radio Newscast event. Her other two events were Dramatic and After Dinner. She was all smiles at the banquet held on the final day of the tournament. This is really fantastic,€ exclaimed Ella, “the competition, the excitement, the new friends, the day trip to Banff ¦ Wow!€ Indeed, Ella was already looking forward to the possibility of a return in 2013. €œI really have a good idea now of what it takes to do well here overall.
        Tournament organizer Lennard Fink from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir was beaming on the final evening. Thanking the large number of volunteers, he announced to the assembled audience of over 200 competitors and coaches that, €œThe IISPSC is a wonderful opportunity to bring one’s school community together. The effort is worth the result.
        Next years IISPSC will be hosted by Country Day School in King City, Ontario and will run from October 17-20, 2013. Coach Dominato wished to thank the school and the parents for their continued support in attending this event and observed that, €œTo be here at this tournament maintains MacLachlan’s profile amongst CIS and CAIS schools.


    Build-a-School Change-a-Life

    MacLachlan College has started an initiative to help build a school in a little village in the Dominican Republic. Over the last few years Lisa Duranleau, the Executive Director of MacLachlan College has been spending some of her school holidays in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic. After visiting a village near her resort Lisa began bringing donations for the village. After several visits she decided that she wanted to do more than bring clothing, books and school supplies for this impoverished village. Mrs. Duranleau decided that she would investigate how to build a school for this village. Lisa knows all about how to build a school here in Canada but she didn't know how to help build a school in the Dominican. She found out how it could be done and that her school could help do it. For MacLachlan this Holiday season begins with an initiative to help build a school in this village. MacLachlan believes that a school provides focus in a community and education provides children with the opportunity to change their lives and break the cycle of poverty in their community. Please view the Build-a-School Change-a-Life video on MacLachlan's homepage and consider donating. www.maclachlan.ca


    MacLachlan Student Qualifies for World Competition

    Following up on our second place finish in the Nora McRae Public Speaking Competition last spring, MacLachlan College competed again this year in the prestigious Independent Schools International Public Speaking Competition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tournament drew over 160 competitors from over 50 international schools from as far away as India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Peru, Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Our team was comprised of three Mac Students, Alex, Letycia and Ishan. Our team made an excellent showing with Alex and Letycia performing very well in this demanding event. Our school's success was highlighted by a superb performance by Ishan Aditya. Ishan finished 6th overall and 4th from the list of Canadian competitors. This is our best individual result ever at the tournament and an outstanding achievement. Ishan has now qualified to represent MacLachlan College, and Canada, at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Brisbane, Australia in March/April. Our coach, Mr. Dominato, reports that the students were wonderful to travel and work with and reflected very well on our school. Members of the team shared their experiences with the students at our recent Upper School Assembly. A big thanks goes to Mr. Dominato for preparing our teams over the past 6 months. ...

    MacLachlan Student Vote 2011

    Prior to the Ontario Provincial Election, students at MacLachlan College joined with thousands of others across the province and cast their ballots as part of "Student Vote". Ms. Woodward's grade 5 class organized a polling station in room #209 for the Junior Division and Mr. Ferguson's grade 10 Civics class conducted their election on the third floor. As in the real election, Kevin Flynn of the Liberal Party was re-elected. ...

    The Adventures of Sai and Saru

    This is a story written by Nikita a Grade 2 Mac Student. One day in a small peaceful jungle there was a snake named Sai. Sai was a type of python snake. Sai lived in the south part of the jungle. However, Sai was not alone. In the jungle there also lived a spider. The spider’s name was Saru. Saru was a tarantula. Saru lived in the west side of the jungle. One day Sai was slithering to the west side of the jungle. However he did not know that he was slithering into Saru’s territory! Saru saw Sai slithering in his territory and he knew he had to do something about this! He was just about to jump in the ferocious python’s face but he stopped. He thought in his head, what if Sai was too powerful? What if he was a venomous snake? Saru overcame his fears and jumped into battle. Sai was actually impressed that a tarantula would face a python in battle. The spider tried to use his jaws to cut Sai into pieces. Fortunately Sai slithered back. Sai tried to use his venomous fangs to poison Saru. Saru used his spider web. The spider escaped but Sai was not giving up on his prey! Sai chased Saru down the west side of the jungle. Soon they came to a dead end! Sai accidentally pushed Saru down the cliff. They fell down. They thought they were going to perish but they landed in a soft fuzzy thing. At first they thought it was good but then they realized that they landed in a hawk’s nest. Saru and Sai panicked. Then Saru had a brilliant idea. Saru told Sai that he would make a silk path strong enough to hold both of them. Sai nodded. They worked together and became best friends. The End. ...

    MacLachlan Earns IB World School Status

    As a fully accredited IB World School, MacLachlan is the only private school in Oakville with this prestigious designation. The International Baccalaureate is one of the world's most rigorous and highly esteemed education programmes and as such IB schools are inspected on a regular basis to ensure adherence to standards of excellence. This guarantees that students receive a world class education - one that is Challenging, Engaging, Relevant and Significant. MacLachlan currently offers the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) from pre-school to grade 6. The IB PYP is embedded in all subject areas and MacLachlan's IB trained teachers guide students to learn by inquiry so that higher order thinking skills are tapped. MacLachlan teachers are great listeners who facilitate rather than dictate lessons. This approach gives students more connection to the real world and allows them to explore new concepts by asking their own questions and developing their own ideas and opinions. "Be a part of it" Now accepting applications for Sept. 2012 Visit the school in action on any Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 or contact Nancy Norcross, Director of Admissions, to set-up a personal interview and tour. MacLachlan College is a co-educational independent school from grades Pre K to 12. 337 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, 905-844-0372 ext. 235 [email protected] www.maclachlan.ca ...

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    September 19, 2016 - Empowering Today's Learners for Tomorrow's World

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    August 4, 2015 - MacLachlan Teachers "Take MACtion" in the Dominican Republic

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