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Upper Canada College

220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8

Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
SK to Gr. 12 (Boys)
$30,860 to 61,560/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 1,072 (Gr. SK - 12), Boarding: 88 (Gr. 8 - 12)

School Address
220 Lonsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2X8



About this school:


Upper Canada College was founded in 1829 and is one of North America’s foremost boys’ schools, offering Senior Kindergarten through university entrance and boarding for 88 students from outside of Toronto. UCC has one of the most generous financial assistance programs among independent schools in Canada, offering over $5 million annually. Graduates of UCC — an International Baccalaureate World School with one of the broadest programs in the country — are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. Our global network of alumni includes leaders and innovators in politics, finance, arts, athletics, media and beyond. Our unsurpassed facilities include a professional theatre, music studios, film editing labs, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool, a double-pad hockey arena and the Norval Outdoor School, a 400-acre nature sanctuary northwest of Toronto. — Visit school website



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"absolutely amazing"
Will Huang - Student   (Jan 23, 2018)
My time so far at Upper Canada has been absolutely amazing. I truly love every time I come to school...
"The school spirit and school community is like no other."
Julia Pantalone - Parent   (Feb 23, 2018)
My boys have had an amazing experience at Upper Canada College since Day 1. They engage the boys rig...

Our Take: Upper Canada College

our takeUCC is one of the oldest and most storied schools in Canada. Its alumni include a who's who of Canadian political, business, and cultural life. Its history is, in many ways, the history of independent schooling itself; to attend is to become a part of a Canadian cultural tradition, one that retains a prominent place in Canadian education. The school leads in the provision of financial assistance, with a robust program of scholarships and bursaries intended to attract the brightest students in Canada and from around the world.

Principal's Message


Sam McKinney, Principal

Samuel James McKinney is the 19th principal of Upper Canada College and began his tenure on July 1, 2016.

Mr. McKinney was formerly the deputy headmaster and head of senior school at St. Peter’s College in Adelaide, South Australia. “Saints,” as it is known in Australia, is a 168-year-old boys’ school that has produced 42 Rhodes Scholars and three Nobel Laureates. With a student population of more than 1,400 boys, including 90 boarders, Saints offers both the IB Diploma and the South Australian Certificate of Education.

The son of schoolteachers, Mr. McKinney was born and raised in the Niagara region and attended St. Catharines Collegiate before receiving his bachelor of arts from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1990. He furthered his education in Australia, receiving a graduate diploma in education from the University of Adelaide in 1993 and a master’s of education from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia in 2003. More recently, he has undertaken study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Principals’ Centre and resilience training through the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Centre.

In appointing Mr. McKinney, UCC is also welcoming his wife, Rose, and their three boys, Jack ’17, Connor ’19 and Charles ’20. Also a teacher, Rose has taught in the Junior and Middle schools at Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide since 2007.

Below are excerpts from a video interview:

What are your first impressions of UCC?

I've had the privilege of working in a number of exceptional schools. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked within the independent school sector, and within all-boys education, for many years. That's occurred in Perth, Western Australia, in Vancouver, and most recently in Adelaide. I'm looking for and beginning to feel the heartbeat of Upper Canada College, and it's clearly the people.

I believe fully that it's the quality of the relationships that exist within a school that define the school. My initial impression of these boys is they're proud, they're proud to be a part of this school. They're proud of the brotherhood - that's the term they used - the brotherhood that lives and breathes here.

How would you describe your philosophy as an educator?

I'm a teacher, but if you were to ask me "what am I?" I would say I'm a partner, and a father, a son and an educator rolled into one. Rosie and I view our role as parents as very much introducing our three boys to the doors of opportunities. By bringing them to Toronto, bringing them back to Canada, we're introducing them to new doors. Which ones they choose to push open, that will be their choices. And what a fantastic thing it's been to be coming back to Toronto at this time. The city's electric in so many respects, and being able to share that with my boys has been a wonderful experience thus far.

I suppose my philosophy has its foundation in a letter my dad sent to me when I was actually at teachers' college. In the letter he was actually summing up his own career, and he spoke about what he'd learned over the course of his career. And he reminded me, and I think it's a great reminder, that we teach students not subjects. He talked about the fact that to teach students well you need to know them well, and to know them well you must allow them to get to know you.

For the full video and to learn more about Sam McKinney visit here:



Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Upper Canada College says: As an International Baccalaureate World School, UCC aims to develop well-rounded boys with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind. IB learners are better prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, unpredictable situations. They strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success. The liberal arts-based IB program at UCC is unique, enhanced by years of research and discovery in boys education.

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

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Upper Canada College says: In the Primary Years Programme (SK-5) we provide instruction, experience and practice in patterns, numeration, place value, computation, geometry, measurement, decimals, fractions, graphing and problem solving. This includes drill, mental math challenges, hands-on activities, cooperative learning and the sharing of solutions. Most lessons begin with a math message or provocation; there are opportunities to work in small groups according to readiness, interest and learning profiles. Games may used for practice and to develop depth of understanding. In the Middle Division (6-7) the major areas of study are Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. Calculator skills and the use of technology are further developed. There is an emphasis on problem solving which include participation in the Canadian National Mathematics League and Gauss contests. There are also opportunities for student-directed investigations and independent learning throughout the year.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Everyday Math, Kahn Academy, Jump Math, Mathletics and additional materials

    • Calculator policy: In Grades 6-7 calculator skills and the use of technology are further developed. At the Upper School, an approved calculator is an essential tool.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Upper Canada College says: A well balanced reading program motivates students to read for pleasure and information, fostering a lifelong love of reading. Students need to develop the skills necessary to decode, construct meaning and think critically about what they read. As part of this process, students must acquire a broad and varied vocabulary and an ability to interpret written conventions. Students read a wide range of materials that illustrate different forms of writing. Teachers provide a print-rich environment, and model and promote a passion for both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students use library time to listen to stories read aloud, to browse, make choices and to read independently. They are introduced to a wide variety of genres and new and familiar authors and books. Students learn bibliographic and locational skills, and how to use resources for their projects and class work.

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

    • What Upper Canada 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 Upper Canada College says: In order to communicate effectively, students need to select and organize their ideas logically with an audience in mind, and utilize appropriate conventions. Students have opportunities across the curriculum to read a rich variety of texts and write daily. Learning to write is a developmental process. Students focus first on meaning rather than accuracy. Writing conventions are introduced and mastered gradually along a continuum. As boys engage in meaningful writing activities that challenge them to think critically about various topics, they are motivated to master written communication skills throughout the curriculum. Once boys reach the IB Diploma Programme, they are required to complete a 4,000-word Extended Essay on a topic of interest from within the IB curriculum, usually taken from one of their Higher Level subjects. Students at UCC complete the EE during their IB1 (Grade 11) year.

    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: In the Prep School, students explore concepts in biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science, and develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry. They learn about the interrelationships of ecosystems, learn the basic principles of heat and temperature, investigate the relationship between form and function in various natural and man-made structures, and investigate the fundamentals of chemistry — mixtures, solutions, atomic structure and the periodic table. Mankind’s impact on the environment is a recurring theme throughout the year. Our school’s practices aim to provide immediate access to technology and to harness boys’ engagement with technology through the use of individual iPads in grades SK–3 and laptops from grade 4 onward. Students spend time each term at the Norval Outdoor School and participate in a program designed to encourage respect and understanding for the environment. Details about the Upper School science program are available upon request.

    • 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 Upper Canada College says: Students at the Middle Division are introduced to three literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Reading is encouraged with a reading period outside regular English class time. On a regular basis, students practice various forms of writing, including narrative pieces, poetry and essays. Core language skills (including formal grammar skills) are taught with the aid of classroom review and written exercises completed in their grammar workbook; students’ individual language skills weaknesses are addressed by the teacher as part of the writing process. Core vocabulary is drawn from the literature studied and from other subject areas. During library time, students are introduced to a wide variety of new and familiar authors and books through book talks and reading aloud. Students also use the periods to browse, choose books and read for pleasure. Further details about literature studied at the Upper School are available upon request.

    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 Upper Canada College says: There are no formal history or geography classes at the IB Primary Years Programme (SK-5) level. In grade 6 students have their first formal study of history. It begins with an introduction to geography and its relation to history, and proceeds to the study of Roman civilization, from its founding through the Republic and Empire periods. Students spend the second term considering the genesis and development of world religions with a particular focus on Islam, and conclude the year studying Early Modern Europe, with an emphasis on the Renaissance, Reformation and the Age of Exploration. Throughout the year, students are introduced to historical concepts such as time sequence, evidence, cause and consequence, continuity and change, perspective, bias and moral judgment. The geography skills introduced in the first term are woven into the history program over the entire year.

    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 Upper Canada College says: The interaction of environment, culture, population and location lies at the heart of Geography. This definition implies a need for knowledge about the earth — knowledge about the ways in which humans use the earth’s resources and skills to recognize, describe and explain the spatial patterns that result from the interaction of people and their environment. To study History, Economics and Philosophy is to embark on a voyage of discovery, to seek in many ways to advance beyond the limitations and preoccupations of the present. Only by exploring the human experience in the past can we see how and why society changes and develop a sense of perspective on where we are heading in the 21st century.

    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 Upper Canada College says: The study of additional languages adds to the international dimension of our UCC program, with French, Mandarin, Spanish and Latin offered. While learning the target language, the student also becomes aware of the similarities and differences between his own culture. This awareness fosters a greater respect for other peoples and the way in which they lead their lives. Through the study of authentic texts, students investigate and reflect on cultural values and behaviours. The main focus of all language courses is the acquisition and development of language skills through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such materials will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts and should be related to the cultures concerned. This will enable students to develop mastery of language skills as well as intercultural consideration.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Latin • Spanish

    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 Upper Canada College says: The Art Department offers students a challenging and flexible program that is innovative but also rooted in historical precedents. The Visual Arts curriculum provides students with a classroom/studio environment that fosters inventive thinking, independence of expression, reflective assessment of creative processes and products, and an appreciation for different points of view. In Music all students study an orchestral instrument from the woodwind, brass or percussion families. Students are strongly encouraged to perform in one of the three concert bands, three jazz ensembles, the string ensemble or the UCC Singers. The Drama and Theatre program is a dynamic, stimulating and rewarding program which prepares boys to be participants, critics and creators of theatre. The Film program uses state-of-the-art equipment to teach the building blocks of filmmaking: still photography, photo manipulation, storyboarding, script-writing, cinematography, sound recording, color correction and both picture and sound editing.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Upper Canada College says: UCC has a 1:1 Apple device program from SK through to university prep. The Computer Science Department offers a progression of courses with an emphasis on problem solving (individual work) and project development (team work). Our emphasis is less on keystrokes and mouse clicks, and more on the development of ideas and algorithms to meet evolving communication and computational needs. Our goal is that students both understand the historical development of technology and the technological culture, as well as possess a strong set of skills in the design, programming and day-today use of digital devices, systems and networks. All learning in computer science courses is hands-on and activity-based. Thus, the students will gain the confidence and competence to deal with the broad range of computer technologies found around the world today.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Upper Canada College says: Through courses offered by the Physical and Health Education Department, students will grasp the importance of physical fitness throughout their lives and, of equal importance, learn the value of good decision making and good judgment with respect to healthy choices. In the early years of the Physical Education program, team sports are used to develop fitness and fundamental skills. Sportsmanship is taught and developed through healthy competition. In the later years, the Physical Education curriculum begins to emphasize carry-over sports that the student can enjoy for the rest of his life. We want the students to leave the school with a desire to remain active, fit, healthy and happy.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • Spanish SL
    • Spanish HL
    • Spanish ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Economics SL
    • Economics HL
    • Geography SL
    • Geography HL
    • History HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Environmental Systems SL
    • Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL
    • Film SL
    • Film HL

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

    What Upper Canada College says: When teaching sex education, single-sex schools can offer an atmosphere free from stigma and stereotypes. Boys can discover aspects about themselves and others in the safety of the community. They are also encouraged to build their emotional sides, which is more difficult in co-ed situations.

    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 Upper Canada College says: The health curriculum covers many important topics. It is taught using the central theme of respect for one’s own body and concern for others. Areas of study include sex education, relationships, gender issues, fitness concepts and lifestyle habits. In addition, we offer a unit in self-defense, which involves a minimal additional expense to families.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Upper Canada College says: Students in Forms SK–5 follow the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate, which focuses on preparing children to be world citizens and lifelong learners. The PYP's transdisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to curriculum sees preset themes recur in various play-based activities. French as a second-language is taught to all boys. Boys enjoy immediate access to technology through the use of individual iPads. Library time sees boys listen to stories read aloud, browse, make choices and read independently. Outdoor education takes place at Norval and in our Learning Garden. Math, arts, physical education and science are core subjects.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 Upper Canada College says about flexible pacing: UCC helps students achieve their academic goals through the Wernham & West Centre for Learning, a high-support environment.

    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 Upper Canada College says: There’s a reason why UCC boasts a 100 per cent university acceptance rate around the world among its students. Its first-rate modern liberal arts academic program is backed by experienced, dedicated, passionate teachers who ultimately give students the tools they need to learn on their own. By the time students graduate, they are primed in every way possible to embark on a successful university education. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the principal diploma program at UCC and is undertaken by all students in their final two years at the Upper School.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Upper Canada College says: UCC has been preparing the country's leaders for over 180 years. Whether it's business, politics, athletics, arts, medicine, finance or anything in between, a UCC grad is well positioned to take the next step in leadership development. This means possessing a broad set of practical skills as well as social and intellectual intelligence; having a global perspective; empathizing with different people and issues. And it requires grit, determination and perseverance. These are the hallmarks of a UCC grad.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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
    • What Upper Canada College says: We ask parents to supply any information about learning differences with their application so that we may determine how we may be able to support them.

    • 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
    • Summary: The world-renowned Wernham & West Centre for Learning (CFL) is exceptional in its innovative support of all boys and faculty as they explore best practices in learning and teaching. At the Prep, your son receives lessons in time management and study and organizational strategies so, for example, test-taking inspires confidence and not anxiety. The overarching goal is to create a sense of confidence in boys around learning. As boys get older the part of the brain responsible for organizing (the prefrontal cortex) is developing rapidly. The CFL takes advantage of this precarious time to instill life-long organizing skills that will help boys manage workloads over their lifetime. The “reading buddies” program pairs Upper School with Prep students and is a valuable way to foster mentoring skills in Upper boys.

    • What Upper Canada College says: We ask parents to supply any information about learning differences with their application so that we may determine how we may be able to support them.

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Upper Canada College says: As the academic standards at UCC are already quite high, we do not offer a gifted program.

    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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Upper Canada College students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins58 mins70 mins81 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesSK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackSK to 12
    Academic achievement reportingSK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingSK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsSK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Upper Canada College says:
    • 15 CISAA championships at the Upper School in 2014-2015
    • Over 60 different active clubs and student groups
    • All students play a musical instrument at the Prep School.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Boarding (Domestic)$55,060$58,060
    Boarding (International)$58,560$61,560
    What Upper Canada College says: Various payment plans are offered to families upon registration. Further details are available at the UCC website.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 5 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid19%
    Average aid package size$15,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid18%
    Total aid available$4,500,000

    Application Deadline:
    December 31, 2015 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    Apple Financial makes recommendations to UCC based on the information provided by you in the Parents’ Financial Statement. This includes, but is not limited to, the parents/guardians’ net income (after taxes and other deductions); assets and liabilities; and information about dependents and expenditures.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 11—

    A limited number of one-time Entrance Scholarship awards are available to top applicants beginning at Grade 7. Eligibility is based on the applicant's performance on all admission criteria: report cards, interview, entrance test and co-curriculars. These scholarships represent about two per cent of all financial assistance awarded annually.


