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Ridleian Competes at Canada-Wide Science Fair

“Don’t worry about what people will say. Just trust your instincts and do what you’re passionate about.”

– Syni Solanki ‘21

Ridley ensures that our students have ample opportunities to pursue their passions, develop grit, overcome challenges and build foundations for flourishing lives. Our school’s curriculum provides students with the ability to pursue their passions, while participating in an enriching learning experience. Projects like the Community Action Project and the PYP Exhibition, allow students to choose what area they’d like to focus on, thus giving them to opportunity to align their passions with their academic courses. This freedom to choose evokes curiosity in each student and they develop a desire to learn.

In January of this year, the Grade 7 students fused their passion with science at Ridley’s annual Lower School Science Fair. These students spent months gathering research, conducting experiments, and discovering answers to their own questions. One student in particular, Syni Solanki ’21, set out to discover a cheap and efficient way to desalinate water, which is the process of removing minerals from salt water, leaving fresh water behind.

“Water is everywhere, but is it fresh? One-third of the world’s population does not have access to clean drinking water, so I attempted to find a cheap and efficient method to bring fresh water to everyone in the world.”

– Syni Solanki ‘21

After being inspired by two news programmes – one on graphene (which is a carbon based material) and the other on water scarcity –  Syni saw a possible connection between graphene and the desalination process.  After extensive research, Syni discovered that graphene can in fact desalinate water, and it can be done using an efficient and cost-friendly method. She found that by creating a reusable graphene sand mesh, she could remove minerals from salt water.

On January 29th, Syni presented her experiment at Ridley’s annual Lower School Science Fair. Members of the Ridley community were impressed by Syni’s theory, and she was awarded First Place, but her scientific journey did not end there.

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Along with four of her classmates, Syni then competed in the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NRSEF). The NRSEF is an annual event, where young students from the Niagara region can demonstrate their scientific theories in a stimulating environment. Syni confidently displayed her findings, as local scientists, business professionals and engineers quizzed her on her research. During the NRSEF Awards Ceremony, Syni was awarded the Brock University Chemistry Award, The Waldie Fast Memorial Trophy and placed second in the Junior age category.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.niagarasciencefair.org/wp/

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Due to Syni’s impressive project and her results in the Junior age category, she was asked to represent Niagara in the Canada-Wide Science Fair. This science fair celebrates Canada’s brightest young minds, featuring participants from across the country. This year, a total of 415 students travelled to Montreal, Quebec for the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fair, being held at McGill University. The six-day event included more than just a gallery walk displaying Canada’s brightest scientists, but guests and participants could also attend keynote speakers, demonstrations and learn about the impressive research being done by the University.

Up against 162 participants in her category, Syni confidently displayed her work and earned the Bronze medal and a $1000 entrance scholarship to Western University – a truly astonishing accomplishment.

Congratulations to Syni! It is clear that with such dedication, passion and talent, Syni will flourish during her education and beyond.

Read the Niagara This Week article. 

The Weekend Programme – February 2016 Highlights

Launched in 2015, the Weekend Programme provides students with fun activities – on and off campus – every weekend. This February, the Weekend Programme filled the student’s social schedules with sports, celebrations and the always-anticipated Dean’s Dance.

Dean’s Dance was a hit

Saturday, February 6th

Each year, Ridleians await the arrival of February, as it holds one of the year’s most anticipated events, Dean’s Dance. Since its inception, this annual social event has become a favourite for Ridleians. This year, students filled the Great Hall, dressed to the nines, to enjoy an evening of music and dancing. New this year was a canteen that was run during the dance, where students could enjoy iced tea and other beverages, served by their peers!

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“The canteen was amazing. Everyone seemed to have fun with it, on both sides of the table.” – Liam Wilson ’16

The music was on point. The canteen was super fun and was a great idea! The pictures turned out great and everyone looked very nice! – Annie Sheridan ’16

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Students brave the cold on dogsledding trip

Thursday, February 11th – Sunday, February 14th

 On the February long weekend, 17 students donned their winter gear and headed north for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award annual dogsledding trip. Despite the frigid temperatures, the students embraced the challenge and seized this opportunity of a lifetime. Click here to read more about their winter adventure.

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Students head to Mont Tremblant

Friday, February 12th – Monday, February 15th

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During the February long-weekend, a group of Ridley students traveled to Mont Tremblant to participate in some Winter activities. Despite the bitter cold temperature, which at times fell below -40 degrees Celsius, the students’ spirits remained high. The majority of their days were spent on the ski slopes, enjoying the challenging terrain, while evenings were spent exploring the many restaurants, shops, and cafes that the village of Mont Tremblant has to offer. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience the great outdoors and visit one of Canada’s top skiing destinations! A great time was had by all those involved. 

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Campus was alive with Chinese New Year celebrations and more!

Tuesday, February 23rd

On Tuesday, students were treated to an evening break from school work with Chinese New Year celebrations followed by Café and Open Mic Night. Grace Pan ‘16 organized a Lunar New Year event, along with her committee, to celebrate Chinese culture and student talent, that made for one exciting evening! It’s amazing to see the work our students can do!

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“Chinese Lunar New Year was great fun. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate our culture here at Ridley and to share our traditions within this community. Ridley is a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to sing, dance, eat and socialize with friends.” – Simon Bi ’16

“The Chinese New Year is a very important part of my culture. The event brought all the Chinese students together. We celebrated the New Year with our own performance, as well as the delicious dumplings. I really appreciate having this kind of cultural events at our school and I hope it will become a tradition at Ridley.” – Theresa Li ’16

Following the New Year celebrations, students were invited to the Great Hall to enjoy Café, with good food, great friends and even better entertainment!

“Cafe and Open Mic in the Great Hall are always enjoyable. I could pick music that both me and my friends knew, so we could sing along together, and finally I liked it because it was a new and fun experience.” – Daniel Ephrat ’19

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Students support fellow Ridleian as he hits the ice

Saturday, February 27th

 Over 50 students, faculty and families attended the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Niagara IceDogs game as they faced off against the Guelph Storm. Fellow Ridley student, William Lochead (#17) was playing for the IceDogs and William was an active part of their 6-0 victory over the Storm. Having such high level hockey so close to the school makes for a fun night out. Everyone had a great time and the students were excited to see their fellow Tiger in action!

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February was filled with exciting activities, on campus, in our community and beyond! Students had so many opportunities to celebrate culture and diversity, enjoy the last bit of winter and make lasting memories with their friends.

Get to Know Your Prefects: Sophia S. ’16

After a busy start to the school year, students are beginning to settle inScreen Shot 2015-09-22 at 4.15.00 PM
to their lives back on campus; which means, students are getting the chance to get to know one and other. In the spirit of the new school year, we have a few more Prefects to properly introduce.

Today, we are profiling Prefect Sophia S. She is a day student from Montreal, QC!

Why did you choose Ridley?

I chose to go to Ridley because my sister had already been at the school for one year, and it was already planned that I would eventually join her. My father’s initial decision of sending my sister to the school was one that would change my life forever, and thankfully for the better.

Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

I do not believe one can feel entirely prepared when attending a new school. Fortunately, Ridley is a special community where I was welcomed and felt instantly at ease. As soon as I passed through those gates, I became a Tiger and have been proud to be one ever since.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to either stay in Canada and study business or go to Europe and study hospitality.

Who is your favorite faculty member and why?

It is difficult for me to choose. I have had amazing teachers and thank all of them for the ways they have enhanced my knowledge and changed who I am. If I had to name one, I would say Mr. Reimer. He never failed to make me laugh and always tried to make me love his subject. Even though physics is not in my foreseeable future, Mr. Reimer made me enjoy his class and for that, I am thankful.

What has been you greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

My greatest challenge so far has been learning a new language. As my first language is French, it was difficult juggling learning English, fitting in at the school and making new friends. Since grade 6, my English has greatly improved and luckily, I made friends who actually understand what I am trying to say!

What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

Individually, I am very proud of all that I have accomplished at the school. But ultimately, my greatest accomplishment was winning the rugby championship game with the team. I am extremely proud that the blood, sweat and tears payed off in the end. Go Tigers!

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

The advice that I would give is simply not to limit yourself. In a school with such vast opportunities in learning and extra curricular activities, it is important to keep an open mind and to not be afraid to put yourself out there. Try a sport you’ve never done before, join clubs you think look interesting and along the way you will have learned new skills, made some great friends and had a lot of fun in the process. I know I did.

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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!