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Connection – October 2014

Volume 2  |  Issue 1 October 31, 2014

Top Stories

Creative contributions sought for UCC’s “literary map”

There are many unique locations around Upper Canada College, and not just obvious ones like the clock tower or the Peacock Arch. Some are much more subtle, and the school is asking for student input to catalogue them through prose, verse, sketches and other creative outlets that will be posted on a website.

Upper School English teacher Julian Bauld addressed the boys in Laidlaw Hall on Monday and eloquently asked for their involvement this way:

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UCC student essay wins Government of Canada History Award

Upper Canada College Grade 10 student Karman Cheema’s appreciation and knowledge of history has earned him $1,000 and a Government of Canada History Award.

The awards were launched in February, and 100 students and 20 high school teachers received awards for this first edition. Grade 10 and 11 students had to submit a 1,000-to-1,200-word essay based on one of five challenging questions to be eligible, while teachers had to submit a classroom project on one of three themes.



Sarah Barclay chosen for Google Teacher Academy

Upper Canada College Middle Division information and communication technologies integrator Sarah Barclay was invited to the Google Teacher Academy in London, England on Oct. 27 and 28, as its organizers believed she had “the commitment and passion to grapple with some of the biggest education challenges we face.”

The academy at Google’s impressive new United Kingdom headquarters provides participants with hands-on experience with Google tools, innovative instructional strategies, resources to share with colleagues and a chance to immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators who are making an impact.

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Gift to support science lab renovations encourages young innovators

Son’s “mad scientist” experiments inspires John and Susan Francis’s gift of $250,000

Lots of teens post photos on Facebook that would surprise or even shock their parents. So imagine John and Susan Francis’s reaction when friends called to tell them about the image Will had selected as his profile image. There he was at the family cottage, age 12 at the time — shooting 12-foot flames into the lake from a garden-variety water gun.

“Our friend told us to check out what Will had been up to by way of unauthorized science experiments,” says Susan. (Apparently, a combination of bug spray and a lighter had done the trick.) “For obvious reasons we didn’t allow him to take bug spray to Norval that year even though the packing list called for it.”

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Did You Know?

There was a shout out to UCC on a recent episode of The Good Wife. Thanks to executive producer Leonard Dick ’82, the show’s two main characters, Diane Lockhart and Kalinda Sharma, listed another character’s real estate holdings at 220 Lonsdale Road, our Prep School.

Catch this and other great stories, videos and photos on UCC’s Facebook page

UCC students’ work gets PhotoSensitive treatment

Three Upper Canada College boys and one former student will have their work on display in downtown Toronto as part of the PhotoSensitive exhibit about Canada’s aging population.Grade 11 students Arthur Rattew and Liam Black, Grade 10 student Jay Potts and William Boyle, who left UCC after the 2013-14 school year, took part in a photography project in the spring and had their black-and-white photos chosen for the exhibit.

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UCC wins U13 national soccer championship again

Upper Canada College won its fourth consecutive Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Boys’ National Soccer Tournament championship on Oct. 25 with a victory over Toronto’s Crescent School.The tournament was held at UCC last year, when it claimed the national title for the fifth time six years, and last week the Blues travelled to Montreal for a tournament hosted by Lower Canada College and Selwyn House School. UCC was joined by 15 other teams from Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Quebec.


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