Tag Archives: Lower School

Grade 7-8’s Spend a Day at the BOERC

Salamanders, field voles, tree frogs, oh my! These were just a few of the woodland critters that the Grade 7 & 8 students met on their adventure at Ridley’s own Burgoyne Outdoor Education and Research Centre (BOERC).

The Grade 7s built debris thatch shelters and explored the woodland’s natural percussions.

The Grade 8s investigated a few more critters and different vegetation on an ecosystem scavenger hunt, and interpreted the landscape with impressionistic watercolours and oil pastels en plein air.

What a day! The sunshine in the afternoon made for an enjoyable, summer-like hike around the property along the marked blue trail and bog walk.

As told by Ms. Morrissey

Lower School Cross Country Race

The Lower School held their annual Cross Country Race for students in Grades 4-8. 

This year 119 students participated.  Our younger students were the cheerleaders shouting words of encouragement and offering up high fives along the route of the race.  

It was an unseasonably warm day – perfect for a run! 

The results for the race are as follows:

U11 Girls

1      Nicole Cappellazzo

2      Cameryn Cappellazzo

3      Marlize Van Sittert

U11 Boys

1      Manqoba Phakathi

2      Garrett Bowley

3      Nicholas Pavlika

U12 Girls

1      Abbey Bowley

2      Faith Bell

3      Kiana Gemmell

U12 Boys

1      Jack Hilditch

2      Callum Campbell

3      Paul Rosenbaum

U13 Girls

1      Liana Biktimirova

2      Hannah Bradley

3      Sophia Seguin

U13 Boys

1      Sam Court

2      Will Cowherd

3      John Andrew Kit

U14 Girls

1      Fionna Stevenson

2      Ella Foss

3      Arianna Gadinger

U14 Boys

1      Romaeo D’Intino

2      Brett Erskine

3      John Drake

Boys Overall Winner – Reid Trophy: Romaeo D’Intino

Girls Overall Winner – Cadeau CupAbbey Bowley

The winning tribe was: Mohawk

To view more pictures from the race click here!

Lower School Family Gardens Dedicated

The Lower School Family Gardens were dedicated yesterday afternoon and as part of the celebration students picked pumpkins and carrots from the garden and decorated the pumpkins.

The students have been enjoying the gardens for many months.  A special thank you to the Barberian/Rodeck family for their generous donation that made the building of the gardens possible.

Watch the video below to see Lower School Headmaster, Mr. Milligan talk about what the garden means to the students and to see our little gardeners in action.

To view more pictures from the day click here!

New Dog Walkers on Campus

Students walking dogs on campus

Ridley College has always been a pooch friendly environment and with all the dogs on campus it was about time a dog walking club was started.  Almost every housemaster has at least one dog, Mr. Leigh has Lucy – his black lab and you can find Ms. Schultz’s dog usually by her side.  So, Ms. Magee decided to start a dog walking club for Lower School students. Students take the dogs for nice long walks around the Ridley campus which provides both the students and dogs with exercise – some pooches give more exercise than others – Ms. Cousins – I think Sammy may be one of them!


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!