Grade 11 Physics Classes Explore Hollows of Chapel

Ms. Wilson's Aunts show students how to play an organ

The Grade 11 Physics classes had a rare glimpse into the hollows of the chapel as a part of a lesson on sound.

behind the Chapel walls where the pipes of the organ are housed

The students learned about how the organ in the chapel creates sound and were able to go behind the scenes to see where the pipes of the organ are housed. Ms. Oude- Reimerink explains in the video below:

Lower School Sports Update

CISAA Champions  – Tennis

The No.1 Tiger doubles tandem of Co-Captain Siena Vendittelli and Liana Biktimorova threw their racquets high in the air and braced for the swarm of their teammates to celebrate a CISAA Championship for the Ridley College U14 Tennis Team. It’s the first tennis team title in 16 years! Congrats girls!

U14 Rugby Wins CISAA Championship

With tries by Pip Neill-Morabito, Joseph Adebanjo, Romaeo D’Intino and Nicholas Prestia, the U14 Tigers defeated a competitive Appleby team 26-0 at home on Wednesday, May 25. A large crowd came out to cheer on the home team as they capped an undefeated and exciting season. Congratulations, boys!

U12 Boys Softball

The Lower School boys U12 softball team ran the table at the final tournament at UCC today, winning all 4 games en route to a championship title. Ridley defeated Sterling Hall School (4-1), Pickering College (13-4), UCC (4-1) and Crestwood Prep (10-4) on their march to the trophy. The boys combined near flawless fielding with timely hitting to convincingly earn this title after a first place finish in the regular season. Special mention goes to Will Cowherd, Sam Court and John Andrew Kit, each of whom played on championship winning teams in all three terms this year  – U12 soccer, U14 hockey and u12 baseball – a rare “trifecta”.

Upper School Sports Update

The First Boys and Girls Rugby Teams and the First Girls Soccer team each came away with a silver from weekend play.

First Girls Rugby

The First Girls Rugby fell 31-3 to Country Day School in the Division I Final Friday afternoon at CDS.  However, for the first time in three matches this season against Country Day, the score was not an accurate reflection of the game.  After giving up a very early try in the first half, the Tigers literally took the game by the throat and thoroughly dominated the eventual champions for the next 25 minutes.  Just falling short on two excellent series of rucking phases, Ridley was finally rewarded with a penalty kick by Chelsea Fischer, who was once again, the engine of the Ridley effort.  The first half ended 7-3, with CDS fraying as they showed signs of succumbing to the relentless pressure of Tiger tackling, led by the absolutely fearless and tenacious terrier, Morgynne Anthony – undoubtedly Ridley’s player of the match.  Mention must also be made of the fine performance by rookie scrumhalf Sophie Ward who stepped in for injured Chibby Osakwe, and the lineout combination of Raquel Galante Zaga, Franziska Streit, Megan Miller and Natalie Aleven, who combined to win a significant majority of lineout chances. Sadly, the half time break did not serve us well, and the opportunistic and lightning quick CDS again capitalized on two mistakes early in the second half, breaking the game open and putting it out of reach.  Ridley worked tremendously hard on both sides of the ball for the rest of the match, but could not break through.  Again, despite the score, it was, by far, the best team effort and display of skilled rugby of the season, and one that made Ridley supporters proud.

First Boys Rugby

The First Boys Rugby team travelled to Lakefield. The game proved to be a defensive battle as Lakefield lead 3-0 at halftime.  As the Tigers worked to find their chances in the second half LCS worked at the break down to disrupt the Ridley attack.  And it was LCS that finally broke through with a converted try in the 59th minute that proved to be a cap on the score line for the 10-0 victory.  The Tigers fought the entire game and had an incredible season ending with a 7-3-1 record.

First Girls Soccer

In a closely contested CISAA final, Ridley and Villanova battled for the play-off crown. Despite perhaps playing its best game of the season in terms of overall effort and performance, the visitors capitalized on their only clear-cut chance of the first half to score the opening goal that proved to be the eventual winner. It was very much against the run of play as Ridley had started well, creating many good scoring opportunities themselves. Eleeza Cox came close to putting the Tigers ahead after she tormented the visiting defenders on a series of great attacks. Kara Power, Erin O’Rourke, Victoria Dykstra, and Alanna Kit were winning the midfield battles and supplying the forwards with good passes throughout the first half.  It was very much an even affair with both sides taking control of possession at regular intervals. The second half was played similarly, with even more clear-cut chances being created by the Tigers. Excellent defending, goalkeeping, and plain bad luck prevented the Tigers from finding the elusive equalizer. As has been the case throughout the season, Emily Van Diepen and her cohort of defenders were outstanding in front of steady goalkeeper Chelsea MacNeil. Although the Tigers were disappointed in losing their first game of the season in CISAA play, they will regroup this week before heading off to Chatham-Kent for the Ontario finals where a re-match against Villanova could very well be on the cards.


The women’s senior quad and the men’s senior eight competed in the US Scholastic Championships.  The quad finished second in their heat on Friday advancing to the final Saturday, where they finished fourth.  The men’s senior eight finished third in their heat in 4:30.88, missing second place by less than a second. They rowed in a repechage to qualify for a place in a semi final today where they finished fourth. Competing in the senior men’s eight petite final, Ridley finished second in 4:39.61.


Ridley sent more players than ever to this years OFSAA tournament and they represented us well.  Darren Tang bowed out in the quarter finals after some fabulous wins. He saved 3 match points before succumbing to defeat.  Julia Meni played 4 matches before she eventually lost in a tiebreaker. She is a tennis machine.  Sonia Ngan and Briony Kemp-Griffin left the tournament after 4 matches on the consolation side of the draw.  All players gave their best in 41 degree heat and Julia survived an almost major collision with a Canada goose who lost her flight pattern.  All players represented the school with class and sportsmanship.

Golf – CISAA Finals

A beautiful day in Barrie and a challenging Tangle Creek golf course were the setting for the golf finals.  Brad Burgess battled his way to a very respectable 76 (4th overall), and George Witzel had a second straight 81.  Most consistent player (next to Brad) is Blake Mezzarobba who carded an 85 (his highest score this year in tournament play, which is remarkable for a rookie).

The girls faired better as a team, even without the sidelined Victoria Purcell.  Mariana Hinestrosa (81) and Olivia Thompson (95) secured a silver medal for Ridley among the eight finalists.  Congratulations!

Graduation Dinner

The Graduation Dinner was held in the Great Hall Friday evening to honour the class of 2011.  It was also a chance for the graduates to thank the faculty, housemasters and duty team members. It was a great evening for all that concluded with the traditional walk across the field to Lower School and fireworks.

Graduates from G-West house before the Grad Dinner in the Great Hall
Ms. Stephanie Perry - President of the RCA - Welcoming Graduates into the Ridley College Association
Graduates receiving "lifer" awards for attending Ridley from Grades 5-12
Ms. Loat gives a speech to the graduates in the Great Hall

2011 Grad Video:

Ridley College Grad Video 2011 from Jeb Burjevich on Vimeo.

Spring Concert 2011

The Ridley College Choir held their Spring Concert last night in the Chapel.  They presented ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ which was written by Paul McCartney in collaboration with composer Carl Davis.  This is McCartney’s first venture into classical music.  The work has eight movements and the text is based on the events of McCartney’s early life in Liverpool – his birth in the city during the war, his schooldays and his aspirations as a youth.  Here are some highlights from the performance:

Ridley Students Capture 11 Cappies!

Cappies Niagara held their awards ceremony last night recognizing excellence in High School theatre productions.  Forty-six critics participated in this years program that teaches students how to review local high school shows. Congratulations to:

Sound – Lara Gradil, Ridley College, Hairspray

Sets – Alexia Noble, Adriana Radic, Connie Sgouromitis, Soho Yun, Ridley, Hairspray

Props & Effects – Victoria Lee, Sophie Munden, Alexia Noble, Connie Sgouromitis, Ridley, Hairspray

Featured Actor in a Play – Tomas Pitfield, Ridley, The Crucible

Male Dancer – Shaneel Nair, Ridley, Hairspray

Female Vocalist – Chinekwu Osakwe, Ridley, Hairspray

Supporting Actress in a Play – Maddie Heaven, Ridley, The Crucible

Supporting Actor in a Play – Nick Renzetti, Ridley, The Crucible

Supporting Actress in a Musical – Briony Kemp-Griffin, Ridley, Hairspray

Lead Actress in a Play – Victoria Purcell, Ridley, The Crucible

Top Critic – Elizabeth Gross, Ridley

Some Things You Can’t Live Without!

Matthew C. is one of the eleven Ridley students who are currently away on exchange.  Matthew is spending this term in Sydney, Australia and has sent a few pictures.  He packed a few “Canadian necessities” in his suitcase and, as you can see from the picture, he has dipped into them!!

Other Ridley students who are currently away on exchange are:

  • Keir M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Erica B. – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Catherine M. – Sydney, Australia
  • Ellen M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Abby M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Eliza C. – Sydney, Australia
  • Emma R. –  Sydney, Australia
  • Meghan K. – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Chi O. – Gijón, Spain
  • Matt C. – Sydney, Australia
  • Maggie S. – Leon, Spain

Ridley Prefects Announced for 2012!

Prefectship is regarded as the most challenging, yet rewarding form of leadership here at Ridley College. The Prefects role is to be the voice of the student body, to be visible, approachable, encourage and foster school spirit, establish a positive tone and set a solid example in reference to student conduct and to organize events for the entire student body. The younger and less mature students look up to the School Prefect for guidance in all areas of school life. The following students exemplify all the above traits and will be successful in this position – congratulations!

Nicholas B., Arthur Bishop West
Norman C., Merritt South
Maddie H., Gooderham East
Owen K., Arthur Bishop East
Daniella L., Leonard
Shannon M., Mandeville
Sophie M., Mandeville
Bethany P., Gooderham West
Tomas P., Merritt South
Anthony P., Merritt North
Unver S., Arthur Bishop East
Charlotte S., Leonard
Lennox S., Merritt North
Cam S., Arthur Bishop East
Alison W., Leonard
Balthasar W., Arthur Bishop West

Poetry in Reading Garden

The Grade 7 students were in the Reading Garden this morning sharing their original poetry in front of their fellow students and three judges – Mr. David Darby – Lower School Admissions Officer, Mrs. Emma Leigh – the Headmaster’s wife and Mr. Colin Brezicki – Upper School English teacher. The students reciting their poems were marked on clarity, selection, and interpretation.  The subject matter and style of poetry varied from student to student which made for interesting performances. First place went to Luca B. for his poem entitled “Gotta Go”, second place went to Grace L. for her poem called “Me” and third place went to Romaeo D. for his poem ‘Confusion’.

Heritage Project Goes National

Grade 8 Ridley student Andrew Robichaud’s history project is hitting home with a lot of people. He and six other Ridley students (Annie Hinan, Arwyn Workman-Youmans , Dane Sisinni, Jordan Politi, Liana Biktimirova and Madeleine Barberian) all won awards at the local DSBN Heritage Fair earlier this month. Andrew’s 20-minute documentary of his Great Uncle, the Hon. Daniel J. MacDonald who was a Minister of Veterans Affairs and a double amputee, is now featured on the homepage of the Legion of Canada and will be showcased at the War Amps National Meeting in Ottawa next month. To view Andrew’s documentary “Oh Danny Boy” click here.