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Student Life

Advising and House Program

Dr. Amit Morris is so well-respected as a Senior House Adviser because of his willingness to offer academic support at any hour of the day. He’s also very involved in co-curricular activities, is easily approachable, and he simply enjoys hanging out with the boys during their down time.
—Boarder-written profile of Dr. Amit Morris, math teacher and House adviser

Advising and House Program

Constant mentorship and support, with small-team connections, are important to the growth of our students. 
UCC is committed to providing a learning a environment that is safe, healthy, engaging and supportive. Our Advising and House Program — an important component of our approach to wellbeing — helps boys develop the knowledge, self-awareness and strength of character that will allow them to flourish. While UCC boys have many professionals they can turn to for support, advisers fill a crucial role at every age and stage of student development.

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  • The House System

    A central part of life at UCC, the House System offers boys consistent daily support. A way to connect with each other and with staff and faculty, the system also organizes students into small groups for intramural sports, assemblies and other activities.
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  • Advising at the Preparatory School

    At the Prep, each boy’s teacher/adviser is the key contact for meeting his day-to-day needs, including individual academic, social and emotional support. Each boy’s teacher/adviser is the main liaison between his parents and the school.

    Advisers are among the faculty who support the Health and Life Skills teachers in delivering the Prep’s Health and Life Skills curriculum, which deals with issues and concerns appropriate to boys at their stage of development. The curriculum’s health component includes four main subtopics: Healthy Eating, Personal Safety and Injury Prevention, Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours, and Human Development and Sexual Health.

    Advisers may also recommend students to the school counsellor for membership in one of the Prep’s support groups, which promote the healthy social and emotional growth of our students. A variety of groups are offered to students in Years 3 to 7, and participation is an excellent way for some boys to learn new skills, develop self-confidence, and better understand how to manage the challenges of school life.
  • Advising at the Upper School

    In the Upper School, each student is assigned to an adviser, who provides individual academic, social and emotional support. The adviser is also the main liaison between the school and parents.

    The advising curriculum includes both formal and informal meetings and guided conversations that cover a wide variety of topics related to school life. Boys chat about issues (academic and otherwise) with their adviser and among themselves in group advising. Some days, the focus of discussion may be on assigned topics; this is often the case after a special speaker in assembly or a school event that has piqued particular interest. Advising group discussions are facilitated by the adviser and/or by students within the group.
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