Garden Diary

Top 5 things to look out for in the garden this month

with Simon the gardener

  1. Berries, seed heads and skeletal trees – sculptural in their stark winter beauty.
  2. Huge ripe, yellow quince fruits hanging from leafless branches in Dickens garden with their fuzzy winter coats. Perfect for Christmas chutneys and cheeses
  3. Old fashioned medlars full of curious fruit in the Dickens seating area. Medlars have been cultivated since Roman times, and are unusual in that they ripen in winter.
  4. Our sparkly RIC Christmas tree all lit up and festive on Star Hill
  5. The building of the new ‘fox-proof’ chicken coop and chicken house next to the Maths Shed. Simon says: ‘We’re building a new, safe and fox-proof chicken coop for RIC with a 6ft wire fence around and net over the top.  We will start with 4 very fluffy chickens perfect for students to cuddle. It is proved that cuddling chickens is calming and excellent for health and well-being. Hopefully they will lay eggs too – not so much in the winter but when the light gets better we could get 4 a day! Sally is going to look after them and especially make sure they go on holiday too when there is no-one at college.”

A tavola!

Before breaking up for the holidays, our Italian students with the help of Antonella and the kitchen staff, brought a taste of Italian style Christmas for the boarders’ dinner.

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Tutor2u Economics Workshop

On Friday 6th December the A-Level economists, accompanied by their teachers Michael and Neal, attend this year’s Tutor2u Economics Workshop in London.  Students enjoyed an intensive day of economics study with over 200 other economists from around the country.  The students took part in games and simulations to help them with applying their economic knowledge in real world contexts.  Two key pieces of information I will take away from the day are that only 10% of the cars sold in the UK last month were electric powered, and 70% of the world’s supply of Jade comes from Myanmar!  As you can tell, it was a varied day.  Below are the students posing with their workshop packs at the end of the event.  We had a great time.

 

Live: Secret Diaries of a Jnr. Doctor

A group of yr 12 and 13 potential doctors took a trip to the Vaudeville Theatre, London, to see Adam Kay’s hilarious – and moving – one-man show ‘This is Going to Hurt – Live’. Based on the bestselling book of his diaries when working as a junior doctor there was much laughter as Kay recounted stories and sang songs about medical conditions as diverse as yellow fever and OCD and described in gory detail episodes from his years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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