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Connection – January, 2017

Volume 4  |  Issue 4 January 31, 2017

Top Stories


Jagdeo and Jensen look to educate educators with book

Upper Canada College Prep faculty members Tina Jagdeo and Lara Jensen have written a new book that highlights the work of several colleagues. They hope will it will act as a practical guide to educators looking for concrete examples to promote critical, creative and compassionate thinking skills in classrooms.

Bold School: An Inquiry Model to Transform Learning was published by Portage and Main Press, a company with which the two women had previously edited and designed problems for six volumes of its “Hands-On Problem Solving” series.


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Latin comes alive for UCC and Branksome Hall students

Upper Canada College Grade 9 Latin students will create and bury artifacts over the next three months as an experiential way to make the language come alive.

UCC head of Latin Catharine Erb is introducing an interactive archaeological element to her course, while also collaborating with her Branksome Hall counterpart Theresa Fuller.

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More than 86 per cent of parents very satisfied or satisfied with UCC

Parents are becoming more pleased with Upper Canada College, according to an online survey conducted last June with support from the United States-based National Association of Independent Schools.

There were 362 responses (evenly split from the Prep and Upper Schools) to the survey, and parents’ overall satisfaction with the College rose to 4.4 out of five, compared to 4.2 out of five in a similar 2011 survey. More than 86 per cent of respondents were either very satisfied or satisfied, and just two per cent were dissatisfied.

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UCC pays tribute to Canada’s indigenous people

Upper Canada College acknowledged the history of the land it sits on, welcomed a First Nations elder and had a student talk about his indigenous heritage and issues affecting Canada’s Aboriginal population on Jan. 23.

Traditional teacher, mentor and healer Cat Criger spoke at both the Prep and Upper School assemblies. He works within the Indigenous Centre at the University of Toronto and has more than 20 years of experience working in native and multicultural communities in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, Poland and Wales.

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Did You Know?

Founder’s Dinner is just TWO weeks away. Get your tickets today!

Harvard futurist Tony Wagner talks about student success in the post-Information age.



The Harvard Krokodiloes start 2017 on the right musical note

The new year got off to an incredible start as famed a cappella group, the Harvard Krokodiloes kicked off the first Upper School assembly of the year on Monday, Jan. 9.


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UCC teams win 12 out of 13 games at Winterfest

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It wasn’t particularly wintry outside on Jan. 20, and several Upper Canada College teams turned up the heat inside as part of the school’s annual Winterfest celebration.

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More Headlines from UCC

Teacher’s non-denominational Holocaust education trip in the news

Three UCC debate teams make final 16 at Queen’s

Power up your breakfast with the Nutrition Committee

Prep students learn French in the kitchen

Darwin Jimal spent holidays in Iraqi refugee camp