Heads Up

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Message from Derek Poon, Head, Intermediate Division

derek poonThursday, June 11: Locker Clean Out

Monday, June 15: Exam Review Day; see special schedule

By the time most of you are reading this, your son will have written his last June exam for this academic year and will enter summer mode almost immediately after the paper is submitted. Congratulations to your son on completing another year of education at UCC. Although reflections are not at the top of a young boy’s mind at this time of year, perhaps in your casual chats you can explore where he has grown along his path to becoming good learners. To help the boys compare their June selves to their September selves nine months earlier, it’s worthwhile if they engage in this exercise. I’m not talking about marks or final grades, but rather about what’s far more important; learning skills and their approaches to learning. A positive outcome would be to have your son realize what he does better, what’s the same and perhaps what’s worse, with the goal to address them all appropriately to further his learning. Research shows that focusing on these learning skills absolutely impacts learning outcomes, true understanding and sets them up well for life.

The final day of classes is Monday, June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is exam review morning when students look at their corrected exams and consolidate their learning even further. See the special schedule in this section of Heads Up. Boys will attend abbreviated classes for every subject and iDiv boys are asked to make written reflections about each exam. This forms part of his learning portfolio which informs his future exam writing experiences. At 12:30 p.m. all boys will be dismissed and summer vacation officially begins.

Please encourage your son to read over the long summer; it will keep his brain sharp, take him to new places and inspire deep thinking. Our library provides an interesting list of suggested readings for our boys.

On behalf of all faculty, staff and administration, I want to extend our warm wishes for a fun and safe summer. Thanks for reading.