Get to Know Your Prefects: ShanShan L. ’16

Today, we are profiling Prefect ShanShan. She is a part-time boarding student from China Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 11.10.11 AMwho now resides in Toronto!

ShanShan was the top female in the CISAA Golf Qualifier for OFSAA and will represent Ridley at the OFSAA Women’s Golf Championships next month!

Why did you choose Ridley?

We were looking at private schools around the Toronto region and Ridley. I personally had
the best first impression at Ridley.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

I came to Ridley in grade 6. It was definitely a big change for me as I was at a public school for 2 years prior and before that, I lived in China. Culturally and socially, there were some aspects that took some getting used to, but Ridley is a great (safe) environment to make those changes.

What are your plans after graduation? 

After graduation, I plan to go to university in the States and go on at least one Study Abroad program. Hopefully, I can continue to play golf and play piano and the flute.

What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

The jump from grade 10 to IB. I felt that I was not prepared for the IB Diploma Program and it took the first year (maybe still) to become accustomed to the dynamics of being an IB student at a school as busy as Ridley.

What has been your favourite Ridley experience (thus far) and your favorite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, your house)?

Snake Dance – Every year, especially the last one. Snake Dance is something unique to Ridley and no one can take that experience and memory away because it is difficult to explain and only Ridleians can truly understand.

What are the most important things you have learned from your time at Ridley?

Fears were meant to be destroyed.

Traditions are good – they create an identity that seperates Ridley from other schools.

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

Don’t be afraid to try something new and voice your opinions.

The only way to truly experience Ridley is to be open-minded to every opportunity. Guaranteed, you will do something you never thought you would.

Your friends will be from all around the world – take advantage of this because it leads to great food and amazing vacations.

Grade 12 Students Experience North America’s Largest University Fair

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Photo courtesy of Ontario Universities’ Fair. https://twitter.com/OntarioUniFair

Yesterday, the Ridley Guidance Office accompanied our grade 12 students to Toronto, for the Ontario Universities Fair (OUF).  The OUF takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and is the largest University Fair in North America with all 21 Ontario universities represented. Each school had massive and elaborate displays, staffed by their own students, recruiters and school administrators.  It was a unique opportunity for our seniors to ask questions, learn first-hand from current post-secondary students, and to come away with important information about programmes of interest.

With four busloads of 125 students, we were certainly the largest contingent of the day!  As it happens, we left the fair at exactly the same time as the Toronto Blue Jays won their final home game of the season!  With 50,000 fans spilling out onto the streets, it took a logistical miracle to get us back to campus safely and soundly.

Photo courtesy of Ontario Universities’ Fair https://twitter.com/OntarioUniFair

Many thanks to Counsellors, Mr. Matt Bowie and Mr. Michael Maki, as well as Residential Don, Mr. Josh Farkas (AB East), for chaperoning the event.

One final note to parents; all 21 Ontario universities will also visit campus this fall, along with approximately 65 other universities from around the world.  Details and updates on their visits to Ridley are available to students and parents through the Naviance Family Connection portal.

– Mr. Stephen Clarke, Head of Upper School

 

Get to Know Your Prefects: Sophia S. ’16

After a busy start to the school year, students are beginning to settle inScreen Shot 2015-09-22 at 4.15.00 PM
to their lives back on campus; which means, students are getting the chance to get to know one and other. In the spirit of the new school year, we have a few more Prefects to properly introduce.

Today, we are profiling Prefect Sophia S. She is a day student from Montreal, QC!

Why did you choose Ridley?

I chose to go to Ridley because my sister had already been at the school for one year, and it was already planned that I would eventually join her. My father’s initial decision of sending my sister to the school was one that would change my life forever, and thankfully for the better.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

I do not believe one can feel entirely prepared when attending a new school. Fortunately, Ridley is a special community where I was welcomed and felt instantly at ease. As soon as I passed through those gates, I became a Tiger and have been proud to be one ever since.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to either stay in Canada and study business or go to Europe and study hospitality.

Who is your favorite faculty member and why?

It is difficult for me to choose. I have had amazing teachers and thank all of them for the ways they have enhanced my knowledge and changed who I am. If I had to name one, I would say Mr. Reimer. He never failed to make me laugh and always tried to make me love his subject. Even though physics is not in my foreseeable future, Mr. Reimer made me enjoy his class and for that, I am thankful.

What has been you greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

My greatest challenge so far has been learning a new language. As my first language is French, it was difficult juggling learning English, fitting in at the school and making new friends. Since grade 6, my English has greatly improved and luckily, I made friends who actually understand what I am trying to say!

What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

Individually, I am very proud of all that I have accomplished at the school. But ultimately, my greatest accomplishment was winning the rugby championship game with the team. I am extremely proud that the blood, sweat and tears payed off in the end. Go Tigers!

