From JK to PG, students of all ages participated in a Celebration of the Arts yesterday. The Lower School children performed various songs in the Mandeville Theatre early in the afternoon and the Upper School students performed later – including a memorable ‘Thriller’ performance! And yes there is video of that! There was also a huge art exhibit that opened in the Fieldhouse as a part of the celebration and included everything from paintings to media arts! Students from the Upper School were also awarded for their participation and proficiency in the arts in an awards ceremony in the theatre. Check out some pictures from the day and a videos of the performances.
The Grade 7 students were in the Reading Garden this morning sharing their original poetry in front of their fellow students and three judges – Mr. David Darby – Lower School Admissions Officer, Mrs. Emma Leigh – the Headmaster’s wife and Mr. Colin Brezicki – Upper School English teacher. The students reciting their poems were marked on clarity, selection, and interpretation. The subject matter and style of poetry varied from student to student which made for interesting performances. First place went to Luca B. for his poem entitled “Gotta Go”, second place went to Grace L. for her poem called “Me” and third place went to Romaeo D. for his poem ‘Confusion’.
Grade 8 Ridley student Andrew Robichaud’s history project is hitting home with a lot of people. He and six other Ridley students (Annie Hinan, Arwyn Workman-Youmans , Dane Sisinni, Jordan Politi, Liana Biktimirova and Madeleine Barberian) all won awards at the local DSBN Heritage Fair earlier this month. Andrew’s 20-minute documentary of his Great Uncle, the Hon. Daniel J. MacDonald who was a Minister of Veterans Affairs and a double amputee, is now featured on the homepage of the Legion of Canada and will be showcased at the War Amps National Meeting in Ottawa next month. To view Andrew’s documentary “Oh Danny Boy” click here.
The Lower School students in Grades 5-8 held a talent show in the Mandeville Theatre this week. There were musicians, singers and dancers – 12 acts in total. First place in the junior division was awarded to Madeleine B. and Liana B. who performed a duet and second place was a tie between Ally C. who performed ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked and Tony N. and Callum C. who performed Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ on the piano and drums. For the senior division first place went to Gracie L. who wrote and performed an original song and second place was awarded to the dance group of Joseph A., Tamara B., Alyssa E. and Siena V. Check out the talented students in action:
The intermediate division of Lower School wowed audiences with ‘Around the World in 8 Plays’ on Thursday afternoon and Friday evening. Dane C. and Grace L. entertained as the duelling couple and leaders of the travelling actors group that performed the eight plays.
Many of the students filled roles in various stories (as travelling actors do) and therefore had to keep lines straight from many different stories (not an easy task, but one that was handled with great professionalism by our students). Each play was set in a different country and conveyed a message to the audience. My personal favourite was the Japanese story about a great warrior who saves a king from a gigantic centipede and becomes a wealthy man after he is gifted with an endless roll of silk, a bag of rice that replenishes itself and a pot that cooks food to perfection and doesn’t need firewood to heat.
Students from Edith Cavell Elementary School joined the rest of the Ridley College Lower School audience on Thursday afternoon and our actors had all the students in stitches with their excellent comedic timing. Check out some highlights from the show:
Ridley College Lower School students know just what to do in order to combat bullying thanks to a new initiative at the school. Today, students participated in “The Power of One”, a presentation about how bullying happens and how we can stop it? Students learned that bullying is hurtful, purposeful and repeated behaviour and that even if they are a bystander they are guilty of letting bullying happen. Five brave volunteers were brought up on stage to act out a bullying scenario.
At the end of the presentation students took an oath to stop bullying from happening at the school. The oath is to be displayed in Lower School and to be signed by all students to show their commitment to “the power of one” to stop bullying.
The air was crisp and spirits were high in St-Donat, Quebec for the Grade 7 Immersion adventure with Perspectives. The Perspectives program integrates language skills and culture with outdoor activities, music, arts and crafts and dramatic arts to create a unique French educational experience. Students enjoyed three days of skiing, downhill and cross-country, recorded Quebecois folk songs, learned about Quebec’s history, and participated in many group activities with schools from all over Ontario.
One highlight of the trip was the talent show, in which several Ridley students participated. Thanks to Mme Bradley for organizing the trip and to our students who fully participated in the program and represented Ridley well!
The Giving Spirit The Lower School choir was spreading holiday cheer last week by singing Christmas carols on AM 610 CKTB in St. Catharines as a part of the Sixth Annual Astral Radio Great Holiday Food Drive. The broadcast was live outside the station from 5 am to 6 p.m. while food and funds for Community Care were collected. Lower School teacher Mr. Andrew Corolis was interviewed on the radio about Ridley’s food collection contribution to Community Care. Check out the video of our students on the radio!
“Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”
The Lower School put on their Christmas play yesterday afternoon to a packed house in the Mandeville Theatre. The play was a musical entitled “Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”. The play takes place during the 1950s and is about a girl named Betty whose dream is to sing on the radio. The JK/SK students performed as part of a pre-concert performance. The intermediate choir and a few grade 7 & 8 instrumentalists perform throughout the play. Check out the video from the performance – the children did an amazing job!