To Boldly Go…

As part of Science Week, RIC Lower School students yesterday reached for the stars and experienced the wonder of the universe at Greenwich Royal Observatory and Planetarium.

Students explored the museum and discovered secrets of The Moon, how the universe was formed and space travel – all explained through a series of impressive and interactive displays.

Once their appetite had been whetted by this dazzling array of information, students were treated to an amazing display in the Planetarium.  The sun, moon and stars came to life over our heads and we were launched towards the heavens and explored incredible footage of supernovae and black holes before being brought back to Earth with an excellent question and answer session.

Students made the most of the wonderful views over Greenwich Park before heading back to college, the wonders of the universe still fresh in their minds.

The Cotswold Way

We arrived at Stanton Guildhouse quite late on Friday night and we used this as a chance to gaze at the stars while travelling by minibus. The accommodation was spacious with many bedrooms and bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, piano and also a big garden at the back of the house. It was located on the hill so we could clearly see the beautiful sunset on the Saturday evening.

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The World of Smol

Yesterday we had a visit from Paula Quazi (Co-Founder of Smol) to give us a talk on her company & what it takes to be an entrepreneur in today’s business world.

The idea of a subscription-based laundry detergent was born, bringing consumers convenience, value and outstanding performance in one.By cutting out the middleman and delivering direct to consumers, smol helps save up to 50% on the normal brand price.

Paula Quazi

With 17 years of Marketing practice Paula started out as a marketing trainee working her way up in various companies within the produce market.

In the words of Paula Quazi – “Trust your instinct, work hard and never give up!”

Chinese New Year and Spring festival celebrations at RIC

Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world.

It’s the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people.

Therefore celebrating it here at RIC is also a must, to support the integration of our Chinese students in the college as well as an opportunity for everyone to learn about this fascinating culture.

Boarding houses and some classrooms and offices were decorated with Chinese red lanterns, door decorations, charms and posters of rat, 鼠 (shu in mandarin), as this year is the year of the rat.

Food in China is very important and is part of Chinese identity, tradition and culture. One dish in particular, the dumplings, is actually eaten every day during the celebrations of the New Year in China.

Some of our students challenged themselves in making jiaozi 餃子, which consist of a meat or vegetable filling wrapped into a rolled piece of dough, sealed by pressing the edges together. Needless to say, the results were amazingly tasty!

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The Whole of the Moon

RIC Filmmakers, armed with film cameras and as part of their Community Learning session, today visited The Museum of the Moon at Rochester Cathedral.  

The students from Year 7, 8 and 9 have been asked by Rochester Cathedral to produce a short film documenting the exhibition and, in particular, capture visitor’s views on the stunning attraction.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. It measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Each centimetre represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Alongside the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The Museum of the Moon has been presented in a number of locations across the world including several UK Cathedrals and Museums. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The Exhibtion opens today (12thFebruary) and runs until the 4thMarch.

The next task for RIC Filmmakers is to enter the editing suite and piece together an exciting film for Rochester Cathedral to use in order to document their exhibition.

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