Today I was in Ms. Corolis’s Exercise Science class where students are working on their major project for the year. The students are creating a working knee joint with materials of their choice. They need to include the five bone structures and nine soft tissue structures that make up the knee joint. I saw everything from styrofoam to plasticine to cardboard tubes- really neat what the students came up with to display the bones, tendons, ligaments, menuscus and membrane that make our knee joint work:
FACT from today’s class: The knee joint has been classified as a modified hinge joint because it was, at one time, considered to be responsible only for flexion and extension. The knee joint has the ability to slightly rotate the leg medially and laterally, classifying it more precisely as a modified ellipsoid joint.
Two Ridley College students travelled to Ottawa with Ms. Roud for a special Remembrance Day experience. Andrew Park ’13 and Ayoub Zubairi ’12 participated in Remembrance Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill with 250 other students from across Canada as part of a program called Operation Veteran. They attended the ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, met with Veterans, and explored artifacts in the war museum. Operation Veteran is a program that helps raise money to provide hot meals for veterans who visit the Canadian War Museum and brings children to Ottawa for Remembrance Day. This is the first year that Ridley College has participated in Operation Veteran. Zubairi and Park were interviewed by Global News about what they thought about the experience, “Just because time goes by doesn’t make it any less significant,” said 17-year-old Ayoub Zubairi, who attends Ridley College in St. Catherine’s, ON. “Just because what they did was before we were alive doesn’t mean it wasn’t for us.” Zubairi’s classmate, Andrew Park, said the service motivated him to go home and get more involved in Remembrance activities in his own city. “It makes you really proud to be Canadian and all we can be proud of,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll look at a Remembrance Day service the same way I used to.” To read complete article on Global News, click the link: Global News | A new generation remembers Canada’s heroes
Today students gathered in the Memorial Chapel for Remembrance Day. It’s a fitting place for the ceremony as the chapel is a memorial to 61 Old Ridleians that fought and died in WW I.
For students this is a day to reflect, to hear the names of 144 Ridleians who were killed during WWI & WWII and to remember that these Ridleians, who weren’t that much older than they are now, went on to become soldiers. They walked the same halls that the students walk now and lived in the same houses. They fought and died so we could be free. Lest we forget.
It’s not just a coincidence, guest speaker, Ms. Wright actually is a writer. Ms. Heather Wright, published author and teacher of writing at Conestoga College visited Grade 11 English classes today to answer questions from students and to provide insight into freelance writing as a career. She also taught a lesson on writing dialogue.
Ms. Wright was an English teacher at various high schools for a number of years (she even taught Ms. Scott and taught with Mr. Beatty and Mr. Leach) and always did freelance writing on the side, but six years ago she decided to make a full-time career out of it. She is a ‘generalist’ and writes everything from magazine articles and short stories to website content and text books. Her advice to those students interested in becoming freelance writers is to look for any and all opportunities to write and market yourself – get your name out there and show people what you can do. When writing dialogue she encouraged students to show the reader the movie that you see when you are writing and to make sure that it moves the story along. For more tips on writing fiction, click here.
And for more information on Ms. Wright visit: http://wrightwriter.com/
Every year Ridley College holds a Cross Country race for all Upper School students. It’s the longest-standing sporting event at the school.
The race was held yesterday and we could not have asked for better weather- what a beautiful fall day! Some of our faculty members were reminiscing about when they were students at Ridley and ran the race. One said it snowed his last race and another said her classmates would hose down the hogs back – the hill behind the school, so it would be muddy and slippery to climb – one might say the students had it easy yesterday!!
To view more pictures from the Cross Country race click here!
The senior girls Cross Country team travelled to Ottawa this weekend for OFSAA. It was a beautiful sunny day, little wind and about 8˚C, pretty awesome for November in the Nations Capital. The girls faced tough competition but ran well, 3 of the team members had been brought up from Junior to run as a Senior team. (5 km distance). There were 246 runners in the senior girls race. The results for our girls are as follows: