End of the Year Wishes

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.

Good Luck & Best of wishes from all of us at RIC!

Calling All Budding RIC Photographers

Are you a RIC student or staff member who has a passion for photography? Then you should enter our RIC Photo of the Month contest.

Each month there are two themes to work with and photos can be taken on any device available. Be experimental playing around with closeups, zoom, shadow, composition, colour etc.

The contest has three categories; Lower School, Sixth Form & Staff.

This Month’s Themes: 

  • MyHometown
  • In the Garden

How to enter:
Take your own photo relating to the theme & upload it to this Google Form link : https://forms.gle/xakS5wBwLFUaSvQ47

Deadline:
20th May, Midday (12pm) Winners announced via the school’s blogs after judging by Michael Daks.

Prizes!
Winning entries will be featured on our RIC Visual Arts Blog & student winners (one per category) will also receive an experimental photography book full of projects to inspire!

Check out our last month’s winners here

Have fun & Good Luck!

RIC Photo of the Month: April

While we have all been staying at home, to keep up the sense of RIC community we have curated a new photography contest to keep our RIC students’ creativity growing. This photography contest will run monthly with a theme based on relevant events of the time.

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Five Tips for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. With all of us working from home it can be more difficult to keep that work/home balance all in one place.

To help with this our very own Nadia is hosting two live mindfulness sessions per week for students which can be found & joined via this link. Nadia has also put together five mindfulness tips for you to try at home.

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The World of Smol

Yesterday we had a visit from Paula Quazi (Co-Founder of Smol) to give us a talk on her company & what it takes to be an entrepreneur in today’s business world.

The idea of a subscription-based laundry detergent was born, bringing consumers convenience, value and outstanding performance in one.By cutting out the middleman and delivering direct to consumers, smol helps save up to 50% on the normal brand price.

Paula Quazi

With 17 years of Marketing practice Paula started out as a marketing trainee working her way up in various companies within the produce market.

In the words of Paula Quazi – “Trust your instinct, work hard and never give up!”

Chinese New Year and Spring festival celebrations at RIC

Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world.

It’s the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people.

Therefore celebrating it here at RIC is also a must, to support the integration of our Chinese students in the college as well as an opportunity for everyone to learn about this fascinating culture.

Boarding houses and some classrooms and offices were decorated with Chinese red lanterns, door decorations, charms and posters of rat, 鼠 (shu in mandarin), as this year is the year of the rat.

Food in China is very important and is part of Chinese identity, tradition and culture. One dish in particular, the dumplings, is actually eaten every day during the celebrations of the New Year in China.

Some of our students challenged themselves in making jiaozi 餃子, which consist of a meat or vegetable filling wrapped into a rolled piece of dough, sealed by pressing the edges together. Needless to say, the results were amazingly tasty!

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PositivelyMAD

We had the pleasure of hosting Positively Mad at the college today who delivered three workshops for various year groups. They kicked off with an interactive and reflective personal development workshop focusing on up-skilling students for our Year 7s-9s. They then delivered an Exam Busters workshop for our year 11s to empower students with exam preparation tips, revision tools and stress management techniques. Finishing the day off with an immersive Super Speed Study Skills workshop for year 10 which inspired students to take control of their studying.

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