The End of a Fantastic Year (2018-2019)
On September 4th of 2018, fifty-six faces, some old and some new, gathered in the Mandeville common room to kickstart the 2018 – 2019 school year. Two days later, the girls headed off to Camp White Pine where they canoed, ziplined, sang around a fire, danced their hearts out, and screamed the Mandeville chants that echoed around the camp for all to hear. With our house mom and Housemaster, Ms. Sarah Thompson, and house-older-sister and Assistant Head of House, Ms. Khatol Sahak, by our sides, the fifty-six duckies were ready to dive into the school year knowing that they could rely on any other duck in the house.
A strength that each girl learns throughout their time in Mandeville is the act of giving back and recognizing just how truly lucky we are. By trading our costumes for a warm coat and our pillowcases for candy for a shopping cart, the duckies were ready to begin their annual tradition of trick-or-treating for canned goods to donate to the We Scare Hunger charity. Each year Mandeville and the We Scare Hunger charity collects thousands of pounds of canned food to give to community care in St. Catharine; and after another year, the Mandeville house has recognized the importance of giving back to our community.
With DJ and senior Chidera Jude-Monye in charge of the music, and multiple other duckies and teachers running the games, the annual Casino Dance was a blast. Each year Mandeville holds a dance with casino games such as Poker and Blackjack to raise money for community care. The students can have fun playing the games, betting on the right color or horse, or dance with their friends. Casino Dance is a dance that Mandeville holds to raise, not only money for community care, but spirit too. As a team, the girls of Mandeville are able to construct an awesome dance each year that the school continuously looks forward too.
Events for the Mandeville house become quite lowkey after Halloween and Casino Dance – however, Mandeville’s spirit is anything but low! We faced every Bradley Shield event with the loudest screams and the biggest smiles on our face! While we did not win Bradley Shield this year, Mandeville house is still proud of all the effort they continuously put into each event. One of my favorite memories from the year will be Kiishi wearing the tie around her head while waving the Mandeville House Flag with pride. Even though we didn’t win this year, we still learnt as a house what it meant to work together, as a team.
It’s difficult for me to say goodbye to Mandeville because I’ve truly learnt what the saying “a home away from home” means. Through ice cream and face masks on Friday nights, or screaming my lungs out and cheering on my teammates at Bradley shield events, I’ve learnt the importance of a sisterhood and the bond between girls. I’ve made awesome friendships with the girls around the house, through late-night talks with Ms Sahak as she made us tea or discussing the best shows on Netflix with Ms Toffolo while doing her killer workouts. I’ll definitely miss my second Mom, Ms Thompson, who (despite her constant nagging as moms do) taught me so much about being a leader; I will never forget the extra push Ms Thompson gave me when I wanted something but was too scared to go for it. From the bottom of my heart, I know that being and living in the Mandeville house has changed me for the better, and I will never ever forget my time here. I hope all the duckies who come to Ridley, possibly scared, know that Mandeville is a great and welcoming house to be in. We live by the cheer “We Swim! We Quack! We’ve got each other’s back!”
See you duckies later!
Claire Casey ‘19