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We all need movie recommendations during The Great Lockdown. Where better place to get them that from our Film & Media teachers?

So far we have recommendations from Jenny, David and Mark. Which films do you like? Which of these will you check out?

Jenny’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/03/our-favourite-films-part-1/

David’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/08/our-favourite-films-part-2/

Mark’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/20/our-favourite-films-part-3/

Visit www.ricfilmandmedia.co.uk for further recommendations from the film team!

To Boldly Go…

As part of Science Week, RIC Lower School students yesterday reached for the stars and experienced the wonder of the universe at Greenwich Royal Observatory and Planetarium.

Students explored the museum and discovered secrets of The Moon, how the universe was formed and space travel – all explained through a series of impressive and interactive displays.

Once their appetite had been whetted by this dazzling array of information, students were treated to an amazing display in the Planetarium.  The sun, moon and stars came to life over our heads and we were launched towards the heavens and explored incredible footage of supernovae and black holes before being brought back to Earth with an excellent question and answer session.

Students made the most of the wonderful views over Greenwich Park before heading back to college, the wonders of the universe still fresh in their minds.

The Whole of the Moon

RIC Filmmakers, armed with film cameras and as part of their Community Learning session, today visited The Museum of the Moon at Rochester Cathedral.  

The students from Year 7, 8 and 9 have been asked by Rochester Cathedral to produce a short film documenting the exhibition and, in particular, capture visitor’s views on the stunning attraction.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. It measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Each centimetre represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Alongside the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The Museum of the Moon has been presented in a number of locations across the world including several UK Cathedrals and Museums. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The Exhibtion opens today (12thFebruary) and runs until the 4thMarch.

The next task for RIC Filmmakers is to enter the editing suite and piece together an exciting film for Rochester Cathedral to use in order to document their exhibition.

Digital Leaders Qualified in Online Safety

Today is National Safer Internet Day and what better way for Rochester Independent College to contribute to this day with the announcement that ten Year 7 students have qualified as Childnet Digital Leaders.  Over the last few weeks, these dedicated students have taken part in national online training where they have learnt the skills to help themselves and others feel safe online.

The Rochester Independent College Digital Leaders are about to begin the next stage of being a Digital Leader – creating a resource in order to help students of all ages understand how they can make themselves safe online.    

RIC Film & Media Blog now live!

A brand new Rochester Independent College blog, dedicated to the many film and media happenings in the college, is now live.

All RIC Film and Media news can be found out www.ricfilmandmedia.co.uk and over the coming weeks, months and years will deliver news, course details, student films, promotional films, and much more!

The blog sits alongside RIC’s other ‘breakout’ blog www.ricvisualarts.co.uk detailing all of the visual arts news at Rochester Independent College.

Digital Leaders – The Next Generation!

A number of Year 7 students have, this week, embarked upon their Digital Leaders training with the mission of learning how they and others can stay safe online. 

Digital Leaders is a national online training and learning platform built to train young people about online safety.  Students will build skills, expertise and confidence through completing online training during Digital Leader’s club.  All Digital Leaders will complete the seven core modules, ranging from social media skills to cyberbulling, to qualify as Digital Leaders.

Once students have completed initial training, they will design and deliver a range of activities in school from educating young people to creating educational resources.  This could take the form of educational videos, booklets and talks to other students and parents. 

Last year 5 students from RIC qualified as Digital Leaders raking up many training points – making the school a regular visitor to the national leaderboard in the process.  This next generation of trainee digital leaders hope to achieve all this and more! 

All of the new students are very excited about their training  – and just as excited to teach others how to stay safe.

Prestigious Film Award for Anna

Anna Cottrill, a Year 13 Film Studies student, has won the top prize in the ISA Film Competition with her film called ‘Irreversible’ .

The film won best short film in the Key Stage 5 category in the prestigious national competition for film and media students. The film is a non-linear creative short film filled with visual motifs and haunting music written and produced in response to the Eduqas Film Studies A level Component 3 brief: the narrative twist.

Anna, from last year’s cohort, had previously seen her film screened at Nucleus Arts in Chatham and at RIC’s 35 Year of Visual Arts exhibition at Sun Pier House. This competition win confirms that Anna has a winner on her hands. Here’s hoping the film can continue to cause a stir at many more festivals and screenings to come!

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! 

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!

RIC Filmmakers nominated for Medway Youth Award

Four young filmmakers have been nominated for The Team Award for their work on the short film, ‘Fair Share Note’ that won a recognition trophy in the Bank of England Film Competition.

Scarlett, Maia, Neziah and Libby, all from Year 7, were nominated by Medway Youth Councillor and fellow RIC student Anna McGovern who said “together, they worked so hard to produce this film and I believe that their efforts should be recognised on a local community scale. They came together to create an innovative film in recognition of those with less financial security, which I believe that some may be able to relate to in their lives.”

We look forward to seeing the next thought provoking movie the girls create!

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