Heads Up

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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

Scott CowieUpcoming Senior Division Dates:

  • Friday, Nov. 25and Saturday, Nov. 26: Fall Play: True West – Lecture Theater, 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 28: Assembly Special Speaker – Jeff Perrera from NextGenMen – Laidlaw Hall, 9:55 a.m.; IB1 photos begin at  1:20 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2: Festive Marketplace – Lett Gym, all day

One of tensions we wrestle with here at the College is balancing celebration with humility. Indeed, for fear of being construed as boastful, we often don’t “toot our trumpets” as much as we should.  As part of our partnership with the UCC Parents Organization (PO), each month I present a snapshot of student-related events and happenings in the Senior Division. I spoke with the PO this past Tuesday and in the spirit of celebrating our boys, I’d like to share some of that information with you.

A prefatory comment: In relating information like this, please be aware that I’m unable to capture all of the achievements of the College and of the boys. Please assume good will as I share some of the many highlights from this past term:

Co-curricular Successes:

  • A highly successful Fall Music Night showcasing the remarkable talents of our musicians
  • Varsity football, varsity soccer and varsity volleyball all made it to their championships; football and soccer are CISAA champs and the volleyball team is currently competing in the OFSAA provincial tournament
  • Model UN in Montreal: our team won “best delegation” (fourth year in a row) at the Secondary Schools MUN Symposium
  • Great results at the McGill High School British Parliamentary Debate Tournament; one of our senior teams made it to the semi-finals and one of our IB2 boys placed second overall (out of 200 students)
  • Two of our senior debaters have qualified to represent Canada at the Oxford Cup Debating Tournament in Oxford, England
  • The Fall Play, True West opens tonight; get your tickets asap

Community Events:

  • We had a film shoot on campus involving two Old Boys: film producer Sanzhar Sultan ’07 and film director Nick Wernham ’02. Some of our film and theatre students had the opportunity to get an insider’s view of life on set.
  • Our Foundation Year Careers Morning saw numerous Old Boys presenting to our boys about working across a variety of professional fields
  • Many of our Senior Division boys were involved in our Special Olympics Basketball Event. I must admit that this is one of my favourite events of the year – very good for the soul.

Again, the bullets above represent some, but not all, of the achievements of the boys and the opportunities available to them through our co-curricular programming. Surely this is all good news, but the better news is that this only represents the first term. There will be plenty more opportunities for your boys to get involved and to contribute to our community and to those beyond our walls.

On a final note, while celebrating success is important, we need to be mindful that it’s not always whether we win that’s most important. As the old adage says, “It’s how we play the game” that’s most important. Here’s a humorous, but moving 90 second ad that speaks to the impact we can have when we shift our focus from ourselves and our own accomplishments, and look at doing what we do through the lens of making a difference in the lives of others.

Thanks for reading,