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Upper School Athletics and Co-Curriculars

Co-curricular programming fosters connection and creativity but also allows students to explore a passion outside of the classroom. We encourage all students to balance their academic life with one or more of our 75+ co-curricular offerings. 

In addition to our fulsome arts and athletics programmes, our broad range of clubs and activities enable students to explore passions outside the classroom and discover new interests, develop creativity and build shared experiences with a new cohort of schoolmates. 

The variety and uniqueness of these activities is where we really excel — all students are engaged in co-curricular pursuits and are empowered to introduce new clubs and activities to our programme. Our co-curriculars fit into three distinct categories of enrichment: 

  1. Consumed in Service
  2. Building Leadership
  3. A Learning Community (Building Life Skills, Culture and Wellbeing)

A small sampling of our many activities and clubs include:

For a complete list of Upper School clubs and activities, please see our co-curricular handbook.

Arts and Music Co-Curriculars  

In the Upper School Music program, students may take courses in Strings, Band and Voice and participate in various ensembles, including Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir and Cadet Band.  

In the Visual Arts program, students engage with traditional media such as painting, drawing and ceramics, as well as digital image creation using state-of-the-art digital imaging and printing technologies.  

Beginning in Grade 10, students may take courses in film and theatre. These academic pursuits are complemented by co-curricular activities that culminate in a dramatic production, a school musical and a film club feature film, all of which are presented in Ridley’s 350-seat Mandeville Theatre. 

Art Studio MonitorsGrades 11-12Terms 1-3
Arts CouncilGrades 11-12Terms 1-3
Cadet BandGrades 9-12Terms 1-3
Cappies Theatre CriticismGrades 9-12Terms 1-3
Chapel ChoirGrades 9-12Terms 1-3
Chinese CalligraphyGrades 9-12Term 1
Digital StudioGrades 9-12Term 1
Fall Dramatic Production Grades 9-12Term 1
Figure DrawingGrades 11-12Term 2
Film Production ClubGrades 11-12Term 1
Jazz BandGrades 9-12Terms 1-3
Portfolio Development GroupGrades 11-12Term 1
Ridley Rock BandGrades 9-12Terms 1-2
Senior OrchestraGrades 9-12Terms 1-3
Winter Musical ProductionGrades 9-12Term 2
Working With Clay ClubGrades 9-12Term 1


Our athletic programmes provide the opportunity for students to develop physical literacy and the confidence and competence to be active for life. Our offerings are unparalleled in the independent school system, and our annual success rivals any high school programme of our size in the country. At all levels, we integrate Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) into our programming, providing a clear path to better sport, greater health and higher achievement. 

Fall Term

GirlsBoysSport for Life
Basketball - First and U16Basketball - PrepBootcamp
Field Hockey - First and SecondHarriers - FirstTennis
Harriers - FirstIce Hockey - PrepUltimate Frisbee
Ice Hockey - PrepRowing - Development and ExperiencedWeight Training
Rowing - Development and ExperiencedSoccer - First, Second and U16Yoga

Winter Term

GirlsBoysSport for Life
Ice Hockey - First and PrepBasketball - U16, First and PrepBadminton
Rowing - Development and ExperiencedIce Hockey - First and PrepBootcamp
Squash - U16 and FirstRowing - Development and ExperiencedFutsal
Swimming - FirstSquash - U16 and FirstWeight Training
Volleyball - First and U16Swimming - FirstYoga

Spring Term

GirlsBoysSport for Life
Badminton - FirstBadminton - FirstMulti-Sport Rotation
Golf - FirstGolf - First  
Rowing - Development and ExperiencedRowing - Development and Experienced 
Rugby 7s - FirstRugby 7s - First 
Soccer - FirstSoccer - First 
Tennis - FirstTrack and Field - First 
Track and Field - First  

Learn More About Our Athletics Programmes

Student Leadership 

At the heart of the Ridley experience is a strong sense of community. In the Upper School, Ridleians are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to assist in personal growth in unexpected ways and make a positive impact on the school community. Students at all grade levels have a multitude of leadership opportunities.

Some student leadership opportunities include:

Prefects are the voice of the student body. They set the example for their peers, are approachable for advice and help organize whole-school events

Officer & NCO Training is one of Ridley's largest formalized leadership training programmes. Involving over 60 students, this activity focuses on developing leadership skills as peers work together to progress through a variety of tasks and responsibilities relating to the overall Cadet programme. In Cadets - as in life - there are times when individuals are asked to follow and opportunities when they are asked to lead. This programme strives to develop these key attributes that are meaningful as a part of the Cadet programme as well as students' daily lives.

The Cadet Drill Team and Honour Guard instill values of leadership, confidence and civic duty into our cadets.

A select group of graduating students, appointed after an interview process, organizes events and helps out with daily routines in their House. They meet with their Head of House once a week to set goals, plan meetings and lead service initiatives. One of their primary responsibilities is to help new students settle into their House.

The IB Executive Council helps lead the IB Programme by planning and organizing events. They gather feedback and generate ideas for supporting peers through the programme.

Admission Ambassadors conduct campus tours for prospective students and their families and assist with Open House events.

Student leaders in the Arts Council serve as ambassadors for the arts at Ridley, organizing events, promoting shows and exhibitions and leading as champions of creativity and artistic expression at Ridley.  The Art Council’s mandate is to increase the visibility and celebration of the arts on campus.

TAC’s mandate is to advocate for the athletic needs of all students, build positive culture, school spirit and sense of community. The council helps facilitate an inclusive sport environment where everyone sees participation as an integral (and vibrant!) part of their daily lives thus ensuring that everyone is encouraged and valued for their contribution to sport. Members are provided with the opportunity to develop volunteer and leadership skills.

Chapel Council includes student leaders from all faith backgrounds who help us make our Chapel services more inclusive and meaningful for all. Chapel Council students meet weekly to plan Upper School Chapel services, develop service themes, schedule readers, servers and presenters.

The Positive Space Group endeavours to encourage and support an informed community founded on mutual respect of orientation and identity, and to continue to build awareness and self-awareness of LGBTQ+ issues. Students of all identities are encouraged to attend our meetings to discuss current events and to join us as we lead special event weeks throughout the school year that are designed to educate and build awareness of topics related to the LGBTQ+ community.