Category Archives: Upper School

Graduation Dinner

The Graduation Dinner was held in the Great Hall Friday evening to honour the class of 2011.  It was also a chance for the graduates to thank the faculty, housemasters and duty team members. It was a great evening for all that concluded with the traditional walk across the field to Lower School and fireworks.

Graduates from G-West house before the Grad Dinner in the Great Hall
Ms. Stephanie Perry - President of the RCA - Welcoming Graduates into the Ridley College Association
Graduates receiving "lifer" awards for attending Ridley from Grades 5-12
Ms. Loat gives a speech to the graduates in the Great Hall

2011 Grad Video:

Ridley College Grad Video 2011 from Jeb Burjevich on Vimeo.

Spring Concert 2011

The Ridley College Choir held their Spring Concert last night in the Chapel.  They presented ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ which was written by Paul McCartney in collaboration with composer Carl Davis.  This is McCartney’s first venture into classical music.  The work has eight movements and the text is based on the events of McCartney’s early life in Liverpool – his birth in the city during the war, his schooldays and his aspirations as a youth.  Here are some highlights from the performance:

Some Things You Can’t Live Without!

Matthew C. is one of the eleven Ridley students who are currently away on exchange.  Matthew is spending this term in Sydney, Australia and has sent a few pictures.  He packed a few “Canadian necessities” in his suitcase and, as you can see from the picture, he has dipped into them!!

Other Ridley students who are currently away on exchange are:

  • Keir M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Erica B. – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Catherine M. – Sydney, Australia
  • Ellen M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Abby M.  – Sydney, Australia
  • Eliza C. – Sydney, Australia
  • Emma R. –  Sydney, Australia
  • Meghan K. – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Chi O. – Gijón, Spain
  • Matt C. – Sydney, Australia
  • Maggie S. – Leon, Spain

Senior Reach Provincial Team Vs. Faculty

Today, our Senior Reach Provincial Team (hereafter referred to as SRPT) took on a group known as “The Faculty” (or at least a small representative force thereof).

After Round 1, the score was 110-100, giving The Faculty a marginal lead. In the following rounds, the SRPT put forth a spirited effort, yet The Faculty employed their lightning speed buzzer pressing reflexes–and their age–to answer some key team questions (especially a memorable set of four about “A Modern Stone-Age Family”)

Mr. Park delivered “the knockout punch” with his answer to this question: “Who threw the ‘phantom punch’ that knocked out Sonny Liston, thus becoming the WBC Heavyweight Champion in 1965?” — (Sorry couldn’t resist this one!)

Final score: Faculty 470 —  SRPT 180.

Thanks to all who came to watch. Special thanks to Mrs. “Vanna White” Hahn for keeping score.

Check out some of the action:

Royal Wedding Fun in Dining Hall

This morning students were up bright and early, but this time it wasn’t for class or chapel. Many students awoke early to meet in their common room to watch the Royal Wedding. The celebration continued in the dining hall at lunch with British food being served: fish and chips, toad in the hole, and mushy peas, British music being played (Cold Play, Florence and the Machine and the Beatles to name a few), and wedding cake served on tables with pictures of Wills and Kate. It was a fun lunch for all, but especially for our Headmaster Mr. Leigh and his wife who are from England.

Ridley College: Art and Design in New York City

The annual Grade 12 Art and Design trip to New York City was another fast-paced, eye-filling, brain bending experience for students who had the opportunity to see a wide array of visual culture spanning contemporary and historical practices. Since the mid-1940’s, New York City established itself as the epicenter of avant-garde visual art practice, and work on display today in museums and in commercial galleries attests to the fact that this bold vision is still alive in the city that never sleeps.

The first stop after arriving in the city was a journey to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, one of New York’s most historic art deco skyscrapers built in 1930. On Saturday students spent the morning at the Museum of Modern Art, the world’s most comprehensive collection of Twentieth century art. In the afternoon, the design students travelled to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, and the art students travelled to the Whitney Museum and then on to Chelsea art district to tour commercial galleries. As our hotel was located just steps from Times Square, students spent the evening exploring the buzz of Broadway.

