Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Canoe Trip to Algonquin Park

On Thursday 25th October 15 brave students rolled out of Ridley at 6am heading towards Algonquin Park for a three night canoe camping trip. Chaperoned by Giles and Fiona Campbell, Matt Bowie and Bill Gittings our intrepid campers were greeted with fine bright weather and many paddled into the park in shorts and T-shirts. The evening rolled in and everyone enjoyed some slightly burnt pasta and delicious meatballs! Some even went swimming. Marshmallows around the fire with jokes and stories put everyone in a great mood for the trip.

The next morning was overcast, but the campers, filled with eggs and bacon, broke camp and paddled from Joe Lake up through Tepee, into Littledoe and then onto Tom Thompson where we were to camp for the remaining two nights. We had an eventful portage over a beaver dam where Mr. Gittings fell in and a few wet feet were had by others! We set camp, gathered wood and generally prepared for some bad weather that was expected the next day.

The weather was true to form and we were graced with rain shortly after breakfast. Undaunted the team donned waterproof clothing and set out for a day trip paddle that led us over a 400m portage and two more beaver dams by lunch. By this time the weather was really closing in and turned into sleet. After a quick bowl of soup and a couple of hearty wraps on a wet portage trail we made pace for home and crossed the 400m portage and the two tricky beaver dams. All credit is due to the group as this was a cold and miserable paddle, but no one complained. Nor did they complain about being sent to their sleeping bags with a hot cup of chocolate upon arrival! As supper was being cooked the sleet turned to snow, which Daniel Lim, (our Australian exchange student), was delighted to see! Fortunately as the evening drew on the rain stopped and by morning we were able to pack up in the dry and make speed for the bus that was picking us up at noon. It was a good three hour paddle that gave all the campers time to reflect on the challenge that they had encountered.

The weather is such a prominient part of every camping trip as it can affect every situation. As I often say, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”, and many of our campers will remember this trip to the edge of their comfort zone and be able to predict the equipment and clothing they will need to match what nature throws at them. It was a successful trip with some great memories and I am proud of all the tough campers that undertook the challenge.

This is a map of where the canoe trip took place:
















Written By Mr. Giles Campbell, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Storm Update: Ridley College is open today, and regular classes are in session

Ridley College is open today, and regular classes are in session. Environment Canada has ended the wind warning for St. Catharines, however high winds continue to persist in the Niagara region. Therefore, Day students should consider the weather conditions before travelling to school today. Please note that the Grimsby bus will run as scheduled.

If you will not be attending school, please notify Mrs. Gillespie (extension 2238) in Lower School, or Mrs. Hutton (extension 2276) in Upper School.

Athletic events may be affected, and we will post updates in this space as they become available. If you have any other concerns or questions about Athletics, please call Lori Schultz or Anne Kravchenko at extension 2235.

Storm Precautions

Ridley College has implemented a severe weather plan for the next 48 hours.  Effective 3:45pm this afternoon, Monday, 29 October, all afternoon and evening activities, house meetings, athletics, and rental bookings are cancelled.

Day students should be picked up immediately at 3:45pm.  Students who are not picked up will be required to report to their Upper School House.  All off-campus Faculty and Staff should leave campus at this time.

Presently, it is uncertain if classes and school activities will resume tomorrow.  Families and students should access one of the following locations for updates and more information:

  1. Community News, accessed via student emails.
  2. As we are able, another email pushpage will be sent before 6:30am tomorrow morning.
  3. As we are able, updates will be posted to our website at www.ridleycollege.com.
  4. If power is out, our phone system will remain operational.  Voicemail updates may be retrieved by calling the main school number at 905-684-1889.

Our primary concern is for the safety of our students.  Ridley College encourages parents to monitor the conditions in your immediate area and use your best judgment regarding whether or not to travel to campus.

Ridley presents “The Comedy of Errors”

Ridley drama is set to present “The Comedy of Errors” October 26th and 27th and November 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm in the Mandeville Theatre.

“The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities ensue.

Tickets are $10 and available at Hank’s by calling 905-684-1889, ext. 2243.

Check out a sneak peek:

Ridley College Grade 12 Environmental Management Classes Test Pond Water

The Gr. 12 Environmental Management classes travelled to the Burgoyne Outdoor Education Centre yesterday to test pond water. The purpose was to analyze the abiotic components of the two ponds at the Burgoyne Centre under aerated and non-aerated conditions. Specifically, students conducted water chemistry indicator tests i.e. aesthetic, physical and chemical; collected benthic macroinvertabrates, and completed a soil textural analysis.

Students measuring the level of chlorides in the water
Students performing a dissolved oxygen chemical indicator test
Beautiful day at the Burgoyne Outdoor Education Centre


Ridley College Design & Technology Class Makes Sushi Platters

The Grade 11 Design and Technology class has been spending the past few weeks working through the design process of making a sushi platter.  In coming up with a design students had to make sure their platter embodied the Japanese culture.  Students had to first draft their designs on a plan and then mould the clay using their plan.

The clay platters were then fired in a kiln which turns the clay into ceramic.  The final part of the design process was to glaze the ceramic and then to reheat it to create the vibrant colours that you see on the platters.

Today the students took pictures of their final products.