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Connection – December 2015

Volume 3  |  Issue 3

December 11, 2015


Top Stories

“Luminous” wrap-up party shows donor appreciation

A celebratory feeling in the air became official Nov. 21, with a community-wide closing party at the Upper School, aptly named “Luminous” to mark the wrap-up of Upper Canada College’s unprecedented Think Ahead Campaign. The final total is an astonishing $104.2 million, raised by more than 7,000 supporters.

Old Boys participated in force, with about 3,300 alumni making donations. Parent participation was at 2,500, and the remaining balance was comprised of faculty and staff, friends of the College and grandparents.

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IB students better prepared for university, UBC admissions director suggests

International Baccalaureate students are more likely to get into selective universities, adjust more quickly and with significantly greater success. That’s according to a decade’s worth of research on IB student performance at the University of British Columbia (UBC), second only to the University of Toronto for admitting IB Diploma Programme graduates.

Such findings were only some of the IB advantages presented by Andrew Arida, associate registrar and director of student recruitment and undergraduate admission at UBC, Nov. 12 in Laidlaw Hall. Co-hosted by the International Baccalaureate Schools of Ontario (IBSO) and UCC, the event was the first in an ongoing series to celebrate UCC’s 20th anniversary as an IB World School.

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Locker-room makeovers a go thanks to generous support

Our varsity basketball, volleyball and badminton teams are set to get a boost with the revamp of the Hewitt Athletic Centre’s varsity locker-rooms.

Demolition of the existing spaces — which were out-of-date and required a makeover — started on Monday, Dec. 7. The completed renovation will have a look and feel similar to the William Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex, and will feature new and improved locker-rooms, an upgraded change room for our growing number of female staff and coaches, as well as improved air handling throughout.

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UCC creates map to help Lifeline Syria resettle refugees

The College announced that community fundraising by students will begin in January to bring a Syrian family to Toronto by June, with the hope of raising up to $50,000. See that story here.

The latest news on this project is that there’s a growing movement at UCC towards direct volunteerism, with the Upper School geography department being the latest to engage. In an effort to give back to the community and bolster UCC’s commitment to the resettlement of Syrian refugees, the department has forged a partnership with Lifeline Syria and launched its first digital mapping tool. The map aims to help interested citizens in the Greater Toronto Area find a Lifeline Syria sponsor group to either join or provide donations to.


Parenting expert kicks off new series with insight on drinking

Therapist and author Alyson Schafer provided helpful insights and tips for parents of adolescents as they navigate difficult waters regarding drinking, Tuesday, Nov. 24 in Weston Hall. This event was hosted  by the College, the Parents’ Organization and the Prep Parents’ Organization as part of the new “It’s All About The Boys” Parent Exchange information program.

With more than 40 per cent of students in Grades 7 to 12 reporting they’d tried alcohol in the past year, teens face enormous pressures that can put them at risk for under-age drinking. Schafer discussed ways to ease the stress and keep kids on a positive path. Check out the full presentation below.


Peak Performance: Health tips from JP Cavalluzzo and Joannah Lawson

This month’s “Peak Performance” tip is about fuelling yourself for the day with a good breakfast.  Are we talking about donuts and juice? Think again!

We asked registered dietitian and former UCC parent Lucia Weiler for her advice on key components of an athlete’s breakfast. Here are some of her pro tips for peak performance:


Did You Know?

UCC has launched a brand new athletics portal: GoBlues.ca

Click here to visit this brand new website.

Prep musicians add sparkle to Festival of Christmas Music

Laidlaw Hall was filled with the joyous sounds of holiday music as the senior wind ensemble and the Prep and Upper School choirs performed in UCC’s annual Festival of Christmas Music and Readings on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Parents, students and friends came together in song to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Our musicians and singers were phenomenal, with an impressive vocal solo performance by Form 5 student Andrew Ma in the processional carol, “Once in Royal David’s City.” Other notable performances include talented soloists, Form 5 student Joshua Bougadis and Form 7 student Max Sipos who sang beautifully in “Myn Lyking.”

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Varsity football team wins third straight championship



How do you top last week’s Upper Canada College varsity football semi-final thriller over St. Andrew’s College? By beating Trinity College School, again on the road, and in overtime to boot.

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Sugar-reduction challenge gets sweet response

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UCC’s Max Perren named Ontario’s top field lacrosse coach