IB Business & Management Students Catch Entrepreneurial Spirit

It’s like a challenge straight out of the reality TV show The Apprentice.  The IB Business and Management students have been competing this week to see who can do the best job of marketing a product. Today six groups set up a business/marketing fair where they sold ice cream, t-shirts, pop, sushi, chicken wings, smoothies and pizza.





Ballots were provided upon purchase of the products to vote on three categories to help determine the winning group.  The categories included:

1) Which group was the best at promoting their product?

2) Which group was the most efficient in serving their customers?

3) Which group showed the best business sense overall?

The business/marketing fair generated approximately $2600 in sales.  The profits from the fair will be donated to the charity of choice of the winning group.

Environment Management Class Learns About Restoring Biodiversity in Real Life Application

Yesterday the Grade 12 Environment Management class witnessed firsthand a number of the efforts being carried out to help remediate the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern including:  the Cootes Paradise Wildlife Sanctuary, an RGB Fishway demonstration and other work underway to restore the biodiversity of this area.


The students also completed water quality indicator tests and learned more about the process currently underway to contain the contaminated Randle Reef site in the Harbour.

The afternoon was spent at McMaster University participating in two fascinating interdisciplinary learning experiences.   At the School of Physics & Astronomy the students participated in interactive Physics demonstrations on soft- and- hard-condensed matter; and, magnetic levitation trains.



Later on, at the School of Geography & Earth Sciences, the students visited the 3D Visualization lab where they learned about the applications of geotechnologies in environmental studies and other disciplines.

Written by Environmental Management teacher, Mr. Ronald

Art in the Big Apple

Friday morning, 6am. 21 students and 3 teachers depart for New York City. With only a few having previously been to NYC, an air of anticipation would have permeated our consciousness’ had we not been unconscious the moment we hit our seats.


The first and only stop of the day was Rockefeller Centre where we ascended to one of the highest vantage points in NYC. From the Top of the Rock the beauty, expansiveness and density of NYC truly hit us.  We then proceeded to Times Square.


Our first stop on Saturday was the Museum of Modern Art. The thing that stood out most about this museum was the amount of works that we recognized; from Munch’s The Scream, to a Rothko’s trademark blocks of colour, to van Gogh’s The Starry Night. Seeing these pieces on the internet or printed out gives some taste of the quality of work and emotion captured by the placed pigments but seeing them in person is completely surreal. Being able to see every brush stroke and smudge grants an appreciation and awe unsurpassed by anything else.


Our second stop at the Whitney Museum was short but impressive. We had the treat of being able to view “Jay Defeo: A Retrospective”. Unlike most exhibits where you may see a few of an artist’s pieces covering only a portion of their work and style, a retrospective gives a much different perspective. By showing all the artist’s work you can really see the changes in style, emotion, and even philosophy of the artist. Our third stop was at the Chelsea Art District closer to downtown NYC. While difficult to navigate for some, Chelsea contained some smaller, more intimate exhibitions.

More intimate than the Chelsea Art District was The Cloisters, our first Sunday stop. This off-site part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave us a great look at changes in sculpture and architecture during the Middle Ages. It was very interesting how different one person can be portrayed. Each of the ten sculptures of The Virgin Mary had very different characteristics; from neutral gender/femininity to differences in how maternal she appeared. The architecture from room to room showed great variation in things such as: wall depth/width, window size, ceiling shape and composition, and arch style. These differences reflected the evolving knowledge of how to build soundly as well as evolving taste in the visual characteristic of buildings.


Our second stop was at St. John the Divine Cathedral. The building’s size itself would have been enough to leave most speechless but on top of that, the entire build was a work of art; almost every inch being covered by some design, sculpture or stain-glass window. Inside was every bit as breathtaking as the outside with huge pillars reaching stories up and the stain-glass taking on its full display of colours. Next to the cathedral was The Peace Fountain, an assortment of different statues with some made by children surrounding the fountain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is huge. Absolutely huge. As in I couldn’t possibly put in to words the amount it contained. We only had time to visit a couple of the exhibits. Some of which included Egyptian tombs, a small chronology of popular musical instruments and an After Photoshop exhibit (the artists took old/retro photos and photoshopped them). The Frick collection was set in a beautiful house built by Henry Clay Frick and furnished with key works of art from the renaissance through to the 19th century.

We started our last day with a Staten Island Ferry ride. What the Rockefeller showed us vertically, the ferry showed us horizontally. Looking like the world’s largest game of Tetris stood New York City, and Lady Liberty herself bid us a static farewell.

The NYC trip gave us more than we ever expected. We bonded as a group, experienced a culture shock, and ultimately were inspired and awestricken by the beauty of New York City and everything contained within.

Written By Jacob Toms-Boudreau ’13

Ridley College Lower School Shows Well at Niagara Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Ridley College Lower School had another outstanding showing at the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair this past weekend at Niagara College. Last night, students were recognized at the awards ceremony in Welland. Every Ridley College participant walked away with at least one award! This recognition is a testament to their commitment and passion towards inquiry in Science.


The following is a list of the recipients and their awards:

Canadian Army Certificate (Gold) – Gabrielle Cook

United States Army Certificate – Jack Hilditch

Brock University Earth Science Award – Jack Hilditch

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority – Jack Hilditch

Ontario Horticulture Society Niagara District 9 – Anthony Nguyen

Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board – Anthony Nguyen

Juvenile Honourable Mention (Grade 5) – Ella Child, Isabella Taliano and Gabrielle Cook

Junior Honourable Mention (Grade 7) – Callum Campbell, Morgan Wolfe, Jack Hilditch

Standard Trophy for Oustanding Acheivement at the Junior Level (Grade 7) Top School Award – Jack Hilditch, Callum Campbell, Morgan Wolfe, Anthony Nguyen

Outstanding Science Teacher Award for the Junior Level (Grade 7) – Mr. Smith and Mr. Ireland.



Sculling in Sarasota – Ridley Rowers Train in Florida over March Break

It was a little too chilly in St. Catharines to hit the Henley rowing course during March Break, so the crews headed south to Sarasota, Florida for a spring training camp. Juliette C. ’14 was one of the rowers who sculled in Sarasota!

Rowing in Florida

For the past two years Ridley Rowing has had a training camp at Shawinigan School in British Colombia, but this year we went to Sarasota Florida with rowers from Shawinigan. We left Ridley at 2:45am to fly down to Florida on Thursday, March 14, 2013 and returned on Saturday the 23rd. Once we arrived at our hotel and unpacked there was no resting – we started our training with a run down to the course, which was about 4 or 5km away. During the training camp, the senior women’s crew rowed twice per day. We would run down to the course at around 8am, be on the water from 8:30-11am eat some lunch, row again around 1pm or 2pm and then we would return to the hotel and get ready to go out for dinner. Whenever the water was too rough or there was thunder we would workout at the hotel and do some weights, erging, and cardio on the elliptical. One of the mornings we decided to drive out to Siesta Key Beach and try a workout there with the junior boys. We started with a 30 minute run along the beach then came back to do sprints and a few mini competitions in teams, it was probably one of the hardest workouts we did. Besides rowing we did get a chance to see a NHL game and go to Universal Studios for the day.  It was a very beneficial trip full of lots of training and good memories for all the rowers involved!

Grade 4s Share Their Knowledge of Ancient Civilizations

In February, the Grade 4 students had a Skype conversation with an archaeologist.  Since then the class has been learning about ancient civilizations and archaeological discoveries.


Today, the students hosted a museum exhibit in their class with displays featuring dioramas, food and interactive games highlighting civilizations from Ancient Greece, Indus Valley, Incas, Mayans, Medieval, and Ancient Rome.


Ridley College 2012-2013 Winter Sports Recap

Students have returned from break and the third term of sports is just beginning. Tryouts for competitive soccer, rugby, track and field, tennis, badminton, golf, gymnastics and rowing are taking place this week.

We had a successful Winter Sports Term starting out with Ridley playing host to the 2nd Annual National Boys Basketball Championship. Twenty schools from across the country descended on Niagara for three full days of excellent competition. Our First Boys Basketball team was full value as defending champions, losing to the eventual tournament winners from Crescent School in a hard-fought semi final. The Griffith Gym and Fieldhouse continued to play host to plenty of drama for the rest of the term as the First and U16 Boys earned silver medals in our annual Carl Dorland Tournament; in addition, the U14 Boys capped off another strong season as CISAA Champions. The First Boys then qualified for their 7th straight OFSAA championship where they were defeated in the quarterfinal by the eventual tournament winners.

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Our other Ridley court sports provided plenty of excitement as well. The U16 Girls Volleyball team made it all the way back to defend their CISAA championship earning league silver at Bayview Glen, while the fledgling yet ferocious U14 Squash Tigers earned their stripes racking up ten victories en route to also winning CISAA Silver.


Tigers also soared in the air and glided through the water as the Gymnastic and Swim teams earned a total of forty CISAA placements. With no OFSAA championship in Gymnastics due to the public school extra curricular work stoppage, it was up to our six qualifying Ridley swimmers to put our mark on the provincial championship board. They did not disappoint. The boys led the way earning three gold and one silver finishing 6th overall in the province.

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Tiger Arena again played host to some of the best competition in North America as our First Boys and Girls again proved they are top competitors in Prep Hockey. Our Tigers started the year winning their respective home tournaments before both captured more hardware at other provincial events. The boys’ undefeated fall launched them into what proved to be an extremely competitive CISAA and MPHL schedule where they made the MPHL semi finals for the first time in school history before losing in overtime to the eventual champions from The Edge. The First Girls fantastic fall season also proved to be an omen of things to come as the girls racked up thirty-seven wins, the most in girls hockey history. On their way back to the NAPHA championship game (for the first time since 2005) they finished with league silver before concluding their incredible campaign with another silver medal at the provincial high school championships in Orillia. All of Ridley’s developmental hockey programs had solid campaigns despite the provincial work stoppage issues. The combined group of U16 and Second Boys hockey teams reached two tournament championships, earning a gold and silver. The JV Girls finished the year on a high making the final of the Tiger Challenge Cup, losing by a goal in the final. Silver seemed to be the colour of the hockey season as the U14 Boys also finished another strong campaign with the CISAA silver medal.


The final sporting event of the season was our annual prelude to the spring Rowing season. 800 plus athletes from across the province rode the QEW to the Ridley campus on the final Saturday of term for the Ontario Ergometer Championships. In another fantastic event run by the Ridley Graduate Club, our young oarsmen and women provided plenty to get excited about with a raft of personal best times; the Ridley name appeared multiple times in multiple top tens.  During the March Break the crews travelled to Sarasota, Florida for a training camp.


Congratulations and thank you to everyone that wore Orange and Black this winter adding to our storied sporting history!

Written By Mr. Jay Tredway, Director of Athletics