At my old school we just did 3 or 4 sports but here we’ve already done skiing, archery, trampolining and bowling this term. I also do lots of sport outside school – rugby, swimming and I play hockey for Kent.
At Rochester Independent College we take our Sport provision very seriously and aim to provide our students with an enriching experience developing sporting skills and promoting fitness for all.
We offer an adaptable curriculum which focuses on innovation and inclusion for all wiith new sports added regularly to cater for our diverse student body. This includes the introduction of korfball and quidditch.
In the Lower School we aspire to champion sporting activities which are not confined by out-dated school traditions. As well as football, rugby, basketball and netball we also think outside the box; activities such as climbing, shooting, horse-riding, dodgeball and martial arts all ensure that our students experience activities which they may not have previously considered. We have close ties and connections with local teams and clubs, meaning that we are able to enjoy top of the range facilities. Onsite, our fully equipped gym and sports court enable our students to stretch their legs and keep fit at lunch times and break times; these facilities are also available after school should students wish to exercise before going home to get on with their homework. We currently have a number of talented sports people at the College including national swimmers, Fencers, BMXers and some international Go Karting competitors. We are very happy to support these students and to celebrate and promote their successes.
RIC has always attracted students who juggle busy high achieving academic and sporting lives. Noah Jennings who joined us in Year 7 (2021) - has recently won the Swale Combined Athletic Club's Under 13's award. Siblings Elsa and Zach Rendall-Todd (Year 8 and 12) are keen BMXer's and regularly place in competitions. Former pupil Genevieve Hunter has gone on to study in the US with swimming scholarship, with hopes of being selected for the Paralympics. Other former pupils with sporting prowess include: James Flury who joined RIC’s sixth form after GCSEs at Gravesend Grammar who was ranked 42nd nationally for mountain biking, and Ollie Mangion, who completed his A levels at RIC who was selected for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.
This year Sport is thriving at RIC. We were shortlisted for the secondary school dodgeball competition. Since October 2022, 57% (43/75) of students in years 7-9 have been involved in a sports activity representing RIC.
We are entering the Medway Secondary School Games to encourage development of core PE values: honesty, teamwork, respect, self-belief, passion, determination. Ensuring that a variety of students are considered for team selections in these competitions, developing social, emotional, physical and competitive skills.
We have links with local sports club, allowing us to offer coaching opportunities to students during sport lessons/extra-curricular clubs: Kent Crusaders Basketball, Canterbury Crocodiles Dodgeball, Olympia Boxing, Tornandoes Korfball. There are extensive extra-curricular offer for students, covering a wide range of sports: korfball, football, basketball, dodgeball, gym and boxing.
There is an increased awareness and engagement of sport at RIC - more students expressing interest to join school teams and increased social media presence of activities occurring during and out of school. Our L2 Sports Leaders (assisted by our L1 sports leaders) planned a Sports Festival for our students in years 7 and 8 at Medway Valley Park.
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GCSE PE students take part in the Inside Sports Science Research project in conjunction with Kent University to investigate fatiguing effects of exercise on counter movement jumps, researching, analysing and producing their findings in a university style research poster which they presented to university lecturers, teachers, parents and peers.
We are encouraging girls into sport by attending the Girls on Track event which focussed on promoting motor sport to our year 7 girls. A fun filled day of exploring and experiencing different jobs within the motor sport industry for women.