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Message from Bernard Lecerf

Bernard LecerfToday's and tomorrow’s three-way conferences are great opportunities for your sons to showcase their growth this term with you and their teachers and to confirm their goals so that we can support them moving forward.

Our athletic teams are off to a great start, and we're particularly pleased with our Form 7 hockey players who participated in the U14 UCC tournament last Friday and Saturday and went all the way to the final before it lost a very close game to Lower Canada College.

The arts are an important part of a UCC education. All students at the Prep have visual arts and music classes and, in Forms 6 and 7, drama classes. Many of our boys participate in co-curricular activities such as debating, choir, bands and theatre productions. The arts entertain, inspire and transform. The arts can make you wonder and be joyful, annoyed, sad, angry or very happy. Being involved in the arts gives your sons unique opportunities to develop risk-taking abilities, resilience, commitment, self-control, teamwork, appreciation of beauty, open-mindedness and empathy. The arts help build important skills and strong character.

We congratulate our singers and musicians for a wonderful performance at our Tuesday night concert in Weston Hall. Parents, relatives and friends were most impressed with the remarkable progress that the choir and the Form 7 jazz and concert bands have made since September. We're very proud of Alexander Quinn, Ambrose Chan, Daanyal Chaudry, Isaac Ng, Jeffrey Ing, Julian Samek, Simon Osak and Tyler Lam, who were selected to play with the CIS Music Festival Band at Roy Thomson Hall in the spring. 



We also thank Sherry Simpson, 6J and their drama teacher Laurie Fraser for their creative and lively rendition of the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky at our Tuesday morning assembly. Twas absotterly frabjous.

Warm regards,


Parking on campus on Dec. 7

Due to Festive Marketplace and other events (including the Middle Division's three-way conferences) scheduled on Friday, Dec. 7, there will be considerable traffic congestion on campus and very limited parking on grounds.

As is our regular practice, we've requested relief from parking tags assigned on this date. Should you receive a ticket, please contact Gareth Sayce at 416-488-1125, ext. 2224 within 48 hours of being tagged. Please respect our neighbours’ access to their driveway and leave extra time to arrive safely.

Form 7 hepatitis B/meningitis C clinic

Please remind your son that the first Form 7 hepatitis B/meningitis C clinic will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 in the Prep dining hall from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Toronto Public Health will administer the vaccines to the students. Please contact Gina Suva, our registered nurse, via email or at 416-488-1125, ext. 4911 before the day of the clinic if you have any questions or concerns.

Debating update

This term has been very busy for all of the UCC debating teams and students from Forms 3 to 7 have worked on their skills through the club program.

Thank you to Lisa Fleming, Pina Porto and Karyn McCormack for leading the Primary clubs. Members of the Forms 6 and 7 teams hosted a social debate on Nov. 26. Girls from the Branksome Hall debating clubs formed co-ed teams with our UCC boys to determine whether or not outdoor education provides substantial learning opportunities. Our Middle Division debaters look forward to participating in the Colour House debating tournament (an opportunity to debate to earn house points) in January and February.

Skating party before the holiday break

Download available:

 SK-7 Skating Party Invitation

Your sons will lace up their skates and get ready to have fun at the holiday skating parties jointly sponsored by the Prep and the Prep Parents' Organization.  

Please read the download above to find out when your son's class will skate.

Form 7 science fair on Dec. 19

Is the five-second rule fact or fiction? What's the most effective method for removing stains? Does the temperature of hand sanitizer affect its ability to sanitize?

These are a just a few of the questions that Form 7 students are addressing in their science fair unit. They'll showcase their work on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and parents are most welcome to visit between 9 a.m. and noon. Projects will be on display in the Holmes Project Lab, the Lui and Lee Science Labs and Weston Hall. The boys are eager to discuss their scientific method.

School will end as usual at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Dec. 20 is a half day

The last day of school, Thursday, Dec. 20, is a half-day. Middle students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m.

After school program (ASP) supervision and the library won't be available. Students should be picked up immediately after dismissal.

Regular ASP supervision will begin again on Jan. 8.

Winter after school program club information

Downloads available:

6-7 ASP club overviews winter 2013

ASP winter 2013 clubs schedule

6-7 ASP clubs registration winter 2013

Winter term after school program (ASP) club information is here. Please see the downloads above for club overviews, a club schedule and a registration form.

ASP clubs begin on Friday, Jan. 11. Please register by Thursday, Jan. 10.

The Form 6 debating club (not an ASP club) will continue to take place on Mondays, and the Form 7 debating club will continue on Tuesdays.

Students involved in the musical have rehearsals every day except Wednesdays. They should keep this in mind when signing up for ASP programs.

Holiday treats need to be nut-free

The holidays are here and with them come lots of yummy treats to share.

Many students and employees in the school have nut allergies and we try to provide an allergy-safe environment for all of these people. Please remember to bring only nut-free products into the school. Foods that are being brought into the school must state on the product labels that they're "nut-free."

All students with allergies are encouraged to take ownership for their own safety by:

  • Washing their hands before and after eating
  • Eating only foods which are safe and not sharing food with others
  • Inquiring about the preparation of foods outside their home
  • Reading food labels
  • Carrying their EpiPen at all times


Thank your for your co-operation.

Gina Suva
Prep registered nurse

Hot lunch and milk/juice program

Should you wish to add or remove your son from the hot lunch or milk/juice program for the term beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 8, please email Catherine Danalias by that date.

Take the UCC holiday concerts home

Download available:

Holiday Concerts Order Form 

Make your son's memories last forever by purchasing a DVD of the 2012 holiday concerts.

Don't miss out on important parts because you're juggling a camera. You can enjoy the concerts over and over again for a small price. Please see the above download for details.

Many thanks for your support.

Jody Howe

Prep Parents' Organization chair

Name the moose


You may have noticed a new member of UCC around the school. The Prep Shop has just introduced a uniform moose wearing number one dress.

Unfortunately, he doesn't have a name, so Mrs. Cawker is holding a contest to name the moose. The winner will receive his very own, first-one-off-the-assembly line uniform moose.

Please submit names to Mrs. Cawker in the ballot box in the Prep Shop before Friday, Dec. 14. The winner will be announced at the last assembly before the break.

Limited number of Bluesopoly games available at Festive Marketplace

Don't miss out on this great holiday gift. A limited number of copies will be available at Festive Marketplace.