There is nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors in the winter. It may have been a bit chilly, but on Friday we were blessed with sunny skies and perfect snow conditions for Ski Day 2014! The entire Upper School and students in Grade 4-8 travelled to Kissing Bridge in New York state for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. While other students traveled to Horseshoe Valley in Barrie Ontario for downhill and cross country skiing. For some of our boarding students from warmer climates it was their first time skiing – quite an experience!
To view more pictures from the day, please click here.
The holiday season is an exciting time at Ridley College. The students participate in a number of events leading up to the Christmas holidays. The first event is an international Christmas service. With students from over 40 countries attending Ridley we have many languages that fill the halls. The international Christmas service is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity.
On December 13th the Junior Choir Sang on the radio as a part of 610 CKTB’s Holiday Food Drive:
We celebrated the season with the annual Nine Lessons and Carols service in the Memorial Chapel on December 14th and 15th:
To round out the celebrations each house held holiday dinners at various restaurants around the Niagara Region. We hope that everyone has a safe and restful break!
It was a spooktacular week at Ridley College with students participating in many Halloween activities. On Monday evening each house carved a pumpkin during cafe. Mandeville House carved pumpkins together in their common room and put the jack o’lanterns on display outside.
In the spirit of Halloween students donated money in order to be out of uniform and wear costumes. Ridleians raised $680 for Free the Children, an international charity and educational partner that works to empower youth to create positive change in the world. There were some incredible costumes in Upper School, including art teacher Mr. Unruh as Vincent van Gogh.
The sewing ladies and Ms. Kubu paid homage to the students in their costumes!
Instead of Trick or Treating on Thursday night girls from Mandeville and Leonard house collected canned goods for local charity Community Care as a part of ‘We Scare Hunger’.
And we can’t forget about our smallest ghouls in Lower School.
To view more pictures from Halloween, please click here.
Have you ever wanted to be a circus performer? The Grade 9 & 10 drama students went under the big top to see what it takes at the Zacada circus school.
The flying trapeze, silks, the ring, the trampoline – students were able to try it all – even the mini tricycle and tight rope! Check out the video and pictures from their day.
What a weekend! HomeComing 2013 started off with a spirit day on Friday – the entire school dressed in orange and black! The students and faculty then headed outside to form 1-2-5 on the field in front of Lower School – see video below!
On Saturday morning, despite the downpour of rain our rowers headed out on the Henley course to row with alumni. Check out the video below to hear from two of the first rowers at Ridley College from the class of 1968:
Throughout the weekend our athletes competed and had some great results. Lower School Field Hockey, U/13 Girls Basketball and U/13 Boys Soccer went un-defeated against Hillfield-Strathallan School. On the north side of the campus, wins in Boys Soccer, and ties in Field Hockey and Ice Hockey made our alumni proud. A special thanks to prefects, tour guides, choir members, athletes and the Ridley community at large in helping to make the weekend memorable for our alumni!
Are you still finding orange and black paint in the oddest of places? If you are, it must mean you participated in Snake Dance.
The longstanding Ridley tradition took place on Friday night. Orange and black blanketed the campus and a huge bonfire lit up the sky – an awesome display of Ridley College school spirit. Check out this video made by Maciej K. ’15:
The great outdoors, adventurous experiences and bonding what better way to start off the school year.
For many years now, the Upper School girls and Grade 7 & 8 students travel to Camp White Pine while the boys go to Camp Onondaga.
This may be the first time students have ever been away from home and camp is a great way to ease the transition into school and meet fellow students, housemates and teachers in a relaxed environment.
Meanwhile, back in St. Catharines, the Lower School students had orientation as well. They explored the Ridley archives and went to the Burgoyne Outdoor Education Centre to participate in activities.
To view more pictures from camp and orientation week, please click here.