Message from Ian Robinson, Head, Middle Division
I wrote just over a month ago that February was approaching, as was spring, which indeed was around the corner. I apologize to all of you right now and promise to make no more meteorological prognostications except to say that spring must now be on the way and will arrive at some time in the future!
As the end of term approached, the days seemed to get busier – although some might doubt that is possible. Interestingly, over the last week, the Prep has been visited by two school groups from south of the border: last Thursday, a group of teacher candidates came on a tour from Kent State University; and on Monday this week, another group visited from The Baldwin School, an IB school in Puerto Rico. Knowledge was shared both ways. Being able to help others in their work is an important gift that UCC is able to offer. The only other visitors were Todd Hargarten, current parent of Adam in Form 7, and alumnus Loewe Lee, both of whom are new governors on the UCC Board. It was a pleasure to spend some time with both of them and to reminisce with Loewe whom I taught and who learned how to play cricket at the Prep and became a fine player.
The House Colour debating final last Friday was a huge success and the three judges – two teachers from the Toronto French School and one student from the Upper School – have a job on their hands to determine who earns the awards. Results will be made available in late March. The CISAA hockey and basketball finals also took place at the end of last week. The Prep participated both at U12 and U13 levels and acquitted themselves with distinction.
The Prep is eerily quiet at the moment as the Form 7s are in La Ville de Québec and a Form 5 class is at Norval. That means that 35 per cent of our student body – many of them the tallest and most noticeable – are absent and we miss them. The Norval program is excellent, and the boys learn much, but the Form 7 boys have a wonderful itinerary for their last long trip as a group: a Wendake native tour, Val Cartier, l’Assemblée Nationale, a sugar shack, lower Québec, museums – the list goes on and it’s clearly a trip not to miss in so many ways.
Have a rejuvenating and enjoyable March break and we look forward to welcoming you again at the end of the month. Do not forget that the next session of three-way conferences takes place on April 1 and 2. I look forward very much to seeing you then if not before.