Vol. Weekly Update  Issue No. 13 December 2, 2008    
A Storm Before the Calm
At this time of year, Ridley students may be tempted to rewrite the lyrics of that favourite carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” as they count down end-of-term academic responsibilities. Their version might go something like this: “Four exams to write; three in-class projects, two bio labs, and a well-written English essay!” Visions of report cards, not sugarplums, dance in their heads at the moment. But it isn’t all work and no play. House dinners are scheduled for this week, promising camaraderie and good cheer. And over the weekend, a very special event takes place – Ridley’s traditional celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service that was conceived by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1880. So, though we’re not ready yet to settle our brains for a long winter’s nap, a well-deserved respite is on the horizon. Tiger Tales would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
From the Academics Office:
Reminder of the Upper School December Examination and End-of-Term Schedule
Parents and students should take a close look at the information below for important reminders about the end of this term and the beginning of the new term in January.

• December Examinations for grade twelve and PG students will run from Tuesday, December 9th to Tuesday, December 16th. Grade twelve students may leave for their holidays after their last examination.
• Students in grades nine to eleven will attend regular classes up to and including Tuesday, December 16th. There will be regular Chapel for grades nine to eleven. There will be no assembly on Thursday, December 11th. Sports and activities will continue for grades nine to eleven and students will be informed of the applicable schedules.
• As indicated in the pushpage of November 12th, all grade eleven students who take grade twelve courses have been given their individual schedules for study and examination accommodation.
• Boarders return on Monday, January 5th by 9:00 pm. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009.
• We thank you for your co-operation in ensuring that your child's travel arrangements do not require him or her to leave early or arrive back late in January.
Ridley Presents a Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas
Ken Hutton, Head of the Music Department
For many faculty, parents, students and guests at Ridley College, the Christmas season begins with the Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, when a lone chorister steps forward to begin the processional hymn “Once in Royal David’s City". Since 1923, when our Chapel first opened, the annual carol services have been a fixture in the life of the school. The format of alternating readings, anthems and carols has been adapted from the traditional service, dating back to 1880, which is broadcast every Christmas Eve from King’s College, Cambridge. Ridley’s own service will be recorded by local television channel Cogeco Cable 10 and broadcast over the holidays. Countless members of the Ridley family are involved, and guests are also welcome. Please join us for this special occasion on Saturday, December 6th, or Sunday, December 7th at 5:00 p.m.
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Sounds of the Season (Tuesday, December 9th)
The Jazz ‘B’ Band and the Ridley Singers perform at the annual St. Catharines dinner for the Canadian Federation of University Women, beginning at 6:30 pm.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Dastardly Dazzling Musical (Wednesday, December 10th at 1:30 pm; Thursday, December 11th at 7:00 pm)
Join Lower School students in the Mandeville Theatre as they present The Twelve Days of Christmas, a silly, fun, and fanciful story of two un-neighbourly neighbours living at the North Pole: the Christmas family and the Grimgrumps. Father Christmas (Adam Samee) has invited Mr. Partridge (Ashleigh Sternberg) and his Amazing Performing Troupe for a special performance at their home, but Nasty Grimgrump (Fiona Adams) intends to ruin everything for his neighbours.
Cadet Band Marches On!
Drum Sergeant Major Nicholas Boland-Cairney Offers a Recap of First Term
The Cadet Band this term was nothing short of spectacular. As the DSM, I had the pleasure of practicing every week with the Cadet Band in preparation for our various events. Due to the fact that some people in the band had never experienced cadets or marching before, a lot of pressure was put on the band to get everything together in a relatively short period of time. While some might have used this as an excuse for poor performance, the determined individuals in the band did not. The band’s talent and hard work was certainly proven on the day that we marched in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.
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Drama on the Ice: Tigers fall to Buffalo in Quadruple Overtime
Sarah Whitty, First Girls Hockey Coach
In an epic battle of two powerhouses, Ridley College faced the Buffalo Bisons in the Tiger Challenge Cup final on Sunday afternoon. The game needed quadruple overtime to finally crown a winner, and the Tigers put on a solid show for the home crowd. Leading the Tiger attack was goaltender Karlyle Robinson, O.R. ’11, who made many key saves early on in the game to turn away the Bisons. The Tigers opened the scoring in the first period on a goal from Eleeza Cox, O.R. ’11, (assisted by Shelby Lyons, ‘O.R. 10, and Rylee Mezzarobba, O.R. ‘11). 
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Tall Tales Told in Lower School
Liz Clarke, Primary and Junior Division Co-ordinator
Recently, the Lower School hosted the 2008 Interpretive Reading Competition, which this year included participants from grades four to eight and, for the first time, grades one to three as well! Competitors read selections of prose and poetry and were judged for voice, engagement, and overall appeal. In addition, participants in grades four to eight were given a sight poem to read. The presentations were entertaining, leaving judges in the unenviable position of selecting winners from each category.
Ridley Welcomes Jay Goulart
Jonathan Leigh, Headmaster
With great pleasure I introduce Jay Goulart as the new Executive Director of Advancement for Ridley College. Most recently Jay was the Interim Co-Head of School at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire Connecticut. He is known for building advancement models that are innovative, dynamic, and focused. His strategic and creative approaches have attracted national attention from all nonprofit segments in the United States in the areas of strategic communication models and customized stewardship.


Ridley Honoured as a Top Employer in Hamilton-Niagara Region
For staff and faculty at Ridley College, providing top-notch educational care and facilities management is more than just a job. It’s a calling. And we’re pleased to announce that such dedication is rewarded! Ridley College was recently named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Ten Employers of the year. Institutions entered in this regional competition are evaluated on a number of criteria, including: work and social atmosphere; employee communications; training and skills development and community involvement. What’s more, employers are compared to other organizations in their fields to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Cynthia Weedon, Ridley’s Executive Director of Finance and Operations, notes that teamwork is the real secret to the school’s success, both present and future. “We’re able to work together to determine the needs and desires of our workforce, and to determine how the school can best meet those.”
End-of-Term Survival Kits
It may be the most wonderful time of year, but for Ridley students, it’s also one of the most academically demanding. End-of-term and exam survival kits are available from the Co-op Store. Packed with goodies designed to keep the synapses firing, these kits are sure to surprise and please hard-working students with a little love from those back home. To place an order for your son or daughter, see the downloads section or email patty_bermuhler@ridleycollege.com .