“The theatre trips are brilliant – they do so many here. I’ve been to see productions including Vernon God Little, Educating Rita, War Horse and School of Rock. As I study drama it’s amazing to go to the theatre in London so regularly and analyse the performances afterwards in lessons.”
alyson, year 11 Student
When people look back on their school days it’s the trips out that are often remembered most vividly. At RIC Kent and London are used as exciting extra classrooms. RIC students enjoy an extensive programme of trips and visits, both those designed to enrich the curriculum and some just for fun!
Recent educational school trips include the Science Museum, the London Film Museum, Tate Modern, the Imperial War Museum a GCSE German trip to Cologne and two day GCSE History trips to the battlefields of both Ypres and the Somme.
The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair introduced students to the latest developments in science, opportunities in careers and the chance to take part in experiments for Brainiac Live! and sing in the intriguing musical-science number From Amoeba to Zebra!
Year 10 visited Westminster for a parliament tour and Churchill’s Cabinet War rooms under Whitehall. Music fans met up with RIC sixth formers in the evening for a performance of Puccini’s La Boheme at the back of an Islington pub! Other musically related excursions included an evening of electronica at The Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank hosted by Jarvis Cocker and to The British Music Experience at the 02.
The Art department run an interesting programme of visits to galleries and exhibitions that benefit students’ work. 2010-11 visits included The Design Museum, Zandra Rhodes’s Museum of Fashion and Textiles in Bermondsey, the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase at Cafe 1001, Brick Lane, the Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging in Notting Hill, the Powell Cotton Museum in Birchington and Billy Childish’s studio in Whitstable. Middle School students all escaped the classroom to attend Poetry Live and Science Live last year, enjoying the chance to see well known poets and scientists performing and lecturing. GCSE Spanish students relocated to the Ibernian environs of La Tasca in Bluewater to prepare for their oral exams.
West End shows visited have included Lord of the Rings, Wicked, War Horse, Edward Scissorhands, Billy Elliot and Oliver. This year 80 students and staff enjoyed The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at the O2 arena. Theatre trips recently were taken to Much Ado About Nothing with Catharine Tate and David Tennant, The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Olivier award winning Clybourne Park and Bloodbrothers. Student responses to these performances inform their own work in Drama, History and English.
Regular trips provide great memories of school and are extremely valuable, allowing staff and students to get to know each other outside of the classroom, which in turn supports the informal but respectful atmosphere in lessons. Parents and students keep upto date with our programme of trips and visits by following the RIC blog here.