The Cotswold Way

We arrived at Stanton Guildhouse quite late on Friday night and we used this as a chance to gaze at the stars while travelling by minibus. The accommodation was spacious with many bedrooms and bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, piano and also a big garden at the back of the house. It was located on the hill so we could clearly see the beautiful sunset on the Saturday evening.

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The Whole of the Moon

RIC Filmmakers, armed with film cameras and as part of their Community Learning session, today visited The Museum of the Moon at Rochester Cathedral.  

The students from Year 7, 8 and 9 have been asked by Rochester Cathedral to produce a short film documenting the exhibition and, in particular, capture visitor’s views on the stunning attraction.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. It measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Each centimetre represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Alongside the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The Museum of the Moon has been presented in a number of locations across the world including several UK Cathedrals and Museums. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The Exhibtion opens today (12thFebruary) and runs until the 4thMarch.

The next task for RIC Filmmakers is to enter the editing suite and piece together an exciting film for Rochester Cathedral to use in order to document their exhibition.

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 goes… HarryPottering!

On Sunday, January 19th a group of international students and Holly (EAL teacher) enjoyed a magical afternoon while visiting the Harry Potter Studios in London.

After arriving, the first thing they did was to take a picture under the massive white dragon in the foyer. Shopping was a must and even the shop made you feel like you were entering into a magical world as you were able to buy candy from Honeydukes, wands from Olivanders and anything you wanted from mugs to stationary to games to clothes from each of the four different houses. Among the group, they ended up having 3 Hufflepuffs, 3 Ravenclaws, and 1 Gryffindor, but no Slytherins! Some of the students bought Harry Potter robes with their names engraved on them and others bought baby Hedwigs and chocolate frogs.

While taking the tour, they were able to watch videos from the directors of the films who explained their journeys when making the blockbuster movies. They also saw the costumes the actors wore, the sets – Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, and Gringotts, and one of them even rode a broomstick! At the midway point, some of them also tried butterbeer before moving on to the second stage of the tour.  At the end of our tour, it was exciting to see the magical Hogwarts castle which is actually the real model they used in the films.

Expecto Patronum ! It was defintely an epic journey!

Tutor2u Economics Workshop

On Friday 6th December the A-Level economists, accompanied by their teachers Michael and Neal, attend this year’s Tutor2u Economics Workshop in London.  Students enjoyed an intensive day of economics study with over 200 other economists from around the country.  The students took part in games and simulations to help them with applying their economic knowledge in real world contexts.  Two key pieces of information I will take away from the day are that only 10% of the cars sold in the UK last month were electric powered, and 70% of the world’s supply of Jade comes from Myanmar!  As you can tell, it was a varied day.  Below are the students posing with their workshop packs at the end of the event.  We had a great time.

 

Live: Secret Diaries of a Jnr. Doctor

A group of yr 12 and 13 potential doctors took a trip to the Vaudeville Theatre, London, to see Adam Kay’s hilarious – and moving – one-man show ‘This is Going to Hurt – Live’. Based on the bestselling book of his diaries when working as a junior doctor there was much laughter as Kay recounted stories and sang songs about medical conditions as diverse as yellow fever and OCD and described in gory detail episodes from his years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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