Neal Layton is raising a small but important amount for the NSPCC.
A few years ago Neal Layton and two others started by running a couple of 10K’s, they progressed to ultras (London to Brighton and Thames Path 100k’s) so Neal now aims to be the last of the original three amigo’s to show that he still has it and do our bit to raise some money!!!
As part of the careers offering being headed up by Neal Layton we will be utilising fast Tomato throughout the lower school. Since 2003, Fast Tomato has been one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. The system will be introduced in the first term back with the opportunity for all in the lower school to take part.
After a quick sign up, students answer 72 simple questions relating to work which normally takes less than 10 minutes. This produces their individual Career Profile. Starting at Y8 this will help to signpost potential routes of study, and information careers which may be of interest, work styles and work places, helping them appreciate how their unique make-up can fit into the world of employment.
Leo has shaved his head this summer in support of his Aunt Talita who has been diagnosed with cancer, he may stand out a bit but let’s admit it is for all the right reasons. We all need a little bit of support at times and Leo is showing the type of “community” spirit we should all be proud of at RIC. We salute you Leo and wish you and you family (and Aunt Talita) all of the best!!
We are pleased to be part of the “Medway Champions” initiative designed to boost the Medway area as a great place to live, work, learn and visit. It also showcases the great businesses we have in the area and RIC will be doing its bit to promote these businesses and Medway in general.
You will have seen the branded RIC Hand Sanitiser being distributed this week. This has been sourced and supplied from a local brewery, Copper Rivet Distillery (Chatham) who switched from brewing gin to making sanitiser very early on in the lockdown. A brilliant example of local business initiative and RIC is pleased to support this local enterprise, and look forward to a long and safe working relationship with Stephen and the gang at Copper Rivet.
Today, across the globe people are taking the opportunity to press pause and reboot in celebration of world meditation day. A few weeks ago we posted 5 tips for mindfulness written by Nadia. Meditation and mindfulness have a huge relationship, however meditation is not just activities like Yoga, it can be much more than that!
At 12 noon the well known app ‘Headspace’ are going live on YouTube to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to meditate in ten minutes, explain how their app works, and enjoy a global mediation session from the comfort of our homes . You can join in via this link.
For our RIC students Nadia is running mindfulness sessions weekly on a Thursday 12:30pm as well as Monday at 4:15pm.
Jenny is also running online Yoga on a Wednesday at 4:00pm.
To finish with a quote from Nadia – “When you wake up or go to bed, think of 3 things in your day you are grateful for”.
The second month of our photography contest has certainly kept our RIC students busy. With two themes to choose from, this photography contest will run monthly with a theme based on relevant events of the time.
Who said we can’t have a field trip? Not to be restricted by the Lockdown, Year 8 and Year 12 Geographers have been actively embracing fieldwork activities around their home environments whilst broadening their skills.
As their academic year comes to an end earlier than planned, we say Good Luck & Goodbye to our year 13 and year 11 students today. Some of who will be returning to study with us come September, others who we wish all the best for their futures!
At our Year 11 Goodbye Huddle this morning RIC had its biggest Google Meet since lockdown began with nearly 100 students and members of staff joining to say farewell to this amazing year group, lots of whom have been with us since Year 7.
The end of the year wouldn’t have been right with our annual awards ceremony. There were 30 awards in total – an outstanding achievement award for each subject plus some special commendations. Jamie was our biggest winner with no less than five awards, including the honour of the ‘ Mr “I know the Casio Calculator Manual by Heart”’ award!
With messages of goodbye of good luck from the Heads of School, Form Tutors and teachers and even some speeches from the students, there was lots of laughing, singing and even a few tears. To quote Leighton, our Co-Head of Lower School, this has undeniably been ‘our best ever Year 11 yet.’
Each year 11 student was sent an E-Card for them all signed & featuring messages from the RIC staff.