Ridley’s Henley Racing Ends

Yesterday, Ridley’s Heavy Eight came up against England’s Shrewsbury School in the second round of racing and finished 2 1/4 lengths back ending Ridley’s 2012 Henley Royal Regatta hopes. After coming off the start line level with their competitors, Ridley was unable to find the rhythm they had in their previous days race and were, therefore, unable to answer Shrewsbury’s steady push.

Although the crew was disappointed in not having raced a better race, they were happy to gather with family and friends later on for dinner where many heart-felt messages were shared. After hearing some of the emails that Ridley Alumni had sent along for them to read, they were able to garner a sense that in no way does the outcome of their race define them as a crew, or as individuals. In so many ways they have achieved well beyond the Schools and, perhaps, even their own expectations when this journey began two years ago. The Ridley crew is now eager to support the other Canadian and American crews as the rest of the racing progresses throughout the weekend.
Written by Coach Jason Dorland

Ridley Rowing at Henley Royal Regatta

Heavy Eight after their first race at the Henley Royal Regatta

As a result of winning the Calder Cleland Memorial Trophy at the National Regatta at the Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines the Ridley Senior Men’s Eight qualified to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta in England!  For the past two weeks they have been training at the Henley course in England and today was their first race!  Ridley College’s Heavy Eight won their first race Vs. Anglican Church Grammar School from Australia by three lengths.

The Ridley crew is competing for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.  We will continue to post race times and results to Facebook and Twitter!  Stay Tuned and be sure to cheer on the orange and black!!

Ridley College Upper School Prize Day 2012

The Ridley College campus is awfully quiet now that all of the students have departed for their summer break.  We had two wonderful celebrations over the weekend to acknowledge the significant contributions and accomplishments that the students in both the Upper and Lower school have achieved.  On Saturday, graduating students gathered with their families at their housemaster’s home for a reception and attended a chapel service.  In the afternoon, they made their way to the fieldhouse for the prize giving and diploma ceremony. Cameron S. delivered a memorable, heartfelt valedictorian address:

Graduating prefects before graduation ceremony in fieldhouse

Norm C. receiving Mason Medal
2012 Prize Winners on front steps of School House Building

The celebrations went on into the evening with a delicious dinner and entertainment provided by the graduates. It was a memorable day for all – check out some highlights from Prize Day and the Grad Dinner Performances:


We hope that everyone has a safe and restful summer! Congratulations Graduates!

Ridley College Lower School Prize Day 2012

The Ridley College campus is awfully quiet now that all of the students have departed for their summer break.  We had two wonderful celebrations over the weekend to acknowledge the significant contributions and accomplishments that the students in both the Upper and Lower school have achieved.  On Friday evening the Lower School students and Grade Eight graduates were honoured.  Grade 6 student, Morgan W. was recognized for being the National champion of the 2012 Scholastic Challenge – quite an impressive feat!

Gracie L. was the chosen valedictorian and gave a very touching and humourous speech:

We hope that everyone has a safe and restful summer! Congratulations Graduates!

Lower School End of Year Celebrations

This morning the JK-Grade 4 students gathered in the Mandeville Theatre to share what they have learned during the school year and to reminisce on the fun that they had!

Today was the last day of school for Lower School children and there will be a Prize Day/Graduation ceremony for the Grade 8 students this Friday evening.

Please click here to download the year in review video made by Ms. Lewis:


Please click here to view more pictures of the celebration.

 

Ridley College Annual Chimes Challenge Race – A Ridley Tradition

Winners of the Chimes Challenge with Headmaster Mr. Leigh

The annual Chimes Challenge is a Ridley College tradition where students try to outrun the chimes from the bell as they strike at noon. There is a male and female race. Traditionally, the race was run in the front circle, but is now run on a grass course that is the same shape and scale as the front circle.  Congrats to Annabel Umeh ’13 who won the girls race and Lennox Stevenson ’12 who came in first for the boys: