Reflections on Catholic Education
Catholic education to me educates the whole person, providing the structure, support and guidance for a student to develop all aspects of their life and faith. I think Catholic education seeks to cultivate and guide moral and spiritual development; the logical and intellectual, as well as the physical development. This education develops the students to be socially aware of the less fortunate, compassionate, and with a strong moral compass. At Mount Royal Academy, we are also able to provide this education throughout childhood, adolescence and young adult periods ensuring continuity of message throughout development, with an attention to individual needs.
I believe Mount Royal Academy is unique in providing this environment that whilst safe and protected allows the students freedom to develop in all aspects of their life, their faith and their academics. I believe the Catholic education develops reasoning and logical questioning whilst also extending the students’ knowledge base, but with the right balance. There needs to be a balance between the two; for me the public school system has often leaned too far towards factual recall, away from logical questioning and reasoning.
Teaching at Mount Royal Academy every day you are reminded of the success of its program when you see the respect and care demonstrated between students of vastly different ages. The school environment has nurtured these values and you see them in practice on a daily basis, a constant testament of the school’s values being successfully cultivated. - Dr. Iain Ridgway
Dr. Ridgway received a B.S. at the University of Wales in Marine Biology in 2001. In 2005, he graduated with a doctorate of philosophy from Glasgow University, Scotland, investigating the capture and post-capture treatment of the Norway lobster.
Following his PhD, he moved to New Zealand and worked in the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry with Biosecurity New Zealand advising on the pest and disease risks associated with non-native animals. Returning to academia, he investigated the stress physiology of marine invertebrates and worked on the mechanisms underlying the exceptional longevity of clams. Although based in the UK he worked on a transatlantic research project and undertook research in the US; notably at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the University of Maine, Orono, and at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. In 2013, Dr. Ridgway worked for a year at a Max Planck Institute in Germany, investigating demographic changes connected to longevity, before eventually moving to the USA in 2014.
After moving to the USA, Dr. Ridgway worked as an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University, as a Head Coach of Cross Country at Penn State Brandywine, and taught at the high school level for 2 years in southern New Jersey.
As an athlete Dr. Ridgway has played Varsity soccer at the University of Wales Bangor and continued to play at a high level in the UK post-collegiately. Running slowly dominated and he eventually went on to represent Great Britain and Wales, most notably winning Gold and Bronze team medals at the 2013 and 2015 IAU World Trail Running Championships, respectively, finishing 4th at the IAU World Trail Running Championships in 2013.
Dr. Ridgway lives in Grantham with his wife, Gwen, a medical resident at the DHMC and their daughter, Meredith.