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Ridleians Explore Mars

Yesterday, six lucky students from Ridley’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme had an out of this world experience, as they explored the astrophysics presented in recent blockbuster, ‘The Martian’.

The York University Department of Physics and Astronomy put together an event that these students would never forget.

The evening began with a special screening of ‘The Martian‘ at the Cineplex IMAX theatre in Vaughan. This film follows an astronaut, as he tries to survive on the red planet after being stranded on a mission. The students were able to discover how physics plays a role in the world (and galaxy) around us.

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After the screening, the students were treated to a dinner, with physicists, professors and fellow students. Dinner began with remarks made by a number of York professors, including Dr. Marshall L. McCall, and special guest, Dr. Allan Carswell, a Canadian physicist who worked on the NASA Mars Pheonix Lander Mission from 2007-2008.

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Professor Marshall McCall, Chair of the Department Photo courtesy of www.physics.yorku.ca
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Professor Allan Carswell, Pheonix Mars Lander Mission Scientist Photo courtesy of www.physics.yorku.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York science students then presented an array of research that they are conducting and showcased the work being done at the on-campus observatory. Hearing students – not much older than our Ridleians – excited the students about all of the possibilities on the horizon.

By dessert time, students were keen to participate in a Q&A session to learn all they could about the factual science in the film.

This excursion gave the students a chance to experience advanced science from a new perspective, with experts in the field. Thank you to our colleagues at York University for this unique learning opportunity.

 

Ridley Celebrates 126 Years!

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On September 16th, 2015, Ridley College celebrated it’s 126th birthday! All of our students joined together for an afternoon of games, laughs and delicious cupcakes – all to honour our beloved school.

Students donned colourful shirts that were wonderfully designed by the Cook sisters – Chloe (gr. 6) and Gabrielle (gr. 8). The Ridleians were then divided into teams, all of which rotated from station to station, competing in balance games, playing life-size Hungry, Hungry Hippo and cheering all the way to the end. To finish the festivities off, the Prefects led a school-wide pep rally in preparation for tonight’s Snake Dance. After which, teams were treated to cupcakes!

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It was a day filled with smiles, that truly showed how proud Ridleians are of our beloved school and its history.

To see all the photos from the 126th birthday celebration, click here for Ridley’s official Flickr page!

Happy birthday, Ridley!

Spanish Classes Dance the Flamenco & Make Sculptures While Geography Classes Take in Niagara’s Geographic Splendor

Yesterday that Grade 11 and 12 Spanish classes traveled to the Gardiner Museum in Toronto to take part in both a guided tour and pottery making class.  Special exhibits included Mayan, Aztec, Inca and other Meso-American ceramic displays.  The classes made their own Meso-American sculptures. 

The day was completed with a lunch at Plaza Flamingo and a live Flamenco show. Students received an explanation of the history of Flamenco and were even given a lesson in Flamenco dancing.

Meanwhile, the Grade 9 Geography students participated in ‘Niagara Day’ – a regional geography field-trip.

Welland Canal

Stops included:  the Welland Canal (Lock 3 Museum and the Flight Locks); the Morningstar Mill (a gristmill built in 1872); traveling 250 feet above the Whirlpool Rapids on the Spanish Aerocar (a unique opportunity to view the physical geography of Niagara) and a visit to Cherry Avenue Farms est. 1799 to learn about the tender fruit industry in the Niagara Region.

Morningstar Mill
Spanish Aerocar
Cherry Avenue Farms

As told by Mr. Martinez and Mr. Ronald

In a New York State of Mind – Students Travel to Big Apple for Thanksgiving Break

Students enjoyed all that the Big Apple had to offer with tours of Central Park, 5th Avenue, Time Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and much much more during the Thanksgiving break.

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Students with a Great View of the Empire State Building

Some major highlights from the trip were seeing a Broadway show, watching the día de la raza parade on 5th Avenue and visiting Strawberry Fields in Central Park on John Lennon’s birthday.  All students enjoyed taking in the culture and history of New York City.

Students in Central Park
Students on Brooklyn Bridge

As told by trip leader Mr. Martinez

Upper School Prize Day 2011

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It’s officially summer time here at Ridley College! The campus has cleared out and it’s very quiet after an exciting weekend. 145 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma on Saturday in the Field house. Prize giving, a rousing valedictorian address by Gianni B and a graduation dinner were some of the highlights from Saturday. Some students have been at Ridley for eight months, others eight years, but they have all taken something away from their time here.

Prize Day 2011 - Field house

Check out the valedictorian speech:

Check out some highlights from Prize Day:

 

Gianni B - Valedictorian for class of 2011
Mrs. Loat - receives honorary diploma after 20 years in Academics/Guidance Office

 

Mason Medal Winner Briony with Ms. Elizabeth Mason

 

2011 Prize Winners in front of School House

Lower School Prize Day 2011

This weekend Ridley held two Prize Day ceremonies. Friday evening the Lower School students graduated from Grade 8 and special prizes were awarded to Lower School students. It was much more than an evening to award prizes, it was a time to reflect as graduations often are and the valedictorian address by Ashleigh S. did just that. The grade 8 students have formed a strong bond throughout the school year with each other and their teachers. There is no doubt that they will carry the memories from Lower School with them as they move on to Upper School whether it be at Ridley or another high school in Canada or beyond. Check out the valedictorian address, it’s a good mixture of humour and sentimentality:

Before Prize Day, there was a dinner and dance for the graduates. Take a look at the Hollywood themed event:

Hollywood sign outside of Lower School
Red carpet into dining hall
Dining Hall decorated in Hollywood theme