Ridley College Gr. 9’s Explore Niagara’s Geographic Splendor

Yesterday the Grade 9 Geography students participated in the ‘Niagara Region Field Day’.

Highlights of our trip included: soaring 175 feet above Niagara Falls aboard the Niagara Skywheel; descending 200 feet to get a close-up view of the Whirlpool Rapids; a visit to the St. Catharines Museum to view a lake freighter descending through Lock 3 and to learn more about the history of the Welland Canal; and a tour of the Niagara College Teaching Winery.

Please click here to view more photos of our day together. This was a great learning experience for our Grade 9 students and really complimented our classroom lessons.

Ridley College Blessing of the Animals 2012

This morning some furry friends joined the Lower School students in chapel to celebrate St. Francis of Assis Day – the patron saint of animals and the environment. Students were allowed to bring a pet to chapel to be blessed by Father Jason as part of the special day.

The lesson of the chapel service was focused on how animals embody the IB learner profile by having such traits as being risk-takers, balanced, open-minded, and caring etc.

To view more pictures from chapel, please click here.

Ridley College Student Prefect Speech – Andrew P. ’13

Yesterday in chapel, Andrew P. delivered the first prefect speech for the year.  It has become tradition that every prefect makes a speech in chapel.  The speeches take place throughout the year and focus on lessons they have learned while at Ridley or advice they would like to pass on to their fellow students. In his hilarious speech, Andrew talked about how his relationship with his roommate evolved from his first impression of him:

Ridley College Drama Runs Away to the Circus

Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, Grade 9 and 10 Ridley College drama students tried the trapeze at the Zacada Circus School.  The trapeze wasn’t the only circus act that the students had a chance to try!   They also had the opportunity to use balance to try to make it across the tightrope,  twisted and twirled using silks, swung in the aerial swing, and tumbled on the trampoline!  The students were working on Physical Literacy and 360 degree awareness as part of the drama curriculum. Check out the video from circus school:

Student trying out the aerial ring
Students climbing the 'silks'

A Ridley College Tradition Continues – Snake Dance 2012!

I am sure you are still cleaning off the orange and black paint from Friday night’s Snake Dance!  Be proud!  You were a part of a Ridley tradition that dates back to the 1940’s.  For those of you who do not know what Snake Dance is, it’s basically a HUGE pep rally where everyone wears as much orange and black as humanely possible and meets in front of a giant bonfire to sing school cheers and to show as much school spirit as they can!

Friday was a great night full of Ridley pride and school spirit!  Whether it was your first Snake Dance or your last I hope everyone had a great time!  Check out some video from Friday:

Photos taken by Kelly Neill and video by Anne Kubu

History of Ridley College Walking Tour

Ridley College was founded in 1889 and has continued to grow and evolve every year. The campus itself is both beautiful and interesting.  As a way for new students to get to know the campus and to help them appreciate Ridley and what they have become part of, the faculty hosts a ‘History of Ridley – Walking Tour.’  There are 10 stations in total including:

1. The Cannon

The Cannon - located near the front circle - Mr. Templeman, history teacher and archivist explains history of cannon to students

2. The Cricket Shed

The Cricket Shed - Mr. Rose OR '96 Director of Advancement explains history of the oldest standing building on campus

3. The Iggulden Gym

Mr. Jay Tredway OR '96 Director of Athletics explains history of the Iggulden Gym - named after Captain C.W. Iggulden & Andy Iggulden, Athletic Director 1949-79

4. Lower School

Mr. Paul O'Rourke Social Science Teacher explains the history of Lower School

5. Front Circle

Front Circle in front of School House Building - Mr. Park OR '80 Explains History of Area

Other stops on the tour included: The Memorial Chapel, Gooderham House, Dean’s House, The Griffith Gym and Kenyon-Lett House.

Ridley College Camp 2012

Early Thursday morning the buses departed Ridley College and made their way up North to camp!  The Upper School boys headed to Camp Onondaga in Minden and the Upper School Girls and Grade 7 & 8’s travelled to Camp White Pine in Haliburton.

There were many outdoor activities and adventures, including zip lining, sailing, canoeing, climbing, and high ropes courses.


In the evening, campfires, s’mores and dance routines were shared and friendships formed.


To view more pictures from camp, please click here.

Check out the video to see the students at camp:

What to Expect at Ridley College Camp 2012?

We are off to camp tomorrow! The Upper School boys will be heading to Camp Onondaga in Minden, Ontario and the Upper School girls along with the Grade 7 & 8’s from the Lower School will be heading to Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario.

Camp is always a fun experience filled with lots of outdoor activities – everything from sailing to zip lining to high ropes courses.  It is a great time to get to know your housemates and your fellow classmates.  If you want to get a real feel for what camp is like, check out the video from last year:

You might also be asking yourself, what should I pack!?  Here is a list to help you:

Be prepared with warm clothing for the nights, and potentially inclement days. Onondaga’s cabins do not have heat and nighttime may potentially be cool. Pack your gear in something easy to carry, as you will have to walk to your cabin. Try to avoid using a suitcase. Knapsacks or hockey bags are best. Put your name on your things!!


  • Sleeping Bag
  • Socks and underwear for each day
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts (weather permitting)
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 1-2 long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 pair of running shoes/hiking boots
  • 1 baseball hat or sunhat
  • warm pajamas or long-johns
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (we are outside rain or shine!)
  • bathing suit
  • towel
  • sunscreen
  • soap/shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Flashlight ** Important item—do not forget!!
  • pillow
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Pen and Paper
  • Provincial Health Card

  • sunglasses
  • long underwear
  • playing cards
  • book
  • guitar, or other instruments
  • bandana
  • winter hat


  • Anything that requires batteries or electricity—including video games, cell phones, pagers, radios, CD players etc. (This does not include cameras and flashlights).
  • Extra food of any kind– this invites insects and critters into cabins!
  • Alcohol, cigarettes and non-prescription drugs are not permitted—you will be sent home if you possess any of these items.
  • PLEASE ensure that all necessary medications are outlined on your school health form.

Ridley College Opening Day 2012

Today students from 36 different countries arrived to move into their new home at Ridley College.  It is an exciting day filled with meeting new friends and getting acquainted with the campus.

Ridley College students arriving on campus - unpacking

Flags lined the front circle welcoming students from all over the world.  Senior students were waiting outside their houses to help new members of the house move in.

Prefects helping students register

Headmaster Mr. Ed Kidd meeting with families

Mr. Kidd met with new parents and introduced the Ridley College Leadership team:

Tonight students will meet in their houses where they will get to know their advisors and duty team, have dinner together in the Great Hall and then will come back to the house to go on campus tours and to look up their schedule for their first day of classes tomorrow.

Photos taken by Ms. Anne Kubu