Now you may be a bit confused with the title of this blog post as eating cake and running a cross country race don’t seem to go together, but traditionally (Ridley College is a school deep-rooted in tradition after all), the participants of the Lower School cross country race would receive a piece of cake upon completion of the annual event. This year, the students received a brownie and fruit!
Although the treat at the end of the race is enticing, gaining points for your tribe seemed to be a great motivator as well! Yesterday, the entire Lower School headed outside to enjoy the fall weather and get some exercise during the 111th annual cross country race. All students from Grades 4-8 ran in the race and the younger students cheered them on!
The whole school is divided into four tribes (each student represented their tribe by wearing a specific colour – hence the sea of blue, red, yellow and green). The tribe system was established in 1925 as a way to foster internal competition and encourage participation in all aspects of Lower School life. In the case of the cross country race, the students were running for tribe points. The Iroquois tribe had the best overall time and was awarded a trophy. During the school year students earn points for their tribe through academic, athletic and community service achievement and at the end of the year the points are tallied and the tribe with the most points earns a trophy.
Congratulations the following award winners:
Under 11 Girls
1. Alex N.
2. Vanessa F.
3. Payton L.
Under 11 Boys
1. Noah S.
2. Tim S.
3. Emin K.
1. Gabrielle C.
2. Ella C.
3. Issy T.
Under 12 Boys
1. Owen L. (Col. Frank Reid Trophy – first overall boy)
2. Niko S.
3. Henry L.
Under 13 Girls
1. Nicole C.
2. Cameryn C.
3. Marlize V.
Under 13 Boys
1. Ben M.
2. James S.
3. Gleb P.
Under 14 Girls
1.Abbey B. ( Cadeau Cup – first overall girl)
2. Emme S.
3. Sarah B.
Under 14 Boys
1. Mauricio H.
2. Roberto M.
3. Riley M.
To view pictures of the award winners and more pictures from the day, please click here.
The class of 2013 has crossed the stage and graduated from Ridley College. As the name of each graduate was read so were the names of the universities they will be attending in the fall. From Imperial College London, to the University of Toronto to The American University of Paris to Purdue University our graduates are headed all over the world to pursue their Post Secondary education.
It was a very special day to congratulate and acknowledge all of the accomplishments of our students and faculty!
Ridley teacher, Mrs. Kristine Corolis, was chosen to receive the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. This honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from the United States, its possessions, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Canada who has made valuable contributions to the profession and to his/her students. Criteria for the award include teaching ability, experience, inventiveness, initiative, inherent teaching strengths, and cooperativeness in the school and community.
Andrew Pace was honoured to give the valedictorian address:
To view more pictures from the day, please click here.
Lower School student achievement was celebrated on Friday evening with the annual Prize Giving ceremony and Grade 8 Graduation. Academic merit was recognized as well as Tribe winners and overall school contributions. Grade 8 Valedictorian James Gross entertained the crowd with a comical address:
Eighteen students have agreed to act as School Prefects for the academic year 2013 – 2014. The Prefects are the School’s strongest leaders, they are committed to Ridley and they subsequently uphold all its ideals and traditions. To a great extent, the Prefect team is charged with influencing the atmosphere, tone and the spirit of the school. We were impressed by the quality of all the candidates who stood for Prefectship this year. In particular, we are excited by this dynamic group of incoming Prefects; consequently, we are confident that Ridley College will be in good hands next year.
It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage and perform a speech, in fact as we heard in one speech it is one of the most common fears. Nine students braved the stares of the audience and entertained, informed and persuaded us. There are three divisions in the Upper School Public Speaking Competition: Junior, English as a Second Language and Senior.
In the Junior division, Gracie L. won for her speech on standing up for female rights.
In the ESL division McRid W. won for his speech urging us to take a leap of faith and try something new.
For the Senior division, Luis L. won for his passionate speech on the state of music and Eric G. won second place for his speech on how you shouldn’t lose your imagination just because you get older.
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.
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.
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!
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: