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Connection – May 2015

Volume 2  |  Issue 5

May 20, 2015


Top Stories

Dr. Power trades in coffee for high-intensity beet juice as part of health challenge

Okay, executive faculty members, it’s time to trade in your Diet Coke, coffee and chocolate for some seriously healthy fresh-pressed juice. The four-day health challenge is the brainchild of UCC’s nutrition committee and aims to raise the bar on smart eating choices school-wide.

Kicked off with a video in Upper School assembly on Tuesday, May 19, the challenge requires participants to give up one unhealthy thing for four days and replace it with a juice delivered

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Young researchers impress at PYP Exhibition

Months of hard work by Upper Canada College Grade 5 students were on display at the Prep School on May 8 for the Primary Years Programme Exhibition.

The boys came up with group agreements and created mind maps of possible individual lines of inquiry before beginning their research and identifying possible resources to support it. The hardest work began in March when faculty and staff mentors 

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Four deserving women honoured at volunteer reception

Cool temperatures moved Upper Canada College’s annual volunteer reception inside from Grant House garden on May 12, but the warm feelings in the student centre were palpable.

It was the appreciation that the 120 attendees felt for UCC community volunteers who do their part in numerous ways, 

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From Foundation to finish line
Old Boy supports Think Ahead Campaign

Modern fundraising campaigns can often feel more like a marathon than a hundred-metre dash. Yet, thanks to the continued support of community members like Hugh Innes ’72, the Think Ahead Campaign’s pace has only continued to build as it races towards its finish line.

Innes is one of hundreds of Old Boys, parents and other UCC friends who responded to a recent, special appeal from Principal Jim Power asking community members to help put the campaign “over the top” of its $100-million goal (more than $95.13 million has been raised to date.)


Top doctor Peter Szatmari ’70 wows parents at annual luncheon

There’s nothing like a truly relevant speaker to guarantee a great audience. Such was the case with this year’s annual parent luncheon at the Estates of Sunnybrook on May 8. A record-breaking crowd showed up to hear Peter Szatmari ’70 share parenting tips and insight into youth mental health.

The take-away messages were of huge value as Szatmari tailored his talk specifically for the Upper Canada College parent community. (See full keynote speech)

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Did You Know?

The Prep jazz and concert bands and the wind ensemble came away with gold awards at the Toronto Festival of Music.

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



Arts of all sorts at Nuit Bleue

Nuit Bleue 2015 promised to be the brightest night of the year for Upper Canada College arts, and it didn’t disappoint.

The annual spring arts festival brought together the UCC community to enjoy the incredible works of student actors, directors, filmmakers, visual artists, authors, musicians, Model United Nations representatives and debaters, and offered something for everyone.

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May Day had summer temperatures and lots to cheer about



Light rain in the morning gave way to sunny skies and the hottest Upper Canada College May Day in recent memory.

The annual showcase of the school’s spring sports teams took place on fields around the Deer Park campus on May 9, with UCC squads going up against Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association opponents.

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More Headlines from UCC

Youth Leadership and Character Forum imparts life lessons

Great early season results for UCC rowers

Time capsule placed in Prep playground

“Think Ahead” milestone: Boarding Campaign hits $14-million goal

Gabriel Birman wins writing award

Student-athletes make university commitments