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Life in a Day at RPA

posted 30 Jun 2014, 07:34 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 30 Jun 2014, 07:50 ]

Richmond Borough Year 4 pupils get a secondary school taster

On Friday 27 June, we invited all the Year 4 pupils from East Sheen, Kew Riverside, Barnes, Holy Trinity and Sheen Mount Primary Schools to experience Life in a Day at Richmond Park Academy. And what a fun packed day it was!

Met by our staff and fantastic student ambassadors, the day began with a welcome assembly. The Year 4s were then divided into groups, where each group was a mix of the different primary schools, giving the pupils opportunity to meet those from other schools.

Throughout the day we hosted an array of different activities that included:
  • an opportunity to take part in football and rounders
  • a taster of a science lesson where children had to identify different cells seen through a microscope and work out which materials were conductors or insulators
  • a drama workshop
  • and the different groups also experienced what an everyday RPA English, geography, RS, business studies, philosophy, languages and maths lessons would be like
The Year 4s were given full tours of our school, where they saw our:
  • fabulous new library
  • Oak Tree Cafe
  • indoor, outdoor and all-weather sports facilities
  • the newly equipped science labs
  • our computer suites and including the iMac Suite
  • our art and technology block.
There was also plenty of opportunity for the children to meet many of RPA’s teachers, including our headteacher Ms Kirby, who was put through her paces with some excellent questions from the Year 4s
The atmosphere was fantastic in school throughout the day and we were delighted to see how much the primary school children enjoyed their visit.

One Year 4 girl commented: “This is the most amazing school I have ever been to.”

One boy, when asked which piece of art he liked best in one of the art rooms, said: “I couldn't possibly choose as they are all so good - I hope I can do something this good when I come to RPA.”

And in science, one boy was overheard saying: “This is the best science lesson ever!”

Mr Costello, who is head of transition, concludes: “The Life in a Day at RPA is a great opportunity for our locality primary school children to come in and find out more about secondary school. We host a large number of different events and activities throughout the year so that by the time students start with us in Year 7 they feel very comfortable and familiar with RPA, which is extremely important because starting secondary school can be very daunting for many children. I would like to thank all of the primary school Year 4s that came today, what a fantastic group of pupils and a real credit to your schools, as well as the visiting school staff and RPA’s staff who gave up their time to support this event. But with a massive thank you to all of RPA’s student ambassadors for doing such a sterling job of looking after our visitors, showing them around and answering their questions - thank you.”