Ursuline College Chatham

85 Grand Avenue West
Chatham, Ontario N7L 1B6

Phone: 519-351-2987 Fax: 519-351-0283

Four smiling members of student council stand in front of the awards cabinet at UCC.

Student Council welcomes you to Ursuline College!

"In coming to UCC, I realize that all the teachers and a lot of the people you meet are life-changing. They understand where you're coming from. I feel that they do really set you up for post-secondary and the world out there."
- UCC Student

Greetings, My name is Thomas Dula and I serve as the Chaplain to Ursuline College Chatham. I hope I have the pleasure to meet with you one day, especially if you are choosing UCC as your High School. If there is one thing I could share about myself, it would be that I love storytelling.  My favourite stories come from the life of Christ, because they provide us with an image of how radically awesome God’s love is. If you want to see how exciting our faith life is at UCC, please view the short story “in video format” below.



A photograph of students. In the foreground we see the back of a teenage boy, wearing a shirt that reads "The best way to find yourself...is to lose yourself in the service of others - M.Gandhi". In the background there are students arranged  in two rows, holding hands across the gap between rows.

Ucc's mascot, Lance, appears on the track with a student.

A photograph of students paddling three canoes at Muskoka Woods.

Transitioning to UCC

To support elementary students in the transition to secondary school, UCC is proud to offer a LINK program to support students from the first day of school.  This will provide grade 9 students with senior student mentors who they will meet during the Link Orientation day before school begins, and be supported by throughout  the year through various large group activities, as well as through individual support as needed.

Lancer Link

Nervous about coming to UCC?  Don't worry, we've got you covered!  We are Lancer Link Crew and we're here to help you through your whole first year of high school.  We'll hang out at grade 9 Orientation where you'll meet a bunch of new people, learn where your locker and classrooms are and help you understand what it takes to be successful at our school.  We can't wait for you to become a Lancer! 

Every 10 grade 9 students are connected to 2 senior mentor students whose sole goal is to make them feel welcome and comfortable throughout the entire grade 9 year. This includes social gatherings like our grade 9 only dance, playoff tailgating and thematic lunches and classroom visits where students explore lessons surrounding suspending judgement, effective goal setting and and looking at situations from various perspectives.

"One of the advantages of being a big school is that we have a Lancer Link program. There'll be an orientation day where you come in and you get paired up with two high school kids I already know what they're doing. They've already been through everything that you've been through and they guide you throughout the whole year."
- UCC Student

Grade 8 Open House

Grade 8 students are welcomed to tour our school. Our open house night is usually held in late January or early February; check the UCC newsletters for updates.

Muskoka Woods

Muskoka Woods experience is a leadership training program that allows grade 10-12 students at UCC to teach grade 7 feeder school students important leadership qualities through character building experiences in an outdoor setting. 

Academic Excellence

As the largest school in the county, UCC is proud to offer the widest range of face to face programming for our secondary students. This means we can support our students in every destination, including: Apprenticeship, College, University & the Workplace. Visit these pages to learn more about our school's course offerings, or the  Co-Op / OYAP / SHSM / Dual Credits programs.

We are extremely proud to hold one of the highest graduation rates in the province. We share even greater pride in our ability to provide a rich, experiential and faith based secondary environment where students are equipped with the 21st century skills that are required for the complex world that awaits them.

Research has shown that students are more engaged, more motivated to learn and more successful in school when they can connect what they are learning in the classroom to their community and to the world.  Our schools are committed to experiential learning by providing community connected, outside the classroom learning.  We offer job shadowing, Take Our Kids to Work Day, cooperative education programs, dual credit programs with our local colleges, Specialist High Skills Major programs (SHSM) and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs as well as individual classroom trips and experiences.  By reflecting on these experiences and applying them to both the curriculum and to themselves, students can begin to research and plan their unique career pathway.

A photograph of Mr. Power shaking hands with a student at the 2016-17 Academic Assembly.

(Taken at the 2016/2017 Academic Assembly)

Extra curricular activities

UCC also allows our students the widest breadth of opportunities to participate in clubs in the arts, athletics, academics, Catholic social justice, and leadership activities over the course of their high school experience.

An image of UCC's track. Eight lanes move away from the camera down the straight 100-meter stretch.
  • Badminton
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Boys' Baseball 
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Curling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Girls' Hockey
  • Boys' Hockey
  • Girls' Rugby
  • Boys' Rugby
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Boys' Volleyball
  • Weight Training
  • Wrestling
Two students stand in silhouette on UCC's stage in the theatre.

Arts - check out our theatre


  • Musical Production
  • Sears Drama Festival
  • Competitive Dance Team
  • Art Club
  • Music Society
  • UCC Bands
  • Choir
  • UCC Film Festival
  • Pedagape Club
  • Mass Musicians
  • Debate Club
  • Environment Club
  • Equestrian
  • French Club
  • Games Club
  • Lancer Link
  • Me to We
  • Muskoka
  • Newspaper Club
  • Pines Pro-Life Club
  • Prom Committee
  • Reach for the Top
  • Robotics club
  • UCC Media Club
  • Yearbook
  • Anime Club

"When I was in grade 8 the thing that I was most nervous about when coming to UCC was like the size of the school. But as I went on I think that's one of the best things about our school because it gives you more  opportunities in every part of your high school life. There's more selection here in classes I think than any other school and what extracurriculars you want to do since there's so many different options."
- UCC Student

Welcome to UCC

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. The office is still working hard to prepare for what promises to be an exciting and rich learning experience for your child. I am confident that the entire UCC staff is stronger than ever in their commitment to deliver a strong academic program rooted in faith. I call on all our school community to live our mission statement of being “called to serve”. With the support of a dynamic administrative team working with me, Rick Baggio, and Ed Freeburn are the vice principals who will assist you with your children while they attend UCC. 

I look forward to continuing my work with the tremendous staff at UCC, serving the students, their families and the UCC community.

Please feel free to contact me or any of the administrative team as we move into the 2017-2018 year.

Lancer Loud.  Lancer Proud!

Mr. Power, Principal

Mr. Power stands with three UCC students, each of whom are holding awards.


Questions about becoming a Future Lancer? Contact Ed Freeburn (Grade 9 VP) (519) 351-2987 ext. 25409