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

A Season of Giving

The holiday season is upon us and the tradition of giving is well underway at the school.

Gooderham East made their largest donation to date to Operation Christmas Child with 214 Christmas shoeboxes being collected by the girls as well as cash donations.  The boxes filled with toys, books, hygiene and school supplies, will be given to a child in a Third World country as a present at Christmas.

The girls from Gooderham West are raising money through a number of initiatives to support the work of the Red Roof Retreat, which offers assistance to families with disabled children.  A grub day, gingerbread house raffles and a Valentines bake sale in February will support the cause and in May, the G-West girls will go to the Red Roof farm to volunteer their time.

Girls from G-West raffle off gingerbread houses at Christmas Fair

Merritt North continued their tradition of serving a hot meal near Christmas time to those in need in the basement of Knox Presbyterian Church. The Boys paid for the pasta dinner out of their House fund and also ran a Tuck Shop during the Musical to help offset the costs. Students set up the hall, prepped and served the dinner, and cleaned up.  MNO also sold toques for ‘Raising the Roof’ at the Christmas Market. ‘Raising the Roof’ is a non-profit organization that raises money to help youth that are homeless.

Boys from MNO sell toques at Christmas Market

Arthur Bishop West continues to support “Shave to Save” with 10 heads shaved at the Christmas Market raising over $100. On December 1st they will be holding grub day with proceeds from that and the market going to support ‘Mainstream.’  ‘Mainstream’ provides support and services to people with developmental disabilities.

Arthur Bishop East raised money and awareness for their house charity ‘Wells of Hope’ at the Christmas Market. ‘Wells of Hope’ helps people in Third World countries attain clean water, education, and basic healthcare for themselves.

Boys from Arthur Bishop East raise awareness about 'Wells of Hope'

Mandeville and Leonard’s House charity is ‘Free the Children’. The girls are working to raise funds to build a school in Kenya.  They sold jewelry for ‘Free the Children’ at the Christmas Market and some of the girls recently took a 24 hr. vow of silence to raise awareness for the organization.  They also collected nonperishable food for ‘Halloween for Hunger’ in October.

Girls from Leonard and Mandeville raise money for Free the Children

Deans House supports The Gift of Reading – a local charity that raises money to buy books for children, families, and institutions in need of these valuable resources.

Merritt South supports The OI Foundation, which brings awareness to the public about Osteogenesis Imperfecta. OI is a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” This charity is close to Housemaster, Mr. Amyote because both Mrs. Amyote and their son, James, are afflicted with OI. Funds were raised for the OI Foundation through the Christmas Market.


Holiday Season at Ridley College

Choir Performing at the Nine Lessons and Carols Service

This weekend we held our annual Nine Lessons and Carols service in the Memorial Chapel. The Candlelight Service celebrates the birth of Christ told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. It is a beautiful service and the choir sounded wonderful:

Choir Members Singing at Nine Lessons and Carols

On Friday we held our International Christmas service where students read passages in 13 different languages.  With students from over 31 countries at the school the International Service is an opportunity for students to share a holiday passage in their native language:

Exams are just around the corner, but this past weekend was a good opportunity to pause and think about the holiday season. Many houses are also having their Holiday House dinners this week. Whether the students are going to a restaurant or eating take-out in the PJ’s in the house, the dinners are a nice way to celebrate the holiday season with their housemates before everyone begins exams and leaves for break.