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 Duke of Edinburgh Dogsledding Adventure 2013


At 5:30 on Wednesday 13th February a team of 23 left Ridley for a dogsledding adventure in Algonquin Park. This fearless group of students have been training for this since the beginning of January. They had carefully packed their warm clothes and enjoyed an overnight practice trip at the BOERC two weeks prior. Chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Dawson the team arrived for an overnight stay at the Northridge Inn at 10pm. 6am came around fast and everyone was up for breakfast and packed lunch making chores. At 8am we were off to Chocpaw to begin the adventure. After a short training session we headed over to the ‘Dog Yard’ where the students packed their bags, food bins for both us and the dogs.

Mr. Dawson is it a little chilly?
Mr. Dawson is it a little chilly?

The weather was hovering around -5C and snowing, but the spirits were high as we set off down the roads to the Algonquin Park entrance. The scenery became more and more beautiful with the lakes frozen and the pine trees laden with snow. It was like Narnia! The first camp took us about three hours to sled to and the terrain included some impressive hills to go up an over. Dogsledding is a very good workout, you have to run up all the hills and push the sleds, you have to constantly adjust the speed of the sled using a brake and lean to each side to keep the sled straight on the trail. We had six dogs to each sled and two people steered it and controlled the dogs.


Due to the size of the group we had to split up into two groups. Mr. & Mrs.  Campbell led one and Mr. Dawson led the other. Each team had two Chocpaw guides that helped us with the dogs and camping experience. When at camp chores included, cooking, doing dishes, collecting and sawing wood, feeding and watering the dogs, pooper-scooper, and collecting water. As darkness falls at 6pm there is always a bit of a race to get these jobs done before nightfall. We slept, cooked and prepared meals in big tents. They were rudimentary, but had two wood stoves at either end that were stoked throughout the night by the guides.


The second day each team went out on a circular loop and returned to the same ‘Char’ campsite, but on the third day we broke camp and set off for a different camp. We all returned on Sunday back to the Dog Yard to unpack and put the dogs back to their kennels.


The weather was one of the most challenging elements of the camp, although we started out in -5C it got progressively colder after the second day of snow. As the clouds lifted and gave way to sun the temperature plummeted. On the last day we woke to a chilly -35C, where camera batteries died after a minute, fingers froze in less and clothing was crispy! Our food froze so a packed lunch was chilly and you often had to break the ice at the top of your drink bottle to take a sip! Unbelievably no-one complained, the teams relished the adventure and rose to the challenge. On average we spent five hours dogsledding and covered approximately 30km each day.


I am immensely proud of the group of dogsledders, they worked and played hard and should feel a huge sense of accomplishment. If you see one of the group, you should congratulate them for their effort, enthusiasm that they displayed over the trip.

As told by Mr. Giles Campbell, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

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!