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Message from Naheed Bardai, Head of the Upper School

It is hard to believe that it is June and that the academic year is almost coming to an end. All of your boys have undergone change in many ways – physically, cognitively, spiritually, emotionally.  The results of some of those changes are more obvious than others, such as the boy who has grown several inches over the year.  Other changes are less obvious, but are no less important. This time of year is an opportune time to celebrate and reflect on our growth and development, both as a community and as individuals.  

Reflecting on our growth as a community and in line with our mission to provide transformational learning experiences, the College has made significant strides in this area.  After a busy period of construction in the summer of 2018, our new Design Lab opened its doors, allowing boys the opportunity to collaborate, create and innovate in a state-of-art-facility.  In Year 11, we introduced a computer science course enabling our boys to develop strong coding skills. From an Arts perspective we have participated in a pilot for our Diploma Theatre course, offering new opportunities and experiences for the boys.  In Year 9, MYP implementation has continued to provide our boys with rigorous skills and concept based education; next year we look forward to being fully authorized as an MYP school, making us the only PYP, MYP and DP boys school in North America. In our College’s values, we speak about wellbeing as learning in an environment that is safe, healthy, meaningful, engaging and supportive, while equipping each boy with the capabilities to develop the knowledge, self-awareness and strengths of character that enable lifelong resilience and allow him to flourish.  From our numerous assemblies and advising conversations, issues of wellbeing and our boys has been at the fore. Each of these opportunities strive to provide a breadth and depth of transformational learning experiences for our boys so that they can continue to develop into their best self.

I would encourage you over the next week to find some time to celebrate and reflect on the growth and development of your boy with him. Some questions you might ask him could include:

  • What do you feel most proud of this year?
  • In what ways has your character changed?
  • In which aspect of learning do you think you grew the most?  Based on what evidence?
  • What did you find the most challenging this year?  How did you handle that challenge?
  • What might you do differently if you had the opportunity?
  • What do you want to work on over the summer and into next academic year?  Why do you want to work on that?

We have been so fortunate to have outstanding educators work with our boys. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and staff for their tireless efforts to help our boys grow and develop to their fullest.  

Next year, David Borden and Felipe Nilo will be taking a year away from the College and we look forward to their return in 2020-2021. Several colleagues on a fixed-term contract will be concluding their time at the College. I want to thank Bryant Shum, Reagan Light, Angela David, Lori Rogers, Denise Hui Bon Hoa and Celia Bowker for their service to the College.

Wendy Spector has been a valued member of the Science department since 2007 in the capacity of Lab Technician. Over the years, she has supported many of our students in their lab work and, in addition to this, played an important role in leading some of the College’s co-curriculars, including the Random Acts of Kindness Club, Reach for the Top and Table Tennis. Her warm presence along the Science hallway will be missed by those who know her, and we wish her all the best in the future.

Byung Chun joined the faculty at Upper Canada College in the fall of 2012. Since then, he has inspired students to excel in math contests and to become excellent mathematicians. He is an active advisor of Orr’s House, and acted as Senior House Advisor for Martland’s. Great memories have been shared both in and outside the classroom as Byung also provided enrichment to students through the Math Society and the evening Math Select program where students from both UCC and the local community dabbled with problems and extended their understanding of mathematics. He has made a strong impact on the mathematics program and life at UCC, and will be greatly missed amongst faculty and students alike.

Richard Turner, an Old Boy from the class of 1980, joined the faculty of Upper Canada College in 1986. Over the past 33 years, he has shared his passion for biology and the environment with hundreds upon hundreds of students, who have had the pleasure of having him as their teacher. In addition to teaching, he has served as both Faculty and Assistant Chair of the Science department, Associate House Advisor for Wedd’s House and, more recently, an Advisor for Mowbray’s House, of which he was a member as a student. Rich has been heavily involved in the co-curricular life of the school, too. He has coached U16 rugby, house softball, and most notably, he has been the mainstay of the varsity soccer program, winning many significant tournaments in the process. Rich was recognized as an outstanding educator in 1997 by Cornell University when a former student nominated him for the STAR (Special Teachers are Recognized) Scholarship for being the inspiration behind his high achievement. In addition to this, he was awarded the Pete Beach Award from OFSAA for being an exceptional teacher coach. It is with great sadness that we see such a prominent and distinguished member of our faculty retire, but we can all agree that throughout his time at the College he has made an impact on all of us.

Since joining UCC in 1977, Bart Badali has had a tremendous impact on our community and athletic program. He has served as a teacher, Head of the Physical Education Department, Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Director, Boarding Housemaster of Wedd’s and Senior Housemaster of Scadding’s. In addition, he coached the cross country and varsity baseball teams for twenty-five years and has organized and supported the Prefect’s Cup house sports program since his arrival at the College. Bart is also well known as the longstanding Program Director of our successful summer camps. Bart’s support and passion for our athletics program and the exceptional rapport he has developed with generations of boys are hallmarks of his teaching and coaching style. Through his various responsibilities, he has earned widespread respect and appreciation from students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff alike.  We wish Bart all the best in his retirement thank him for all that he has done for the College.

Finally, I would like to celebrate the outstanding work of our parent volunteers and PO.  You give us so much strength and are a pillar of our community. A special thanks to Jill Adolphe and Carita Sheehy who have completed their term as Co-Presidents of the PO, and who have served the community generously with their time and expertise.

I wish all of you a safe and happy summer!

Naheed Bardai



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Yellow: Upper School
Red: Prep School


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