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.

Senior Women’s Quad Takes Silver at Stotesbury!

The senior women’s quad and the senior men’s eight travelled to Philadelphia this weekend to compete in the Stotesbury Cup Regatta. The mens eight placed 4th in the semi-final, not quite enough to reach the finals, but recorded the 7th fastest time of 33 entries. The senior women’s quad won their semi-final race with the 2nd fastest overall time. They then advanced into the final where they placed 2nd, bringing back a silver medal. Congratulations to Maddie Leitch, Emily Barham, Charotte Clarke and Alison Whitty!

Golfers Heading to CISAA Finals!

Both golf teams qualified in fine style yesterday and will compete in the CISAA finals in Barrie next Wednesday.

Brad Burgess (73) led the senior boys to a fourth place finish yesterday at St Andrew’s Valley. He birdied the final two holes on a soaked and heavy course, including a 300+ yard drive over a river to a tight fairway. George Witzel had a good day (81) as did Mr. Consistency, Blake Mezzarobba (82). Alex Matovic with a 92 kept the team in the running and ensured our place in the finals.

The Girls, led by Mariana Hinestrosa’s best-of-the-day 80, won for the fourth week in a row and lead the field going into the finals next week. For the second straight week, Olivia Thompson (99) had to stand in for injured Victoria Purcell, and her score clinched the win and top seed in the finals.

Congratulations to the golf teams.

Rowers Heading South for Stotesbury Cup

Shells and blades will be trailered south for the Stotesbury Cup (May 20 and 21 on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia) and the US Scholastic Championships (May 27 and 28 on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey). Training at Princeton, NJ will take place between the two regattas. To follow the action online:

Stotesbury Cup


US Scholastic Championships


50 Ridley athletes will be part of a cohort of 2500 young men and women, representing 130 schools, competing at the upcoming Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships. Heats will take place on June 3rd and 4th in St. Catharines on the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course; all finals take place on Sunday the 5th.

Ridley is hoping to place numerous crews in the finals.

Come join Ridley students, parents, alumni and other supporters as they cheer on Ridley crews from the grandstand (Main Street, Port Dalhousie) or at the Ridley tent on the north end of Henley Island (adjacent the 1500 metre pylon). Map attached. Three-day passes for the regatta are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students.

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104th Annual Cadet Inspection

Ridley College Cadet Corps held their 104th Annual Cadet Inspection on Saturday.  The cadets braved the rain to complete an impressive inspection.

The Inspecting Officer was Brigadier-General Terry Leversedge with Chairman of the Board Geordie C. Hendrie ’74.

Brigadier-General Leversedge presented a speech to the Cadets on the importance of pride, passion and professionalism.  For their hardwork, Leversedge recommended to Headmaster Mr. Leigh that the students receive a half holiday.  Upper School students were granted their Headmasters Half Holiday and it will be held on May 31st.  Lower School Cadets will receive their own reward.

To view more pictures from Cadet Inspection click here.

The following students were honoured with awards at the Inspection:

The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence – C/Major Olivia Park

The Lord Strathcona Medal- C/Sgt Jessica Norder

The S.F.D. Sampson Memorial Cup (Best Recruit in the Band) – C/Corp. Candace Kent & C/Pvt. Luis Lopez-Guzman

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Brass Section – C/Sgt. Morgynne Anthony

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Percussion Section – C/Sgt. Niko Chan

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Woodwind Section – C/Lt. Augustine Nguyen

The Stephen R. Court Memorial Shield (Best Contribution to the Band from the Lower School) – C/Pvt. Alex Matovic

The McIntyre-Cassels Rosebowl (Best Graduating NCO in the Band as decided by the DSM and the Band Captain) – C/Lt. Nadia Eghbali

The Major R.S. Cockburn Shield (Best New Recruits – Male & Female) – C/Pvt. Weston Saunders & C/Pvt. Bethany Pile

The Captain C.W. Iggulden Shield (Best Cadet – Male & Female) – C/Corp. Andrew Allison & C/Pvt. Kalei Armstrong

The Lt. Col. A.C. Iggulden Memorial Shield (Outstanding Cadet in ‘D’ Company) – C/Pvt. Siena Venditteli

The J.B. McHardy Shield (The NCO who has done most for the betterment of the Corps.) C/Chief Warrant Officer & RSM Conad Kabir

The Capt. Frank Hollinrake Trophy (The Cadet in ‘D’ Company who best exemplifies enthusiastic participation and quiet leadership) – Pvt. Tamara Butera

The Mackenzie S. Fowler ‘11 Trophy (Best Officer in ‘D’ Company) – C/Lt. Ashleigh Sternberg

The Lt. Col. Iggulden Rosebowl (The Best Officer) – C/Major Christopher Robinson

The Heaman Prize (For Military Proficiency) – C/Master Warrant Officer Colin Houston

The Rumble Trophy – (Best Tribe/Platoon in Lower School) – #15 Platoon (Iroquois): C/Lt. Annie Hinan & C/Sgt. Jacob Campbell

The R.M.C. Cup (Best Upper School Platoon) – # 12 Platoon: C/Lt. Jacob Eschweiler, C/Sgt. Antonius von Schlabrendorff & C/Sgt. Norman Chung