1st Girls Basketball in Germany – Blog Update #2 from Mr. Ronald

Ridley College 1st girls basketball team with German team

The Ridley College Senior Girls Basketball Team earned their first victory of their 2011 Tour of Germany on Friday evening scoring a 57-55 victory over New Baskets Oberhausen Club.  Tiger Captain Ainsley Camroux-Peacock (Sr.) scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Black-and-Orange.  The game was played before a large and supportive crowd, in the city of Oberhausen.

In a tough, physical battle the Tigers found themselves down by as many as 7 points in the final quarter before mounting their comeback.  Thanks in part to the defensive efforts of senior forward Franziska Streit and two key baskets by LeAndrea Armbrister (Sr.), Ridley bounced back and held on for the thrilling two-point win.

After dropping a tough decision to Damen ASC Mainz on Thursday evening, the team started Friday with a morning train journey from the city of Mainz along the Rhine River to the city of Essen.  Upon arriving at the station in Essen they were met by Franziska’s mother and older sister who had arranged a sight-seeing tour of the city for them.   All of the Tiger players and coaches would like to thank Mrs. Streit for a wonderful tour of Essen.

On Saturday the team traveled by train to Cologne where, among many other things, they visited the Christmas Market and had a guided tour of the Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site which has the second-tallest spire and largest facade of any church in the world.

The girls return to their homes on Wednesday to enjoy the holidays.

Ridley Students Participate in ‘Shine a Light’ on Human Rights Event in Niagara Falls

Group of Ridley Students and faculty member Shelley T. at Niagara Falls

Ridley College Amnesty International members, Norm C., Maddie H., and Charlotte S., and Faculty member Shelley T., braved the cold on December 10th to witness the spectacular transformation of Canada’s most famous natural landmark into a glowing beacon for human rights to celebrate Amnesty’s 50 years of human rights work.  Julia Chapman OR ’09, and her parents, Graham and Andja Chapman, also joined Ridley’s group in support of Amnesty’s vital work.

The illumination of Niagara Falls in Amnesty yellow, was part of a global event including a Shine a Light concert in Taiwan, street events in Paris, a candle-lit parade in Mali as well as events at other famous landmarks around the world (including the London Eye, Sydney Opera House, and the Empire State Building).

Niagara Falls lit with Amnesty Yellow to celebrate Amnesty International's 50th year

As told by Shelley T.

Tiger-Bots Participate in First Robotics Tournament

14 members of the Lower School Robotics Team “Tiger-Bots” traveled to Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville to compete in the Halton Regional FIRST Lego League Tournament on the weekend. The theme for this year’s tournament was “Food Factor” and each team was required to present a project on a topic related to food safety. Tiger-Bots #1 (Team #200) presented on the effects of compost on reducing the use of pesticides in wine production, and Tiger-Bots #2 (Team #522) presented on reducing contamination in salad bar in the Lower School Dining Hall.

Each team had 3 practice rounds on the competition boards in the morning and 3 competition rounds in the afternoon. Each round lasts 2:30 and the robots act autonomously (not remote controlled).

Thank you to all of the parents that made the trek to Oakville to support the team! Although the teams did not place, it was a great learning experience for everyone and the Tiger-Bots are already talking about how they are going to improve next year.

As told by Ms. Marcie Lewis, Grade Four Teacher