A Bottle of Festive Cheer

Say hello to RIC’s recycled Christmas tree of 2019! This tree is made out of A LOT of old plastic bottles, plastic bags, some sticks from the gardens, a stray hoola-hoop and some chicken wire… nothing says Christmas quite like it!

The final product exhibits the time and energy that went into creating this, so please be careful when walking past our new festive friend, and please no touching.

Merry Christmas!

Digital Leaders – The Next Generation!

A number of Year 7 students have, this week, embarked upon their Digital Leaders training with the mission of learning how they and others can stay safe online. 

Digital Leaders is a national online training and learning platform built to train young people about online safety.  Students will build skills, expertise and confidence through completing online training during Digital Leader’s club.  All Digital Leaders will complete the seven core modules, ranging from social media skills to cyberbulling, to qualify as Digital Leaders.

Once students have completed initial training, they will design and deliver a range of activities in school from educating young people to creating educational resources.  This could take the form of educational videos, booklets and talks to other students and parents. 

Last year 5 students from RIC qualified as Digital Leaders raking up many training points – making the school a regular visitor to the national leaderboard in the process.  This next generation of trainee digital leaders hope to achieve all this and more! 

All of the new students are very excited about their training  – and just as excited to teach others how to stay safe.

Deck The Halls (of Montgomery Court)

A group of students set off to Montgomery Court ready to deck the halls; getting Montgomery Court ready for all of the residents! We decorated the trees and hung sparkly decorations around the rooms, adding a touch of Christmas joy for the lovely residents. It was a lovely afternoon full of festive spirits and sparkle.

 

Invicta Maths Challenge

A group of students from year 10 and 11 participated in the Invicta Secondary Team Maths Challenge which was hosted at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone on Tuesday 19th November 2019 . One of our two teams came in 3rd place out of the twelve participating teams.

The competition consisted of four rounds, the format very similar to that of the Regional and Final Team Maths Challenge hosted by the UK Maths Trust every year.

  • Round 1 consisted of 15 worded problem solving questions
  • Round 2 involved puzzles with missing numbers in squares
  • Round 3 consisted of 11 mathematically challenging problem solving questions
  • Round 4 was a ‘relay’ problem solving task during which students had to find the solution to a problem which represented the value of a letter. Students then had to use the values of previous letters in subsequent problems in order to find the following solutions. 

The students demonstrated great team work skills and they had to rely on each others’ strengths in order to solve the problems which were from various areas of mathematics.

Congratulations to Eric, Catharine, Crystal, Justin, Nina, Neal, Jerry and William who will be participating in the national UKMT Team Maths Challenge in March 2020..

Children In Need

This week the students have been busy raising money for Children in Need. Earlier this week a group of students hosted a cake sale where they sold lots of delicious cakes and biscuits, to kick off their fundraising week.

On Wednesday afternoon year 7-10 set off on their sponsored walk; walking as far as they could in the two hours- successfully managing to get to Chatham Dockside and back to College just before the end of the day! Finally, to bring the week to an end, it was ‘Dress out of the Ordinary’ Friday; allowing anyone to wear whatever wacky clothes they desired!

Through all of the fun events we managed to raise £500.51 (we are still waiting for a couple of other donations to come in)- thank you to everyone who helped us raise this money!

 

Badminton at Amherst Court

A group of Lower School students visited Amherst Court Care Home as part of their Trips and Falls week. They were there to engage residents in Badminton, working on core strength in a bid to prevent trips and falls. The students were compassionate, kind and communicated instructions brilliantly. A fun afternoon was had by all! 

Flax, Fibres & Plant Dyes: Kent Cloth

Over the past year Francesca Baur (RIC’s amazing textiles teacher) has been working hard on an exciting project named Kent Cloth.

“Kent Cloth will take you on a journey exploring European Linen to discovering natural colour and fibres in Kent.”

The project brings together Francesca’s love of textiles and the Kentish landscape; through the creation of natural, local textiles that embraces local heritage and landscape. Francesca grew flax around different locations in Kent, including the public Visitor Centre garden at the gallery and the Pines Calyx. The flax yarn, spun from Kentish Flax is on show as part of the exhibition. Additionally, Francesca grew dye plants at the gallery and the Pines Calyx, all of which can be seen in the series of amazing textile works she created that explore the landscape of 4 different destinations in Kent. These are being showcased at Rochester Art Gallery until the 4th of January 2020, so make sure you visit! 

Read more about Kent Cloth here, and more Pictures here. 

 

Prestigious Film Award for Anna

Anna Cottrill, a Year 13 Film Studies student, has won the top prize in the ISA Film Competition with her film called ‘Irreversible’ .

The film won best short film in the Key Stage 5 category in the prestigious national competition for film and media students. The film is a non-linear creative short film filled with visual motifs and haunting music written and produced in response to the Eduqas Film Studies A level Component 3 brief: the narrative twist.

Anna, from last year’s cohort, had previously seen her film screened at Nucleus Arts in Chatham and at RIC’s 35 Year of Visual Arts exhibition at Sun Pier House. This competition win confirms that Anna has a winner on her hands. Here’s hoping the film can continue to cause a stir at many more festivals and screenings to come!

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