This Convergence Blue Page features the results from our survey on preferences for schooling format in September, in light of the COVID-19 situation. It also includes some informative data from the Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) surveys sent out by the school recently.
This issue of Convergence covers many actions taken by the UCC community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including fundraising, 3D printing face shields, hosting the virtual play Essay, and more. This issue also includes an interview detailing Mr. Hoel’s inspiring 21-Year journey at UCC, a Blue Page covering the effect of the CLP on Year 11s, and a new edition of Blazer.
It is without a doubt that our lives have all been affected greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic, but imagine if the months most affected were those last ones at the College that you were hoping to enjoy with your brothers. This is exactly what our 2020 Leaving Class has to face now. As such, Convergence has created this special issue so that the Leaving Class can publish their farewell messages for the whole UCC Community.
The COVID-19 Pandemic, together with the transition towards the next school year and towards post-secondary education for some, leaves us with questions about our uncertain future. What are the plans for the new Board of Stewards? How will our Continuous Learning Plan reshape the rest of the school year and beyond? This issue of Convergence also includes Ms. Ridout’s reflection on her truly inspiring 28-year journey at UCC and some great advice for university applications from the perspective of Y12 student Alex Xiang.
Lots of changes are being implemented at UCC, including a new timetable and an updated, stricter policy for tardiness and cell phone usage. This Convergence issue details the reasoning behind these changes and what students can expect. In addition, this issue also covers the Skyky Charity Concert hosted by UCC students that raised $10,000 for SickKids Hospital.
The October 2019 Convergence issue captures key events in the start of the 2019-2020 school year. In this issue, you’ll find details pertinent to many of UCC’s STEM clubs, a recap of the UCC Pride Week, coverage of the UCC Federal Election debate and a faculty spotlight on Mr. Breton.
The Year in Review issue of the 2018-2019 Convergence summarizes many of the changes to our school over the past school year. Inside, you’ll find interviews with the new Board of Stewards, an article about @uccmemes shutting down, and a discussion about UCC’s first Pride Week.
The fifth issue of the 2017-2018 Convergence year tackles the tough questions that face the future of our school: is our school run like a corporation? Do we treat LGBTQ students properly? Do we handle truth and reconciliation well? Is Batt Ball worth it? And, will Blazer still be funny?
Note: after publishing, this issue was edited to fix small layout and type errors. This is the updated version.
The third issue of the 2017-2018 Convergence year discusses what matters to you: the student body. We discuss drugs, racial bias, feminism, school spirit, academics, and more. Plus, a supercharged issue of the Blazer is ready to criticize who needs to be criticized.
The second issue of the 2017-2018 Convergence year explores the new school: how is it changing, and how is it staying the same? We interview Mr. McKinney, the Board of Stewards, talk about the MYP, and engage with the arts. Plus, an all-new Blazer and a welcome from the Convergence staff!
The first issue of the 2017-2018 Convergence year is a special one: focused specifically on the new WiFi policy and how it’s a case study for student action, our very first Convergence Lite aims to have a different take on investigative journalism and what it means to be Convergence.
The second issue of the 2016-2017 Convergence year, themed around “Esports”: writers argue for and against esports in society and at our school, discuss the current business ventures around the topic, and how it ties into school spirit. In addition, writers explore overcommitting at the school, the TFC soccer club, interviews with the Winter Sports teams, and a timely issue of the Blazer.
The first issue of the 2016-2017 Convergence year, with an interview with incoming principal Mr. McKinney, a Blue Page article looking into our school’s purpose, arts and sports overviews, and an analysis of the U.S. Presidential Election.
The final issue of the 2015-2016 Convergence team, the April issue tackles the ever-controversial boxed water fiasco; an exit interview with Convergence Staff Adviser Marshall Webb; a look at the scandalous Panama Papers; and one final issue of Blazer.
In the last issue of the 2013-2014 Convergence year, Convergence investigates the UCC Admission process, reports on the World Cup, analyzes Frédéric Paquet’s Spin Art collection, and features the last issue of Blazer for the 2013-2014 Convergence year.
In the February issue of the 2013-2014 Convergence year, Convergence examines incoming head steward Ben Mahon, an interview with an Australian exchange student, a look into the Sochi Olympics from both a sports and political angle, and a classic issue of Blazer.
In the third issue of the 2014-2015 Convergence year, Convergence has a special feature on the balance between academics and other student obligations, the exam blackout week, Iran, Typhoon Haiyan, Justin Trudeau versus Rob Ford, and a review of the IB Art Trip.
In the first issue of the 2013-2014 Convergence year, Convergence previews the Varsity Football Team, discusses changes to CAS and the character development initiative, and covers a broad scope of global events, including the new Pope, the Syrian crisis, the NSA, and Quebec. The issue is rounded out with an exploration of movie musicals and a fresh issue of Blazer.