10 Students Turn off Electronics & Take Vow of Silence for 24 Hrs. in Support of Free the Children

Students at 'We Day' in Toronto- - some of the students participating in the day of silence

Ten Ridley College students are taking a vow of silence for 24 hours starting today.  This also means, putting away their laptops and their phones – no e-mail, no Facebook, no Twitter.  It’s hard to imagine right? In our communication heavy society not being able to text a friend or check Facebook or even chat to a friend, but these ten students are making a point with their silence – they are standing up for Children’s Rights.  Franka, Jacqueline, Jenn, Isabel, Kennedy, Janaan, Lelie, Chelsea, Olivia and Chi are staying silent today to stand in solidarity with children around the world who are silenced by poverty and exploitation.  In October, these students participated in ‘We Day’ in Toronto, another initiative by Free the Children -where students gather to celebrate positive actions to work towards social change, it was a one day event, but it was also the kickoff to multiple events that will go on throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for children in need around the world. For more information on Free the Children or the ‘Vow of Silence’, click here.

What Will I Do At Night When I’m Away at Boarding School?

Students in Gooderham West House - One of ten boarding houses at Ridley College

One of the most common questions students have when they are looking into boarding school is, what will I be doing at night? During the day you would expect to be going to class and participating in sports and activities, but when it comes to what you do at night there seems to be some uncertainty.  I’m an MOD (Master on Duty) in Gooderham West House – Home of the Flamingos, which means students sign in with me and let me know where they are going and what they are doing and I check in with them throughout the night to see how their studying is going, so I get to experience what life is like for the boarding students.  The other night I was on duty and I happened to have my video camera with me because I was working on another video project, one of the students – Nat. P decided to take the camera around and see what the students were up to – I think she really captures what a typical night is like in a boarding house, check it out:

Ridley College has the largest boarding program in Ontario with ten boarding houses on campus.  Ridley College offers JK-Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding can begin in Grade 5.  With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley had much to offer its students from 31 different countries.  For more information about boarding at Ridley, click here.

Math Computer Game Being Tested in Lower School

The Grade three and four classes at the Ridley College Lower School are putting their math skills to the test with a new computer game called ‘SMARTeacher.’  Ridley College is currently the only school testing this new computer game. The game is tailored to students individual needs and uses sensors to gage emotional reaction to the game as well as the students ability to determine the level of difficulty of the question. For example, if a student is getting frustrated and is answering a lot of questions incorrectly, the level of difficulty will decrease, as the student starts to answer more questions correctly and is happier the level of questions will become more challenging.  The main goal of the game is to create a more enjoyable and engaging learning experience:

‘SMARTeacher’ was created by two recent graduates of the University of Waterloo’s Mechatronics Engineering program, Alex Peters and Rohan Mahimker.  For more information on the computer program, click here.


German Trio Win Spot Shooting Showdown at OFSAA Skills Competition

Franziska, Laura and Leonie (all from Germany) won the Spot Shooting Showdown last night at the OFSAA Skills Competition.   ‘Wir lieben dich’ – “we love you” in German could be heard in the stands as the girls swished shot after shot- 19 points in all, 2nd place went to E.S. du Sacré-C’oeur (NOSSA) with 8 points.

Franziska, Laura and Leonie (Ridley College German students) won Spot Shooting Showdown

The skills competition was the opening event of the Girls’ OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship being hosted at Ridley College over the next three days.  Check out the video:

Ainsley was chosen as Ridley’s representative for the three-point competition.  She faired well, but did not make it to the final round. The Final Round consisted of the top-4 shooters out of 16 participants.  The results are as follows:

1st:  É.S. Jean Vanier (SOSSA) – 9 baskets
2nd:  É.S. Lajeunesse (SWOSSAA) – 8 baskets
3rd:  Rideau District High School (EOSSAA) – 6 baskets
4th:  Penetanguishene Secondary School (GBSSA) – 4 baskets

The Opening Ceremonies for the championship were held this morning and the first games will be played starting at 2 pm in the Fieldhouse and Griffith Gym.  Ridley’s first game is tonight at 6pm.

G-East Supports Operation Christmas Child with Biggest Donation to Date

Ladies of G-East House Pack up Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

The ladies of G-East have been very busy preparing for today when they would hear the sirens of the Emergency Services ambulance.  Two ambulances driven by EMS volunteers came to campus today to collect 214 shoeboxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child.  ‎The organization provides presents to less fortunate children all over the world. The girls worked hard and met their goal of surpassing the number of shoeboxes that have been donated by the house in the past, they also contribution a cash donation to the organization.  Watch the video below to hear a firsthand account of what the donation means to the organization:

OFSAA Girls’ ‘A’ Basketball Championship Begins Tomorrow at Ridley!!

Sixteen girls’ basketball teams will descend on the Ridley College campus tomorrow for the OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship.  The tournament will go until Saturday.  Come to campus to watch the games or watch through livestream on your computer (photos will also be uploaded to our OFSAA site):

http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/girls-basketball/

On Wednesday night there will be a skills competition.  Ainsely will represent Ridley in the Three-Point Shooting Contest and Franziska, Laura and Leonie will compete as a team in the Spot Shooting Showdown.  Ridley’s first game will be Thursday night at 6pm against Monseigneur-Bryere from London, Ontario in the Griffith Gym

Ridley College Christmas Market 2011

The annual Christmas Market is on in the Ridley College Fieldhouse from 3-8 p.m. today. Ridley College students are performing throughout the event and there are more than 60 vendors!  Click here for the program and list of vendors. Check it out!!

Delicious treats being sold at Christmas Market
Lower School Students doing a little do-si-do square dancing at Christmas Market

Ridley College students selling jewelry for Free the Children
Lower School Choir Performing
'Candy by Katie' at Christmas Market
Crafts at Christmas Market

To view more pictures from the market, click here.

Ridley College Athletes Find Balance

When you think about yoga, you might not picture basketball players, hockey players or rowers doing a downward dog, but this isn’t the case at Ridley College.  On Thursdays during activity time these Ridley athletes are doing yoga in the exercise room below the Griffith Gym.

Warm-up Pose - lengthens the spine and increases flexibility in hips

It is a regenerative component to their athletic program.  Besides, who wouldn’t enjoy an hour of stretching and relaxing breathing exercises after a grueling week of sports, and school stress? Yoga is a great way to clear your head and find inner balance. But this is not the only benefit these athletes may gain; range of motion can increase, which can help in competition.  Mr. DeVellis initiated the idea of yoga for athletes and he says one of the most important things the athletes can get out of yoga is the ability to listen to their body, it is an important life lesson, and one that these athletes will hopefully take with them throughout life.

Ridley College students stretch in child's pose

Today, I observed the yoga class and as the minutes went on, more and more exhausting faces could be seen, trying to stretch the hamstrings just a bit more doing the downward facing dog pose.

Our athletes facing the challenge of the downward dog pose

Not many of our athletes had tried yoga before, and initially they were curious and insecure, but they have embraced it over time and many have indicated how great they feel afterwards.  They are more resilient, have better control of their body and mind- and who knows? Maybe, by the end of the season they might be able to turn their body into a human pretzel.

Ridley athletes trying to find their balance in yoga class

Content contributed by Anna B. ’12

Making Knee Joints in Ridley College Exercise Science Class

Today I was in Ms. Corolis’s Exercise Science class where students are working on their major project for the year.  The students are creating a working knee joint with materials of their choice. They need to include the five bone structures and nine soft tissue structures that make up the knee joint. I saw everything from styrofoam to plasticine to cardboard tubes- really neat what the students came up with to display the bones, tendons, ligaments, menuscus and membrane that make our knee joint work:

Alison W. with knee project
Students working on knee joint project in Exercise Science Class
Candice K. works on knee joint project
Allie M. with knee joint project

FACT from today’s class: The knee joint has been classified as a modified hinge joint because it was, at one time, considered to be responsible only for flexion and extension. The knee joint has the ability to slightly rotate the leg medially and laterally, classifying it more precisely as a modified ellipsoid joint.