It’s officially summer time here at Ridley College! The campus has cleared out and it’s very quiet after an exciting weekend. 145 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma on Saturday in the Field house. Prize giving, a rousing valedictorian address by Gianni B and a graduation dinner were some of the highlights from Saturday. Some students have been at Ridley for eight months, others eight years, but they have all taken something away from their time here.
From JK to PG, students of all ages participated in a Celebration of the Arts yesterday. The Lower School children performed various songs in the Mandeville Theatre early in the afternoon and the Upper School students performed later – including a memorable ‘Thriller’ performance! And yes there is video of that! There was also a huge art exhibit that opened in the Fieldhouse as a part of the celebration and included everything from paintings to media arts! Students from the Upper School were also awarded for their participation and proficiency in the arts in an awards ceremony in the theatre. Check out some pictures from the day and a videos of the performances.
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.
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:
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:
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.