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Ridleians Use CPR Training to Save Lives

This summer, two former Ridleians found themselves at the forefront of life or death situations and thanks to their physical education at Ridley, they knew exactly what to do.

Ridley’s physical education programme aims to contribute to the healthy development of our students physical, mental and social well-being. A part of that means discovering how students can contribute to the well-being of peers and their community. Among their lessons, students are taught how to appropriately respond during an emergency situation, to better prepare them if someone is in need.

Upon entering Upper School, our students are taught basic life-saving skills during their physical education classes. By Grade 11, students are certified in Basic Level CPR, Standard/Emergency First Aid and are taught how to operate AED (defibrillator) units. The students have the chance to further enhance their training if they choose to pursue their National Life Saving (NLS) certification as a co-curricular activity.

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“From our point of view, these are life skills that everyone should learn. You never know when you are going to find yourself in a position to help someone in need.”                                 – Jay Tredway, Director of Athletics

Retired physical education teacher, Mr. Dave Whitty, said that during his career, the students were keen to learn the skills needed to appropriately respond in an emergency situation. He also recalls numerous occasions where students and staff members – himself included – were required to take action in order to save another’s life.

Recently, two former Ridleians were put into harrowing situations where their CPR training, confidence and quick reactions saved lives.

On July 20th, 2016, 19-year-old Jarrod Camroux-Peacock ‘15 and his father Erik Peacock came to the aid of a customer and family friend, who began choking while dining. Acting quickly, Erik and Jarrod both performed the Heimlich maneuver and tried to clear the obstruction, as the man began to lose consciousness and turn blue from oxygen deprivation. Jarrod and his father were able to dislodge the obstruction from his airway prior to the ambulance arriving on site.

Soon after the incident Jarrod made a phone call to his high school teacher and basketball coach at Ridley; expressing his gratitude to him for having taught him how to react in emergency situations and for providing proper emergency response training.

Another former Ridley student, Nick Prestia ’16, has used his CPR training twice since attending Ridley. The first incident occurred in 2015, when Nick was attending a hockey training camp in Boston. A two-year-old girl was left unattended at the hotel swimming pool and had fallen into the water. Nick saw the young girl and pulled her out of the water. When he realized she wasn’t breathing, he began to perform CPR that had been modified for an infant – another skill he had learned during his physical education at Ridley. Nick managed to revive the two-year-old and alert her parents.

The second incident occurred last month on July 26th, 2016, when Nick’s hockey instructor was concussed during drill training and began experiencing seizures. The instructor wasn’t breathing, so Nick began performing CPR until someone nearby – who was also trained in CPR – came to relieve Nick. By this time, the concussed instructor had begun to breathe again. Nick too reached out to Ridley to express his gratitude for his training.

“Always remember to trust in your abilities because you never know when your actions can affect someone’s life. I’m blessed to have been able to use my knowledge of CPR to help to people and I encourage others to go out of their way to learn CPR. You never know when you might need to use it, take my word for it.” – Nick Prestia ‘16

In all three incidents, these former Ridleians sprang into action without hesitation. Congratulations to Jarrod and Nick. Ridley is proud to have had the privilege to guide these students, and many others.

Slam Dunk for Ridley College and OSBA

The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) welcomes Ridley College’s First Boys basketball team into its elite Canadian league.

After more than a decade-long run as one of most competitive basketball teams in the CISAA and following a record-breaking season ­­– winning six tournaments and three major titles ­– Ridley College’s First Boys basketball team has been formally accepted into the OSBA for the 2016/2017 season.

The OSBA is an elite league, governed by Ontario Basketball that helps prepare players for post-secondary, national and international levels of competition. The goal of the association is to increase the number of quality basketball players competing in Ontario and to promote the Train to Compete (T2C) stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model – of which Ridley was an early adopter and remains a proponent of, school-wide.

The team’s promotion means that the Ridley Tigers will not only compete against top basketball prep schools from around the Greater Toronto Area, but the athletes will also participate in at least three international showcases and host several others throughout the year. Ridley will become the first and only IB Continuum school that is a member of the OSBA, offering the gold standard in academics and athletics in Canada.

“We are excited to add an outstanding institution like Ridley College to the OSBA. We are confident that Ridley College will be able to provide student-athletes with a world-class education, as well as a high-quality basketball experience that supports their development.”

– Carmelo Mallia, Manager of High Performance at Ontario Basketball and OSBA League Commissioner.

With support from the current coaching staff, Ridley Athletics has hired Mr. Tarry Upshaw as head coach of the new OSBA team. Coach Upshaw’s dynamic career has included coaching at the professional national and international level; coaching national team programs in Hong Kong, China, Jamaica and right here in Canada. His wealth of experience in developing young athletes and his relationships in the basketball world will be invaluable as the school’s basketball programme continues to develop into one of the best in the country.

“This is a natural progression for us as an institution with the right people in place at the right time,” said Jay Tredway, Director of Athletics at Ridley College. “I am very excited about the support network we have in place for our student athletes, and adding the competitive environment of the OSBA will no doubt challenge all of us to become even better at what we do,” he added.

Read the St. Catharines Standard’s article.

The Weekend Programme – January 2016 Highlights

Launched in 2015, the Weekend Programme provides students with fun activities – on and off campus – every weekend. This January, the Weekend Programme was stocked full with fun activities that were great for Ridleians of all ages!

Grade 9’s have a ball at Residential Life Bowling!

Thursday, January 7th
By: Jack Petrunick ‘19

What better way to start off 2016 than with Residential Life Bowling! I find that our days can be quite busy; filled with classes, sports and homework and sometimes it seems that we don’t get much of a chance to catch up with one another. This made a night of bowling with classmates a perfect opportunity to reconnect. Did you know that in the Golden Era of the 1960’s and 1970’s, bowlers made twice as much money as NFL stars? Pro bowlers signed million dollar contracts and were heralded as international celebrities. Today, the glitz and glamour has faded, however, this changed as the Ridley College Class of 2019 arrived at Parkway Lanes! The students were all bright-eyed with thoughts of a strike, a spare or even just praying they wouldn’t get a gutter ball! Speaking of strikes…did you know that in the sport of bowling, if you see a picture of a turkey on your scoring screen, it refers to three strikes in a row? A ham bone is one better, with four strikes in a row! Best of all is a golden turkey, which represents nine strikes in a row!

Grade 9 Bowling  Jack Petrunick

Well, I definitely don’t recall seeing a golden turkey on anyone’s scoring screen, but I do remember Ms. Lech knocking down nine pins at one time, which resulted in her doing a happy dance!

Ms. Lech and staff, thank you for organizing an exciting event for us. It was an evening enjoyed by all! Thank you!

– Jack Petrunick ‘19

” I have never been bowling before. I played games like this on my console, but because my parents are really busy and there are not many places like this near me, I [had] never gone before. It was a lot of fun!” – Grade 9 student

Ridleians show their Tiger pride during the Carl Dorland Basketball Tournament

Saturday, January 9th
By:
Liam Wilson ’16

Carl Dorland Champions

January 9th, 2016 – a night that I won’t forget for a very long time. Ridley wins the Carl Dorland Tournament against powerhouse rivals from Illinois, Lake Forest Academy. Although the game was very exciting, it wasn’t the shots made or the impressive moves that made this night so memorable for me, it was having the Ridley community supporting us. Students, faculty, parents, and even partner basketball programs – like Noble Preparatory Academy from Nassau, Bahamas – were all packed into the Griffith Gym to make as much noise and give as much support as possible. When Brett Warren ‘16 scored on an amazing drive or Shamar Burrows ‘16 made a great stop on defense, the crowd just got louder and louder.

Spirit Night  Saturday Jan 23

There is no better feeling than being able to look to the other side of the court and see your classmates cheering as loud as they can for you. Seeing my teachers in the crowd fostered school spirit and enthusiasm like you would not believe. As the game got tight and the clock started to run out, it was our fellow Ridleians that gave us the energy to close the game off and bring home the gold on our home court. Thank you, Ridley.

– Liam Wilson ’16

Students enjoy feature films with their friends!

Saturday, January 16th

On Saturday, January 16th, Ridleians piled on the Movie Bus and headed to Landmark Cinemas at the Pen Centre. Students had the chance to see the latest blockbusters on the big screen, with all of their friends! Following the Movie Bus, students were invited to the Great Hall for Café, where there was music, hot chocolate and cookies!

“Café is amazing!”- Noel Cousins ’16

Sports, spies and snacks – students hang out on campus for a fun-filled Saturday!

Saturday January 23rd

Students had a fun-filled evening on campus this past Saturday! Students were able to participate in tons of sporting activities such as swimming, badminton, basketball and soccer! Students who wanted a more relaxing Saturday night were invited to watch the movie The Kingsman in the Ross E. Morrow Theatre. Café followed, featuring DJ Lech, where the students joined in the Great Hall to hear wonderful music from the 1980’s to today.

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January’s Weekend Programme line-up started the term off right! Ridley pride arose during Spirit Night and students stayed active inside as the snow piled up outdoors. There were no shortage of smiles and laughs here on campus.

Next month, the Weekend Programme kicks off with Dean’s Dance, the annual semi-formal dance, followed by fun activities throughout the month! Check back in February to read more!

