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Sporting fixtures update! Cricket, Cycling and Rounders

posted 25 Jun 2017, 23:55 by Phil Broughton

We have been quite busy over the last few weeks with fixtures and competitions taking place. Below is a quick update on all that has been going on!

Cricket team
Richmond Schools Junior Cricket League

RPA beat Christs School by 3 runs - Tuesday 6 June

The weather was distinctly average but the cricket far from it. RPA batted first and despite a slow start, some flashy hitting from Max C, Oliver D and Ed S in the last four overs meant they set a competitive total of 62 from their 12 overs. Christs looked set to make the total comfortably as they only required seven runs off the final 14 balls but some outstanding bowling at the death from Ed S and Matthew T held them at bay. Man of the Match: Edward

RPA beat Twickenham Academy by 13 runs - Tuesday 13 June

The weather decided to play its part as RPA and Twickenham Academy served up an absolute run-fest in the sun at Bushy Park. RPA batted first and bludgeoned their way to 107 runs off 12 overs, aided by a depleted Twickenham Academy fielding unit. Iwan C, Matthew T and Max C all retiring after reaching 25 without giving up their wicket. Twickenham Academy started like an absolute train with their openers smashing 47 runs off the first four overs of their response - game on. A couple of quick wickets exposed the lack of depth in the Twickenham batting unit and despite Twickenham Academy scoring 15 off the last over, RPA held on for a tight win. Man of the Match: Max

Cricket squad: Iwan C (captain), Matthew T, Max C, Edward S, Kyle MJ, Harry S, Oliver D, Archie D, Juan B, Julian B, Nik K, Julian B.

The boys have one more league fixture against Turing House with qualification for the final nearly secured after two wins from two.

Richmond Grass Cycling Championships
Richmond Grass Track Cycling Championships

Wednesday 14 June

Waldegrave School was the venue for the highly competitive Richmond schools grass track cycling championships. After a fun-filled training session at RPA, three boys and three girls were selected to represent the school against four other Richmond schools. On a scorching hot day, fitness levels were tested as all the riders completed two 40 metre sprints and at least four laps of a challenging circuit winding across Waldegrave's playing field. The team performed superbly to finish third in the overall team event but the undoubted star of the show was Ella B who performed an overtaking manoeuvre Lewis Hamilton would have been proud of to claim gold in the individual Girls' event.

Squad: Ella B, Esme OBT, Gwen C, Ludwig N, Cameron B, Godfred Q.

Richmond Schools Junior and Senior Rounders League

The Year 7 and 8 team have embraced the rounders season with lots of enthusiasm around the sport. The students improved over the season with some brilliant fielding skills being developed - in one game we got all of the other team out before all their balls had been bowled. Unfortunately, their hitting skills let them down slightly leading to no games being won over the four matches. The girls worked really hard and I look forward to taking them to the tournament to show off their improved skills.

The senior team comprised of mainly Year 9s but their skill and teamwork led for some really great games. They won against Orleans School and Teddington School but unfortunately lost to Christ's School. The student have shown real maturity playing against older students and have developed their tactical play. I look forward to seeing them do well in the tournament next week.

Coming up soon...

Year 8 Boys Richmond Football Final v Christs (Date TBC)

Borough Sports: Wednesday 28th June

Sports Day: Friday 7th July (Provisional)

House Art competition impresses

posted 18 Jun 2017, 06:47 by Michele Colt   [ updated 18 Jun 2017, 06:48 ]

Congratulations to all of those students who entered the House Art competition. You can see more by clicking on the slide show. Where do the results leave the House Cup race on the 18 June? 

House Art competition presentation

RPA's Faraday Challenge team see off the opposition

posted 16 Jun 2017, 06:41 by Michele Colt   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 06:42 ]

Six teams from the local area arrived at Hertford Hall with no idea of what they'd be asked to do. This year's Faraday Challenge was revealed to centre around Ben Ainslie's sailing team. The teams of Year 8 students had two hours to invent two pieces of technology that would improve the performance of a sailboat or its sailors and build a working prototype using hardware and a programming language they have never seen before.

The competition was tough but the best team, Richmond Park Academy, won in the end. The winning design measured the amount of pressure being applied to the mast and alerted the boat's crew if the boom was about to hit them. The victorious RPA team will be attending a celebration event at the Savoy next month. This is a superb achievement for the RPA team. Well done to Grace A, Julian B, Kiarash K, Megan B, Hope O and Joseph D.

JustGiving for the RPA charity Africa trip

posted 13 Jun 2017, 03:41 by Michele Colt

Technology Teacher and Head of Year 10, Miss Hunter is organising a trip for 15 students to go to Africa and volunteer in a local school for a week. The trip will take place in February 2018. During this time students will teach, support and help improve the school environment. Each student needs to raise funds and they are all working very hard independently to do that. If you think you can help by donating to the project please go to the JustGiving page. Every little helps!

Behaviour policy - condensed version

posted 12 Jun 2017, 04:57 by Michele Colt

As part of the response to the Parent Planning event in March, we have produced a condensed version of our behaviour policy. You can view it, and the longer version on the Behaviour and Discipline page of the RPA website. 

Skilful mathematicians get it right

posted 27 May 2017, 08:22 by Michele Colt

Year 8 and Year 7 mathematicians delivered some hugely impressive results in the UK Mathematics Trust Challenge at the end of this term
The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Mr Chmielinski was delighted with the strength in depth across the school and the exceptional 3 Gold medals. Well done to our medallists!

