School is for growing

Year 7 students have made posters for Anti-Bullying week 2021 in an effort to help youngsters faced with bullying. In France, Anti-Bullying day is on the 5th November so we looked at different posters and translated them before students went on to do their own. They had a vote and chose the best 5 ones, which are displayed in common areas.

The posters mean: “School is for growing, not suffering” and “Stop bullying” 

En el Campamento

Last week our year 8 students visited Cobham Hall school to watch a Spanish play with a group of students. It was a collaboration with the Language Faculty where the children enjoyed the play and some even participated. One of them even had a few lines to say; including the student’s shoe (as seen in the picture). Another also helped a little by holding a mirror for one of the characters to see “How cool he looked!” There was then a Q&A session at the end.

Get-Lene! Fitness

Carlene from Get-Lene Fitness Academy hosted a one hour bootcamp for some of our sixth-formers today. Filled with exercise circuits, from kettlebell training to boxing it certainly got them into that Friday feeling!

Lower School Taster

Yesterday at RIC, 30 year 5 and year 6 students came to visit us from local schools for our Summer Lower School Taster Day. They were divided into small ‘RIC size’ classes and their timetables included a diverse range of lessons including musical maths, history detectives, screen printing textiles, media studies and even psychology. One student commented “It’s great, we learned about the brain and how our brain can play tricks on us!”.

They ended the day in Underhill Hall where their parents joined them for a cream tea and an open rehearsal of the Little Shop of Horrors. This is our annual drama performance which was postponed in 2020. This will now take place in February 2022 at the Central Theatre in Chatham.

Partial Annular Eclipse

On Thursday the 10th of June the UK witnessed a Partial Annular Eclipse. This was the first partial eclipse visible in the UK since 2015. An Annular eclipse occurs when the moon is at apogee, meaning that it is at the greatest distance from Earth in its orbit, and when the moon’s tilted orbit lines up with the Sun. This apparent size difference causes the moon to appear slightly smaller than the Sun in the sky creating what is widely known as the ring of fire effect in which up to 90% of the Sun’s surface is covered. This was visible on Thursday in parts of Northern Canada, Greenland and Russia.

In Rochester at around 11:15 am we experienced a partial eclipse of the Sun with around 20-30% of the Sun’s surface covered at the maximum point. In the breaks in the cloud cover a small group of RIC staff and a few of students observed the eclipse using a pinhole projector positioned to project an image of the Sun on to the ground and were lucky to observe part of the eclipse from the roof of Underhill.

The next partial eclipse visible in the UK will be on October 25th 2022 at around 11am with 25% maximum coverage and for those of you wondering we won’t experience a total solar eclipse until 2090 (the last one being in 1999)!

Maths Challenge

The Intermediate maths challenge was held online on Tuesday 23rd February 2021. 15 students attended in total and 3 of them got a special award. This means that one of them was in the top 40%, and two others were in the top 20% of all participants in the UK.

The Junior maths challenge was held in RIC on Tuesday 27th April. 20 students attended in total and two of them got a special award. One of them in the top 40% and the other in the top 20% of all participants in the UK.

We wish them the best in their future endeavours.

Pursue Your Passion

Form 8b took part in a project called ‘Pursue Your Passion’ during some of their form time this year.   

‘Pursue Your Passion’ (PYP) is a way for students to focus on something they love, research it and create an end project such as a presentation. This can be written or documented in other ways (such as video or website) or a combination of ways.  It has the feel of a University-style assignment – a great way to up-skill their academic approach.

By focusing on one of their passions, students get to explore in depth, meaning that they will produce a good level of analysis and helping them think about how to present AND what they might be interested in studying further. It also gives them a chance to engage with a potential career path, opening up options for work experience with potential visits to businesses/charities etc as part of the project.  Naturally, with lockdown restrictions, students were not able to visit anywhere but some of  them did reach out to experts to help them with their research.  

Projects include:

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme provides a network of today’s most inspiring figures across business, arts, politics and more donating their time to help inspire students to fuel their ambition. We are passionate about providing a high quality and personal service, making it seamless for speakers, educators and organisations to get involved.

Speakers in our network range from CEOs of major companies to notable national journalists, arts people, scientists, leading entrepreneurs and academics. You can find out more about our 1,500+ speakers

They also do live broadcasts with opportunities for students to ask questions. Talks this week include Green Banking, a talk from a commercial illustrator, an interview with an actor, and a psychologist talking about studying the subject at university.

You Can find it here

RIC Photo of the Month: Feb

Our RIC Photo of the month was back for round two and in February we kept the choice of two themes, this time – ‘Family’ and ‘Texture’.

Well done to everyone who entered, all entries have been judged by our very own Michael Daks, under three categories – Lower School, Sixth Form and Staff it was a bit of fun for everyone, as well as a chance to get some fresh air at the same time – See the entries below.

You are all winners! Michael said “it was nice to see so much creativity during lockdown!”

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