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

Lower School Sports Update

U14 Tennis

The No. 1 Ridley College U14 Boys and Girls Tennis Team (4-0 CISAA Wast, 4-1-1 Overall) put the finishing touches on an excellent regular season while claiming the CISAA West Division Championship last Wednesday, defeating St. Andrew’s College 5-1.

The boys and girls in Black-and-Orange locked up the double points, taking a 3-0 lead in the match when the Tiger duo of Mark Jensen and Co-captain Siena Vendittelli bested their opponents 8-0 at the top of the line-up.  Ben Court and Mitchell Young fought hard for an 8-2 win.  Morgan Mattern and Dane Sisinni turned a 5-3 deficit into an 8-6 victory. In singles, Liana Biktimirova downed her opponent 8-0. The final point of the day for the Tigers came from Co-captain John Drake who won his match 8-0. Ridley is off to the CISAA Championships in Toronto next week.

U14 Rugby

The U14 Rugby Team travelled to Country Day School and won in decisive fashion, 54-5 with tries from Pip Neill-Morabito, Ian Lee, David Jaber, Joseph Adebanjo, Andrew Robichaud, Alex Herbert, Evan Forstinger, and Romaeo D’Intino. A fine day for all and plenty of playing time for everyone. We will be hosting the CISAA final four tournament on May 25th.

U14 Girls Softball

In the rain and muck, the U14 Girls team faced Holy Trinity. Despite the weather, spirits and energy were high. Holy Trinity set the pace early on with a 10-0 lead by the 2nd inning. Ridley fought to catch up and had a promising couple of innings later in the game.

Runs were scored by Madison Bergevin, Kailene Jackson (with a superb hit out into center field), ShanShan Li, Hailey Matovic, Madeleine Barberian, Hannah Bradley and Kate Wilson.

Ridley worked hard to ensure the gap in the score was lessened throughout play and eventually ended with a score of 16-7 for Holy Trinity.

Cadet Inspection Preparations

The 104th Annual Cadet Inspection will be held tomorrow on campus.  Final preparations were underway yesterday and the Headmaster’s Inspection of Upper School Cadets will happen this afternoon.  Cadet Inspection is a long-standing tradition at Ridley and an impressive event to witness. Here is the schedule for Cadet Inspection on Saturday:

10:00 a.m. Arrival of Inspecting Officer. He is met by the Honour Guard at Kenyon-Lett. He is then escorted up the driveway to the front of the Cannon. Inspection of Drill Team and flag raising ceremony.

10:40 a.m. Fall In

10:45 a.m. Markers Called

10:55 a.m. Trumpeter “Fall In”

11:00 a.m. Actual Inspection begins

11:45 a.m. Half-time Show

12:15 Hollow Square is formed

12:20 Awards/Introductions/Speeches

12:40 O Canada

12:45 Lunch is served in Great Hall

Following the Inspection there will be time for meeting and greeting

Cappies Nominations Released

Ridley College has received 24 nominations for the 2011 Cappies.   The Cappies is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in the local newspaper.  After all the local high schools have presented their plays they hold an awards night. The 3rd Annual Cappies awards night will take place on May 25th at Welland Centennial Secondary School.  Ridley College has been nominated for 24 awards for various categories for the ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Crucible’ productions.  The categories include everything from sound to best comic actor in a musical. Wish our nominees luck!