    Total enrollment 1,160
    Average enrollment per grade83
    Average class size20
    Gender (grades)SK to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 8 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)8%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)12%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment18202040406282128128138132132132
    Boarding Enrollment210202828



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewSK - 11
    SSAT7 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)8 - 12
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 6
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 02, 2016

    Boarding students:

    What Upper Canada College says:

    Copy of birth certificate or passport and final report cards from last two years.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Upper Canada College is looking for: Upper Canada College seeks to admit well-rounded boys who stand out from the crowd in a variety of ways – through academic performance, involvement in co-curricular activities, and demonstrated social skills. We are looking for the best boys, from across Canada and around the world.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    18 (40%)0020 - 22 (33%)022 - 24 (33%)18 - 22 (33%)40 - 50 (33%)010 - 15 (20%)000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 - 11 (33%)8 - 11 (33%)8 - 11 (33%)0

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size140
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements80
    **Ivy+ placements40

    *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)

    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Canada: Carleton University Concordia University Dalhousie University HEC Montreal Lakehead University McGill University McMaster University Polytechnique Montreal Queen’s University Quest University Ryerson University Sheridan College Saint Mary’s University Université Laval University of British Columbia University of Guelph University of King’s College University of New Brunswick University of Ontario Institute of Technology University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Victoria University of Waterloo Western University Wilfrid Laurier University York University U.S.A.: Babson College Bard College Bates College Berklee College of Music Boston University Bowdoin College Brown University Buffalo State Canisius College Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Claremont McKenna College Colby College Columbia University Cornell University Davidson College Denison University DePaul University Dickinson College Duke University Emerson College Emory University Flagler College George Washington University Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology Grinnell College Hamilton College Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Miami University, Ohio Middlebury College New York University Northeastern University Northwestern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Parsons The New School for Design Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University Princeton University Quinnipiac University Reed College Rollins College Santa Clara University St. Lawrence University Skidmore College Stanford University Swarthmore College Trinity College Tufts University Union College University of California, Berkeley University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of Chicago University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester University of Southern California University of Texas, Austin University of Virginia University of Washington Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University International: Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem (HU) Chinese University of Hong Kong Czech Technical University (CZ) Durham University (UK) Imperial College (UK) James Cook University (AU) King’s College London (UK) Loughborough University (UK) Monash University (MYS) The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) Queen Mary, University of London (UK) Royal College of Surgeons (IE) Sciences Po (FR) St. George’s, University of London (UK) Università Bocconi (IT) University College Dublin (IE) University College London (UK) University of Birmingham (UK) University of Bristol (UK) University of Cambridge (UK) University of Edinburgh (UK) University of Exeter (UK) University of Kent (UK) University of Leeds (UK) University of Oxford (UK) University of St. Andrews (UK) Yale NUS College (SG)

    What Upper Canada College says:

  • The University Counselling Office at Upper Canada College (UCC) is committed to supporting students as they identify and develop their individual passions and strengths, and explore how these will shape their post-secondary studies and future careers. We strive to work in close partnership with boys and their parents, recognizing that this process is about much more than the mechanics of selecting a place of higher education: it is one the most important and difficult transitions in a young person’s life. As such, the primary goal is to encourage our young men to develop a useful template for making wise adult decisions, one which recognizes the value of thorough research, honest reflection, and a willingness to follow one’s own path.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Robertson Davies 1932 One of Canada's most internationally celebrated novelist, playwright, journalist, and essayists
    David Gilmour 1968 Journalist and Governor General's Award for English language fiction winning novelist
    Stephen Leacock 1882 Celebrated writer, humourist and economist. The most widely read English-speaking author in the world between 1910 and 1925.
    Peter C. Newman 1947 Peabody award-winning journalist and former editor of Macleans and the Toronto Star. Noted chronicler of the "Canadian Establishment"
    Foster Hewitt 1921 Legendary broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
    Galt MacDermot 1942 Grammy Award winning musician and co-author of the Broadway musical Hair
    Geraint Wyn Davies 1975 Stage, film and television actor (Forever Knight)
    Leonard Dick 1982 Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winning producer and writer of Lost, House, The Good Wife and many other sitcoms
    Michael Snow 1948 Internationally recognized modern artist, with public works featured prominently throughout Toronto. Exhibited around the world, including at MoMa.
    Timothy Eaton 1852 Founder of the now-defunct Eaton's department store
    William George Gooderham 1867 Owner of Gooderham Worts Distilleries and president of the Bank of Toronto
    Tom Szaky 2001 Co-founder of TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company
    Vivek Rao 1986 Youngest faculty member ever to join UofT's cardiac surgery division. Second youngest Chair of cardiac surgery ever in Toronto's University Health Network. Made Canada's Top 40 under 40.
    Michael Ignatieff 1965 Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Noted Harvard historian and journalist. Gemini Award winner. Lionel Gelber Prize winner. Shortlisted for Booker Prize.
    Harold Ballard 1921 Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Maple Leaf Gardens. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
    Colin Greening 2005 Current NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
    Conn Smythe 1909 Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, founder of Maple Leaf Gardens, and coach of the 1928 Winter Olympics gold medal winning team. Namesake to the NHL's Conn Smythe Trophy
    Stuart Lang 1970 Member of the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos and winner of four Grey Cups
    Stephen Clarkson 1954 Leading Canadian political scientist and Member of the Order of Canada.
    George Grant 1936 Internationally renowned Canadian philosopher and theorist. Had a major influence on subsequent Canadian scholars and political culture. Considered one of Canada's most original thinkers.
    Ted Rogers 1951 Visionary entrepreneur and Canada's ninth wealthiest man. Founder and Chairman of Rogers Communications.
    Galen Weston 1958 Chairman of George Weston Limited and Canada's second wealthiest man. Grandson of George Weston and father of Galen Weston Jr., also UCC graduates
    David Thomson 1975 Chairman of Thomson Reuters. Canada's wealthiest man, and sixth wealthiest in the world. Son of Kenneth Thomson, also a UCC graduate
    Peter Dalglish 1976 Founder of Street Kids International and recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World award
    Harry Crerar 1904 Military General, and Canada's leading field commander during World War II
    Michael Wilson 1955 Federal Minister of Finance and Canadian Ambassador to the US. Co-architect of NAFTA. Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada. Order of Canada recipient. Chancellor of UofT.
    John Godfrey 1961 Federal Minister of State for infrastructure and communities. Editor of the Financial Post. Oxford graduate
    Bill Graham 1957 Leader of the Opposition and Interim Liberal Party of Canada Leader. Foreign Affairs Minister, National Defense Minister
    John Black Aird 1941 Founder of Aird & Berlis LLP and 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
    Robert Prichard 1967 President of the University of Toronto, President and CEO of Torstar, Chairman of Bank of Montreal. Officer of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of Ontario.
    George Connell 1947 President of the University of Toronto, President of the University of Western Ontario. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Charles Watchter 1993 Emmy Award winning executive producer of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"
    Michael MacMillan 1974 Founder and executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications. Academy Award winner. Member of the Order of Canada.
    Jim Cuddy 1974 Juno award–winning musician Jim Cuddy is one of Canada’s best-loved singer/songwriters and a founding member of Blue Rodeo
    Doug Bassett 1958 Founder of CFTO-TV. President of the CTV Television Network. Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
    Patrick Graham 1984 Journalist for Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and television correspondent for CBC
    John Stackhouse 1981 Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail
    Brian Stewart 1958 Award winning Senior Correspondent for the CBC's "The National" . Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at UofT. Member of the Order of Ontario.
    James Greig Arthur 1962 World's leading mathematician in representation theory and creator of the General Trace Formula
    Timothy Endicott 1979 Dean of Law at Oxford University. Legal scholar and philosopher.
    Mark Cohon 1985 Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Director of corporate and game development for MLB. VP of business development for the NBA. Chair of the Ontario Science Centre.
    Barney Williams 1996 Silver medal winning Olympic rower (Athens 2004) and Oxford University graduate
    Michael Evans 1984 Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia. Gold medal-winning Olympic rower (Los Angeles 1984).
    Tom Wright 1971 Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). President of Adidas Canada. Director of Operations for UFC Canada
    Sir Henry Pellat 1876 Financier, Major General, and builder of Toronto's Casa Loma
    Hal Jackman 1950 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, philanthropist, and financier. Chancellor of the University of Toronto, chairman of National Trust Company and The Empire Life Insurance Company. Member of the Order of Canada.
    Gordon Cheesbrough 1971 Prominent Canadian investment banker. Chairman and CEO of Scotia Capital Markets. Co-founder of Blair Franklin Capital Partners
    Ernest McCulloch 1943 Pioneering biologist and the co-discoverer of the existence of stem cells. Lasker award winner, member of the Orders of Canada and Ontario, and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee
    Alexander Roberts Dunn 1844 First Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest honour recognizing gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded in the British Commonwealth
    John Robert Cartwright 1912 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
    Andrew Heintzman 1986 Noted author and venture capitalist. President of Investico Capital, an environmental investment company. Co-founder of Shift magazine and editorial board member for The Walrus.
    David R. Beatty 1961 Noted international businessman and diplomat with extensive board experience, serving on 29 boards (and Chairing 5). Honorary Consul General for Papua New Guinea. University of Toronto professor
    Brendan Fraser 1987 Hollywood actor
    Nicholas Campbell 1970 Canadian film and television star. Two-time Gemini winner
    John Fraser 1963 Editor of Saturday Night Magazine and master of Massey College. Member of the Order of Canada. Chaired the Canadian Journalism Foundation until 2008. Multiple award winner for journalism. Published worldwide.
    Jeffrey Kofman 1978 Peabody Award winning ABC news correspondent, reporting for World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, and Good Morning America. Toured Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded reporter. Two-time Emmy winner
    John William Bosley 1964 Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
    Conrad Black 1959 Notorious newspaper magnate and accomplished historian. At one point controlled the third-largest media empire in the word as Chairman and controlling shareholder of Hollinger International. (Did not graduate).
    Greg P. Meredith 1976 Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank USA. Professional NHL hockey player (Calgary Flames)
    Andy Chisholm 1977 Chief Strategy Officer for Goldman Sachs (Global)
    Blake Hutcheson 1980 Canadian real estate icon: has been called the Warren Buffet of Canadian real estate. President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group.
    James Cockburn 1833 Father of Confederation and first Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
    Alan Macnaughton 1921 Speaker the Canadian House of Commons. Canadian Senator
    Michael Cassidy 1954 Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Federal Member of Parliament
    Matthew Cartwright 1979 Current US Democratic Congressman. Assigned to Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    Norm Kelly 1959 Federal Member of Parliament and Toronto's Deputy Mayor (and unofficial acting mayor). Governor General's Award winner for historical writing. Also taught history at Upper Canada College
    Andrew Hutchison 1956 Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (Archbishop)
    Rocco Rossi 1981 President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada. Princeton graduate
    James George 1936 Ambassador and environmental activist. Rhodes Scholar. Served as Canada's ambassador to Iran and the Gulf States
    Jameel Jaffer 1990 Deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Litigated Freedom of Information Act request on U.S. torture of prisoners. Served as law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada.
    John Graham 1952 CIA spy on Cuba after the missile-crisis. Canadian ambassador and diplomat
    Daniel Lang 1938 Canadian Liberal Senator
    Modris Eksteins 1961 Renowned and award-winning historian of Germany. Rhodes Scholar.
    Terry Grier 1954 President of Ryerson University. Transformed Ryerson from a college to a university. NDP Member of Parliament
    Allan Lamport 1923 Mayor of Toronto, member of the Order of Canada
    Alan Tonks 1959 Mayor of Toronto and Liberal MP
    John Thomson 1961 Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank Financial Corporation. Vice Chairman of IBM. 20th Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.
    Theo Caldwell 1991 President of Caldwell Asset Management. TV and radio commentator and host. Author, journalist.
    Galen Weston, Jr. 1992 Executive Chairman and President of Loblaws Companies Limited
    Shafiq Qaadri 1983 Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke North. Medical doctor and popular writer on Andropause.
    Avi Lewis 1986 Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Host of CBC's "On the Map" and Al Jazeera's "Fault Lines".
    Ben Dunkelman 1931 Israeli war hero and commander of the 7th Brigade, one of Israel's most celebrated armored brigades. Also known as Benjamin Ben-David.
    Brian Conacher 1959 All-Star NHL hockey player. Was on the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leafs team. Olympian.
    John Ridpath 1955 Award-winning professor, historian, and philosopher. Was a noted proponent of Objectivism, serving on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.
    John Julius  Cooper 1947 British historian, travel writer and television personality. Member of the British House of Lords.
    Edward Blake 1851 2nd Premier of Ontario. Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Founder of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (law firm).
    Tom Clark 1971 Host of CTV's "Power Play". Chief political correspondent for Global News. Host of Global's "The West Block". Substitute anchor for CTV's National News.
    Oliver Aiken Howland 1865 31st Mayor of Toronto. Member of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
    George Stewart Henry 1889 10th Premier of Ontario
    Sir Arthur Edward Grasett 1906 Canadian born Lieutenant-General in the British Army. Field Commander during WWII. Military Cross; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Companion of the Order of the Bath.
    Thomas Symons 1947 Founding president and chancellor of Trent University. Chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Governor General's Award for Canadian Studies
    John Strathearn Hendrie 1875 11th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    Andrew Saxton 1982 Conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament for North Vancouver
    Walter L. Gordon 1924 Canada's Minister of Finance. President of the Privy Council. Chancellor of York University. Companion of the Order of Canada. Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
    Bruce Matthews 1927 Commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division during the Second World War. Major General. President of Argus Corporation. President of the LIberal Party of Canada.
    Alexander Gordon McKay 1942 Award-winning Canadian academic and scholar of Virgil. Officer of the Order of Canada. President of the Royal Society of Canada.
    Arnold Cantwell Smith 1933 Canadian diplomat and the first Commonwealth Secretary-General. Rhodes Scholar. Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Joseph Tyrrell 1876 Discoverer of dinosaur bones in Alberta. Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant.
    William Johnston Tupper 1880 12th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
    William Morley Kilbourn 1944 Author, historian, and noted chronicler of Toronto. City councillor. Harvard Professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Founder of many philanthropic organizations and boards.
    Jeff Dennis 1976 Noted serial entrepreneur, best-selling author ("Lessons from the Edge"), public speaker, and public company director.
    Sir Charles Kingsmill 1873 Admiral. Considered the father of the Royal Canadian Navy.
    Humphrey Hume Wrong 1912 Canadian ambassador to the United States. Key architect of the North Atlantic Treaty, (later giving rise to NATO). Professor of history at University of Toronto.
    Lewis Wallbridge 1834 Chief Justice of Manitoba.
    Eugène-Étienne Taché 1854 Noted architect and engineer. Designer of the Quebec Parliament Building. Designed Quebec's coat of arms and motto, "Je me souviens".

