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January 2011
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January 7-8            Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball Tournament     Ridley College

January 13              Admissions Reception – Cayman Islands

January 13-14        Admissions Interviews – Manama, Bahrain

January 15              Admissions Reception – Barbados

January 24-27       Admissions Reception – Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico

January 27             Cadet Mess Dinner                                                             Ridley College

January 28             Ridley College Ski Day                                                      Horseshoe Valley

February 2011
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February 3-4            Grade 7 & 8 – “Around the World in 8 Great Plays”   Ridley College

February 4                First Girls Volleyball Tournament                                 Ridley College

February 10              Upper School Debating – Valentine Showcase             Ridley College

February 16               Admissions Interviews – Boston

February 18-21         February Mid-Term Break

February 24              Grades 9-11 Math Contests                                               Ridley College

February 24-26        Upper School Musical “Hairspray”                                 Ridley College

March 2011
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March 5                      Upper School Musical “Hairspray”                                 Ridley College

March 11-27               March Break

March 30                    Grade 10 Media Arts Photography Exhibition Opens   Ridley College

Ridley Students Consumed in Service

The holiday season is upon us and the tradition of service is well underway at Ridley.  Students and staff have been busy finishing their Christmas giving projects before they leave the campus to return home for the holidays.
Arthur Bishop East is raising funds for “Wells of Hope”. So far they have raised approximately $200 selling snacks at the intermission of “The Crucible,” and $500 at the Christmas Market.

The boys of Arthur Bishop West were raising money by providing $5 haircuts at the Christmas Market.  The funds raised are going to Mainstream – an organization that provides a range of services to community members with developmental challenges.

Burgoyne House focused on their mascot, the bear, this year for their charity drive.  Teddy bears of all sorts – for infants, toddlers and older children- will be given to children at the St. Catharines General Hospital.

The Dean’s House charity is the “Gift of Reading,” an organization that raises funds to buy books for less fortunate children and families. At the Christmas Market, they held a raffle and raised $200.

Gooderham West raised $136 raffling off 3 gingerbread houses at the Christmas Market.  Instead of buying secret Santa gifts this year, each girl donated $10, which has been given to Community Care to buy Christmas Dinner for families in need.  In total the girls’ raised $566.00 for Community Care.
Gooderham East filled 90 shoeboxes with toiletries, school supplies and toys for “Operation Christmas Child”. These boxes will make their way to deserving children all over the world.
Leonard House partnered with Mandeville in collecting food for Community Care during “Halloween for Hunger” and sending representatives to “Me to We” in Toronto.

Mandeville and Leonard House collected 1,540 lbs of food for the “Halloween for Hunger” food drive. The girls recently raised just over $600 by having a dress down day and selling handmade beaded bracelets from Africa (donated by a Ridley Family) and Christmas gift bags (donated from a past parent) at the Christmas Market.

Merritt South raised $900 for Dog Guides Canada, primarily from the John Gardhouse Comedy Night sponsored by the house.

Merritt North’s House Charity is Community Care. Every year the MNo boys set up and serve food provided by the House at an “Out of the Cold” dinner downtown for 170 guests. This year, they are hosting the dinner on Friday, January 7th at 53 Church Street. The boys also sell toques to support the national “Raise the Roof” campaign sponsored by Community Care which benefits homeless youth. The annual MNo “Toque Thursday” grub day at Ridley is scheduled for February 3rd, 2011.

Day students at Lower School collected non-perishable food for Community Care this past month and delivered it during their recent radio performance supporting this need.

The Advancement Office gave a donation to the United Way of St. Catharines and the Business Office donated to Community Care in lieu of their annual Secret Santa gift exchange.

The Memorial Chapel through the recent Nine Lessons and Carol service and other events, as well as donations by parents, raised $7,249 for the Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica and collected food for the local Community Care organization.

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Ridley College!

