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Entrepreneurial RPA starts crowdfunding for innovative mental health app

posted 16 Sep 2018, 08:11 by Michele Colt

Two year 9 and three year 11 students are creating something really exciting here at RPA. They've developed a unique app idea to tackle the stigma around mental health for young people. Its aim is to empower students to protect themselves against mental health problems, as well as starting difficult conversations if problems occur. They now need your help to take the app to the next stage.

To build the app and roll it out at RPA the team are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise £3000. All the designs and specifications have been completed so the app is ready to be developed, with a talented team of developers ready to work on the project. If every parent donated £5, we could meet our target and build the app. The app is called LifeMosaic.

If you want to be part of this exciting journey please go to our crowdfunding page now. £5 will enable one student to get access to the app; donate £25 and you could be one of the first people to trial it. The deadline is October 3 so, if you can, please donate now!


Once the app is built, the team will work with UCL to professionally deploy and evaluate it so it can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of as many students as possible at RPA and beyond. English teacher and Enrichment Co-ordinator Mr Potapov who is supporting our entrepreneurs said, "It is an exciting time for this entrepreneurial product; we are ambitious about bringing LifeMosaic to a wider audience and look forward to sharing its development with the RPA community."

RPA Live - standards higher than ever!

posted 8 Dec 2017, 05:08 by Michele Colt   [ updated 8 Dec 2017, 06:14 ]

Congratulations to the RPA Music BTEC students who really put on a show this Wednesday. There were 15 performances throughout the evening which left Ms Wardlaw hugely impressed by what was delivered. "RPA Live was another huge success. Year 10 and 11 pupils sung and played their hearts out to a captivated audience. Pupils took on all roles from lighting engineer, sound engineer to MC and Health and Safety Manager. Pupils had selected repertoire based on a rigorous audition process which resulted in standards being higher than ever. They made me very proud". Ms Wardlaw. 

Talent Show! Design a logo

posted 23 Nov 2017, 03:29 by Michele Colt

Richmond Park Academy will be showcasing its talent at a new talent show in March next year. As stage one of that process we are looking for our talented student artists and designers to come up with a name and logo for the event. It could be RPA's got Talent. It could be Talented!2018 or it could be a name of your own choice. The winning logo will be worked up by a professional designer and will be the face of the event appearing on all communication and on the night as part of the event design. The deadline for submissions is Friday 8 December. Please give them or email them to Mr King. You can download the logo competition poster below.

RPA PTA fundraising the free and easy way!

posted 16 Nov 2017, 04:32 by Michele Colt   [ updated 22 Nov 2018, 02:40 ]

After a fantastic fireworks display on the 4 November RPA's PTA are getting busy on our behalf again. They have set up an easyfundraising site for RPA which is cost free and very low effort to set up.  Easyfundraising has 3300 retailers including Amazon, Ocado and Marks & Spencer who will all donate a % of every sale you make back to us at Richmond Park Academy and it doesn't cost you a penny. 
All you have to do is:

  1. Go to the easyfundraising website
  2. In the Join Now, search for a cause box enter Richmond Park Academy PTA
  3. Click on the pink "Join us" box, enter your details and click on Create My Account
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Save the easyfundraising website in your favourites/ bookmark the page so you don't forget to use it!
You also have the option of setting up an App on your phone. You can find out more on the easyfundraising website.

This is an effort and cost-free way to raise money for the school especially as the Christmas period approaches so, if you can, please join up! You can download a PDF explanation here.

Dance Opportunities

posted 20 Oct 2017, 02:20 by Web Admin   [ updated 20 Oct 2017, 02:22 ]

York Dance Project Workshop 

OSO Arts Centre
We have an amazing dance opportunity for young dancers between the ages of 12-18 to join contemporary ballet company Yorke Dance Project for a three-day workshop, creating a new dance to be performed as a curtain raiser to Yorke Dance Project’s current production Rewind Forward.

The workshop runs 23-25 October 10.00am-2.00pm. Participants should also be available for a dress rehearsal 1.00-3.00pm on Saturday 28 October, and the evening of 3 November for a showing of the final performance before Rewind Forward.

The cost is £60 for the three days. OSO is committed to making activities accessible for all, so if you are interested but are financially unable to participate please email to discuss our subsidised and free places.

Combination Dance

Combination Dance have some fun public classes this term for adults and teenagers, click on the links for more details:

Visit the Historical Association for great resources!

posted 5 Oct 2017, 02:40 by Web Admin

Historical Association
The Historical Association are a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter. They support the teaching, learning and enjoyment of history at all levels and bring together people who share an interest in and love for the past. They inspire, enable and encourage people to get involved with history, whether in the classroom, at college, in the library or at home. They passionately believe the study of history should be accessible to all people at all levels of study.

RPA has membership to the Historical Association that gives our students access to the fantastic resources on offer including many podcasts. Please see Mr Doy in the History department for the username and password required to access these resources.

Live @ The Rose

posted 11 Sep 2017, 05:29 by Web Admin

Live @ The Rose
At the end of the previous academic year, 50 members of the RPA choir performed at The Rose Theatre in Kingston at the annual Live @ The Rose event organised by Richmond Music Trust.

RPA students sang alongside other Borough choirs in 'big' songs in four-part harmony (including 'Gold' by Imagine Dragons, 'Rise' by Katie Perry and 'Dreams' by Stevie Nicks).

RPA choir belted out 'Na Na Na' by Pentatonix accompanied by a professional band while Tom rocked it performing 'Treasure' by Bruno Mars accompanied by his very glamorous backing singers: Ruby, Katie and Elizabeth. A fantastic evening was had by all.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

posted 1 Jun 2017, 01:59 by Phil Broughton

Duke of Edinburgh Award
Richmond Park Academy is now enrolling our current Year 9  and Year 10 students to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity for Richmond Park Academy students. It will enable them to develop widely recognised life skills and provide them with a sense of adventure. In addition, students will make a difference to other peoples’ lives within the Richmond community through their volunteering. They will become fitter and healthier, make new friends and return with memories which will last a lifetime. As you are aware the Duke of Edinburgh is a renowned scheme for young people widely recognised by colleges and employers. It is an opportunity for your child to gain unlimited skills outside of the classroom environment. It enables students to grow, gain a sense of self-sufficiency, independence and teamwork skills. It is a real sense of adventure and an amazing opportunity.

Join your RPA Year Group Community now!

posted 15 May 2017, 06:00 by Michele Colt

We have launched out Year Group Community programme and we want you to join. Based on the primary school, class representative model, the Year Group Communities will give you the opportunity to meet parents and find out what is happening in the Year Groups most relevant to you. Data protection means that we need confirmation that you want to join so please fill in this short form now.

Help us to get to Africa! Donate here!

posted 1 May 2017, 23:21 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 9 May 2017, 04:24 by Michele Colt ]

African Adventures logo
Ms 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. In order for us to do this, each student has to raise £1,800 for their place. This is such a worth while cause and we would love your support.

If you are interested in contributing towards the costs of the trip then please visit the RPA African Adventure page on the Just Giving website.

For more information about the RPA African Adventure and other planned trips visit our Forthcoming Trips page.

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