Category Archives: School Life Archive

Christmas Really Kicks Off At RIA


We would like to thank everyone in our school community who came out for our annual tree lighting last night.  It was another great event overseen by Ms. Smith and her Student Council!  We can’t say enough good things about our student volunteers at RIA…they are second to none!!!

We would also like to thank everyone who made donations to the wish tree or supported us at the annual Christmas movie night.  We were able to raise $209 which will definitely help those in need this Christmas!  We really appreciate all the support we get from our school community and we hope last nights event gets the Christmas season started right for everyone and that it brought some well deserved Christmas cheer!!!


Remembrance Day Assembly


Thank you to all of our School community who were at our Remembrance Day Assembly Today.  It was a great event and really showed how RIA remembers all of those who served.  thank you to representatives of  Random Air Cadet Squadron and the Rangers, as well as Rev. Hann for delivering the opening and closing prayers.  A big thank you goes to Ms. smith and her student Council for a fantastic assembly; great work everyone!!!

Special thanks to the Random Lions for judging and presenting the annual Peace Poster Prizes.  Congratulations to Laci Fitzpatrick for winning 1st place.  Second Place went to Hillary Ivany and 3rd place went to Faith Butt; great work everyone!

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We would also like to thank Mr. Cook’s NL Studies class for their presentation on the ‘Forget-Me-Not’!   Special mention goes to Sawyer Collins, Abby Blundell and Kayla Watton for speaking and thanks to all for your hard work making flowers!

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Another big thank you goes out to Ms. Matthews and her very talented Glee group, John Martin, Raine Rogers, Brianna Green, The Kindergartens (Jeremiah, Cierra, Morgan, and Autumn), Gregory Hoskins,  Mr. Blackmore, and of course, our Master of Ceremonies, Jenifer Hart!  You are awesome RIA!!!

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Senior Boys Softball Regional Qualfier


It was a great Regional Softball qualifier for the Boys yesterday in Clarenville.  The boys went 1-1 in round robin play defeating St. Marks School and losing a close game to Tricentia Academy.  The crusaders earned a spot in the finals under the lights but unfortunately it was not meant to be for them as Tricentia played a great game and RIA came up short.  We would like to acknowledge all of the support as It was great to see so many of our school community members there to cheer on our boys.  We would like to congratulate Curtis Vardy on winning the sportsmanship medal and all the boys on your silver medals.  We would especially like to thank Kristina Hansford for all your efforts with the boys as this experience would not have been possible without your dedication!  Congratulations to the Timberwolves…we wish you best of luck at Provincials!

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Back To Academics


School is now well underway and we are back into the swing of things.  make sure all students have returned their media consent form, their Powerschool registration forms, and their textbook agreement forms.  Also, students must bring in their picture forms if they are getting them done on the 16th.

As classes/courses progress students will begin both in class and out of class work.  Keep an eye on Powerschool for updates in the coming weeks and also let your teachers know if you want to follow classes on Google Classroom to see assigned work before completion.  All students have free google accounts that provides an email, free storage on drive, and access to many programs such as docs and slides; teachers also use google classroom to assign work and send out notes to classes (classroom, drive, docs, slides, etc., are all connected to the students email).  It is also another way to communicate with student’s parents/guardians.


SSNL Participation Nation Jamboree At RIA

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This past Tuesday, students from St. Marks School came to RIA to participate in our after school program Jamboree.  It was a great afternoon of activities!  Thanks to Mr. Baker for organizing this program and event and to Gregory Hoskins, Brianna Green, Emily Simmons, Belle Simmons, and Hayley Macdougall for your efforts in running this program all year!


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Regional Heritage Fair

Congratulations to all students who represented Random Island Academy at the District Heritage Fair in Trinity last Wednesday.  All of our students had fantastic projects and had great presentations.   Along with the judging and interviews the day included a trip to the Garland House, a visit to the Forge to see how a piece of metal gets hammered into a beautiful key chain, and a presentation about World War 1.  While all of our students received medals for making it to the district competition, we did have one student who won an individual award; Faith Butt won the Heritage Canada Award of Merit.  Congratulations Faith, and Congrats to all of our students!  Thanks to all the parents for attending and getting the students to the fair, and thank you to Mr. Cook for travelling with the students to Trinity.


RIA’s ‘Welcome To The Show’ A Big Hit At Provincials!


Troupe members include:

Patrick Bowering, Keisha Kelly, Brianna Green, Gregory Hoskins, Ethan Blundell, Jennifer Hart, Devin Kelly, Sheridan Parrott, Abby Blundell, Sabrina Martin, Keisha Parrott, Cody March, Laci Fitzpatrick, Adrianna Martin, Ms. Kia Power, & Mr. Matthew Cook

Congratulations to the Random Island Academy Drama Troupe who traveled to Gander this past weekend to participate in the 40th annual Provincial Drama Festival. It was four days of workshops and productions from the top ten schools across the province.  Students were treated to workshops including character development, blood, gore, & guts, mortal combat, puppetry, shimmy shake, and animation.  Every evening was a night of theater as our troupe had the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the best dramatic student talent in the province.

On Saturday it was RIA’s turn to entertain the crowd and they did not disappoint.  ‘Welcome To The Show’, written and directed by our own Matthew Cook, had once again received a few tweaks, so even the many parents and friends who traveled to Gander to see the show were treated to a few new unexpected laughs.  Our troupe delivered a fantastic performance with great poise and projection that saw several ovations throughout the play and created a buzz in the J.R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Center afterwards.  Our veteran actors were OUTSTANDING  as they took every change Mr. Cook could through at them and they ran with it.  Our new actors showed their abilities and learned quickly delivering more polished performances throughout the year. The development in all our actors this year has been amazing! We also showcased our great musical talent through Brianna Green, Kiesha Parrott, Sheridan Parrott (and Sabrina Martin and Laci Fitzpatrick haha) and were the only show with live music and sound effects thank to the talents of Ethan Blundell.  We are extremely proud  of our students as they all did a great job!

The Festival was adjudicated by Newfoundlander Robert Chafe, an internationally known writer, Playwright, and Artistic Director.  During the awards ceremony RIA received a number of awards including  Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Patrick Bowering, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Jennifer Hart, Best Original Script – Mr. Matthew Cook, Outstanding Excellence in Acting – Jennifer Hart.  Our Troupe also received much praise in our adjudication for our performance!

The Provincial Festival was extremely well put together as they had a host committee that was dedicated and supportive.  The Joseph R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Center staff and crew were second to none.  The technicians and stage managers were extremely helpful, supportive and kind to the students.  A festival like this doesn’t happen without these hard working people!

‘Welcome To The Show’ has received much Praise these past few weeks and a big thank you has to go out to our cast and crew for your hard work and dedication!  Thank you to Mr. Cook for your writing and direction and to Ms. Power for lending us your musical knowledge and abilities and working with the students.  Thank you both for your many hours and for travelling with the group this past weekend!  Thank you to all the parents for your support…we know that many of you have seen the show multiple times now and even traveled to Gander.  Thank you to Donna Butt and Rising Tide theater for all your help in preparation for Provincials, and thank you to all the staff and students of RIA for being so supportive, especially Mr. Blackmore and Sandy!