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Message from Scott Cowie, Head, Senior Division

scottUpcoming Senior Division dates:

Friday, Oct. 27: Casual dress day
Monday, Oct. 30: Assembly special speaker Ronald Cohn (Sick Kids Hospital), Laidlaw Hall, 9:55 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: Parent-teacher interviews; classes end at 1:10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3: Parent-teacher interviews; no classes

We place significant emphasis on co-curricular programming here at the College, and it’s exciting to see so many students fully engaged in the breadth of our fall offerings.

Indeed, as we look toward November next week, it’s a very busy time in this regard as we see cast and crew members rehearsing for theatre productions, musicians gearing up for fall music night, and athletes preparing for playoffs and championships.

The early mornings, late afternoons and long lunch hours associated with our co-curricular activities can create some challenges in trying to maintain an appropriate balance with academic commitments. But the numerous benefits of being a member of a club, cast, crew, ensemble, group or team enrich the UCC experience for those involved and create life-long memories. The Old Boys who I’ve spoken with over the past 18 years consistently point to their co-curricular involvement as the source for lasting bonds of friendship that continue well into their adult lives. Our current boys seem to recognize this as well and, in recent years, the term brotherhood has emerged as a foundational feature of being a member of the UCC student body.

This notion of brotherhood has been on my mind as of late. When I looked up the term in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, I was surprised to see that there was a section titled “Definition of Brotherhood for Students.” There are three definitions that appear under that heading:

  1. the state of being a brother
  2. a group of people who are engaged in the same business or have a similar interest
  3. feelings of friendship, support, and understanding between people

While I feel there’s some merit to all three definitions, I really like that third one. What a wonderful community we’d be if every boy felt understood and supported and experienced meaningful friendship. It’s certainly an admirable goal for us to work toward.

One final reflection on brotherhood: courage is key, and I think what prevents boys from feeling that complete sense of brotherhood here sometimes is a lack of courage.

Here’s a link to Burger King’s most recent commercial. Before you think I’ve lost my marbles and question the connection between fast food and courage, you should know that this very interesting, very powerful, three-minute public service announcement is receiving a lot of media buzz as of late for its positive message about standing up for others.

I encourage you to watch the video with your son. I suspect it will serve up some “food for thought” and perhaps ignite further meaningful conversation about courage and true brotherhood.

Thanks for reading,