 Year 8 - GOLD Year 8 - SILVER Year 8 - BRONZE Year 7 - SILVER Year 7 - BRONZE
 Megan B Grace A Safia C Omed A Thomas H
 Max C Julian B Joseph D Selina F Elizabeth P
 Matthew H Lily B  Yoana G Sean K Oliver Z
  Alexander B Poppy G David S 
  Iwan C Joshua G  
  Oliver D Taha M  
  Agnes E Bruno P-S                              
  Ariana M Sam R-N  
  Harshitha M   
  Eylul O   
  Akshay V   

Work Related activities at RPA

posted 26 May 2017, 09:06 by Michele Colt

As students progress through the school they have a whole range of interactions with our Work Related Learning Coordinator, Ms Pritchard. She helps to give students a perspective on the outside world and prepares them for the opportunities and challenges ahead. Here are a sample of activities from the last 2 terms:

MARCH - All Year 9 students had group careers interviews to help them with their options choices and to gain an understanding about careers and to discover where they can go to look for information about the careers they want.

MARCH - two trips to Kingston University encouraging students to consider university life - these trips were particularly aimed at taking students who may not have considered university as a first option.
APRIL - trip to Roehampton University to encourage students to use social media platforms as a force for good and create a platform which engages with and changes their community for the better. The day was delivered by the Transformation Trust and was excellent!

APRIL/MAY - 6th formers have been preparing for exams. We have had Ben Rowe from Kingston College in to talk to them about exam prep technique. The Year 13s have made their final decisions about university and confirmed their first choice university. We have also had Rebecca Robson from Roehampton University talking about applying for finance as well as preparing for every eventuality on results day. During May, Miss Pritchard has been meeting with all Year 12 students about their aspirations and planning for life after RPA.

APRIL - NCS The Challenge took over a Year 11 games lesson and handed out T-shirts to encourage Y11 students to consider taking part in the amazing NCS summer programme they have on this summer. A three-week programme which costs the government about £1500 but students only pay £50 (heavily subsidised by govt!)

MAY - Year 8 students have been looking at careers programme Launchpad where they can look at their careers and start planning early for their option choices in Year 9, and see what they need to take next year to get into the career they want.

MAY - Year 10 students are working hard to finalise their work experience placements, still a few left to go before their work experience week on 10th-14th July, but the majority have now found something. 

JUNE - Year 12 students will have a UCAS week helping them to start planning out their personal statements and register on UCAS (application portal for Higher Education applications) to get their university applications started.

JULY - Year 10 work experience week, followed by registering on UCAS Progress (an application portal for 16-19 courses), as well as looking at Kudos where they can look at their careers and start planning for their next steps beyond Year 11 and know what they need to apply for to get into the career they want.

AUGUST - 31st August Kingston College are holding an event connecting local employers who have job vacancies, with students who are seeking apprenticeships. Any Year 11 students who hope to gain an apprenticeship are encouraged to visit this event.

Hairspray! Booking now!

posted 23 May 2017, 02:30 by Michele Colt

This year's end of year production is Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical featuring toe-tapping tunes and a feel good storyline. Tickets are now available for 3 performances in July - Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7. All performances start at 7pm. Book your tickets now for this fantastic year-end finale!

Parent Planning - feeding back

posted 16 May 2017, 04:06 by Michele Colt   [ updated 16 May 2017, 04:12 ]

The inaugural Parent Planning event which took place at the end of March was very well attended, despite the Westminster Bridge attack, with close to 90 parents and over 20 members of staff attending. The evening began with a short presentation from
Mr Mundy-Castle who outlined how the views generated by the meeting would impact on the thinking of the senior leadership team as they reviewed plans for September 2017 and beyond. Then it was down to business as each group shared their opinion about a broad range of issues that impact on the effective running of the school.

Subjects covered:

 Behaviour Saturday school
 Communication School planners
 Enrichment School reports
 Parent Masterclasses Summer school
 Primary Transition Uniform

Feedback was collected on A0 sheets of paper and electronically with each table moderator recording comments on a laptop. All comments were automatically collated. The feedback was detailed. We have spent some time reviewing it and will continue to do so across the next term. You can review those suggestions that we have moved forward on our new, “You said, we did” page on the website. As we continually review all levels of our school we will update this page so please do review it on an ongoing basis.

The Parent Planning event was well received by parents and staff alike with Mr Mundy-Castle saying, “I was delighted with the attendance and positive views shared at our Parent Planning event. Where there are recurring themes we will review our current practice and incorporate the ideas into our strategy for the next academic year. Where there are actions that we can take more quickly we will continue to do so. This is definitely an initiative we will repeat next year”.

Those who wish to add comments or share views can do so by contacting

RPA carry all before them at the Count on Us Secondary Challenge!

posted 15 May 2017, 04:03 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy took part in The Count on Us Secondary Challenge,  a London-wide maths challenge for the Mayor’s Fund for London in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, on Friday 12 May and carried all before them. Not only did they win their heat against 5 other schools at Hammersmith Academy, they secured the best score out of 60 participating schools so far. They now move on to the semifinals in City Hall.

The Count on Us Secondary Challenge is an event for Year 8 and 9 pupils and features a combination of mental arithmetic and problem-solving tasks presenting a genuine challenge. Our successful team practised with maths teacher, Mr Chmielinski every Tuesday and Thursday for a month to reach this level. A delighted Mr Chmielinski said, “I am immensely proud of the 5 students that took part in this challenge. To get top marks out of 60 schools and reach the semi-finals of the competition is a fantastic achievement."

 Huge congratulations to Mr Chmielinski and the talented RPA team of Megan B, Grace A, Agnes E, Iwan C and Harshitha M. 

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