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

The advice that I would give is simply not to limit yourself. In a school with such vast opportunities in learning and extra curricular activities, it is important to keep an open mind and to not be afraid to put yourself out there. Try a sport you’ve never done before, join clubs you think look interesting and along the way you will have learned new skills, made some great friends and had a lot of fun in the process. I know I did.

HomeComing 2015

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This past weekend, Ridley graduates from far and wide returned to campus for HomeComing; where they had the chance to see friends, reminisce about old times, and make new memories. 

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This year in particular, we celebrated classes whose years ended in 0’s and 5’s, and honoured the class of 1965 as 2015’s Golden Tigers.

Friday’s events began with the Golden Tigers luncheon with Headmaster, Ed Kidd and his wife, Hanna, followed by a tour of the new buildings on campus. Later in the evening, OR’s, Governor’s, faculty and friends gathered in school house to watch the unveiling of the 125 Donor Wall, which proudly displays the names of those who made major donations to the school during the 125th year. The Governors’ Dinner rounded out the day’s events with OR’s from 1945 all the way up to 2010 dined in the Great Hall.

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Saturday began with Alumni Rowing, where twelve OR’s took to Royal Canadian Henley Regatta to row with the current Ridley Crew. The rain did make a brief appearance, but the rowers had smiles on their faces nonetheless.

Back on campus, OR’s began to fill up the tent, tour their old houses, visit with their old teachers and enjoy their time back on the Ridley grounds. The bleachers in the Griffith Gym were filled to capacity, as the inaugural “Athletes of Distinction” presentation began. This was an opportunity for us to celebrate some of Ridley’s greatest athletes, such as Fiona Milne ‘90 (Canadian, Olympic rower) and Alexander Hayes 30’(Grey Cup Champion). Luckily, the sun came out just in time for the OR’s to enjoy some afternoon sports. 

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On the final day of HomeComing, OR’s sat down in the Memorial Chapel for the “Founder’s Day” service, followed by Prayers of Remembrance and a dedication in the memory of John Stevens, ’42. Our last item of the Weekend was an alumni soccer game.

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Thank you to all who attended and participated in another successful HomeComing weekend.

For all the photos from HomeComing weekend, check out Ridley’s official Flickr page!

“There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again” ­– Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

 

 

Ridley Celebrates 126 Years!

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On September 16th, 2015, Ridley College celebrated it’s 126th birthday! All of our students joined together for an afternoon of games, laughs and delicious cupcakes – all to honour our beloved school.

Students donned colourful shirts that were wonderfully designed by the Cook sisters – Chloe (gr. 6) and Gabrielle (gr. 8). The Ridleians were then divided into teams, all of which rotated from station to station, competing in balance games, playing life-size Hungry, Hungry Hippo and cheering all the way to the end. To finish the festivities off, the Prefects led a school-wide pep rally in preparation for tonight’s Snake Dance. After which, teams were treated to cupcakes!

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It was a day filled with smiles, that truly showed how proud Ridleians are of our beloved school and its history.

To see all the photos from the 126th birthday celebration, click here for Ridley’s official Flickr page!

Happy birthday, Ridley!

Students Take to Camp Before the School Year Begins!

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This past weekend, students enjoyed every last drop of summer and ushered in the new school year with a trip to camp.  Upper School boys headed up to the scenic Onondaga Camp while the Upper School girls and lower school students from grade 7 and 8 enjoyed beautiful Camp White Pine. While there, students had a chance to bond with their peers and fellow housemates, getting a chance to showcase their talents, partake in new sports and activities and of course, have fun!

The boys had an adventurous weekend; full of zip lining through the woods, water skiing on a blue lake and playing a friendly game of water polo.

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The girls filled their days canoeing and by building house spirit. In completing a high-flying adventure on a ropes course, our students surely showed they had grit.

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At Camp White Pine the grade 7’s and 8’s participated in team building activities such as a ropes course, beach volleyball and all kinds of fun in the sun!

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Our younger students didn’t miss out on the fun, as they had their own camp day on campus. Students made their own stop motion animations, played trivia games and bonded with their tribes!

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Students returned from camp with new friends and smiles on their faces, ready to start a new school year!

To see all the photos from the weekend, check out Ridley’s official Flickr page!

Opening Day 2015

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Opening Day here at Ridley College was a busy day, as we welcomed 650 students and their families from 44 countries around the world. New and returning students gathered at the campus to get their first view of the year ahead.

Families were welcomed by Headmaster, Ed Kidd before heading out on campus for registration and orientation events.

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Students and their families had a chance to mingle with teachers, explore the opportunities offered at Ridley and meet their fellow students and Prefects.

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“We had a lovely day – felt very welcomed and confident that [our son] will indeed flourish at Ridley.”

Ridley Lower School Parent

While students and their families were busy unpacking, we asked parents what advice they’d like to give their kids as they start another chapter of their life. Here’s what they had to say.

We wish all of our students great success as the 2015-16 school year begins!

Get to Know Your Prefects: Harrison R. ’15

HarrisonWe are gearing up for Opening Day! This Tuesday we are welcoming our new students and on Wednesday we will welcome back returning students. We are so excited to meet everyone. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know the Prefects for the 2015-16 year.

Today on the blog we are profiling Prefect Harrison R. He is a day student from St. Catharines.

1. Why did you choose Ridley?

I chose Ridley mainly because I was too focused on the athletic aspect of the public high school system. While at my old school, I participated in +5 different school sport teams as well as a club team outside of school. Because of this I missed a lot of class and did not dedicate enough time to my studies, and consequently my grades fell. Ridley provided me with a more balanced high school career and the structured school day gave me enough time to participate in the sport teams that I wanted to as well as enough time for school work and added study time.

2. Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

Before coming to Ridley, I didn’t know what to expect. The daily schedule at Ridley is significantly different than any public high school in the sense that it is much more structured so it did take some time to get used to but I found the switch to be relatively easy.

3. What are your plans after graduation? (ie. University, College, Gap year… degree of study, city you plan to live in, extracurricular pursuits)

Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing a liberal arts program, and more specifically history or psychology, hopefully at the University of British Colombia. These specific subjects particularly have been a great interest of mine and I plan on pursuing them as far as possible. I also plan on playing soccer or running cross-country throughout University.

4. Who is your favourite faculty member and why?

My favourite faculty member is Señor Gerardo Martínez. Señor has been my Spanish teacher for the past two years as well as an active adult figure in the boy’s soccer team. He is a good teacher as well as an extremely funny individual. I have always looked forward to Spanish class as well as around campus as he is an easy person to connect to. In terms of the faulty, Señor is the one who I can go to with problems or simply just to talk to.

5. What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

The biggest challenge for me has been managing my time. The IB program as well as being on multiple sports teams per term has provided me with no shortage of schoolwork and little time to do it. I missed a lot of classes and had to make up that time lost and the structure of Ridley life has allowed me to practice my time management skills. At the beginning it was a struggle however as time went on I became increasingly better at managing my time and my schoolwork became easier to handle.

6. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

I believe my greatest accomplishment at Ridley has been achieving what I had set out to do since coming to Ridley; to become an all-round student. Ridley offers a number of opportunities in all aspects of a high school education. Through academics, athletics, cadets, community service, and extracurricular activities I feel as if I have adapted from a student who was too focused on athletics to the all-round student I am today.

7. How has Ridley prepared you for the future?

Ridley has taught me valuable skills in organization and time management that will definitely give me an advantage when entering the workforce. The structure and toughness of Ridley and the IB program have prepared myself for the workload in University.

8. What has been your favourite Ridley experience (thus far) and your favorite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, your house).

My favourite Ridley experience or favourite part of Ridley is the different relationships I’ve made with other students and faculty. Being around the same people for so much time everyday forces you, in a sense, to be active in the Ridley community. It is very easy to make friends and the friends you make here will stick with you. Ridley as a community allows for little room for isolation. Even for those who, like me, are shy at first and do not like the feeling of being around strangers, Ridley makes it easy for everyone to make friends.

9. What are the most important things you have learned from your time at Ridley?

My time at Ridley has taught me that there is more to life than sports. As an athlete I used to spend all of my time doing some sport, and this has always taken priority over everything else. I did not have a social life outside of sports and I missed a lot of school because of it. Ridley has opened my mind to all aspects of life and has given me the ability to live life to the fullest.

10. What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

For prospective students, my advice would be to be open-minded and be willing to try different things. Ridley provides so much opportunity and being open-minded will allow for students to get the most out of their time here and to have the best high school and elementary school experience possible.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridleians of Distinction: Sophie ’96 and Katherine ’97

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It’s Wednesday and we are celebrating our alumni! Today on the blog, entrepreneurs, TV stars and sisters Sophie and Katherine.

Katherine Kallinis-Berman and Sophie Kallinis-LaMontagne, who graduated from Ridley one year apart, are the co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake, stars of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, and best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries and Sweet Celebrations. Inspired by their grandmother, in 2008, they traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, DC. Since 2008, they have expanded Georgetown Cupcake with locations in Bethesda, MD, New York City/SoHo, Boston/Newbury St, and Los Angeles. Georgetown Cupcake ships its cupcakes nationwide and offers over 100 flavours. The Kallinis sisters and their cupcakes have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, TV Guide, the NBC Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live! With Kelly, ABC Nightline, Access Hollywood, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, People, InStyle, Town & Country, US Weekly, Redbook, Real Simple, and Cosmopolitan. Georgetown Cupcake regularly participates in neighbourhood and community events in the Washington DC region and supports numerous local and national charitable organizations and foundations, in particular charities that focus on women and children’s health issues. Since opening in 2008, Georgetown Cupcake has donated tens of thousands of cupcakes to charitable causes.

To view a complete list of Ridleians of Distinction or to nominate a Ridleian of Distinction, please click here.