Message from Gareth Evans, Assistant Head of Prep, Middle Division
Dear UCC Prep Families,
I hope all is well with you.
I’m writing after having thoroughly enjoyed watching the Prep participate in UCC’s annual Terry Fox Run last Friday. As you can imagine, the campus was buzzing with energy as hundreds of boys wearing their house colours gathered at the north end of Prep fields before honouring Terry Fox by doing their best at running the Beltline Trail. As always, the boys did not disappoint and proudly wore their colours while running as much of the course as possible. In addition to seeing the boys physically challenging themselves, it was fantastic to see so many boys supporting their schoolmates by offering encouragement and motivation along the way.
Last Wednesday I had a fabulous time visiting 7M and 7T while they were enjoying their trip to our Norval Outdoor Education Center. Whether it was tubing down the Credit River, shooting a Bow and Arrow, playing classic board games, or attacking the high ropes course, it was a pleasure watching the boys pursue their passions and step outside their comfort zone. Again, what struck me most was how our boys repeatedly supported each other when things didn’t go to plan, and even failed! This was especially the case when our boys attacked the ‘Trolls Traverse’ where they were challenged to cooperatively move every member of their Form through a very tricky and physically challenging obstacle course. Over and over, our boys were safely falling, depleting their energy, becoming frustrated with solutions, and sometimes even arguing with each other. A common thread amongst it all was a willingness to persevere and resist the temptation to quit! I was reminded how resilient our boys can be when I observed them making the most of their Norval experience despite rather uncomfortable, unpleasant, wet, and cool weather conditions. However, as I reflect, maybe the weather conditions were only uncomfortable and unpleasant for a relatively ‘old guy’ like me?
During the Terry Fox Run or my trip to Norval with 7M and 7T, I must say that I am proud of how many of our boys remembered ‘the power of the little things’. I can confidently say that I witnessed boys inviting classmates to join them for lunch, holding the door open for someone, volunteering to sweep the floor or wipe the table, saying please and thank you to our kitchen staff, and checking in on their classmates. With all sincerity, these moments were the most uplifting, since I believe strongly that they allow our boys to feel like they are part of a supportive and inclusive school community, and reinforce to our students that these are they types of actions we take at UCC.
I look forward to continuing my work with our Year 6 and 7 boys throughout the year, and experiencing more moments like the ones I experienced at the Terry Fox Run and with 7M and 7T at Norval.
Assistant Head of Prep; Middle Division