Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division
Note: Summer is a busy time for all of us. If you need to remind yourself about the content in the summer mailing edition of Heads Up, sent Aug. 10, you can find it here.
I hope you all had an enjoyable, restful summer, and that your son is looking forward to the coming year: the learning that will take place in his classes, being involved in co-curricular activities and reconnecting with his friends here at school.
As we look ahead toward the 2017-2018 academic year, I encourage you to explore Heads Up on a weekly basis. It is here you will find information relevant to your son’s experience in the Senior Division. By no means should you feel you have to read all that is in this section, but please take the
time to glance at the headings so you can determine what content you wish to read more fully.
On this note, I want to say a brief word about the missives I typically post in this section. The concept of writing weekly messages grew out of numerous conversations I’ve had with parents over the years. They talked about their struggles in getting their boys to talk about what is happening here at school,and about other issues or challenges they may be working through in their adolescent lives.
Some time ago, a few parents suggested that they’d benefit from hearing about topics that are relevant both to school life, and to growing up through the teenage years. That was seven years ago, and over that time, parents have continued to convey that they find the weekly messages helpful in prompting more conversation with their sons. So, the topics about which I write are usually based on assembly addresses the boys have heard here at school, and hold some relevance to their development as students, and as young men of character. I welcome your feedback and I am always happy to receive ideas for content for these missives.
I want to clarify that I’m no expert on the teenage experience, but throughout the 18 years I’ve been here at UCC, and through being a father of two teenagers myself, I’ve spent a lot of time with young folks and I’m happy to share what information and insights I can as we travel together through this remarkable, often challenging, yet rewarding, journey of parenthood.
Looking forward to a great year ahead.
Thanks for reading,