Our RIC Photo of the month is back and for January we kept the choice of two themes, this time – ‘Winter’ and ‘Colour’.
Well done to everyone who entered, all entries have been judged by our very own Michael Daks, under three categories – Lower School, Sixth Form and Staff it was a bit of fun for everyone, as well as a chance to get some fresh air at the same time – See the entries below.
You are all winners! Amazing to see the continuation of creativity within our RIC community.
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.
Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day. Here is a short video you might want to watch – Our LS form groups will also be watching this within form time and completing activities adapted for discussion points around the topic.
Our Monday Motivation this week is RIC Around the world. Here at Rochester Independent College we are fundraising for Young Minds. We are challenging ourselves to travel the circumference of the Earth which is a whopping 24,901 miles!
All students and Staff will be partaking by running, jogging, walking, cycling and even skateboarding as far as they can to help us travel around the world! This includes our boarding students who are based in many countries around the world from Latvia to Japan.
We chose Young Minds as we are focusing a lot on Mental Health and Well-being during the very difficult times we find ourselves in. Taking care of your Mental Health is very important and the resources available through Young Minds for young people and their families are so valuable. Please help us in supporting this organisation so close to our students hearts.
Top Tips to help you parent during a pandemicFear usually drives us to take urgent action, however, children can be really traumatised by fear so it is our job as adults to understand how to model overcoming fear, and how to help our children overcome their fear.
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. You can find it here.
The Science Museum is running a FREE online course on “Creating Engaging Learning Experiences” aimed for primary and secondary. There is also a FREE make and create Bubble Geometry course for Primary school level for those with bored kids at home or maybe could be something fun to work into Lower School.
DATES: 28 January – 16:00-17:00 25 February – 13:30-14:30 25 March – 16:00-17:00
GCSE and A level students in Art & Design and Film & Media stormed this year’s Independent Schools Association Arts Competitions scooping five individual wins, three second places and three high commendations. Well done everybody, what a fantastic achievement – we are so proud of you.
The winners now go forward into the National competition later this academic yer.
You know how people are always saying “I’m going to write a book” or indeed “I’m writing a book”, but then it never gets finished or you realise it’s rubbish or you realise you’ve got literally no good ideas?
Well, one of our Year 11s has done it and it’s on Amazon! … Let’s all support him by buying a copy, an ideal stocking filler for Christmas.
The ISA Film & Digital Art Competition is held annually and is a fantastic opportunity to showcase both creative and technical skills to produce art works in the digital genre by students in independent schools in the UK. There are three categories: Computer Animation, Short Film and Digital Art. Two of our Film and Digital Media and Design students were recognised, one as the overall winner in the Key Stage 5 Animation Category and one in third place for the Short Film Category in Key Stage 5.
The ISA praised. the animation, ‘Disconnected’, stating ‘This raw, disturbing animation about the mental health challenges of lockdown contained powerful imagery, twinned with an all-too-relatable cautionary tale about mobile phone obsession. It generated real empathy for the tortured main character, the soundtrack was brutally effective, and it packed a real punch overall. Very impressive work.’
And the praise for the short, ‘Like it is,’ discusses ‘A powerhouse performance, great editing, good use of a single location and props made this a pleasure to watch. I loved the soundtrack and use of animated titles. Full of charm and truly heartfelt.’