Salamanders, field voles, tree frogs, oh my! These were just a few of the woodland critters that the Grade 7 & 8 students met on their adventure at Ridley’s own Burgoyne Outdoor Education and Research Centre (BOERC).
The Grade 7s built debris thatch shelters and explored the woodland’s natural percussions.
The Grade 8s investigated a few more critters and different vegetation on an ecosystem scavenger hunt, and interpreted the landscape with impressionistic watercolours and oil pastels en plein air.
What a day! The sunshine in the afternoon made for an enjoyable, summer-like hike around the property along the marked blue trail and bog walk.
This morning in chapel students, faculty and staff brought their animal companions to be blessed by Father Jason.
Today is St. Francis Day and blessing animals and pets is part of a centuries-old Anglican tradition. St. Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan Order and patron Saint of animals and ecology. Father Jason spoke about what we can learn from animals and blessed pets that were brought to chapel:
Ridley College has always been a pooch friendly environment and with all the dogs on campus it was about time a dog walking club was started. Almost every housemaster has at least one dog, Mr. Leigh has Lucy – his black lab and you can find Ms. Schultz’s dog usually by her side. So, Ms. Magee decided to start a dog walking club for Lower School students. Students take the dogs for nice long walks around the Ridley campus which provides both the students and dogs with exercise – some pooches give more exercise than others – Ms. Cousins – I think Sammy may be one of them!
This weekend Ridley held two Prize Day ceremonies. Friday evening the Lower School students graduated from Grade 8 and special prizes were awarded to Lower School students. It was much more than an evening to award prizes, it was a time to reflect as graduations often are and the valedictorian address by Ashleigh S. did just that. The grade 8 students have formed a strong bond throughout the school year with each other and their teachers. There is no doubt that they will carry the memories from Lower School with them as they move on to Upper School whether it be at Ridley or another high school in Canada or beyond. Check out the valedictorian address, it’s a good mixture of humour and sentimentality:
Before Prize Day, there was a dinner and dance for the graduates. Take a look at the Hollywood themed event:
It’s Sports Day for the Lower School! Each student is wearing a blue, red, yellow or green shirt that represents the ‘Tribe’ that they are a part of. All Lower School students were assigned a ‘Tribe’ at the beginning of the year and students gain points for their ‘Tribe’ through competitions and academic achievement.
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’.