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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!


Good Weekend Of Basketball For Your Crusdaers

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Congratulations to Both the Junior Girls and Boys Basketball teams on having successful weekends of basketball.  The Junior Girls played host to the NLBA 9 & Under C Provincials; the girls played well and it was a fun experience for them as it was their first junior basketball provincials. Teachers parents and coaches commended our team for their motivation and staying positive throughout the tournament; many remarked that they are a ” great group of girls”. Congratulations to Sabrina Martin, Adrianna Martin and Hayley Macdougall on winning players of the game and big thanks to all the girls who helping and showing a great deal of respect to the other teams!

The Junior Boys were in St. John’s and had a great weekend going 2-1 in round robin play defeating St. John Bosco and Roncalli and losing to Holy Trinity.  The boys finished second in their division and faced the host Brother Rice in the Semi-Finals.  They boys played well and carried themselves well all weekend, but were defeated in playoffs.  Congratulations to Sawyer Collins, Peter Martin, Devin Kelly, and Cody King for being named players of the game.

A Big thank you to all volunteers who helped out at RIA this past weekend and thank you to Ms. Victoria Power, Mr. Darren Avery, Mr. Naasson Lambert, and Mr. Cook for volunteering and giving up your weekends for a great group of young guys and girls!

The Next action for Crusaders Basketball is the Boys 11 & Under Provincials this coming weekend…good luck Crusaders!!!




Provincials A Success At RIA

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This past weekend a new Boys A Basketball champion was crowned at Random Island Academy.  The Viking Trail Trail Blazers defeated the St. Catherine’s Eagles 90-88 in a nail biter that came down to the last 10 seconds of the game.  Your Crusaders achieved their goal of making the playoffs as the went 2-1 in round robin play and tied for first in their division; they defeated eventual finalists St. Catherine’s, and Fitzgerald Academy and lost to Valmont Academy.   The Crusaders ended up playing and being defeated by the eventual champions, Viking Trail, in the Semi Finals.   The other semi-final saw St. Catherine’s defeat Holy Name of Mary.

The school was alive with basketball fever as fans from all over the province cheered for their teams.  Our school community delivered some fantastic hospitality as everyone chipped in to make a lasting experience.

We have to thank all the student volunteers who did the score keeping, sweeping, selling tickets/water, working in the canteen, and everything else we needed from them.  You guys are all fantastic!!!  We also have to thank the staff at Random Island for your support and all you provided to the hospitality room.  We have a BIG THANK YOU to the parents for their hard working in preparing for and working in the canteen and banquet, and getting the school back into shape after the tournament.  This tournament wouldn’t have been possible without your efforts!!!  We would also like to thank Ms. Power and Ms. Marsh for your help with the skills competition (among other duties), Mr. Blackmore, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Power for the opening ceremonies, and of course Sandy for everything…literally everything….tournament preparation, team registrations and taking so much time after hours helping us.  Thank you to ms. Smith for giving up your weekend and taking care of much of the convening…couldn’t have done it without you. And a BIG THANK YOU to Mr. Cook and Mr. Mulrooney for your efforts in coaching the boys and giving so much time in preparation for and hosting of this tournament.

This tournament was a great demonstration of what our school community can do…and we have a great School Community!!!

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(Photos Courtesy of Katherine Simmons)



RIA shows Its Colours…And Yesterday…It Was Pink


We are very proud of our students here at Random Island Academy, but on days like Wednesday, it tends to go well beyond pride.  The amount of pink we saw and the messages presented were phenomenal!  We saw a fantastic performance by our Glee Group, that included many other of our talented drama and music students; we saw many of our students create posters  and signs displaying anti-bullying messages; we saw our student council make and deliver a  large amount of friendship bracelets and do a great job of promoting a very caring environment at RIA!  A BIG thank you goes out to Ms. Kia Power and her Glee Goup, Mrs. Smith and her Student Council who have been exceptional leaders in our school, and especially the students for embracing the message of the day.  Way to go Crusaders!!!  We look forward to seeing our entire school community at tonight’s (Thursday night) events…STAND UP RANDOM ISLAND!!!


A Great Day At White Hills For RIA

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On Monday students from grades 7-12 went to White Hills for a fantastic day of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  It was a great way to kick off education week at RIA!  It was a fantastic experience for all who went and our students represented us well and had lots of fun!  Thank you to Mrs. Rogers for organizing this event and to her, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Cook, Mr. Martin, Mr. Abbott, and Ms. Vikki Power for taking the students on a day of outdoor activity!

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We Feel Appreciated!!!

The Staff of Random Island Academy would like to thank the students, parents, and the entire School Community for your  acts of appreciation last week.  You all went above and beyond with your efforts and we are truly grateful.  The food, the cards, the kind words, etc., were fantastic.  It is wonderful to have everyone show their support for what we do.  THANK YOU!!!


Candace Butt Wins Bronze at Table Tennis Provincials


A HUGE congratulations goes out to Candace Butt who captured the Bronze Medal at the SSNL Provincial Table Tennis Championships.  Candace competed in the female singles division and represented RIA incredibly well!  She is now one of the top female table tennis players in our province. You have made us really proud Candace!  A thank you also goes out to MR. Baker who traveled to Provincials this past weekend; thank you for your time and efforts!

Annual Terry Fox Walk At RIA

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RIA held its annual Terry Fox Walk to Breakfast last week and it was a great success once again.  This year the Student Council promoted the theme of ‘Super Heroes Fighting Cancer’!  All the student and staff organizes did a great job.  RIA would like to thank Random Island Ambulance for leading us on our walk, and we would like to thank all the parent volunteers who came in and made our wonderful breakfast!!!  Thank you all so much!!!

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Great Weekend for Our Crusaders

Congrats to our Senior Boys Softball team who went 1-2 in the round robin at Regionals this past Sunday in Clarenville.   They later lost in the Semi-Finals.  Congrats to Tricentia for going undefeated and capturing the Regional Banner! a BIG thank you goes out to Kristina Hansford for coaching the boys on Sunday and to Mrs. Katie Hansford for being their teacher sponsor.  We appreciate all your efforts!

Another congratulations goes out to our Senior Girls Volleyball team who captured silver at their invitational this past weekend at RIA.  The gold medal match saw RIA lose in a close third set to a tough Tricentia team.  Thank you to Mrs. Smith for all your efforts in coaching and organizing this event!  Thanks to all our parents and student volunteers who made this event possible!!!