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.

Digital Leaders Qualified in Online Safety

Today is National Safer Internet Day and what better way for Rochester Independent College to contribute to this day with the announcement that ten Year 7 students have qualified as Childnet Digital Leaders.  Over the last few weeks, these dedicated students have taken part in national online training where they have learnt the skills to help themselves and others feel safe online.

The Rochester Independent College Digital Leaders are about to begin the next stage of being a Digital Leader – creating a resource in order to help students of all ages understand how they can make themselves safe online.    

Computer Science at work

On Wednesday 5th February sixth form Computer Science students were given the opportunity to visit Sota – the College’s new IT Services provider, based in the Kent Science Park. Along with a very informative talk on various aspects of networking, hardware and server architecture they also got to visit one of the company’s two data centres and the workplace recovery facility. The data centre provides a range of cloud computing services including virtual servers and compute power with multiple cores, gigabytes of memory and petabytes of storage. The workplace recovery facility provides space for up to 100 customer employees to come and continue working in the event of a disaster on their site, such as a catastrophic power failure or loss of Internet access. Although the College’s facilities are on a much smaller scale, students were able to draw significant parallels in the overall design, structure and features of our network with that of Sota’s and their more than 300 other customers. Overall, it was a great introduction to the real world of IT services that allow so many companies to function in our 24/7 digital world!

RIC Film & Media Blog now live!

A brand new Rochester Independent College blog, dedicated to the many film and media happenings in the college, is now live.

All RIC Film and Media news can be found out www.ricfilmandmedia.co.uk and over the coming weeks, months and years will deliver news, course details, student films, promotional films, and much more!

The blog sits alongside RIC’s other ‘breakout’ blog www.ricvisualarts.co.uk detailing all of the visual arts news at Rochester Independent College.

RIC goes… HarryPottering!

On Sunday, January 19th a group of international students and Holly (EAL teacher) enjoyed a magical afternoon while visiting the Harry Potter Studios in London.

After arriving, the first thing they did was to take a picture under the massive white dragon in the foyer. Shopping was a must and even the shop made you feel like you were entering into a magical world as you were able to buy candy from Honeydukes, wands from Olivanders and anything you wanted from mugs to stationary to games to clothes from each of the four different houses. Among the group, they ended up having 3 Hufflepuffs, 3 Ravenclaws, and 1 Gryffindor, but no Slytherins! Some of the students bought Harry Potter robes with their names engraved on them and others bought baby Hedwigs and chocolate frogs.

While taking the tour, they were able to watch videos from the directors of the films who explained their journeys when making the blockbuster movies. They also saw the costumes the actors wore, the sets – Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, and Gringotts, and one of them even rode a broomstick! At the midway point, some of them also tried butterbeer before moving on to the second stage of the tour.  At the end of our tour, it was exciting to see the magical Hogwarts castle which is actually the real model they used in the films.

Expecto Patronum ! It was defintely an epic journey!

PositivelyMAD

We had the pleasure of hosting Positively Mad at the college today who delivered three workshops for various year groups. They kicked off with an interactive and reflective personal development workshop focusing on up-skilling students for our Year 7s-9s. They then delivered an Exam Busters workshop for our year 11s to empower students with exam preparation tips, revision tools and stress management techniques. Finishing the day off with an immersive Super Speed Study Skills workshop for year 10 which inspired students to take control of their studying.

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