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Students Take to Camp Before the School Year Begins!


This past weekend, students enjoyed every last drop of summer and ushered in the new school year with a trip to camp.  Upper School boys headed up to the scenic Onondaga Camp while the Upper School girls and lower school students from grade 7 and 8 enjoyed beautiful Camp White Pine. While there, students had a chance to bond with their peers and fellow housemates, getting a chance to showcase their talents, partake in new sports and activities and of course, have fun!

The boys had an adventurous weekend; full of zip lining through the woods, water skiing on a blue lake and playing a friendly game of water polo.

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The girls filled their days canoeing and by building house spirit. In completing a high-flying adventure on a ropes course, our students surely showed they had grit.

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At Camp White Pine the grade 7’s and 8’s participated in team building activities such as a ropes course, beach volleyball and all kinds of fun in the sun!

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Our younger students didn’t miss out on the fun, as they had their own camp day on campus. Students made their own stop motion animations, played trivia games and bonded with their tribes!

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Students returned from camp with new friends and smiles on their faces, ready to start a new school year!

To see all the photos from the weekend, check out Ridley’s official Flickr page!

Typical Day at a Boarding School – A Day in the Life of a Ridley College student

If you are looking into attending a boarding school, I am sure you have wondered what a typical day would be like? Of course the main difference between a day school and a boarding school is that some of the students sleep on campus.  But what will the classes be like? What will I do after school and what kind of food will I eat? During first term two Ridley College boarding students, Meredith and Madi, volunteered to do a “day in the life” video, I went around to breakfast, lunch and dinner with them, class, after school activities and even to study and asked them to describe what they do on a typical day.  Take a look:

Ridley College is an independent coeducational boarding and day school in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada (about an hour away from Toronto, ON and Buffalo, NY).  Ridley offers JK to Grade 12 with a post-graduate option.  Boarding can begin in Grade 5.  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 over 31 countries.

Ridley Students Participate in ‘Shine a Light’ on Human Rights Event in Niagara Falls

Group of Ridley Students and faculty member Shelley T. at Niagara Falls

Ridley College Amnesty International members, Norm C., Maddie H., and Charlotte S., and Faculty member Shelley T., braved the cold on December 10th to witness the spectacular transformation of Canada’s most famous natural landmark into a glowing beacon for human rights to celebrate Amnesty’s 50 years of human rights work.  Julia Chapman OR ’09, and her parents, Graham and Andja Chapman, also joined Ridley’s group in support of Amnesty’s vital work.

The illumination of Niagara Falls in Amnesty yellow, was part of a global event including a Shine a Light concert in Taiwan, street events in Paris, a candle-lit parade in Mali as well as events at other famous landmarks around the world (including the London Eye, Sydney Opera House, and the Empire State Building).

Niagara Falls lit with Amnesty Yellow to celebrate Amnesty International's 50th year

As told by Shelley T.

10 Students Turn off Electronics & Take Vow of Silence for 24 Hrs. in Support of Free the Children

Students at 'We Day' in Toronto- - some of the students participating in the day of silence

Ten Ridley College students are taking a vow of silence for 24 hours starting today.  This also means, putting away their laptops and their phones – no e-mail, no Facebook, no Twitter.  It’s hard to imagine right? In our communication heavy society not being able to text a friend or check Facebook or even chat to a friend, but these ten students are making a point with their silence – they are standing up for Children’s Rights.  Franka, Jacqueline, Jenn, Isabel, Kennedy, Janaan, Lelie, Chelsea, Olivia and Chi are staying silent today to stand in solidarity with children around the world who are silenced by poverty and exploitation.  In October, these students participated in ‘We Day’ in Toronto, another initiative by Free the Children -where students gather to celebrate positive actions to work towards social change, it was a one day event, but it was also the kickoff to multiple events that will go on throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for children in need around the world. For more information on Free the Children or the ‘Vow of Silence’, click here.

What Will I Do At Night When I’m Away at Boarding School?

Students in Gooderham West House - One of ten boarding houses at Ridley College

One of the most common questions students have when they are looking into boarding school is, what will I be doing at night? During the day you would expect to be going to class and participating in sports and activities, but when it comes to what you do at night there seems to be some uncertainty.  I’m an MOD (Master on Duty) in Gooderham West House – Home of the Flamingos, which means students sign in with me and let me know where they are going and what they are doing and I check in with them throughout the night to see how their studying is going, so I get to experience what life is like for the boarding students.  The other night I was on duty and I happened to have my video camera with me because I was working on another video project, one of the students – Nat. P decided to take the camera around and see what the students were up to – I think she really captures what a typical night is like in a boarding house, check it out:

Ridley College has the largest boarding program in Ontario with ten boarding houses on campus.  Ridley College offers JK-Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding can begin in Grade 5.  With over 100 different high school courses, 14 different athletic teams, and over 70 clubs and activities, Ridley had much to offer its students from 31 different countries.  For more information about boarding at Ridley, click here.

G-East Supports Operation Christmas Child with Biggest Donation to Date

Ladies of G-East House Pack up Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

The ladies of G-East have been very busy preparing for today when they would hear the sirens of the Emergency Services ambulance.  Two ambulances driven by EMS volunteers came to campus today to collect 214 shoeboxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child.  ‎The organization provides presents to less fortunate children all over the world. The girls worked hard and met their goal of surpassing the number of shoeboxes that have been donated by the house in the past, they also contribution a cash donation to the organization.  Watch the video below to hear a firsthand account of what the donation means to the organization:

OFSAA Girls’ ‘A’ Basketball Championship Begins Tomorrow at Ridley!!

Sixteen girls’ basketball teams will descend on the Ridley College campus tomorrow for the OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship.  The tournament will go until Saturday.  Come to campus to watch the games or watch through livestream on your computer (photos will also be uploaded to our OFSAA site):


On Wednesday night there will be a skills competition.  Ainsely will represent Ridley in the Three-Point Shooting Contest and Franziska, Laura and Leonie will compete as a team in the Spot Shooting Showdown.  Ridley’s first game will be Thursday night at 6pm against Monseigneur-Bryere from London, Ontario in the Griffith Gym

Ridley College Christmas Market 2011

The annual Christmas Market is on in the Ridley College Fieldhouse from 3-8 p.m. today. Ridley College students are performing throughout the event and there are more than 60 vendors!  Click here for the program and list of vendors. Check it out!!

Delicious treats being sold at Christmas Market
Lower School Students doing a little do-si-do square dancing at Christmas Market

Ridley College students selling jewelry for Free the Children
Lower School Choir Performing
'Candy by Katie' at Christmas Market
Crafts at Christmas Market

To view more pictures from the market, click here.