Academy News

There are a multitude of different ways to keep up to date with what is happening at Richmond Park Academy. Follow us on Twitter for daily updates on life at the academy. You will see snapshots of sporting activity, assemblies, lessons and special events. It really does sum up the personality of our school! In addition, we post news and general updates on our website and on our Facebook page. You can see the news feed below and important messages are repeated on the home page. Finally, you can also view our newsletters and Primary school magazine, Park Life within this news section.

NEWS FEED

SHEENSTOCK!

Our fantastic summer festival is coming soon and introduces and will be introducing some real festival treats! There will amazing food from burgers and ice cream to samosas and pancakes. Be entertained by our silent disco and the rocking surfboard and chill out with some yoga and the chill out zone including massage. Oh, and the music line-up is looking amazing too! This really is an event for everyone so invite your friends and family. Book tickets now at www.eventbrite.com and search for RPA Sheenstock.

Saturday 6 July, 5 pm - 10 pm

"Annie" comes to RPA

This year's production is Annie and the drama department is very excited about sharing their version of this musical classic with you. There will be four performances: 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 July and 7 pm on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July. Come and see the best of RPA drama in action by booking your tickets on ParentPay. £6 for adults and £3 for children.

Farewell to Mona Adams, stalwart friend of RPA

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mona Adams after a battle with cancer. Mona has been a tireless supporter of Richmond Park Academy across decades often during times of real challenge for our school. It is a great joy for all of us that she saw a resurgent Richmond Park Academy led by Paul Mundy-Castle in the last years of her life. Mona was fearless in her defence of our school in times of trouble and a proud advocate when things went well. There are many published articles under Mona’s byline across the years; she was our Communications Manager on a volunteer basis for some time. She also fulfilled a hugely important role on the school Governing Body as RPA started its improvement under the leadership of Lesley Kirby.

RPA wasn’t her only commitment. She was on the Governing Board for Sheen Mount Primary School, a Liberal Democrat Councillor and, last year, the Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames. In fact, Mona was indefatigable, seemingly able to take on more and more responsibility as each year passed; only illness could stop her. She will be hugely missed by all of those who knew her. She was forthright but always warm and encouraging. Whether you knew her personally or not, all of us at Richmond Park Academy owe her a huge debt of gratitude. The new tree in front of Park entrance was planted in her honour in December so please give it a nod as you walk by. She leaves behind her husband Bernard, two daughters Polly and Amy, both Shene School educated, and her five grandchildren.


Double success for RPA Boys Football!

RPA can celebrate two borough football champions with both the Year 10 and Year 7 boys teams ending half term as Richmond borough champions. Year 10 set the example with an impressive 4-1 win against Orleans Park including a brace from Jay T-G. The Year 7 boys followed up with a nail-biting victory in a penalty shoot out against Grey Court. They had won their semi final on penalties too so really showed their resilience under pressure! Well done to our fabulous footballers!

Year 10 Boys Borough Champions

Year 7 Boys Borough Champions

StaRPA Final - box office open!

The box office for the finals of the 2019 StaRPA is now open. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on ParentPay. We have a fantastic group of students who want to share their talents with you so come and join them on Wednesday 22 May and show your support!

Congratulations to our finalists: Louis B, Charlotte C, Elizabeth SR, Jennifer SR, Georgie P, Elizabeth P, Lakenya TS, Kamaria TS, DJ H, Saira C, Sophie F, Elma K, Izzy D, Zara F, David B, Rosemary W, Noam SB, Mabel P, Yoana G and Tiffany K

Calling all youth dancers age 12 to 19 years in West London!

Combination Dance is creating a beautiful new piece of work for presentation in a park as part of our Eco Picnic this July. We are looking for youth performers and choreographers to join the production team and RYD youth sessions. The group will devise a dance inspired by the themes of "conservation, extinction and our environment" working alongside established dance artists.

Audition & Enrolment

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Sessions

Wednesdays: 6.45pm - 7.45pm

Teddington Sports Centre, Broom Road TW11 9PJ.

7 May - 26 June inclusive (No class 29 May)

Plus a 3-hour workshop and a performance in July TBC

(free places available for students on free school meals - quote schools scholarship when applying)

URGENT CALL TO MEETING

New London AET Executive Director has invited all parents and carers to meet with him on Thursday 25 April at 6.30 pm. We strongly advise attendance. You can see his letter of invitation and the short form to confirm your attendance below.

Richmond Park - Parental Meeting

RPA rocks to "School of Rock!"

On Thursday 28th April, Ms Wardlaw and Ms Binnington took 30 year 7 and 8 pupils to watch 'School of Rock' at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in the West End. The trip was a huge success! Pupils' feedback included, 'seeing children younger than us perform on their instruments was really inspiring' and 'they were so talented, it was amazing to watch'. We all enjoyed the battle of the bands at the end of the concert where we were allowed to film the show . Teachers and the public congratulated RPA pupils on their exemplary behaviour travelling to and from the theatre. It was a great day for all involved!!


GCSE Music pupils shine in Royal College of Music Composition Course

GCSE Music pupils gave up three weekends to participate in a composition course held by the Royal College of Music. Their task was to work with their fantastically gifted musicians to create a film score. Pupils loved the course and learnt a huge amount. Thank you to the Royal College of Music for letting us take part! You can hear one of the finished composition by viewing the videos!

Year 9 options booklet 2019 FINAL V1.pdf

Year 9 Options

Year 9 choose their GCSE and BTEC options this term. The deadlines are below. You can also see a copy of the options booklet to the left and you can access the booking form booking here. Please note that the booklet has updated entry requirements as discussed in the meeting. If there are any queries, please contact Mr Grindrod, Year 9 Head of Year.

Deadline for completed options forms - Thursday 28 March

Individual interviews with senior staff - Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 April

Option choice - provisional confirmation - Friday 24 May

Deadline for any amended option choice forms - Monday 3 June

GCSE courses begin - September 2019

Final option subject change deadline - Friday 20 September

Helia and Emmanouil hit the right notes

RPA is very proud of Helia A and Emmanouil P who were finalists in the Barnes Musician of the Year competition. Violinist, Helia and pianist, Emmanouil share their experience below from the qualifying auditions through to the final performance.

Helia A (third from right in the photo) : I was notified by my teacher about the Barnes Musician of the year and we submitted an application because I am grade 6 and was inspired to show my skills to an audience and meet other musicians. I was shortlisted to audition to become a finalist and I was successful. During the auditions I got to see four other musicians from Barnes perform in my time slot. After receiving the great news of being a finalist I was told to come on Saturday 9th March to the Velehrad Centre in Barnes. I had a rehearsal with the pianist to make sure that my performance was up to a high standard. After we had a break we were all in the Green Room waiting to be called to the stage where the audience was. My Dad had come to watch me perform. It didn’t feel like it mattered who won because I learnt a lot. I learnt how to approach performing and conquer anxiety about performing in front of an audience. At the end the judicator Paul McCreesh came and stood us all in front of the audience and gave us all feedback. They said that I needed to put more of a smile on my face because although the passion showed through my notes, I need to show the audience through my facial expression. He said that he enjoyed my performance and that it was confident. One of the audience members said that they cried because of my playing! I took the competition as an opportunity to enjoy my time being on stage and appreciated by people who have experience in the music industry and a passion for music.

Emmanouil (Second from left in the photo): On Saturday 2nd March I attended preliminary sessions with specialists, at a house belonging to a generous music teacher who is also related to the festival. We were in groups of four, regardless of instrument, and we played our pieces one at a time in front of two very good musicians, David Syrus and James Day, who made useful comments and suggestions afterwards. This was all about sorting the finalists but also a very good introduction to the whole festival. The people were very kind and helpful.

On Saturday 9th March, it was the final adjudication and having progressed to the final stage, I was one of the contestants that would perform in Velehrad Centre. It was probably one of the most useful, profitable and worthy experiences I have ever had, with the whole process of the concert in front of an audience, consisting of a considerable number of expert musicians, being highly educational. The comments of the adjudicator, Paul Mc Creesh, were very helpful and spot on. In my case, the comments were that I could have been more free of stress that inhibited some of the communication of the feeling and character of my pieces. It was something I had already acknowledged myself and I was glad to confirm it from a specialist of that magnitude. Overall, it was a great experience and the fact that we all listened to each other before and after our performance was very emulation-based and extremely didactic. I learned to appreciate the work of other people as well as critically judge and form my personal opinions. Eventually I was not the winner, but that is insignificant compared to the whole profit I received.

Park Life Spring issue hits the streets

The new issue of Park Life is now ready to view featuring RPA news and features including some sensational success in the sporting arena! You can see all past issues of Park Life in the Park Life section under News.

RPA Girls Football team - how far can they go?

There has been amazing success on the football field for the Year 7 & 8 football team. The U/13 were crowned borough champions last term and the U/12 team are now in the last 32 of the National Cup after a wet and muddy win against Ashlyns School! They won 9-2 with a special mention for double hat trick striker, Shannon. However, it was a team effort with the whole team pressing without the ball and showing real skill with it. Congratulations to Brianna G-L, Shannon S, Imogen D, Lucy T and Maja H, Eadie A, Alba T F, Georgia P, Tilly G M, Maddie T and Sofia K.


Quiz & Chili Night - get booking now!

The RPA PTA Quiz Night will take place on Friday 8 March. Featuring a delicious home-made chilli and the Year 11 auction, it promises to be a great night. Book now on Eventbrite. Seach for RPA Quiz.

RPA launches new website

We are delighted to introduce our new website which features improved navigation, visuals and information. The top navigation bar remains but you will also find the key areas of the academy via the main homepage buttons: Learning & Teaching, Calendar and Term Dates, Academy Tours, Extracurricular Activity, Prospectus and Sixth Form. Look out for the RPA satchels at the bottom of the page too which give fast access to Term Dates, Show My Homework, Uniform, Ofsted and Vacancies. We are also keen to keeping everyone updated with what we are doing in school so the Home Page houses our Twitter Feed and News Feed so keep abreast of what is going on by bookmarking our website or following us at @richmondparkac. We hope that the navigation on the website is easy to understand but don't forget, if all else fails, use the search function which you can find in the top right hand corner of this website.

Virgin mini marathon - applications invited

Richmond Park Academy students have the chance to take part in the Virgin London Marathon experience this year. Richmond Borough is looking for representatives in 3 age categories. 6 boys and 6 girls will represent the borough in each of those age categories in the 5K mini-marathon on marathon day, Sunday, April 28. All you need to do is run a ParkRun 5k and then share your time with Richmond's Sports Development team by March 3. The event flyer is below for more information but if you think you could be quick enough, start training now!