Ridley College Weekend Roundup

Congratulations to the Ridley girls first basketball team on capturing the bronze medal at the 2010 OFSAA ‘A’ Championships this past weekend!

Trailing 31-28 with under a minute left in the final bronze medal game Tiger Co-Captain Charlotte Clarke stole the ball at mid-court and ran the rest in for an uncontested layin that brought Ridley within 1 point of the lead. Two missed foul shots by opponent Sacre-Couer gave Coach Whitty an opportunity to call his final timeout with 14.1 seconds left on the clock. Ridley Co-Captain Ainsley Camroux-Peacock drove down the floor and missed her initial jump shot, but with only 3 seconds left in the game managed to get her own rebound and connect on an off-balance jump shot at the buzzer securing a 32-31 win and the bronze medal for Ridley! The team finishes the season with an impressive overall record of 21 wins and 5 losses.

Meanwhile, the first girls hockey team travelled to Detroit, Michigan Friday for the Belle Tire North American Friendship Tournament. The tiny team played 5 games in 3 days, and most skaters logged over 30 minutes of ice time each game. Goaltenders Karlyle Robinson and Allie Mitchell performed admirably in net, and the support from the small group of parents who traveled was greatly appreciated.

Ridley faced hometown powerhouse Belle Tire in the Championship game. Seniors Rylee Mezzarobba and Emily Van Diepen delighted the crowd with the singing of “O Canada” to start the game. Sarah Robichaud had the hot hand on the weekend, and put Ridley on the scoreboard first (Cox, MacNeil). Belle Tire managed to score with just 52 second left in the period to tie it at one.

The score remained deadlocked, with the Tigers having a few strong scoring opportunities. Late in the second period, Robichaud stole the puck at center ice and dashed in on a breakaway. The Belle Tire goalie had to come up with a miraculous save to deny the Tigers the lead.

Fatigue crept up on Ridley at the end of the third period and the Tigers found themselves in penalty trouble. Down 2 players for the remaining 4 minutes of the game, Belle Tire was able to convert on the 5 on 3 advantage with just 1:25 remaining in the period.

The Tigers came up short, but only on the scoreboard. The ladies return to Ridley as silver medalists.

The VEX Robotics team was also on the road travelling to Toronto this past weekend for a tournament where 60 teams from schools across Ontario competed.  One of our teams piloted by Tyler Porter, won 5 matches in the round robin and finished 3rd out of 60 teams, a remarkable effort. In the competition round that followed, our scouts, led by Cheryl Wong, enabled us to ally ourselves with a team from Governor Simcoe, one of only two machines to have finished 6-0. Fate has twisted humour, however, and after winning the quarter finals, our team 1509B lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals. Our gifted alliance partner had a mechanical fault and only scored 10 points instead of the usual 30. We lost by 7! That said, we finished the tournament in 3rd spot, a fabulous result.  The great news is that we won the skills challenge, posting the best score out of all 60 teams. Team 1509R scored 83 points. The next best was 68.  This win means we have qualified this machine for the World Championships in April, this year hosted by ESPN sports and held at Disney.

It was an exhausting day. Thanks to all who participated and helped get us ready, but special thanks to Mr. McCambley who served as a team mentor leading up to and during the contest.


Tiger Nutrition Launched Today at Ridley College

Dr. John Berardi
Dr. John Berardi Launches Tiger Nutrition

Want to do better on your next test, boost your sports performance or just generally feel better? According to Dr. Berardi it all starts with proper nutrition. Today in assembly we were joined by Dr. Berardi who has created the new Tiger Nutrition program. Mr. Paul DeVellis has been approached by students in the past asking how to build muscle or perform better in sports, so he contacted Dr. Berardi to help him create a program to do that and more! The new program will be available starting today in the cafeteria to assist students in achieving their goals.

Dr. Berardi presents to Ridley College students
Tiger Nutrition Poster

There are four goals listed on posters in the cafeteria:

1. To Eat a Healthier Diet

2. To Boost Sports Performance

3. To Build Bigger Muscles

4. To Lose Body Fat

Each goal is accompanied by colour coded tiger paws that represent proteins, carbs and fruits & veggies. For each goal it tells you how many proteins, carbs or fruits & veggies you should eat, for example, if you want to eat a healthier diet: For most meals – eat one protein serving and two fruits & vegetable servings and for after you exercise – eat one protein, a carb serving and one fruit & vegetable serving. The tiger paws will be put beside all food items by Chartwells staff so students will know what is a carb or a protein. Chuck Dertinger OR  ’03 spent countless hours during an internship with Dr. Berardi measuring serving scoops/spoons used in the dining hall to quantify the nutritional composition of each food for this program.  Dr. Berardi said he is not here to tell students to never eat junk food, but instead to help students make better nutritional choices.  Dr. Berardi has worked on nutritional programs for NHL hockey players, NFL football players, athletes on Canadian National teams and now Ridleians! Thank you Dr. Berardi for your work on this program.  Check out the new system in the cafeteria today!

Mad Science in Mr. Bowen’s Chemistry Class

Yesterday, Mr. Bowen’s Grade 10 Chemistry class performed a series of demonstrations illustrating concepts that students have been learning in class. Each group explained the safety precautions of the demonstration as well as what we were about to see and why it was happening. Check out the video below to see what the students were up to – definitely some cool demonstrations!

Ambulance Sirens on Ridley College Campus – Cause for a Celebration!

Did you hear the ambulance sirens on campus this afternoon? Well, thankfully the ambulances were not here for an emergency – they were on campus to pick up shoeboxes full of toys and school supplies for children in need in Central America & the Caribbean, South America and West Africa.

The Gooderham East elves were at it again this year collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The girls’ managed to collect 80 boxes – that’s more than double the amount they brought in last year! Not to mention the money they raised from today’s grub day that will help with the postage costs for sending the boxes. This is the third year the house has supported this charity. For the second year in a row Foday Kpanabom, a former recipient of a gift box helped Niagara EMS with the pick up. Kpanabom’s family was displaced during the civil war in Sierra Leone and were unable to take a lot of personal items from place to place, so the gift was very special to him. He now lives in Niagara. Six girls from six different countries – Luisa K. from Germany, Nadia E. from Canada, Anna G. from Russia, Miram S. from Pakistan, Alexis N. from Mexico, and Ana H. from Venezuela spearheaded the collection this year. Congratulations ladies and thanks to the Ridley community for supporting this worthy cause and making a Christmas wish come true for children in need! Watch the video below if you missed the action:

1929 Ridley Cross Country Run Footage

The Cross Country run started in 1891 and is the longest standing, continuous sports event at Ridley. Just to give you an idea of what it was like to race back then, here is a video from the 1929 Cross Country Run – pretty neat to see:

I’ve been told that it’s rained, snowed and done just about everything in between on the day of the Ridley annual cross country run, but yesterday was pretty near perfect conditions. The sun was shining and there was a cool November breeze – ideal for running. Here is some footage of the 2010 Cross Coutry Run:

Ridley College War Souvenir a Reminder of Our Fallen Soldiers

Today Mr. Paul Lewis – our archivist and Grade 12 student Gianni B. who is also the Commanding Officer of the Ridley College Cadet Corps. are featured in an article in the St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Falls Review.  The article is about the German Howitzer – the World War One war trophy that is under the flagpole by School House. The field piece has been on campus since the early 1920s and although it may seem like a permanent fixture Mr. Lewis tells Don Fraser that it holds much more significance than just being a monument on campus:



Also, take a look at the video that I made with Mr. Lewis, it will put a visual to what was written in the article:

New Faces on Ridley College Campus!

New faculty orientation continues today on the Ridley campus.  Faculty and staff are eagerly preparing for the beginning of the school year! This year we have a few new faces on campus. Read on to learn a bit more about our new faculty!

The following faculty will be teaching in Upper School:

Mr. Dean Templeman hails from Yorkshire, England where he attended a Sailors school – true story – he says he has the uniform to prove it.  After teaching in Saskatchewan and surviving the prairie winter, he and his family decided to move back to Ontario where he saw his dream job posting at Ridley. He is honoured to be a part of the Ridley community and is most looking forward to rugby and cadets.   He is married and has a 22 month old daughter, Mila who he swears will be the Prime Minister of Canada one day.  Mr. Templeman will be teaching in the Social Sciences department.

Mr. Andrew McNiven was born and raised in Port Dalhousie.  He has a passion for technology and will be teaching in the Social Sciences department.  He can’t wait to get involved in co-curricular activities.  He loves hockey and you may find him occasionally joining in on the cricket games in the Quad.

Ms. Jessica Round will also be teaching in the Social Sciences department.  Ms. Round comes to us from Trafalgar Castle school in Whitby.  She graduated from Queens University and went to high school at Lakefield College – but we won’t hold that against her! She is looking forward to getting to know Ridley students and being involved in sports and school events.

Ms. Suzanne Wilson is teaching Pure and Applied Sciences.  A self proclaimed “science geek” Ms. Wilson is very excited about teaching.  She grew up in St. Catharines and attended Brock University where she also graduated from Teachers College.  She is looking forward to being involved in lots of sports – anything from volleyball to basketball to baseball.

Mr. Jason Dorland is our new Director of Rowing and will be teaching a Media Arts class. He graduated from The Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver.  Mr. Dorland is an Old Ridleian, so do not try to pull a fast one on him!    He is looking forward to giving back the incredible experience that he had when he went to Ridley.  He says, “it’s surreal being back on campus… every time I hear the chimes it takes me back to when I was a teenager – it brings a smile to my face and I say yes you are here.”

The following faculty will be joining Lower School:

Ms. Marla Dagnon will be teaching Grade 5.  Ms. Dagnon is originally from Kingston and took the Outdoor Education program at Queens University, so she is excited by the prospect of getting involved with Outdoor Ed at Ridley.  She is looking forward to coaching field hockey because it is a sport she used to play. She can’t wait to meet everyone and become a part of the Ridley community.

Ms. Alexandra Lucenti is teaching kindergarten.  She has been teaching for two years and will be a familiar face to Lower School because she has done some supply teaching at the school before.  Ms. Lucenti jumped at the chance to work at Ridley and is looking forward to being involved in the Lower School skating program and musical!

Ms. Dawn Winger will be at Lower School as an Early Childhood Educator. She went to Teacher’s College in Australia and loves to travel!  She is excited to meet students from all over the world and be a part of clubs and activities. She will also be running the after school care program.

Ms. Taylor York-Ireland will be teaching Grade 2.  She is originally from St. Catharines, but has spent the last three years in the United Arab Emirates teaching Grade 2.  She had a fantastic experience teaching and traveling and will surely have some interesting stories about her experiences.  She is looking forward to joining the Ridley community and being a part of a close-knit school (her last school had five Grade 2 classes!)

We also have some new Residence Dons joining us this year: Mr. Joshua Doan for Arthur Bishop West, Mr. Michael Flynn for Dean’s House, Ms. Jessica Charbonneau for Burgoyne House, Ms. Blair Cox for Leonard House and Ms. Stephanie Richard for Gooderham East

The new faculty are all excited to meet the Ridley students!  Be sure to say hello when you see new faces on campus 🙂

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