Ridley College Campus Life FAQ’s – Who are the People in Your House?

I’m sure you all know the song, ‘Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?’ If you don’t, it’s a popular Sesame Street Song that you can listen to by clicking here.  I digress, the title of this blog is ‘Who Are the People in Your House?’ But the same concept applies, each person that lives or works in your house has a title and a job.  There are people that live in or work in your house on a daily basis that are here to help you, so here is a run down of their titles and what they do in the house:

Housemaster:  Housemasters and their families live in houses attached to the residences and are responsible for monitoring your progress and development in all areas of school life.  It is vital that a relationship of trust exists between you and your Housemaster.  Leaves and most permissions are sought from your Housemaster who is also responsible for your whereabouts.  Housemasters have considerable experience in dealing with issues that face adolescents and you can take any questions about aspects of your life to your Housemaster.

Assistant Housemaster Suzanne Wilson and Housemaster Rachael Scott of Leonard House

Assistant Housemaster:  The Assistant Housemaster lives in an apartment that is attached to the residence.  They assist the Housemaster with duties and responsibilities and are second in charge of the residence.  If you have any questions and the Housemaster is not around you can go to the Assistant and they will help you with any questions you may need answered.

Arthur Bishop West Duty Team

MOD- Master on Duty/Advisors:  Every student has an advisor who is also a member of the House Duty team.  An Advisor is responsible for keeping track of academic and social progress of their advisee and will meet regularly with the student to discuss Effort Grades and general welfare.  The Advisor plays an important individual role for each student and should be seen as completely approachable by the student on any matter. Advisors are also on duty in the house on a regular basis and are the people you sign in with during study.

Mandeville House Advisor/MOD Ms. Thomas with students at Grad Dinner

Residence Don:  A Residence Don is usually a University student or a recent University graduate.  They are on duty in the house in the evenings.  They are often around to organize house events and boost morale.  They also usually help with or coach a sport. Residence Dons are great to have a casual chat with, as they are closer to your age and are open to discuss many topics with when you need someone to listen to.

Roommate:  This person is assigned to you when you move into Ridley.  For your second year at Ridley you may get to choose your roommate.  Your roommate may be from a different country, so it is a great opportunity to learn about a new country or culture.

Chartwells: These lovely men and women come to your residence to clean.  They are very friendly.  They are not your personal maids.  Chartwells staff vacuum the floors and clean the common rooms and bathrooms. You are expected to keep your own room tidy!!