Upper Canada College has an incredibly engaged community. Parents are always the most involved when it comes to organizing major events which includes Winterfest, A-Day and many more. UCC also has a very strong relationship with alumni or 'Old Boys'. Alumni frequently return to the college for speeches and to talk about their successes and challenges at the school and in their current life. I always enjoy the alumni who talk about overcoming their challenges because I think that I can always improve in that aspect. There is never a shortage of people volunteering to participate at sporting events, theatre performances, or debate nights. We always find many generations of families attending school events. Overall, I think that the college has an extremely lively community that strives to make everyone feel appreciated.
One of the strongest aspects of Upper Canada College is its community. From the time of entrance to the school, new parent events are held where questions are answered and parents are given the opportunity to engage not only with faculty but with current parents. This continues as the school year begins with coffee mornings and parent receptions. Parents are welcomed to the school regularly for events, in class learning displays, whole school community events and the opportunity to bring their expertise into the classroom when the learning fits. The parent community is welcoming and all strongly aligned in making the school the very best for the boys. In my experience, there is no other school with a community like Upper Canada College.
All parents are always welcome to be involved in life at the school. We are all part of a parents organization, called PO and PPO, which have parents as grade rep and class rep. They bridge between teachers and parents, organize charity sales celebrations and tons of activities. We have an arts club, sports club, nutrition committee, etc. All students, parents and alumni are proud members of school association. Each year, association day, A-Day, is a big hit, fully loaded with sports and fun activities. They are plentiful volunteer opportunities, like school open house, fundraising, popcorn sale, bake sale, freezie sale, and trips etc. All these volunteer opportunities are open to every parent, including class rep and grade rep. Parents can also recommend new clubs or programs or activities. SK parents are invited to talk and demonstrate holiday and other celebrations in their own culture. Now each family donates $140 per year for class funding, for parents social night, and gifts for teachers on holidays, etc.