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.
Top 5 things to look out for in the garden this month
with Simon the gardener
- Berries, seed heads and skeletal trees – sculptural in their stark winter beauty.
- Huge ripe, yellow quince fruits hanging from leafless branches in Dickens garden with their fuzzy winter coats. Perfect for Christmas chutneys and cheeses
- Old fashioned medlars full of curious fruit in the Dickens seating area. Medlars have been cultivated since Roman times, and are unusual in that they ripen in winter.
- Our sparkly RIC Christmas tree all lit up and festive on Star Hill
- The building of the new ‘fox-proof’ chicken coop and chicken house next to the Maths Shed. Simon says: ‘We’re building a new, safe and fox-proof chicken coop for RIC with a 6ft wire fence around and net over the top. We will start with 4 very fluffy chickens perfect for students to cuddle. It is proved that cuddling chickens is calming and excellent for health and well-being. Hopefully they will lay eggs too – not so much in the winter but when the light gets better we could get 4 a day! Sally is going to look after them and especially make sure they go on holiday too when there is no-one at college.”
Say hello to RIC’s recycled Christmas tree of 2019! This tree is made out of A LOT of old plastic bottles, plastic bags, some sticks from the gardens, a stray hoola-hoop and some chicken wire… nothing says Christmas quite like it!
The final product exhibits the time and energy that went into creating this, so please be careful when walking past our new festive friend, and please no touching.
This week the students have been busy raising money for Children in Need. Earlier this week a group of students hosted a cake sale where they sold lots of delicious cakes and biscuits, to kick off their fundraising week.
On Wednesday afternoon year 7-10 set off on their sponsored walk; walking as far as they could in the two hours- successfully managing to get to Chatham Dockside and back to College just before the end of the day! Finally, to bring the week to an end, it was ‘Dress out of the Ordinary’ Friday; allowing anyone to wear whatever wacky clothes they desired!
Through all of the fun events we managed to raise £500.51 (we are still waiting for a couple of other donations to come in)- thank you to everyone who helped us raise this money!
Over the past year Francesca Baur (RIC’s amazing textiles teacher) has been working hard on an exciting project named Kent Cloth.
“Kent Cloth will take you on a journey exploring European Linen to discovering natural colour and fibres in Kent.”
The project brings together Francesca’s love of textiles and the Kentish landscape; through the creation of natural, local textiles that embraces local heritage and landscape. Francesca grew flax around different locations in Kent, including the public Visitor Centre garden at the gallery and the Pines Calyx. The flax yarn, spun from Kentish Flax is on show as part of the exhibition. Additionally, Francesca grew dye plants at the gallery and the Pines Calyx, all of which can be seen in the series of amazing textile works she created that explore the landscape of 4 different destinations in Kent. These are being showcased at Rochester Art Gallery until the 4th of January 2020, so make sure you visit!
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!