Update from the Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing
The COVID-19 health crisis has, no doubt, been one of the most impactful events in history. And while all of the far-reaching consequences of the pandemic are yet to be fully realized, the current circumstance has caused the world to reflect on all that is truly important in our lives. Indeed, individual and collective wellbeing has emerged as a top priority throughout the past few months, as we’ve now come to better understand the importance of personal wellbeing and have realized the intrinsic value of pursuing fulfillment, rather than success, in our lives.
During the past few months, more than ever, the College’s focus on student wellbeing has been front and centre, and I have been so impressed with the way our boys and families have engaged with the programming we’ve designed and delivered, whether it was the advising sessions at the Upper School or weekly challenges at the Prep. As well, I’ve been encouraged to hear faculty, students and parents express a deeper understanding and greater appreciation of our multi-dimensional approach to wellbeing.
I recently read an article published in the World Economic Forum that captured the opportunity that now exists for schools, including UCC, at this time:
The world of education is threatened, and is at a juncture…One path leads back to where things were before the COVID-19 crisis, a system that, by and large, has been in place for the last 200 years. The other path concentrates on much more investment in education but also on student wellness, while doing whatever can be done to ensure that learning is happening not just through test scores and output but by being more closely connected to the psychological and emotional realities of learners. Let us aim for the path of wisdom. As the ancient Chinese proverb says: the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is now. It’s not too late.
While the road ahead is unclear and uncertain, please know that we will remain steadfast in our efforts to support the wellbeing of the boys at the College throughout the campus closure, the length of this crisis, and beyond.
Thanks for reading,