Flax, Fibres & Plant Dyes: Kent Cloth

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! 

Read more about Kent Cloth here, and more Pictures here. 

 

Prestigious Film Award for Anna

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!

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!

The pumpkins were then used to decorate the Boarders Common room to make it more “halloweeny”.

On the 31st of October Boarding staff and students shared a good amount of laughs at the Halloween Night party. Following last year’s successful evening, this year’s boarders came really prepared for the outfit/dress up competition.  The Joker seemed to be the most popular choice, together with a Scooby Doo gang. It was extremely difficult to vote for someone in particular to win, but students’ enthusiastic applauses declared the scariest mask, the funniest outfit and of course the best costume of the night.

Students also had a go at apple bobbing, picking chocolates from a bowl of flour and tinned spaghetti and also making mummies out of toilet paper in pairs. Needless to say, all the mummies were beautifully wrapped!

It was very pleasing to see such a good number of students mixing together in this lively event. The pictures speak for themselves.

A Day Out In Margate

The year 11 Art and Photography students ventured out of the college and headed off to sunny (rainy) Margate. The sun was definitely not shining but we headed out with our jackets on and cameras at the ready, in search of lots of intersecting research and material for their personal projects.

Read More Here.

 

Jump into Sport

This term students in years 7-10 have been enjoying trampoline lessons at Jumpers Rebound Centre. Students have learnt how to perform a variety of skills including basic shapes, front and back landings and somersaults. There has been an incredible amount of effort shown by all, with vast improvements in technical ability and linking skills together to form a sequence. It has to be said that the highlight for most was being allowed to jump into the foam pit at the end of each lesson! 

Poetry Together

Poetry Together is a project by Gyles Brandreth and the College’s parent company, Dukes Education. The initiative brings groups of school children and groups of elderly people together to perform a poem they have learnt by heart.

On Wednesday 16 October, students in Years 7 and 8 went to Montgomery Court armed with afternoon tea goodies. They recited four poems, The Letter A, Daffodils, Not My Business and Freedom. The residents were given sheets of the poems and all joined in together with the students. Our students then served afternoon tea handing out sandwiches, scones and cakes, which they had made themselves, to very willing tasters who commented that we had some brilliant chefs in our school. There was plenty of time for chitter chatter; shared stories and favourite football teams. Our students helped the elderly residents set up and learn to use their Google Home device which they tested out by playing some Elvis Presley and Beatles songs and having a wonderful group sing-along. All in all a wonderful afternoon spent with our people in the community and an incredibly rewarding experience.

Beginning on National Poetry Day on 3 October, the inaugural Poetry Together initiative takes place over two weeks ending on 17th October, 2019.

For more information on the click here.

More Photos.

New Scientist Live

On Friday 11 October, students in Years 7-10 visited the New Scientist Live exhibition run at the ExCel Centre in London to look at the future of science and technology.

The exhibition had a variety of exhibits being run by various companies such as BAE and NGOs as well as a number of universities and charities. The students took part in a variety of activities such as looking at brain activity, coding movement for a moon rover as well as studying how drug trials are run.

The students had a great day and enjoyed all the different sessions being run as well as finding out about potential career and training opportunities for the future.

Green Fingers at Abbey Physic Community Garden

Years 7 and 8 visited Abbey Physic Community Garden and took part in workshops designed to promote health and well-being.

The garden, in Faversham, prides itself on being a peaceful refuge from a life outside which may be chaotic or troubled. The benefits that people gain include social connections, self-confidence, physical and emotional well-being.

Year 7 and 8 students took part in 3 workshops; planting seeds, fixing a clay oven and a mental well-being talk near the wonderfully named ‘Happy Cafe’

Our green-fingered students had a wonderful time and we look forward to more gardening adventures in Faverhsam next year!

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