    Alumni Highlights

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Upper_Canada_College_alumni

    Stories & Testimonials


    Sweet deal proposes ice cream in exchange for kind acts

    It sounds like a pretty sweet deal. As part of a recent Kindness Project, the boys of 7H scooped over 400 bowls of Greg’s Ice Cream, one for every boy at the Prep, in exchange for a promised act of kindness to someone in their family. The boys can thank Greg Mahon of Greg’s Ice Cream for his generosity in supplying the treats. It was all part of an increased emphasis on character development school-wide, through numerous creative initiatives.

    The Prep boys were delighted to receive the free ice cream. The boys in 7H developed a greater empathy for those in the service industry and also felt the rush of joy from doing something explicitly to promote kindness. (We are all grateful to Greg for the generous donation of roasted marshmallow, strawberry, sweet cream and malt crunch inspirations of kindness. No regrets, prep wide.)


    UCC’s learning commons is coming to life

    Upper Canada College’s student centre and its surrounding vicinity are being revamped to create a learning commons, and work is underway to make these spaces more conducive to educating boys.

    The student centre, Macintosh Library and adjacent academic, university counselling, information technology and Wernham West Centre for Learning offices fall under the learning commons mandate, which is to create a welcoming virtual and physical environment in which engagement in collaborative teaching and learning is supported and optimized. It’s an area where creativity is fostered and academics are celebrated.

    As a result of feedback and data gathering from students last year, the above named departments formed a collaborative approach to working together and supporting boys and their learning. Boys have asked for social, quiet and flexible spaces, and support that’s transparent and easily accessible. This has resulted in plans to improve furnishing, space design and usage in these areas.

    Parents, Old Boys and other UCC community members have supported the learning commons initiative and contributed to its funding, but more is still needed to complete the project. The Parents’ Organization donated $40,000 to improve library shelving by making it more accessible, modular and contemporary, and library parent volunteers recently helped reorganize books. ...

    Making concussion connections

    Concussions have become top news stories for a good reason. They happen to a wide range of people in a large variety of ways, and research suggests we need to pay attention to prevention and care during the concussed period described as “return to play” and “return to learn.”

    Upper Canada College Grade 12 student Keean Nanji wrote his extended essay on concussions last spring when the school’s Health Centre and Wernham West Centre for Learning (CFL) were learning about and developing policies and procedures around “return to play” and “return to learn.” Prep and Upper School head Don Kawasoe was also contacted last spring by Dr. Michael Cusimano to inquire about a possible research partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) in the area of concussion prevention and recovery.

    All of these things are now converging and much is happening.

    SMH announced a research partnership with UCC and other schools for its “Sport Concussion in Adolescents” study, and all parents of boys playing a contact sport from Grades 8 to 12 have been notified of it.

    “We encourage parents to check Heads Up to read about this research, and we encourage their sons to participate,” says CFL executive director Mary Gauthier.

    The three goals of the study are: to explore the risk factors that may make adolescents more vulnerable to sustaining a concussion; to look at the long-term effects that concussions may have on adolescents during their developing years; and to improve best practice standards of managing sports-related concussions in adolescents. The study involves a baseline session and three voluntary follow-up sessions.

    SMH actively supports UCC’s research efforts and has sent a team member to attend every parent evening. Nanji works with the research team and helps the CFL encourage boys to participate. There are also plans to create an educational piece for younger boys on when and how to wear a helmet.

    Gauthier and CFL Senior Division coordinator Jody McLean will make presentations on the “return to learn” process at UCC on Friday, Nov. 1 and at The Association of Boarding Schools’ annual conference in Boston on Saturday, Dec. 7.

    “This research opportunity with SMH is helping UCC improve the support it offers and also on a community and global outreach level,” says Gauthier. ...

    UCC students place first and third in Chinese essay competition

    Upper Canada College students placed first and third in the Chinese Panda Cup Students’ Chinese Essay Competition, which drew more than 2,000 entries.

    Entrants could either write about where they’ve lived or the pandas that arrived at Toronto Zoo this year.

    IB2 student Winston Kwok was the winner for an essay he wrote about living in Hong Kong, Guangdong Province in China and Toronto and how this has given him an international vision and an appreciation of both Chinese and Canadian culture.

    IB2 student Wilder Walker-Stewart placed third for his essay about seeing the pandas at the zoo and how they reflected Chinese culture and what they meant to him. He was the only non-Chinese participant to win an award.

    IB1 student Yuan Kong also placed third for writing about leaving Shenzhen, China and how he’s adapted after moving to Toronto to attend UCC and board in Seaton’s House.

    The boys, students of UCC Mandarin teacher Jane Li, were honoured at an award ceremony hosted by the Toronto branch of the Chinese consulate and held at the Premiere Ballroom & Convention Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont. on Oct. 20. The event was covered by Chinese-Canadian television media outlets. ...

    UCC wins national soccer championship

    Upper Canada College won its third consecutive Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Boys’ National Soccer Tournament championship on Oct. 19 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over West Vancouver’s Collingwood School.

    UCC and Royal St. George’s College co-hosted the 16-team tournament, with all of the games played on four UCC fields. The UCC team, coached by Middle Division head Bernard Lecerf with assistance from the recently retired Johnny McGrath, went undefeated through six games through the preliminary rounds on Oct. 17 and 18. The team, which displayed excellent ball-control skills and sportsmanship throughout the tournament, defeated Vancouver’s St. George’s School 5-0 in a morning semi-final game to advance to the 12:30 p.m. final.

    UCC had outscored its opponents 32-0 heading into the final, but it gave up the first goal off a Collingwood School corner kick midway through the first half. The team tied the game shortly before halftime to set the stage for an exciting finish. Rain fell throughout the first half and didn’t stop in the second as UCC pressed and had the better part of the play, but couldn’t put the ball in the Collingwood net. The squad’s defence and goaltending held strong, however, and UCC scored a second goal that proved to be the winner with a few minutes left in the game.

    After the opponents shook hands and the UCC boys celebrated on the field, everyone moved into the Prep School’s Weston Hall for the closing ceremony. A slide show featuring tournament highlights was shown on a large screen, and then Prep athletics director Nigel White thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the tournament for all of their efforts.

    Tournament co-host Royal St. George’s College defeated Toronto’s Sterling Hall School 1-0 to claim the Division 2 title, and both teams received medals. St. John’s Kilmarnock School from tiny Breslau, Ont. was presented with the newly inaugurated Johnny McGrath Trophy for being the most sportsmanlike team of the tournament. Collingwood players were then given their silver medals before the UCC 15 and their two coaches were presented with gold medals and the championship trophy. UCC has now won this national championship for three straight years and five out of the past six years.

    “Having teams come from across the country makes it so special,” Lecerf said afterward. “The billeting is the big thing about this tournament because of the friendships that are formed from it.

    “And of course the soccer was magnificent. I’m very proud of our kids. There was only one goal conceded in the entire tournament against very good opposition. It’s marvelous and we’re very proud of our boys and are very thankful to the people who made the tournament happen all the way around.” ...

    Old Boy James Bacque gives UCC Barton Lecture

    James Bacque ’47 has primarily made a name for himself as an editor, publisher and best-selling author, but it’s his involvement with Frontiers Foundation that earned him an invitation to give Upper Canada College’s annual Barton Lecture to Upper School students in Laidlaw Hall on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Bacque founded The Trent Native Series, the first Canadian initiative to publish books exclusively by First Nations Canadians, in 1970. That interest aligns well with Frontiers Foundation, a non-profit aboriginal voluntary service organization that promotes the advancement of economically and socially disadvantaged communities.

    Bacque said the last time he addressed a large audience at UCC was as a nervous Seaton’s House boarding student during “the days of the British empire.” He recalled his Battalion training at the school, quipping “By the time I was 15, I was a terrorist.”

    But it was also at UCC that he was introduced to the work of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, which inspired Bacque to become a writer. He went on to write novels and short stories in the 1970s before turning his attention to non-fiction books dealing with the Second World War. Other Losses, about death camps for prisoners of war maintained by the French and Americans after the Second World War, has sold more than 200,000 copies in 11 countries.

    Bacque’s lecture then turned its attention to Garfield Bembridge, a young Jamaican man who travelled to the Northwest Territories to volunteer for Frontiers Foundation’s Operation Beaver program and wasn’t only shocked by the cold, but by the abysmal living conditions and alarmingly high suicide rate of the aboriginal people living in Fort Good Hope and other remote northern reserves. Bembridge’s efforts to counsel kids as well as build houses for communities helped save lives because he gave them hope and kept them engaged in positive ways. This extended anecdote highlighted the spirit and importance of service and volunteering, which Bacque emphasized the relevance of.

    Bacque also stressed that it’s important to like and have fun at what you do so it doesn’t seem like work, and he urged boys to create a world view for themselves and understand things as they are by learning about philosophy and history before they specialize in certain areas after graduation so that they may be more inclined to help others who haven’t been as fortunate as them.

    Frontiers Foundation helps build communities, both physically and spiritually, and Bacque would like people to make similar positive contributions to society. ...

    AGM provides updates on UCC’s progress

    The Upper Canada College Association Council annual general meeting and board report drew about 60 interested people to the Wilder Arena’s Hewitt Lounge on Oct. 9 to hear about the school’s achievements and challenges.

    Association Council president Jim Garner ’77 talked about Association Day, Founder’s Dinner, 13 branch events held across Canada and internationally, a number of Old Boy events, the Common Ties Mentorship Program, the MeriTALKracy project, the Association Council mandate review, the Norval 100th anniversary picnic, the John D. Stevenson Award and the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award.

    Garner also announced that UCC governor Kathy Martin was re-elected to a second three-year term on the Association Council and that Neil Seeman ’88 has replaced John Medland ’97 after his six-year term on Association Council came to a close.

    Principal Jim Power mentioned the “overwhelming sense of community” he felt at Association Day and other UCC events over the past year, and his enthusiasm carries over to students. He cited that 99 per cent of the 2013 leaving class received the International Baccalaureate Diploma, boys’ exam results continue to stand well above the world average, and that students received a wide variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular medals and awards over the past school year. He was also pleased to announce that just under 80 per cent of all admission offers the College made were accepted, which is up more than five percentage points from previous years.

    Power mentioned some of the generous gifts to the Think Ahead campaign, which has now raised $80.8 million, including the $11-million donation from Stu Lang that was showcased on Association Day.

    Power illustrated how UCC is evolving by highlighting the $3.7 million allocated to financial assistance that’s enabling 170 boys — 15 per cent of the student body — to attend the school this year.

    Board of governors chair Andy Burgess ’83 first acknowledged the contributions of Lou Pauly, who completed his term on the board this past summer. This meeting marked the final event of the governors’ annual day-long retreat, during which they discussed UCC’s strategic plan, the school’s progress and governance, and the road ahead. The board’s mandate is to ensure the long-term success of UCC, and Burgess said that appointing Power to another five-year term is a big part of that.

    “His passion for and commitment to the boys and this school are unrivalled, and I can’t think of a better, wiser or more honourable man to be at the helm of this College at such a pivotal time in its history.”

    Burgess emphasized that the board strives to keep tuition fees as low as possible and that the average annual tuition increase over the last five years has been 2.9 per cent — which is among the lowest in the independent school sector. Tuition and fees for services cover 78 per cent of the total cost to operate UCC, with the difference made up by other sources, such as donations.

    Burgess summarized the progress being made with the seven pillars of the strategic plan, including: the expansion of advising programs; greater student involvement in co-curricular programs; faculty professional development; the revitalization of the boarding program, which this year includes boys from 20 countries; increased financial assistance; facility renovations; and the Think Ahead campaign.

    Garner returned to the stage to talk about the launch of UCC’s global leadership initiative, which has been kick-started by a $1-million donation from an anonymous Old Boy and will focus on internationalism. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and will dovetail with the College’s character development initiative headed by Steve Dubrick, which received $1.25 million in seed funding from anonymous UCC parents.

    “Character, combined with the power and impact of the financial assistance program, has the potential to be one of the most transformational initiatives UCC has ever taken on,” said Garner. “It has the potential of weaving and infusing itself into every aspect of the school and the student experience, and touches on every pillar of our strategic plan.”

    The evening concluded with Burgess and Power taking questions from audience members. ...

    Top UCC students rewarded at Prize Day

    Upper Canada College’s Prize Day honoured top students for their academic achievements in Grades 8 through 11 in the last school year at an Oct. 10 ceremony in Laidlaw Hall.

    Principal Jim Power first talked about the need to dig deep inside yourself to achieve success and referred to UCC’s Palmam qui meruit ferat (let he who merited the palm bear it) motto, saying that all of the prize recipients were deserving for the efforts they expended in and out of the classroom.

    Head steward Andrew Callaghan introduced the ceremony’s guest speaker, Dr. Aristotle Voineskos ’96, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and the Koerner New Scientist and head of the Kimel Family Imaging-Genetics Laboratory at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He also runs his own clinical practice and has won several national and international awards for his research accomplishment.

    Voineskos, a Prize Day recipient during his UCC days, extolled the virtues of hard work while reflecting on his time at the College and speaking about the importance of role models and mentors. He also told the boys about brain development from adolescence to early adulthood and, since he was speaking on World Mental Health Day and works at CAMH, he stressed the importance of mental health.

    “There is no health without mental health,” Voineskos said.

    Voineskos received a warm round of applause after his address, and the wind ensemble followed with a performance of “Variations on a Korean Folksong” that drew a similar response.

    It was then time for the presentations. In addition to the annual distribution of academic prizes, this ceremony also recognized the nine inaugural recipients of the Lang Scholarship, which recognizes extraordinary leadership potential in students. ...

    UCC celebrates Norval’s 100th anniversary

    Some rain and fog wasn’t enough to dampen the centenary celebration of Upper Canada College’s Norval, Ont. property on Oct. 6.

    About two dozen hearty souls camped at Norval on Saturday night, while approximately 400 members of the UCC community made the drive to the tiny hamlet near Georgetown for a six-hour event on Sunday that included a variety of family-friendly activities. There were bug safaris, geocaching, site tours and tree-planting for visitors of all ages who didn’t mind getting a bit muddy, and one particularly nice moment was former boarder Alex Pathy ’51 sharing stories, saplings and shovels while digging in the forest with current boarders while surrounded by trees he’d planted almost 70 years earlier.

    Bodies were flying through the air at the always popular blanket toss, and the cider press behind Stephen House drew eager volunteers who helped make fresh cider from the apples of Norval’s orchard that was served the same afternoon. Visitors received a free lunch and could also buy bread, cheese, syrup and more from local vendors on site to take home with them. Norval and other UCC merchandise was also available to purchase.

    Inside, children had their faces painted and they decorated wooden boats for the “Paddle to the Sea” in the Credit River. Sixty-five boats were launched and, since they all included contact information, the goal is to track where they’re eventually found after being taken by the currents.

    The final event of the day was the eagerly anticipated raft race on the Credit. It drew eight entrants on four crafts of varying stability and seaworthiness, and in the end it was a boat piloted by Brendan Caldwell ’87, his daughter Faith and Annie Elgie (the daughter of Norval director Bill Elgie) that crossed the finish line first. A sauna tent was set up nearby to warm and dry the competitors after spending time in the chilly water.

    UCC students revel in learning and playing at Norval, and this anniversary event was a great opportunity for Old Boys to relive their youths and for parents and family members to partake in some of the activities that their sons and brothers enjoy during their visits. ...

