Category Archives: Ridley Traditions

Growing in Nature

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Graced with beautiful weather, Lower School students from grades 7 and 8 travelled to the Burgoyne Outdoor Education and Research Centre (BOERC) for a day filled with learning, creating and being inspired by the nature around them.

BOERC has acres upon acres of forested land, large fields and ponds, teaming with wildlife. It offers a great area for students to escape the classroom and grow in a different environment.

With that in mind, Lower School teacher’s led the students to the countryside to participate in an array of activities that allowed them to express their creativity, test their knowledge of the world around us and burn off some steam.

Divided into their tribes, the students rotated to various stations, consisting of unique activities. One such station was dedicated to frisbee golf. Using the expanse of land, students relayed discs, as a team, towards a net competing for goals. Students had to work as a team and support one another in order to claim victory. There certainly wasn’t a shortage of laughs and cheers.

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At a nearby station was an ecology activity, where students had to identify varieties of trees located on the surrounding land. This helped educate the students to be aware and appreciative of the environment in their own backyard, while testing their knowledge of ecological terminologies. Upon gazing up at the leaves and searching the ground beneath their feet, the students stumbled upon caterpillars, acorns and a beautiful array of coloured leaves.

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Our students also got into the Thanksgiving spirit with a mason jar craft station. The rustic DIY project called for the children to their jars with items they had found in nature, including leaves and acorns.

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Finally, the students sat pond-side for mindfulness and meditation time. Settled together, the students made beaded bracelets , with each bead representing a symbol that would remind its wearer to be mindful ­– water, symbolizing  personal reflection and calmness; air symbolizing freedom and breath; mountain symbolizing strength and grounding; and flower symbolizing inner beauty.

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As the day came to a close, the students piled on the bus; their arms full of their creations and minds full of new knowledge and perspectives.

How grateful we are to have a place like BOERC in our own backyard, where students can experience nature in its purest form, flourish in a new environment and be inspired by all that is around them.

HomeComing 2015

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This past weekend, Ridley graduates from far and wide returned to campus for HomeComing; where they had the chance to see friends, reminisce about old times, and make new memories. 

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This year in particular, we celebrated classes whose years ended in 0’s and 5’s, and honoured the class of 1965 as 2015’s Golden Tigers.

Friday’s events began with the Golden Tigers luncheon with Headmaster, Ed Kidd and his wife, Hanna, followed by a tour of the new buildings on campus. Later in the evening, OR’s, Governor’s, faculty and friends gathered in school house to watch the unveiling of the 125 Donor Wall, which proudly displays the names of those who made major donations to the school during the 125th year. The Governors’ Dinner rounded out the day’s events with OR’s from 1945 all the way up to 2010 dined in the Great Hall.

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Saturday began with Alumni Rowing, where twelve OR’s took to Royal Canadian Henley Regatta to row with the current Ridley Crew. The rain did make a brief appearance, but the rowers had smiles on their faces nonetheless.

Back on campus, OR’s began to fill up the tent, tour their old houses, visit with their old teachers and enjoy their time back on the Ridley grounds. The bleachers in the Griffith Gym were filled to capacity, as the inaugural “Athletes of Distinction” presentation began. This was an opportunity for us to celebrate some of Ridley’s greatest athletes, such as Fiona Milne ‘90 (Canadian, Olympic rower) and Alexander Hayes 30’(Grey Cup Champion). Luckily, the sun came out just in time for the OR’s to enjoy some afternoon sports. 

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On the final day of HomeComing, OR’s sat down in the Memorial Chapel for the “Founder’s Day” service, followed by Prayers of Remembrance and a dedication in the memory of John Stevens, ’42. Our last item of the Weekend was an alumni soccer game.

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Thank you to all who attended and participated in another successful HomeComing weekend.

For all the photos from HomeComing weekend, check out Ridley’s official Flickr page!

“There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again” ­– Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

 

 

Ridley Celebrates 126 Years!

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On September 16th, 2015, Ridley College celebrated it’s 126th birthday! All of our students joined together for an afternoon of games, laughs and delicious cupcakes – all to honour our beloved school.

Students donned colourful shirts that were wonderfully designed by the Cook sisters – Chloe (gr. 6) and Gabrielle (gr. 8). The Ridleians were then divided into teams, all of which rotated from station to station, competing in balance games, playing life-size Hungry, Hungry Hippo and cheering all the way to the end. To finish the festivities off, the Prefects led a school-wide pep rally in preparation for tonight’s Snake Dance. After which, teams were treated to cupcakes!

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It was a day filled with smiles, that truly showed how proud Ridleians are of our beloved school and its history.

To see all the photos from the 126th birthday celebration, click here for Ridley’s official Flickr page!

Happy birthday, Ridley!

Students Take to Camp Before the School Year Begins!

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This past weekend, students enjoyed every last drop of summer and ushered in the new school year with a trip to camp.  Upper School boys headed up to the scenic Onondaga Camp while the Upper School girls and lower school students from grade 7 and 8 enjoyed beautiful Camp White Pine. While there, students had a chance to bond with their peers and fellow housemates, getting a chance to showcase their talents, partake in new sports and activities and of course, have fun!

