One of the most exciting contributions to our co-curriculum provision comes from the Duke of Edinburgh award, which is run by Head of Geography Richard Blood and involves students from Year 9 upwards through the Lower and Middle Schools through to the Sixth Form.
The D of E award is a long term commitment for our students; they dedicate a lot of their own time to complete their various tasks and projects, and this dedication is matched by many members of RIC staff who give their time and expertise.
This year as well as expedition trips locally and to Wales and Scotland they have been involved in volunteering and conservation projects, participated in sports and music, and, most excitingly, are currently creating an outdoor education space to provide a wonderful legacy for future generations of students at the college.
Over the last couple of years we have seen the numbers of students participating in the scheme flourish with students completing the Bronze award and continuing on to the Silver. Students attend the annual awards ceremony at Rochester Cathedral to collect their certificates along with hundreds of other students from Medway schools and local dignitaries.
Students use much of the College’s co-curricular existing provision to fulfil their award requirements, and many members of staff have given extra time and support to supervise and sign off activities.
Jack Fryer has bass guitar lessons, organised by College through Kent Music School.
Cecelia Johnson attended art club and produced a project supervised by Robin Macintosh. Co Principal Pauline Bailey is delivering the Skills for Employment course which promotes careers awareness, work based learning and interview practice.
Rad Topalovic and Laura White supervised the astronomy club (and students achieved extra GCSE qualifications too).
Tony Smith supervised language clubs.
Todd Dedman and Lisa Herron have all supported students with skills of desktop publishing and film-making
Richard Taylor supervises gym clubs and sporting activities on site.
The D of E award also supports students in their achievements and activities outside of College, recognising their motivation and success in non-academic areas.
Tom Golby trained and competed in Fencing
Theo Halpern and Harry Taylor attended skateboarding sessions with a local youth club
Monica O’Leary had ballet and piano lessons
Alex Halpern completed his first novel- House of Wolves
Laurence Routledge pursued an archaeology course
the wildlife garden
The Service section of the award encourages students to make a contribution to the wider environment and community, and over the past few years students have completed many environmental projects in the college gardens, which are recognised as a site of excellence by the Kent Wildlife Trust. They have made bat and bird boxes to encourage biodiversity; completed research projects and delivered presentations to raise awareness of environmental issues among their peers; and have been involved in national projects such as the Opal Air Survey, which they have completed during half terms and on expeditions. A large-scale ‘outdoor classroom’ project has involved investment and partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, and given students the opportunity to work with adults from external agencies and establish a project that will encourage wildlife, have long-term conservation value, and benefit current and future students at the College.