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UCC welcomes families to open house

More than 300 families registered for Upper Canada College’s Oct. 24 and 25 open house sessions and got a taste of what the school is all about through 20-minute presentations and 40-minute tours.

There was a new open house format this year to make it easier for attendees to learn about the school and get basic admission information. The info sessions were presented to large groups, which were then broken up into smaller tour groups based on a boy’s entry year.

Don Kawasoe, head of the Prep and Upper Schools, welcomed guests to Laidlaw Hall and introduced them to what UCC has to offer. Academic dean Julia Kinnear explained the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. IB2 student Michael Moriyama provided his perspective of what UCC offers him, and associate director of admission Tricia Rankin explained the admission process and application steps.

Student ambassadors then gave school tours to interested parents and their sons while school representatives made themselves available to answer questions outside of Laidlaw Hall.

A similar program was held at the Prep in Weston Hall, with: principal Jim Power providing insight into what makes UCC a world-class school; Norval Outdoor School director Bill Elgie using a video to help illustrate the various facets of the College’s rural campus; Year 1 student JC Chung speaking about the transition from other schools to UCC and how easy it was for him to adapt and take advantage of its offerings; and executive director of admission Chantal Kenny presenting an overview of what it takes to be admitted.

Prep student ambassadors then showed parents and boys around the school and answered their questions.

“As we enter the 2014 application cycle, we’re looking for families who place as much value in boys’ education as our community of teachers, parents and alumni does,” said Power. “Thank you for considering Upper Canada College, and good luck with your decision.”