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Message from Tom Babits, Primary Division Head

Tom Babits

I’m sure most of you have read Principal Sam McKinney’s letter from yesterday afternoon.

I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate that, in Primary classrooms, we’re continuing with our daily approach to inclusivity. We speak to boys about the need to welcome, support and celebrate all members of our community. This has been somewhat of a theme for quite sometime and the focus of several of our assemblies over the course of the year as well.

Next week is a big one for us in the Primary Division. The International Baccalaureate (IB) will be sending a team on Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 for a Primary Years Program (PYP) evaluation visit.

Evaluation visits occur every five years and are the culminating part of the school review cycle. PYP teachers participate in a self-study based on the IB standards and practices. The self-study helps faculty members reflect on their IB practices, identify strengths and areas for growth, and develop an action plan for continual growth. Upon completion, the school submits its self-study report to the IB for review.

In the year following the submission, the IB sends a small team of educators as site visitors to see us in action. Through observations and meetings, the team provides a review and feedback to the school, with commendations and recommendations, which the school in turn uses to affirm and further build the action plan.

We’re excited to host two IB visitors on May 1 and 2 and we look forward to their feedback.
Thanks for reading,
Tom


P.S.

For your reference, this letter was sent from Principal Sam McKinney to all Prep and Upper School families on April 26:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I write to inform you of a serious incident that occurred yesterday afternoon at the Prep. A student in Grade 7 returned to his locker at the end of the day to find it vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols and messaging. As soon as we became aware of the situation, the College began an investigation. We have attempted to progress the investigation swiftly, involving all appropriate parties, including the police.

This morning we called a meeting with all Grade 6 and 7 students where we communicated the severity of this situation. This incident and the sentiments represented are in direct opposition to the shared values we uphold and teach to our boys each day.

The College considers the matter serious and is taking appropriate action. If you have concerns, please contact Naheed Bardai, Head of the Middle Division, at nbardai@ucc.on.ca.

I will be in touch in the coming days as we work to resolve this issue and strive to find the valuable lessons for those involved.

Regards,

Sam