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Tips for New Ridley College Students: Tip #1

In two weeks students will be arriving on the Ridley College campus. For many students it will be their first time away from home or their first time attending Ridley, so I decided to ask our summer Admissions Assistant Erin if she could come up with some tips to help new students.  Erin attended Ridley for eight years and graduated this year. In a series of ten videos Erin will share her tips for new students.  Check out tip #1:


Upper School Prize Day 2011

excitement building before grads enter field house

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.

Prize Day 2011 - Field house

Check out the valedictorian speech:

Check out some highlights from Prize Day:


Gianni B - Valedictorian for class of 2011
Mrs. Loat - receives honorary diploma after 20 years in Academics/Guidance Office


Mason Medal Winner Briony with Ms. Elizabeth Mason


2011 Prize Winners in front of School House

Lower School Prize Day 2011

This weekend Ridley held two Prize Day ceremonies. Friday evening the Lower School students graduated from Grade 8 and special prizes were awarded to Lower School students. It was much more than an evening to award prizes, it was a time to reflect as graduations often are and the valedictorian address by Ashleigh S. did just that. The grade 8 students have formed a strong bond throughout the school year with each other and their teachers. There is no doubt that they will carry the memories from Lower School with them as they move on to Upper School whether it be at Ridley or another high school in Canada or beyond. Check out the valedictorian address, it’s a good mixture of humour and sentimentality:

Before Prize Day, there was a dinner and dance for the graduates. Take a look at the Hollywood themed event:

Hollywood sign outside of Lower School
Red carpet into dining hall
Dining Hall decorated in Hollywood theme

Parlez Vous Francais?

The air was crisp and spirits were high in St-Donat, Quebec for the Grade 7 Immersion adventure with Perspectives. The Perspectives program integrates language skills and culture with outdoor activities, music, arts and crafts and dramatic arts to create a unique French educational experience.
Students enjoyed three days of skiing, downhill and cross-country, recorded Quebecois folk songs, learned about Quebec’s history, and participated in many group activities with schools from all over Ontario.

One highlight of the trip was the talent show, in which several Ridley students participated. Thanks to Mme Bradley for organizing the trip and to our students who fully participated in the program and represented Ridley well!

Ridley Weekend Round-up

Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball Tournament
The senior boys basketball team won the 17th Annual Carl Dorland tournament Saturday afternoon 50-31 over a talented Nantyr Shores team from Innisfil, Ontario (Barrie region). Mr. Dorland’s presence on the bench seemed to ignite the Tigers who came out on the attack playing solid team defence and scoring hi-lite reel transition baskets in leading 15-11 after the first quarter of play. The Tigers built on this momentum early and often in the 2nd quarter to extent their lead to 31-14 by halftime. Geno Bullard played his best game as a Ridley Tiger this afternoon demonstrating tremendous offensive skill but more importantly an improving knowledge of ‘time and score’ when setting the offensive as point guard scoring 9 points and dishing out 12 assists. Cooper Rigg led the scoring with 25 points with many easy ‘bunnies’ courtesy of Geno’s pin point passing. All members of the squad are to be commended on their improving level of team play. Thanks to all of those members of the Ridley family both past and present who came out to cheer on and create an exciting atmosphere in the gym. Ridley returns to league play this coming Wednesday vs. Royal St. George’s College at the Tigers Den with tip off set for 1:30 pm.

Read more about the game in the St. Catharines Standard:

First Volleyball Takes Second Win of the Season
Meanwhile in the Iggulden gym,  the senior girls volleyball team took on Lakefield College School. The girls continue to show their winning way taking the match easily in three sets 25-11, 25-12, 25-12. All the girls had strengths in the match including great setting from LeAndrea Armbrister and Alison Whitty, good all around court movement, and good communication by all. Next up for the Tigers will be a home game against Branksome Hall tonight at 5:00pm. Come out and support your Tigers as they take on the powerful Branksome squad.

First Girls Hockey
The First Girls Hockey Team travelled to Canton and Potsdam, NY over the weekend for the North American Prep Hockey Association cross over league games.  On Friday the girls beat Rice Memorial Academy and Northwood Academy, both 5-1.  On Saturday, Ridley took on Kuper Academy with a final score of 3-0 for Ridley and Rothesay Netherwood 6-1.

First Boys Victorious in Game One of Dorland Tournament

The First Boys Basketball Team took on Woodstock this afternoon in the Griffith Gym. The Boys played hard and pushed to an impressed 84-20 victory.   This was the first game of the annual Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball team.  The Boys will play their next game tonight at 7:30 p.m. Check out some highlights from the game: