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posted 13 Jun 2013, 01:58 by Comms Admin
Submitted by admin.rpa on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 15:02

During July, our Year 10 students took part in their Focus Week. The week was aimed at helping to prepare our students for the world of work and planning for their future once they leave us here at Richmond Park Academy.

Soap company Cocomango delivered an enterprise workshop on Monday where teams of students worked together to develop a soap product, choosing their target audience, logo, company name and product name. Each team presented their idea at the end of the day and the winning team along with several runners up, will have their product made by Cocomango, which will be delivered to us in the autumn term. The day was very exciting, with students developing their skills in areas such as teamwork, negotiation, marketing, time management, presentation, communication and entrepreneurship.

On Tuesday, the year group visited Richmond upon Thames College, for the academy’s annual visit which helps inform students of their educational options post 16.

Wednesday was a very packed day with several different sessions taking place. Students attended workshops on interview skills – delivered by Kymberlie Andrews, CV writing, personal development, organisation and planning delivered by Studyflex, as well as e-safety and touch typing online courses.

On Thursday, students attended sessions delivered by Richmond CAB about their personal finances, looking at areas such as mobile phone contracts, student finances post 16, banking, borrowing and saving.

On Friday, Kymberlie Andrews organised students to develop a student newspaper – written by students for students. The students worked hard and by the end of the day lots of articles had been written and images chosen – under demanding time constraints. We will see the first edition created and printed in September – especially for our new Year 7 students. Students also had the chance to meet some alumni who have previously attended the school through our links with alumni network developers Future First and find out what they have moved on to since their time here.

Overall, the week was very successful and we hope to have a similar week next year, for our Year 10 students.

Ms Pritchard