Intermediate Division - January 30, 2014 RSS Feed
Message from Derek Poon

Derek PoonFriday, Jan. 31: Casual "dress in honour of your heritage" day; student assembly, 8:30 a.m.; announcement of head steward for 2014-15

Monday, Feb 3: Special schedule, period 1 begins at 8:30 a.m., Principal's assembly 9:50 a.m. Laidlaw Hall; first dress required; Black History Month launch; special guest speaker Archie Alleyne

Tuesday, Feb 4: World Affairs Conference day; Y1 and Y2 off-site programs all day

Wednesday, Feb 5: Y1 student grade level meeting, 9 to 9:30 a.m., lecture theatre

Thursday, Feb 6: Afternoon focus; classes dismissed at 1:15 p.m.; parent-teacher interviews by appointment between 2 and 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 and 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb 7: Student assembly, 8:30 a.m., Laidlaw Hall; final portfolio steward candidate speeches

Next week is one of the busiest weeks of the year in terms of daily events. The student elections process continues, we launch Black History Month, World Affairs Conference (WAC) day is a major event on the school calendar and we have the first of two days of parent-teacher interviews scheduled. Founder's Day and the associated festivities take place the following week, which also leads into the Family Day long weekend. There will be more information about those items next week.

Mandatory winter activity day field trips for iDiv boys are scheduled for WAC day on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Year 1 boys will choose from three options, while all Year 2 boys will attend a co-ed health and lifestyle program at Branksome Hall. Information on these programs has already been made available to your sons and speedy return of parental permission forms is required. Please speak to your sons about these mandatory field trips and return your signed permissions form if you haven't already done so.

There's an abbreviated sleep-in morning next Wednesday for Year 1 boys to accommodate a mandatory Y1 student grade level meeting scheduled from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the lecture theatre. Please coordinate your schedules in order to get boys here on time.

On behalf of the faculty, we look forward to seeing those of you who've made appointments for interviews next Thursday.

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.

Jazz musician Archie Alleyne to speak at Feb. 3 assembly

Monday's special schedule has assembly starting at 9:55 a.m. (after period one) and guest speaker Archie Alleyne will have his jazz CD (Syncopation: Life in the Key of Black)and photo book (Syncopated: Black Stories, A Photo Exhibit) available to purchase for $10 each that morning for any boys or parents who may be interested.

Parent-subject teacher interviews and interview booking

Parent-subject teacher interviews will be held on:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.


You'll be able to access the parent-subject teacher interview booking system link from starting on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 28. This link won't be visible until the morning of Jan. 28. The booking site will be available at these times:

Open: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.

Closed: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

Open: Friday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.

Closed: Monday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

You'll be able to book your interviews for Feb. 6 and 11 during any of these times.

The following information is necessary to use our online booking system for parent-subject teacher interviews. Please file it where it can be easily retrieved.

Booking parent-subject teacher interviews

We use the Pick-a-time online system to book interviews. Please click on the link below for instructions on how to use Pick-a-time.

Pick a Time Instructions for Upper Parents

We regret we can't accommodate online bookings outside of the times posted here.

Please ensure you print your schedule and bring it with you to the interviews.

Please contact the help desk at if you experience problems. Emails will be monitored regularly. You may also call 416-484-8636, ext. 3323 to reach the help desk between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The help desk is typically busy on the morning that parent-subject teacher interviews start booking, so please be patient and someone will get to you in short order.

Dr. Julia Kinnear

Interesting summer options for Y2 to IB2 students

If your son hasn't yet finalized his summer plans, you might want to consider one of these programs:

Is your son thinking of law or medicine?

University of Toronto youth summer programs (YSP) offer a range of courses for students interested in law or medicine. All students stay in residence at New College and participate in evening events and weekend trips. Visit for more details.

