Mobile divider
Contact
Login
contact
Contact
Grid icon
Inquire

At Ridley College, we believe in starting your educational journey on the right foot. Opening Days are the perfect way to kickstart your experience!

Designed to help new students seamlessly transition into our vibrant community, Opening Days are filled with excitement, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging. During this immersive event, you'll have the opportunity to meet fellow students, connect with faculty members, explore our beautiful campus, and participate in a wide range of activities tailored to your interests.

Whether you're a boarding or day student, our Opening Days programme is designed to ensure that you feel supported, welcomed, and ready to make the most of your Ridley College experience.

Download Lower School Schedule (PDF)
Download Middle School Schedule (PDF)
Download Upper School Schedule (PDF)
Camp Schedule


Campus Map

Navigate our campus with ease using our comprehensive campus map, designed to help you explore every corner of our beautiful school grounds.


Lower School & Middle School Schedules

We've curated your first-day experience to ensure you get all the necessary information as you join us on campus this year. We're offering student and parent events on the following dates, so be sure you both review the schedule to ensure you get in on all the fun!

Lower School Schedule

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

Boarding School and Parent Welcome
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars
8:00-9:00a.m.All new boarding students and parentsArrival and Welcome  
Burgoyne House 
  • Look for the Burgoyne House flag (outside of Lower school red door)
 
  • Pick up registration package from res life member 
9:00-9:45a.m.All new boarding students and parents  Headmaster’s Welcome
Mandeville Theatre
9:45a.m.-12:15p.m.All new boarding students and parents  Families may wish to visit service stations such as:  
Fieldhouse  
  • Health Services, Homestays and Long Weekends, Admissions, IT for device set up and much more 
 
  • Refreshments available
9:45a.m-12:15p.m.Burgoyne House Move In and Meet Residential Team   
Burgoyne House  
  • Opportunity to unpack, meet your roommate(s), meet the Head of House and Assistant Head of House
12:15-1:30p.m.All students and parents  Lunch  
Williams Hall 
2:00-3:30p.m.All boarding students  Residential Immersion Programme
Burgoyne House 
  • Overview of boarding life, safety protocols, etc. 
 
  • Snacks available
2:00-3:30p.m.All parentsNew Boarding Parent Immersion Programme 
Library 
  • Parents to move to various locations to learn more about student supports and student life at Ridley College
  • Refreshments available
3:30-5:00p.m.All boarding students  Campus Tours and Trip to Walmart (Optional) 
Fieldhouse
  • Student-led Campus History tours 
 
  • Shuttle to Walmart – Pick up supplies and purchase additional materials 
 
  • You may also wish to use this time to unpack 
3:30-5:00p.m.All parentsParent Social
School House Tent
  • Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family! 
5:30-7:30p.m.All boarding students Unpacking and Dinner
Williams Hall
  • Parents depart before dinner
 Burgoyne, Mandeville and Leonard dining in Williams Hall at 6:30p.m.
8:00-10:00p.m.All boarding students House Activities/Unpacking   
Front Field/Burgoyne
House
 

Monday, September 4th, 2023

New and Returning Boarding Students
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars
8:00-9:30a.m.  All boarding students  Breakfast 
Great Hall
 
9:00-11:30a.m.All boarding studentsOrganizing and Unpacking   
Burgoyne House
  • Students will get organized in their dorm
  
11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.All boarding students Lunch 
Williams Hall
1:00-4:30p.m.  All boarding students  Explore Niagara Programmes
Fieldhouse Circle
  • Niagara Falls – Clifton Hill
  
5:30-7:00p.m.All boarding studentsDinner
Williams Hall
7:00-8:30p.m.All boarding studentsHouse Meeting
Burgoyne

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

New and Returning Day Students and Parents
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars
8:00-8:30a.m.All boarding studentsBreakfast
Great Hall
10:00-11:30a.m.Lower School students and families (Grades K-6)Morning Open House
Lower School Classrooms and Specialist Spaces*Register for the AM or PM Open House on MS Form
  • Families are welcome to come to the school and visit their children’s classrooms and meet their teachers
11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.Lower School Students and Families (Grades K-6)Lower School Family BBQ 
Lower School Courtyard and Playscape
  • Lower School families are invited to join us for a BBQ lunch in the Courtyard between Open Houses 
  
  
1:30-3:00p.m.Lower School Students and Families (Grades K-6)Afternoon Open House
Lower School Classrooms and Specialist Spaces*Register for the AM or PM Open House on MS Form 
  • Families are welcome to come to the school and visit their children’s classrooms and meet their teachers

Middle School Schedule

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

New and Returning Boarding Students and Parents
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:00a.m.

Burgoyne House

All boarding students and parents

Arrival and Welcome

  • Look for the Burgoyne House flag (outside of Lower School red door)
  • Pick up registration package from res life member

9:00-9:45a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All new boarding students and parents

Headmaster’s Welcome

9:45 a.m.-12:15 pm

Fieldhouse

All new boarding students and parents

Families may wish to visit service stations such as:

  • Health Services, Homestays and Long Weekends, Admissions, IT (device set-up) and much more
  • Refreshments available

9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Burgoyne House

Burgoyne House

All boarding students

Move In and Meet Residential Team

  • Opportunity to unpack, meet your roommate(s), meet the Head of House and Assistant Head of House

12:15-1:30p.m.

Great Hall and Williams Hall

All students and parents

Lunch

2:00-3:30p.m.

Burgoyne House

All boarding students

Residential Immersion Programme

  • Overview of boarding life, safety protocols, etc.
  • Snacks available

2:00-3:30p.m.

Library

All parents

New Boarding Parent Immersion Programme

  • Parents to move to various locations to learn more about student supports and student life at Ridley College
  • Refreshments available

3:30-5:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All new boarding students

Campus Tours and Trip to Walmart (Optional)

  • Student-led Campus History tours
  • Shuttle to Walmart – pick up supplies and purchase additional materials
  • You may also wish to use this time to unpack

3:30-5:00p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

  • Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

5:30-7:30p.m.

Williams Hall

All boarding students

Unpacking and Dinner

  • Parents depart before dinner
  • Burgoyne, Mandeville and Leonard dining in Williams Hall at 6:30p.m.

8:00-10:00p.m.

Front Field/Burgoyne House

All boarding students

House Activities/Unpacking

 

Monday, September 4th, 2023

New and Returning Boarding Students
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:30a.m.

Great Hall

All boarding studentsBreakfast

9:00-11:30a.m.

Burgoyne House

All boarding students

Organizing and Unpacking

  • Students will get organized in their dorm

11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Williams Hall

All boarding studentsLunch

1:00-4:30p.m.

Fieldhouse Circle

All boarding students

Explore Niagara Programmes

  • Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill

5:30-7:00p.m.

Williams Hall

All boarding studentsDinner

7:00-8:30p.m.

Burgoyne House

All boarding studentsHouse Meeting

 

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

New and Returning Day Students and Parents
TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-8:30a.m.

Great Hall

All boarding students

Breakfast

8:30-8:50a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

Middle School students and families (Grade 7 and 8)

Registration

  • Welcome Assembly

9:00-9:30a.m.

Williams Hall

Middle School families (Grades 7 and 8)

  • Students will move to homeroom to begin modified academic schedule

Breakfast Social

  • Continental Breakfast

9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

All students

Modified Academic Schedule

3:15-4:30p.m.

Lower School Courtyard

Middle School students and families

Parent Social

  • Refreshments available

Upper School Schedule

Save the Date!

  • New boarding students and parents, join us on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023.
  • Returning boarding students and parents, join us on Monday, September 4th, 2023.
  • New and returning day students and parents, join us on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:00a.m.

Second Century Building

All new boarding students and parents

Arrival and Welcome

Prefects and Tiger Ambassadors will direct you to parking areas. Pick up registration package and name tag by House. Continental breakfast will be served.

9:00-9:45a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All new boarding students and parents  Headmaster’s Welcome

9:45-11:00a.m.

Fieldhouse 

Students and parents in Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, and Leonard

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device setup, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, The Mobile Shop and much more. Refreshments available.

9:45-11:00a.m.

Houses

Students in Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West, and MandevilleMove In and Meet Residential Team

11:00a.m.-12:15p.m.

Fieldhouse  

Students and parents in Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West, and Mandeville

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device setup, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available.

11:00a.m-12:15p.m.  

Houses   

Students in Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, and LeonardMove In and Meet Residential Team

12:15-1:30p.m.

Great Hall and Williams Hall

All students and parents

Lunch

Great Hall – Dean’s, Arthur Bishop House West and East, Gooderam House West and East, Merritt South and North

Williams Hall – Burgoyne, Mandeville, Leonard

1:00-2:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

Late arrivals and incomplete registrantsRegistration Continues

2:00-3:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding students

Boarding Immersion Programme

Overview of boarding life, safety protocols, etc. Snacks available. 

2:00-3:30p.m.

Library

All parents

New Boarding Parent Immersion Programme

Parents to move to various locations to learn more about student supports and student life at Ridley College. Refreshments available.

3:30-5:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All new boarding students  

Campus Tours and Trip to Walmart

Student-led Campus History tours. Shuttle to Walmart to pick up supplies and purchase additional materials. 

3:30-5:00p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

5:30-7:30p.m.

Great Hall and Williams Hall/Houses

All boarding students

Dinner and House Activities Split

Great Hall – Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West

House Activities  Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, Leonard, Mandeville

Switch happens at 6:30p.m. with Burgoyne, Mandeville and Leonard dining in Williams Hall

8:00-10:00p.m.

Merritt Quad

All boarding students Evening Social

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:30a.m. 

Great Hall

All new boarding students   Breakfast

9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All returning boarding students and parents

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available.

10:00-11:15a.m.   

Mandeville Theatre  

All new boarding students  

Information Session

Learn about Camp, Explore Niagara, Senior Retreat and the Daily Schedule.

10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

School House Room 25 and 26

All new ELL learners

ELL Testing

Only required if listed on Welcome Checklist.

11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.

Great Hall 

All students and parents   

Lunch

1:00-4:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All returning boarding students

Registration Continues

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available. 

1:00-1:45p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2025

Guidance Information Session

Look ahead to university applications and how to make the most of your Grade 11 year

2:00-2:45p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2024

Guidance information Session

University application process (expectations, deadlines and planning).

1:00-5:00p.m.  

Fieldhouse Circle

All new boarding students 

Explore Niagara Programmes

Grade 9Old Fort Erie

Students will visit the War of 1812 National Historic Site, featuring daily tours, musket demonstrations and other special events, where they will tour the grounds and learn more about Niagara’s pivotal role in the war.

Grade 10Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill

Students will marvel at the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and visit the historic Table Rock Centre and Clifton Hill.

Grade 11Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort George

Students will visit Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks, then explore historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, where they will discover whimsical boutiques, enthralling antique shops and delightful bistros.

Grade 12Niagara Falls Power Plant and Tunnels

Students will descend 180 feet in a glass-panelled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot-long tunnel leading to an observation deck at the river's edge, uncovering fascinating stories hidden within the station as they move.

3:00-4:30p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

5:30-7:00p.m.

Great Hall

All boarding students

Dinner

 

7:30-8:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding studentsHouse Meeting

8:30-10:00p.m.

Led by House Captains

All boarding studentsEvening Social

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:30a.m.

Great Hall

All boarding studentsBreakfast

9:00a.m.-12:30p.m.

Fieldhouse

All day students

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. TD Bank and The Mobile Shop. Refreshments available.

9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

School House Room 23

Full IB Diploma students who have not submitted a complete draft Extended Essay Bootcamp

9:30-10:15a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All new and returning day students

Headmaster’s Welcome

Refreshments available. 

9:00-10:30a.m.

School House Room 25 and 26

All Grade 9 and 10 students who have studied outside of Ontario and new Grade 11 students who have not written Placement Test (Outside ON)

Math Placement Testing

Only required if listed on Welcome Checklist or if informed by Guidance Counsellor.

10:30a.m.-11:15a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2025

Guidance Information Session

Look ahead to university applications and how to make the most of your Grade 11 year.

11:30a.m.-12:15p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2024

Guidance Information Session

University application process (expectations, deadlines, and planning).

11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Houses

Grade 9-11 students

House and Advisory Meetings

Students to meet with Heads of House and Advisors and move to Advisory locations.

12:30-1:30p.m.

Great Hall

All students and parents

Lunch

1:45-3:00p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

1:30-3:00p.m.

Houses

All studentsHouse Meeting with Faculty Advisors

3:00-4:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

New students and parentsUpper School Pep Rally

4:00-5:30p.m.

Fieldhouse Circle

All returning students

Trip to Walmart

Pick up supplies and purchase additional materials.

5:30-7:00p.m.

Great Hall

All students

Dinner

7:30-8:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding students. Day students welcome.

House Meeting

Sharing camp information, packing list and camp skit.

9:00-10:00p.m.

Great Hall

All students welcome Café

 

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:00a.m.

Second Century Building

All new boarding students and parents

Arrival and Welcome

Prefects and Tiger Ambassadors will direct you to parking areas. Pick up registration package and name tag by House. Continental breakfast will be served.

9:00-9:45a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All new boarding students and parents  Headmaster’s Welcome

9:45-11:00a.m.

Fieldhouse 

Students and parents in Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, and Leonard

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device setup, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, The Mobile Shop and much more. Refreshments available.

9:45-11:00a.m.

Houses

Students in Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West, and MandevilleMove In and Meet Residential Team

11:00a.m.-12:15p.m.

Fieldhouse  

Students and parents in Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West, and Mandeville

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device setup, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available.

11:00a.m-12:15p.m.  

Houses   

Students in Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, and LeonardMove In and Meet Residential Team

12:15-1:30p.m.

Great Hall and Williams Hall

All students and parents

Lunch

Great Hall – Dean’s, Arthur Bishop House West and East, Gooderam House West and East, Merritt South and North

Williams Hall – Burgoyne, Mandeville, Leonard

1:00-2:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

Late arrivals and incomplete registrantsRegistration Continues

2:00-3:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding students

Boarding Immersion Programme

Overview of boarding life, safety protocols, etc. Snacks available. 

2:00-3:30p.m.

Library

All parents

New Boarding Parent Immersion Programme

Parents to move to various locations to learn more about student supports and student life at Ridley College. Refreshments available.

3:30-5:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All new boarding students  

Campus Tours and Trip to Walmart

Student-led Campus History tours. Shuttle to Walmart to pick up supplies and purchase additional materials. 

3:30-5:00p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

5:30-7:30p.m.

Great Hall and Williams Hall/Houses

All boarding students

Dinner and House Activities Split

Great Hall – Merritt South, Arthur Bishop West, Gooderham West

House Activities  Arthur Bishop East, Gooderham East, Dean’s House, Merritt North, Leonard, Mandeville

Switch happens at 6:30p.m. with Burgoyne, Mandeville and Leonard dining in Williams Hall

8:00-10:00p.m.

Merritt Quad

All boarding students Evening Social

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:30a.m. 

Great Hall

All new boarding students   Breakfast

9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All returning boarding students and parents

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available.

10:00-11:15a.m.   

Mandeville Theatre  

All new boarding students  

Information Session

Learn about Camp, Explore Niagara, Senior Retreat and the Daily Schedule.

10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

School House Room 25 and 26

All new ELL learners

ELL Testing

Only required if listed on Welcome Checklist.

11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.

Great Hall 

All students and parents   

Lunch

1:00-4:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

All returning boarding students

Registration Continues

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. Refreshments available. 

1:00-1:45p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2025

Guidance Information Session

Look ahead to university applications and how to make the most of your Grade 11 year

2:00-2:45p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2024

Guidance information Session

University application process (expectations, deadlines and planning).

1:00-5:00p.m.  

