The Ridley College AP Studio Art Class opened their exhibition last night in the Matthews Library. Each student selected three works from their portfolio to display in the exhibit. In the AP studio art class students must complete twenty-four works of art throughout the course. Twelve works are described as “General” and cover a range of media, techniques and composition. The other twelve pieces are described as “Concentration” works and are made in response to a specific theme. The works that are on display in the library come from the students’ Concentration component. In order to create their “Concentration” works the students had to go through the difficult process of finding a direction for their work and establishing a voice.
Many of the young artists featured in this exhibit are going on to study art and design in the United States and Canada. The works are currently on display in the Matthews Library.
Today the Physical Geography class took a field trip to Short Hills Park to undertake fieldwork studies to test the assumptions learned in the rivers unit of their course. Groups brainstormed hypotheses in the previous classes, and considered ways to test them. Short Hills Provincial Park was a good location, since it has an accessible meandering stream, shallow enough in parts to wade in, and with plenty of variety to the stream channel.
Some students collected water samples to study sediment load at different parts of a meandering stream. Others measured the speed of the stream by timing floating corks, others the depth, width, etc. They will compile their observations in a detailed report, and consider other hypotheses that one might study.
The weather was ideal and contributed to a successful field trip. When IB is fully implemented at Ridley, the Internal Assessment in Geography will be Field Work. This gave us a good opportunity to have a dry run (pardon the pun) and refine the process for upcoming years.
RIDLEY COLLEGE is pleased to announce that it has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, Diploma Programme commencing September 2012. This announcement follows a rigorous accreditation process and means that all students in Grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to complete the prestigious IB diploma.
In September 2012 Ridley will offer courses enabling students to earn both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The IB diploma is a two-year course of study that begins in Grade 11 and ends with a series of final examinations at the end of Grade 12. Widely recognized as one of the world’s best preparatory programmes, universities across the globe offer advanced standing to successful IB graduates. Most universities in Canada will grant first year equivalency credits for three of the six courses students undertake for the IB diploma. Over 40 students from Ridley’s current Grade 10 class have enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme.
“The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the fastest growing school curriculum and exam system in the world. It is a truly international pre-university diploma. The addition of the IB enhances Ridley College’s opportunities in promoting rigour, resourcefulness and respect. It sets the tone for young people to become effective, successful and honourable global citizens. It will enable Ridleians to fulfill the global reach of being a world prep school.”