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:
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:
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.
It was a hard fought battle in virtual boardrooms across Ontario – critical business decisions were being made and equity was being built in the Sprott Business Competition today. Gabriel Bolduc and Yoshiki Nakayama were Ridley’s titans of business making it past the initial round of 4, 900 participants – only 101 advanced.
After an intense morning, Gabriel advanced to the Semi-Finals by finishing 8th in Ontario with a total Shareholder’s Equity of $5.49 million, while Yoshiki bowed out holding his head high, having finished in 51st position in all of Ontario with Shareholder’s Equity of $3.63 million.
In the Semi-Final portion of the competition run this afternoon, Gabriel had a wild-ride, at times sitting in 18th position and then moving up to 3rd overall in Ontario. In the end, he just missed out on an invitation to Carleton University for the Final 8 by finishing 4th in his industry (The top 2 players from each of 4 industries move on to the final), yet 7th overall, due to not having enough employees and having to spend too much on over-time pay to maintain his production levels.
Speculation abounds as to whether Gabriel purposely threw away the win in order to be able to attend review day next Friday and focus more on his upcoming Gr.12 exams (Particularly Advanced Functions), with sources close to Gabriel stating that ‘he decided to pursue the most responsible course’.
Please join me in congratulating both Gabriel and Yoshiki on their achievements in a business simulation that brings the curriculum they are studying to life.
Ridley’s pressure defence created many high percentage shots early and often in yesterday’s decisive win over visiting Blessed Trinity Secondary School 74-27. Balanced scoring, exceptional pressure defence and a deep bench were all major factors in last evenings win. Kristers Moisejs (with his parents from Latvia in the crowd) led a balanced Tiger attack with 14 points while Cooper Rigg had 13, Geno Bullard scored 11, and Cam Sweetnam, Nick Green and Weston Saunders all chipped in with 8 points each. Next game is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in a semifinal encounter with a talented Holy Cross Raiders team. Go Blacks Go!
Read the article about Ridley in today’s St. Catharines Standard newspaper :
The First Boys Basketball team opened the 49th Annual Standard Basketball tournament yesterday and soundly defeated Smithville Christian College 67-12.
Freshmen point guard Nick Green led the Tiger attack with 18 points (6, 3 pointers). The Boys basketball team are the defending champs and top seeds this year – quite the feat considering Ridley had not won the St. Catharines tournament since the inaugural year in 1963. Four out of five of Ridley’s starters are back from last year – Cooper Rigg, Kristers Moisejs, Geno Bullard and Cam Sweetnam and with notable newcomers Justin Symonette and Weston Saunder the boys just may have a shot at a repeat victory. Ridley’s next game is tonight, they will play the winner between Grimsby and Blessed Trinity at home in quarter final action. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.
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.
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!
Yesterday, Mr. Bowen’s Grade 10 Chemistry class performed a series of demonstrations illustrating concepts that students have been learning in class. Each group explained the safety precautions of the demonstration as well as what we were about to see and why it was happening. Check out the video below to see what the students were up to – definitely some cool demonstrations!
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:
The Cross Country run started in 1891 and is the longest standing, continuous sports event at Ridley. Just to give you an idea of what it was like to race back then, here is a video from the 1929 Cross Country Run – pretty neat to see:
I’ve been told that it’s rained, snowed and done just about everything in between on the day of the Ridley annual cross country run, but yesterday was pretty near perfect conditions. The sun was shining and there was a cool November breeze – ideal for running. Here is some footage of the 2010 Cross Coutry Run: