“Boarders are given ample opportunities to contribute to the operation of the boarding provision. Student council meetings are held on a weekly basis and boarders give numerous examples of their ideas being actively implemented.” ofsted boarding inspection
The College is a busy and lively community and there is always lots going on outside of lesson times. Residential students enjoy a range of weekend and evening activities.
There are College chess, debating, astronomy and film clubs. The Art Department offers a Photography club and life drawing.
Students contribute their own ideas about where they would like to visit through the weekly student council meetings. The onsite all weather sports pitch is also available to use and there are a range of sporting activities on offer including swimming, football, climbing, golf, salsa, zumba, ice-skating and basketball.
The College gym is equipped with cardio vascular equipment and free weights and available for boarders to use in the evenings.
Students and parents can keep up to date with College trips and activities by reading our college e-newsletter ‘The Flying Pig’.
Trips and activities enjoyed by the boarding community include ‘Go Ape’ at Leeds Castle for a day of team building adventure in a lush, green forest, a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blended with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and wind-in-your-face zip wires!
Paintballing is another popular activity with our residential students.
“The provision for helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do is outstanding. Boarders benefit from being provided with a good range of activities, both on site and through accessing external provision. Common rooms provide a range of activities and are well equipped with televisions, games consuls and stereo systems.”
ofsted boarding inspection
London is very close to Rochester and students are taken on orientation tours in the first few weeks of term.
Popular London activities with residential students include theatre trips, visits to galleries and museums, shopping everywhere from Spitalfields and Camden Market to Oxford Street and Chinatown for regular meals.
RIC students are also taken further afield to visit cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury and Brighton as well as to local seaside resorts.
Nontawit Cheewaruangroj reports on the boarding trip to Brecon in Wales:
“It was the first time that I went to Wales. Although I had heard from my friends that Wales is very beautiful, I was impressed by the beauty of its nature at first sight. We climbed up to the top of the mountain. I was very tired. But when I was at the top my fatigue was gone because when I looked down I could see a beautiful landscape, beautiful lakes and forests. We had lunch there. Although lunch was only but a few sandwiches it was a very good meal. While we were going down we could see sheep and horses. They would have been very cute if they had not left a lot of poo on the path! It was a great trip. I must say thank you to Pauline, Maeva, Carole and Gary for taking care of us there.”