Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition Training

Recently, our year 10 bronze participants have been preparing for their expedition with a series of training days hosted by Copperhouse Adventure Training.  Students have been practicing putting up tents in the garden, reading maps and developing first aid skills on day 1.  During day 2 students practiced packing kit bags, started planning their routes and even cooked their own lunch on a Trangia.  Students described the days as really enjoyable and feel prepared for their practice walks in May.

Science Week 11th -15th March

During Science Week this year, Lower School students explored the intricacies of the human body. In science lessons students covered areas from the perspective of biology, chemistry and physics and investigated the physics of the human eye, the chemistry of respiration and the biological response in allergies. We took the students to the Body Worlds exhibition in London to give them an opportunity to see structures of the human body in detail. Across their other lessons students incorporated areas of human nature into their studies.  Year 7s made clay bones to accompany their work on Skellig in English; one student said, “it really helped bring the book to life.” In Spanish, students have learnt how to describe different parts of their body and in music student considered how different genres of music invoked different emotions. Overall, the week was a huge success and we are already planning next year’s program on space!

Visual Arts Private View

Visitors attended the Private View of the first of our touring 35 Years of Visual Arts’ exhibitions at Nucleus Arts in Chatham last night. The work on display features a variety of pieces from our current GCSE and A level students studying Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles and 3D Design – and looks truly stunning! The exhibition runs until Wednesday 3 April, so please do go along and stay for a coffee or glass of wine in the wonderful cafe next door.

See pics here!

Future exhibitions:

Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable 8-21 May 2019

Sun Pier House, Chatham 1-14 July 2019

Pie Factory, Margate 16 July – 5 August 2020

Studying Starlight

On 21st March, Physics and Astronomy students from year 11 and 12 visited the Greenwich Observatory to take part in various workshops and attend a Planetarium show. After a look around the Weller galleries, they attended a Galaxies and Cosmology masterclass led by an enthusiastic PHD student, with demonstrations and a lively Q&A session! This was followed by a Studying Starlight workshop where the students learnt more about the light spectra we receive from stars and how they help us understand what those stars are made of which tied in nicely with the main event – the Planetarium show. The show covered our Solar System, Galaxies, The Universe and everything in between, with students and staff enraptured throughout. We then finished the day with a photo opportunity at the Greenwich Meridian Line, from which all time zones are calculated, and a quick visit to the UK’s largest refracting telescope. The whole day provided an excellent addition to the work our Physics and Astronomy students are currently doing, as well as being a great learning experience for all!

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RIC Filmmakers Award

RIC Filmmakers have won a trophy for their filmmaking skills in the Bank of England’s BANK, CAMERA, ACTION Film Competition.

Four Year 7 students accepted the challenge to make a fun and creative film around the theme of ‘Money in the Future’ for the national competition.

The young filmmakers came up with the idea of the ‘Fair Share Note’, an idea where people can make a donation to those less fortunate or in need of financial help.  

The judges were clearly impressed and said “ we enjoyed watching your entry, and were impressed by the students’ filmmaking skills in particular. The fact that students produced such a creative film is a great credit to them and they should feel very proud. The judges would like to single your video out for an honourable mention”

The filmmaking team received a trophy and certificates in recognition of their innovative contribution and  hard work.

Keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming films from other members of RIC Filmmakers!

Bugsy Rehearsals

Fantastic energy from all the students and staff at tonight’s rehearsal for Bugsy Malone. Can’t wait to see the shows next week! There are still a few tickets available…

Tickets are free of charge and can be booked via Eventbrite by using the following links:

Tuesday 26 March

Thursday 28 March

Seats will be allocated to you a couple of days in advance of your chosen performance date you will be notified of these by email.

Abbey Physic Garden

Rochester Independent College Lower School students spent a morning at the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham yesterday. They helped sow a wild flower meadow, made seed bombs and engaged in open conversations about maintaining good mental health facilitated by Kelly from Mind as well as learning about bees. The garden provides companionship, therapeutic activities, training and skill building for people with mental health issues, those who are socially isolated and everyone in the wider community. It is one of RIC’s nominated charities that we are supporting this year.



On March 13th the GCSE Photography and Art & Design students embarked on a blustery, windswept trip to sunny Whitstable to engage in artistic endeavours towards their exam projects. The most commonly chosen subjects were Texture and Choice of Colour and so Whitstable was the perfect choice, as long as we didn’t all get blown away!

Year 11 Geography Coursework Visit

On Tuesday 5th March Year 11 Geography students made their way to Reculver, Herne Bay to undertake fieldwork for their unit three coursework assessment. With individual hypothesis selected and refined, students spent the day carrying out a range of data collection techniques including wave frequency counts, cliff recession measurements and beach profiles, ready to analyse back at college. Thankfully the bright and sunny weather held out for the duration of the visit and students returned to college with a wealth of data to support their GCSE coursework assignments.

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