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A Few Notes From RIA

  • Make sure your cookie dough orders are all passed in!!!download-1
  • Check out the Senior Boys Softball Regionals Thursday Afternoon at Shoal Hr. Field.softball
  • All community members welcome to our Terry Fox/Walk To Breakfast next Thursday!!!                                                                                                                         images
  • Curriculum Night Next Thursday.  We hope to see all Parents/Guardians!!!download-2

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!


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!!!




Vista Regional Drama Festival Starts Tonight

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The Vista Regional Drama Festival starts tonight in Trinity at 7:00 with performances by Discovery Collegiate and Clarenville High.  The Festival continues on Thursday with a performance by Bishop White at 6:30 and Random Island Academy going on second at around 7:30.  After this performance the Random Island Academy Glee group will give a non-adjudicated performance while the festival adjudicator is preparing awards.  Performances take place at Rising Tide Theater and tickets for each night are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  Please come out and support the festival and your Random Island academy Drama Troupe!!!