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. 

European Day of Languages 2019

The MFL Department will be celebrating The European Day of Languages with our Lower School students next week with a number of activities to promote world languages and cultures. As well as taking part in a variety of cross-curricular activities in lessons, students will be able to sample a range of international dishes for lunch. Mandarin and Italian language clubs will also be on offer to everybody during lunchtime.

More info here

Kent Cloth Project

RIC’s very own Textile Design guru, Francesca Baur, has developed a series of seasonal wall hangings exploring the landscape of Kent for the Kent Cloth Project. As we become increasingly disconnected from the making process through the speed of modern textile production, this project advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that embraces local heritage and landscape. From employing traditional skills and growing the flax for linen, to making natural plant dyes.

More info

Lower School Cornwall Trip

You’ve heard all about what our little RICies got up to in Cornwall at the end of the Summer Term. Take a look at the photos by clicking here!

Now on to plans for next year’s residential…

’35’ Grand Finale

Don’t forget we have the last of our ’35 Years of Visual Arts at RIC’ exhibitions at Sun Pier House, Chatham from 1-14 July 2019.

This is the BIG one – with work on display from not only our current students studying Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles and Photography but a host of ex Art & Design students who have gone on to do wonderfully creative things as well as work from our staff past and present.

If you would like to come along to the Private View on Thursday 4 July, 18.00 – 20.00 you can book a ticket via our Eventbrite page.

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