Ridley VEX Robotics Team Wins 3 Trophies!

The Ridley VEX Robotics Team was at it again this weekend at Governor Simcoe School for the Southern Ontario VEX Robotics Tournament. The team took two robotics teams to Governor Simcoe to do battle with 58 other teams from the region and the GTA.

Our first match of the day was a disaster. Team 1509R, piloted by driver Tyler Porter and co-driver Enoch Ho and coach McCambly had a drive shaft pop free in their first match and wound up tipping over, twitching helplessly on the ground. It was an ugly beginning. After that, however, Tyler drove the machine with ever increasing skill, winning his next 5 matches for a preliminary record of 5-1.

Taylor Petrick drove our other machine, 1509B, with advisor Steve Docherty and coach Reimer finishing with a win against the best opponents on the last preliminary match to post a 5 win, 1 tie record. Taylor was also able to lay down superb skills challenge scores, scoring an incredible 113 points, 4 off the world record! (out of thousands of matches worldwide).
Our scouting team anchored by scout-master Cheryl Wong along with Jacob Eschweiler, Hayyan Khalid, David Yang, Jason Wang, and Igal Flegmann did a superb job of finding out the strengths and weaknesses of each of our upcoming allies and opponents for every match.

Steve Docherty, with the help of Taylor and others, was able to wow several sets of judges circulating around the auditorium with unique features of our machines that demonstrated clever ideas put into actions, combining the best of inventive thinking, physics, math and design. Because of these features, the first of 3 trophies won for Ridley was the ‘Amaze’ award for innovation and design. This was largely Steve’s award.

Since Taylor won the 1-minute driver’s challenge, (and scored the second highest as well) we qualified a second machine for the World Championships at ESPN (in Disney, Florida) mid-April!

The biggest surprise of the day, especially after such a horrible start, was Tyler’s team. They fought their way through some tough opponents to get to the quarter finals, beat two machines ranked higher than them in the 1/4’s and semis, and eventually came second to the number 1 ranked team in the tournament. Their effort was outstanding! Since the top two teams qualify for the worlds at ESPN, we have now qualified all three of our machines for the world championships. Only 320 teams make it (out of over 3000 from 20 countries).

If you see any members of the team, please congratulate them. They made Ridley proud today. Thanks to Mr. Leigh, Mr. Martin and Ms. OR for joining us for the last three rounds. It was a rewarding (and exhausting) way to spend the first day of exams.

Well done team 1509, Rmageddon!

Lower School Choir Sings on the Radio for Community Care

The Giving Spirit
The Lower School choir was spreading holiday cheer last week by singing Christmas carols on AM 610 CKTB in St. Catharines as a part of the Sixth Annual Astral Radio Great Holiday Food Drive.  The broadcast was live outside the station from 5 am to 6 p.m. while food and funds for Community Care were collected. Lower School teacher Mr. Andrew Corolis was interviewed on the radio about Ridley’s food collection contribution to Community Care.  Check out the video of our students on the radio!

Ridley College Lower School Christmas Play

“Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”

The Lower School put on their Christmas play yesterday afternoon to a packed house in the Mandeville Theatre.  The play was a musical entitled “Christmas on the Radio: A Holiday Musical for Dreamers”.  The play takes place during the 1950s and is about a girl named Betty whose dream is to sing on the radio.  The JK/SK students performed as part of a pre-concert performance. The intermediate choir and a few grade 7 & 8 instrumentalists perform throughout the play.  Check out the video from the performance – the children did an amazing job!

Girls’ Basketball Players 2 of top 20 in Region!

Congratulations to Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Franziska Streit!

Franziska Streit
Ainsley Camroux-Peacock

Grade 12 student Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Grade 11 student Franziska Streit have been selected to participate in this year’s Niagara Regional Girls Basketball All-star game. They’ve been identified as 2 of the top 20 basketball players in the region. Well done!

Ridley College: Nine Lessons and Carols Service

On December 4th and 5th we held the annual Nine Lessons and Carols Service in the Memorial Chapel. The Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrates the birth of Christ told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. Both services were well attended, and the Chapel was filled with Christmas spirit –  $2,500.00 was raised for the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, Jamaica through the offering. View the video below from the service:

Grade 10 Ridley College Student Publishes Book of Poems

15- year-old Emma Hudson has been writing poetry since she was five, and this year she has achieved what many writers strive for their whole life.  She has published a book of 20 original poems entitled “Where the Moonlight Grows”.  The book was illustrated with the help of Emma’s friend Maia Bidochka.  To find out more about Emma and her book, read the article from today’s St. Catharines Standard:

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2879010

Ridley College International Christmas Service

On any given day you can walk around the Ridley College campus and hear languages from thirty-one different countries.  On Friday we held our annual International Christmas service in the Memorial Chapel where we were able to see students from those countries read a Christmas passage in their native language. We heard thirteen different languages – Hebrew, Latin, English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, French, Mandarin, Russian, German, Italian and Latvian. As a school located in Canada we embrace multiculturalism and cherish the fact that we can share languages and traditions from different countries and cultures with each other.

Check out the video from the service:

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