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Connection – November 2016

Volume 4  |  Issue 2

November 16, 2016


Top Stories

debate group

UCC pulls off four-peat at Model UN conference at McGill

Upper Canada College’s Model United Nations (MUN) team has been named best delegation at the Secondary Schools MUN Symposium (SSUNS) for the fourth straight year.

Approximately 1,500 students from 72 schools took part in SSUNS, which was hosted by McGill University in Montreal, over the weekend.

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remembrance day

Remembrance Day ceremonies keep memory alive

With each passing year, those Old Boys who served in the Second World War—and attend our annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Prep and Upper School —dwindle in number. This year’s event on Nov. 10 honoured both the living and the dead.

A highlight of the proceedings was also a video that documented the travels of 12 students who toured European battlefields this past summer, walking in the footsteps of the 179 Old Boys who gave their lives in the First World War.

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soccer champions

UCC wins CISAA varsity soccer championship

Upper Canada College’s varsity soccer team repeated as Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) champions after a 4-0 home field win over St. Michael’s College School in the final.

Joey Richmond scored two goals, both assisted by PJ Bujouves, a minute apart late in the first half to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at halftime. Seyon Rajadurai followed with a pair of goals of his own in the 60th and 84th minutes, and the UCC defence remained unbroken as it issued a clean sheet.

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Principal Sam McKinney warmly welcomed with installation ceremony

The UCC community celebrated the official installation of our 19th principal Sam McKinney on Oct. 19. Those attending the ceremony in Laidlaw Hall included: former principals Doug Blakey and Richard Sadlier; and McKinney family members including sons Jack ’17, Connor ’19 and Charlie ’20, sister Kathryn and dad Charlie. In his remarks, Sam McKinney spoke of how education is above all else a “human profession,” of the need to be “genuine and authentic” and to always be mindful that we “teach boys not subjects.”

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mcrae video


UCC teacher Allison Macrae promotes road safety

A desire to post a sign on her front lawn promoting road safety led Upper Canada College teacher Allison Macrae to be involved in a wider campaign and a moment in the media spotlight.

The signs feature the image of a residential street within the silhouette of a child’s head, with the words “Slow down, kids at play” written within it. Their goal is to make drivers aware of their speed and be aware of children who may be near roads.

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Did You Know?

Reminder: Connection is your monthly e-news digest of student and faculty achievements including sports and arts, guest speakers, special events and big awards. News is posted several times weekly at www.ucc.on.ca and not all of it appears in Connection. Tips for the editor? aaster@ucc.on.ca



Fall music night hits the right note


Enthusiastic friends and family gathered in Laidlaw Hall for fall music night to celebrate our extraordinary student talent on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The audience enjoyed wonderful performances by our dedicated musicians in the junior, intermediate and senior ensembles, along with the UCC choir “The Blue Notes.”

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UCC claims fourth straight CISAA varsity football title



A day after Upper Canada College’s varsity soccer team won the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association championship, the school’s varsity football team has won its fourth consecutive CISAA title.

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More Headlines from UCC

UCC Prep School’s fall plays are big hits

UCC’s Simon Guo has a passion for hacking

Prep sports teams end the fall season with great results

PPO’s “Power Snack Day” fuels taste for fruit

Bees taking centre stage at Norval