Ridley College Data Management Class Learns About Probability Through Making Games


This morning the Grade 12 Data Management classes set up gaming stations for the Lower School students.  The Grade 12 students created  ‘casino-style games’ as a part of a probability and expectation project. They had to make a game for which they could determine the probability distribution. Further, they were to generate a game with a reasonable expectation of ‘fairness’ in order to give the gamer (participant) a legitimate gaming experience.  Today the games were put to the test.


Ridley College Harlem Shake

I’m sure you have seen the countless Harlem Shake videos on YouTube – everyone from the army to nursing homes to swim teams jumped on the trend and Ridley College is no different.  When we first started seeing the videos come out we knew we had to make one! It all started with a Twitter conversation with a student, by the next day we had Prefect Adam T. wearing our mascot Hank’s Tiger head and dancing.  A spirit day followed where students wore as much orange and black as possible and danced in the Dining Hall.  Here is the end result:

Ridley College Lower School Public Speaking Competition

Ridley College Lower School Public Speaking Competition participants
Ridley College Lower School Public Speaking Competition participants

The Ridley College Lower School Public Speaking competition was held yesterday afternoon.  Students in Grades 4-8 participated in junior, intermediate, senior and English Language Learner divisions.  The speaking competition is a long-standing tradition dating back to the origins of the school.  This year the English Language Learner category was added for students whose first language is not English.  The speeches informed, entertained and persuaded.  Congratulations to all of the participants – it’s certainly not easy to deliver a speech in front of a large audience!

The junior and senior winners will participate in the annual Grantham Optimist Public Speaking Championships, while the intermediate winner will have the opportunity to compete against students from other independent schools in Toronto.


Junior Division: KyoKo T.

Intermediate: Seth M.

Senior: Liana B.

English Language Learner: Luis N.

Ridley College’s Annual Valentine’s Day Debate


As Mr. Templeman put it, “what better way to start Valentine’s Day off than with an argument” – well a friendly debate anyway!  The annual Valentine’s Day debate was this morning during assembly.  The tradition began in 1991 and has been going strong ever since.  The resolution for the debate was “This House Favours Obligation Over Choice” and the debate was parliamentary style.  The best speaker was awarded to Aneeka R. – well done Aneeka!


Leonard House Twitter Scavenger Hunt – The Houses of Ridley College

Did you see the girls of Leonard House taking pictures of some strange things around campus for the past few weeks? This is what it was all about – A Twitter Scavenger Hunt!

It all came down to which group could complete all 30 tasks of the Leonard House Twitter scavenger hunt the fastest?   Seven student groups made up of mixed grade levels and one group of MOD’s took on the challenge of capturing various things on campus such as planking in a public space, riding Hank the statue, serving food in the cafeteria or getting a teacher to do a dance routine on video!  The result was some hilarious tweets and a lot of fun.  Congrats to Leonard House Group Two – made up of Isabel T., Laurissa M., Soho Y., Aneeka R. (missing: Arwyn, Rhea N., Abby M.) who won the scavenger hunt! The girls in the picture below are holding up the prizes they were awarded.  If you have Twitter, don’t forget to follow us @Ridley_College


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The Houses of Ridley College: Gooderham East House

GERidley College has the largest boarding school programme in Ontario. There are ten boarding houses on campus, five boys houses, four girls and one junior boarding house. Each of the houses is unique and has its own colours, mascot and traditions. What do the girls of G-East like to do for fun? Baking, watching movies, and smoothie nights are some of their favourite things to do!  In this video, the girls from Gooderham East House tell you about being a Croc!

Ridley College VEX Robotics Comes Away with Top Prizes from Local Competition

The Ridley College VEX Robotics team competited in a tournament at local high school Holy Cross on Saturday.  Three of our teams had a 5 win 1 loss record and one team had a 6-0 record (one of only two machines out of 45 teams to go 6-0).  Team 1509B made up of Jon P, Igal F and Shi Qi were voted best overall team and were also awarded the highest honour at the tournament – the Excellence Award.  This award guarantees the team a spot at the World Championships in Anaheim in April and allows them to vie for the Excellence Award for the World Championship!

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Our team also won the Think award for clever engineering, the Support award for helping other teams at the contest and the finalist trophy for finishing second in the tournament. Jan and Jonah’s efforts programming the Z machine resulted in us winning the Programming Challenge as well.

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Their machine is currently 17th in the world (out of 6000 teams) and the top 30 on March 3rd will also qualify for the world championships. We have our fingers crossed.

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Thanks to my co-mentor Mr. McCambley, Mr. Kidd, Mr. Rubin, Mr. & Mrs. Schmidt, Mr. & Mrs. Porter and Ms. Foster for supporting our team throughout the day.

Overall, it was an outstanding day and result for all 4 of our teams.

As told by Mr. Reimer, VEX Robotics Mentor

The Houses of Ridley College: Arthur Bishop West House


On any given day you can find the boys of Arthur Bishop West hanging out together in the common room, playing pool, gaming or watching football – but mostly you will find them out playing soccer. The boys of AB-West describe their bond as a brotherhood, find out more about the house by watching the video below:

Ridley College is an independent boarding school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. With ten houses on campus, Ridley has one of the largest boarding programs in Canada. There are five male houses, four female houses and one junior boarding house.

Ridley College Drama Presents “Blood Brothers” – Actor Synopsis

Two brothers torn apart: one living a life of luxury, the other in the slums of Liverpool.  An unlikely pair to become friends and that’s exactly what their mothers are counting on.  Ridley drama presents “Blood Brothers” opening on February 22nd in the Mandeville Theatre.  Watch the video below to see the actors talking a bit more about the plot:

Please click here to order tickets for the show that is running February 22nd-23rd and March 1st and 2nd in the Mandeville Theatre. Note: This show may be not be suitable for a younger audience as it contains “mature content”.