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Connection – October 2016

Volume 4  |  Issue 1 October 12, 2016

Top Stories


Former prime minister John Turner talks to grandson’s Form 5 class

What could be a better way to make “curricular connections” to a unit on government? Form 5 boys are incredibly fortunate that classmate Dylan Turner’s grandfather is none other than former prime minister John Turner.

Known as “Big Jim” to his family, Turner entertained student questions in Weston Hall on Oct. 11. Turner’s association with Upper Canada College is deep. His three sons are Old Boys, including Dylan’s dad David ’87, Andrew ’90 and Michael ’84. As well, his other three grandsons are also current students, Jack, Luke and Robertson.


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Woman and two girls

Sheilah Currie delivers UCC’s annual Barton Lecture

Upper Canada College’s Barton Lecture was created in honour of former principal Eric Barton, who introduced a community service program to the school in the early 1990s.

Over the years it has involved speakers from both inside and outside the UCC community who’ve aimed to help boys learn about some of society’s most vulnerable and marginalized people. This year’s lecture, given to Upper School students in Laidlaw Hall on Oct. 3, was provided by children’s author and literacy teacher Sheilah Currie.

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four students on a stage presenting map data

UCC students present unique project at conference

Four Upper Canada College students impressed more than 1,000 attendees of Esri Canada’s Toronto user conference on Oct. 5 when they presented an innovative project from last year’s geography class as part of the keynote address.

Conrad Mahony, Carson Lau, Sammy Fleisher and Matt Bradley modeled the UCC campus using Esri’s desktop geographic information systems (GIS) product ArcMap, the video game Minecraft and Open Data from the City of Toronto.

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Principal and two students

Principal Sam McKinney featured in the Globe and Mail

Principal Sam McKinney was featured in the Globe and Mail on Sept. 29. In an extensive interview he discussed tradition, innovation and the opportunities that lie ahead. “For me at UCC, the College has always tried to strike that delicate balance of honouring and respecting the past while being progressive and looking toward the future,” he says.

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A-Day brings UCC community together for 37th time

While every Upper Canada College sports team didn’t emerge victorious on Sept. 24, Association Day’s winning streak of fine weather and good times continued, as the community welcomed its 19th principal Sam McKinney on its 37th annual A-Day.

The day began in the Prep School’s Weston Hall at 7:45 a.m. with the new parent breakfast, where families got a chance to meet others in the same position as well as A-Day parent chair Heather Senst and Old Boy co-chairs Jeff Hill ’98, Jon Hill ’99 and Craig Hill ‘02.

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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

UCC appoints inaugural arts captains

Upper Canada College has its first two arts captains, who will play a similar promotional role to what the Blue Army generals do in raising awareness and enthusiasm for athletics.

Six IB2 students applied and were interviewed for what was originally supposed to be one position, but Jacob Gotlieb and Nicholas Czegledy so impressed the committee charged with making a decision that they were named co-captains.


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Battle of the Blues set for Friday night

Battle of the Blues is back and better than ever! After a successful performance at last year’s inaugural match, UCC’s Varsity Blues will once again taken on rival St. Mike’s in a fierce but friendly football event this Friday night.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students so don’t delay.

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More Headlines from UCC

Latest round of UCC renovations are complete

Global Leadership Initiative: UCC teachers inspired by Cuban gratitude

Blues beat SAC 15-11 in varsity football

UCC hosts fundraising runs in honour of Terry Fox

Nutrition Committee debuts flavoured water