Who Let the Dogs Out? Pets Blessed in Chapel

This morning in chapel students, faculty and staff brought their animal companions to be blessed by Father Jason.

Today is St. Francis Day and blessing animals and pets is part of a centuries-old Anglican tradition.  St. Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan Order and patron Saint of animals and ecology.  Father Jason spoke about what we can learn from animals and blessed pets that were brought to chapel:

Math Department is Putting the ‘Fun’ in Functions… the ‘Try’ in Triangles… the ‘Fact’ in Factorial

The math department has started a new weekly math contest.  Each week a math question from the University of Waterloo will be released on community news and this blog.  There will be a question for Grades 9-10 and another question for those in Grades 11-12.  You must hand your answer into Ms. Braun – Rm 310 of school House by the required deadline.  The person to hand in the best solution on time will be awarded a $5 Starbucks gift card!

This week Shi Qi Hu won the prize for the best answer and honourable mentions go out to Charlie Wu,  Charles Ye.  Here is the best answer from last week.

Take a  look at the Grade 9-10 problem for this week – the deadline is Saturday October 1st at 7 p.m.:

Grade 11-12 problem for this week:

Good luck students – happy solving!

Girls Basketball Team Takes Trip to Legislative Assembly

The Ridley College Senior Girls’ Basketball Team paid a visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (Queen’s Park) yesterday on their way to a CISAA League game. The second largest provincial legislature in Canada, the girls and coaches learned, among other facts, the Legislative Assembly is known as the ‘Ontario Provincial Parliament’ because unlike the other Canadian provinces, members of this assembly refer to themselves as ‘Members of the Provincial Parliament’ (MPPs) as opposed to ‘Members of the Legistlative Assembly’ (MLAs) as in the other provinces. A terrific CROSS-CURRICULAR learning afternoon for the Team combining – Athletics, History and Politics!! Oh ya and on the court – the senior girls took De La Salle 48-12! First year Leonie V. scored a season high of 12 points in the game. Next game for the girls is this Saturday – Homecoming at 1 pm in the Griffith Gym.



Snake Dance 2011

As soon as school’s over on Friday afternoon, orange and black start creeping in around the campus, first in the form of hats, scarves, shirts, shorts, socks, shoes, and all manner of normal clothing, and then slowly but surely on to eyes, ears, noses and toes…

And then the madness in the houses starts after the basketball game. Someone breaks out paint, and then another person, and another, first walking then running up and down the stairs from one floor to the next, passing each other looking perfectly normal on the way in, but like wild men on the way out! The frenzy builds up, paint is passed around, the floor starts to accumulate overspill in the form of a gooey mass like an oil tanker gone wrong…

Video by Anna Breun, Grade 11






Some prefer a conservative approach, choosing to swipe some Ridley stripes down the side of their cheeks and muss up their hair a little bit. Others want a more aggressive look, and so sported orange and black daubs over various parts of the body.  The artists within us do handprints, and sacrifice our school neckwear and bowler hats for the cause. And then there’s the approach favored by the large majority, which is the brutally effective but also brutally blunt splattering, smattering, and smearing black and orange paint all over!

The snake is off! Everyone running and trying very hard to scream and shout at the same time, houses joining one by one as the shrill screeches of girls merge with the deep bellows of the boys, and around the fields we go, slipping and sliding through the grass and muddy puddles fresh from the rain, some braving powerslides or even a few strokes in a particularly deep one. Encircling the fire pit, the noise is tremendous, one can’t hear anything but the screams of those on either side. “LIGHT THE FIRE! LIGHT THE FIRE!”










Eventually, after what seems like an eternity, the torches arrive, and the prefects lead a screaming and shouting and general mayhem session of what is certainly longer than one’s average Sunday morning sleep-in with the help of a hosepipe, and the sheer intensity of the moment, which out-powers even that of the extremely scintillating jazz band rehearsals.

Then, fireworks, everyone still screaming and shouting but completely mute at the same time, on account of their voice having excused themselves until tomorrow morning…









And then, slowly and reluctantly, everyone trudges back to their respective houses, ready to begin the long and arduous task of cleaning up themselves, cleaning up the washrooms, cleaning up the trash, and then stuffing down pizza. Water black as the night sloshing about in the basements, laughing at where we’ve failed to scrub paint off ourselves, laughing at which surfaces people actually managed to get paint onto…

So ends another day at Ridley College. That, my friends, is the SNAKE DANCE!

As told by Sam Wolski, Grade 11 student


Snake Dance: ARE YOU READY!!??

Singing, dancing, a HUGE bon fire and orange and black as far as the eye can see – it can only mean one thing – it’s Snake Dance! If this is your first year at Ridley you are probably wondering what this event is all about. Snake Dance is a Ridley tradition that has been around since the 1940s! Students dress in school colours and sing school songs around a huge bon fire on campus! It’s a lot of fun and a great way to show school spirit, but you still might have some questions….so I enlisted the help of a few students to come up with some tips for Snake Dance:

  1. Paint alone is not enough, even if it seems like it covers everything… a shirt and some pants are a necessity.
  2. Get into the spirit of things – wear as much orange and black as possible and be creative with your outfit!!
  3. Stock up on tea and honey for the day after…or say goodbye to your voice right now.
  4. Make sure to shower right after snake dance ends. Or you will be the one person on Monday morning with a tiger paint paw on your cheek.
  5. Don’t wear shoes or your school tie to snake dance. You might not recognize them after.
  6. Even though it’s called snake dance, there are no snakes involved. Only some Ridley tigers….
  7. Stay behind the rope – unless you want this night of fun to be your last for awhile.
  8. Bring a waterproof camera and take lots of pictures.
  9. Have fun – Snake Dance is a memorable event at Ridley and participating makes you a true Ridleian.
  10. If you come back sweaty, wet and paint even in your mouth, then you did everything right.
*Tips provided by Anna B., Grade 11 student
Snake Dance - clothing 'DON'T!' As demonstrated by the Prefects
Snake Dance Clothing 'DO' as demonstrated by the Prefects

New Dog Walkers on Campus

Students walking dogs on campus

Ridley College has always been a pooch friendly environment and with all the dogs on campus it was about time a dog walking club was started.  Almost every housemaster has at least one dog, Mr. Leigh has Lucy – his black lab and you can find Ms. Schultz’s dog usually by her side.  So, Ms. Magee decided to start a dog walking club for Lower School students. Students take the dogs for nice long walks around the Ridley campus which provides both the students and dogs with exercise – some pooches give more exercise than others – Ms. Cousins – I think Sammy may be one of them!


Mr. Ferraro Awarded Headmaster’s Tie

Head Master Jonathan Leigh and Mr. Lenny Ferraro

This morning in assembly, Mr. Lenny Ferraro – our athletic therapist was awarded the Headmaster’s Tie by Mr. Leigh. As some of you may know during the summer a little girl collapsed due to cardiac arrest while at a basketball camp in the Griffith Gym. Mr. Ferraro was quick to step in and help the little girl by providing CPR until the ambulance came to Ridley. Thankfully, the little girl is now out of hospital and is doing well. Mr. Ferraro’s heroic efforts were recognized this morning in front of the whole student body – take a look at the video below to see the presentation:

History of Ridley Walking Tour

Ridley College was founded in 1889 and Ridleians are part of something long lasting, a place with an interesting past, present and future. To help new students feel a deeper pride in Ridley, each year a walking “History of Ridley” tour is offered. New students travel to nine stations of campus and learn about the history of Ridley from faculty members. In this video Mr. Park talks about the School House Building:

Click here to view Mr. Lockey at Dean’s Quad.

Click here to view Mr. Filion at Gooderham House.

Click here to view Mr. Templeman at the Cannon.

Click here to view Mr. Dunkley at the former school bell.

Click here to view Mr. O’Rourke at Lower School.

Click here to view Mr. Rose at the Cricket Shed.

Click here to view Mr. Poe at the Athletic Complex.

Click here to view Mr. McNiven at the Iggulden Gym.

Ridley Runs For Terry Fox

This Sunday students and faculty participated in the annual Terry Fox run in St. Catharines.  It was a beautiful sunny day to run or walk or rollerblade 5KM or 10KM. Approximately 200 students participated.  The money raised continues to be tallied and will be released shortly.

Ridley College Students participating in Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox run has been a Canadian tradition for the past thirty years and $55o million dollars has been raised for cancer research during that time. The run is named for Terry Fox, who after having his right leg amputated because of cancer at age 18 began a marathon of hope.  Fox ran 5,373 kilometres in 143 days – running the equivalent of a marathon each day, unfortunately his cancer returned and he was unable to continue his journey. Three months after Fox died the first Terry Fox run was held and others have taken up his mission to one day end cancer.

Director of Athletics Mr. Jay Tredway
Ms. Lech - Assistant Head of Student Affairs with her dogs

To read more about Ridley’s participation in the Terry Fox run in the Niagara This Week, click here.

Upper School Camp!!

On Thursday morning we awoke bright and early and boarded the buses to head up North! The Upper School girls headed to Camp White Pines and the Upper School boys were at Camp Onondaga.  The days were filled with activities: zip lining, sailing, canoeing, survival skills, and sports.  The nights are filled with songs, dance routines and camp fires!  And who could forget the food – fresh baked bread and delicious desserts!! YUMMY! Students were assigned cabins with a group of girls/boys from their house, so it was a good time to bond with housemates. Thanks to all the students and staff for making Camp 2011 a huge success!! Watch the video below to see what camp was all about:

boys scaling the climbing wall at Onondaga
Girls canoeing at Camp White Pines
Students in their tent by the lake at the Boys Camp
Girls after tie dying shirts at Camp White Pines
Students kayaking at Camp White Pines

To view more pictures from camp click here.