    Association Day draws rave reviews

    It was a good omen when the sun was out and the temperature was in the high teens as folks started arriving for the new parent breakfast at Weston Hall at 8 a.m. on Sept. 28, and things only got better through the rest of Upper Canada College’s 35th annual Association Day.

    The Blue Army led a parade of energetic Prep students up the avenue to the Upper School front steps for opening ceremonies and remarks from principal Jim Power, head of Prep and Upper Schools Don Kawasoe, Association Council president Jim Garner, A-Day chairs Jill Carmichael Adolphe, Johanne Dotsikas and Lucas Atkins, and head steward Andrew Callahan.

    Activity was brisk at the booths and stalls lined up along the east-west road leading into the front of the Deer Park campus, as attendees purchased food from The Jon Wookey Market, the snack shack (which raised $2,035) and a handful of UCC clubs, as well as fresh produce grown in the Prep learning garden. They also scooped up free ice cream and popcorn from Greg’s and Kernels respectively. The Norval Outdoor Education Centre had a larger presence than normal, owing to the 100th anniversary celebration it will host on Sunday, Oct. 6. Three large Norval birthday cakes were cut up and served to anyone who wanted a slice.

    The north-south avenue was full of interested people: getting information about the Think Ahead campaign and Upper School renovations while picking up free swag; learning about the Blues Booster Club, Prep Parents’ Organization and Parents’ Organization; watching and taking part in art demonstrations promoted by the Arts Booster Club; admiring the 1956 Chevrolet Deluxe 210 Handyman Wagon (which raised $24,100 for the Class of 1970 Scholarship Fund in an online auction); and purchasing books from Scholastic.

    Bidding was hot and heavy for the array of items available in the silent auction, including gift certificates, flights, sports tickets, lessons, food and catering, books, wine, clothing, spa sessions and much more. All the winning bids added up to $21,000, which went towards offsetting the costs of A-Day.

    Young ones who didn’t burn off all of their energy bouncing in the inflatable amusements and playing games in the expanded Kidzone used it to drench faculty and staff members in the ever-popular dunk tank, which raised almost $1,340 for the 2014 leaving class gift. Children could also launch balloon rockets and watch how far they travelled.

    A-Tunes @ A-Day was a new addition this year, and it proved very popular with people as it showcased the musical talents of both UCC students and faculty members. The St. Jamestown YC Steel Orchestra was back again, and young Keith Moon wannabes could test their drumming speeds to round out A-Day’s music component.

    Hundreds of hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages were sold as part of a barbecue lunch in a large tent in the Prep parking lot which raised $4,800, and another $1,845 came from a hospitality area on the Simon and Kit Leung Terrace that satisfied those desiring a beer or two while they talked with friends and watched the varsity soccer and football games.

    A major announcement was made just prior to the varsity football game as it was revealed that, after a year of requested anonymity, Old Boy Stu Lang ’70 had stepped forward as the $11-million donor that represents the largest single gift in Canadian independent school history. The donation in support of financial assistance is the leadership gift in UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead campaign, which has now raised $80.8 million.

    In honour of Lang’s gift, UCC will launch the Lang Scholar Program to ensure a legacy of furnishing current students with leadership and other character development opportunities.

    Sports have always been a big part of A-Day, and that was certainly the case again this year. Prep Soccerfest pitted the various colour houses against each other in a morning tournament, while Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association competitions took place between UCC and other schools in various age groups in soccer, volleyball and football. The home teams came away with an impressive record of 11 wins, two ties and two losses.

    Old Boys also got in on the action at the Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament, Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament and a ball hockey game between the graduating classes of 1978 and 1983.

    Separate receptions were held at noon for Old Boys from the leaving classes of 1963 and 1988, who received 50- and 25-year ties respectively. A reunion dinner was held in the evening for Old Boys from all graduating classes with years ending in three or eight, which capped off a full day on campus and brought another A-Day to a close. ...

    Stu Lang donates $11 million to UCC

    After a year of requested anonymity, 1970 Upper Canada College alumnus Stu Lang has stepped forward as the face behind the largest single donation in Canadian independent school history.

    The value of Lang’s $11-million donation to support financial assistance was initially announced when the campaign launched at UCC’s Association Day homecoming celebrations last September. The donation is the leadership gift in UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead campaign. To date, $80.8 million has been raised.

    UCC is giving out $3.7 million of financial assistance during the 2013-14 school year to 170 boys who wouldn’t otherwise have means to attend. The key priority of the Think Ahead campaign is to ensure that 220, or 20 per cent, of UCC boys will receive financial support by 2015-16. This would place UCC among the top financial assistance programs at Canadian independent schools.

    Lang was a receiver who helped the Edmonton Eskimos win five Grey Cups in the 1970s and early ‘80s before moving on to a successful career in packaged goods labelling as president of CCL Label Canada/Mexico and then CCL Label International. He retired as an officer of the company in 2006, but still serves as a director. Lang became head football coach at the University of Guelph in 2010 and led the team to its best-ever regular season in 2012. But his high school years still remain special to him.

    “I spent five wonderful years at UCC and had access to life-changing opportunities both on and off the field,” says Lang. “My goal is to give back, to give deserving boys opportunities that are otherwise beyond their wildest dreams, and to encourage others to step up and support this transformative initiative.”

    In honour of his gift, UCC will launch the Lang Scholar Program to ensure a legacy of furnishing current students with leadership and other character development opportunities.

    “Just as the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship recognizes and supports tomorrow’s leaders, the Lang Scholar Program will do so by giving up to 15 boys each year access to a unique enrichment program, complete with leadership training conferences, guest speakers and field trips,” says principal Jim Power.

    This year’s nine inaugural scholars are Philippe Archambault, Matthew Baker, Mattia Colangelo, Louis Christophe Hebert, Clayton Jeffrey, Philippe Martin, Jeffrey Misner, Liam Power and Akeil Zarudny.

    “UCC has a long history of producing leaders,” says Lang. “And as the campaign slogan says, ‘Think Ahead.’ Great leaders have the ability to look around the corner, to see things coming before everyone else.”

    “Stu Lang’s remarkable gift cements our ability to take a school with a great reputation and make it even greater,” says UCC board chair Andy Burgess ’83. “By embracing and evolving boys of potential, we’re assuring our legacy of leadership in boys’ education for generations to come.” ...

    UCC clubs offer variety of activities

    Upper Canada College students have more clubs than ever to choose from this year.

    The school now has more than 80 clubs — from Agricultural Club to the World Affairs Conference, with the likes of Cosmostronomy, Foodie Club, Mock Trial Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Sociedad Hispana and many more choices in between — to satiate boys’ interests in things academic, athletic, social, creative, philanthropic and more.

    Club representatives signed up members at the Sept. 12 Clubs Fair in the student centre, which was packed with boys and faculty members. Each club has a faculty or staff advisor and student head to oversee activities, and most of them meet weekly during lunch periods.

    The clubs are also a key component of the “Creativity, Action, Service” requirement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. ...

    Specialists and balanced approach boost UCC math

    The way that Canadian students learn mathematics has come under criticism of late, as recent Globe and Mail articles and columns have pointed out that math scores have been decreasing across the country.

    Upper Canada College students, who’ve racked up an impressive list of national and international math contest achievements over the past two years, seem to be swimming against this current. UCC students scored 20 per cent above the world average in International Baccalaureate (IB) standard level math scores from 2011 to 2013.

    UCC is an IB World School, and the College’s math teaching strategy begins with its Primary Years Programme (PYP) that prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. “Inquiry, hands-on and understanding the relationship between numbers and concepts is our approach,” says UCC PYP coordinator Dianne Jojic.

    Primary math teachers use the Everyday Mathematics program and supplementary materials to provide instruction, experience and practice in patterns, numeration, place value, computation, geometry, measurement, decimals, fractions, graphing and problem-solving. Math extension groups are offered to boys who excel in the subject. This scope and sequence was developed in 2008 in consultation with former Middle School head of math Sarah Barclay following a comprehensive review of UCC’s math program and practice.

    “We use the Ontario curriculum as a reference,” says Primary Division head Tom Babits. “Our approach is to consult with our in-house expertise, do research on best practice, look at what’s being done elsewhere and make our own decisions about designing and improving our math program.”

    UCC’s math curriculum is a full year ahead of other Ontario schools, so when boys enter the Middle Division in Grade 6 they learn Grade 7 math. Scott Manning is the head of the Middle Division’s math department, and math specialists are employed by the College from this level all the way through the five years of the Upper School, culminating in IB2 (Grade 12). A strong math background is also considered when hiring new teachers in the Primary Division.

    The IB enables Upper School teachers to use a balanced approach in teaching math, as it structures exams into two papers: one using a calculator and the other with no technology allowed. Calculators are rarely permitted in Year 1 (Grade 8) until after December, and then they’re used in conjunction with paper and pencil skills to ensure that students fully understand concepts that they’ll apply in years to come.

    While Ontario public schools and many of the province’s independent schools use Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments based on standardized tests given in Grades 3, 6 and 9, UCC utilizes the Education Research Bureau’s Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP4) to assess student math progress. Babits says the program is “far more precise from a diagnostic point of view” and, since it’s used heavily by similar independent schools in the United States, it allows UCC to compare itself with more specific normed groups.

    Individual professional growth for teachers is encouraged at UCC, and members of the math department have attended well over 100 conferences and given talks at regional and national confabs in Canada and the United States over the past five years. Upper School math teacher Byung Chun is a consultant for the Waterloo Mathematics Contests and trains students for the International Mathematics Olympiad.

    “We try to stay current while holding true to what we believe works,” says Upper School math department chair Deirdre Timusk. “While we constantly grow and change here, we don’t believe in blindly following every trend that’s embraced by the masses.

    “We will try new things to see if we get better results and, if we don’t, we return to what we know has worked in the past. We update and change our courses every year because we reflect on what worked and what didn’t from the year before.” ...

    UCC rowers compete in world championship

    Charlie Walker and Daniel Hong, who graduated from UCC in May, teamed up with IB2 student Harris Sheldon and Jacob Barker and Adam Donaldson from the Victoria Rowing Club in British Columbia to compete in the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships.

    The Canadian student athletes participated in the junior men’s coxed four category at the event in Trakai, Lithuania from Aug. 7 to 11. They finished third in the B final with a time 6:45.84 to finish ninth overall.

    The World Rowing Junior Championships is designed for athletes 18 and younger to prepare for future international success at the under 23 or senior levels.

    Hong, the coxswain, is attending Columbia University in New York City this fall. Walker is going to school at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. ...

    MeriTALKracy: What does merit mean to you?

    The motto on Upper Canada College’s crest — “Palmam qui meruit ferat” (“Let he who merited the palm bear it”) — has inspired a new initiative dealing with all aspects of merit.

    MeriTALKracy was founded by RIWI Corporation chief executive officer and Old Boy Neil Seeman ’88 with the intention of promoting wide-ranging discussions about merit. MeriTALKracy aims to explore how merit relates to notions of risk, reward, work, fairness, luck and talent with a wide range of prominent people from UCC and beyond.

    The MeriTALKracy initiative is soliciting new submissions from members of the UCC community to add to the approximately two dozen which have already been posted on meritalkracy.wordpress.com. Please send yours to [email protected] if you’re inclined to weigh in.

    Watch a video of students, teachers and Old Boys talking about merit at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I5wDACBar8. ...

    Introducing "the Crib"

    Among Upper Canada College’s many named facilities now exists one space with a special story behind its moniker: it was chosen by the students.

    Welcome to “the Crib,” formerly the Upper School’s Intermediate Division lounge. Like so many Upper School spaces in recent years, it wasn’t looking its best — with its furniture, paint, lighting and ventilation all needing updating.

    Enter two UCC parents.

    “When we saw the architectural renderings of what the lounge and its surroundings would look like, we were intrigued,” say the anonymous donors, whose generous leadership gift in support of Upper School renovations will be used to revitalize both the lounge as well as other iDiv learning spaces.

    It was in discussions with senior development officer Michelle Golfman that the family hit upon the idea of leaving the naming of the renovated space up to the boys.

    Competition to rename the iDiv lounge was fierce, with an online contest running from May to June. More than 100 names were submitted and the top six were opened to voting by boys in Years 1 and 2. The race was tight, but on June 3 the announcement was made that “the Crib” — submitted by Year 1 student Saunders White — had come out on top, narrowly beating out runners-up “the iPad” and “the Blue Cave.”

    The Crib is undergoing the first phase of a two-part renovation. It’s received minor upgrades — including a new graffiti-style wall mural by renowned artist Ryan Dineen (whose most recent work includes huge outdoor murals commissioned by Apple) — with larger scale improvements planned for next summer.

    “We’re so delighted that this family has chosen to support Upper School renovations in such a generous way,” says principal Jim Power. “We hope that the success of the Crib, and the changes being made to the rest of the Upper School, will serve as a call to action to other members of our community to come forward to support this essential priority of the Think Ahead campaign.” ...

    UCC rowers finish second in large regatta

    Upper Canada College rowers earned a second-place finish in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. on Oct. 20 and 21.

    UCC'€™s team of Graham Buchan, Charlie Walker, Harris Sheldon, Patrick Watt and cox Daniel Hong competed in the youth fours men event against an international field of 85 other crews and finished second.

    UCC students Harrison Vincent, Malcolm McKenzie, Trevor Thorburn, Justin Fong and cox Aaron Ho --€” racing as Hanlan Boat Club --€” managed a respectable 17th place finish. The performance of both crews guaranteed them entries in next year's regatta.

    "I am very proud of all of our boys,"€ said coach Grant Boyd. "They all displayed great poise and ability, and executed their race plans perfectly. This is a great starting point for our upcoming winter training season as well as the spring season in 2013."

    The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta in the world, with 2,031 boats competing in various categories over a challenging three-mile course on the Charles River.

    You can watch the 2012 UCC rowing video here.


    UCC remains strong supporter of Terry Fox runs

    The Upper Canada College Forest Hill Terry Fox Run is closing in on $7 million raised for cancer research since it began in 1981 and after another successful edition on Sept. 16.

    The weather was beautiful and hundreds of people were on campus to traverse the five- or 10-kilometre courses or volunteer in assisting the participants. UCC boarders, staff and faculty members were a big part of the event, as were corporate teams from the financial district who were among the biggest fundraisers.

    UCC CAS director Lorne Young estimates that the run based at the school raised approximately $200,000, while The Terry Fox Foundation'€™s Christopher Henry reported that on-site participation and fundraising was up 20 to 30 per cent over last year. You can see photos from the day here.

    UCC students took part in a Terry Fox run of their own on Sept. 28 and raised $550 at the Upper School. The run was preceded by a school-wide assembly on the Prep playing field that featured guest speaker Lucy Fitzpatrick. She told the students the story of her cancer diagnosis, surgery, recovery and involvement with the Terry Fox Foundation, which inspired students as they set off on their fundraising run along the Beltline Trail. A barbecue lunch filled up hungry participants before classes resumed in the afternoon.

    More than $600 million has been raised for cancer research in Fox's name worldwide since 1981.


    UCC students launch Picharity

    Upper Canada College Foundation Year students Harkirat Ahluwalia and Ben Mahon have created a not-for-profit organization called Picharity that aims to collect donated photographs, sell them as prints and hand over the net profits to a humanitarian organization called Right To Play.

    “It mixes pictures and charities together, which is essentially what we'€™re doing,"€ is how Ahluwalia explains the name of the venture.

    “We’ve learned so much from sports that Ben and myself would like to help kids who actually don'€™t have the opportunity to play sports,"€ says Ahluwalia when asked how they decided what organization would benefit from their ingenuity. "That'€™s why we'€™re donating the money to Right to Play."

    The boys have stockpiled high-quality landscape, cityscape and nature photos, and prints can be purchased at prices starting at $15 each on the Picharity website.

    “Our plan is to start at UCC and market around the school to students and alumni, and then eventually build out our base to other schools in Toronto and then around Canada and hopefully America," says Ahluwalia.

    “I think it teaches you how to deal with people you meet along the road," Mahon says of the experience they'€™ve gained thus far that they hope they can use to their advantage in the business world in the future.


    Children of Hope Uganda connects with UCC

    Lorna Pitcher founded the Canadian branch of Children of Hope Uganda after visiting the African country in 2007, and the charity has been the beneficiary of Upper Canada College fundraising projects for the past three years. Pitcher reinforced that UCC connection when she gave the annual Barton Lecture on community service at the school'€™s Oct. 15 principal's assembly.

    Children of Hope Uganda (COHU) is a registered Canadian charity that provides educational support and vocational training to hundreds of Ugandan youth who were affected by the decades-long atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and his Lord'€™s Resistance Army (LRA). Jewelry and crafts made by Ugandan women have been sold at UCC via the entrepreneurial club for the past three years, and $1,526 that will plant seedlings in Uganda was raised for the charity at Association Day on Sept. 29.

    Pitcher used photographs and videos to enhance her presentation, which described some of the LRA'€™s horrible crimes and what they did to their victims, and then outlined what COHU is doing to help those who were imperiled.

    COHU's efforts were brought to life at UCC on July 11 when Grace Acan was the guest speaker at a presentation for Horizons program students at Weston Hall. Acan had eight years of her life taken away after she was abducted by the LRA as a teenager, but she's now using her horrifying experiences to try and promote the rights of children.

    While the soft-spoken 31-year-old described few of the most harrowing aspects of her time in captivity, her words were powerful and seemed to have a compelling effect on the young people in the room who could have been forced to become child soldiers had they lived in northern Uganda instead of Canada. You can read more about the plight of Acan and other girls who were abducted by the LRA in this moving 2005 article from The New York Times Magazine.

    Acan has finished her second year at Gulu University, where she takes development studies, in her homeland. Her schooling, upon returning to her family after she was rescued, was sponsored by COHU. Please visit www.childrenofhopeuganda.org to find out more information and learn what you can do to help.


    “Friday Night Lights” football makes its mark

    Upper Canada College hosted its first "Friday Night Lights"€ football games on Oct. 12, and the junior varsity and varsity Blues both came out on top against the respective teams from Villanova College.

    Seven temporary light stands were erected on each side of the football field through a generous sponsorship from Mark'€™s, and hundreds of students and members of the UCC community turned out for the inaugural event. Many had thundersticks and glow sticks to show their team spirit, and a variety of food and drink choices were available to help fill and warm them up. The Beaver Tails truck was particularly busy throughout the evening.

    The JV Blues got things started on the right foot as they defeated the Knights 30-20. Members of UCC'€™s DJ club spun tunes to get the crowd pumped up before Cookie and the Blue Army led the varsity team on to the field for the second game. Receiver, defensive back and kick returner Marc-Andre Alexandre, running back Pelle Jorgen and quarterback Liam Power were the stars for the Blues, who built up a 35-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 42-14 victory.

    Fans who missed the games in person had the chance to watch them on television, as Rogers TV was on hand to shoot them for later broadcast.

    The Blues Booster Club-driven event was a big success, and it's hoped by many that "Friday Night Lights"€ will return again next year and become a new UCC tradition.


    Nels Guloien receives Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

    Upper Canada College IB2 student Nels Guloien was one of 34 young people to receive a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at a Sept. 17 ceremony at Toronto'€™s Design Exchange.

    The award program was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to encourage personal development and community involvement for people between the ages of 14 and 25. It will mark its 50th anniversary in Canada next year and involves almost 38,000 participants from all provinces and territories.

    Duke of Edinburgh corresponds nicely with the "Creativity, Action, Service"€ component of the International Baccalaureate program, which all UCC students must complete. There are bronze, silver and gold levels of the award, with gold being the highest standard. Each participant must set his or her own personal goals in four areas: community service; skill development; physical recreation; and adventurous journey, which includes teamwork, appreciation of the environment and adventure.

    Guloien fulfilled his respective obligations through: involvement in UCC'€™s Horizons program; performing in bands and being part of UCC'€™s music program; playing house soccer at UCC and tennis outside of school; and taking camping trips to Lake Superior Provincial Park and Algonquin Park.

    Prince Edward encouraged more people to become involved with Duke of Edinburgh and told all of the award recipients to "€œwalk a few inches taller and be proud of what you achieved."

    The Duke of Edinburgh'€™s Award organization also used the awards ceremony to launch its "Make a Difference"€ campaign, a grassroots storytelling initiative that features participants sharing their experiences of how the program has made a difference in their lives, and celebrating those stories through videos and social media outlets to try and attract new recruits.

    Here'€™s how Guloien says Duke of Edinburgh has made a difference to him:

    "€œIt'€™s made me think about what I€'m committed to and what I'€™m doing to improve my skills, to stay healthy, to stay active and to get out there and have an adventure. And most importantly, it'€™s made me think about what I'm doing to help others in the community. It's made me think about those things and plan for the future and how I'll contribute in those areas."€


    Think Ahead launches on the best A-Day ever

    Upper Canada College head of the Prep and Upper Schools Don Kawasoe has been to 33 of the school'€™s 34 Association Days, and he calls this year's Sept. 29 event the best one he's attended.

    The day began with new parents packing Weston Hall for breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by the Blue Army leading the Prep parade --€” full of eager and excited youngsters banging thundersticks as they walked up the avenue --€” up to the steps of the Upper School for opening ceremonies. The boys then dispersed to their teams to take part in Soccerfest and various booths that were spread out along the south side of the campus opened and did brisk business in selling food, crafts, books and UCC clothing, or dispersing information and A-Day souvenir freebies.

    The organic market was renamed in honour of the late Jon Wookey, who founded it in 2007. Students sold vegetables from the Prep learning garden and the Horizons program collected used hockey equipment, uniforms and books. People lined up for free popcorn and ice cream while the items up for grab on the silent auction tables attracted impressive bids. The St. Jamestown Steel Band presented a nice soundtrack for attendees learning more about the Norval Outdoor School, soaking teachers at the dunk tank or watching children bouncing around the KidZone.

    Members of the class of 1987 received 25-year ties at a mid-day reception at Weston Hall, while others chowed down at a barbecue lunch in the Prep parking lot or enjoyed adult beverages on the hospitality terrace on the north side of the William P. Wilder '40 Arena and Sports Complex.

    This A-Day had a bigger than normal buzz around it because it also marked the public launch of the $100-million Think Ahead fundraising campaign. The advancement team set up a booth offering information about the campaign and gave people an opportunity to win an iPad at its "€œTweet Suite,"€ where people could send messages of support to the school via Twitter and Facebook. There was also a ceremony recognizing major donors to the boarding campaign and the unveiling of a new display created in their honour.

    The 2:30 p.m. campaign launch was a major event on its own. The College's jazz band played, a stirring video narrated by Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer was shown, the Mayhem breakdancing crew performed and principal Jim Power, board chair Andy Burgess '€™83 and campaign co-chairs Loudon Owen '76, Andy Pringle '69 and Laurie Thomson made pronouncements about the campaign before the Blue Army led the varsity Blues football team on to the field for a game against the St. Andrew’s College Saints.

    Sports, as always, were a huge part of A-Day. The school'€™s volleyball, soccer and football teams were in action and, while they didn'€™t all of the games, the boys acquitted themselves well and played hard. So did the adults who took part in the Alan Harris Old Boys'€™ Soccer Tournament and the Michael E. Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament.

    A well-attended reunion dinner for the leaving classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 capped off the day’s hectic schedule.

    You can watch A-Day highlights at bit.ly/TwrL1P.


    UCC launches Think Ahead campaign

    It's probably the worst-kept secret in College history and the big moment has finally arrived. It's official: This year's Association Day, September 29, marks the public launch of the $100-million Think Ahead Campaign, with half of the goal earmarked for needs-based scholarships.

    Fuelling the excitement is a campaign filled with precedent-setting moments. For one, it's the most ambitious in Canadian independent school history, with an anonymous gift of $11 million to fund scholarships marking the largest donation ever in this sector. 

    "This is a moment like no other in UCC's 183-year history," says Principal Jim Power. "This is a defining moment, one that will decide what we will be as a school in 10, 50 even 100 years."

    With about $72 million raised to date, the Think Ahead Campaign has three key priorities, the campaign cornerstone being the establishment of needs-based scholarships. 

    "We see this as an investment in the country's most important natural resource "the great minds of today and tomorrow," says Board Chair Andy Burgess '83. "We will continue to attract remarkable boys "locally and from a global pool "regardless of means, whether they need a full scholarship or a smaller amount to make their UCC education possible."

    While certainly ambitious, the goal is to offer at least 20 per cent of students or 220 boys "needs-based scholarships by 2015-16 to remain competitive in the independent school sector. To date, UCC has raised $30 million for scholarships alone and is offering 137 boys partial or full assistance. 

    Additionally, the campaign will raise funds for much-needed renovations to the Upper School, specifically classrooms and science labs that haven't seen improvements in more than 50 years. 

    Focusing on the heart of the UCC experience, the campaign also aims to both expand academic and co-curricular programs, and enhance professional development opportunities for teachers so they can truly claim to be international leaders in their field.

    Finally, incorporating all three priorities is a boarding component, a commitment to the revitalizing of both Seaton's and Wedd's houses. A campaign within the overall $100-million campaign, the Boarding Campaign will focus on raising funds for needs-based scholarships specifically for boarders, renovating the boarding houses, as well as developing expanded after-school and weekend programs for boarders.

    "The Think Ahead Campaign will further secure UCC's reputation as a nurturer of future leaders "the rocket scientist in the making, the budding Picasso, the next Sidney Crosby or future UN Secretary General," says Laurie Thomson, co-chair of the Campaign Cabinet. "With this, the official launch of this transformational campaign, we are thinking ahead as we as a College community enter into a new era. We invite you to step up and share in this defining moment."

    Thomson, along with Loudon Owen '76 and Andy Pringle '69, are co-chairing the Campaign Cabinet. Martin Abell '81, Blake Hutcheson '83 and Adam Markwell '92 are co-chairing the Boarding component of the campaign.

    For more information on the campaign, the senior volunteer leadership and supporters, please visit www.ucc.on.ca/thinkahead


    Marc-Andre Alexandre wins silver at OFSAA

    Upper Canada College IB1 student Marc-Andre Alexandre won the silver medal in the senior 400 metres at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville, Ont. on the weekend. Alexandre led for 380 metres, but was passed late in the race.

    The 18-year-old still posted one of the top times for his age in the country. Alexandre was the busiest runner at OFSAA, as he was the only competitor to take part in the 400-metre, 200-metre, 100-metre and 4 x 100-metre relay races. He won the gold medal with record-breaking times in each race at the recent Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championships. He finished sixth in the 200 metres and ninth in the 100 metres, while joining with Alex Malone, Seamus Power and Liam Power to finish 12th in the relay at OFSAA.

    "Marc is an amazing person, athlete, and role model," says Vlad Roytberg, who coaches UCC's track and field team along with Christian Heffernan, Richard Tong, Bina Evans, Charlotte Aust and Josh Suteir. "He has been running track for a total of two months and continues to astound us."

    Foundation Year student Tyler Farrell dislocated his kneecap two weeks ago and wasn't expected to be able to compete at OFSAA, but he persevered and finished ninth in the junior 300-metre hurdles and 10th in the 100-metre hurdles. Year 2 student Akeil Zarudny finished 17th in the midget 400-metre race.


    Joseph Linzon '11 is one of Canada's "Top 20 Under 20"

    Joseph Linzon '11 didn't take any physics courses when he was at Upper Canada College, but his basic scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial nature earned him a $10,000 prize last November, the possibility of creating an innovative business in the future, and being named one of Canada's "Top 20 Under 20" at a June 7 awards breakfast in Toronto.

    Linzon invented the PowerSole, a shoe that generates power by converting the kinetic energy generated by walking into electricity to charge electronic devices through a port on the side of the sole, which garnered $10,000 at the 2011 University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup. The 18-year-old University of Virginia (UVA) freshman came up with the idea during a March break service trip to remote parts of Peru while he was at UCC. Linzon noticed that a lack of electricity to charge cellphones for communication and business purposes, or to provide light for students trying to study at night using kerosene lamps, was holding many people back. He says the PowerSole can "empower the powerless, literally, one step at a time."

    Linzon put an inductive coil and a battery into the sole of a running shoe for the prototype that earned him and the PowerSole the recognition in the competition. It took a week to make and he says, "It's not that complicated."

    Linzon was therefore pleasantly surprised to learn when a search conducted by lawyers he paid for with his prize money revealed that no one else had come up with the idea before. The PowerSole now has a utility patent in the United States.

    One minute of walking produces about 50 seconds of charge, Linzon says, and the PowerSole per unit cost is about $4.80. Durability issues -- so that it can withstand water, dirt and other elements -- have been taken into consideration.

    Linzon doesn't want to give up equity in his invention and, while he's had discussions with a couple of hedge funds, he says, "I need connections more than capital, though I'm open to ideas and opinions from people who are interested in helping."

    Linzon, one of 19 student entrepreneurs from Atlantic Coast Conference universities chosen to showcase concepts in the Startup Madness event in Durham, N.C. in March, has talked with Nike about shoe design since his invention requires a certain thickness of sole.

    Linzon envisions two parts to his business: a for-profit element for developed markets where people could use PowerSoles in hiking boots while in remote areas without access to electricity; and a non-profit aspect that would subsidize the costs of distributing the technology in developing countries where the need is more acute.

    The "Top 20 Under 20" program presented by Youth in Motion is designed to identify outstanding young Canadian leaders, further develop their skills and aptitudes, and fuel their passions. The award celebrates the "art of possibilities" and honours Canadians under the age of 20 who've demonstrated significant levels of innovation, leadership and achievement.

    While Linzon is interested in social entrepreneurship and helping others, he says he's "extremely fascinated with finance and hedge funds" and is applying to UVA's McIntire School of Commerce for the next school year. It's ranked second among the nation's undergraduate business programs, according to the annual Bloomberg Businessweek rankings, and is the only program to be consistently ranked either first or second in the seven years that Businessweek has ranked undergrad programs.

    "UCC has made things easy here," Linzon concludes. "The transition into university has been seamless."


    UCC rowers win gold, silver and bronze at Canadian championships

    Upper Canada College rowers performed to the best of their abilities at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association's 67th annual regatta from June 1 to 3 and ended up as the fourth-ranked men's team with gold, silver and bronze medal finishes.

    The highlight of the weekend was a victory in the senior men 72-kilogram eight with coxswain, where UCC's crew came from behind in the second half of the final race and made a furious sprint to the finish to end up 1.5 seconds ahead of Vancouver College.

    "I have never been more proud of a crew that I have had the opportunity to coach," says head coach Grant Boyd of both the team's winning performance and the sportsmanship it displayed afterward. "When they came back to the dock after receiving the trophy and their medals, our crew took the time to shake the hands of every single member of the other crews they raced against."

    The team members were Patrick Watt, Graham Buchan, Harrison Vincent, Luke Farewell, Sam Frum, Josh Kofman, Paul Soumalias, Jonas Mutukistna and coxie Daniel Hong.

    Watt, Farewell, Frum, Buchan and Hong also took part in the senior men 72-kilogram four with coxswain after their victory and the effort expended in the earlier race might have caught up with them as they finished second to St. George's School.

    UCCs junior men 66-kilogram four with coxswain team, comprised of Year 1 and Year 2 students, came away with a bronze medal. The team members were Liam Findlay, Drew Willoughby, Brooks Ralph, Jacob Givertz-Steel and coxie Nikhil Kassum.

    "They were not the biggest crew, or the most skilled, but they like to race hard," says Boyd. "They were leading the pack coming into the 1,000-metre mark, but then their lack of size and strength compared to the rest of the crews caught up with them.

    UCC's senior men 66-kilogram four with coxswain didn't have their best race in the final, but showed real determination in finishing fifth. The heavy eight with coxswain crew had their best race of the season and also finished fifth in the final.

    UCC finished with 82 points, which placed it eighth overall and fourth among men's teams behind Vancouver College (117 points), St. George's School (101 points) and overall champion E.L. Crossley Secondary School (89 points).

    The event took place at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course in St. Catharines, Ont., where the rowers will return again in August for the 130th annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.


    Google Street View visits UCC

    Boys considering applying at Upper Canada College a year from now will be able to get a panoramic view of the campus even if they can't visit in person after Google Street View came to the school and captured it on camera on May 15. UCC is one of the first sites in Toronto to be mapped with Google's customized tricycle, which is equipped with nine directional cameras that produce 360-degree views in near high-definition quality when viewed on a computer screen. Google approached the College to ask permission to shoot on campus. The service was free and UCC will be able to use the images to promote itself once the footage is edited (which includes blurring out people's faces and vehicle licence plates to protect privacy) and posted online in six to 12 months. "We are building off of what we currently offer Google Earth users, so that they have more options available to them when using our product," says Google Maps operation lead Jill North. "This will allow 'virtual visitors' to be able to explore unique locations, like yours, when researching where they may want to continue their education. Not only would Street View be helpful for prospective students, but it can also be used as a tool for parents, faculty, alumni, the community and beyond." Google Street View launched in May 2007 when cars with roof-mounted cameras first appeared on roads in major American cities. The first Canadian images were made available on Oct. 7, 2009. The trike was introduced in 2009 to map areas that may not be as easily accessible by car, and it now also uses snowmobiles and boats for the same reason. The company has an eastern Canada team based in Scarborough, Ont. and a western Canada crew in Vancouver that travel across the country capturing images with its various vehicles. A lot of people at UCC did double-takes, some students hammed it up for the camera and others stopped Google's Jonathan Chang to ask questions when he was making his rounds of the campus on the trike. Principal Jim Power even took a photo of the trike when it was parked in front of the school. "Turnabout is fair play," he quipped. ...

    Alex Gagliano is Poetry In Voice national champion

    Upper Canada College IB1 student Alex Gagliano came out on top over eight other finalists in the national championship of the Poetry In Voice contest at Toronto's Isabel Bader Theatre on April 17. Gagliano competed against students from an original pool of 29 schools in Ontario and several from Quebec to take the title and $5,000 for himself and $2,500 for UCC's Macintosh Library ($500 of which will be used to purchase poetry books). Gagliano won the Ontario competition (along with $1,000 for himself and $500 for poetry books for Macintosh Library) the previous night at the same venue when he recited John Donne's "The Flea," Christian Bok's "Chapter I" and T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi." Poetry In Voice is a national, bilingual poetry recitation contest for high school students in Canada and raises awareness of the role that poetry plays in cultural life. It provides an entry point for students to develop a personal relationship with poetry by learning their favourite poems by heart and encourages them to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance. ...

    UCC students excel in Chinese contest

    Upper Canada College students posted excellent results at the 12th annual Chinese Arts and Literacy Contest for Youth on April 1. More than 5,000 Ontario students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 competed in nine categories performed in Mandarin, Cantonese and English: recitals (individual and two people); choral speaking; singing; impromptu speaking; composition; painting; calligraphy; translation; storytelling; and a Chinese general knowledge quiz. The goal is to "promote Chinese language and culture as well as to enhance social harmony." UCC's David Wang won the Mandarin impromptu speaking contest while Jonathan Zhu finished right behind him in second place. UCC students also performed well in the Cantonese division. Jasper Kan won impromptu speaking and the two people recital with Calvin Poon. Kinton Cheung finished third in impromptu speaking and teamed with Winston Kwok to take second place in the two people recital. More competitions and results from the contest are pending. ...

    OFSAA swimming banner will hang at UCC

    Upper Canada College's varsity swimming team placed first in the open boys category, out of 109 schools at the meet, to claim the banner at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship at the Milton Sports Centre on March 6 and 7.

    UCC placed third, just 32 points out of first place, in the junior boys category. The senior boys placed fifth. In the overall combined section --" which includes points from all boys, girls, open and para categories --" UCC finished third and was the only single gender school in the top 10.

    The open medley relay team of Max Celej, Paul Wong, Josh Gold and Oliver Clark almost set an OFSAA record by winning their third gold medal in this race in three years. UCC's U16 team of Hark Ahluwalia, Tor Kitching, Jake Poulton and Seth Zucker won the OFSAA silver medal after finishing just 0.16 seconds behind the winners in the junior medley relay final.

    The top individual performances were a silver medal for Jake Poulton in the junior 50-metre backstroke and a bronze medal for Max Carnella in the senior 100-metre individual medley.

    Official results can be found on the OFSAA swimming website.


    UCC wins CISAA varsity hockey championship

    The Upper Canada College Blues are the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) champions after an exciting, come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the St. Andrew's College Saints on March 7 at the William P. Wilder '40 Arena and Sports Complex.

    The Blues started slowly and found themselves down 3-0 after the first period. St. Andrew's continued to dominate through much of the second period, but the home team turned it on late and scored two goals to make the score 3-2 headed into the third period. P.J. Conlon tied the game about five-and-a-half minutes into the third period and Paul Rekai tipped in a point shot less than two minutes later to stake the Blues to a 4-3 lead that they held through the rest of the game.

    This is the first CISAA varsity hockey championship by the Blues since 2004. Congratulations to all of the players, head coach Brian Green, assistant coaches John Cassels and Daniel Tkaczuk, and goalie coach Samuel Saintonge.


    "Race for Dignity" rakes in cash

    More than 500 students, staff and faculty members from eight Toronto-area high schools converged on Upper Canada College's Lett Gym on Feb. 24 to raise $36,000 in the "Race for Dignity" spin-a-thon in support of mother-to-child HIV prevention programs in Malawi.

    UCC hosted the student-organized event for the third straight year, and Dignitas International chair Dr. Michael Schull kicked things off at 12:30 p.m. with an introductory address about the event and its purpose. The senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences practices as a specialist in emergency medicine at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and has worked with medical aid organizations in South Africa, Iraq, Bangladesh, Burundi, Rwanda, Uzbekistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Schull spent parts of 2009 and 2010 in Malawi with his family volunteering with Dignitas International.

    Teams collected donations beforehand and an African drum countdown began the proceedings and provided a rhythm to keep everyone pedalling their stationary bicycles throughout the two-and-a-half-hour event. Most of the teams wore costumes that, what they may have lacked in dignity, made up for with creativity. That helped keep the enthusiasm running high along with other activities, including an educational "iPad Quiz," a "Minute to Win It" competition and performances by various student groups.

    Dignitas International is a medical humanitarian organization that develops solutions for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other priority diseases. Dignitas Youth is a growing network of young leaders engaging their communities on global health issues and raising funds in support of the organization's life-saving initiatives. Dignitas Youth high school and university chapters across Canada raised $150,000 to support Dignitas International's HIV treatment and prevention programs in Africa last year.

    Registration has opened for the June 3 Dignitas Race for Dignity Challenge at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square. The challenge has raised more than $1.4 million for innovative health programs in Africa since 2007.


    UCC Senior Jazz Ensemble wins double gold

    From Feb. 22, 2012 Upper Canada College's Senior Jazz Ensemble scored a double gold at the GTA Musicfest Jazz Festival at York University on Tuesday. The win earned the band, under the direction of Peter Smith, an invitation to the MusicFest Canada national final at Ottawa's National Arts Centre in May. The Intermediate Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Tony Gomes, also performed well at the festival. Senior, Intermediate and Junior bands from UCC are part of the Humber College Next Generation Jazz Festival today and tomorrow. The festival includes 28 big bands and 20 combos from more than 20 schools. ...

    UCC varsity swim team wins CISAA championship

    Upper Canada College's varsity swim team won the overall Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association co-ed championship at the Etobicoke Swim Club on Feb. 14 and will send 20 to 25 swimmers to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship at the Milton Sports Centre on March 6 and 7. "The major achievement --" and something that was set as a goal by all of the high school swimmers --" was winning the overall co-ed championship, which combines points from all boys and girls events," says coach Vlad Roytberg. "As you can imagine, this is very difficult to do for an all-boys or all-girls school. All of the guys swam personal bests and had amazing performances." UCC won with a combined team score of 1,025.5 points, while Appleby College came in second with 941 and Trinity College School finished third with 894. Eighteen schools took part in 62 events and UCC qualified all six of its relay teams for OFSAA. ...

    Two UCC students qualify for Canadian Mathematical Olympiad

    Two Upper Canada College students had impressive results in preliminary math contests to qualify for the April 4 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO).

    IB2 student Matthew Brennan was one of two gold medalists in the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) and shared the best in Grade 12 award with the same student, Steven Yu of Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam, B.C.

    Foundation Year student Thomas Wu made the COMC honour roll after finishing in the top 17 in the competition. He shared the gold medal in the Grade 10 division with Desmond Sisson of Calgary's Western Canada High School.

    The COMC is the first in a series of Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) competitions leading to the selection of student members for Math Team Canada to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad. CMS competitions attract student participants from across Canada and around the world.


    UCC pool renovations make a splash

    While swimmers spend much of their time underwater, the out-of-pool experience has become more pleasant at Upper Canada College after a number of renovations were done to the school's swimming facility.

    A number of parents and Old Boys kindly contributed to refurbishing the swimming pool area last year, and they were recognized at a Feb. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony where principal (and former high school swim team member) Jim Power professed his gratitude.

    Little had been done to the 20-yard, four-lane pool since it was built in the 1930s and, since constructing a new one is still years down the road, the renovations were welcomed and overdue.

    The improvements made were: acid washing and regrouting the pool, pool deck and tile walls; painting the entire pool area, shower and locker rooms; installing a new humidity sensor, bathroom stall, lockers and additional lighting in the shower room; electrical work; and general maintenance.

    The generous benefactors who attended the ceremony were: Richard Wu; John and Mimi Carnella and son Max 12; Fiona Lifman and son Gavin 13; and Andrew Munn, Kate Hall and sons Ted 16 and Chris 18.

    The other magnanimous contributors to the pool fund were: Tom Huang and Xu Chen; Doug '81 and Susie Marshall; Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner; Richard Stewart '80 and Sandy Walker; Rob and Martine Celej; Karim and Shelina Jessa; and Victor and Courtney Lee.


    Cheryl Perera aims to break the chains of child sex slavery

    Cheryl Perera is living proof that high school students can make a major difference in the world.

    Perera was appalled when she learned about the child sex trade in Bangkok, Thailand during a civics class. But her disgust soon turned into action as she convinced her parents and school principal to allow her to go to Sri Lanka on her own for three-and-a-half months when she was 17 so she could see what was happening first hand with child sex slaves, and ended up going undercover in a sting operation to arrest a sexual predator.

    "I was able to put myself in the shoes of a child,"" Perera, now 26, said after giving the annual Barton Lecture on community service during Upper Canada College's principal's assembly on Nov. 28. "And even for that short time, I was able to understand what it's like to have your childhood commodified. That gave me a whole new resolve to do even more.""

    Perera founded OneChild, an organization to inspire youth to take action against child sex slavery, in 2005. That was the year she also started a successful petition campaign that convinced Air Canada to show an in-flight, anti-child sex tourism video created by OneChild. More than 22 million people have now viewed that low-budget video.

    It's estimated that 1.2 million children around the world are sold into slavery every year, and that two million children are involved in the global sex trade. It's perhaps most prevalent in Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and Brazil, but goes on in North America as well.

    "We want to make sure that people know that kids are trafficked into Canada and out of Canada,"" says Perera. "Then we'd like to start work on an actual project to help children who have been trafficked in Canada.""

    OneChild raised $187,000 to build two rehabilitation centres for victims of the child sex trade in the Philippines, and more awareness is being created through its "Break the Chains"" program that can easily be introduced into schools.

    OneChild is doing remarkable things considering that it's an entirely volunteer-run organization headquartered at Perera's Markham, Ont. home, where her mother Trixie now dedicates all of her time to the cause. Perera usually travels to child sex trade hot spots during the summer and flies to Switzerland, where she's completing her master's degree in children's rights at the University of Fribourg, half-a-dozen times a year. She spends much of the rest of her time making presentations like the one on Monday at UCC.

    "Girls are more inclined to cry during a presentation,"" says Perera. "Boys may not necessarily show that emotion, but you can tell that they're distraught inside.

    "It's a shock for them to find out that it's happening like this and that it's happening to boys as well. That's one of the major shockers for these kids. The sex trade for boys is rampant as well. I've been to these sex bars and clubs where boys are dancing on stage with nothing but a little thong and a number.""

    While OneChild is focused on students from grade seven to university, Perera says she'd like to get teachers more involved.

    "Teachers are mentors for kids. Something we're trying to do right now is develop a curriculum for teachers to teach about this issue in the classroom. We believe that teachers are one of our greatest allies in fighting this issue."

    Please visit the OneChild website for more information about its important cause and efforts.


    Norval will remain an important part of UCC

    Upper Canada College recognizes its 420-acre Norval Outdoor Education School as a valuable and unique asset and should make more and better use of it, according to a report by the Norval Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC).

    The outdoor environmental experiential education (OEEE) site, located just outside the hamlet of Norval along the Credit River about a 45-minute drive from UCC's main Deer Park campus, has been owned by the College since 1913 and has offered unique learning experiences since 1939. Boys gain a sense of environmental stewardship, learn core values of trust, sharing and cooperation, and acquire lifelong leadership abilities and team-building skills during day trips or overnight stays at the property.

    From May 2010 to April 2011, the 12-member LRPC consulted broadly with the UCC community and external consultants with expertise in various fields of environmental science and stewardship.

    While the members conceded that urban encroachment around the property will increasingly isolate it as an "island" in an urbanized environment, they concluded that the Norval property is large enough to withstand these pressures and can continue to effectively serve its educational purpose.

    Russell Higgins '81, chair of the Norval LRPC, stated: "It became clear to the committee that it would be extremely difficult to replicate the benefits that all UCC boys, and in particular Prep boys, enjoy as a result of running the OEEE program at the Norval site. The benefits of having in-house staff at a facility that is less than an hour from the main UCC campus are immeasurable. We found no other elementary or secondary OEEE program that offered all of the benefits that Norval provides."

    The LRPC made the following specific recommendations about the Norval property to the UCC board of governors:
    • UCC shouldn't sell the Norval property, but should enhance and protect it as a showpiece OEEE site.
    • The UCC Property Committee should monitor development issues (including the proposed Highway 7 Norval bypass) that might impact the property in the future.
    • Facilities should be improved and expanded to accommodate a broader range of programs and a greater number of students on an overnight basis, and overnight facilities should be made more conducive to co-ed use.
    • The UCC Property Committee should monitor future changes in the zoning, planning or land use designations applicable to the property.
    • UCC should consider a strategic educational partnership with an Ontario university to establish the Norval property as the site of enhanced research and field studies on the sustainability of natural environments in the face of urban encroachment.
    • Use of the property should be expanded to local public schools and the College's Horizons program on a pro bono basis.
    • Once improvements are made, the College should increase the number of paying groups that use the property, and it should serve in the summer as a user-pay OEEE facility.
    • The College should investigate the availability of alternative environmentally significant properties which, over time, could provide the same investment benefits as the Norval property has offered, while also offering supplementary educational opportunities to UCC students. This could also act as a hedge against the impact of any future government expropriation of the Norval property for the proposed Highway 7 bypass or other purposes.
    • The College should start planning celebrations to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of the Norval property.

    "The committee believes that the College should be proud of its Norval heritage and should celebrate the beginning of UCC's second century at the Norval Outdoor School with a celebration in 2013 of the century past," said Higgins.

    The complete Norval LRPC report can be read at http://www.ucc.on.ca/ftpimages/186/download/Norval%20Report.pdf.


    Wernham West Centre for Learning: the next 10 years

    Upper Canada College's Wernham West Centre for Learning (CFL) is using its 10th anniversary to reflect upon and celebrate its many accomplishments in fulfilling its mandate to understand different learning styles and needs, provide learning support to students and professional development for faculty, and share research findings with other schools and organizations.

    CFL executive director Mary Gauthier and her team of Susan Elliott, Tina Jagdeo, Jody McLean and Dale Park have a lot to be proud of in developing this fitness centre for the brain along with UCC faculty, staff and administration members.

    But this milestone anniversary is also a time to look forward, and Gauthier is just as enthusiastic about what the future holds. She's particularly pleased that neuroscientists are starting to look to educators about how their findings relate to what's being done in classrooms.

    Research that's being done on the brain and wellness, and the connection to learning and what schools can do, is an exciting model because that's new, Gauthier says. The whole notion of integrative thinking is what the Centre for Learning's been doing within Upper Canada College, but to move that out into other fields and bring them together is really exciting for us.

    Because of the information that we know about the neuroplasticity of the brain and learning " we know now that you're not just born with what you're good at and that's it " and because of new developments in expertise in teaching and powerful tools in technology, we have more opportunities to personalize education for students within the balance of a really challenging curriculum. Moving forward, that's going to be a lot of the Centre for Learning's work.

    Where is that balance of being able to personalize within a really exciting program, which is the International Baccalaureate? Where are the tensions, but where are the windows of opportunity to really personalize the experience for students to enrich their learning and enrich the classroom?

    The CFL will welcome Dr. Adam Cox "an American clinical psychologist, author and lecturer who has worked with families and schools around the world" to UCC from Nov. 21 to 23 as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. He'll be part of Monday morning's assembly, will share his knowledge with faculty members, and will speak to parents about his research and relay information on how boys can find significance in their lives in Laidlaw Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.


    IB1 student Matthew Hong wins global Chinese proficiency competition

    Upper Canada College IB1 student Matthew Hong and teammates from two other schools finished first in the fourth annual Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students earlier this week.

    Hong earned the right to go to the world championship by winning an initial competition on his own in Toronto in April. He was then placed with two teammates, a student from Toronto's Lycee Francaise and another from Montreal, and practiced with them for a few hours each night for two nights while in Chongqing, China before the competition began. They were led by UCC Mandarin teacher Jane Li.

    There were three rounds in the competition. The first involved playing traditional Chinese games and then answering questions involving Chinese writing, reading and listening skills.

    The boys were given a set of topics to research before the second round, and then had to go to a supermarket and select items related to the topic given to them and explain why they chose them. Hong's topic was "I know everything about China," and he chose a toy bicycle because "many Chinese people use bicycles as a transportation method."

    The third round involved taking part in an eight-minute musical performance with students from local high schools. Scores from each round were added together and Hong's team ended up on top of 47 other teams from 43 countries.

    Teams from Singapore won the first three competitions and Li was both surprised and delighted that her squad took the title this time. "I didn't expect that we'd win first place because a lot of Asian teams are very strong," she said.

    Hong's family moved to Toronto from Korea and he just started learning Chinese when he entered UCC last year. He says similarities between Korean and Chinese vocabularies made it easier for him to grasp the new language.

    Each member of the winning team received a four-year scholarship to any university in Chongqing. Hong's not yet sure if he'll take advantage of the prize, but he definitely wants to continue learning Chinese as a third language.

    "China is becoming very economically developed and it's very close to Korea, so Chinese will be an essential skill that I'll have to master if I want to work there," he says.


    UCC U13 soccer team takes CAIS national title

    Upper Canada College won the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) under 13 national soccer championship at a tournament held at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ont. from Oct. 20 to 22. The squad, coached by Bernard Lecerf and Johnny McGrath, defeated St. Andrew's College in the final to complete the 16-team tournament undefeated. This marks the third time in four years that UCC has won the championship. The U13 team has won all of its games so far this season and will take part in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championship tournament on Oct. 29 at UCC. UCC's varsity soccer team has also enjoyed another successful year. It lost 1-0 to St. Andrew's in the final of the 20-team CAIS championship tournament on Oct. 15 at Stanstead College in Stanstead, Que. and is preparing for the CISAA championship on Nov. 9. ...

    The Grey Cup comes to UCC

    Upper Canada College's varsity football team may have clinched first place in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association after a 37-16 win over Ashbury College on Saturday, but the team members aren't quite ready to turn professional yet.

    The entire Upper School student body, however, learned more about the Canadian Football League when commissioner and Old Boy Mark Cohon '85 and longtime player Adriano Belli attended the principal's assembly on Oct. 24 along with the Grey Cup. Principal Jim Power interviewed Cohon before boys in the audience were invited to ask their own insightful questions of the man who previously worked for Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association.

    Cohon said he compares notes with fellow professional sports commissioners in the United States and says they have the same issues, but they deal with larger numbers. The average annual CFL salary is $75,000 and the highest paid player earns $500,000, while those in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB make millions.

    The CFL is the oldest professional sports league in North America and, while Cohon admits it has had its ups and downs over the years, he's confident that it's on the rise again with the building of new stadiums and strong television ratings. He's not worried about the Buffalo Bills moving to Toronto and is focused on building his league and its brand.

    In response to student questions, Cohon said the league is taking steps to address concussion problems both among high school and professional players, he thinks the Saskatchewan Roughriders have the best fans, and that CFL games are shown on television in the U.S. and Mexico as a way of further exposing Canadian football.

    Belli, who retired as a CFL player at the beginning of this season to become a TV analyst, cited his experience at this summer's International Federation of American Football Senior Men's World Championships in Austria (where Canada lost in the final to the U.S.) to illustrate how the game is growing in non-traditional markets in Europe and Asia. The Toronto native also spoke about how proud he was to have played in the CFL and asked everyone to support the league.

    Steward and Scadding's House head Sam Frum presented Cohon, a Scadding's alumnus, a House T-shirt and tie as a thank you gift. Frum gave Belli a UCC ball cap and the 6'5, 290-pound former defensive tackle lived up to his Kissing Bandit nickname by planting his lips on both of the young man's cheeks in return.

    The Grey Cup will be awarded to the top team in the CFL at this year's championship game in Vancouver on Nov. 27. The Grey Cup's 100th anniversary will be celebrated next year with the east and west division champions squaring off against each other at Toronto's Rogers Centre.

    You can read a profile of Cohon in the summer/fall 2011 issue of Old Times at http://www.ucc.on.ca/OldTimes?rc=0 and an article on UCC Old Boy Dan Bederman '05's participation in July's world football championships in the archives of this news section at http://www.ucc.on.ca/podium/default.aspx?t=112809.


    The Jack Project promotes mental health

    Upper Canada College is one of 22 Canadian high schools participating in a pilot program of The Jack Project, which facilitates workshops and presentations, evaluates program components, promotes dialogue about mental health, and encourages collaboration between educators and students. The Jack Project was founded by Eric Windeler to honour his son Jack, who committed suicide while in his first year at Queen's University in March 2010. To help people learn from the tragedy, he teamed up with Kids Help Phone, Canada's only nationwide, bilingual phone and online counselling service for youth aged five to 20. Working in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the goal is to promote young people's mental health by providing them with much-needed information and support as they move from late high school into college, university or independent living. It also aims to equip parents, family members and educators with the knowledge they need to support the young people in their lives. The staff of the Upper School health centre is spearheading The Jack Project at UCC with the support of the administration and leadership roles taken by IB2 students who receive "Creativity, Action and Service" hours toward their diploma for participating. They're also hoping to involve students from The Bishop Strachan School. "The aim is to make mental health awareness part of the school culture and curriculum," says UCC nurse Avia Peacock. Brainstorming sessions are taking place to come up with initiatives and activities that will be presented at a faculty seminar in January, which will be followed by similar presentations for parents and students. "Hopefully we'll be able to have a mental health week, in which we'll have some activities to increase awareness about mental health for the IB2s specifically at first, and then hopefully in the future it will spill down to younger years," says Peacock. "We know that stress and anxiety are real issues for our kids, and we need to focus on that as much as on academics and sports. If a kid is stressed out and anxious, it's going to affect his entire wellbeing." More details about The Jack Project at Kids Help Phone can be found at www.thejackproject.org. ...

    UCC receives high approval ratings from students and parents

    Students and parents alike continue to be quite satisfied with Upper Canada College's program and delivery, facilities and overall performance, according to the results of two recent comprehensive surveys. UCC received a high or very high general satisfaction rating from 81.5 per cent of students and 82.7 per cent of parents. The results show an improvement from the last survey done in 2007 and reflect an overall upward trending in positive responses from both constituencies. UCC has traditionally used such surveys to identify areas where the school can improve, which has resulted in concerted efforts to give more individualized attention and support to boys, communicate more clearly and frequently with parents, and offer specific program enhancements in the College's curricular and co-curricular programs. Parents noted an increased sense of school community and better communication from the College, two areas that UCC has focused on improving in recent years to create a "small school feel with big school opportunities." The student survey results showed strong and consistent increases in school culture ratings, including relationships with administrators, peer relations, sense of community and safety. There were also improved indicators of individual attention being given to students, co-curricular engagement and a love of learning and expression. UCC's program and delivery received high or very high ratings from 88.2 per cent of boys attending the College and 82.2 per cent of their parents. The school's facilities were ranked high or very high by 86.7 per cent of students and 91.3 per cent of parents. An impressive 90 per cent of boys rated their overall educational experience high or very high. They were also enthusiastic about UCC's academic facilities (84 per cent high or very high ratings), athletic facilities (89 per cent) and arts facilities (80.3 per cent). The College's technology resources received an 80.2 per cent high or very high approval rating. Boys are also appreciative of what UCC has to offer outside the classroom, as the school's co-curricular program (sports, arts, clubs, service activities and more) received high or very high ratings from 80.6 per cent of them. The quality of a UCC education received an 87.4 per cent high or very high approval rating from parents, who were also impressed with the College's academic facilities (86 per cent high or very high ratings), athletic facilities (90.5 per cent) and arts facilities (86.3 per cent). Parental pride in UCC was quite evident, as 86.9 per cent of parents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I am proud that my son attends UCC," and 81.8 per cent of them are likely to recommend the College to a friend or family member. These high ratings relate to positive responses to these statements: "I am pleased with my son's interaction with faculty: 82.7 per cent. "My son is comfortable within the College community: 89.4 per cent. "My son is enthusiastic about his UCC experience: 84.3 per cent. "Positive school spirit is evident in the UCC community: 84.7 per cent. Parents of boarding students said the overall boarding experience for their son deserved an 81.8 per cent high or very high rating. That's a significant improvement from 2007, when the future of UCC's boarding program came into question before a wave of support ensured its survival, and bodes well for the College's recently launched boarding fundraising campaign to improve its facilities and increase the availability of needs-based scholarships for deserving boarders. While the survey findings are generally positive, UCC administrators, faculty and staff members are continuously striving to make improvements at the College to further solidify its position as one of the most respected independent boys' schools in the world. "We're encouraged by these survey results, but we know we still have work to do, especially in areas like individual attention," says UCC principal Jim Power. "We know we're only as good as the individual experience of each boy." The surveys were administered by Kevin Graham of Lookout Management Inc., the leading constituent survey firm for independent schools in North America, in February and March. They were answered by 594 parents and 632 students and have a confidence rate of 99 per cent, plus or minus three per cent. These latest survey results add to UCC's long history of data collection, which is the most extensive of any Canadian independent school. For more information, please contact vice-principal Innes van Nostrand at 416-488-1125, ext. 2236 or at [email protected] ...

    Senator Linda Frum addresses UCC Prize Day

    Top-achieving students were recognized at Upper Canada College's annual Prize Day on Oct. 6.

    Prizes, awards and medals for a variety of academic disciplines and extra-curricular accomplishments were presented to dozens of boys ranging from Year 1 to IB2 as the proud parents, staff and faculty members who filled Laidlaw Hall looked on.

    Principal Jim Power made opening remarks, UCC's wind ensemble performed Florentiner March op. 21 and the ceremony was capped off by an address from Senator Linda Frum, a respected journalist, vice-chair of the College's board of governors and mother of UCC student Sam Frum.

    Here's the transcript of Frum's speech:

    Good morning and thank you. Let me begin by saying how excited I am to be here this morning. To the winners of prizes and awards, let me direct a first greeting to you. We are here today to acknowledge your hard work and special accomplishments. May I add my voice to all the others when I say: congratulations to you on your achievement today.

    Acknowledgement is due to the parents of today's winners as well. Your boys have earned their accolades, but they did not earn them alone. As the mother of a boy on the UCC crew, I know well the dedication, commitment and support of our UCC parents. And of course I have to greet our magnificent faculty and staff. You inspire these boys, you lead them, you shape them. Their success is your handiwork. On behalf of parents and boys, I say: thank you and thank you and thank you.

    I have to say that when I received the email from Dr. Power last month inviting me to be your Prize Day speaker this year I felt like a prizewinner myself. You see, for me, this invitation holds within it the opportunity for a second chance to get something right because returning to this podium actually involves returning to the scene of one of my greatest public speaking failures ever. Twenty-five years ago I was invited to speak at UCC. I can remember it vividly. I was in my early 20s then, and had just completed a Guidebook to Canadian Universities. The book led to many, many speaking engagements at universities and schools across the country, including one here at UCC. Indeed I believe it was Mr. Matthews who extended that invitation and it's reassuring to me that he and I are both still kicking around this place, looking just as youthful as we once did.

    Anyway, as a journalist, and now as a parliamentarian, I have faced all kinds of crowds. Sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile, sometimes just confused. But in the case of the boys at UCC I encountered a completely different reaction. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly. But for the entire length of my speech I looked out at a sea of blank, disapproving faces. What was especially baffling was that I was using the same material that had worked perfectly well in other venues. But in this case, my words fell to the ground with a thud. The memory haunts me still.

    Studies show that the one thing North Americans fear most, more than death or spiders, is public speaking. And when people wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night because they are having a nightmare about being on a stage making a speech that's just tanking, well, what they are picturing in their minds is exactly what I lived through. Now, it is a little reassuring that no less of an orator than Dr. Power has confessed to me that he also finds you boys can be something of a tough audience. And my son Sam, who coached me for my appearance here today hypothesized that the most probable explanation for my bomb-out in 1986 was:

    1) It was 8 am and boys don't pay attention to any speaker at that time day.

    2) I'm a girl and boys just aren't' that interested in what girls have to say.

    And/or 3) I may have underestimated the risk of agreeing to speak to an audience composed, as he put it, of such high caliber men and therefore, perhaps, my remarks missed their target because they weren't, I don't know, classy enough.

    Finally, as a friendly word of caution, my son advised me not to build up too many expectations about this speech today either, because, as he pointed out, nothing's changed. The caliber of the men in the audience, is still, obviously, extremely high. I'm still a girl. And it's still morning. So the dynamics here do not play in my favour.

    But regardless of the strength of Sam's analysis, the point of my story is this: I'm back. I'm giving this a second try. And I've learned a lesson from my previous failure - and from the accomplishments of the boys here today - which is that the key to success is: persistence.

    Which is why I feel it only fair to deliver this warning: If you don't clap like crazy at the end of this speech, I will return next year and do it all over again.

    The lapse of time between that first speech and this one underscores an important message for the boys here who will not receive a prize or award today.

    UCC is unusual among today's private schools in its public honoring of success. While many schools in North America have done away with prize day giving altogether out of sensitivity for the delicate psyches of their young students, UCC understands that competition drives boys to thrive and excel. So, to those of you who have won prizes today, let's get this straight: You worked hard. You won. And you rule.

    But it's also true - and I can attest to this - that we are not all on the same timetable of success. Some of us were ready to deliver a whizzbang of a speech in 1986. Others needed a quarter century of rehearsal.

    In the same way, you boys are unfolding and developing at your own pace. Some of you are sprinters. Some don't gain speed until the second mile. For those boys, the honors are all to come - and the prize days will be the class reunions of future years.

    Success comes in many forms. And at different times.

    At Harvard Business School they tell a local joke about two students. One excels at math, wins prizes, graduates at the top of his class, and is promptly hired by a major bank. The other is baffled even by basic arithmetic and eventually drops out.

    Years pass. The two students meet again, in the lounge of a private aviation terminal. Both are boarding their own planes. The former prizewinner notices the former drop-out. Frankly, he's stunned. He approaches him, reintroduces himself, and then says, ' you don't mind my asking -- but what happened to you?'

    The former dropout explains, "When I left B-school, I went to work for a plastics company. They put me in the mailroom. I was bored, so I started reading the catalogues of our suppliers. One day I saw an ad for a new kind of straw, it went sort of all curly. I had the thought you could attach little cartoon characters to it, and that fast food companies might buy them to attract kids. Maybe movie companies would pay you too for the commercial tie-in. I took the catalogue, quit my job, started my own company. The straws have been a huge success for us. I buy them for a dime, I sell them for a dollar -- and over time, those 10% profit margins really add up."

    He still couldn't do the math. But he had won his own prize.

    Now before I leave this stage, and given that I only get a chance to do this every 25 years, I want to take advantage of this moment to say a word of appreciation to Dr. Power. I have been a mother at this school for twelve years. And I have had the honor to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for five. But by the time June comes around I will no longer belong to either group. This is very sad for me because I am deeply proud of my association with Upper Canada. And one of the chief reasons I am proud of this school is because of Dr. Power. Now it's very bad form to repeat what gets said at a board meeting, boys, because they are held in the strictest of confidence, and when you swear to keep things secret you must. But I think I'm on safe ground when I share this with you at one of my very first ever board meetings, when I was just getting to know Dr. Power, and he himself had only been at the school for about one year, I can remember how upset he was because a fairly large sum of money that had been raised by you boys for charity had gone missing. Or put more plainly, it had been stolen. Dr. Power was absolutely devastated. What good was UCC's reputation as a school of leading scholarship, of high IB totals or impressive university placements, if such lapses of character could take place inside these walls? Dr. Power vowed to make this his mission. He vowed that he would dedicate as much of his energy to your intellectual development as to your moral development. And over the past 5 years, I've seen him, his administration and his teaching staff do precisely that.

    As they share today the triumph of your scholarly achievements, they most fundamentally believe that the truest triumphs are personal and moral. What this school - what true education - most upholds and should most recognize is character. The character of the boy that will become the character of the man. The character that earns a future place of leadership by integrity and by service.

    Character is honoured - not by a cup or a plaque - but by the recognition of those who know you. It's proven not in a 10-second dash on a track, but over the longest of long hauls.

    We'll be following all of you over the decades ahead to hail the honorable, upright men we hope - and expect - you will grow into. As we salute and congratulate today's prizewinners, the highest accolades - and the hardest struggles - still await. Give it your best! We're cheering for you!

    And hooray to all the winners here: today's and tomorrow's.


    Sun shines on Association Day

    The 33rd annual Association Day on Oct. 1 started as a chilly and overcast morning, but turned into a gloriously sunny autumn day that was capped off on the football field by a 57-7 victory by the Upper Canada College Varsity Blues over the Trinity College School (TCS) Bears.

    Coffee sales were brisk in the morning following the 8:15 a.m. new parents' breakfast as the Arts Booster Club and Blues Booster Club opened their information booths and sold promotional items. Scholastic Books had their wares for sale. Prep boys hawked vegetables from the learning garden. A range of snacks were available. Folks could learn about the Norval Outdoor School. The Horizons program held a used hockey equipment drive. The Children of Hope Uganda booth sold crafts for a worthy cause. Ten-minute massages were going for $10. Student clubs had displays. People made bids on a variety of silent auction items. Other UCC supporters were scooping up Believe in Blue Gala raffle tickets as they admired the grand prize: a 2012 Chevrolet Volt.

    And that's just what was happening along the main avenue leading up to the front steps of the school.

    That was the same route taken by the bagpiper as he led a parade of Prep soccer players, principal Jim Power, Upper and Prep School head Don Kawasoe, UCC Association president John Cape "87, A-Day co-chairs Matt Flynn '96 and Sandy Mingay, and head steward Ryan Manucha to officially open the ceremonies at 11 a.m.

    "I hope you have a great time seeing old and new friends, have a chance to catch one of the exciting sporting matches, and enjoy the old and new traditions that are part of A-Day," said Power.

    The "Kidzone" featured games and inflatable bouncy rides and slides for the little ones, who were also filling up on free popcorn and ice cream. And kids of all ages took turns tossing softballs at a target to try and soak director of residential life Andrew Turner, teacher Adam Ross, Kawasoe, dean of students Evan Williams, Power, teaching assistant Steve Carr, Senior Division head Scott Cowie and residential assistant Sean Kelly in the dunk tank.

    Kawasoe was in the dunk tank hot seat for 20 minutes and got wet almost once a minute, but he said the water was warmer than the air and he was happy to take his turn. "It's all good fun and I love the looks on kids' faces when they hit the target."

    The UCC Quintet played a tight set of jazzy rock on the front steps and the St. Jamestown Steel Orchestra added a tropical flavor to a somewhat frigid early afternoon.

    The Class of 1986 received 25-year ties at a luncheon reception that was the precursor to a much larger reunion dinner honouring the graduating classes of 1962, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 that took place in the evening.

    Five dollars got people a filling barbecue lunch, while the hospitality area on the Simon and Kit Leung Terrace offered hot chili, cold beer and a great view of the sports action on the oval.

    The Prep Soccerfest lasted all morning and the Red House came out on top with 255 points. The Michael E. Jurist Tennis Tournament attracted a full bracket of doubles teams, including a few father and son duos.

    The competition was a little less friendly in the Lett and Prep gyms, where UCC volleyball teams won three out of four matches, and on the various soccer fields where the home team won a large majority of the games against squads from other schools. UCC's junior varsity football team beat TCS 23-0 in the morning and set the stage for the final football game of the day, where UCC jumped out to a 50-0 halftime lead before resting a number of starters in a second half that saw both the Blues and the Bears score a touchdown each.

    More than 1,000 people took part in and enjoyed all of the Association Day activities, which wouldn't have been possible without the work put in by a Blue Army of volunteers made up of students, staff and faculty members, parents and Old Boys.


    Believe in Blue Gala preparations have begun

    The countdown has started to May 12, 2012, as Believe in Blue Gala chairs Pat and Michelle Meneley and members of their team are already working hard to make the exclusive event at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum a highlight of the social calendar.

    A fine wine auction at Weston Hall at UCC's Prep School will precede the gala on April 18, 2012. Proceeds from the gala table and ticket sales, a gala after-party, the fine wine auction, a raffle, silent and live auctions will be targeted towards three areas of vital importance to the College: a state-of-the-art science wing at the Upper School; needs-based scholarships; and the boarding program and facilities.

    Gala raffle* tickets ($25 each, or a book of 10 for $200) went on sale at Association Day. Prizes include:

    A 2012 Chevrolet Volt five-door hatchback courtesy of John '71 and Michael '97 Carmichael (valued at $44,000);

    18K white gold puffed heart diamond pendant courtesy of Royal De Versailles (valued at $11,200); and

    two Platinum-level Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and a gift certificate to Real Sports Bar courtesy of the Tanenbaum family (valued at $600).

    The fine wine auction kicks off the Believe in Blue Gala festivities. The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a performance by the UCC Jazz Ensemble. A live auction offering individual bottles and groupings of fine wine for the discerning palate will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50.

    The gala committee is looking for donations of fine vintage wine for the auction.

    Visit the Believe in Blue Gala web page at www.ucc.on.ca/Gala2012 for regular updates about the gala, fine wine auction, ticket sales and volunteer, donation and sponsorship opportunities.

    Please contact Maria Karakoulas at 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 for more information.

    *(lottery license number 4175)


    Colin Greening secure as a Senator

    9/28/2011 Colin Greening '05 has made the Ottawa Senators roster, and the St. John's, Nfld. native captured lots of media attention when the National Hockey League team played an exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets at the city's Mile One Centre earlier this week. The game was a professional homecoming for Greening, who was a boarding student and hockey star at Upper Canada College for two years before playing for a season with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League. Greening then attended Cornell University for four years, where he was involved in a number of charitable activities and maintained a 3.99 grade point average while obtaining an applied economics and management degree. Greening, who was profiled in the summer/fall 2011 issue of Old Times as well as this week's Ottawa Sun and The Telegram in St. John's, played 59 games for the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators last season before he was called up to Ottawa to play 24 games. The 6'3", 210-pound left winger scored six goals and 13 points in those games. "I chose to go to Upper Canada College," the 25-year-old Greening told the Sun. "Hindsight is 20-20. Looking back, I could say I could have done this or I could have done that, but at the time those were the best decisions. I don't regret them. They were great stepping stones. I think I'm better for it." "There were a lot of options open. The way I was raised, there was a lot of academic encouragement in the household. Growing up, I knew if I could play hockey and get my education at the same time, I'd be very lucky. From the time I started playing hockey, we geared towards that route." It appears to have paid off, as Greening has signed a three-year, $2.45-million contract with the Senators and appears to be a key part of the team's future. ...

    Upper Canada College launches boarding campaign

    9/13/2011 Upper Canada College's boarding fundraising campaign to improve its facilities, enhance residential life, expand recruitment and increase needs-based scholarships is launching today. UCC aims to firmly establish its boys' boarding program as one of the best in the world and enable it to comfortably accommodate and educate boys from across Canada and around the globe. Housing a diverse group of boys, who can offer fresh perspectives in the classroom and socially, benefits both boarders and day students. "Boarding isn't just a strategy at UCC," says principal Jim Power. "It's a part of the school's identity and, in order to make this program all that it was meant to be, we want to make boarding as accessible as possible to as many Canadian and international students as possible. It's all about giving extraordinary boys an extraordinary opportunity." The boarding campaign's goal is to raise $14 million, of which $9.1 million has already been raised from gifts ranging in value from five dollars to $1.5 million. Significant funds will go towards renovating UCC's two boarding residences, Seaton's and Wedd's, which haven't been significantly updated since the 1930s. The remainder of the money will be earmarked for scholarships and bursaries to ensure more boys of exceptional ability have the chance to receive a UCC boarding education, and to expand the range of after-school and weekend programs for boarders. UCC has already increased its staffing so that each residence of 44 students now has two live-in senior house advisers rather than one, ensuring that each boarder gets more individual attention and that staff members have time to communicate with parents about their boy more frequently. "As a kid from Huntsville, I learned a lot about life and responsibility as a boarder at UCC, and I'm committed to seeing it continue -- better than ever -- for other young men who have the privilege of experiencing this same opportunity," says Blake Hutcheson '80, CEO of Oxford Properties and co-chair of UCC's boarding campaign. "If I can help, I'll put my money and my time where my mouth is." The future of boarding at UCC was called into question in 2007, but overwhelming support by students, parents and alumni in favour of keeping the program alive convinced the college's board of governors that it should continue -- but only with a significant investment in both programs and facilities in order to keep pace with the rest of the internationally respected school's offerings. "There's so much UCC has to offer, but, without the boarding program, the College wouldn't have the international recognition as the Canadian hub of excellence in education that it enjoys today," says Adam Markwell '92, vice-president and investment advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy and co-chair of the boarding campaign. "The students' experiences at UCC are also more profound due to the perspective boys from more than 24 countries and across Canada bring to school. I know I benefited greatly from the boarding program, and I wouldn't be the man I am today without it. That's why I was among the many that fought so hard to keep the boarding legacy alive, but we'll need significant support from our community to ensure it remains a strong and vital program for future students." That need for investment has led to this launch of the boarding campaign. A wide variety of recognition opportunities are open to contributors, including the naming of the program, residence complex, study rooms, lounges, scholarships and smaller items. A $1,000 gift allows donors to have personalized plaques installed in a residence room. Here are some of the major contributors to the boarding campaign thus far: Desiree and H. Michael Jebsen (parents of a boarding alumnus) of Hong Kong have committed $1.5 million to establish The Jebsen Family Scholarship for boarding students from western Europe. Anonymous donors from Toronto have committed $1.3 million to establish a scholarship for students from rural Ontario. William Wong '82 of Hong Kong has committed $900,000 to strengthen The Edward Wong Scholarship for boarding students. Hugh '01, Max '07, Kelly and Michael Meighen of Toronto have committed $700,000 to strengthen the Meighen Family Scholarship for boarding students from Quebec and New Brunswick. An anonymous graduate from the United Kingdom has committed $500,000 in support of boarding facilities. An anonymous donor has committed $430,000 to establish a scholarship for boarding students from western Canada. For more information, please contact vice-principal Innes van Nostrand at 416-488-1125, ext. 2236 or at [email protected] ...

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