Category Archives: Just for fun!

Ridley College Students Kick off Holiday Season

It’s a sure sign that the holiday season is upon us. On Friday, the annual Christmas Market was held in the Fieldhouse. Over 50 vendors set up shop selling holiday goods, the Lower School and Upper School choirs performed and House Charities were on display raising awareness and money for their individual cause.

The Toronto Santa Claus Parade keep the holiday spirit with us.  On Sunday over 80 students from Ridley College participated in the parade. Watch the video below to see the band in action:

Ridley College Runs Annual Cross Country Race

Yesterday, the Lower and Upper School students braved the brisk fall air to run the annual cross country race – one of Ridley’s longest standing traditions.  For the Lower School students tribe pride was on the line.  Students dressed in their tribe colours and ran as fast as they could to earn points for their group.

In the afternoon, it was the Upper School students turn to race and house pride was on the line.  Students wore house colours and even some mascots to represent their house. Merritt North won the house portion of the race for the boys and Leonard House won for the girls.

Leonard House swept the Junior division race
Gooderham East Student sporting “Gertie the Crocodile” GEast’s house mascot

Senior Boys Race Winners

To view more pictures from the Upper School race, click here.

To view more pictures from the Lower School race, click here.

Ridley College Drama Runs Away to the Circus

Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, Grade 9 and 10 Ridley College drama students tried the trapeze at the Zacada Circus School.  The trapeze wasn’t the only circus act that the students had a chance to try!   They also had the opportunity to use balance to try to make it across the tightrope,  twisted and twirled using silks, swung in the aerial swing, and tumbled on the trampoline!  The students were working on Physical Literacy and 360 degree awareness as part of the drama curriculum. Check out the video from circus school:

Student trying out the aerial ring
Students climbing the 'silks'

Ridley College Summer Reads





It has been almost three weeks since the end of the school year…studying and exams must seem like a distance memory.  We have all turned our attention to summer vacations and enjoying the sunny weather and with that often comes summer reading.  I asked people on community news to share books they would recommend to read over their summer holidays:

Mr. Andrew Leach – Head of the English Department:

  • ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ By John Irving
  • ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ By John Boyne

Mr. Jonathan Leigh:

  • ‘A Time of Gifts’  By Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • ‘The Second World War’ By Max Hastings
  • ‘Waiting for Sunrise’ By William Boyd

Mrs. Ellen Foster –  Classical and International Languages Teacher:

  • ‘Little Bee’ By Chris Cleave 
  • ‘Prisoner of Tehran:  A Memoir’ by Marina Nemat.

Ms. Shelley Thomas- Director of Instructional and Administrative Technologies:

  • ‘Watership Down’ By Richard Adams
  • ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ms. Margaret Lech – Assistant Headmaster, Student Affairs:

  • ‘Crow Lake’ By Mary Lawson
  • ‘Lake Nights on Air’ by Elizabeth May

Mr. John Sweeney – English and Dramatic Arts Teacher:

  • ‘Three Day Road’ By Joseph Boyden
  • ‘A Complicated Kindness’ By Miriam Toews

Mr. Dean Templeman, Teacher and Assistant Housemaster of Merritt South:

  • ‘The Book of Dave’ by Wil Self

Mattea DeMunnich ’15, Current Student:

  • ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel

For more book recommendations from the English Department, please click here.  Share your favourite summer reads in the comments section.

Sharp-Shinned Hawks Nesting on Campus

Just inside the Marriott Gates, in a cluster of trees to the west, is a large nest of branches – home to Ridley’s latest couple – a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks.

The hawk is the smallest of its kind in North America. Their diet consists almost exclusively of medium-sized birds, and Chris Clark of the grounds department has noticed a decline in the Robin population at that end of the campus.

Given their recent behaviour there is very likely either eggs or recently hatched offspring in the nest.  These birds are great to watch especially during through the family rearing process.  We are lucky to have the hawks on campus as they are notoriously skiddish. Please do not approach the tree, but observe from the road – we would like the birds to continue to call Ridley home.


Springtime at Ridley College

I love Spring at Ridley. The Magnolia tree begins to bloom in front of Gooderham House, the students are spending a lot more time outside and the sun is shining! Today is a beautiful day on campus- enjoy the pics:

Ridley College front circle - Spring 2012
Ridley College Magnolia Tree up close
Students entering School House Building
Memorial Chapel
Green grass on A Squad

Ridley College Activities- Aquarium Club

Every Thursday afternoon after school Ridley College students meet with their activity groups.  There are over 70 clubs and activities for students to be involved in everything from knitting to working on the latest theatre production to the aquarium club.

I stopped by the Aquarium Club to see what is involved in this particular activity run by Mr. Bowen:

Ridley College is the largest boarding school programme in Ontario, with graduates attending top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world. With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students from 31 different countries.

Ridley College Student Talent – Rubik Cube Master

Grade 11 student, Charlie Wu has a special talent- solving Rubik cubes! It all started four years ago when Charlie picked up his first Rubik cube and ever since he has been working to solve more complex cubes. Most people have trouble figuring out the standard 3X3 cube, but Charlie can solve it in mere seconds!  He can also solve the 5X5, 6X6 and 7X7! In fact, he has entered competitions and is currently ranked #95 in the world for the 7X7.  Check out Charlie in action and prepare to be amazed:

Charlie solving the 7X7 Rubix Cube: