From Farm to Fashion

RIC without walls, Textile students are currently working on the annual WoolMark company, ‘Wool4Schools’ competition, open to young designers in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy and Australia. 

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world and this competition challenges the students to design an outfit that is made from the eco fibre, wool, for an end user that will be traveling using an eco friendly method of transport.

  

This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about this hero fibre whilst allowing the next generation of designers to find solutions to environmental issues.

As Kent is home to the Romney sheep we invited Rosie Green, designer in Residence from Romeny Tweed, to deliver a live webinar to our students. The students were taken on a journey discovering how the fleece from sheep reared here in Rochester, is then spun and woven into fabric. As well as the students learning the creative process from an industry specialist, the talk also raised awareness of local production and a circular economy.

They now have 2 weeks to come up with their designs before meeting Feng Chen Wang, a London-based designer at the forefront of a new generation of fashion talent to get some last tips before submitting their entries on 28th February.

Computer Science at work

On Wednesday 5th February sixth form Computer Science students were given the opportunity to visit Sota – the College’s new IT Services provider, based in the Kent Science Park. Along with a very informative talk on various aspects of networking, hardware and server architecture they also got to visit one of the company’s two data centres and the workplace recovery facility. The data centre provides a range of cloud computing services including virtual servers and compute power with multiple cores, gigabytes of memory and petabytes of storage. The workplace recovery facility provides space for up to 100 customer employees to come and continue working in the event of a disaster on their site, such as a catastrophic power failure or loss of Internet access. Although the College’s facilities are on a much smaller scale, students were able to draw significant parallels in the overall design, structure and features of our network with that of Sota’s and their more than 300 other customers. Overall, it was a great introduction to the real world of IT services that allow so many companies to function in our 24/7 digital world!

RIC does Bugsy Malone

The Drama Department will be presenting the College’s first ever Musical Theatre Production, Bugsy Malone at the Brook Theatre, Chatham on Tuesday 26 March and Thursday 28 March 2019. Tickets will be free of charge and available to book via Eventbrite – just click on your chosen date. We hope that as many of our students, staff and parents will be able to attend – with a fabulously talented student led cast as well as a full accompanying band this promises to be a truly fabulous, splurge-tastic event!

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