Boarding Experience

Weekend Programme

Creating a Sense of Community for All Ages

Ridley is dedicated to ensuring Upper School students (both boarding and day) have the ability to participate in a wide variety of leisure activities on and off campus. Each weekend and during some evenings throughout the school year, our Student Activities Committee organizes and hosts activities within the Niagara Region and beyond.

Before each school year begins, we take added care to schedule:
  • Weekend events
  • Long weekend trips
  • Spirit nights
  • House activities
  • Term break service trips

The S.O.A.R. Programme is designed to broaden and enhance the Ridley experience for our students and keeps them engaged in activity on weekends throughout the academic year. There are four components to the programme:
Special interest includes motivational speakers, arts days, life skills workshops and much more!
Outreach in the community offers an opportunity for students to get outside the Ridley gates and participate in community service initiatives and events.
Academic and curricular support is a component that is compulsory for both day and boarding students and provides the space and time to work on group projects, engage in university prep discussions and more!
Residential life and team building is an opportunity for the Houses of Ridley to participate in activities as a full house. This includes Bradley Shield and Bermuda Cup challenges, which are inter-house competitions for the girls and boys houses respectively. 

Past events in our weekend programme have included:

Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill Toronto Theatre District
New York City MUCH Music Dance
Chinese New Year Party Ski Club to Kissing Bridge, NY
Toronto Shopping Carol Dorland Basketball Tournament
Battle of the Bands Mont Tremblant Ski Weekend
Niagara IceDogs Games Cafes/Open Mic Night
Rink on the Brink Rowing ERG Championships
Niagara Paintball Park Harvard Math Club
Tiger Cup Challenge TigerFest Community Carnival
Model UN Duke of Edinburgh Dog Sledding

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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.