There are ten boarding houses on the Ridley College campus and each celebrated the season with their own holiday dinners. Housemasters, Assistant Housemasters, Masters on Duty, day and boarding students all came together with their house and had a holiday meal together either over the weekend or on Monday evening.
Gooderham West got in the holiday spirit by making Gingerbread Houses
The boys of ABE were treated to some hot chocolate and cookies
With over 37 countries represented at Ridley we are truly an international school. To celebrate the holiday season and our global diversity we hold a Christmas Around the World Service each year. This year we had students read passages in German, Russian, Spanish, Cantonese, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Italian.
On Saturday and Sunday evening we held our annual Nine Lessons and Carols Service. The Candlelight Service celebrates the birth of Christ told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns.
Free the Children is an organization that was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995. He believes that young people have the power to change the world. The name of the organization comes from three goals: free the children from poverty, free the children from exploitation, and free the children from the notion that they are powerless to effect change. The girls of Upper School houses Mandeville and Leonard have been supporting this organization for the past few years. This fall, they have been busy with a number of initiatives.
On September 25th, 35 girls from both houses and 20 students from the Lower School traveled to Toronto to the annual “We Day” celebration. This day-long event celebrates the achievements of young people and inspires youth to get involved to effect change. The girls accepted the challenges presented readily and were inspired to organize a number of events this term.
Firstly, Mandeville hosted a casual dress day for Halloween and raised $725. This was followed by a successful food drive on Halloween night where the girls from both houses came together to collect non-perishable food items for our local Community Care in a campaign called We Scare Hunger. This was an incredibly successful event with the girls collecting 2600 lbs of food. Thanks must go to the neighborhoods around Ridley for these families were generous with their donations. It took over 175 volunteer hours from the girls to make this event happen.
With thanks to the Family Guild for providing the opportunity, the girls had a table at the annual Ridley Christmas Market where they sold ladybug hats (Leonard’s House mascot), sold jewelry from the Me to We store, and painted faces to raise funds. This was a successful venture with $325 raised.
The next venture was a dance hosted by the girls to raise funds. One of the challenges suggested by Free the Children is that students arrange social events as fundraising opportunities. The dance was held in Williams Hall (the dining hall at the Lower School) and was a great success. With good music by volunteer student DJ Raj Hemrajani and lots of work by the girls, the dance went off without a hitch. The dance took over 90 volunteer hours to put together and raised over $1730.
The final initiative for the term is Mandeville House’s Christmas Candy Gram sale where students are invited to purchase small sweet treats to send to their friends with a note of holiday greetings. The sales for these are still in progress but seem so far to be quite successful.
The goal of all of this fundraising is to support the Brick by Brick campaign. This is a campaign to build classrooms, provide notebooks and desks, and support teachers to give children the chance to go to school in a safe environment. It takes $8,500 to build a school or a schoolroom overseas and with the efforts of the girls over the last few years, they have nearly met this target.
The Academic Ties were handed out today in a special chapel ceremony. The tie was introduced in Canada’s Centennial Year, 1967. It is black with opened books in silver edged in orange. Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to wear the tie:
1. All students in Grades 5 to 11 who have achieved an average in June of 85% or over.
2. All winners of General Proficiency Prizes at the Grades 5 to 11 level.
3. All winners of Major Academic Subject Prizes at the Grades 5 to 11 level.
4. All students with 85% or higher on their best six Ridley 4U/M March marks.
Having once won the honour of the Academic Tie, the student will be able to continue wearing that tie regardless of his or her achievement. Funding for the Academic Tie is generously provided by the Class of ’56. The following students, by virtue of their June 2012 results, are eligible to wear the Ridley College Academic Tie:
Victor Arias Blanco
Jan Philip Bernius
Mattea De Munnich
Igal Flegmann Sandler
Shi Qi Hu
Jesus Serrano Cendejas
Jacob Toms Boudreau
Congratulations to all students who have earned the honour of the Academic Tie.
In their first year as members of the International Thespians Society, Ridley Theatre students recently competed at the Michigan State Thespian Festival. The students competed in various categories including solo and group performance, musical theatre, dance, film and design technology. Competitors received either a good, excellent or superior ranking from the judges. Out of our nine students competing, Jacqueline O’Rourke received an excellent ranking and five of our students were ranked superior: Luis Lopez-Guzman, Maia Bidodchka, Jade Biggar and Eric Gordon (Duet Acting) and Matt Cairns for his solo vocal performance from Jesus Christ Superstar (Matt received a standing ovation for his solo from over one thousand American theatre majors). These six students have been invited to compete in the 50th annual National Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June. Ridley College was the only Canadian school in attendance and had proportionally the most students to go onto the nationals.
Jade Biggar and Eric Gordon performed Act II Scene II of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew during assembly on Thursday:
In early November you probably noticed some five o’clock shadow forming on the upper lips of teachers, Upper School Boys, Father Jason and even Headmaster Mr. Kidd. By mid-November you could see the normally clean-shaven men with some serious facial hair. Some opted for the traditional ‘pencil’ or ‘toothbrush’ moustaches, while others went all out with the “extreme Dali’. The cause: ‘Movember’ – On the 1st of November men all over the world begin growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. This year, members of the Ridley College family participated in the fundraising event and students raised $550, Upper School faculty raised $380 and Lower School faculty raised almost $700!