March 2019 News

March 2019 News
Posted on 03/08/2019
Black History Month

RHS student Saeed Babalola performed his original poem on Saturday evening at the Youth Ottawa Studio for Black History Month. His spoken word piece was rooted in the English department's partnership with Jamaal Jackson, Poet Laureate of Ottawa. Saeed, you make us #RidgemontProud

Business Department

Business Department and Asian Culture Club raised a total of $3200 from its raffle and lunch at the beginning of this new semester. Thank you!   We are very proud to announce the following guest speakers and field trips that include Loblaws Grocers,  Honda Canada, Learning How to Buy a Home (Mort. Broker), Scotia Bank, Financial Planner.  We are working to plan a field trip in September 2019 to the Bank of Canada and/or Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Wrestling Team

Congratulations to the 3 Spartans who are representing Ridgemont at the 2019 OFSAA Wrestling Championships right here in Ottawa at TD Place (Lansdowne Park) this week!

RHS Productions

RHS Productions is working hard to prepare for the National Theatre School Festival on March 26 at 6pm at Woodroffe H.S. We will also be performing for the community on March 29 at 7pm at RHS. The club is putting on "Dark Road" by Laura Lundgren Smith. We hope to see everyone there! Here is a quick summary of the play:

Does the Butcher consider the lamb? It was a machine. People went in, we tore off their faces, and they became things (16).
How quickly we turn on those who are considered ‘others’. “Dark Road” is a play that examines how humanity can be forgotten when power and respect are valued over people and compassion. Set in Nazi Germany, Greta, a young orphaned woman, tries to support herself and her sister by taking a job as a guard at the local women's concentration camp. Thinking this job will ensure security and financial freedom, it soon becomes evident that freedom comes at a cost.

Black History Month Assembly

This year’s Black History Month Assembly at Ridgemont High School was a special production. Not only did it include performances by students from Ridgemont, those in attendance were also treated to three numbers by two of the grade three and four classes from neighbouring Charles H Hulse Public School.

Back in September, when the Ridgemont Black History Month Committee started planning this February’s activities, several students voiced a desire to connect with the elementary school for this year’s assembly. They began by contacting Mr Mohammed and Mr Renahan who teach grades three and four at Charles H Hulse Public School. The younger students were keen to participate and decided to be part of the fashion show. But they didn’t stop there - two more numbers were planned - a touching update to the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr, and a musical number using the inspirational song “This is Me”. Six senior students joined Ridgemont teacher Ms Jamieson and worked with the Charles H Hulse classes over a period of several months, helping them to create, rehearse, and perfect their performances. The partnership enabled both the older and younger students to blossom; “My favourite part of going to RHS is to see the RHS students because they are super nice, also when we made a mistake the kids in RHS didn’t care” said one CHHPS student. Several of the Ridgemont students commented on the positive thinking and enthusiasm of the younger students, noting that they felt inspired to be good role models for the younger kids. 

With additional practice during class time, and two rehearsals on the “big stage” at Ridgemont, the students were finally ready to perform at the assembly on February 28. From the opening performance the reaction was incredibly positive. Students in the audience cheered and clapped for every piece, but were especially impressed by the hard work and professional quality of those numbers involving the younger and older students working together. The support offered by the RHS students and the enthusiasm of the CHHPS kids was a perfect pairing, and all were sad to see the show come to an end. 

The students presented two performances (one for RHS students and one for CHHPS students) and were joined by guest artist and spoken word poet Maya Basude (@mayaspoken) who performed two pieces, and local Journalist Asha Siad (@ashareports) who spoke about her documentary 19 Days.  

The assemblies were a huge hit and students and teachers from both schools look forward to working together again in the near future.
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