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Pre-season sports camps launched - book now

posted 14 Jun 2018, 05:02 by Michele Colt   [ updated 14 Jun 2018, 05:04 ]

In preparation for the upcoming seasons, Head of PE, Mr Clifford has announced an exciting new initiative -  Richmond Park Academy pre-season training camps. RPA has had a successful year winning a number of competitions and we want to continue to grow a tradition of sporting excellence. Pre-season will put our teams in a strong position heading into the new school year with the camps focusing on skill development, team strategy and players fitness levels. 

The camps are open to all players wishing to develop their performance. Students will be work with their respective age groups/ability levels throughout the week of the camp. 

Camp dates:

Football pre-season: Monday 13th- Friday 17th August, 9.45am-3pm.

Basketball pre-season: Monday 20th- Friday 24th August, 9.45am-3pm.

Girls specific sports camp: Tuesday 28th- Friday 31st August, 9.45am-3pm.


Payment for the camps can be made via Parent Pay. Please select the appropriate camp from the list. 

The Football and Basketball camps are priced at £50 for the week (Monday to Friday). The 4 day, girls only camp is £40.

Day price: £12 per day. 

For further information please find attached a camp flyer alongside a program for each camp. 

Pre season sports camps information

SHEENSTOCK - RPA announces new community festival

posted 6 Jun 2018, 06:31 by Michele Colt

The RPA summer BBQ on Friday 13 July has a festival feel this year with a host of exciting bands lined up to perform throughout the evening. Local bands Children of the Revolution featuring alumni Tom Adamson, reggae band Dubvocaliza, Hairy South and The Saps will be joined by Richmond Park talent, David B, Lakenya T-S, The SHERPAS, Leanne & Lucy and StaRPA Talent show winners, GGSS. Add in the BBQ, Bar and other activities and it becomes an event not to be missed. Sheenstock starts at 6 pm and is only £5 for adults and £2 for students under £18. That's the best value of the summer! Remember, this is a community event so friends, family and the local community are all welcome. You can book your tickets now at Search for RPA Sheenstock. 

You can download the poster here.

"OMIGOD, You guys!" Legally Blonde comes to RPA

posted 6 Jun 2018, 05:47 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy is proud to present four performances of Legally BlondeThe story follows the life of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree, and has had success, first as a book and then a high grossing film and finally a musical. The schedule of performances is below and with tickets at only £5 for adults and £2 for under 18s, it promises to be a great night out. Tickets can be booked via ParentPay now. All performances are in Hertford Hall. 

DayPerformance Time
Tuesday, July 35.30 pm
Tuesday, July 37.30 pm
Wednesday, July 47 pm
Friday, July 67 pm

Richmond Park students hunt for the Higgs boson at CERN

posted 22 May 2018, 06:22 by Michele Colt   [ updated 22 May 2018, 06:43 ]

Students from Richmond Park academy have been inspired by a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. 
During the visit on 3rd-5th May, the students discovered how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions; how did the Universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter? 

Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs boson require experimental machines on the large scale, and the students gained an appreciation of the technical and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face. Kaine said, ‘The visit was inspiring and has made me reinvigorated with Physics. I am now considering studying particle physics at university. 

Ms Swift said how much she enjoyed the visit to CERN “Having the opportunity to visit the ATLAS experiment and see the control room whilst the LHC was in operation was fascinating. However, the highlight was viewing the now retired, synchrocyclotron. Some of the most impressive interactives and displays I have ever seen. Even got to see Giuseppe and Maria Fidecaro. They have been working at CERN for 64 years and discovered that pions decay into an electron and a neutrino using the synchrocyclotron.“

The UK has been a member of CERN since the organisation was founded in 1954.  Membership allows British researchers to take a wide variety of roles that contribute to CERN’s on-going success; from recently qualified technicians and university undergraduates gaining their first taste of working in an international environment to PhD students analysing experimental data and experienced engineers and physicists leading projects or representing their experimental collaborations.  The Richmond Park students’ visit was led by a member of the CERN community who talked from personal experience about their contribution to CERN’s research programme.

STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Bowsher said “The scale of the science and technology at CERN is awe-inspiring.  There is no doubt that seeing it at first hand, and meeting the people who work on the experiments, can influence young people’s future education and career choices.”

Students also visited the United Nations in Geneva and learned about the history of the UN and the specific work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and
United Nations Human Rights Council. We also visited the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development chambers and learned about the World Health Organization.

Summer Transition School - Booking Now!

posted 22 May 2018, 02:15 by Michele Colt

The RPA Summer Transition school for our incoming Year 7s is now available to book. For more information about the transition school and to book your place, please go to the Transition School webpage.

Parent Planning Event 2018 - REGISTRATION OPEN

posted 29 Apr 2018, 10:35 by Michele Colt

The second RPA Parent Planning event will take place on Wednesday 9 May between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm and we would like to invite all RPA parents to attend. The event gives parents the opportunity to be involved in the planning for the upcoming year and will feature discussions on subjects as diverse as the school uniform and the structure of the school day. Please register to attend the Parent Planning evening by completing the registration form. Please note that the event is registration only.

Secondly, we would welcome any views you have before the event. While we may not be able to cover everything that is suggested, we will assess common themes and add them to the programme. Please add your suggestions to the Parent Planning questionnaire, We look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

Friendly Friendship Party at RPA!

posted 26 Apr 2018, 05:30 by Michele Colt

The Richmond Park Academy Friendship Party for our 2018/19 Year 7s and their parents took place yesterday. Our new cohort was enthusiastic and polite and did a fantastic job of working together in their groups to complete a quiz, take part in some outdoor games and dress a member of their team in an item of clothing - made entirely of newspaper! Quizmaster, Mr Trace kept them in order but was unable to resist throwing in a few jokes of his own, while Mr Costello encouraged their sporting competitive spirit outside. Parents enjoyed tours of the school and the opportunity to spend time with other parents who will be embarking on the RPA journey in September. This will be a full cohort of students with over 180 accepted offers so we are very excited at the prospect of seeing them in the new academic year. The Friendship Party is the first in our range of transition events for the new year; we look forward to seeing more of them in the coming months!

Marathon running for RPA - please support Alex!

posted 19 Apr 2018, 05:57 by Michele Colt   [ updated 19 Apr 2018, 08:29 ]

Year 7 parent, Alex Flack has earned herself a place in this weekend's London Marathon by running a good for age (GFA) time at the Manchester marathon. Luckily for us, she is going to run it for Richmond Park Academy PTA and help raise money for the outdoor Gym proposed for our field. Alex is a woman after our own heart. She supports inclusive sport and, as a person who didn’t enjoy sports at school, wants to encourage students to look again at the exercise options available. With that attitude in mind, she has now run
20+ Parkruns, 5 marathons, 13 half marathons, several 10ks and various other distances including a 37-mile Ultramarathon; all of that in 4 years! That is amazing and, we think, worth supporting! Please support Alex and RPA by going to her Virgin Money Giving page and making a donation - however small and don’t forget to gift aid it if you can! It will ensure that all of Alex's efforts are worthwhile.

A Scientific Scaffolder joins the team - Mona Adams interviews Mr Jegede

posted 19 Apr 2018, 05:45 by Michele Colt

At a time when a scarcity of science teachers is sweeping the nation, Richmond Park Academy's science department is now fully staffed, thanks to the arrival of science graduate and experienced teacher Stephen Jegede last year. He has joined a subject trained,
experienced scientific team who are, under the direction of science lead Emma Swift,  already in the process of reinvigorating student learning and capitalising on scientific ability.

Stephen was familiar with RPA science students before he joined the staff. He had been invited to work with them last summer to improve their GCSE prospects at the Principal's Saturday School where he recalls, he met students eager to work hard to raise their predicted grades. The students, he says, were innately capable so what he set about doing was to reinforce learning levels and plug knowledge gaps so that exam performance could better match ability.   Although he was impressed by the students and their determination to improve, he didn't immediately jump to join RPA when a vacancy occurred.  He was aware that, because of the scarcity of science teachers, he could afford to pick and choose.  But, following a discussion with Principal Paul Mundy-Castle about the academy's scientific vision, he knew that this was the school for him.   His application was successful and he joined us last May.

Because of his KS3 experience, he quickly spotted that he needed to strengthen student perseverance and resilience, those all-important ingredients necessary for success at all levels.  He introduced his students to a programme of self-awareness - 'Learned Helplessness' - enabling them to understand why it was so important to rid themselves of the perception of  'can't do', to embrace 'can try'  and then discover the pleasure of 'can do'.   'My students are very capable when given sufficient scaffolding', Stephen says.  'One of my prime tasks will be to re-write their minds to expect more of themselves, to raise personal expectation so that those who thought they were bad at science to discover that they are just weak in certain areas. By embracing positive mindsets, they will be able to focus on improving those weaknesses, which will enable them to become better scientists.   And, as teachers, we need to be more aspirational, in our target setting, moving away from just getting by. Exposing the hidden is a very exciting breakthrough experience for both teacher and student'.   

Stephen is particularly keen to make his students so familiar with past test papers that the prospect of being tested ceases to be that monster lurking in the corner. He is also set on perfecting the availability of lesson resources across the department to avoid precious teaching time being lost chasing or photocopying. 'As a department, we are working to put in place a half-year lesson schedule' he says, 'so that all resource support is immediately on tap, thus allowing us, as teachers,  to use our time to focus on individual student need. We must make sure that all, regardless of ability, are up to speed. Work is not play but it can be fun.   We will work together to make sure we unearth the fun in learning for all so that no one finds themselves standing still. Where's the fun in that?'   

GGSS win the inaugural StaRPA trophy!

posted 25 Mar 2018, 14:07 by Michele Colt   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 13:20 ]

After a stunning night featuring 15 fantastic performances MC'd by Mr King, it was year 9 band GGSS with their pop "mash-up" that walked away with the first StaRPA talent show trophy. The 4 girl band of Poppy G, Jaikalin B, Agnes E and Desola F showed fantastic skill with their seamless delivery of a "mash-up" featuring, "Money," "If I were a boy," "jar of hearts" and "Hey soul sister."

The standard across the evening was exceptional with the judges; Mr Walker, Mona Adams and Ash Alexander, all unanimous in their praise for the performances. Mona Adams said, "It is a privilege to be here but this is very difficult to judge!" There was real variety on show: dance and band performances, duos, individual vocals, both accompanied and a cappella, and violin and drum instrumental performances. The first round of voting was the responsibility of the judges, whose task was to find three final acts for the audience to judge. In the end, their scoring delivered four acts, resulting in dancers Noam S-B and Lilah J, vocalist Adelka D and GGSS progressing to the final vote. It was then down to the audience to cast their votes and decide on the 2018 winners. The final four acts had gone into the deciding round virtually equal on votes so the audience vote proved decisive leaving GGSS clear winners. They took home the StaRPA trophy and £75 in vouchers.

Finally, congratulations to all those who took part in StaRPA from logo designers and those who auditioned but didn't make it to the final this time, through to evening performers and finalists. Mr Mundy-Castle, when closing the event, summed up the evening when he said, "This evening has showcased the genuine talent that so many of our students display on a daily basis. We are very proud of them,"

Thank you to our fantastic fifteen: Helia A, Kayla R and Cristina L, Charlotte C, Noam S-B, David B, Elizabeth P, Zoe Y and Zara F, Louis B. The SheRPAs, (Lakenya T-S, Kamaria T-S, Xian S, Louis B, Josh B, Tiffany K) DJ H, Adelka D, Mabel P and Lucy K, GGSS, (Agnes E, Desola F, Poppy G and Jaikalin B) Lakenya T-S and Lilah J.


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