The boys had an adventurous weekend; full of zip lining through the woods, water skiing on a blue lake and playing a friendly game of water polo.

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The girls filled their days canoeing and by building house spirit. In completing a high-flying adventure on a ropes course, our students surely showed they had grit.

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At Camp White Pine the grade 7’s and 8’s participated in team building activities such as a ropes course, beach volleyball and all kinds of fun in the sun!

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Our younger students didn’t miss out on the fun, as they had their own camp day on campus. Students made their own stop motion animations, played trivia games and bonded with their tribes!

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Students returned from camp with new friends and smiles on their faces, ready to start a new school year!

To see all the photos from the weekend, check out Ridley’s official Flickr page!

2015-16 Prefects Announced!

The following students have accepted my invitation to serve as School Prefects for the academic year 2015 – 2016.  It is our pleasure to announce their names.

The Prefects are the School’s strongest leaders, they are committed to Ridley and they subsequently uphold all its ideals and traditions. To a great extent, the Prefect team is charged with influencing the atmosphere, tone and the spirit of the school. We were impressed by the quality of all the candidates who stood for Prefectship this year.  In particular, we are excited by this dynamic group of incoming Prefects; consequently, we are confident that Ridley College will be in good hands next year.   Please join us in congratulating the following students.

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Church Parade 2015

The sky was sunny and the breeze was just right not to interfere with the traditional mace toss over the Marriott Gates as part of the annual Church Parade.  Drum Sergeant Major Alexander Matovic ’15 tossed the mace with the greatest of ease over the gates in front of a cheering crowd.

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On Sunday morning, students participated in the Church Parade through St. Catharines. It was a beautiful day for parents, alumni and residents of St. Catharines to take in the parade. Well done to all the student participants!

Please click here to view more pictures from the day.

Ridley College Remembers – Remembrance Day 2014

Every year on November 11th Canadians pause for a moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace. Today, in the Ridley College Memorial Chapel we held two services of remembrance.

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This morning we held a service with our Lower School students and this afternoon with our Upper School students. The chapel holds special meaning on Remembrance Day as it was dedicated on June 17, 1923 as a memorial to Old Ridleians who died in service during World War I. The lady chapel is dedicated to those who died in World War II.

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This afternoon we had the privilege of having three honoured guests in our presence.  Mr. Roberts is a British Commander who served during World War II under the Royal Ulster Rifles and landed on D-Day as a paratrooper. Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams came from Maryland to attend the service and to return a piece of Ridley history – a bugle that was dedicated to Lt. William D.P. Jarvis who graduated from Ridley College in 1911 and died in World War I.

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To view more photos from the day, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Anne Kubu

 

2014-2015 Prefect Appointments Announced!

The following students have been appointed as School Prefects for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Prefects are the school’s strongest leaders, they are committed to Ridley and they subsequently uphold all its ideals and traditions. To a great extent, the Prefect team is charged with influencing the atmosphere, tone and the spirit of the school. We were impressed by the quality of all the candidates who stood for Prefectship this year. In particular, we are excited by this dynamic group of incoming Prefects. Please join us in congratulating the following students.

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Cadet Inspection 2014

Inspecting Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Orest Babij ’87, MSM, CD returned to the Ridley College this past Saturday for the 107th annual Cadet Inspection.  As an Old Ridleian the Inspecting Officer had a unique perspective having experienced cadets when he attended the school.

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It was a memorable day with the decommissioning of the Lt. Col A.C. Iggulden sword being returned to the Iggulden family and a new sword being introduced that was donated by many members of the Ridley family. A special thank you to Gary German ’58, Peter Hutchison ’55, Steve Laine ’94, Terry Mactaggart ’62, Richard Malone ’59, Rob Pintwala ’08, Tim Powell ’74, Bryan Rose ’96, John Sandham ’66, Marshall Soules ’67, David Walker ’83, Ross Webster ’60 for making this possible.

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The cadets have been plagued with rain and snow during the preparation for inspection, but thankfully only a light sprinkle occurred on the day. The students should be very proud of their inspection and have earned a sleep-in for their handwork! Check out the formation of the hollow square:


Please click here to view photos of the prize winners.

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Please click here to view photos from the Inspection.

 

 

HomeComing 2013

What a weekend! HomeComing 2013 started off with a spirit day on Friday – the entire school dressed in orange and black!  The students and faculty then headed outside to form 1-2-5 on the field in front of Lower School – see video below!

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On Saturday morning, despite the downpour of rain our rowers headed out on the Henley course to row with alumni. Check out the video below to hear from two of the first rowers at Ridley College from the class of 1968:

Throughout the weekend our athletes competed and had some great results. Lower School Field Hockey, U/13 Girls Basketball and U/13 Boys Soccer went un-defeated against Hillfield-Strathallan School. On the north side of the campus, wins in Boys Soccer, and ties in Field Hockey and Ice Hockey made our alumni proud.  A special thanks to prefects, tour guides, choir members, athletes and the Ridley community at large in helping to make the weekend memorable for our alumni!