6TH FORM NEWS
6th Form News
We welcomed Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau to Richmond Park Academy recently who delivered a very informative session to all our 6th form students which was packed with advice on personal finances important to 16-18 year olds - from student grants and personal loans to employment rights and benefit entitlement.
If you think you have missed the deadline to apply for 6th form at Richmond Park Academy we will still consider your application so request an application form from Ms Jackson in the 6th form office - firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great opportunity to support the school and get your festive season going. See you there!
Following the format of the iconic BBC1 current affairs programme a hard hitting and experienced panel were asked to debate subjects ranging from terrorism, immigration, and nuclear deterrence to the living wage and the effects of big money on sport.
The panellists came from across the political spectrum but all had location, Richmond and neighbouring boroughs, in common. The Chair for the second year was former diplomat, Sir Roderic Lyne, who successfully kept author and journalist Robert Chesshyre, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sally Hamwee, Former Governor of Gibraltar Sir David Durie, Labour MP Ruth Cadbury and RPA English Teacher Kyrill Potapov in order throughout the evening.
The energy and enthusiasm shown by students of all schools in RPA’s Hertford Hall was impressive. Ex-diplomat Sir Roderic Lyne, commented: “There’s always a lively atmosphere at Richmond Park Academy. I was impressed by the students’ readiness to speak out in a forceful and articulate way on complex issues. This was democracy in action.”
Senior Vice Principal, Ms Tracey O’Brien added, “Once again we were delighted to organise and host the borough's own “Question Time” at RPA. With an incredible panel and visitors from schools in Richmond and beyond Sir Roderic Lyne chaired a fantastic evening. I was amazed by our young people's questions, deep thinking and their real interest in political and global issues. Their engagement was impressive.”
Up until the end of this year, our year 12 students study for three or four AS levels and are entered for the AS exams in the summer term. They then continue to study for the A2 in Year 13. Some stay with 4 courses, some drop one and take just three. The AS represents the first half of the A Level course.
Government changes have meant that AS courses have been decoupled from A level courses. Alongside this, different subjects start new courses over a three year period. To avoid making this confusing for students, parents and staff - we have decided to carry on with our current policy. Art is the exception as Year 12 work cannot be assessed for both the AS and the A level.
For further details about A Level reforms please click here.
6th Form 5-a-side Tournament
Wednesday 21 January 2015
Result - Tournament Winners
Report by Mr Costello
After a brief warm up match RPA started slowly against their first opponents and went a goal down early, but managed to pull it back to earn a point. They comfortably beat their next opponents with some strong play from Nemanja, Sam and Harvey and managed to beat the strongest opponents in the third match as Bassi and Will scored vital goals.
Jacob made some excellent saves in goal, but was embarrassed as some indecision with Harvey led to a pea-roller dribbling through his legs and into the net (which I had a good chuckle about). The final was a tight affair and Will scored the winner from the penalty spot after the Grey Court 'keeper had a brain explosion and tried to score from his own end, lifting the ball well above the allowed head height.
I look forward to upcoming fixtures in both football and basketball!
Team, Jacob, Dini, Will, Nemanja, Bassi, Harvey, Sam
Our 6th form students are championing raising funds to improve their common room in order to equip it as a place for discussion, private study, the generation of ideas and to help them to work towards the very best A-level results. This fantastic group of young people are demonstrating how much drive and passion they have, and how much pride they take in themselves and their place of study, by organising and managing as many fundraising activities as they can.
As part of this initiative the 6th formers are organising a Christmas Fair, held at RPA on Saturday 13 December from 10:00am - 3:00pm. This will be a wonderful event, and we invite everyone from the local community to come along and support our 6th form appeal, while getting into the Christmas spirit. There will be a raffle, tombola, food and drink, craft stalls, Christmas gifts and much, much more. Full details are on the poster below, which has been designed and produced by the 6th formers.
To local business - if you would like to host a stall at our fair, tables will cost £20. Please contact the 6th form office for more information: 020 8876 8891.
The session was chaired by Sir Roderic Lyne, former British Ambassador to Moscow, Private Secretary to John Major and, post retirement, a member of the Chilcot enquiry. Following the tried and tested Question Time formula, he introduced his fellow panellists - award winning journalist Robert Chesshyre, local Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Robin Meltzer, Sir David Durie, former governor of Gibraltar, Julie Stephenson, Green Party campaigner and journalist and David Rankin, the current editor of the Richmond and Twickenham Times. This formidable political and media line-up were to be kept on their mettle by rigorous questioning from well prepared student inquisitors who listened, measured and challenged perceived views, with impressive gravitas, of a clutch of ‘hot topic’ world events. The student contributions reflected a total involvement in the cut and thrust of this debating opportunity.
Tracey O’Brien, Richmond Park Academy senior vice principal who masterminded this innovative event, was - she confessed - rather pleased, but not entirely surprised, by the students’ performance. She said: ‘It was a fantastic event. The well thought out contributions from both students and staff added to the quality of the whole proceedings and I was particularly impressed by the confidence our young people displayed in such a public arena’.
No gunpowder plotting, perhaps, on this particular November 5, but some explosive stuff, nevertheless, prompting Kallum White, an RPA 6th former, to sum up the session thus: ’QT was a complete success. It added to my knowledge of the world around us - and sparked, for me, a future involvement in politics’.