Message from Scott Cowie, head, Senior Division
Tuesday, Oct. 7: Foundation Year Parent Information Evening – Student Centre, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: IB1 Student Grade Level Meeting – Laidlaw Hall, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9: Prize Day Ceremony – Laidlaw Hall, 11:30 a.m. (special schedule – first dress required)
Friday, Oct. 10: Afternoon Focus Day (1:15 p.m. dismissal for the Thanksgiving weekend)
Thanks to all of you who came out to support your sons and all the boys on Association Day. The weather was amazing and it was great to see so many boys, parents, faculty and staff celebrating our school community. What a wonderful event.
While walking around on campus on Saturday, I’d the pleasure of introducing many parents to the newest addition to our family and the UCC “canine community.” Here’s a photo of Pip, our brand new puppy.
In last week’s message, I wrote about Adam Cox’s assembly address and shared a number of insights with you that he has gleaned from his extensive, global research on what boys value as significant in their lives. One of the findings I didn’t include in that missive was that “boys love dogs and like taking care of animals, and would be happy if schools had animals that walked around and socialized with them.”
I didn’t grow up with a pet, unless you count the numerous fish that always ended up floating atop the water in my aquarium. And while I always liked other people’s pooches, I’ve never been much of a “dog person” myself and have maintained the position that the benefits of having a dog around the house couldn’t outweigh the work involved with taking care of one.
Now, after a full week of canine companionship, I’m completely smitten with our Pip and find myself revisiting Dr. Cox’s research, pondering why “boys love dogs and taking care of animals.” After much reflection, I think I’ve boiled it down to three main reasons: dogs are loyal, they listen and they love. It seems like our pup may be able to fill in gaps left by my own deficiencies as a father.
Indeed, as parents, whether we’re dog-owners or not, we can all learn much from Cox’s research, from the boys he studied and from their furry friends. Are we tuned into the needs of kids? Do they know how much we desperately miss them during the day? Do we listen to them without judging? Do we smother them with unconditional love?
“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”
– Charles M. Schulz
Thanks for reading,