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On Tuesday 5 December, Spanish A-Level students went on a trip to see Federico García Lorca’s play at the Cervantes Institute theatre in London. La Casa de Bernarda Alba is an interesting play which the students are currently studying as part of their A Level Spanish course. The theatre trip helped not only with the visualisation of characters but also with understanding the intensity of the play. The raw emotions conveyed by the actors and their roles allowed students to see things they would not necessarily grasp by simply reading the play from a book.

A memorable moment for the delighted students was when Maria Josefa appeared for the first time. It is a shocking yet funny moment in the play because the character was used as a comic relief within the serious context of the play.

This class trip allowed our students to enhance their knowledge of the play and will benefit them for their essays and their exam. Hopefully this will help them achieve the best they can.

Written by students Samir Parada & Zoe Rubio.


During the Autumn term Supported Learning students on the Lifeskills course have been working together to create a garden trellis, which is temporarily being used as an abstract Christmas tree until it is ready to move to the garden in the Spring term.

christmas supported learning trellis tree

The students created this as part of their course where they learn skills for everyday life. They spend one hour a week in Carpentry, which is where they created the trellis for the Supported Learning garden. They used recycled timber that was donated to the department by a local film set organisation. During the Spring term they will erect the trellis in the gardens where they currently grow flowers, plants and vegetables and use this to grow climbing plants.

Each student scribed their name onto the trellis as well as the names of their teachers. They then created a star for the top of the trellis and added lights, turning it into the perfect seasonal addition to the college entrance.

Read now: RuTC's November 2017 Ofsted report says the college is GOOD in all areas including excellent support for all students. 

Annual Winter Gig Went Down a Storm

Wednesday 13 December 2017


On Wednesday 29 November (2017), year one and year two music students blew away the audience at the annual RuTC Winter Concert or ‘the Winter Gig’.

Extended diploma students organised the event from scratch as part of two units on event management. They discussed various charities and chose Music in Hospitals and & Care (MIHC), keeping in frequent contact with them. Students liaised with technicians, ran rehearsals with first year performers, delegated technical jobs across both years and programmed the whole event.

MIHC pays for musicians to go into hospitals, care homes and similar venues to bring live music to patients and residents. The charity works with university researchers whose focus is the measurable medical and psychological benefits for patients and residents. Students raised a fantastic £240 for the charity on the night.

Watch the video below to see highlights of the Winter Gig!

Find opportunities to study Music at Richmond upon Thames College.


Throughout the academic year 2017-18, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is working with Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students (NUS) offering students the opportunity to study a Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning as an additional qualification. The six students from RuTC who were selected for this course will gain eight additional UCAS points, which will benefit their personal statements for university and provide additional hands-on experience for future careers.

Daniel Sudworth who is studying the Community Campaigning programme alongside his A Levels in Psychology, Government and Politics and History, says; “I joined this group for two reasons; firstly because I think the environment is an important issue and something needs to be done, and it may as well start at a local level. Secondly, it seemed like a fun and different experience.”

During the Autumn term, RuTC students voted on the environmental issue that means the most to them and the Community Campaigning students have taken the winning vote of ‘waste’ as the issue to focus on. Their aim over the coming year will be to try creating a community campaign to reduce waste at RuTC. Inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet 2 and Sky’s Ocean Rescue, the team will put their focus on plastic. They have met with the college’s Catering and Estates departments and aim to take their campaign to the Principal to action their plan across the college.

RuTC is one of four London colleges taking part in the community campaigning project, called ‘My World, My Home’. Students have attended a training session held by Friends of the Earth at the Woodberry Wetlands Centre in Hackney, North London, with 25 other students from the other London colleges.

The training provided the students with the knowledge and skills to plan and implement their own campaign. The session involved role-playing to sharpen negotiating skills and storytelling to help them work towards the Award. Isaac Skrzypczyk who is studying A Levels in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology says; “We are hoping to highlight the importance of recycling and to reduce the use of single plastic at RuTC.”

If you would like more information about this or to get involved, please contact Laura McFarlane-Shopes, Community Activism Coordinator at Friends of the Earth: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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