Lower School Presents ’30 Reasons not to be in a Play’

Reason #2 - Ms. Griswald - '30 Reasons not to be in a Play'

The Grade 7’s and 8’s in Lower School have been working tirelessly in preparation for their debut of ’30 Reasons to Not be in a Play’ – a satirical play about why students shouldn’t participate in drama.  Last week their hard work paid off as they presented two shows.  The students had the audience in stitches with their physical comedy and excellent comedic timing.  If you were unable to see it live, it is definitely worth checking out:

Take a look at some video Mr. Vernon shot backstage:

Reason #4 - Travis Thorburn '30 Reasons not to be in a Play'
Reason #12 - Your Great Aunt Gladys - '30 Reasons not to be in a Play'
Reason #30 - watch the play to find out! - '30 Reasons Not to be in a Play'

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Enjoying the Winter Weather – Ski Day 2012

On Friday the entire Upper School and half of the Lower School boarded buses bright and early to either go to Kissing Bridge in Glenwood, New York or Horseshoe Valley in Barrie Ontario.  The day started out rainy and we were worried it might put a damper on the ski conditions, but by mid-morning the rain turned to snow and stuck with us all day!! Students spent time skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing.

Ridley College students during a ski lesson

students painting inside the chalet

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Great Weekend in Ridley College Sports

Congratulations to our competitive athletes and their vocal supporters on a remarkable weekend for Ridley Sport. Our Senior Girls Volleyball, Senior Boys Basketball and Senior Boys Hockey teams had a combined 10 wins and 1 loss in all matches this past weekend. The First Boys Hockey team got things rolling with a 4-1 win Friday night over Appleby College in front of 300 happy Ridleians who also helped raise over $2000 for Bethlehem Place projects in Niagara. On Saturday, the First Girls Volleyball team won the silver medal at the St. Patrick’s invitational tournament in Ottawa (5 wins and 1 loss), and the First Boys Basketball team went undefeated (4-0) to win the inaugural CAIS National Basketball Tournament in Halifax over hometown favourite Halifax Grammar School 77-61. A memorable weekend of Sport for the Orange and Black!

Ridley College fields more than 45 competitive athletic teams annually, from Under 12 in the Lower School through our First teams in the Upper School and offers four program development sports (soccer, basketball, ice hockey, and rowing) for boys and girls in the Lower School that lead through to junior and senior teams in the Upper School, for more information on Ridley College athletics, please click here.

Ridley College Announces New Headmaster

The Kidd Family

Ridley College is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Edward Kidd as the new Headmaster, effective July 16, 2012. Ridley’s current Headmaster Mr. Jonathan Leigh will be retiring after eight years of service.

Kidd is currently the Principal of the High School at Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China. He was born in the Ottawa Valley and went on to Queen’s University where he completed both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Kidd also obtained his Masters of Science from the University of Buffalo (State University of New York).

Kidd began his teaching career in 1994 at North Grenville High School. In 1996 he moved to the Seoul International School in Seoul, Korea to teach English Literature. In 1998 he joined Shanghai American School, also as an English teacher. In 2009, after having conducted a highly competitive international search, Shanghai American School appointed Kidd as the Principal of the High School.

Kidd brings first hand teaching and leadership experience with both the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Advanced Placement (AP) programs. He was a member of the team who, eleven years ago, planned and introduced the IB diploma program to Shanghai American School. His leadership training includes principal’s qualifications from Queen’s, Miami and Harvard.

The task of finding a new Headmaster is significant. The Search Committee, assisted by Amrop Knightsbridge, conducted a comprehensive global search, which resulted in a strong field to consider. A rigorous process of screening, interviews and on-campus visits was undertaken following which the committee recommended that Mr. Ed Kidd be appointed the 10th Headmaster of Ridley College. The Board of Governors unanimously approved the recommendation.  Kidd will be moving to St. Catharines with his wife and three children in July.

Learning How to Use CPR & AED Machines To Save Lives – Ridley College Gym Class

150 Ridley College students in Grade 9, 10 and 11 Physical Education classes are learning how to use CPR and AED machines in emergency situations.  Over the past two weeks, the students have had in class instruction as well as hands-on sessions.

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator and it is used to diagnose and treat potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias through defibrillation.  The application of the electrical therapy stops the arrhythmia and allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Thanks to the Family Guild, Ridley College has five AED machines on campus in the following places to be used in case of an emergency:

1) Arena  2) Second Century Building 3) Health Centre 4) Iggulden Gym 5) Burgoyne House

Ridley College is the largest boarding school programme in Ontario, with graduates attending top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world. With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students from 31 different countries. To find out more about Ridley College visit: www.ridleycollege.com

Innovative Classrooms – Turning Equations into Cartoons at Ridley College

Last term, the Pure & Applied Math Department at Ridley College introduced assignments that made connections between Math and other subject areas such as Art, Language and I.T.  The Grade 10 Math classes and Grade 11 Functions class created comic strips that incorporated solving math problems.  Here is one example:

The Grade 12 Advanced Functions class had the challenging task of recreating a cartoon character using algebraic functions.  A geometer’s sketchpad was used to find the functions and then they were transferred to a graphing calculator to create the picture. Once the students had an accurate model of their original image in Graphing Calculator (For some students this took 500 equations!), the next challenge was to colour their image in using inequalities (Again, only math equations allowed, no Photoshop or paint programs).  The students wrote a report chronicling their progress, and then had to reflect briefly on the project and their ‘creation’.

Here is what some of the students had to say about the assignment:

‘Although this project took countless hours and lots of work, seeing all my equations and inequalities working together to form a beautiful model was rewarding’ – Sultana VK

‘In the beginning I was skeptical. There was chatter in the halls of this insurmountable IT project that would take every ounce of effort students could conjure up. For the past two weeks, it has been the homework that’s been daunting me every night. I never thought I’d be able to enjoy it, but the truth is; it’s fun. Sitting down at night, and working on a couple of functions is kind of enjoyable. It’s awesome watching your image take shape from only functions. It was weird; you’d see a line on your image, and think there is no way anything could ever mathematically represent that, and sure enough, there was’ – Eric G.

Ridley College is the largest boarding school programme in Ontario, with graduates attending top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world. With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students from 31 different countries. To find out more about Ridley College visit: www.ridleycollege.com

Ridley Hockey Helps the Homeless

It is estimated there is between 150,000 to 300,000 homeless people in Canada. ‘Hockey Helps the Homeless’ events take place throughout Canada to raise awareness and funds for frontline programs and reintegration projects for homeless men, women and children. On Thursday, January 19th, the first boys’ hockey team invites all Ridley parents, faculty, students and OR’s to join them for dinner at Big Marco’s (274 Fourth Ave, at Vansickle & Fourth). From 6pm-8pm, members of the team will be serving and bussing tables for ‘Hockey Helps the Homeless.’ All tips generated and a percentage of each bill will directly support the cause. The following evening, Friday 20th, the team will continue their fundraising efforts by conducting a 50/50 raffle and a Chuck-a-Puck contest during their game against Appleby College. The puck drops at 7pm in the Tiger Arena! Those unable to attend may support the team by contacting Mike McCourt-mike_mccourt@ridleycollege.

Ridley College Grade 7’s Experience French Culture in St. Donat

The smiles were as abundant as the snow and great fun was had by all in St. Donat, Quebec. Over the course of four days, the Grade 7’s participated in language and cultural workshops as well as outdoor activities (skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and broom ball).

Our students actively participated in the talent show and loved the nighttime presentations.

Thanks to the Grade 7’s for taking full advantage of this linguistic and cultural experience and to their parents for their support of this incredible program. Merci beaucoup!

As told by Mme. Bradley

Winter Has Arrived at Ridley College

It has been unseasonably warm at Ridley the past few weeks, but today we woke up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground!  Even though it is cold,  the snow certainly is beautiful!

Ridley College School House under a blanket of snow
Mr. Leigh with Lucy heading into the warmth of School House
Students walking in front of Merritt House Boys' Residence
Across the field - Lower School