Get to Know Your Prefects: Shamar B. ’16

Introducing Shamar; a boarder from the Bahamas, who represented his country for two Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.01.33 PMconsecutive years at the Youth Olympics for basketball – now our First Boy’s Basketball team Captain! We are thrilled that he has brought his talents on and off the court to Ridley. Read our Q&A with Shamar to learn more about this Ridley Prefect.

Why did you choose Ridley?

The decision to attend Ridley was a collective group decision between my family members and I. Ridley was chosen because of the high standard of education, large sporting background, and mainly the quality of the school. It has diversification between different cultures; this allows students to bond and grasp a better understanding between self-culture and outside cultures. Ridley offered different facilities, a unique experience and exposure to a variety of programs. Lastly, Ridley is an elite school that assists, guides, and prepares students for university and the real world.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

My parents and I knew that I was prepared to attend Ridley College, and make the next big step in my life as a growing teen, but there are always some obstacles to face, even when you feel most prepared. Some of these obstacles were leaving family and friends behind in Nassau, Bahamas, seeking new opportunities and creating new friends; also making tough decisions on my own without mom or dad being by my side making the decisions for me.

What are your plans after graduation? 

Graduation is something I am really looking forward to. However, knowing that it will be my last time in high school will make the moment even more special, but also tough and possibly an emotional experience. After graduation I plan to attend university, possibly do some traveling, and gain a little more work experience before I’m completely enrolled into university. 

Who is your favourite faculty member and why?

There are so many great faculty members at Ridley College. It’s quite tough to single out a faculty member as most favourite because they all are unique in many ways. 

What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

My greatest challenge at Ridley thus far has been, possibly, time management. This is because of traveling to different places for basketball, staying on top of assignments, and preparing for quizzes and tests.

What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

My greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley was being selected as school Prefect and also winning the first ever OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship for the first time in Ridley history with an unbelievable group of teammates and coaching staff.

How has Ridley prepared you for the future?

Ridley has prepared me academically, socially, and mentally for the real world. This is because the Ridley College community is a very social environment, which helps with your social skills in a formal and informal way. Academically, because of the different rigorous courses, the responsibility to research, study, and take on tasks independently or even sometimes with fellow classmates. Lastly mentally, because of the Ridley Guidance Team, which enlightens students in many different areas for future goals, plans, and decisions 

What have been your favorite Ridley experience (thus far) and your favorite part of Ridley?

Camp at the beginning of the school year, because of new people coming into the Ridley community, and taking part in house activities together. This creates a bond between you and other kids. Secondly, Snake Dance was an unreal experience for me because of the intensity and excitement of everyone participating. Snake Dance creates motivation for me to start off the school year in an enthusiastic way.

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

My advice to all prospective students is; to always remain open minded, to be polite with others, and to try your best to be welcoming to others. Seize every opportunity and be determined, to tackle and overcome any obstacles that come before you in your Ridley journey. Lastly be respectful, mannerly and always take advantage of all opportunities given.

Ridley College Weekend in Sports

There was a lot of action this weekend in Ridley College athletics.  The 18th annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball tournament was hosted on campus.  The 1st boys’ team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.  The first two games saw heartbreaking loses for the boys with Sir Winston defeating Ridley 49-47 and Gait C.I. winning 47-46. Holy Cross Woodbridge was the next opponent early Saturday where Ridley won easily 54-36. The final match saw the boys win 45-42 over a very stubborn, but determined squad from St. Catharines C.I.

The junior boys also had a 2-2 record for the tournament.  In the first round of the tournament Ridley was matched up against eventual tournament champs Woodson from the Virgin Islands (final score 91-30).  In the second game against Lester B. Pearson from Burlington the boys battles hard, but lost 49-48.  In their third game Ridley was matched up against Parkside (Dundas, Ont) in the Division III semi-final, the win advanced them to the Division III final against Niagara Christian College. NCC were unable to match Ridley’s pace of play and organized defense, leading to a comfortable margin of victory. All members of the team contributed to this victory.

The 1st girls’ hockey team had two wins and two ties during their NAPHA crossover weekend in Lewiston, NY. The first game versus Rice ended in a 2-2 tie, and the second game against Stanstead ended in a 3-3 tie.  The final two games were against Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS) and Northwood School.  In the game against RNS the girls dominated from start to finish, winning 2-0.  Courtney Arseneau came up with timely saves at crucial moments.  In their final game the girls stood their ground and played hard to win the game 3-1.  Although it was a solid effort by all players, Shay Pavlisko led the way netting a natural hat-trick, including a penalty shot goal.  Allie Mitchell continued her stellar play between the pipes.

The senior girls’ volleyball team travelled to Brock on Saturday for their first tournament (and in fact their first time playing together in a game for the season!). It took awhile to “work out the kinks” but they quickly got back on track and earned a second place finish. They had an unfortunate crossover match-up in the first round of playoffs against a talented and elite Eden Flyers squad. In the first set the girls showed poor footwork and inaccurate passing. The strong offense of the Eden team proved too much for Ridley and we were unable to get blocks up to prevent the powerful swings  by the Eden girls from getting through. The girls showed perserverence in the second set however, picking up the intensity and showing much better court movement. Some timely blocks by middles Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Emma Rigg helped to rattle the Flyers and slow down their momentum.

 

Ridley College fields more than 45 competitive athletic teams annually, from Under 12 in the Lower School through our First teams in the Upper School and offers four program development sports (soccer, basketball, ice hockey, and rowing) for boys and girls in the Lower School that lead through to junior and senior teams in the Upper School, for more information on Ridley College athletics, please click here.


 

18th Annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball Tournament Hosted By Ridley College

The 18th annual Carl Dorland Classic Basketball tournament kicked off today on campus. Twenty-four junior (Under 16) and senior boys basketball teams from across Niagara, the Virgin Islands and the United States have come to Ridley to play.  The tournament is named for retired physical-education teacher and former basketball coach Mr. Carl Dorland and was established by current coach Dave Whitty.

Ridley’s Under 16 Boys team started off the day with a tough game at 9 a.m. in the Field House against Woodson from the Virgin Islands. Woodson beat out Ridley, watch some highlights from the game:

The senior boys played at 11:45 against Sir Winston from St. Catharines.  The game was a nail-biter to the bitter end with quick back and forth play in the third and forth quarters resulting in a 49-47 win for Sir Winston.  Watch some highlights from the game:


The Jr. team plays tonight at 6:45 in the Iggulden Gym Vs. Pearson and the Seniors play tonight at 8 p.m. in the Griffith Gym Vs. Gait C.I.  The tournament will continue tomorrow.

Ridley College fields more than 45 competitive athletic teams annually, from Under 12 in the Lower School through our First teams in the Upper School and offers four program development sports (soccer, basketball, ice hockey, and rowing) for boys and girls in the Lower School that lead through to junior and senior teams in the Upper School, for more information on Ridley College athletics, please click here.

1st Girls Basketball in Germany – Blog Update #2 from Mr. Ronald

Ridley College 1st girls basketball team with German team

The Ridley College Senior Girls Basketball Team earned their first victory of their 2011 Tour of Germany on Friday evening scoring a 57-55 victory over New Baskets Oberhausen Club.  Tiger Captain Ainsley Camroux-Peacock (Sr.) scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Black-and-Orange.  The game was played before a large and supportive crowd, in the city of Oberhausen.

In a tough, physical battle the Tigers found themselves down by as many as 7 points in the final quarter before mounting their comeback.  Thanks in part to the defensive efforts of senior forward Franziska Streit and two key baskets by LeAndrea Armbrister (Sr.), Ridley bounced back and held on for the thrilling two-point win.

After dropping a tough decision to Damen ASC Mainz on Thursday evening, the team started Friday with a morning train journey from the city of Mainz along the Rhine River to the city of Essen.  Upon arriving at the station in Essen they were met by Franziska’s mother and older sister who had arranged a sight-seeing tour of the city for them.   All of the Tiger players and coaches would like to thank Mrs. Streit for a wonderful tour of Essen.

On Saturday the team traveled by train to Cologne where, among many other things, they visited the Christmas Market and had a guided tour of the Cologne Cathedral, a World Heritage Site which has the second-tallest spire and largest facade of any church in the world.

The girls return to their homes on Wednesday to enjoy the holidays.

German Trio Win Spot Shooting Showdown at OFSAA Skills Competition

Franziska, Laura and Leonie (all from Germany) won the Spot Shooting Showdown last night at the OFSAA Skills Competition.   ‘Wir lieben dich’ – “we love you” in German could be heard in the stands as the girls swished shot after shot- 19 points in all, 2nd place went to E.S. du Sacré-C’oeur (NOSSA) with 8 points.

Franziska, Laura and Leonie (Ridley College German students) won Spot Shooting Showdown

The skills competition was the opening event of the Girls’ OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship being hosted at Ridley College over the next three days.  Check out the video:

Ainsley was chosen as Ridley’s representative for the three-point competition.  She faired well, but did not make it to the final round. The Final Round consisted of the top-4 shooters out of 16 participants.  The results are as follows:

1st:  É.S. Jean Vanier (SOSSA) – 9 baskets
2nd:  É.S. Lajeunesse (SWOSSAA) – 8 baskets
3rd:  Rideau District High School (EOSSAA) – 6 baskets
4th:  Penetanguishene Secondary School (GBSSA) – 4 baskets

The Opening Ceremonies for the championship were held this morning and the first games will be played starting at 2 pm in the Fieldhouse and Griffith Gym.  Ridley’s first game is tonight at 6pm.