Fieldhouse Circle

All new boarding students 

Explore Niagara Programmes

Grade 9Old Fort Erie

Students will visit the War of 1812 National Historic Site, featuring daily tours, musket demonstrations and other special events, where they will tour the grounds and learn more about Niagara’s pivotal role in the war.

Grade 10Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill

Students will marvel at the natural wonder of Niagara Falls and visit the historic Table Rock Centre and Clifton Hill.

Grade 11Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort George

Students will visit Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks, then explore historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, where they will discover whimsical boutiques, enthralling antique shops and delightful bistros.

Grade 12Niagara Falls Power Plant and Tunnels

Students will descend 180 feet in a glass-panelled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot-long tunnel leading to an observation deck at the river's edge, uncovering fascinating stories hidden within the station as they move.

3:00-4:30p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

5:30-7:00p.m.

Great Hall

All boarding students

Dinner

 

7:30-8:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding studentsHouse Meeting

8:30-10:00p.m.

Led by House Captains

All boarding studentsEvening Social

TimeWhoEvents and Particulars

8:00-9:30a.m.

Great Hall

All boarding studentsBreakfast

9:00a.m.-12:30p.m.

Fieldhouse

All day students

Registration

Families to move to key service stations such as IT for device set up, Guidance, Admissions, Health Services, Arts and Athletics, and much more. TD Bank and The Mobile Shop. Refreshments available.

9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

School House Room 23

Full IB Diploma students who have not submitted a complete draft Extended Essay Bootcamp

9:30-10:15a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All new and returning day students

Headmaster’s Welcome

Refreshments available. 

9:00-10:30a.m.

School House Room 25 and 26

All Grade 9 and 10 students who have studied outside of Ontario and new Grade 11 students who have not written Placement Test (Outside ON)

Math Placement Testing

Only required if listed on Welcome Checklist or if informed by Guidance Counsellor.

10:30a.m.-11:15a.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2025

Guidance Information Session

Look ahead to university applications and how to make the most of your Grade 11 year.

11:30a.m.-12:15p.m.

Mandeville Theatre

All students and parents of the Class of 2024

Guidance Information Session

University application process (expectations, deadlines, and planning).

11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Houses

Grade 9-11 students

House and Advisory Meetings

Students to meet with Heads of House and Advisors and move to Advisory locations.

12:30-1:30p.m.

Great Hall

All students and parents

Lunch

1:45-3:00p.m.

School House Tent

All parents

Parent Social

Hosted by the Headmaster and Mrs. Kidd. This is an opportunity to relax and meet the Ridley family!

1:30-3:00p.m.

Houses

All studentsHouse Meeting with Faculty Advisors

3:00-4:00p.m.

Fieldhouse

New students and parentsUpper School Pep Rally

4:00-5:30p.m.

Fieldhouse Circle

All returning students

Trip to Walmart

Pick up supplies and purchase additional materials.

5:30-7:00p.m.

Great Hall

All students

Dinner

7:30-8:30p.m.

Houses

All boarding students. Day students welcome.

House Meeting

Sharing camp information, packing list and camp skit.

9:00-10:00p.m.

Great Hall

All students welcome Café

 

Camp Schedule 

Following Opening Days, our Middle School and Upper School depart for camp, where they will enjoy a wealth of shared outdoor activities designed to help build and rekindle relationships and develop a sense of belonging.

Our Grade 12 students will enjoy an extended camp experience at our annual Senior Retreat, which focuses on leadership, collaboration, relationship building, and communication to prepare students for future leadership and the year ahead.

  • Grade 9-12 Boys will travel to Camp Onondaga on September 6th
  • Grade 9-12 Girls will travel to Camp White Pine on September 6th 
  • Grade 9-11 students will return to campus on September 8th
  • All Grade 12 students (Boys and Girls) will travel to Muskoka Woods on September 8th for our annual Senior Retreat and will return to campus on September 10th

Upon returning from camp, students in Grades 7-11 will have the option to attend the Celebration of Nations, the Niagara Region's highly regarded gathering of indigenous arts, culture and tradition.

Middle School Packing List
Upper School Packing List - Boys
Upper School Packing List - Girls

More details about camp will be provided in the coming weeks.