Category Archives: Just for fun!

Leonard House Twitter Scavenger Hunt – The Houses of Ridley College

Did you see the girls of Leonard House taking pictures of some strange things around campus for the past few weeks? This is what it was all about – A Twitter Scavenger Hunt!

It all came down to which group could complete all 30 tasks of the Leonard House Twitter scavenger hunt the fastest?   Seven student groups made up of mixed grade levels and one group of MOD’s took on the challenge of capturing various things on campus such as planking in a public space, riding Hank the statue, serving food in the cafeteria or getting a teacher to do a dance routine on video!  The result was some hilarious tweets and a lot of fun.  Congrats to Leonard House Group Two – made up of Isabel T., Laurissa M., Soho Y., Aneeka R. (missing: Arwyn, Rhea N., Abby M.) who won the scavenger hunt! The girls in the picture below are holding up the prizes they were awarded.  If you have Twitter, don’t forget to follow us @Ridley_College


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Ridley College Raises Over $1,500 for Movember

In early November you probably noticed some five o’clock shadow forming on the upper lips of teachers, Upper School Boys, Father Jason and even Headmaster Mr. Kidd.  By mid-November you could see the normally clean-shaven men with some serious facial hair.  Some opted for the traditional ‘pencil’ or ‘toothbrush’ moustaches, while others went all out with the “extreme Dali’.  The cause: ‘Movember’ – On the 1st of November men all over the world begin growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.  This year, members of the Ridley College family participated in the fundraising event and students raised $550, Upper School faculty raised $380 and Lower School faculty raised almost $700!

Ridley College Lower School Faculty sporting their full grown mustaches
Upper School Faculty and Students sporting pencil, toothbrush & “extreme Dali” ‘staches!

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:

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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.