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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

Scott Cowie

Upcoming Senior Division Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 5 – Friday, April 8: IB1 Extended Research and Writing Week (no classes for IB1 students)
  • Tuesday, April 5: University Applications Evening for FY Parents – Student Centre, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6: FY Student Grade Level Meeting – Lecture Theatre, 9 a.m.
  • Friday, April 8: Battalion Ball

I’ll often refer to Laidlaw Hall as the “school’s biggest classroom,” and this past Monday’s assembly was another definitive example of the wonderful learning that takes place in the hallowed space. The boys actually heard a number of thought-provoking and inspiring messages from four different speakers that day.

Recognizing that the Blue Jays season starts this weekend and channeling my best Tom Cheek impersonation, here’s my brief “play-by-play” of what happened:

  • Dr. Power approached the podium as the “lead off” hitter and delivered a relevant message about the need to be sensitive to our place as males in the world. He reminded us that studies prove that in addition to holding more significant corporate positions of leadership than female counterparts, men continue to make more money than most women across the globe. He challenged us all to reflect on what we might do to help promote greater equity and equality for all.
  • Old Boy, Adam Popper ’01 then stepped up as the second “batter” and, as he was introducing the next presenter in the order, shared what he valued most about his education at UCC. He told the boys that during his time here, he learned about the importance of asking questions. In a follow-up conversation I had with him after assembly, Adam explained that most educational processes are centred on finding answers. But for him, while here, through some very influential teachers, he came to understand that reflecting upon and perhaps more importantly, having the courage to ask the right question, is at times even more important that the answers one finds. He concluded his part in the assembly by sharing that one of the most significant questions to ask yourself is, “What can I do to help others?”
  • Next up, the boys heard from “Heartbeat,” two young musicians, one from Israel and one from Palestine, who shared their desire for more cultural understanding and hope for peace, through telling their personal stories of growing up in the war-torn Middle East, and through singing moving songs they had penned and composed themselves.
  • The “clean-up” hitter was Kai Shiida, Head of Wedd’s House, who through his “This I Believe” speech, spoke about his belief in the power of two simple words: thank you. His heartfelt address on being grateful for all that we have, and the importance of expressing our appreciation to those who look after us here at the College – the teachers, the groundskeepers, house-cleaning staff and those who work in food services –  was a poignant message for all in our community; students and adults alike.

In brief, in baseball terms, the assembly was a home-run! I’d encourage you to talk to your son about Monday morning. I’m sure at least one of the four messages he heard will serve as a springboard for further, meaningful conversation.

Thanks for reading, and go Jays!




Blue: Whole School
Yellow: Upper School
Red: Prep School


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