After a quiet two week March Break the campus is alive with sports tryouts, anxious June grads waiting for their offers from universities and the first Upper School Cadet practice. Yesterday a walk around the school mid-afternoon revealed islands of cadets, some wearing the sweater coat for the first time, practicing the basic moves they will need on parade on April 29 and during the inspection on May 5th.
Last night in the Mandeville Theatre students sang, danced and played musical instruments in support of Amnesty International. The audience enjoyed renditions of a few Adele songs, instrumental interludes and a special performance from Mr. Lockey. Tickets from the annual talent showcase go directly to Amnesty.
Take a look at the video of a few of the performances:
It has been unseasonably warm at Ridley the past few weeks, but today we woke up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground! Even though it is cold, the snow certainly is beautiful!
This weekend we held our annual Nine Lessons and Carols service in the Memorial Chapel. The Candlelight Service celebrates the birth of Christ told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. It is a beautiful service and the choir sounded wonderful:
On Friday we held our International Christmas service where students read passages in 13 different languages. With students from over 31 countries at the school the International Service is an opportunity for students to share a holiday passage in their native language:
Exams are just around the corner, but this past weekend was a good opportunity to pause and think about the holiday season. Many houses are also having their Holiday House dinners this week. Whether the students are going to a restaurant or eating take-out in the PJ’s in the house, the dinners are a nice way to celebrate the holiday season with their housemates before everyone begins exams and leaves for break.
Today students gathered in the Memorial Chapel for Remembrance Day. It’s a fitting place for the ceremony as the chapel is a memorial to 61 Old Ridleians that fought and died in WW I.
For students this is a day to reflect, to hear the names of 144 Ridleians who were killed during WWI & WWII and to remember that these Ridleians, who weren’t that much older than they are now, went on to become soldiers. They walked the same halls that the students walk now and lived in the same houses. They fought and died so we could be free. Lest we forget.
To view more pictures from today, click here.
Today is a beautiful day at Ridley College. The leaves are beginning to change colour on the many trees around campus and a few are started to loose their leaves. Fall is a wonderful season in Canada – vibrant colours surround us and there is just a slight nip in the air – enjoy the nice fall weather Ridleians!
The U14 Boys Soccer and U14 Girls Basketball teams were both crowned CISAA champions on Saturday.
Add to that a U13 Boys CISAA Soccer Silver, a First Boys win against Upper Canada to guaranteed them their first playoff birth since 2005, and a First Girls Basketball victory to finish off an undefeated regular season and guaranteed host of the CISAA championships, and you have a memorable Saturday in Ridley sport.
Canadian Thanksgiving is this Monday and students were treated to an early Thanksgiving treat today at lunch! Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie!! Delish!! Students will be leaving Thursday afternoon for their first break of the school year. Some students are heading to New York for a sightseeing trip lead by Mr. Martinez and Ms. Bylsma while others are going home or to a home stay with local Canadian families.
Thanksgiving is a holiday in Canada which is celebrated the second weekend in October whereas American Thanksgiving is celebrated in late November. People gather with family and friends and give thanks for good fortune usually over a meal. Thanks to the Chartwell’s staff for an amazing early taste of Thanksgiving. And students don’t blame the tryptophan if you fall asleep during study!
World class piano and organ vitruoso Jeremy Filsell will be performing in the Ridley College Memorial Chapel tomorrow evening. Filsell is the organist at the Washington National Cathedral. This morning in chapel students were treated to a sneak preview, Mr. Filsell explained a bit about how organs produce different sounds and played the organ – watch the video below- you will recognize the piece:
During the summer, our organ was cleaned and restored. Over, 3, 000 pipes were dismantled, cleaned and put back in place. The piano and organ recital will showcase what the organ can really do! Our very own Mr. Jonathan Leigh will also perform (vocalist/tenor). The recital begins at 7:30p.m. tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door – click here to order tickets. See you there!
Over the course of the summer staff has been working tirelessly to ensure that Ridley is in peak condition for the start of school. View the video below to see Headmaster Mr. Jonathan Leigh talking about what has happened at Ridley during the summer and what we have to look forward to in the upcoming year: