September 2013

What's News


Saturday, Sept. 28

It’s that time of year again.

Join our entire community of Old Boys, students, parents, staff and faculty members, and friends as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great. It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love. Association Day will include:

  • A very special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Norval

  • Bigger and better Kidzone for the little ones

  • Showcase of homegrown UCC talent on the main stage

  • A "live action" mural painting and visual arts display

  • New parent breakfast

  • The Jon Wookey Market

  • Lots of sports, including the Prep Soccerfest and the varsity soccer, volleyball and football teams challenging SAC, Appleby and TCS

  • Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament

  • Silent auction

  • Barbecue, snack shack, Greg’s Ice Cream, Kernels Popcorn stand and Starbucks coffee

  • Check out plans for Upper School renovations

  • A big UCC announcement before the varsity football game

If you are unable to join us on A-Day to watch the Varsity football game, our live stream of the game starts at 2 p.m. To access the live stream, full A-Day program details and our new Association Day video, just visit our website.

Norval 100th anniversary on Oct. 6

Norval has held a special place in the heart of the UCC community for a century. Class field trips, family open houses and the treasured "Maple Madness" event have all provided fond memories for our boys and their families.

We're throwing a party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UCC's Norval property on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boat races, kids' games, baseball, tours, bug safaris, bird-banding and tree-planting and Norval favourites the blanket toss, high ropes course and the "Paddle to the Sea" boat launch. Enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and archival displays and shop at the 100-mile harvest market. Norval Boats

Don’t miss the opportunity to camp out overnight on Saturday, Oct. 5 with an evening campfire, s'mores, storytelling and a fireside breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please visit for more detailed information and to sign up for the campout and the picnic. As well, if you are interested in helping out at the event as a volunteer. Please indicate your interest in your registration.

If you're unable to join us on Oct. 6 but would like to support Norval in this centennial year, please visit

Get ready for Reunion 2013

These classes are celebrating reunions in 2013: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.

By now you've received reminders and communications about your upcoming reunion weekend on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. If you haven’t already made plans to attend and join your class, we hope you will. The weekend promises to be a lot of fun, reminiscent of your days at UCC, and a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

Class-specific events planned by your class president and his committees will take place on Friday evening. Saturday is reserved for Association Day, with activities on campus including a variety of sports, the varsity football game against Trinity College School and the ever-popular Old Boys' hospitality (beer) terrace.

The highlight of reunion weekend is the traditional reunion dinner in the Hewitt Athletic Centre
on Saturday evening. An after-party following dinner is a chance for your class
to continue the celebration.

Visit for your full weekend schedule.

Don’t delay. Register today.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at for further information on your reunion weekend.

News from the admission office

The admission office is hard at work looking for great boys for UCC from across the GTA and around the world. 

As an Old Boy, you know the kind of student who would thrive at UCC. It could be your son, a relative, a neighbour or someone you teach or coach. We’d be thrilled to have you make an introduction for us, or to encourage the family to visit us at to request a brochure and register for our bi-weekly admission e-newsletter.

We’d also love to have prospective families join us for one of our open houses, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25. Registration in advance is required and may be completed online at:

The admission office has a busy travel schedule throughout the fall term. To learn where we're headed, please visit: or contact David McBride at if you would like to suggest a location, host an event or recommend a boy whom UCC should follow up with.

College Times digital collection

The College Times digital collection was generously sponsored by the leaving class of 1972. This valuable online resource features College yearbooks which date from 1894 to 2013 and is intended for the use of Old Boys and students only.

Visit the College Times online resource page to access your digital yearbook. You'll be prompted to log in to Bluenet using your unique name and password. Early editions aren't available digitally but may be viewed in person at the archives. Contact College archivist Jill Spellman for more information.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel if you're an Old Boy and don't have an account on Bluenet. Please email if you know your login but have misplaced your password.

Nominate an outstanding UCC volunteer

Do you know an individual who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of the College? If so, we need to know by Saturday, Oct. 26.

The John D. Stevenson Award for outstanding volunteer service to UCC is awarded each year at Founder's Dinner to an Old Boy or parent whose commitment to UCC over
several years has been exceptional. Recent recipients of the award include Hugh
Innes ’72, Martha Shaw, Roly Watt ’62, Vivien Cappe and Ted Mills ’81.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They  should include brief details about the nature and time of the nominee's
volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. The nomination form can be filled out online here or you can email your nominations to Jody Jacobson at

All nominations will be reviewed by the Association Council before a recipient is selected. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 26. 

The John D. Stevenson Award will be presented at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

UCC annual general meeting set for Oct. 9

Upper Canada College's annual general meeting is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of all of the school's top-level goals and recent achievements.

Make a date to attend on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Wilder Arena’s Hewitt Lounge.

The board of governors and Association Council welcome all to come and encourage newcomers to make a night of it. In addition to an update from board chair Andy Burgess and a message from principal Jim Power, you may also join a guided tour of Upper School classrooms and science labs to remind us all why we’re investing so intensively in renovations to those spaces.

Please email Samantha Kerbel at if you would like to attend.

UCC chapel service on first Wednesday of every month

The long-standing Upper Canada College chapel service in the All Hallows Chapel, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year.

An experienced minister or educator leads an opening prayer, delivers a message
and then opens things up for general prayer from those who are gathered. The
service is finished by 8:25 a.m. and interested participants usually have tea
or coffee in the Upper School dining hall afterward.

Everyone is welcome at these monthly non-denominational services, which are generally attended by a relatively small but friendly and open group of Old Boys, past parents, faculty and staff members.

All Hallows Chapel is a few steps down and to the right of the old gym from inside the Upper School. It can also be accessed from the quad.

Please email Brendan Caldwell ’87, Serge Markarov or Kate Brookes if you‘d like to be added to the chapel service email distribution list or have any questions or comments.