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!