The diverse array of activities and traditions at Ridgeview spark a wide range of interest. As the holidays come to a close, grade 7 student William Bailey reflects on term one’s educational traditions at Ridgeview. Based on direct feedback from fellow students and teachers, the following stories resonated with William. So, here’s the round-up of the term’s best from William’s lense:
Annual Halloween Skate
It was wonderful to see so many families come out to the West Vancouver Ice Arena for the annual Halloween Skate on October 28th. Everyone was dressed up in their Halloween costumes and having a great time! The Halloween Skate is not only fun, but it also raises money for school activities like Sports Day, and equipment like the school iPads and laptop computers, sportswear and much more. All in all, it was a fun filled community building evening. Thank you Ridgeview parents for organizing this event.
Remembrance Day Assembly
On November 10 at eleven o’clock, Ridgeview held its Remembrance Day Assembly. We honoured our soldiers and veterans for all the sacrifices they made to keep peace in our land. Our assembly began with the singing of O’Canada led by the Intermediate Band and Mr. Santos. Sofia Stankovic and Jessica Tidball were the Masters of Ceremony, while Amy Zhang and Christine Lee read moving exerts from The Diary of Frank Walker, a soldier from the Ridgeview community. The primary choir sang a beautiful song ‘Together We Can Change the World’ led by Mrs. McKanna, followed by Mr. Blackburn’s Grade 6 students reading the famous poem written by John McCrae “In Flanders Fields”. The assembly closed with a brief slideshow and ended with 2 minutes of silence.
This year Mrs. Wilson took 21 lucky Grade 7 students to Vancouver’s annual We Day. It took place on Wednesday, October 21 at Rogers Arena. Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc initially founded the charity Free The Children after reading about the terrible treatment of child workers in Pakistan. Free The Children grew into We Day, which Craig and Marc began way back in 2007. We Day is an annual event created to motivate young people to make positive changes in the world. Fellow Ridgeview student and participant, Marie said one of the most “inspiring moments was when they showed a video of kids in Africa and how donated money really helps kids and communities”. There were also many incredible speakers at this event. Actress Sofia Stankovic spoke about the importance of breaking boundaries and shared how she found success in acting even though she has a disability [she is hearing impaired]. She communicated the importance of effort and perseverance…”keep trying, she exclaimed!” The celebrity speakers who supported this event inspired me to look at ways I can make a difference. We Day was an incredible event to be a part of!
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! Through sales, Ridgeview student’s raised over $3500 worth of new books for our library. This event, while promoting literacy generates a great deal of excitement from all students. Students really do seem to enjoy pondering over book selections and calculating affordability and finances with their purchases. With the Fair proceeds, Teacher-Librarian Mrs. Kennedy even enlists the help of student helpers to recommend and select new books for the library. This event would not have been possible without the amazing and dedicated parent and Grade 7 volunteers and of course, the sponsorship of Mrs. Kennedy.
Gingerbread House Family Night
New to Ridgeview this year was the Gingerbread House Night. This event was sponsored by Mrs. Wilson and co-hosted by Mrs. Daudlin and Mrs. Campbell as well as the We Team students. This community building sold out event gave students and their families an opportunity to build and decorate a unique gingerbread house. Many Ridgeview families attended this event. It was particularly heartwarming to see families new to Canada participate. Grandparents, fathers and mothers joined students in creating festive creations. Additionally, over $500 was raised and will be targetted towards fundraising efforts sponsored by the Ridgeview We Team. Who would have known that this simple ‘make and take’ event could have generated so much interest!