Monthly Archives: December 2014

Returning Graduates

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RIA welcomed back its class of 2014 at our Christmas assembly to receive their high school diplomas and the return was highlighted by Kelsey Green being awarded with the Governor General’s Award for having the top marks of all the graduates: Kelsey has just finished her first semester at Memorial University this past Fall. Jordan Drodge was also awarded a $500 skilled trades scholarship; Jordan is attending the College of the North Atlantic in Bonavista.  The ceremony was also marked by Terri-Lynn Penney receiving her certificate after being a student in our school for 21 years; she is definitely missed by all this year!  We would like to wish all our graduates all the best in the future!

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Jingle Bell Walk to Breakfast

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Random Island Academy had a Jingle Bell Walk to Breakfast this morning in aid of the Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Program.  Students could purchase jingle bells for 50 cents and wear them during the walk and the Kids Eat Smart Foundation agreed to match any donations made on this day. We raised $285 along with 15 bottles/2 10 pack of tetra of juice and the money and the value of the juice will be matched by Kids Eat Smart.  Studnets had a few laps around our school and then went into the gym for a pancake breakfast that was prepared by some fantastic parent volunteers.  We can’t say enough about our volunteers after a great turkey dinner on Monday and now this nice treat this morning; we can’t do it without you!

Thank you to Nickie Sparks, a representative from Kids Eat Smart, for visiting our school this morning for our walk.  We hope you enjoyed your visit to RIA!

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Christmas Dinner at RIA

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Thanks to all the volunteers for preparing a delicious turkey dinner for our students, staff, and bus drivers today.  The staff, parents, and the Nutrition class prepared all the vegetables and cooked the turkeys and we had some great parents and volunteers come in to cook and serve the meal.  This is one of the events that make this such a great school community!!!  We would also like to thank Sandy (who dodged photos all morning) for organizing this big event….couldn’t have done it without you! We also have to thank all of our students who move our tables and chairs in and out of the gymnasium for every event; you guys move a lot of tables and chairs in the run of a year and we would like to thank you for it!!!

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Random Island Christmas Parade


It was a very festive Saturday afternoon on Random Island as the Annual Santa Clause parade made its way from the school and ended up at the Britannia Community Center.  It was great to see so many floats and community members get involved; it was also nice to see so many of our students involved in the parade.  Our Student Council put in a float full of mummers and had great participation and spirit!

A BIG THANK YOU to the organizers for bringing some Christmas spirit to our school community!  Your hard work was greatly appreciated by our students and the whole community!!!

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Mr. Baker Strikes Again!!!


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We will soon be skating on our own rink at RIA thanks largely to Mr. Baker and his Tech/Phys. Ed.classes.  We have seen Mr. Baker’s commitment to improving our school many times this year and he is showing no signs of slowing down.  Our outdoor basketball court will now be transformed to a skating rink for the winter and will allow or students and community to get active on the ice.  All we need now is cold temperatures!  Thank you Mr. Baker for showing the importance of hard work and ingenuity!!!!

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New Traditions…

A Big thank you to everyone who showed up for the inaugural tree lighting ceremony and Christmas movie night for the Wish Tree.  It was fantastic to see such a great response from our school community!  With cups full of hot chocolate we lit the community tree, a great symbol of our Christmas spirit here at RIA.  We also saw a nice example of Christmas spirit at our movie night as we had free admission but collected $206 in donations for our Wish Tree.

A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Smith and her student Council for such a great effort put into BOTH events this evening.  And, thank you to Mr. Cook and Mrs. Prince on organizing the movie night.

On a different note, Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs. Burke and the Student Council on hosting such a beautiful Christmas Ball Thursday night.  This semi-formal event saw a large number of students dress up and dance the night away (and eat lots of food of course).  Thank you to our teacher chaperones, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Burke, Mr. Blackmore, Mr. Mulrooney; it wouldn’t have happened without you!

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Golden Crusaders

The Random Island Academy Senior Boys Volleyball Team
win the 2014-2015 School Sport 2A Provincials


Team members include:  Coach – Jordan Marsh, Tim Stone, Brandon Wiseman, Ethan Blundell, Aidan Collins, Coach – Matthew Cook,  Justin Palmer, Gregory Hoskins, Lucas Marsh, Curtis Vardy, and  Kyle Blundell

Random Island Academy won the School Sport 2A Volleyball Provincials which were hosted by Smallwood Academy in Gambo this past weekend. The Crusaders had a rough match to start the tournament losing to Cloud River Academy (Roddickton) 26-24, 25-11, but they re-grouped after that match and never lost another set in the tournament. They beat Cape John Collegiate (La Scie) 25 – 9, 25 – 9 and then defeated the host Smallwood Academy 25-22, 25-12 to secure a spot in the semi finals. In the Semi final match the Crusaders came out hitting and did a great job of shutting down a potent offense; they overpowered the first place team in Division B, Phoenix Academy (Carmenville) 25 – 13, 25 – 21, to earn a berth in the final. The gold medal game saw a re-match against Cloud River but it was a different Crusaders team this time; Our Boys played fantastic all of Saturday but they saved their best for the playoffs.

The Crusaders put up steady blocks and consistently ran 5 hitters to overcome the team from Roddickton.  Our Boys won 25-18, 25-23 to capture the gold medals and the 2A Provincial banner.  This is only the second School Sport Provincial MALE Volleyball Championship for Random Island Academy since the school open in 1973.  Our boys represented us very well indeed.

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Coach Matthew Cook was very proud of his boys; he explains that “they had a lot of pressure on them to win and it really showed in the first match but they worked hard and showed a lot of character bouncing back and not losing another set. They learned how to be champions this weekend and made their coaches extremely proud.”  He also states that “both myself and Coach Jordan Marsh were very pleased with the level of play we saw this weekend. This was our goal right from the first practice of the season and it was nice to see it come to fruition.  It was a great tournament and a great final against Cloud River, who are a very strong, and young team. We would also like to thank the host Smallwood Academy for welcoming us into their school and putting off a great tournament.”


Tim Stone was awarded the SSNL sportsmanship medal for the Crusaders.  It was also noted by the host school that our team were very polite and respectful and represented our school in a great way.

It was a great weekend of volleyball and a great experience.  It started with a night of team bowling, we had our own team banquet and we played some great volleyball.  Thank you to all of our parents and supporters who got us there, we couldn’t have done it without you.  And, A BIG THANK YOU goes out to coaches Mr. Matthew Cook and Mr. Jordan Marsh for their time and efforts with the boys.  This was Mr. Cook’s third SSNL 2A boys Provincial Title and the first for Jordan Marsh, although Jordan now holds the distinction of being the first and only person from RIA to win a 2A Provincial title as both a player and a coach!  The Senior boys team have been great this year and have brought a golden ending to their season…and It was a great season of volleyball!

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Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes

There are still several wishes that need to be filled before the Christmas Holiday. If you are interested in making a donation to help purchase these wishes please see Ms. Lynn Hiscock or Mr. Blackmore.

Christmas Movie 7pm & Tree Lighting 6:30 pm
Before the movie, Student Council will be serving hot chocolate and playing Christmas Music and lighting the tree. This is a community event. Please pass the word along to everyone. There will be no admission however we are accepting donations to help with Christmas Charities and wishes. Popcorn and drinks will be sold for $1.00 each.