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.

Ridley College House Captains 2012-2013

Today the House Captains for the 2012-2013 school year were announced!  House Captains are a select group of Grade 12 students, appointed by the Housemaster, responsible for organizing events and assisting in the daily routines of their House. Typically, House Captains meet with their Housemaster once a week to set goals, plan House meetings, and lead community service and environmental initiatives. House Captains are responsible for the orientation of new students into the dorms and making the House feel like a home.

2012-2013 House Captains

Arthur Bishop East – Mr. G. Park

Amnan Azly

Chuma Azoba

Jacob Toms Boudreau

Jonathan Pile

Arthur Bishop West – Mr. D Darby

Brandon Bravo

Bryson Cook

Koichiro Kurata

Francois Le Roux

Luis Lopez Guzman

Andrew Park

Animesh Pattoo

Dean’s House – Mr. S. Beatty

Caleb Docherty

Raj Hemrajani

Sidney Hutton

Ramez Maximous

David Yang

Gooderham East – Ms. H. Cousins

Courtney Arseneau

Heather Petrick

Leah Rasmussen

Mirielle Theis

Gooderham West – Mrs. B. Filion

Carla Aspite Fermin

Anna Breun

Emma Hudson

Catherine Marot

Nathalie Pringle

Leonard – Ms. R. Scott

Franka Böckmann

Eliza Coffin

Jennifer Dillon

Chinekwu Osakwe

Maggie Smith

Annabel Umeh

Mandeville – Ms. S. Thompson

Alice Bachmann

Meghan Konkle

Shayda Shivafard

Marissa Steinbergs

Laura Voigtlânder

Audrey Yang

Merritt North – Mr. K. Hutton

Christian Harper

Brian Kim

Jacob Lucier

William Nicholson

Oseremhen (Ossy) Okoyomon

Jaime Pi Rodriganez

Alexander Shuren

Merritt South – Mr. B. Amyote

Jan Philip Bernius

Erik Danecker

Calen Healey

Ritchard Hoeft

Frank Li


Great Weekend in Ridley Sports

It was a great weekend in Ridley sports! Ridley College hosted the 32nd annual CAIS National Boys Soccer Championships.  The First Boys Soccer team was ranked 16th out of 20 teams and became National Silver Medalists after some remarkable playing!

Congratulations to the First Girls Hockey team who won Gold at the Cornwall Showcase Tournament.  The girls won 4 out of 5 of their games and made the finals an exciting one with a shoot-out to win the tournament!  

First Girls Field Hockey travelled to Victoria, BC for the inaugural National Championships and came away with 1 win, 2 losses, 1 tie and some incredible memories, click here to read more about their trip.

The First Boys Hockey team won two games at Shadyside’s Homecoming to push their record to 7-0, and on Friday, Heather Petrick finished 3rd at the OFSAA prep Cross Country meet in Brampton making it three top three finishes in a row. On Saturday in a total of 11 games your orange and black went a perfect 11 wins 0 losses.

First Field Hockey Travels to Victoria, British Columbia

Day One:
First Field Hockey took to the skies early on Thursday morning heading out of Hamilton airport – their destination Victoria, BC to attend CAIS Invitational Field Hockey tournament hosted by St. Michael’s University School and Glenlyon Norfolk School. The girls were greeted with snow when we arrived in Calgary and feared the worst but were oddly pleased when cloud and rain were in the forecast for Victoria and would remain so for the duration of the trip. Their spirits could not be dampened as they took to exploring downtown Victoria and making the most of their time in the beautiful city.

Day Two:
The games of the opening day of the tournament were held on the world-class water turf at the University of Victoria. After a period of adjustment to the new surface, Ridley showed real promise and were thrilled to have the opportunity to play the game at such a great facility.

Arwyn tackling versus The York House School

We had two round robin games this day and lost our first game against the eventual tournament silver medalists, St. Michael’s University School and then tied the eventual tournament gold medalists, The York House Tigers.

Keeper Sophie Ward ready for the shot versus The York House

One of the highlights of the day included a visit from past faculty member Rick Cicchine and his daughter Michaela who came bearing home baked treats for the team and lots of Ridley pride. Before leaving the University of Victoria after their games, the girls were given a tour of the campus by Jon Chisholm OR ’12 and one of his new rowing crew mates.  On the tour, Jon was quick to show the girls the wall of fame in the athletics building featuring a photo of Robin Meagher (wife of rowing director, Jason Dorland) for her accomplishments on the track.

After a busy day, the team hunkered down for a hearty family meal in the hotel, catered by Coach Darby and Coach Scott, and then went off to bed in preparation for another big day.

Day Three: 
The final game of round robin play saw Ridley play perennial rivals St. John’s Kilmarnock (SJK), this time at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS). The Tigers came out on top in an exciting match. Captain Kennedy Farr ’13 scored the lone goal of the game on a beautiful short corner play. Keeper Sophie Ward ’14 made a number of key saves to secure the win for the Tigers. The whole team worked well together and showed more confidence in their game and in each other.

The team celebrates their win

This win put Ridley in a position to play the hosts, GNS, in the first round of the play-offs. The girls continued their momentum from the previous match and scored three beautiful unanswered goals (Arwyn Workman-Youmans ’16, Emily Bidochka ’14, and Elizabeth Gross ’14).  During this game, the sun shone and the girls had a great time playing a game that they love.

In high spirits, the girls traveled to a favourite west coast hot spot, The Red Robin Gourmet Burger Restaurant, to partake in a well-earned celebratory meal. Good food, good laughs, good friends.

Day Four:
We awoke to torrential rain and tired, achy bodies as the girls prepped to leave the hotel before the sun got up for the final game of the tournament against SJK.

Siena, Laura and Soho field hockey friends

Though the Tigers ended on the short side of a 2-1 score (goal scored by Emily Bidochka ’14), the girls finished the tournament feeling like they had learned a lot about field hockey. 

The team ready for adventure

To mark the end of a great trip, we ventured out into the waters, through the pelting rain, from Victoria Harbour in two zodiacs and dressed in our red survival suits. We were treated to views of sea lions resting and barking at the lighthouse station and a humpback mother and calf feeding off the coast. The boat ride was a thrill in itself and the squeals of delight could be heard across the bay.

Zodiac joy ride

Tired and happy the girls bid farewell to Victoria and boarded the plane bound for home with fond memories of the west coast and their time together. Their coaches, Ms. Lech, Mrs. Darby, and Ms. Scott were so proud of the girls and the wonderful way that they represented Ridley.


Written by Coach Scott and Coach Darby