Category Archives: Lower School

Grade 7-8’s Spend a Day at the BOERC

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.

As told by Ms. Morrissey

Lower School Cross Country Race

The Lower School held their annual Cross Country Race for students in Grades 4-8. 

This year 119 students participated.  Our younger students were the cheerleaders shouting words of encouragement and offering up high fives along the route of the race.  

It was an unseasonably warm day – perfect for a run! 

The results for the race are as follows:

U11 Girls

1      Nicole Cappellazzo

2      Cameryn Cappellazzo

3      Marlize Van Sittert

U11 Boys

1      Manqoba Phakathi

2      Garrett Bowley

3      Nicholas Pavlika

U12 Girls

1      Abbey Bowley

2      Faith Bell

3      Kiana Gemmell

U12 Boys

1      Jack Hilditch

2      Callum Campbell

3      Paul Rosenbaum

U13 Girls

1      Liana Biktimirova

2      Hannah Bradley

3      Sophia Seguin

U13 Boys

1      Sam Court

2      Will Cowherd

3      John Andrew Kit

U14 Girls

1      Fionna Stevenson

2      Ella Foss

3      Arianna Gadinger

U14 Boys

1      Romaeo D’Intino

2      Brett Erskine

3      John Drake

Boys Overall Winner – Reid Trophy: Romaeo D’Intino

Girls Overall Winner – Cadeau CupAbbey Bowley

The winning tribe was: Mohawk

To view more pictures from the race click here!

Lower School Family Gardens Dedicated

The Lower School Family Gardens were dedicated yesterday afternoon and as part of the celebration students picked pumpkins and carrots from the garden and decorated the pumpkins.

The students have been enjoying the gardens for many months.  A special thank you to the Barberian/Rodeck family for their generous donation that made the building of the gardens possible.

Watch the video below to see Lower School Headmaster, Mr. Milligan talk about what the garden means to the students and to see our little gardeners in action.

To view more pictures from the day click here!

Who Let the Dogs Out? Pets Blessed in Chapel

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:

New Dog Walkers on Campus

Students walking dogs on campus

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!


Lower School Prize Day 2011

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:

Hollywood sign outside of Lower School
Red carpet into dining hall
Dining Hall decorated in Hollywood theme



Lower School Sports Day

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.

Check out the action:

To view pictures from the day click here.

A Celebration of the Arts!

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.

Lower School Performances:

Upper School Performances:

Lower School Students Perform in Mandeville Theatre

Art Display in the Fieldhouse
Peacock Feather - Student Yarn Art

Ceramic Cupcake Treats

Dancers perform "Thriller"

To view more pictures from the event click here.

Poetry in Reading Garden

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’.