Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, your one-stop source for news about your son’s upcoming activities and events.

Message from Derek Poon, Head, Intermediate Division

derek poonMonday, Jan. 11: Mental Health Awareness week; first dress; period one starts at 8:30 a.m.; Principal’s assembly at 10:05 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12: Course information evening for parents of boys currently in Y2 entering FY in September 2016, Student Centre; 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13: Short day for athletics; period 1 begins at 9:30 a.m.; classes dismissed at 1:10 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17: Norval Winter Family Open House, Norval Outdoor School; 1-3 p.m.

Happy new year! The energy is back. It’s great to welcome back the boys and my colleagues after the December break and it’s been wonderful to hear many stories of fun, relaxing and overall enjoyable festive season holidays. The winter term, being the shortest of the three, always seems to feel like the busiest. Despite the typically dreary and colder winter months, the days and weeks will zip by as academic work builds and many events and activities are scheduled; the anticipation of March break also contributes to this. Please continue to read Heads Up weekly to stay on top of everything.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Y1 boys will participate in a full day workshop at Branksome Hall called Integrative Thinking (aka iThink) and Y2 boys will attend the World Affairs Conference hosted here at UCC. Details on these mandatory programs will be given to your sons and published in Heads Up soon.

The full co-curricular program has resumed with regular club meetings, theatre rehearsals, school athletics, house sports, intramurals and more. Best wishes to all the boys and their faculty leaders this term.

Reminder: Inappropriate use of cell phones was noticeably on the rise last term (cyber-bullying, taking and sharing of photos/videos of others electronically without permission and for cheating). In a nutshell, the use of cell phones is prohibited in all classrooms and locker rooms, unless specifically permitted by a supervising teacher. Cell phones have very limited academic application and teachers will be strictly enforcing this school rule in the new year by confiscating phones of boys who do not comply. For more details, please see pp. 54 and 152 of the Upper School Family Handbook.

Thanks for reading and have a healthy and successful 2016.