Happy Halloween Ridleians!

Ghosts, Ghouls, Care Bears and Captain Hook – Ridleians showed off their creative side by dressing up in Halloween costumes on Thursday.  Today our little Ridleians came to Upper School to show off their costumes and to do a little Trick or Treating on the third flat.  Tonight the girls from Mandeville and Leonard House will be out ‘Trick or Treating’ – but instead of collecting candy they will be collecting food for the local food bank.

Lower School Children dressed up
Tiger and Friends!

Carebears - Grumpy Bear, Good Luck Bear & Love-a-lot Bear
Pirate and Captain Hook
Always a Ridley Tiger even on Halloween!

Photos taken by Anne Kubu

To view more photos click here! 

Student Photographs Selected for Exhibit

Five photographs taken by Ridley College students have been selected to appear in The Energy Project exhibition, now titled The Fuel of Life. The students are Elaine Wong, Koichiro Kurata, Nicholas Sproviero, Eric Gordon, and JiaoJiao Lu.  The photographs were taken last year as part of their Grade 10 Media Arts Class and explore facets of energy – its production, distribution and consumption as well as aspects of our daily lives that are directly affected by energy. The pictures will be included alongside images from 44 students from across the country as well as 100 images from 100 professional photographers and were chosen from more than 650 submissions.

Photo taken by Elaine Wong
Photo taken by Koichiro Kurata
Photo taken by Nicholas Sproviero
Photo taken by JiaoJiao Lu
Photo Taken By Eric Gordon

The exhibition opening is November 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto.

Great Weekend in Sports!

The U14 Boys Soccer and U14 Girls Basketball teams were both crowned CISAA champions on Saturday.

Under 14 Girls Basketball Team

Add to that a U13 Boys CISAA Soccer Silver, a First Boys win against Upper Canada to guaranteed them their first playoff birth since 2005, and a First Girls Basketball victory to finish off an undefeated regular season and guaranteed host of the CISAA championships, and you have a memorable Saturday in Ridley sport.

Almost, Maine – Almost Sold Out!

Almost, Maine opens tomorrow evening and so far both shows this weekend are sold out! Get your tickets while you can for the shows next weekend – Friday Novemeber 4th and Saturday November 5th at 7:30pm.  Call Hanks for tickets: #684-1889 Ext. 2243.  I had a chance to go to the dress rehearsal yesterday. Take a look at the video below:

Spanish Classes Dance the Flamenco & Make Sculptures While Geography Classes Take in Niagara’s Geographic Splendor

Yesterday that Grade 11 and 12 Spanish classes traveled to the Gardiner Museum in Toronto to take part in both a guided tour and pottery making class.  Special exhibits included Mayan, Aztec, Inca and other Meso-American ceramic displays.  The classes made their own Meso-American sculptures. 

The day was completed with a lunch at Plaza Flamingo and a live Flamenco show. Students received an explanation of the history of Flamenco and were even given a lesson in Flamenco dancing.

Meanwhile, the Grade 9 Geography students participated in ‘Niagara Day’ – a regional geography field-trip.

Welland Canal

Stops included:  the Welland Canal (Lock 3 Museum and the Flight Locks); the Morningstar Mill (a gristmill built in 1872); traveling 250 feet above the Whirlpool Rapids on the Spanish Aerocar (a unique opportunity to view the physical geography of Niagara) and a visit to Cherry Avenue Farms est. 1799 to learn about the tender fruit industry in the Niagara Region.

Morningstar Mill
Spanish Aerocar
Cherry Avenue Farms

As told by Mr. Martinez and Mr. Ronald

Monarch Gala a Success!

The Monarch Gala in support of Ridley’s legacy was held on Saturday evening.  Over 350 people attended the event that included a live and silent auction, gourmet meal from Wellington Court and entertainment. Watch the video below and take a look at the pictures – thank you to everyone for a wonderful evening and for supporting Ridley!

Fieldhouse set up for the gala
Gala Committee looking fabulous
Check out the monarch butterfly socks!

Chairman Geordie Hendrie '74 and his family

Mrs. Leigh picking the winning ticket for the Holt Renfrew Draw
The George St. Kitts Band

Pictures taken by Anne Kubu.  To view more pictures from the evening, click here.
Thank you for supporting Ridley!:

Great Weekend in Sports for Ridleians

Our Rowers competed at the Head of the Charles this past weekend in Boston. Madison Leitch and Alison Whitty (Bow) started 21st and finished 5th in the Junior Women’s event.

Austin Bald (Bow) and Connar Boyd started 16th and finished 8th in the Junior Men’s event. Both crews rowed very well and were pleased with their races.

The First Girls Basketball team took home a silver medal in the St. Catharines Collegiate Basketball tournament.  The girls lost in the final to A.N. Myer 53-31.  Ainsley Camroux-Peacock lead the Tigers with 11 points, Laura Voigtlander added 9, 5 assists and one steal and Emma Rigg had a team-high 4 rebounds.

The First Girls Hockey team won a gold medal at the Mercyhurst Invitational in Erie, PA after a 1-0 shutout of NAPHA rival Gilmour Academy in the championship game.

The U13 soccer team made the semi-finals of the CAIS Championship that was hosted at Ridley, but were defeated by the undefeated and eventual tournament winners – UCC. Second place went to St. Andrew’s.  The teams third place finish was one of the best in Ridley’s 36 year association with the tournament.

Bishop Nicholas Ridley Day in Chapel

painting of Bishop Nicholas Ridley at the altar

Today in chapel we celebrated the legacy of Bishop Ridley – the namesake of Ridley College who was burned at the stake on October 16th 1555 in Oxford, England during the Marian Persecutions for his protestant beliefs. View the video from chapel:

In March of 2010 Ridley College students travelled to England to perform ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ at independent schools.  There were also trips to historical sites such as the martyr stone in Oxford where Bishop Ridley was burned at the stake:

Geno Bullard ’12 Selected for Niagara Regional Police All-Star Basketball Game

Constable Graeme Orr with Geno Bullard '12

Geno Bullard ’12 has been selected to play with a select group of top high school basketball players from the Niagara Region in a basketball game against the Niagara Regional Police Service at Brock University.  This is the second year of the event and the second year that Bullard has been selected to play. The game will take place on Thursday November 3rd at 7pm.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults with the proceeds going towards IMPACT (Intensive Measures Police and Community Together), a program where police officers reach out to at risk youth and connect with them in a positive way through sports.

Ridley Hosts U13 CAIS Soccer Tournament

Ridley vs Glenlyon-Norfolk School from Victoria, BC

Fifteen Under 13 Soccer teams from across Canada have made their way to Ridley College for the CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools) Soccer tournament.  Ridley has been preparing for this tournament for a year and we are happy to be hosting students and coaches from all the schools, in fact many of the students are billeting with Ridley families. The tournament began today and will run until Saturday.

Fans cheering on Ridley

Ridley played their first game this morning and turned a 2-0 win over Ashbury.  In their second game they won 2-0 over West Point Grey Academy.  Their last game was at 3pm today.

West Point Grey Academy from Vancouver, BC Vs. Ashbury College from Ottawa, ON

For the tournament schedule and results click here.