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Get to Know Your Prefects: Shamar B. ’16

Introducing Shamar; a boarder from the Bahamas, who represented his country for two Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.01.33 PMconsecutive years at the Youth Olympics for basketball – now our First Boy’s Basketball team Captain! We are thrilled that he has brought his talents on and off the court to Ridley. Read our Q&A with Shamar to learn more about this Ridley Prefect.

Why did you choose Ridley?

The decision to attend Ridley was a collective group decision between my family members and I. Ridley was chosen because of the high standard of education, large sporting background, and mainly the quality of the school. It has diversification between different cultures; this allows students to bond and grasp a better understanding between self-culture and outside cultures. Ridley offered different facilities, a unique experience and exposure to a variety of programs. Lastly, Ridley is an elite school that assists, guides, and prepares students for university and the real world.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

My parents and I knew that I was prepared to attend Ridley College, and make the next big step in my life as a growing teen, but there are always some obstacles to face, even when you feel most prepared. Some of these obstacles were leaving family and friends behind in Nassau, Bahamas, seeking new opportunities and creating new friends; also making tough decisions on my own without mom or dad being by my side making the decisions for me.

What are your plans after graduation? 

Graduation is something I am really looking forward to. However, knowing that it will be my last time in high school will make the moment even more special, but also tough and possibly an emotional experience. After graduation I plan to attend university, possibly do some traveling, and gain a little more work experience before I’m completely enrolled into university. 

Who is your favourite faculty member and why?

There are so many great faculty members at Ridley College. It’s quite tough to single out a faculty member as most favourite because they all are unique in many ways. 

What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

My greatest challenge at Ridley thus far has been, possibly, time management. This is because of traveling to different places for basketball, staying on top of assignments, and preparing for quizzes and tests.

What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

My greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley was being selected as school Prefect and also winning the first ever OFSAA ‘A’ Basketball Championship for the first time in Ridley history with an unbelievable group of teammates and coaching staff.

How has Ridley prepared you for the future?

Ridley has prepared me academically, socially, and mentally for the real world. This is because the Ridley College community is a very social environment, which helps with your social skills in a formal and informal way. Academically, because of the different rigorous courses, the responsibility to research, study, and take on tasks independently or even sometimes with fellow classmates. Lastly mentally, because of the Ridley Guidance Team, which enlightens students in many different areas for future goals, plans, and decisions 

What have been your favorite Ridley experience (thus far) and your favorite part of Ridley?

Camp at the beginning of the school year, because of new people coming into the Ridley community, and taking part in house activities together. This creates a bond between you and other kids. Secondly, Snake Dance was an unreal experience for me because of the intensity and excitement of everyone participating. Snake Dance creates motivation for me to start off the school year in an enthusiastic way.

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

My advice to all prospective students is; to always remain open minded, to be polite with others, and to try your best to be welcoming to others. Seize every opportunity and be determined, to tackle and overcome any obstacles that come before you in your Ridley journey. Lastly be respectful, mannerly and always take advantage of all opportunities given.

Get to Know Your Prefects: ShanShan L. ’16

Today, we are profiling Prefect ShanShan. She is a part-time boarding student from China Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 11.10.11 AMwho now resides in Toronto!

ShanShan was the top female in the CISAA Golf Qualifier for OFSAA and will represent Ridley at the OFSAA Women’s Golf Championships next month!

Why did you choose Ridley?

We were looking at private schools around the Toronto region and Ridley. I personally had
the best first impression at Ridley.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

I came to Ridley in grade 6. It was definitely a big change for me as I was at a public school for 2 years prior and before that, I lived in China. Culturally and socially, there were some aspects that took some getting used to, but Ridley is a great (safe) environment to make those changes.

What are your plans after graduation? 

After graduation, I plan to go to university in the States and go on at least one Study Abroad program. Hopefully, I can continue to play golf and play piano and the flute.

What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

The jump from grade 10 to IB. I felt that I was not prepared for the IB Diploma Program and it took the first year (maybe still) to become accustomed to the dynamics of being an IB student at a school as busy as Ridley.

What has been your favourite Ridley experience (thus far) and your favorite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, your house)?

Snake Dance – Every year, especially the last one. Snake Dance is something unique to Ridley and no one can take that experience and memory away because it is difficult to explain and only Ridleians can truly understand.

What are the most important things you have learned from your time at Ridley?

Fears were meant to be destroyed.

Traditions are good – they create an identity that seperates Ridley from other schools.

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

Don’t be afraid to try something new and voice your opinions.

The only way to truly experience Ridley is to be open-minded to every opportunity. Guaranteed, you will do something you never thought you would.

Your friends will be from all around the world – take advantage of this because it leads to great food and amazing vacations.

Students Take to Camp Before the School Year Begins!

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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.