This past Saturday was Upper Canada College’s 38th Association Day, and it certainly had the highest temperatures and brightest sun of any in recent memory.
Parents of new students got to meet and mingle to kick off the day at an early morning breakfast in Weston Hall, after which they could go outside and watch Prep boys parade up the avenue to the front steps of the Upper School for opening ceremonies.
>After the boys dispersed to take part in the Prep Soccerfest, the avenue soon became alive again as a variety of booths opened. Visitors could buy a variety of goods from the Jon Wookey ’08 Organic Farmers Market and other vendors. A few student clubs, Arts Booster Club, Blues Booster Club, the Norval Outdoor School and Prep Parents’ Organization were in attendance, and a myriad of things were up for bidding at the silent auction tent.
In addition to those selling foodstuffs to take home, there was also a large barbecue area, a snack shack and a Kernels tent offering popcorn and ice cream. There was no reason anyone should have left hungry.
You just had to be careful not to get your goodies splashed on if you came too close to the ever-popular dunk tank, where students paid a few dollars and were invited to fire balls at a target. Those who hit it caused several teachers, who graciously volunteered, to be dropped into the water. On a steamy day like this, it was probably quite refreshing.
Last year was Principal Sam McKinney’s first Association Day, but those who hadn’t yet met him or his family had an opportunity to do so at the “Meet the McKinneys” tent. The principal later opened up the garden to his Grant House residence for a reception for past parents.
Community members who may not have been back to UCC for a while and hadn’t seen some of its recent renovations were offered tours of the campus.
Music was provided by staff, faculty and student musicians for A-Tunes @ A-Day, but that wasn’t enough to drown out the excited shrieks of young children bouncing around on large inflatables just to the west in the “Kidzone.”
Sports always play a huge role at Association Day, and older students and even older Old Boys had their time in the spotlight in a variety of games after the Prep Soccerfest.
The white and blue teams played to a 7-7 draw in the Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament, while the brother pairing of Dan McConville ’99 and Rory McConville ’03 won a hotly contested final to capture the title at the Michael Evan Jurist ’03 Memorial Tennis Tournament.
Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association soccer, volleyball and football games took part throughout the day, with UCC teams combining for a 10-win and six-loss record against squads from St.. Michael’s College School, Lakefield College School, The York School and Toronto French School.
The final one was a varsity football game in which St. Mike’s pulled off a 21-13 come-from-behind victory over the home team in front of a healthy-sized crowd, including those enjoying beer and wine on the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex’s terrace.
Association Day is also a focal point for reunion weekend, and this year graduating classes with years ending in ‘2’ and ‘7’ were invited back to campus for an evening reception and dinner. The 1967 and 1992 leaving classes were also feted with special tie presentations at lunches to mark their respective milestone 50th and 25th anniversaries.
Next year’s Association Day will take place on Sept. 29. Save the date and plan to be there.