Jacob Escweiler, Toni von Schlabrendroff – The Crucible

Lara Gradil – Hairspray


Sung-Hwan Hong and George Lee – The Crucible


Alexia Noble, Adriana Radic, Connie Sgouromitis, Soho Yun – Hirspray

Props and Effects

Victoria Lee, Sophie Munden, Alexia Noble, Connie Sgouromitis – Hairspray


The Hairspray Orchestra


Catherina Dawson, Connie Sgouromitis – Hairspray

Ensemble in Play

The 3 Salem Girls – The Crucible

Featured Actor in Play

Tomas Pitfield – The Crucible

Featured Actress in Musical

Maddie Klimek – Hairspray

Featured Actor in Musical

Francois Le-Roux – Hairspray

Female Dancer

Janaan Issaka – Hairspray

Male Dancer

Shaneel Nair – Hairspray

Female Vocalist

Chinekwu Osakwe – Hairspray

Comic Actor in Musical

Nicholas Blaikie-Puk – Hairspray

Supporting Actress in Play

Maddie Heaven – The Crucible

Supporting Actor in Play

Nick Renzetti – The Crucible

Supporting Actress in a Musical

Briony Kemp-Griffin – Hairspray

Lead Actress in a Play

Victoria Purcell – The Crucible

Lead Actor in a Play

Conad Kabir – The Crucible

Best Play – The Crucible

Best Musical – Hairspray

Top Critic

Elizabeth Gross

Emma Hudson

Top Critics Team


Spring is in the Air!!

After a few days of grey, we were definitely due for some sunshine and students were out enjoying it!!

Ridley College Lower School Student Playing at Recess
Grade Three Students Plant in Lower School Garden
Ridley College Upper School Students Watch Rugby Game
First Boys' Rugby Team Plays Royal St. George's

Ridley Sports Update

The Tennis team beat Appleby last Wednesday, The Girls Golf team won its second straight tournament in Oakville after winning in Niagara the week before, and the Senior Girls Soccer team had a big 3-2 win on the road at Villanova Saturday to stay on top of the league.  All of these teams remain undefeated after four weeks of competition.

The Tiger Track team had a number of top results and personal bests in the rain last week at Country Day.  Despite cold drizzle and bone-chilling wind, the Ridley Track and Field Team made Ridley proud at the Country Day Invitational Track and Field Meet.   Many athletes came home with new personal bests. Tiger sportsmanship was alive and well; special BRC ‘Shout Out’ to Luis Lopez who, even after losing a shoe mid-race, fought his way to a respectable 5th place finish in the Junior Boys 800m.  Next stop: CISAA Championships May 12-13.

Our Tiger crews showed very well indeed at the Mother’s Day Regatta with a number of top performances including medals in the following races:

  • Senior women Double (Madi Leitch, Alison Whitty) and the Senior Women Quad (Madi Leitch, Alison Whitty, Emily Barham, Charlotte Clarke) both won gold.
  • Two Senior Men 4’s made up of the Heavy 8 (Austin Bald, Connor Boyd, Mackenzie Copp, John Chisholm, Owen Kemp-Griffin, Colin MacKay, Jordan Meyers, Jasper Zawadski) finished with Silver and Bronze.
  • Junior Women’s Double finished 3rd (Julia Vander Hoeven, Juliette Chapman).
  • Junior Mens 4 finished 3rd (coxie: Laura Court, Cosmo Steier, Sammy Prantera, John Murre, Peter Malik)

Visit the athletic website for all sports updates.

Youth & Philanthropy Initiative

Students at Ridley College taking Grade 9 Civics recently participated in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. YPI is a grant based program where students research local, grassroots, social service organizations.  The students visit the site and interview the charity workers and those who benefit from the organization and then create a 10 minute presentation about the organization and how a grant would help it achieve its mission and better serve its clients.  A $5,000.00 grant is awarded to the group that is the best advocate for their charity.  The grant is made possible by Toskan Casale Foundation. Six groups became finalists out of all the Civics classes at Ridley and presented to family, classmates and a panel of judges last night in the Ross Morrow Theatre.  Some of the charitable organizations founders also watched the presentations making it an extra special experience.  All of the presentations were unique, and featured everything from videos, to powerpoint, and even a song.   The students were certainly passionate about their chosen charity and that truly came across in their presentations.  The Red Roof Retreat group made up of Carlos Alvarez Sierra, Peter Holenski, Arturs Pavlovs, and Jason Bell was awarded the $5,000.00 grant. Red Roof Retreat is a charity that helps disabled children and their families. Their presentation featured personal stories from each of the students about their experience volunteering with the children at Red Roof. They also presented a song with a slideshow of pictures from their time at Red Roof.  All of the students should be very proud of their presentation.  To get a sense of what YPI is about view some video highlights from the presentations:

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