The highlight of my year so far has been the PGL camp. The teachers who came really wanted to give up their time for us and it gave me a chance to make lots of new friends.
jonathan, year 7, joined ric from wrotham road primary, gravesend
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. Lower School students enjoy an extensive programme of trips and visits, both those designed to enrich the curriculum and some just for fun! Each school year begins with a three day PGL adventure holiday designed to help students and staff all get to know each other. This year’s trip was to PGL Liddington in Wiltshire. The giant swing, trapeze and abseiling all seem to have made the biggest impressions!
Recent trips include the Science Museum, the London Film Museum, Tate Modern in London, the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Cologne to practice German, the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres and whole weeks outside of the classroom once each academic year for cross curricular visits under different themes.
‘Britain and the Sea Week’ included visits to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, the traditional boatyard in Faversham and a day crossing the channel to France. ‘India Week’ included visits to East India Company sites in London’s docklands, the Brighton Pavillion, the Gravesend Temple, a local Indian restaurant and a Bollywood dancing workshop. ‘Darwin and Evolution Week’ included Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum and Lyme Regis for Fossil hunting.
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!
Students in Years 7-9 have also been treated to architectural and Jack the Ripper tours of London, trips to local castles and cathedrals, and to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Following the success of last year’s Howlett’s zoo trip, this year students were taken to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, where they saw the world’s largest gorillarium and spied giraffes, zebras and even wildebeest roaming on the Kentish plains. Year 8 students were fortunate enough to attend a talk and planetarium show about the Rings of Saturn at Greenwich Observatory, where they also had the chance to observe the planet through the Queen’s personal telescope!
Recent West End theatre trips 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. Student’s 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.
“Working relationships are very good and teachers and students enjoy each other’s company.”