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Do you live in the Middle East or know someone who does?

Do you live in the Middle East or know someone who does that is interested in attending boarding school? Ridley College Dean of Admissions, Dr. Andrew T. Weller, will be in Manama, Bahrain January 13 & 14 conducting applicant interviews and meeting with families. Email admissions@ridleycollege.com for more information!

Ridley College is the largest boarding school programme in Ontario, with
graduates attending top universities in Canada, the United States, and around
the world. With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic
teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley has much to offer its students
from 31 different countries.

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 VEX Robotics Team Wins 3 Trophies!

The Ridley VEX Robotics Team was at it again this weekend at Governor Simcoe School for the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Tournament. The team took two robotics teams to Governor Simcoe to do battle with 58 other teams from the region and the GTA.

Our first match of the day was a disaster. Team 1509R, piloted by driver Tyler Porter and co-driver Enoch Ho and coach McCambly had a drive shaft pop free in their first match and wound up tipping over, twitching helplessly on the ground. It was an ugly beginning. After that, however, Tyler drove the machine with ever increasing skill, winning his next 5 matches for a preliminary record of 5-1.

Taylor Petrick drove our other machine, 1509B, with advisor Steve Docherty and coach Reimer finishing with a win against the best opponents on the last preliminary match to post a 5 win, 1 tie record. Taylor was also able to lay down superb skills challenge scores, scoring an incredible 113 points, 4 off the world record! (out of thousands of matches worldwide).
Our scouting team anchored by scout-master Cheryl Wong along with Jacob Eschweiler, Hayyan Khalid, David Yang, Jason Wang, and Igal Flegmann did a superb job of finding out the strengths and weaknesses of each of our upcoming allies and opponents for every match.

Steve Docherty, with the help of Taylor and others, was able to wow several sets of judges circulating around the auditorium with unique features of our machines that demonstrated clever ideas put into actions, combining the best of inventive thinking, physics, math and design. Because of these features, the first of 3 trophies won for Ridley was the ‘Amaze’ award for innovation and design. This was largely Steve’s award.

Since Taylor won the 1-minute driver’s challenge, (and scored the second highest as well) we qualified a second machine for the World Championships at ESPN (in Disney, Florida) mid-April!

The biggest surprise of the day, especially after such a horrible start, was Tyler’s team. They fought their way through some tough opponents to get to the quarter finals, beat two machines ranked higher than them in the 1/4’s and semis, and eventually came second to the number 1 ranked team in the tournament. Their effort was outstanding! Since the top two teams qualify for the worlds at ESPN, we have now qualified all three of our machines for the world championships. Only 320 teams make it (out of over 3000 from 20 countries).

If you see any members of the team, please congratulate them. They made Ridley proud today. Thanks to Mr. Leigh, Mr. Martin and Ms. OR for joining us for the last three rounds. It was a rewarding (and exhausting) way to spend the first day of exams.

Well done team 1509, Rmageddon!

Lower School Choir Sings on the Radio for Community Care

The Giving Spirit
The Lower School choir was spreading holiday cheer last week by singing Christmas carols on AM 610 CKTB in St. Catharines as a part of the Sixth Annual Astral Radio Great Holiday Food Drive.  The broadcast was live outside the station from 5 am to 6 p.m. while food and funds for Community Care were collected. Lower School teacher Mr. Andrew Corolis was interviewed on the radio about Ridley’s food collection contribution to Community Care.  Check out the video of our students on the radio!

Ridley College Lower School Christmas Play

“Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”

The Lower School put on their Christmas play yesterday afternoon to a packed house in the Mandeville Theatre.  The play was a musical entitled “Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”.  The play takes place during the 1950s and is about a girl named Betty whose dream is to sing on the radio.  The JK/SK students performed as part of a pre-concert performance. The intermediate choir and a few grade 7 & 8 instrumentalists perform throughout the play.  Check out the video from the performance – the children did an amazing job!

Girls’ Basketball Players 2 of top 20 in Region!

Congratulations to Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Franziska Streit!

Franziska Streit
Ainsley Camroux-Peacock

Grade 12 student Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Grade 11 student Franziska Streit have been selected to participate in this year’s Niagara Regional Girls Basketball All-star game. They’ve been identified as 2 of the top 20 basketball players in the region. Well done!

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: