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