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Positive Change Ignites at Ridley College

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

– Nelson Mandela

December 10th is Human Rights Day – observed globally to commemorate the day, in 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Ridleians went above and beyond to enact positive change in the world by participating in a number of events that took place on campus. Throughout the day and around every corner there were new opportunities for students, staff and faculty to get involved.

Students arrived on campus wearing red and green in support of Arthur Bishop West’s house charity, Congo Leadership Initiative. Contributions from this dress-down “grub” day were donated to the charity in support of a recently relocated Syrian refugee family.

In Upper School, from 8:00a.m. into the night, the Matthews Library was transformed into the drop-in workshop for Ridley’s own Amnesty Group. All students were invited to pay a visit to the library and write letters that took a stand on human rights issues. Within half an hour, 125 letters had already been written; by lunch, over 245 had been signed by Ridleians, pleading to end a number of unjust cases. Throughout the day, teachers brought their classes, faculty and staff dropped by to write their own letters, and students from Lower School stopped by to learn about this amazing cause.

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As the entire Ridley community continued to contribute to the Write for Rights event, another inspiring act had taken place in the Great Hall. Every table and wall in the Great Hall had been adorned with Post-It Notes. Each one with an inspiring message, urging its readers to “stay strong” or “never give up.” Led by the Positive Spaces Group, these positive sticky notes infused the dining hall with an optimistic energy.

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As classes concluded for the day, a group of Ridleians assembled in the Second Century Building (2CB) to help change the world. Each Thursday, this team joins together to make a difference in the lives of women living in developing countries. Led by Ms. Linda Chang and Prefect, Grace Lowes, members sew and prepare feminine hygiene kits for an organization called Days for Girls. These kits allow women, in developing countries, to carry on with their daily lives when they would otherwise be forced to forego school or work up to two full months each year.

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As the sun went down on the school day, so many acts of kindness and positive change had taken place on campus that it was impossible not to feel inspired.

Meanwhile, the Write for Rights event was forging ahead. Students piled in the library to help reach Ridley’s goal of writing 500 letters. Ms. Shelley Thomas, Faculty Advisor to Ridley’s Amnesty group, documented Ridley’s progress and along with her team, joined in on a twitter chat with the Secretary General of Amnesty Canada. By 10:00p.m., as the Write for Rights event came to a close, not only did had Ridley won Amnesty’s photo challenge, but an astounding 565 letters had been written for Amnesty International; a record breaking number for Ridley College.

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The winning photo of Amnesty International’s photo contest, taken by Ms. Shelley Thomas.

Whether they were writing, sewing, donating or posting, Ridleians made an impact and gained perspective on serious global issues. We all learned to be grateful for our circumstances and to use our power to assist others who are not as fortunate and wage a personal war. Each and every student joined together to make a difference and transform the globe. Their passion and kindness has inspired us all to be a part of positive change.

 

The Houses of Ridley College: Mandeville House

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Each boarding house at Ridley College has their own traditions, colours and mascot.  For Mandeville house, you can tell as soon as you walk into their common room that their house colours are yellow and orange and their mascot is a duck.  What is Mandeville’s house cheer? What do the girls like to do for fun in the house? Find out by watching the video below:

There are ten boarding houses on the Ridley College campus, five boys houses, four girls and one junior boarding house. To find out more about boarding at Rildey College, please click here.

House Reach Competition: The Houses of Ridley College

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Yesterday, the ladies of Ridley were decked out in their house colours for the annual Reach competition. Points for Bradley Shield were on the line!  (The house with the most points from various competitions throughout the year – house olympics, house Reach, house soccer etc. wins the Bradley Shield and bragging rights!).  There were some tough questions ranging from math to history to literature.

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Gooderham West were the eventual victors with Gooderham East coming in second.  The girls houses will face off against the boys houses after they hold their Reach competition.

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Leonard House Twitter Scavenger Hunt – The Houses of Ridley College

Did you see the girls of Leonard House taking pictures of some strange things around campus for the past few weeks? This is what it was all about – A Twitter Scavenger Hunt!

It all came down to which group could complete all 30 tasks of the Leonard House Twitter scavenger hunt the fastest?   Seven student groups made up of mixed grade levels and one group of MOD’s took on the challenge of capturing various things on campus such as planking in a public space, riding Hank the statue, serving food in the cafeteria or getting a teacher to do a dance routine on video!  The result was some hilarious tweets and a lot of fun.  Congrats to Leonard House Group Two – made up of Isabel T., Laurissa M., Soho Y., Aneeka R. (missing: Arwyn, Rhea N., Abby M.) who won the scavenger hunt! The girls in the picture below are holding up the prizes they were awarded.  If you have Twitter, don’t forget to follow us @Ridley_College

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The Houses of Ridley College: Gooderham East House

GERidley College has the largest boarding school programme in Ontario. There are ten boarding houses on campus, five boys houses, four girls and one junior boarding house. Each of the houses is unique and has its own colours, mascot and traditions. What do the girls of G-East like to do for fun? Baking, watching movies, and smoothie nights are some of their favourite things to do!  In this video, the girls from Gooderham East House tell you about being a Croc!

The Houses of Ridley College: Arthur Bishop West House

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On any given day you can find the boys of Arthur Bishop West hanging out together in the common room, playing pool, gaming or watching football – but mostly you will find them out playing soccer. The boys of AB-West describe their bond as a brotherhood, find out more about the house by watching the video below:


Ridley College is an independent boarding school in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. With ten houses on campus, Ridley has one of the largest boarding programs in Canada. There are five male houses, four female houses and one junior boarding house.