Category Archives: Ridley Traditions

Church Parade 2011

No. 162 Royal Canadian (Army) Cadet Corps – The Ridley Cadet Corps. held its annual Church Parade on Sunday.

The Cadet Corps and Marching Band proceeded from the school south on Henrietta Street, east on St. Paul Street over the Burgoyne Bridge, north on Ontario Street, west on College Street, south on Yates Street (past the original site of Ridley), west on St. Paul Street, and north on Henrietta Street.

The Ridley Cadet Corps, founded in 1907, is the largest Corps in Canada. The Church Parade is a long-standing school and St. Catharines’ community tradition that involves just under six hundred students.

The rain held off and the mace was successfully thrown over the Marriott Gates making for a successful parade! Check out the video for the parade:

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Ridley Tradition: Cadet Ball

Friday night Ridley Students were dolled up for the annual Cadet Ball at Hernder Estates. Ladies in Grades 11 & 12 dressed in beautiful dresses and the gentlemen put on the cadet uniforms for this traditional Ridley event.   Grade 9-10 students held parties at their respective houses.  Check out some pictures from the evening:

Grade 10 Students at Princess theme house party

House Reach Competition: Upset First Time in a Decade!

The match was intense this morning in the Theatre! ABW was eager to defend their long-standing tile (7 years in a row) and G-West was eager to break the even longer drought for ladies houses (since 1994 when G-East won). The game started with a lively match between Jr. Andrew P. scoring a 4-point ‘Who Am I?’ question about Queen Elizabeth and Liz G. answering two key team questions (G-West displayed excellent cooperation to answer these questions). The Jr. round ended with G-West ahead.

ABW’s Sr. boys worked hard to close the gap, leaving only a two point differential going into the last five questions. Both Sr. teams were very well rounded, with each player answering multiple questions, certainly the strongest field we’ve had in years! In the end G-West was able to gain a three-point lead, securing the first championship for a girls house in 17 years! The G-West girls are now the proud owners of a tree stump (the prize for this house competition) that has been showcased in the ABW common room for many years.

1929 Ridley Cross Country Run Footage

The Cross Country run started in 1891 and is the longest standing, continuous sports event at Ridley. Just to give you an idea of what it was like to race back then, here is a video from the 1929 Cross Country Run – pretty neat to see:

I’ve been told that it’s rained, snowed and done just about everything in between on the day of the Ridley annual cross country run, but yesterday was pretty near perfect conditions. The sun was shining and there was a cool November breeze – ideal for running. Here is some footage of the 2010 Cross Coutry Run:

Ridley College War Souvenir a Reminder of Our Fallen Soldiers

Today Mr. Paul Lewis – our archivist and Grade 12 student Gianni B. who is also the Commanding Officer of the Ridley College Cadet Corps. are featured in an article in the St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Falls Review.  The article is about the German Howitzer – the World War One war trophy that is under the flagpole by School House. The field piece has been on campus since the early 1920s and although it may seem like a permanent fixture Mr. Lewis tells Don Fraser that it holds much more significance than just being a monument on campus:

Also, take a look at the video that I made with Mr. Lewis, it will put a visual to what was written in the article: