The Cotswold Way

We arrived at Stanton Guildhouse quite late on Friday night and we used this as a chance to gaze at the stars while travelling by minibus. The accommodation was spacious with many bedrooms and bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, piano and also a big garden at the back of the house. It was located on the hill so we could clearly see the beautiful sunset on the Saturday evening.

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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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RIC goes… HarryPottering!

On Sunday, January 19th a group of international students and Holly (EAL teacher) enjoyed a magical afternoon while visiting the Harry Potter Studios in London.

After arriving, the first thing they did was to take a picture under the massive white dragon in the foyer. Shopping was a must and even the shop made you feel like you were entering into a magical world as you were able to buy candy from Honeydukes, wands from Olivanders and anything you wanted from mugs to stationary to games to clothes from each of the four different houses. Among the group, they ended up having 3 Hufflepuffs, 3 Ravenclaws, and 1 Gryffindor, but no Slytherins! Some of the students bought Harry Potter robes with their names engraved on them and others bought baby Hedwigs and chocolate frogs.

While taking the tour, they were able to watch videos from the directors of the films who explained their journeys when making the blockbuster movies. They also saw the costumes the actors wore, the sets – Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, and Gringotts, and one of them even rode a broomstick! At the midway point, some of them also tried butterbeer before moving on to the second stage of the tour.  At the end of our tour, it was exciting to see the magical Hogwarts castle which is actually the real model they used in the films.

Expecto Patronum ! It was defintely an epic journey!

Going for Gold

A well deserved shoutout to our very talented Yr13 student who is having a good week! A perfect 60/60 in @UKMathsTrust British Maths Olympiad, putting him as one of the top mathematicians of his age in the UK and a conditional Cambridge offer from @TrinCollCam.

A tavola!

Before breaking up for the holidays, our Italian students with the help of Antonella and the kitchen staff, brought a taste of Italian style Christmas for the boarders’ dinner.

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Tricks at RIC

On Tuesday 29th October, 6 boarders had a go at pumpkin carving for the  upcoming Halloween Party. Despite most of them being “first timers”, they did a great job and carved 5 smiley and spooky pumpkins. One of them has a shape of a Monsters Inc character! Simply amazing!

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Let’s Glow Party

The Boarders’ Glow Party last Friday went down a storm. Students posed, strutted and danced, issuing their song requests from our very own in-house DJs Lazar and Ben. It was a great night and even the shiest and quietest of our boarders could not resist showing off their finest dance moves! Some of the girls performed some very cool routines which a prompted a call for the return of Rochester’s Got Talent – so watch this space! .

Hands, feet and bodies glowed in the dark making shapes to the sounds of the most popular American, British and international songs. A lot of fun was had by all and Simona did a particularly good job dragging the more reluctant students to the dance floor! A hugely successful night which will definitely be back on the Boarders’ programme in the future.

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