Category Archives: Ridley News

Mural Featuring Painting of Ridley College Unveiled

Mr. Leigh, Headmaster and Mr. and Mrs. Clarke In Front of Mural at Train Station

On Saturday, a new 30-metre long mural was unveiled at the St. Catharines train station that features a painting of Ridley College. The mural depicts farmers, circus animals, newlyweds and everyday people who’ve passed through the station for decades as well as historical sites in St. Catharines, including Ridley College. The train has been a mode of transportation for many Ridley College students over the years, so it is fitting that the school is featured in the mural.

Ridley Participates in International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Competition

Ridley College recently participated in the 30th International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Competition hosted by York House School in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over 160 competitors from around the world were at the event that took place October 27th-30th. Our representatives- Charlotte Smith, Jacqueline O’Rourke and Andrew Pace took part in a full program of debate and public speaking activities in the scenic west coast city.  Students entertained, persuaded, and engaged their audiences in a variety of events: parliamentary and cross-examination debate; persuasive, extemporaneous, impromptu and after-dinner speaking; dramatic interpretation, interpretive reading, and radio newscast.

Charlotte and Andrew

Andrew Pace impressed in After Dinner Speaking, demonstrating an excellent ability to both inform and entertain an imaginary audience of “Blackberry Anonymous.” Jacqueline O’Rourke received top marks for her Interpretive Reading of The Shape of a Girl. In her first major competition, Charlotte Smith debuted with a well-researched and impassioned Persuasive Speech on “The Problems of African Aid.”

Jacqueline and Charlotte
Jacqueline Reading

As told by Mr. O’Rourke

Monarch Gala a Success!

The Monarch Gala in support of Ridley’s legacy was held on Saturday evening.  Over 350 people attended the event that included a live and silent auction, gourmet meal from Wellington Court and entertainment. Watch the video below and take a look at the pictures – thank you to everyone for a wonderful evening and for supporting Ridley!

Fieldhouse set up for the gala
Gala Committee looking fabulous
Check out the monarch butterfly socks!

Chairman Geordie Hendrie '74 and his family

Mrs. Leigh picking the winning ticket for the Holt Renfrew Draw
The George St. Kitts Band

Pictures taken by Anne Kubu.  To view more pictures from the evening, click here.
Thank you for supporting Ridley!:

Geno Bullard ’12 Selected for Niagara Regional Police All-Star Basketball Game

Constable Graeme Orr with Geno Bullard '12

Geno Bullard ’12 has been selected to play with a select group of top high school basketball players from the Niagara Region in a basketball game against the Niagara Regional Police Service at Brock University.  This is the second year of the event and the second year that Bullard has been selected to play. The game will take place on Thursday November 3rd at 7pm.  Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults with the proceeds going towards IMPACT (Intensive Measures Police and Community Together), a program where police officers reach out to at risk youth and connect with them in a positive way through sports.

Fall Production: Almost, Maine

Ridley College’s Fall theatre production this year is Almost, Maine.  The show opens on Friday October 28th.  There are four shows Oct 28-29th and November 4-5th in the intimate Ross Morrow Theatre. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Hanks – call #684-1889 Ext. 2243.  Anna Breun ’13 sat down with some of the actors to get a sense of what the show is all about:


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:

Mr. Ferraro Awarded Headmaster’s Tie

Head Master Jonathan Leigh and Mr. Lenny Ferraro

This morning in assembly, Mr. Lenny Ferraro – our athletic therapist was awarded the Headmaster’s Tie by Mr. Leigh. As some of you may know during the summer a little girl collapsed due to cardiac arrest while at a basketball camp in the Griffith Gym. Mr. Ferraro was quick to step in and help the little girl by providing CPR until the ambulance came to Ridley. Thankfully, the little girl is now out of hospital and is doing well. Mr. Ferraro’s heroic efforts were recognized this morning in front of the whole student body – take a look at the video below to see the presentation: