Message from Ian Robinson, head, Middle Division
Busy days indeed as September closes with the extraordinary events of the Terry Fox Run and Association Day. It was so encouraging to witness the efforts of the boys, the faculty and the staff in the run last Friday. Seeing them gathered on the Prep Field with the Upper School made for a very impressive sight – perhaps this is one of the very few occasions (maybe the only one) where the whole UCC student body is together and in such a worthwhile cause. Congratulations are due to one and all.
The very next day, seeing the whole UCC community gathered on Association Day was once again a remarkable sight. On such days, the sense of belonging is so strong as activities and events, serious and fun, bring together old and young in a day of celebration. I was very proud to meet again and have a conversation with Dick Sadleir, UCC principal from 1975-1988. He led with great skill and determination, and remains very interested in all things UCC. Equally, it was a genuine delight to chat to parents, families and, of course, Old Boys whom I had had the pleasure of teaching in the 1970s and 1980s. We no longer discuss how good their French is but their loyal support is testimony to their warm feelings about their time at UCC.
Today is another highlight in our calendar as 25 boys from Forms 5-7 represent the Prep in the annual Me to We Day celebration at the Air Canada Centre. Being there with 18,000 excited and even frenetic youngsters is an event to experience, as I’ve been fortunate enough to do on a few occasions. They’ll return and encourage us all to understand better how we can help as Me to We and its brother/sister organization Free the Children contribute to projects locally and around the world. We should never forget that Craig and Marc Kielburger and their cohorts started these efforts when they were in Grade 7. Looking at the boys we have at the Prep, I’m sure that there are many amongst them who’ll contribute in similarly effective ways.
The last two classes are at Norval this week as this Form 7 program comes to a close for this academic year. The boys really enjoy this experience and get a great deal out of the programs that are prepared for them at Norval by that excellent team of educators. Please allow me to remind you that next Monday, Oct. 6, is the “Settling In Interview” day. We hope that you’ll be able to attend at some time on Monday and we remind you also that there’s no school for your sons on that day.
The term is speeding along and Thanksgiving is on the horizon. That signals a time when we’re all able to express gratitude for our lot in life as we also express support and concern for others who are less fortunate than we are. If I don’t see you before, may I take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.