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:
Ridley College student Andrew Robichaud ’15 was recognized by Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney for his commitment to the remembrance of Veterans last evening in London, Ontario. He is the youngest of 19 other recipients of the commendation. Andrew wrote, produced and narrated a 20 minute documentary on the life of his great uncle, the Honourable Daniel J. MacDonald, former Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada. The documentary also featured the Second World War contributions of Andrew’s grandfather Roland MacDonald, and Andrew’s great aunt Mary and uncles Clarence, Walter, Leland and Ronnie MacDonald; all from Bothwell, Prince Edward Island. Andrew spent more than a year researching and creating his project, receiving help from dozens of cousins and his great aunt Pauline MacDonald, Highlander Regiments, the Prince Edward Island archives, his history teacher Paul O’Rourke, Historian Waldron Leard, and Veterans Affairs Canada. Since its release in May 2011, Andrew’s documentary has been seen in schools and organizations throughout Canada, United States and France. Andrew is passionate about remembering the contributions and sacrifices of all those who served. He is a member of the Ridley College Remembrance Day Honour Guard and The Cadet Drum Corps. This past April, Andrew, participated in the 95th anniversary pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge, France which also included onsite war lessons by history teacher Mr. Derek Dunkley, and tours of World War II Historical Sites and War Cemeteries in Dieppe, Normandy, Juno Beach and the Menan Gate Memorial in Belgium. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans. The Commendation is intended primarily for Veterans, but may be awarded to non-Veterans.
One of Ridley College’s oldest traditions, The Upper School Public speaking competition was held yesterday afternoon. The topics ranged from tire safety to riding coach on an airline, Toddlers and Tiaras to following your dreams. The speakers were engaging and entertaining and should be proud of their speeches. The winners are as follows:
Ashleigh Sternberg in the Junior Division who entertained the audience with the pleasures of sitting in coach while flying:
Sunshine Wang won the Tony Kwok Memorial Prize. This is a relatively new prize started by the Kwok family to recognize English Language Learners who participate in public speaking. Former student, Thomas Kwok ’10 was in the audience. It was his idea to sponsor the prize after he felt a great sense of accomplishment after he participated in the public speaking competition when he was in school. Wang talked about China’s One Child policy and reasons why it should be abolished in her speech:
In the senior division Andrew Pace won the Dr. W.H. Merritt Memorial Prize for his speech about the fictional group he was starting called ‘Facebook Anonymous.’ A timely topic talking about the pitfalls of the social networking tool.
Lopez was the runner-up and won the Hon. Mr. Justice A. Courtney Kingstone Memorial Prize. Last year Lopez won the Tony Kwok Prize:
Five photographs taken by Ridley College students have been selected to appear in The Energy Project exhibition, now titled The Fuel of Life. The students are Elaine Wong, Koichiro Kurata, Nicholas Sproviero, Eric Gordon, and JiaoJiao Lu. The photographs were taken last year as part of their Grade 10 Media Arts Class and explore facets of energy – its production, distribution and consumption as well as aspects of our daily lives that are directly affected by energy. The pictures will be included alongside images from 44 students from across the country as well as 100 images from 100 professional photographers and were chosen from more than 650 submissions.
The exhibition opening is November 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place in Toronto.