Andrew Robichaud ’15 Receives The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

Ridley College student Andrew Robichaud ’15 was recognized by Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney for his commitment to the remembrance of Veterans last evening in London, Ontario.  He is the youngest of 19 other recipients of the commendation. Andrew wrote, produced and narrated a 20 minute documentary on the life of his great uncle, the Honourable Daniel J. MacDonald, former Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada.  The documentary also featured the Second World War contributions of Andrew’s grandfather Roland MacDonald, and Andrew’s great aunt Mary and uncles Clarence, Walter, Leland and Ronnie MacDonald; all from Bothwell, Prince Edward Island.  Andrew spent more than a year researching and creating his project, receiving help from dozens of cousins and his great aunt Pauline MacDonald, Highlander Regiments, the Prince Edward Island archives, his history teacher Paul O’Rourke, Historian Waldron Leard, and Veterans Affairs Canada.  Since its release in May 2011, Andrew’s documentary has been seen in schools and organizations throughout Canada, United States and France.  Andrew is passionate about remembering the contributions and sacrifices of all those who served.  He is a member of the Ridley College Remembrance Day Honour Guard and The Cadet Drum Corps.  This past April, Andrew, participated in the 95th anniversary pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge, France which also included onsite war lessons by history teacher Mr. Derek Dunkley, and tours of World War II Historical Sites and War Cemeteries in Dieppe, Normandy, Juno Beach and the Menan Gate Memorial in Belgium. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.  The Commendation is intended primarily for Veterans, but may be awarded to non-Veterans.


Ridley College Olympians

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies begin today at 2pm.  Ridley College has had a number of graduates participate in Olympic Games, including our current Director of Rowing Mr. Jason Dorland ’83 who rowed in the Seoul Olympics. Dorland has been appearing on various Canadian television and radio shows discussing the Olympics and his coaching philosophy.  Here he is on Canada AM:

Check out the list of Ridley Olympians:

Wadsworth, W. R. 1893               1904                    Rowing                           St.Louis

Conway, C. Abbott ’32                 1936                     Track                              Berlin

Macia, Joe ‘41                                1948                    Boxing                             London

Ordonez, Raoul ‘42                       1948                    Basketball                      London

Hunter, N. A. ‘45                      1952 + 1956             Yachting                   Helsinki/Melbourne

McFarlane, Don’44                       1948                   Track                                London

McFarlane, Robert’45                  1948                   Track                                London

Gibson, F. Doug ’49                      1952                   Swimming                        Helsinki

Campbell, Neil ‘51 ‘          64 + 68 + 84 +88        Rowing                 Tokyo/Mexico/LA/Seoul

MacDougall, Purvis ’54                1960                  Bobsled                             Squaw Valley, Cal

Nunn, John H.’61                            1968                Rowing                              Mexico City

Butterfield                                       1972                 Rowing                              Munich

Love, Brain ‘71                                 1976                 Rowing                              Montreal

McMahon, Brian ‘80                       1984                 Rowing                              LA

Sokolowski, Michael’81                  1984                 Track                                 LA

Tregunno, Jane ‘81                           1984                 Rowing                              LA

Shemilt, David ‘83                            1984                 Swimming                        LA

Dorland, Jason ‘83                            1988                 Rowing                             Seoul

Berkhout, Darby ‘85                          1988                 Rowing                             Seoul

Bryden, Michael ‘89                           1992                 Rowing                             Barcelona

Delia, Chris ‘90                              1992 + ‘96            Equestrian                        Barcelona

Maunder, Maria ‘90                       1992                     Rowing                               Barcelona

Milne, Fiona ‘90                              2004                    Rowing                               Athens

McGlone, Samantha ‘97                 2004                     Triathlon                           Athens

Albert (nee Majendie), Samantha ’90  2012             Equestrian Dressage         London

Are You Interested in Attending Boarding School? Let Sultana ’12 from Nigerian Tell You About Her Ridley Experience!

Are you interested in attending boarding school? Let Sultana from Nigerian tell you about her Ridley experience! Sultana graduated in June after attending Ridley College for two years.  While at Ridley she was a house captain for Leonard House, she was in the school musical ‘Hairspray’, played on the rugby and tennis teams and participated in many community service activities.  It has been Sultana’s dream to attend the University of Pennsylvania and thanks to her hard work she will be off to Pennsylvania in September to study Economics and Finance! Watch the video below to see how Ridley College helped her achieve her dreams:
Click here to see where other 2012 Ridley College grads are attending University.

Are You Curious About Boarding School? Let Lexie ’15 Tell You About Her Ridley Experience!

Lexie recently completed her first year at Ridley College.  She is from Falls Church, Virginia in the United States.  As a member of Leonard House she is a proud ‘Ladybug’, she was also a member of the Cadet Band and was an actress in the fall production of ‘Almost, Maine.’ Check out what Lexie had to say about her first year as a boarding student at Ridley College:

Ridley College Athletes Employ Functional Movement System Just Like Canadian Olympians!

I recently read an article in Maclean’s magazine about the Canadian Olympic team and the strategies and training techniques they have used in preparation for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. One of the training techniques just so happens to be the same as we use with our Ridley athletes!  It’s called the Functional Movement System (FMS) and is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns in athletes.

Ridley College athletes participate in the screening sessions throughout their sports season to document and mark their progress. Exercise professionals (Mr. Ferraro- Athletic Therapist, Mr. DeVellis and Mr. Gittings at Ridley College) record the athletes scores and then identify which exercises will be most effective in restoring proper movement and building strength in the individual athlete.

In the Maclean’s article a physiotherapist for the Canadian Olympic team says, “it’s a way of assessing range, flexibility and core strength. We’re looking for that little bit, the difference to convert a fifth place to a first place.”  According to Maclean’s “Canada’s sports funding agency Own the Podium (OTP) has provided Canada’s best athletes in the most medal worthy sports with the best coaching, support and innovation…Behind every Canadian athlete…is an OTP-funded team of doctors, scientists, engineers, administrators, therapists, gadget freaks and even an intelligence agency or two doing what they can to help Canada reach its goal of a top-12 position in the Olympic medal count among some 200 countries.”  You never know, if we keep using the Functional Movement System as the Canadian Olympic Team does we may see some of our athletes on the podium one day. The London 2012 Summer Olympics begin on Friday July 27th, best of luck to the Olympians! Check out the video below to see our basketball players during a Functional Movement System session:

To learn more about Ridley College athletics, click here.

Summertime Has Hit and Ridley Renovations are Well Underway!

While students are away on summer vacation, improvements are in full swing all over campus!  Currently,  I can hear the faint sound of hammering in my office as the roof of the School House Building is in the process of being replaced.

The classrooms in the McLaughlin Wing (2nd floor) of the School House Building are also being renovated and will be ready for September.  The Geography Wing renovations are complete and everything looks amazing! There are now two classrooms and another room that will be dedicated to the Learning Centre where students will go for tutoring and help with learning strategies.

Renovated Geography Wing Classroom with new desks and chairs

Renovated Learning Centre, currently showroom for uniforms - Learning Centre in September
Learning Centre Office
Renovated Geography Wing Classroom

Just to give you some perspective, the Geography wing used to be where the science labs/lecture halls were in the 1960s before the 2nd Century Building became the new home to science.













Also and this is a BIG one – The Dining Hall now has Air Conditioning capabilities for those hot days in September and the end of the school year.


Ridley College Summer Reads





It has been almost three weeks since the end of the school year…studying and exams must seem like a distance memory.  We have all turned our attention to summer vacations and enjoying the sunny weather and with that often comes summer reading.  I asked people on community news to share books they would recommend to read over their summer holidays:

Mr. Andrew Leach – Head of the English Department:

  • ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ By John Irving
  • ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ By John Boyne

Mr. Jonathan Leigh:

  • ‘A Time of Gifts’  By Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • ‘The Second World War’ By Max Hastings
  • ‘Waiting for Sunrise’ By William Boyd

Mrs. Ellen Foster –  Classical and International Languages Teacher:

  • ‘Little Bee’ By Chris Cleave 
  • ‘Prisoner of Tehran:  A Memoir’ by Marina Nemat.

Ms. Shelley Thomas- Director of Instructional and Administrative Technologies:

  • ‘Watership Down’ By Richard Adams
  • ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ms. Margaret Lech – Assistant Headmaster, Student Affairs:

  • ‘Crow Lake’ By Mary Lawson
  • ‘Lake Nights on Air’ by Elizabeth May

Mr. John Sweeney – English and Dramatic Arts Teacher:

  • ‘Three Day Road’ By Joseph Boyden
  • ‘A Complicated Kindness’ By Miriam Toews

Mr. Dean Templeman, Teacher and Assistant Housemaster of Merritt South:

  • ‘The Book of Dave’ by Wil Self

Mattea DeMunnich ’15, Current Student:

  • ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel

For more book recommendations from the English Department, please click here.  Share your favourite summer reads in the comments section.