Anti-Bullying: “The Power of One”

Ridley College Lower School students know just what to do in order to combat bullying thanks to a new initiative at the school. Today, students participated in “The Power of One”, a presentation about how bullying happens and how we can stop it? Students learned that bullying is hurtful, purposeful and repeated behaviour and that even if they are a bystander they are guilty of letting bullying happen. Five brave volunteers were brought up on stage to act out a bullying scenario.

At the end of the presentation students took an oath to stop bullying from happening at the school. The oath is to be displayed in Lower School and to be signed by all students to show their commitment to “the power of one” to stop bullying.

Ridley TV Launches – Watch Episode One

Ridley TV

Ridley College student Shaneel Nair hosts Ridley TV

This week marked the launch of Ridley TV, a new activity being offered at the school. Students participating in this activity are learning to be reporters, videographers, anchors and writers by producing their own Ridley news and current events show. Segments this week include an interview with the new French teacher, Ms. Graf; a feature on the new squash coach, a segment on how to become a playwright as well as opinions on the food in the Great Hall. Check out Shaneel Nair as he hosts the show:

Published Playwright Teaches Tricks of the Trade to Ridley College English Students

Ms. Lindsay Price is visiting Ridley College this week to work with the grade 12 English students as they began to write their own original one act plays. Ms. Price is a published playwright herself and so who better to help put these fledgling writers through their paces as they explore what it is like to “write for the stage.” The students are working on warmup exercises, the idea of character, conflict and setting.  It is no doubt that Ms. Price’s advice and experience will help the students to produce some interesting and entertaining scenes later this month. The finished scripts will be recorded as “radio plays” and the best will soon be featured on Ridley Radio – https://www.ridleycollege.com/podium/default.aspx?t=130683&rc=1 . Writing in this “dramatic mode” is probably new to some of our students, and I’m sure that it is a challenge that they will no doubt embrace whole-heartedly.

Grade One Gardeners

There’s snow on the ground, but that isn’t stopping the Grade One’s from preparing their garden for the Spring. The Grade One’s in the Ridley College Lower School planted tomatoes and flower seeds in their classroom today.

The Lower School gardens are a new initiative at the school. The gardens create a more green environment around the school and also serve as an educational tool to help students learn about gardening and plants. As an added bonus, the garden yields some delicious vegetables!!

Parlez Vous Francais?

The air was crisp and spirits were high in St-Donat, Quebec for the Grade 7 Immersion adventure with Perspectives. The Perspectives program integrates language skills and culture with outdoor activities, music, arts and crafts and dramatic arts to create a unique French educational experience.
Students enjoyed three days of skiing, downhill and cross-country, recorded Quebecois folk songs, learned about Quebec’s history, and participated in many group activities with schools from all over Ontario.

One highlight of the trip was the talent show, in which several Ridley students participated. Thanks to Mme Bradley for organizing the trip and to our students who fully participated in the program and represented Ridley well!

Ridley Weekend Round-up

Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball Tournament
The senior boys basketball team won the 17th Annual Carl Dorland tournament Saturday afternoon 50-31 over a talented Nantyr Shores team from Innisfil, Ontario (Barrie region). Mr. Dorland’s presence on the bench seemed to ignite the Tigers who came out on the attack playing solid team defence and scoring hi-lite reel transition baskets in leading 15-11 after the first quarter of play. The Tigers built on this momentum early and often in the 2nd quarter to extent their lead to 31-14 by halftime. Geno Bullard played his best game as a Ridley Tiger this afternoon demonstrating tremendous offensive skill but more importantly an improving knowledge of ‘time and score’ when setting the offensive as point guard scoring 9 points and dishing out 12 assists. Cooper Rigg led the scoring with 25 points with many easy ‘bunnies’ courtesy of Geno’s pin point passing. All members of the squad are to be commended on their improving level of team play. Thanks to all of those members of the Ridley family both past and present who came out to cheer on and create an exciting atmosphere in the gym. Ridley returns to league play this coming Wednesday vs. Royal St. George’s College at the Tigers Den with tip off set for 1:30 pm.

Read more about the game in the St. Catharines Standard:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2922459

First Volleyball Takes Second Win of the Season
Meanwhile in the Iggulden gym,  the senior girls volleyball team took on Lakefield College School. The girls continue to show their winning way taking the match easily in three sets 25-11, 25-12, 25-12. All the girls had strengths in the match including great setting from LeAndrea Armbrister and Alison Whitty, good all around court movement, and good communication by all. Next up for the Tigers will be a home game against Branksome Hall tonight at 5:00pm. Come out and support your Tigers as they take on the powerful Branksome squad.

First Girls Hockey
The First Girls Hockey Team travelled to Canton and Potsdam, NY over the weekend for the North American Prep Hockey Association cross over league games.  On Friday the girls beat Rice Memorial Academy and Northwood Academy, both 5-1.  On Saturday, Ridley took on Kuper Academy with a final score of 3-0 for Ridley and Rothesay Netherwood 6-1.

First Boys Victorious in Game One of Dorland Tournament

The First Boys Basketball Team took on Woodstock this afternoon in the Griffith Gym. The Boys played hard and pushed to an impressed 84-20 victory.   This was the first game of the annual Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball team.  The Boys will play their next game tonight at 7:30 p.m. Check out some highlights from the game:

Upcoming Ridley College Events

January 2011
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January 7-8            Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball Tournament     Ridley College

January 13              Admissions Reception – Cayman Islands

January 13-14        Admissions Interviews – Manama, Bahrain

January 15              Admissions Reception – Barbados

January 24-27       Admissions Reception – Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico

January 27             Cadet Mess Dinner                                                             Ridley College

January 28             Ridley College Ski Day                                                      Horseshoe Valley

February 2011
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February 3-4            Grade 7 & 8 – “Around the World in 8 Great Plays”   Ridley College

February 4                First Girls Volleyball Tournament                                 Ridley College

February 10              Upper School Debating – Valentine Showcase             Ridley College

February 16               Admissions Interviews – Boston

February 18-21         February Mid-Term Break

February 24              Grades 9-11 Math Contests                                               Ridley College

February 24-26        Upper School Musical “Hairspray”                                 Ridley College

March 2011
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March 5                      Upper School Musical “Hairspray”                                 Ridley College

March 11-27               March Break

March 30                    Grade 10 Media Arts Photography Exhibition Opens   Ridley College