Ridley College: Nine Lessons and Carols Service

On December 4th and 5th we held the annual Nine Lessons and Carols Service in the Memorial Chapel. The Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Christ told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. Both services were well attended, and the Chapel was filled with Christmas spirit –  $2,500.00 was raised for the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica through the offering. View the video below from the service:

Grade 10 Ridley College Student Publishes Book of Poems

15- year-old Emma Hudson has been writing poetry since she was five, and this year she has achieved what many writers strive for their whole life.  She has published a book of 20 original poems entitled “Where the Moonlight Grows”.  The book was illustrated with the help of Emma’s friend Maia Bidochka.  To find out more about Emma and her book, read the article from today’s St. Catharines Standard:

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2879010

Ridley College International Christmas Service

On any given day you can walk around the Ridley College campus and hear languages from thirty-one different countries.  On Friday we held our annual International Christmas service in the Memorial Chapel where we were able to see students from those countries read a Christmas passage in their native language. We heard thirteen different languages – Hebrew, Latin, English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, French, Mandarin, Russian, German, Italian and Latvian. As a school located in Canada we embrace multiculturalism and cherish the fact that we can share languages and traditions from different countries and cultures with each other.

Check out the video from the service:

Tiger Nutrition Launched Today at Ridley College

Dr. John Berardi Launches Tiger Nutrition

Want to do better on your next test, boost your sports performance or just generally feel better? According to Dr. Berardi it all starts with proper nutrition. Today in assembly we were joined by Dr. Berardi who has created the new Tiger Nutrition program. Mr. Paul DeVellis has been approached by students in the past asking how to build muscle or perform better in sports, so he contacted Dr. Berardi to help him create a program to do that and more! The new program will be available starting today in the cafeteria to assist students in achieving their goals.

Tiger Nutrition Poster

There are four goals listed on posters in the cafeteria:

1. To Eat a Healthier Diet

2. To Boost Sports Performance

3. To Build Bigger Muscles

4. To Lose Body Fat

Each goal is accompanied by colour coded tiger paws that represent proteins, carbs and fruits & veggies. For each goal it tells you how many proteins, carbs or fruits & veggies you should eat, for example, if you want to eat a healthier diet: For most meals – eat one protein serving and two fruits & vegetable servings and for after you exercise – eat one protein, a carb serving and one fruit & vegetable serving. The tiger paws will be put beside all food items by Chartwells staff so students will know what is a carb or a protein. Chuck Dertinger OR  ’03 spent countless hours during an internship with Dr. Berardi measuring serving scoops/spoons used in the dining hall to quantify the nutritional composition of each food for this program.  Dr. Berardi said he is not here to tell students to never eat junk food, but instead to help students make better nutritional choices.  Dr. Berardi has worked on nutritional programs for NHL hockey players, NFL football players, athletes on Canadian National teams and now Ridleians! Thank you Dr. Berardi for your work on this program.  Check out the new system in the cafeteria today!

Ambulance Sirens on Ridley College Campus – Cause for a Celebration!

Did you hear the ambulance sirens on campus this afternoon? Well, thankfully the ambulances were not here for an emergency – they were on campus to pick up shoeboxes full of toys and school supplies for children in need in Central America & the Caribbean, South America and West Africa.

The Gooderham East elves were at it again this year collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The girls’ managed to collect 80 boxes – that’s more than double the amount they brought in last year! Not to mention the money they raised from today’s grub day that will help with the postage costs for sending the boxes. This is the third year the house has supported this charity. For the second year in a row Foday Kpanabom, a former recipient of a gift box helped Niagara EMS with the pick up. Kpanabom’s family was displaced during the civil war in Sierra Leone and were unable to take a lot of personal items from place to place, so the gift was very special to him. He now lives in Niagara. Six girls from six different countries – Luisa K. from Germany, Nadia E. from Canada, Anna G. from Russia, Miram S. from Pakistan, Alexis N. from Mexico, and Ana H. from Venezuela spearheaded the collection this year. Congratulations ladies and thanks to the Ridley community for supporting this worthy cause and making a Christmas wish come true for children in need! Watch the video below if you missed the action: