Ridley College Activities- Aquarium Club

Every Thursday afternoon after school Ridley College students meet with their activity groups.  There are over 70 clubs and activities for students to be involved in everything from knitting to working on the latest theatre production to the aquarium club.

I stopped by the Aquarium Club to see what is involved in this particular activity run by Mr. Bowen:

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.

Ridley College Duke of Edinburgh Dogsledding Trip 2012


A group of 12 students under the guidance of Mr. Campbell travelled four hours North of Ridley to participate in the Duke of Edingburgh dogsledding trip over the Family Day long weekend. The Duke of Ed award is a program that encourages youth to be active, to participate in new activities and to pursue their own interests in four areas: community service, personal skill development, adventurous journey and physical recreation.  Starting at 14 years old students can progress through three levels, (bronze, silver and gold), of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award system that get increasingly challenging as they become more adventurous and rewarding. On the weekend the group of students paired up to drive their sled and control a team of five dogs over a route totaling 70km+. In temperatures reaching -20 the group slept in canvas tents with wood stoves. Apart from dogsledding they cared for the dogs, gathered wood, collected water from the lake and prepared and cooked meals for the entire group of sixteen. It was a real experience for all and a memory that will last with them forever.  Check out the video from the trip:

Footage and text provided by Mr. Campbell.

For more information on weekend programmes at Ridley College, click here.

Ridley College Amnesty Concert

Last night in the Mandeville Theatre students sang, danced and played musical instruments in support of Amnesty International. The audience enjoyed renditions of a few Adele songs, instrumental interludes and a special performance from Mr. Lockey. Tickets from the annual talent showcase go directly to Amnesty.

Take a look at the video of a few of the performances:

Lower School Public Speaking


The annual Lower School Public Speaking Competition was held on Tuesday. Students from Grade 4 (Isabella T), 5 (Cameryn C), and 6 (Jack H) competed in the Junior Division. Grade 7 students (Alexandra C, James G) vied for top place in the intermediate level, and Grade 8 students (Grace L, Sophia S) competed for the senior crown. With honourable mentions to each of the runners-up, the winners were:

Jack H- Junior – Grades 4-6
James G- Intermediate – Grade 7
Grace L- Senior – Grade 8

The junior and senior winners will participate in the annual Grantham Optimist Public Speaking Championships next week, while the intermediate winner will have the opportunity to compete against students from other independent schools in Toronto during third term.

Ridley College Presents Little Shop of Horrors


Ridley is presenting Little Shop of Horrors next week! There will be shows February 24-25th and March 2nd-3rd at 7:30p.m. in the Mandeville Theatre.  On Monday night I had the opportunity to watch a bit of the rehearsal for the show- the sets, costumes and AMAZING singing is sure to make this an incredible show. Check out a sneak peek:

Ridley College has an extensive Arts program including drama, music and visual arts.  The drama program consists of two major productions a year (a drama and a musical), The CAPPIES- theatre review program and many other opportunities including touring productions to other countries, click here to find out more about the drama program.