Apertures, Aptitudes and Attitudes: Ridley Independent Film Festival 2011
This year’s festival showcased a collection of short films made by the students in Shelley Thomas’ Grade 12 Film Studies course.
Over the past few months, students have participated in a number of workshops to evaluate the technical and creative aspects of each other’s films, their efforts culminating in an evening of cinephilia, excitement, and felicity through film. The festival showcased an eclectic array of film styles and genres, including stop-motion photography, claymation, documentary, comedy and drama.
A number of these films have been entered in the TSFF (Toronto Student Film Festival) to be held in May 2011. We wish our budding filmmakers well as they take their next steps in their cinematic journeys.
It’s Spirit Week at Ridley College! Today is sdrawkacb yad or BACKWARDS DAY! Sports and Tutorial were in the morning instead the afternoon and chapel is this afternoon instead of this morning – our normal school schedule is completely reversed. Students are also wearing colours by grade so, Grade 9’s are wearing blue, Grade 10’s green, Grade 11’s Red, and Grade 12’s Yellow. Tomorrow students will be donning sunglasses all day! Thursday is Tacky Tie Day and Friday there will be orange and black as far as the eye can see as Ridleians put on all their Ridley gear to watch the rugby tournament we are hosting!
Friday night Ridley Students were dolled up for the annual Cadet Ball at Hernder Estates. Ladies in Grades 11 & 12 dressed in beautiful dresses and the gentlemen put on the cadet uniforms for this traditional Ridley event. Grade 9-10 students held parties at their respective houses. Check out some pictures from the evening:
Students working on earning their Cadet Star award and their Duke of Edinburgh award went to the Burgoyne Outdoor Education and Resource centre on Saturday for a 10 Kilometer hike and overnight camping trip. The students were lucky to have a beautiful Spring day for their trip and enjoyed lots of laughs together.
The match was intense this morning in the Theatre! ABW was eager to defend their long-standing tile (7 years in a row) and G-West was eager to break the even longer drought for ladies houses (since 1994 when G-East won). The game started with a lively match between Jr. Andrew P. scoring a 4-point ‘Who Am I?’ question about Queen Elizabeth and Liz G. answering two key team questions (G-West displayed excellent cooperation to answer these questions). The Jr. round ended with G-West ahead.
ABW’s Sr. boys worked hard to close the gap, leaving only a two point differential going into the last five questions. Both Sr. teams were very well rounded, with each player answering multiple questions, certainly the strongest field we’ve had in years! In the end G-West was able to gain a three-point lead, securing the first championship for a girls house in 17 years! The G-West girls are now the proud owners of a tree stump (the prize for this house competition) that has been showcased in the ABW common room for many years.
Grade 10 student Alexander F. travelled to Ottawa over March Break for the Forum for Young Canadians, read about his experience:
From the moment I arrived in Ottawa it was a very exciting time. I had the good fortune to be in Ottawa during a week when an election was called and I had the opportunity to learn all about its process first hand. I was able to participate in simulations and panel presentations. I participated in a simulated election, parliament, and debates while learning how to influence public policy. The Forum for Young Canadians is non-partisan, so that means that no matter your political leanings, you get to hear from all the major political parties in Canada.
In addition, I learned how difficult it is to make laws and how difficult it is to have your opinion align with those of others in order to get a law written in so that all those involved are satisfied. This process taught me how to get my opinion heard during a voting simulation by debating issues that were important in a mock government. I was elected Prime Minister of my group and I presented the group’s issues on immigration to the forum. I delivered the speech in English and in French to the best of my ability. For my efforts in speaking French, I received the Second Language Award! The whole experience was amazing!
I visited the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library, and the public viewing area in Parliament.
I was able to meet and have dinner with the Welland riding Member of Parliament, Malcolm Allen, on Parliament Hill. Also present at the dinner were other MPs, Senators, and VIPs from across Canada. We heard speeches from MPs and Ministers about their stories.
I wanted to participate in the Forum for Young Canadians because I am very interested in law and politics and the forum gave me the opportunity to learn more about these topics.
I found the experience to be very enjoyable and informative and it helped me to make the decision to pursue a career in law.