Home from Home: the fun and games keeping students and staff connected this term

Home from Home: the fun and games keeping students and staff connected this term

Published: 05/02/2021

An exclusive performance premiere, a Queen’s Gambit inspired chess event and a Game Night hosted by the Directors of the School of Music and the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film… these are just some of the events taking place this month as RCS continues its Home from Home programme.

Designed and delivered in partnership with the RCS Students’ Union, the Home from Home initiative recognises the importance of the health and wellbeing of students and staff as national restrictions continue during the pandemic. The programme offers opportunities for the RCS community to come together, connect, learn new skills and have fun, virtually.

Similar Home from Home events were offered over the winter break and proved popular with the student community, with online cook-a-longs, a lego session, quizzes, yoga and even a DJ set taking place digitally throughout December.

This month’s programme of free Home from Home events will begin with the premiere of a creative showcase curated and performed by residents of BASE student accommodation. A project initiated by first year Production student Lauren Murison and first year Contemporary Performance Practice student Dale Thrupp, the event sees artists currently living in BASE and studying at RCS, perform in this unique celebration of student creativity. The BASE Showcase takes place from 6.30pm on Friday 5 February, followed by an online conversation with the artists, hosted by lecturer Josh Armstrong.

Other Home from Home events taking place this month include:

  • Game Night, hosted by Dr Gordon Munro and Helen McVey. Expect lots of fun and games – with prizes! (10 Feb)
  • Open Mic Night, hosted by Artistic Planning. An opportunity for staff and students to perform, watch and support each other. (17 Feb)
  • The Queen’s Gambit Chess Tournament, hosted by John Craig, SU President. Whether you’re a novice or a master, join in the fun. (24 Feb)

A series of Instagram events and competitions will also take place during February including an Instagram Live Q and A with RCS counsellors Jane Balmforth and Manisha Gosar, where they share tips on looking after your mental health and take your questions. Follow RCS on Instagram to join in.

There is also a range of SU activities on offer ever week, including yoga, Pilates and meditation, as well as a new conversation club and a series of events supported by the Equality and Diversity Fund. More details will be available on the SU Facebook page.

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