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Ridley College Family Guild (RCFG)

The RCFG is a parent-driven organization that supports the students and school by volunteering its time, talent and energy. Every Ridley College parent and guardian automatically belongs to the Guild upon enrollment of his or her child. Our parent support network also aims to orient new families to the school; offering a parent perspective and first-hand advice.

The mission of the Guild is to encourage the interest and participation of members through fellowship, involvement and service to the school. There are a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the year in which Ridley parents may become involved and we certainly hope that they do.

The Guild formally meets on campus once a month (on Tuesdays). Ridley parents are encouraged to become a part of this active community and have some fun while supporting our students.


Family Guild Committees

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  • Baking for Boarders

    Looking to try a new recipe? Why not consider 'Baking for Boarders'? Friday night treats are provided for the junior boarders (Gr. 5 to 8) of Burgoyne House.

    Volunteering for this programme is simple; commit to one Friday delivery of three dozen, net-free baked goods. Deliveries should be made to Lower School front office at 8:30am of your designated Friday.
  • Chapel Committee

    Decorating for special events, caring for Chapel plants. etc.

  • Christmas Market

    Another major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, a one day event organized and hosted by the RCFG. This is the only school event that involves both Upper School and Lower School, many faculty, staff, parents, and the local community. Admission is free and showcases more than 60 vendors, musical entertainment, prize draws, a raffle, children’s craft corner, specialty food, market cafe, and a special visit from Santa.
  • Decorating

    Without this hard-working committee, events like Graduation, Cadet Ball, Christmas Market, and many other receptions would not be complete. The Decorating Committee requires a team of volunteers for each set-up and take-down at special events.
  • Designer Purse Bingo

    The Designer Purse Bingo is an opportunity for Ridley friends and family’s to connect, have some fun and support the schools annual fund campaign. The night includes 10 bingo games, snacks, a light meal, and a welcome drink.  There are various designer purses or accessories for prizes. A bonus game with additional playing cards and a cash bar are available at the door. The events success is based on the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers and guests.
  • Family Mentor Programme

    The Family Mentor Programme team welcomes new families into the Ridley Community. The Mentor season starts in February, when the Committee Chairs work closely with the Admissions Office collecting names of new Ridley Families who wish to liaise with a Family Mentor. Correspondence starts shortly afterwards, and continues throughout the summer.
  • Hank's Co-op Store

    Hank’s campus store provides students, staff, and parents with a ready supply of items required for school life without the need to leave campus grounds. Hank’s has given the RCFG a revenue base which supplies funds to scholarships and bursaries, and school selected projects. Ridley College employs one full time and a few part time staff to run the store.
  • Lost & Found

    Lost items are collected and washed in preparation for display. Unlabeled and unclaimed items are donated to charity, while uniforms are donated to the Recycled Clothing Programme.

  • Recycled Clothing

    A major fundraising initiative for the RCFG, the Recycled Clothing Programme collects, launders, and sells gently used Ridley uniforms. Donations are collected throughout the school year, with the major collections in May and June. Laundering, preparation, and storage takes place in June, ready for sales that begin mid-August.

    Contact: rcfgrecycledclothing@gmail.com
  • Sports & Hospitality

    This committee sets up refreshments and mementos for special events like Associations Weekend (Fall HomeComing), Graduate Prize Day and the alumni hockey tournament (Winter HomeComing).

  • TigerFest Carnival

    Our TigerFest Carnival is an exciting, familiy-oriented event that takes place in early June. There are boucey castles, music, vendors, food & drink, raffles and more. It is truly a community event. We could always use your assistance in planning for, sponsoring or volunteering on the day of TigerFest.
  • Contact Information

    If you have any questions or queries about the content of this website page, please email rcfgcomm@gmail.com


Our Mission
To support the school, engage the community & participate in fundraising activities in support of the vision of Ridley College to inspire flourishing lives.

Our Vision
To develop and support initiatives that enhance the student and family experience at Ridley College.

Our Promise
As a volunteer organization consisting of current and past parents,and families, we strive to be inclusive and foster an environment where everyone’s voice is heard.


RCFG uses SignUp Genius to organize volunteers for our events.

To learn how to signup, click on this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/faq/how-to-sign-up.cfm

To find our page, go to www.signupgenius.com and search for signup created by rcfgvolunteers@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please email rcfgvolunteers@gmail.com

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Ridley College Family Guild (RCFG) - Events

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  • School Startup

    Our initial community engagement event during orientation day to provide opportunities for new and returning families to socialize.
  • Designer Purse Bingo

    Our first friend raising and fun raising event for the year with some fabulous designer purses as prizes. View photos.
  • Homecoming

    Our Sports and Hospitality Committee head up a BBQ in the Cricket Shed during Homecoming on Saturday. Often times, spouses assist with the sales end of the event! View photos.
  • Halloween

    An exciting fall event that provides Lower school students an evening to trick-or-treat at the boarding students’ houses. View photos.
  • Christmas Market

    A fun and festive marketplace filled with vendors, food, music and Santa himself. This is the largest fundraising event hosted by the RCFG each year. View photos.
  • Trivia Night

    A fun evening to challenge your minds. Come join us at our Winter fundraising event. A great team-building experience, or just a family and friends outing with a difference. View photos.
  • Staff Appreciation Day

    We organize a special day to recognize and thank all the wonderful staff and faculty at Ridley College.
  • Graduation Prize Day

    We organize the flowers, decorations, set-up and take down for this special day of the year. View photos.
  • Tigerfest Carnival

    A fun filled summer carnival held on campus that has a parent lounge, bouncies, games, vendors and much, much, more. This event engages the entire Ridley Community, young and old. View photos.
  • Recycled Uniform Program

    We collect, wash and resell uniforms to our community. This is a highly successful program that raises funds for many school projects – for example, bleachers, TigerNet and flowers for prize day. View photos.
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