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104th Annual Cadet Inspection

Ridley College Cadet Corps held their 104th Annual Cadet Inspection on Saturday.  The cadets braved the rain to complete an impressive inspection.

The Inspecting Officer was Brigadier-General Terry Leversedge with Chairman of the Board Geordie C. Hendrie ’74.

Brigadier-General Leversedge presented a speech to the Cadets on the importance of pride, passion and professionalism.  For their hardwork, Leversedge recommended to Headmaster Mr. Leigh that the students receive a half holiday.  Upper School students were granted their Headmasters Half Holiday and it will be held on May 31st.  Lower School Cadets will receive their own reward.

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The following students were honoured with awards at the Inspection:

The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence – C/Major Olivia Park

The Lord Strathcona Medal- C/Sgt Jessica Norder

The S.F.D. Sampson Memorial Cup (Best Recruit in the Band) – C/Corp. Candace Kent & C/Pvt. Luis Lopez-Guzman

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Brass Section – C/Sgt. Morgynne Anthony

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Percussion Section – C/Sgt. Niko Chan

The Newman-Rigby Trophy for Best Contribution to the band in the Woodwind Section – C/Lt. Augustine Nguyen

The Stephen R. Court Memorial Shield (Best Contribution to the Band from the Lower School) – C/Pvt. Alex Matovic

The McIntyre-Cassels Rosebowl (Best Graduating NCO in the Band as decided by the DSM and the Band Captain) – C/Lt. Nadia Eghbali

The Major R.S. Cockburn Shield (Best New Recruits – Male & Female) – C/Pvt. Weston Saunders & C/Pvt. Bethany Pile

The Captain C.W. Iggulden Shield (Best Cadet – Male & Female) – C/Corp. Andrew Allison & C/Pvt. Kalei Armstrong

The Lt. Col. A.C. Iggulden Memorial Shield (Outstanding Cadet in ‘D’ Company) – C/Pvt. Siena Venditteli

The J.B. McHardy Shield (The NCO who has done most for the betterment of the Corps.) C/Chief Warrant Officer & RSM Conad Kabir

The Capt. Frank Hollinrake Trophy (The Cadet in ‘D’ Company who best exemplifies enthusiastic participation and quiet leadership) – Pvt. Tamara Butera

The Mackenzie S. Fowler ‘11 Trophy (Best Officer in ‘D’ Company) – C/Lt. Ashleigh Sternberg

The Lt. Col. Iggulden Rosebowl (The Best Officer) – C/Major Christopher Robinson

The Heaman Prize (For Military Proficiency) – C/Master Warrant Officer Colin Houston

The Rumble Trophy – (Best Tribe/Platoon in Lower School) – #15 Platoon (Iroquois): C/Lt. Annie Hinan & C/Sgt. Jacob Campbell

The R.M.C. Cup (Best Upper School Platoon) – # 12 Platoon: C/Lt. Jacob Eschweiler, C/Sgt. Antonius von Schlabrendorff & C/Sgt. Norman Chung

Cadet Inspection Preparations

The 104th Annual Cadet Inspection will be held tomorrow on campus.  Final preparations were underway yesterday and the Headmaster’s Inspection of Upper School Cadets will happen this afternoon.  Cadet Inspection is a long-standing tradition at Ridley and an impressive event to witness. Here is the schedule for Cadet Inspection on Saturday:

10:00 a.m. Arrival of Inspecting Officer. He is met by the Honour Guard at Kenyon-Lett. He is then escorted up the driveway to the front of the Cannon. Inspection of Drill Team and flag raising ceremony.

10:40 a.m. Fall In

10:45 a.m. Markers Called

10:55 a.m. Trumpeter “Fall In”

11:00 a.m. Actual Inspection begins

11:45 a.m. Half-time Show

12:15 Hollow Square is formed

12:20 Awards/Introductions/Speeches

12:40 O Canada

12:45 Lunch is served in Great Hall

Following the Inspection there will be time for meeting and greeting

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:

 

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2833012

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: