I think if I was giving a tour of UCC to a group of visitors I would take them to Laidlaw Hall. Laidlaw is our main auditorium that houses all the students and faculty every Monday and Friday for assemblies. At these assemblies we honour very special speakers and we acknowledge what they have to say by showing respect and patience. In the auditorium, the walls are covered with names from history and academic achievements along with medals and awards. The documented walls serve as motivation and inspiration to all. To end these assemblies all grades 8-12 put an arm over one another and sing a song that reinforces how we “never walk alone”. The song unites all the students within the room. I think that Laidlaw Hall is a very special place at UCC and the things that occur within the hall summarizes student life well.
Student life at Upper Canada College is engaging and rich. There is always something exciting going on, be it their next trip to Norval, a school play, a musical performance in assembly, or the next big sports game. Successes are celebrated school wide through assemblies, with a popular assembly to end the term at winter break, and year end with slide shows and memories. My boys both love going to school each day. Classroom learning is fun and varied and supplemented with great field trips which provide an opportunity for experiential learning. The two recesses along with one hour of physical education daily is key for boys and helps them not only stay active during the day, but helps them stay focused during the day. I think a few more colour house based activities and events would help build friendships across the grades, in addition to the academic buddy system that begins in SK. Upper Canada College is a warm welcoming environment supportive to all boys and as a result the boys are happy and love being a part of the school.