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September Was A Great Month At RIA

There were a lot of great things happening in our classrooms during the month of September!  Here are just a few:

Grade 1 Sight Word Practice!


Grade 6 Archeological Dig!

Social Studies 2201 ‘Cave Paintings’

Grade 4 / 5 Science class creating their own sedimentary rock!

Drama 2206 Getting used to some ‘Warm-up Games’

Regional Heritage Fair In Trinity

On Wednesday, 10 students from Random Island Academy attended the Regional Heritage Fair in, the beautiful and historic, Trinity.  We were very proud of our students as they represented our school quite well with their wonderful projects.  When not presenting, students had a great time as they had the chance to make toutons with local chef Chris Sheppard, and they had the opportunity to visit the Green Family Forge and watch a blacksmith at work!  We would like to extend our congratulations to Emma Rogers who won the ‘WW100 Commemoration Program Award’ yesterday at the Regional Heritage Fair in Trinity!  we would also like to thank Ms Locke for coordinating and chaperoning this event; your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Students who won the opportunity to attend the fair included: Jasmine Walters, Hillary Ivany, Rebecca Martin, Jake Baker, Cody Watton, Tyler Verge, Emma Rogers, Lana Pitcher, Hayley Vokey, Thomas Clenche.  Well done everyone!!!

Provincial Drama Festival 2018

The cast and crew of ‘Spindrift Swirl‘ had an amazing time at this year’s Provincial Drama Festival, which was hosted in Clarenville at the EEC.   Our students put on a fantastic show on Thursday night getting a great reaction from the crowd!  Our Troupe really came to life on stage and treated everyone with an updated version of the play.  The play, written and directed by Mr Cook, was well received as it depicted a possible future where women rule and men are but legends of the past.  That is until men show up on the shores and chaos ensues.  Our students were all amazing; every single actor, our lights and our sound!  As Mr Cook always says…they were pros!  We know he was extremely proud of all of them, as are we all here at RIA!

Troupe members include: Jennifer Hart, Abby Blundell, Sawyer Collins, Devin Kelly, Cody King, Peter Martin, Sheridan Parrott, Kayla Watton, Matthew Drodge, Keisha Parrott, Sabrina Martin, Blade Greening, Laci Fitzpatrick, & Adrianna Martin. They were accompanied by Matthew Cook & Courtney Prince and we extend our thanks to them for there efforts in preparing for and chaperoning this event!

On Friday and Saturday, our students took part in workshops such as stage fighting, clowning, storytelling, pacing and production, belly dancing, and status.  And, in the evenings they took in more performances as we were all treated to 3 days of outstanding shows!

RIA received awards for the following: Award for ‘Stunts’, received by Kayla Watton as she allowed herself to be thrown off the stage; Award for ‘Hair’, received by Jennifer Hart on behalf of the Troupe; Award for ‘Acting’ received by Devin Kelly as he believed a fabulous performance; And an award for original script presented to Mr Matthew Cook.


Arts Smarts At RIA

Arts Smarts Showcase

We were very lucky to have our visiting artist, Mr Rory Lambert, come and work with our students again for the second of this two-week program.  They learned many important skills and developed a great deal in a short time.  On Friday, April 13th our students in grades 7-12 presented their showcase of scenes from many famous Newfoundland plays and they were quite impressive!  students performed scenes from plays including:  Michael Cook’s ‘The Fisherman’s Revenge’, Codco’s ‘Outport Taxi’, Kevin Major’s ‘No Man’s Land’, Al Pittman’s ‘West Moon’, Rhonda Payne’s ‘Stars in the Sky Morning‘, Robert Chafe’s ‘Tempting Providence‘, Berni Stapleton’s ‘Play Me Home‘, and Rising Tide Theater’s ‘The New Founde Land Pageant’.

Not only did our student learn about the dramatic arts, they also learned the various jobs involved with putting off a production.  Even our students who did not wish to have roles on the stage still found important jobs in terms of lights (Naasson Lambert), sound (Luke Monk), videography (Emma Blackmore), and set design and props.   Our design fabrication class did a great job on our tombstones for Westmoon!

We had a fantastic crowd come out to see our show and we hope you all had a great evening of drama as are very proud of what we accomplished.  We certainly appreciate the support!!!  We need to thank Rory for coming out and working with our students as he has done some amazing things with them and really gave our students a great experience.  We would also like to thank Mr Cook for all his efforts in implementing this Program and working with the students as well.  We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our office (Mr Mulrooney, Mr Balckmore, and Mrs Freeman) and our entire staff for their support and patience. And of course…none of this would be possible without the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council.  this grant has provided an amazing opportunity to our students.  Thank you so much.


Our School Community Is The BEST (We may be biased…but still…Go Crusaders!!!)

What a day at RIA!!!

We had a busy day yesterday as we came together and cleaned up our school grounds.  We cleared away the playground and gave it a much needed sprucing up!  We cleaned up the basketball court, beach volleyball court, soccer field, front & back of the school, and we have begun the process of building our outdoor classroom!!!  We are so proud of our students, parents, staff, and community volunteers for coming together and showing their Crusader (and Eagle) Pride!!!

It was especially nice to see the Allan Duffett Memorial Playground get some much needed cleaning and painting on the anniversary of Hurricane Igor.  We hope to make this clean up an annual event as it is a great way to meet the staff and work together to improve our school!

Our clean up started with our students in the afternoon and continued on with students, parents, teachers, and community members long into the evening.  A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Rogers, and Mr. Blackmore for your efforts in organizing and planning this event!  We have a lot of pictures because…well…we had a lot of help!


Senior Boys Basketball


The Senior Boys Basketball team will be heading to Provincials at St. Mary’s (Dunne Memorial Academy) next week after capturing the Regional Banner with a win over St. Mark’s.  The Crusaders defeated the Lions to capture the SSNL Avalon West ‘A’ Boys Basketball Regional title.   We would like to thank Mr. Glen O’Driscoll and the boys from St. Mark’s for coming up and competing!  The boys have had a pretty good season thus far as they have previously captured the tier III banner at the Cougar Classic in Clarenville early this winter.  We look forward to seeing them represent us at the Provincials next week.  Go Crusaders!!!c5ycm9jwmaa5tvgc2lkb9jwgaa4w7m

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Winter Carnival

What a Day at…


We built Snowmen…

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We had some great races and contests…

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And we had a nice boil up…

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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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