By Rosemary Evans, Principal
During the month of March, I had the privilege of visiting alumni in Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In each centre, we held receptions that brought together alumni who collectively represented graduating years from 1940 to 2016. At these gatherings, alumni expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to get together and to hear about the school today. As we chatted, I was also struck by the many aspects of student life at UTS that have remained constant over the years.
Alumni spoke about the importance of the experiential outdoor education trips to Tawingo, Lake Couchiching and Wanakita. They noted the strength of cross-grade activities and the opportunities that promoted mentorship of younger students by seniors. They spoke about the passing on of responsibilities and traditions and the importance of peer-to-peer relationships and support. This aspect of the UTS experience, coupled with our significant student-initiated co-curricular program, has resulted in strong bonds that endure today.
Throughout our visits, alumni referenced the exceptional UTS staff who inspire, encourage and expose students to exciting ideas and perspectives. They recounted many stories and reminiscences, and they remembered the unique experiences, and the rewards and challenges of being in a merit-based school that educates exceptional students.
Our alumni invariably mentioned the stimulating intellectual environment, the curiosity of the students and staff, and the intensity and passion that shape our school. At our receptions, this spirit — the dynamism that we witness on a daily basis at UTS and that makes our school unique — was still palpable!
Pictured: UTS alumni at a San Francisco branch event, March 2017