On Sunday we travelled to the northern tip of Manhattan Island for a guided visit of the Cloisters, a 13th century monastery built from the ruins of various monasteries in France at the turn of the century. We then headed back downtown to St. John the Divine, and neo-Gothic cathedral that claims the title of the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. After experiencing the awesome spectacle of the interior of the cathedral, we travelled to the Metropolitan Museum, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of fine and decorative art. After the MET, we spent our last reserves of energy touring the Frick Museum, a more intimate space with an astounding collection of 17th and 18th century paintings and furniture.

The trip wrapped up on Monday morning with a subway ride to the southern tip of the island, a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty and an hour shopping for souvenirs on busy Canal Street. At exactly 1pm we boarded the bus and were off on the long journey back to Ridley, totally exhausted and reveling in memories of a city that still serves as the epicenter of art.

As told by Mr. Nickerson

Ridley Students Compete in World VEX Robotics Championships in Disney!

The world VEX Robotics championships were held in Orlando, Florida this year and the Ridley College robotics team qualified for the second year in a row to compete against 416 teams from 20 countries for the title! Here is a first hand account of what happened as told by coach Rodney Reimer:

Team 1509, piloted by John Hejzlar and built by John, Steve Docherty, and Enoch Ho, was the only team in the world that sported a double-claw design that allowed the driver to both descore an opponents ring while scoring their own in record time. Taylor Petrick programmed this machine and Steve was responsible for designing and building.  The team was awarded the Create award for design and ingenuity for their work, one of only four teams to receive this award at the tournament. John went on to finish 8th overall in the round-robin tournament (out of 104) and had a 7-2 record even though on two occasions his partner in the alliance failed to score a single tube! He also finished 12th in driver skills out of 416 machines at the tournament.

Team 1509R, driven by Tyler Porter and built by Tyler Porter, Igal Flegmann, Enoch Ho, was programmed by Igal Flegmann. It competed with 1509 in the toughest division, the division that produced the eventual world champion. It was the only machine at the tournament that could score and descore well, load bases and stick them under the central ladder to lock up points, and perform the complex process of locking itself to the ladder and hanging 1/2 meter off the playing surface; this in less than 10 seconds! Tyler stubbornly stuck with this challenging design and eventually made it all work! 1509R became an announcers favourite but was plagued with mechanical problems in several of the round-robin matches. A broken motor (cracked gears) contributed to losses in two matches but in the remaining contests, Tyler managed to guide 1509R to 5 wins and 2 losses.

Team 1509B had the greatest success at the tournament result-wise but was in many ways the simplest machine. It was very fast and was guided by James Curtis, and designed and built by Steve Docherty, Taylor Petrick, Enoch Ho and Jacob Eschweiler. It became a fan favourite in the Technology division because of a large picture on the front with a picture of Charlie Sheen. James and Steve named the machine the “Ma-Sheen”, much to everyones delight. One of the reasons it was so effective was the intense use of sensors and countless hours of programming dedicated to it by Taylor Petrick. If it were not for a field problem that the VEX engineers could not specifically nail down, 1509B could well have been the tournament champion. As it ended, this machine finished 10th in programming skills and tied for 5th in the world in head-to-head competition. An outstanding feat for the “ma-Sheen”.

Especially at the worlds, but throughout our time at all tournaments, so much of our excellent intelligence on our opponents and allies came via our team of scouts. As well as acting as scouts, the team of Cheryl Wong, Hayyan Kalid, Jacob Eschweiler and Rhys Patterson (joining us from Laura Secord) served to keep us up to speed on all required details and keep our batteries charged, pit area organized and ran things back and forth from the pit area to the two competition fields as needed. They were a huge factor in our success.

A special thanks to generous sponsors who made these results possible. Ridley was very supportive of our efforts but we could not have shown the world what Ridley Tigers can do without the generous help from: Ophardt Hygeine, Porter Medical Group, RMT Robotics and CTFS. Much gratitude to you.