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Spencer West to Speak as Part of Distinguished Speakers’ Series

spencerSpencer West overcame after losing his legs at the age of five. He speaks about overcoming stereotyping and bullying, about finding meaning and happiness in a material world and how he never lost the hope or courage needed to surmount personal obstacles. Infused with humour and humility, his thought-provoking message inspires people to find opportunity in every challenge. With every speech, Spencer leaves an indelible mark on his audiences, instilling hope and strong leadership so that they can inspire others to create positive change.

Before joining Me to We Speakers, Spencer was on the Go Global speaking tour for Free The Children.  Through a keynote address and leadership workshop, Spencer encouraged youth to overcome their daily challenges, believe in themselves as active change-makers, and find personal strength to fight for the issues they are passionate about. He has also served as an international leadership facilitator in Kenya, India, the Arizona–Mexico border and Saudi Arabia, and is a recipient of the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal of Bravery from Taiwan’s Chou Ta Kuan Foundation. And on November 5, 2011, along with his hero Rick Hansen, Spencer took part in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay as a Man in Motion Medal Bearer.

Whether from conference stages, stadiums, or volunteer camps in the Mara, Spencer’s words have encouraged millions of young people to become more socially involved in their communities and the world.

See Spencer tell his story in person on January 29th in the Mandeville Theatre.

Ridley College Students Awarded Academic Ties

Grade 9 Academic Ties

The Academic Ties were handed out today in a special chapel ceremony.  The tie was introduced in Canada’s Centennial Year, 1967.  It is black with opened books in silver edged in orange.  Students must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to wear the tie:

1.  All students in Grades 5 to 11 who have achieved an average in June of 85% or over.

2.  All winners of General Proficiency Prizes at the Grades 5 to 11 level.

3.  All winners of Major Academic Subject Prizes at the Grades 5 to 11 level.

4.  All students with 85% or higher on their best six Ridley 4U/M March marks.

Grade 10 Academic Ties

Having once won the honour of the Academic Tie, the student will be able to continue wearing that tie regardless of his or her achievement.  Funding for the Academic Tie is generously provided by the Class of ’56. The following students, by virtue of their June 2012 results, are eligible to wear the Ridley College Academic Tie:

Fiona Adams

Victor Arias Blanco

Courtney Arseneau

Kevin Au

Chuma Azoba

Jan Philip Bernius

Maia Bidochka

Jade Biggar

Logan Blake

Franka Böckmann

Corrigan Brown

Julia Brown

Tamara Butera

Luke Court

David Choi

Hayyan Chong-Khalid

Eliza Coffin

Heather Curtis

Erik Danecker

Mattea De Munnich

Bronwyn Fischer

Hannah Fischer

Igal Flegmann Sandler

Joshua Gatcke

Eric Gordon

Cameron Gray

Elizabeth Gross

Christian Harper

Jaime Hilditch

Annie Hinan


Richard Hoeft

Shi Qi Hu

Emma Hudson

Matthew Hui

Sidney Hutton

Kailene Jackson

Yunlin Ji

Chloe Johnstone

Emily Kearsley

Connor Klauck

Calvin Kwan

Jan Kwan

Jocelyn Lee

Wilma Lee

Frank Li

Jiaojiao Lu

Keir MacKay

Marisa Mastromatteo

Ramez Maximous

Ellen McCann

Christiana McMurdo

Ashley O’Brien

Jacqueline O’Rourke

Andrew Park

Animesh Pattoo

Arthur Pavlovs

Angelica Pellegrino

Heather Petrick

Jonathan Pile

Callum Pollock

Kaila Raimondo

Arran Reid

Sahib Rekhi

Emma Rigg

Weston Saunders

Jesus Serrano Cendejas

Summer Shaikh

Shayda Shivafard

Dane Sisinni

Julia Skrobal

Cosmo Steier

Marissa Steinbergs

Ashleigh Sternberg

Brittany Switzer

Isabel Thomas

Olivia Thompson

Alyssa Toffolo

Jacob Toms Boudreau

Annabel Umeh

Siena Vendittelli

David Wang

Theo Warren

Michael Wong

Charlie Wu

Colleen Yau

Charles Ye

Nami Yoshida

James Zhang

Mermaid Zhang


Congratulations to all students who have earned the honour of the Academic Tie.

Grade 11 Academic Ties

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: