Get to Know Your Prefects: Oscar S. ’20

Introducing Oscar ’20 – a Prefect who came to Ridley for his Grade 11 year and quickly realized that this was a place he’d be able to flourish. Read how the International Baccalaureate (IB), hockey and boarding programmes have shaped him.

Why were you most excited to attend Ridley when you first started?

I was excited to play high-level Prep hockey and face new academic challenges in the International Baccalaureate programme. The boarding system allowed me to be excited for new international students and to connect with the diversity of our school. 

What makes you proud to be a Ridleian?

Once a tiger, always a tiger. Being a Ridleian brings up the responsibility to follow on 126 years of traditions. To follow the legacies makes me, as a Tiger, more proud than anything else. 

What is your favourite part of Ridley life?

My favourite part is the variety of athletics offered in our school. For me, this is important. Providing something for everyone is beneficial for our community as a whole and lead us to greater things.

What has been your favourite Ridley experience/trip/memory?

My favourite memories at Ridley are experienced every single day with all my friends by me. In general, having the feeling of belonging to something more significant is something everyone should experience. 

What is the best part of being in your boarding House?

Being away from your family can be tough, but living at Ridley is a lot of fun. I have all my friends two footsteps away from me. This gives us all the opportunity to create bonds that I never thought would have been possible. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment at Ridley?

The shift from a German school system and a German hockey league was extreme. Living in a new environment and speaking a new language was hard for me. However, I gave my best and was able to handle everything through hard work and ambition. Overcoming all the difficulties and differences was my most significant personal accomplishment in Ridley and makes me very proud.

Who is your favourite faculty or staff member, and why?

Mr. McNiven is one of the best teachers I have ever had. The way he teaches helps me to understand better. Meanwhile, he is also my Head of House, and I had the opportunity to get to know him better and experience his kindness and humour. 

What part of being a Prefect are you most excited for?

As someone who talks for the student body, I am just happy to see all the joy in all the many eyes. Seeing my peers flourish makes me proud.  

How has Ridley prepared you for the future?

Ridley’s athletics don’t just shape my body, they form my character, personality and mindset. I learned valuable lessons for life. If this isn’t already enough, Ridley allows me to be a member of the IB community. Being a thinker, open-minded and knowledgeable has prepared me excellently for university and life. 

What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

Don’t be afraid of anything! We will welcome you in September, and you will be a part of our community from day one. I was, one year ago, in the same position, and one thing I learned right away was that nobody will ever be alone. There is a lot of help, and everyone is looking for new friends. Just be open to meet new people, and everything will be fine.