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.

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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!

European Language Day

RIC celebrated The European Day of Languages where teachers and students cooperated to produce material that was later used to decorate the school, in the presentation for the assembly and cakes for the cake sale. 

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A Flutter in the RIC Garden

The RIC garden was a hive of activity on Wednesday this week when the RIC Community learning group made some tasty treats for the birds to enjoy. These are now hanging proudly on the many trees.

As part of the Community Learning, the Eco Warriors group research and planned how to make bird feeders with grapefruit, lard, seeds and string. Different birds are attracted to certain foods, often reflecting their special adaptations for natural food types. For example, sparrows, wood pigeon, collared dove like large grains; woodpeckers, tits, starling like fat balls and peanuts and robin, thrushes prefer mealworms and live foods. The students then attached the bird feeders around the garden.

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European Day of Languages 2019

The MFL Department will be celebrating The European Day of Languages with our Lower School students next week with a number of activities to promote world languages and cultures. As well as taking part in a variety of cross-curricular activities in lessons, students will be able to sample a range of international dishes for lunch. Mandarin and Italian language clubs will also be on offer to everybody during lunchtime.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

The great outdoors. A place that is not very likely to be a top choice for most teenagers early on a Sunday morning. However, after a little nap on the coach for some, the boarders & boarding team arrived at Kingswood Activity Centre, Ashford bright and early for a fun day of boarding activities.

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Kent Cloth Project

RIC’s very own Textile Design guru, Francesca Baur, has developed a series of seasonal wall hangings exploring the landscape of Kent for the Kent Cloth Project. As we become increasingly disconnected from the making process through the speed of modern textile production, this project advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles with a story that embraces local heritage and landscape. From employing traditional skills and growing the flax for linen, to making natural plant dyes.

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