Happy World Meditation Day

Today, across the globe people are taking the opportunity to press pause and reboot in celebration of world meditation day. A few weeks ago we posted 5 tips for mindfulness written by Nadia. Meditation and mindfulness have a huge relationship, however meditation is not just activities like Yoga, it can be much more than that!

At 12 noon the well known app ‘Headspace’ are going live on YouTube to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to meditate in ten minutes, explain how their app works, and enjoy a global mediation session from the comfort of our homes . You can join in via this link.

For our RIC students Nadia is running mindfulness sessions weekly on a Thursday 12:30pm as well as Monday at 4:15pm.

Jenny is also running online Yoga on a Wednesday at 4:00pm.

To finish with a quote from Nadia – “When you wake up or go to bed, think of 3 things in your day you are grateful for”.

Happy World Meditation day!

End of the Year Wishes

As their academic year comes to an end earlier than planned, we say Good Luck & Goodbye to our year 13 and year 11 students today. Some of who will be returning to study with us come September, others who we wish all the best for their futures!

At our Year 11 Goodbye Huddle this morning RIC had its biggest Google Meet since lockdown began with nearly 100 students and members of staff joining to say farewell to this amazing year group, lots of whom have been with us since Year 7.

The end of the year wouldn’t have been right with our annual awards ceremony. There were 30 awards in total – an outstanding achievement award for each subject plus some special commendations. Jamie was our biggest winner with no less than five awards, including the honour of the ‘ Mr “I know the Casio Calculator Manual by Heart”’ award!

With messages of goodbye of good luck from the Heads of School, Form Tutors and teachers and even some speeches from the students, there was lots of laughing, singing and even a few tears. To quote Leighton, our Co-Head of Lower School, this has undeniably been ‘our best ever Year 11 yet.’

Each year 11 student was sent an E-Card for them all signed & featuring messages from the RIC staff.

Good Luck & Best of wishes from all of us at RIC!

RICWW – What’s Been Going On?

Since lockdown, the way of schooling may have changed by entering the virtual world of RIC Without Walls, however our students’ efforts have definitely not. We asked our departments to feedback any new ways of learning, activities as well as any fun things that have been going on in their virtual classrooms.

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A Family of Blogs

RIC News is a part of our blog trio which also includes our Visual Arts Blog, as well as our Film & Media blog.

The RIC Visual Arts blog is full of exciting updates from our Creative Arts Department, like our portraits created by GCSE & A Level students as their first project. News about the ever changing art world & in-house creative contests like our RIC Photo of the month.

Our Film & Media blog follows the journeys of our students’ work as well as everything that is happening within the department and courses.

To follow us for regular updates about what’s fresh at RIC! Click the link on the homepage

Calling All Budding RIC Photographers

Are you a RIC student or staff member who has a passion for photography? Then you should enter our RIC Photo of the Month contest.

Each month there are two themes to work with and photos can be taken on any device available. Be experimental playing around with closeups, zoom, shadow, composition, colour etc.

The contest has three categories; Lower School, Sixth Form & Staff.

This Month’s Themes: 

  • MyHometown
  • In the Garden

How to enter:
Take your own photo relating to the theme & upload it to this Google Form link : https://forms.gle/xakS5wBwLFUaSvQ47

Deadline:
20th May, Midday (12pm) Winners announced via the school’s blogs after judging by Michael Daks.

Prizes!
Winning entries will be featured on our RIC Visual Arts Blog & student winners (one per category) will also receive an experimental photography book full of projects to inspire!

Check out our last month’s winners here

Have fun & Good Luck!

Year 7 Virtual Taster Morning

RIC is delighted to offer Year 5 and 6 students who are considering entry into Year 7 the opportunity to attend our Virtual Taster Morning on May 21st. Find out what makes Rochester Independent College’s Lower School different.

Join us for a variety of educational & fun online taster lessons with our virtual school ‘RIC Without Walls’. Meet the teachers and hear from our students about what it’s like to study at RIC. You will see for yourself how our small classes (maximum 12) help students settle quickly and excel both academically and creatively.

“The students are a strikingly nice bunch. It’s a place for individuals, and there’s a lovely air of tolerance and warmth.”

Good Schools Guide

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RIC Chickens’ Diary

During the lockdown our RIC chickens were temporarily re-homed with one of our students. We have since had an update of their time on the farm, including some photos of them enjoying their break away from the RIC garden.

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