The law YSP features six week-long modules for students in Grades 10 to 12 in the areas of criminal, corporate, international, entertainment, media, and rights and freedom laws, as well as civil litigation. Through lectures, field trips, interactions with leading legal practitioners and mock trials, each module provides a detailed and balanced understanding of legal concepts and theories and an introduction to legal practice.

The medicine YSP offers four week-long modules in the fields of human physiology, molecular biology and genetics, pharmacology and toxicology, and microbiology. These programs are open to students currently in Grades 10 and 11. The fifth module is a three-week research program in the medical sciences that provides Grade 11 or 12 students with the opportunity to participate in a lab experience under the supervision of a graduate student or professor.

Is your son intersted in math, science, engineering or technology?

The Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) Summer Academy is ideal for students who enjoy math and sciences. Students from across Canada and around the world study advanced topics in engineering, technology, business and science. Students can choose up to three one-week modules in subjects ranging from robotics and nanotechnology to entrepreneurship and biomedical engineering. Students can then participate in one of six capstone courses in the design and innovation week. DEEP Leadership Camp is also an option.

Applicants must submit a transcript and/or report cards from the past two years, be nominated by a teacher, and write a statement of interest and essay. Students may choose to stay in residence. Check out for more information.

McMaster University's Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (LEAP) offers well-rounded and highly motivated high school students the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering, technology, business and entrepreneurial disciplines. There are three two-week sessions from which to select.

Residence accommodation is available. Students must send a recent report card with their application. Some bursaries are available for students with financial need. Please visit here for more information. 

Activity day for Year 1 on Feb. 4

Year 1 boys will have the opportunity to participate in one of three activities while the Upper School runs its annual World Affairs Conference for Foundation Year and IB students on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Your sons have chosen their option and have the appropriate permission forms in hand. The three options are:

  • A day of skiing at Mount St. Louis Moonstone (only 50 spots available)
  • A morning of rock climbing at Joe Rockhead’s and an afternoon at the William Wilder '40 Arena and Sports Complex
  • Shinny hockey at Memorial Arena in Georgetown, Ont., followed by an afternoon of outdoor activities at Norval

This annual activity day has proven to be a great opportunity for the boys to get outdoors, build team-building skills and experience something new. The day should be fun for all.

Activity day for Year 2 on Feb. 4

Download available: 

Y2 Permission Form Feb 4

Dear Year 2 parents:

I'm excited to write you about the upcoming health promotion day we've organized for all Year 2 boys on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Branksome Hall.

This is a co-educational opportunity for your sons to engage in dialogue and some physical activity. I can't stress enough that this is an essential part of the academic program for their Grade 9 health and physical and education credit, while meeting Dr. Power’s mandate for co-educational academic experiences for our boys.

Your sons will bring home a form over the next few days for you to sign. We'll also ensure that the form is available to you in Heads Up in the download above and to your sons on their Blackboard site in case the initial form is misplaced. It's a mandatory field trip and such special academic co-educational experiences are rare at a boys’ school. The physical education (PE) faculty at Branksome Hall and UCC have a great day planned for the girls and boys, and it will be fun, too.

We're fortunate to have Dr. Alex Russell speak to the students about a number of pressing issues that may be affecting their daily lives. Dr. Russell works with many students, faculty members and families within our communities, providing them with great insight and guidance. His presentation will be followed up with some teacher-guided discussions where the boys and girls will share their thoughts with one another.

All students will receive dance instruction in a number of genres, where they'll interact with the Branksome girls, in the afternoon. I've been very impressed by our boys’ behaviour and dancing ability over the years. They're always very respectful and able partners.

Thank you for your time in reading this message. I can't stress enough how important and valuable this experience is for your son's development, and we look forward to guiding their learning on this great day. You'll see the permission form over the next few days, so please ask your sons about it and have it signed and returned to their PE teacher by Friday, Jan. 24.

Sincerely yours,

Mario Sturino
Upper Canada College chair of physical and health education department 
(416) 488-1125, ext. 3408