RICWW – What’s Been Going On?

Since lockdown, the way of schooling may have changed by entering the virtual world of RIC Without Walls, however our students’ efforts have definitely not. We asked our departments to feedback any new ways of learning, activities as well as any fun things that have been going on in their virtual classrooms.

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A Family of Blogs

RIC News is a part of our blog trio which also includes our Visual Arts Blog, as well as our Film & Media blog.

The RIC Visual Arts blog is full of exciting updates from our Creative Arts Department, like our portraits created by GCSE & A Level students as their first project. News about the ever changing art world & in-house creative contests like our RIC Photo of the month.

Our Film & Media blog follows the journeys of our students’ work as well as everything that is happening within the department and courses.

To follow us for regular updates about what’s fresh at RIC! Click the link on the homepage

Calling All Budding RIC Photographers

Are you a RIC student or staff member who has a passion for photography? Then you should enter our RIC Photo of the Month contest.

Each month there are two themes to work with and photos can be taken on any device available. Be experimental playing around with closeups, zoom, shadow, composition, colour etc.

The contest has three categories; Lower School, Sixth Form & Staff.

This Month’s Themes: 

  • MyHometown
  • In the Garden

How to enter:
Take your own photo relating to the theme & upload it to this Google Form link : https://forms.gle/xakS5wBwLFUaSvQ47

Deadline:
20th May, Midday (12pm) Winners announced via the school’s blogs after judging by Michael Daks.

Prizes!
Winning entries will be featured on our RIC Visual Arts Blog & student winners (one per category) will also receive an experimental photography book full of projects to inspire!

Check out our last month’s winners here

Have fun & Good Luck!

Year 7 Virtual Taster Morning

RIC is delighted to offer Year 5 and 6 students who are considering entry into Year 7 the opportunity to attend our Virtual Taster Morning on May 21st. Find out what makes Rochester Independent College’s Lower School different.

Join us for a variety of educational & fun online taster lessons with our virtual school ‘RIC Without Walls’. Meet the teachers and hear from our students about what it’s like to study at RIC. You will see for yourself how our small classes (maximum 12) help students settle quickly and excel both academically and creatively.

“The students are a strikingly nice bunch. It’s a place for individuals, and there’s a lovely air of tolerance and warmth.”

Good Schools Guide

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RIC Chickens’ Diary

During the lockdown our RIC chickens were temporarily re-homed with one of our students. We have since had an update of their time on the farm, including some photos of them enjoying their break away from the RIC garden.

RIC Photo of the Month: April

While we have all been staying at home, to keep up the sense of RIC community we have curated a new photography contest to keep our RIC students’ creativity growing. This photography contest will run monthly with a theme based on relevant events of the time.

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The Virtual World of RIC

Embracing the world of virtual schooling in conjunction with our RIC Without Walls online programme, our PE department have created RIC Fit, an online platform for fitness training at home.

Our Community Learning group have also curated, RIC Random Acts of Kindness. A platform of activities for families & communities as well as stories on what our staff & students are giving back.

Launching today is our RIC Virtual Common Room for our boarding students. An online space to connect, communicate, create, share and simply catch up!

Five Tips for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. With all of us working from home it can be more difficult to keep that work/home balance all in one place.

To help with this our very own Nadia is hosting two live mindfulness sessions per week for students which can be found & joined via this link. Nadia has also put together five mindfulness tips for you to try at home.

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Stitching Together

Over the Easter holidays one of our brilliantly creative students, Ellis, has been volunteering alongside her Grandad to make scrubs for the NHS Nurses & Doctors. A big well done and THANK YOU from everyone at RIC!

Home Movies

We all need movie recommendations during The Great Lockdown. Where better place to get them that from our Film & Media teachers?

So far we have recommendations from Jenny, David and Mark. Which films do you like? Which of these will you check out?

Jenny’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/03/our-favourite-films-part-1/

David’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/08/our-favourite-films-part-2/

Mark’s list: http://ricfilmandmedia.co.uk/2020/04/20/our-favourite-films-part-3/

Visit www.ricfilmandmedia.co.uk for further recommendations from the film team!

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