Message from Ian Robinson, head, Middle Division
As the temperature decreases and the winds start to blow, I gradually become accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of the Prep School – some new and others that have history – and reinculcated into the ethos of UCC. In addition, I’m delighted to report that I’ve found it fascinating to meet and have brief conversations with your sons. I’m struck by their politeness and willingness to chat and although I still only know a few names, I shall continue to work hard at that and see how much progress I can make during this year.
Exciting days are ahead as September begins like the metaphorical lion rather than the lamb, in terms of events, dates to remember and more than the weather. Next Thursday, I hope to meet all of you at the Middle Division parent information evening starting at 7 p.m. This important introduction to the program and the various teachers who’ll be working with your sons is an invaluable evening of learning and sharing, and an opportunity to meet other Form 6 and 7 parents.
The week of September 22 brings some other interesting events. Dr. Adam Cox, well-known international researcher and author on the education of boys, will be visiting us at UCC and spending two days here. He has written extensively about young adolescents (Boys of Few Words and On Purpose before Twenty, amongst others). He’ll talk to our teachers and to you, our parents, on Monday, Sept. 22. It’s a great opportunity to hear an authority espouse on matters very close to our hearts.
Secondly, Naheed Bardai, who’ll be the Middle Division Head from July 1 on, will be visiting UCC that week. It’s hoped that he’ll visit again in 2015 before his permanent arrival. Just as Bernard Lecerf, Tom Babits, Don Kawasoe and many others have been extremely forthcoming in helping me to adjust to this position at the Prep, so I hope that I’ll be able to offer experiences and information to Mr. Bardai that’ll make his arrival and introduction to the Prep and to UCC as seamless as it can possibly be.
For me, it’s been an absolute pleasure to start to know the faculty and staff at the Prep – only about 10 per cent of whom worked with me before I left UCC in 1995 – and I must tell you that I’ve been extremely impressed by the depth of educational excellence on the one hand, and the openness and sincere care on the other. It’s evident in their daily dealings with your sons that goes hand in hand with the character development programs that are such a strong part of the Prep School offerings.
Enjoy the weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Ian Robinson, head, Middle Division