Special Days

Healthy Lifestyle Day

2018-10-16T09:33:58+01:00October 1st, 2013|

On 1st October we held a Healthy Lifestyle Day at the College. The goal of the day was to provide students with training, ideas, discussions, and options so they can be the best students they can be while at RCN. Another aim was to provide different tools that can help to have, and maintain, a healthy lifestyle.

During the day we had workshops about relaxation and mindfulness; sleep deprivation; anxiety prevention; healthy eating; active listening; yoga and fitness. The were opportunities for dance, tai chi, trust games and friendly football (the new ballrink is getting a lot of use!) and music making – and much more.

Dr. Eirik Fismen, the director of the Haugland Rehabilitation Centre gave a well-received talk to the students and we were fortunate to have alumnus Grzegorz Więcław (RCN 2004-06) visit the College to deliver a talk to the students. It is wonderful when graduates return to the College to share their experience and expertise. Grzegorz completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia (Canada) and holds a European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Jyväskylä in Jyväskylä, Finland. He is now based in Gliwice, Poland with his own consulting firm.

His talk was titled “We Are Made To Move” and addressed the idea that exercise and physical activity is not just a possibility for everyone but is an essential part of our nature and we ignore it at our peril. Having been a student here he understands the demands of the UWC program and was able to give concrete advice on how to see the campus as a place full of opportunity for physical activity.

We also had workshops for the staff, and a presentation to the students, from Dick Moore and Jessica McKoen. Dick, formerly an English teacher, a House Mentor and latterly a principal of a co-educational day and residential school for almost 23 years is an Associate Trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (a trust established in the UK to equip young people to look after their mental well-being) and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Jessica, formerly a mental health practitioner and social worker, has run her own training company for the last thirteen years. She has been a senior lecturer at Middlesex University, London, and teaches Community Mental Health Care. She was one of the first instructors for Youth Mental Health First Aid.

We were very grateful to all who organized the day – with its speakers and workshops, and to Dr. Fismen, Grzegorz, Dick and Jessica for coming to spend some days with us.

UWC Day / Peace One Day

2018-10-16T09:33:59+01:00September 19th, 2013|

UWC logoPeace One Day bannerSeptember 21st is going to be the first UWC Day. Events and initiatives are being held around the world by UWC students, alumni, volunteers and staff, to raise awareness of UWC and our mission to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. On this day, at the different Colleges, there will be a wide variety of events – anything from an alumni reunion, a community outreach project, a panel discussion or even a publicity stunt.

At RCN we see it as a fortunate coincidence that, as well as being UWC Day, the 21st September is also the date picked by ‘Peace One Day’ as a focus for a global initiative to institutionalize September 21st of every year as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

Through detailed analysis conducted with the support of McKinsey & Company, the ‘Peace One Day 2012’ report found that, across the world, approximately 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 2012 – 4% of the world’s population. The report further estimates that approximately 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. Peace One Day expects to double those figures for 2013, creating a solid foundation for informing 3 billion people about Peace Day by 2016. In 2013, through our own initiatives and collaborations with various parties, Peace One Day will set out to encourage organisations and individuals take specific actions to reduce violence around the theme: Who Will You Make Peace With?

From Friday evening, and through the weekend, students and staff will be involved in a programme of activities which will include a Midnight Assembly, a procession to the Silent House, a letter-writing campaign, a special vegan brunch to be called, ‘Food without Agression’, a Peace Fair, games, meditation and what we are calling the ‘Artivist Project’. The idea of this part of the day is that every student and staff member, from all the UWC Colleges, will fill in a card with a message calling for ‘Peace One Day’. The other side of the card will be decorated with his/her artwork. We are requesting that cards from other the Colleges, and from friends and supporters who are willing to participate, will be sent here to RCN, where they will be collected and then relayed to Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

If you would like to participate, please send your cards to:

Marcin Jerzewski, UWC Red Cross Nordic, Flekke 6968, Norway.

Update on September 22nd: take a look at images from the day