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Connection – April 2015

Volume 2  |  Issue 4 April 8, 2015

Top Stories

Upper School math department wins major award

It’s huge news for our math faculty. In recognition of their overall excellence in teaching and teamwork, our Upper School math teachers earned the Secondary School Mathematics Department Award from the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education. It’s the first time an independent school has ever won the award. It’s the only math department award in Ontario and the only provincial association for math educators, so this is an extremely prestigious award.

“It’s great recognition of our collegiality and commitment to continual improvement,” says department chair Deirdre Timusk. “We’re never satisfied with the status quo.”

Some of the initiatives that impressed the judges included the department’s strong presence at the school — including assembly presentations, a math society and the opportunity for students to write up to 12 contests each year.

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Three gold medals for UCC at Toronto Science Fair

Upper Canada College students posted stellar results at the Toronto Science Fair (TSF), and two of them have qualified for the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May.

Fourteen Prep students and one Upper School student took part in the TSF at the University of Toronto Scarborough on March 28 and they collected three gold and four silver medals.

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Search Begins for New Board of Governors Chair

A committee of Old Boys, parents and senior volunteers has been struck to find and nominate the next chair of the Upper Canada College Board of Governors. Old Boy and parent Andy Burgess ’83 concludes his term in January 2016.

The committee will meet with key stakeholders and past and current governors in its search for a new chair over the next several months. The committee includes Michael MacMillan ’74 (board chair 2004–09 and former Foundation trustee), Roly Browning Watt’62 (Foundation chair 2001–08), Richard Phillips ’85 (Foundation chair 2009-2014), Jill Denham (governor and current parent), David MacDougall ’81 (former governor and Foundation trustee, and current parent), Sue Guichon (governor and past parent), as well as Mr. Burgess.

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UCC launches Military History Immersion Program

Upper Canada College announced the creation of a new Military History Immersion Program at a student assembly held March 30. The program is the direct result of a generous leadership gift to UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead Campaign from John and Pattie Cleghorn (grandparents of Jamie, Y1) and their family.

The program will immerse student participants in the First and Second World War experiences

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Find out why we’re eating healthier at UCC

All parents know the trials of instilling an innate love of, say, cruciferous vegetables, in just one small child. And that’s what makes the College’s collaborative effort to to lead the revamp of UCC’s entire food culture especially impressive.

Armed with a huge passion for healthy eating and a knack for getting the job done, Joannah Lawson, mother of Alexander in Year 1 and Tristan in Foundation Year, and a registered nutritionist, created the Upper School nutrition committee in 2012.

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Did You Know?

Paint the night blue tomorrow as UCC celebrates Nuit Bleue.

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UCC’s first ever mother-son dinner theatre creates unforgettable memories

The Arts Booster Club and the UCC co-curricular theatre program presented UCC’s first ever mother-son dinner theatre to a sold-out crowd of 176 boys with theirmothers, grandmothers and “special” mothers on March 25. The performance brought renowned director Ravi Jain ’99 to the school for a special performance of his acclaimed, two-person play A Brimful of Asha, starring Ravi and mom Asha.

It was a night for parents and sons to share something they rarely have together – time.  And with that came laughter, food, friends and lasting memories.

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UCC swim teams combine to finish second in Ontario

Upper Canada College swimmers finished second overall at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships, as both the junior and senior teams placed second in their respective divisions.

“After five months of preparation — for some of these athletes, more like eight years of training — we achieved the best results ever for the UCC swim program,” said coach Vlad Roytberg.

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