Boarding School Advantage – Getting Extra Academic Assistance Outside Regular School Hours

One of the advantages of a boarding school education is that your teachers are with you outside of regular school hours.  Teachers are housemasters, coaches, advisors, duty masters, tutorial leaders etc. and therefore are available during evening study to help with homework.  Ridley College has a study period from 7:15-9:30 p.m. and although this may seem like a drag at times many students I have talked to say it helps them with their study habits and getting homework finished.  Students can work in their room, in the library, music or art rooms or they can go to a tutorial if they need help in a specific class.

Each evening there are tutorials for specific classes. For example, Monday night might be English, Tuesday may be Sciences and Math, Wednesday could be Languages and Thursday may be Arts and Social Sciences – each week a list is posted showing which courses offer tutorials on which night. There is also a Master on Duty at night in the house that can help you with your homework – this person could be a teacher or a residence don, who is a University student or another staff member.  Check out the video below where two students will show you around a typical evening study period:


Ridley College has 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.

 

 

Wednesday Afternoon Sports

Wednesday afternoons at Ridley are reserved for sports.  Whether you play a competitive sport or are involved in sports for life or are working on the latest drama production all students are engaged.  Yesterday was no different students were playing in competitive games and participating in sport for life.  The weather was unseasonably warm for January, so a few of the rowers went out to the Henley course in Port Dalhousie and were able to get onto the water for a mid-winter row.

Ridley College January Rowing- Senior Girls

Flat water and 12 degree temperatures made for a great day to row.

January rowing - Ridley College Senior Boys Eight

The 1st girls’ volleyball team was at home for their season opener against Branksome Hall.  The girls came out strong from the first serve and got an early 14-2 lead with the help of the setting/hitting duo of co-captains Alison Whitty and Tori Dykstra, as well as left side hitter, Chelsea Fischer.

They continued to dominate the play and show control and finesse and came out with a win of 25-10. The second set saw much of the same, with some well-timed digs by libero Madi Clarke and right side LeAndrea Armbrister. Again the girls came out with the win, 25-14.

The girls clenched the win in the third set (25-20) with help from newcomer Alyssa Toffolo and first year senior players, Eliza Coffin and Ellen McCann.

Sr. Girls Volleyball team having fun

The 1st girls’ hockey team had a decisive 5-0 win over Villanova.  The 1st boys’ hockey team was away at St. Andrew’s College and came away with a 5-4 victory over SAC giving them a shared first place in CISAA standings.  The 1st boys’ basketball team won their first game of the Welland Tribune tournament 57-31 over Port High.  The next game for the team is Friday night at 6:30 p.m. against Notre Dame.

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 Weekend in Sports

There was a lot of action this weekend in Ridley College athletics.  The 18th annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball tournament was hosted on campus.  The 1st boys’ team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.  The first two games saw heartbreaking loses for the boys with Sir Winston defeating Ridley 49-47 and Gait C.I. winning 47-46. Holy Cross Woodbridge was the next opponent early Saturday where Ridley won easily 54-36. The final match saw the boys win 45-42 over a very stubborn, but determined squad from St. Catharines C.I.

The junior boys also had a 2-2 record for the tournament.  In the first round of the tournament Ridley was matched up against eventual tournament champs Woodson from the Virgin Islands (final score 91-30).  In the second game against Lester B. Pearson from Burlington the boys battles hard, but lost 49-48.  In their third game Ridley was matched up against Parkside (Dundas, Ont) in the Division III semi-final, the win advanced them to the Division III final against Niagara Christian College. NCC were unable to match Ridley’s pace of play and organized defense, leading to a comfortable margin of victory. All members of the team contributed to this victory.

The 1st girls’ hockey team had two wins and two ties during their NAPHA crossover weekend in Lewiston, NY. The first game versus Rice ended in a 2-2 tie, and the second game against Stanstead ended in a 3-3 tie.  The final two games were against Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) and Northwood School.  In the game against RNS the girls dominated from start to finish, winning 2-0.  Courtney Arseneau came up with timely saves at crucial moments.  In their final game the girls stood their ground and played hard to win the game 3-1.  Although it was a solid effort by all players, Shay Pavlisko led the way netting a natural hat-trick, including a penalty shot goal.  Allie Mitchell continued her stellar play between the pipes.

The senior girls’ volleyball team travelled to Brock on Saturday for their first tournament (and in fact their first time playing together in a game for the season!). It took awhile to “work out the kinks” but they quickly got back on track and earned a second place finish. They had an unfortunate crossover match-up in the first round of playoffs against a talented and elite Eden Flyers squad. In the first set the girls showed poor footwork and inaccurate passing. The strong offense of the Eden team proved too much for Ridley and we were unable to get blocks up to prevent the powerful swings  by the Eden girls from getting through. The girls showed perserverence in the second set however, picking up the intensity and showing much better court movement. Some timely blocks by middles Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Emma Rigg helped to rattle the Flyers and slow down their momentum.

 

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.


 

18th Annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball Tournament Hosted By Ridley College

The 18th annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball tournament kicked off today on campus. Twenty-four junior (Under 16) and senior boys basketball teams from across Niagara, the Virgin Islands and the United States have come to Ridley to play.  The tournament is named for retired physical-education teacher and former basketball coach Mr. Carl Dorland and was established by current coach Dave Whitty.

Ridley’s Under 16 Boys team started off the day with a tough game at 9 a.m. in the Field House against Woodson from the Virgin Islands. Woodson beat out Ridley, watch some highlights from the game:

The senior boys played at 11:45 against Sir Winston from St. Catharines.  The game was a nail-biter to the bitter end with quick back and forth play in the third and forth quarters resulting in a 49-47 win for Sir Winston.  Watch some highlights from the game:


The Jr. team plays tonight at 6:45 in the Iggulden Gym Vs. Pearson and the Seniors play tonight at 8 p.m. in the Griffith Gym Vs. Gait C.I.  The tournament will continue tomorrow.

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.

Typical Day at a Boarding School – A Day in the Life of a Ridley College student

If you are looking into attending a boarding school, I am sure you have wondered what a typical day would be like? Of course the main difference between a day school and a boarding school is that some of the students sleep on campus.  But what will the classes be like? What will I do after school and what kind of food will I eat? During first term two Ridley College boarding students, Meredith and Madi, volunteered to do a “day in the life” video, I went around to breakfast, lunch and dinner with them, class, after school activities and even to study and asked them to describe what they do on a typical day.  Take a look:

Ridley College is an independent coeducational boarding and day school in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada (about an hour away from Toronto, ON and Buffalo, NY).  Ridley offers JK to Grade 12 with a post-graduate option.  Boarding can begin in Grade 5.  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 over 31 countries.