European Commission

On the 3rd of October A Level Politics and Economics students visited Europe House, home to the European Commission Office in London. Essentially, the EU’s embassy in the UK where European Parliament MEPs as well as Commissioners house their delegations.   

Students were invited to take part in an interactive lecture and workshop to discuss not only the endeavours of the Commission and other European institutions but also the ubiquitous theme of Brexit. In an open discussion, Britain’s relationship with the EU was explored, and students were able to get informed about the Brexit process. Emphasis was placed on examining Britain’s close ties to Europe and the difficulty of disentangling 40 years of cooperation. The sight of members of the youthful community at RIC engaging in informed debate on this topic was like a breath of fresh air. 

Perhaps fittingly, overseeing proceedings was an impressive piece of art that resonates with the times. Created by what can be described as a European citizen, the piece was inspired on ‘the human urge to construct and reconstruct order from chaos’. Reminiscent, to an extent, of some of the works around the college, the installation was carved from what the artist noted as ‘humble, discarded items of everyday life’ that would otherwise be finding their way to a waste disposal site.

Toward the end of the workshop, participants’ knowledge of the EU was shown to be greater than that of a sample of MPs and Peers (we were reliably told by our host Sam) as students engaged in a quiz on the European Union.

All in all, the trip was an enjoyable experience for those involved and provided some food for thought to our young and aspiring economists and politically engaged students. 

Let’s Glow Party

The Boarders’ Glow Party last Friday went down a storm. Students posed, strutted and danced, issuing their song requests from our very own in-house DJs Lazar and Ben. It was a great night and even the shiest and quietest of our boarders could not resist showing off their finest dance moves! Some of the girls performed some very cool routines which a prompted a call for the return of Rochester’s Got Talent – so watch this space! .

Hands, feet and bodies glowed in the dark making shapes to the sounds of the most popular American, British and international songs. A lot of fun was had by all and Simona did a particularly good job dragging the more reluctant students to the dance floor! A hugely successful night which will definitely be back on the Boarders’ programme in the future.

Jump into Sport

This term students in years 7-10 have been enjoying trampoline lessons at Jumpers Rebound Centre. Students have learnt how to perform a variety of skills including basic shapes, front and back landings and somersaults. There has been an incredible amount of effort shown by all, with vast improvements in technical ability and linking skills together to form a sequence. It has to be said that the highlight for most was being allowed to jump into the foam pit at the end of each lesson! 

Poetry Together

Poetry Together is a project by Gyles Brandreth and the College’s parent company, Dukes Education. The initiative brings groups of school children and groups of elderly people together to perform a poem they have learnt by heart.

On Wednesday 16 October, students in Years 7 and 8 went to Montgomery Court armed with afternoon tea goodies. They recited four poems, The Letter A, Daffodils, Not My Business and Freedom. The residents were given sheets of the poems and all joined in together with the students. Our students then served afternoon tea handing out sandwiches, scones and cakes, which they had made themselves, to very willing tasters who commented that we had some brilliant chefs in our school. There was plenty of time for chitter chatter; shared stories and favourite football teams. Our students helped the elderly residents set up and learn to use their Google Home device which they tested out by playing some Elvis Presley and Beatles songs and having a wonderful group sing-along. All in all a wonderful afternoon spent with our people in the community and an incredibly rewarding experience.

Beginning on National Poetry Day on 3 October, the inaugural Poetry Together initiative takes place over two weeks ending on 17th October, 2019.

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New Scientist Live

On Friday 11 October, students in Years 7-10 visited the New Scientist Live exhibition run at the ExCel Centre in London to look at the future of science and technology.

The exhibition had a variety of exhibits being run by various companies such as BAE and NGOs as well as a number of universities and charities. The students took part in a variety of activities such as looking at brain activity, coding movement for a moon rover as well as studying how drug trials are run.

The students had a great day and enjoyed all the different sessions being run as well as finding out about potential career and training opportunities for the future.

Green Fingers at Abbey Physic Community Garden

Years 7 and 8 visited Abbey Physic Community Garden and took part in workshops designed to promote health and well-being.

The garden, in Faversham, prides itself on being a peaceful refuge from a life outside which may be chaotic or troubled. The benefits that people gain include social connections, self-confidence, physical and emotional well-being.

Year 7 and 8 students took part in 3 workshops; planting seeds, fixing a clay oven and a mental well-being talk near the wonderfully named ‘Happy Cafe’

Our green-fingered students had a wonderful time and we look forward to more gardening adventures in Faverhsam next year!

European Language Day

RIC celebrated The European Day of Languages where teachers and students cooperated to produce material that was later used to decorate the school, in the presentation for the assembly and cakes for the cake sale. 

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A Flutter in the RIC Garden

The RIC garden was a hive of activity on Wednesday this week when the RIC Community learning group made some tasty treats for the birds to enjoy. These are now hanging proudly on the many trees.

As part of the Community Learning, the Eco Warriors group research and planned how to make bird feeders with grapefruit, lard, seeds and string. Different birds are attracted to certain foods, often reflecting their special adaptations for natural food types. For example, sparrows, wood pigeon, collared dove like large grains; woodpeckers, tits, starling like fat balls and peanuts and robin, thrushes prefer mealworms and live foods. The students then attached the bird feeders around the garden.

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