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. 

 

A Day Out In Margate

The year 11 Art and Photography students ventured out of the college and headed off to sunny (rainy) Margate. The sun was definitely not shining but we headed out with our jackets on and cameras at the ready, in search of lots of intersecting research and material for their personal projects.

Read More Here.

 

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.

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.

For more information on the click here.

More Photos.

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.

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