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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IB Environmental Systems Year One and the Grade 12 Environment Resource Management students recently took a trip to the Burgoyne Outdoor Centre. Approximately 20 minutes from campus, near Fonthill is 60 acres of beautiful land known as the BOERC or the Burgoyne Outdoor Centre. This area was generously donated to Ridley by the Burgoyne family and is used by Ridley College for outdoor education.
On this field trip, the students followed in the steps of Henry David Thoreau, an American author, poet, philosopher, naturalist and historian, whose major works are sources of modern day environmentalism. Students wrote about what they observed and took nature photos of different scales for their landscape ecology projects.
To view more pictures from the trip, please click here.
Congratulations to the First Boys Hockey team who won all five games this weekend to claim the Tiger Challenge Cup. Congratulations as well to all teams that travelled to Homecomings at Hillfield and St. Michael’s this weekend where we played spoiler winning 8 and losing 5 program wide including the First Girls Basketball and First Boys Soccer teams whose wins keep them undefeated and in first place in their respective leagues to this point.
First Girls Basketball won 36-25 over Hillfield Strathllan. Emma R. had a game high 15 points, Laura V. had her first triple-double of the season with 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Alyssa T. added 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Sparked by a brace of goals from senior Captain Matthew S, the First Boys’ Soccer team defeated St.Mchael’s College School of Toronto 2-1. The Tigers were quick out of the traps to start the game as the senior striker raced towards goal to prod home the opening marker in the first minute. Aided by the intelligent field play of his teammates, Sobkowski repeated the feat to start the second half and the visitors were off to the races with a two goal lead. The skillful St.Mike’s team struggled to make a dent in the Ridley defense as twin centre-backs Matthew O and Sinclair K held the Azzurri in check throughout the game. The home side eventually clawed its way into the match with a goal off a corner kick.