Royal Wedding Fun in Dining Hall

This morning students were up bright and early, but this time it wasn’t for class or chapel. Many students awoke early to meet in their common room to watch the Royal Wedding. The celebration continued in the dining hall at lunch with British food being served: fish and chips, toad in the hole, and mushy peas, British music being played (Cold Play, Florence and the Machine and the Beatles to name a few), and wedding cake served on tables with pictures of Wills and Kate. It was a fun lunch for all, but especially for our Headmaster Mr. Leigh and his wife who are from England.

Election Fever Hits Ridley College

On Monday May 2nd Canadians will be heading to the polls for a federal election and Ridleians will be doing the same in a mock election held on campus. Over the past few weeks Mr. Filion and Mr. McNiven’s Grade 9 Civics classes have been campaigning much like the real party leaders have been all over Canada. Each Grade 9 Civics class was assigned a party (Conservative, Liberal, Green or NDP) and had to follow the platform of that party. They have been putting up posters, making Facebook groups and producing videos to convince their fellow students that they are the party to vote for. Today the party leaders from each classroom presented their final speech in the dining hall and Monday the students will head to the polls!

Check out one of the videos made by the Ridley Green Party:

The Ridley Liberal Facebook Group:

The Ridley NDP Facebook Group:

Ridley College: Art and Design in New York City

The annual Grade 12 Art and Design trip to New York City was another fast-paced, eye-filling, brain bending experience for students who had the opportunity to see a wide array of visual culture spanning contemporary and historical practices. Since the mid-1940’s, New York City established itself as the epicenter of avant-garde visual art practice, and work on display today in museums and in commercial galleries attests to the fact that this bold vision is still alive in the city that never sleeps.

The first stop after arriving in the city was a journey to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, one of New York’s most historic art deco skyscrapers built in 1930. On Saturday students spent the morning at the Museum of Modern Art, the world’s most comprehensive collection of Twentieth century art. In the afternoon, the design students travelled to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and the art students travelled to the Whitney Museum and then on to Chelsea art district to tour commercial galleries. As our hotel was located just steps from Times Square, students spent the evening exploring the buzz of Broadway.

On Sunday we travelled to the northern tip of Manhattan Island for a guided visit of the Cloisters, a 13th century monastery built from the ruins of various monasteries in France at the turn of the century. We then headed back downtown to St. John the Divine, and neo-Gothic cathedral that claims the title of the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. After experiencing the awesome spectacle of the interior of the cathedral, we travelled to the Metropolitan Museum, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of fine and decorative art. After the MET, we spent our last reserves of energy touring the Frick Museum, a more intimate space with an astounding collection of 17th and 18th century paintings and furniture.

The trip wrapped up on Monday morning with a subway ride to the southern tip of the island, a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty and an hour shopping for souvenirs on busy Canal Street. At exactly 1pm we boarded the bus and were off on the long journey back to Ridley, totally exhausted and reveling in memories of a city that still serves as the epicenter of art.

As told by Mr. Nickerson

Girls Gymnastics Team Earns Silver at OFSAA


The Girls Gymnastics team returned from Windsor late Tuesday night after a successful OFSAA competition. Eight girls competed in a total of 21 routines, and most goals were met. The level 1 team (Ana Hinestrosa and Dani Pariente) earned valuable experience that will allow them to be better competitors next year. The level 2 team (Mariana Hinestrosa, Kennedy Farr, Emma Hudson, Shayda Shivafard, Morgan Aleven and Caroline Birkenshaw) struggled with nerves at times, but pulled through to bring home the hardware. Out of approximately 50 schools, and 45 competitors per division, Ridley placed:

2nd – Level 2 Team – OFSAA Silver Medalists

3rd – Kennedy Farr – Individual Bronze Medalist (Vault)

Top-20 finishes include:

  • Dani Pariente – 14th on floor
  • Marianna Hinestrosa – 14th on beam, 17th on floor, 20th on bars, 20th on vault
  • Morgan Aleven – 15th on beam
  • Kennedy Farr – 17th on floor
  • Caroline Birkenshaw – 17th on vault
  • Emma Hudson – 20th on floor

Three-peat for Ridley Cappies Critics

For the third time in three weeks, The Ridley Cappies Critics team has placed first out of 21 critic writers who submit theatre reviews to The St. Catharines Standard for judging. The first 2 articles were written by Liz Gross, and the other first place review was written by Emma Hudson, (with Liz coming second). Click here to read Emma’s review featured in this week’s St. Catharines Standard newspaper and to read Liz’s review of Bye Bye Birdie click here.

The Cappies is a critics and award program for high school English and journalism students, who write reviews of student theatrical productions.  The students are trained on how to critique a play and attend at least three productions a year.  The best three are published in the Today section of the St. Catharines Standard.

Ridley Ranks First at University of Waterloo Math Contest

Ridley College’s math teams ranked first in the Grade 9, 10 and 11 math contests for our zone which consists of approximately 22-25 participating schools.  This is a huge accomplishment as it is extremely rare for a school to win all categories in its zone.

Our Grade 9 team (top three scores) was comprised of Taiga Hashimoto, Jesus Serrano and Soho Yun

Our Grade 10 team (top three scores) was comprised of Ewen Mak, Heather Petrick and David Yang

Our Grade 11 team (top three scores) was comprised of Allen Chen, Hojuun Lee and Amy Ren

The results for the Grade 12 Euclid and the 7/8 Gauss contests are not yet available.

Students Published in Annual CITE Book

Congratulations to Emma Hudson whose short story won an Honorable Mention from judges Lee Gowan and Andrew Pyper at the Conference of Independent Teachers of English (CITE) and to Baden Russell-Pettigrow and Anna Breun whose short fiction was published in InCite along with Emma’s. To read their work click here.

Congratulations to Sophia Woge whose artwork was selected to illustrate the cover of the publication. InCite is an anthology of student writing and visual arts that is published annually by CITE.

The Conference of Independent Teachers of English was held at Ridley College on the weekend.  On Friday evening four of Canada’s most influential writer’s read passages from their acclaimed books. Giller Prize Winner Linden MacIntyre read from “The Bishop’s Man”, Katrina Onstad read from “How Happy to Be”, Russell Smith read from “Girl Crazy” and Richard B. Wright read from “Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard”:

During this two-day educational conference, Ridley hosted 80 English teachers, 18 workshop leaders and 8 outstanding authors in a celebration of reading, writing and teaching.
For more information about the conference and CITE visit: