Bishop Sherrington lays foundation stone
26th April 2017
Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster led a service at St Richard Reynolds today during which he laid and blessed the foundation stone of our fabulous new teaching block. He was assisted by governors Canon Peter Newby, representing local Westminster clergy, and Monsignor William Saunders, representing local Southwark clergy. Although the numbers allowed on site were very limited, the ceremony was witnessed by representaitves of the parents, teachers and support staff, governors and, of course, pupils from both our Primary and High School. People involved in the design and management of the building project from DHP, Synergy and Graham Construction were also in attendance. We were also pleased to welcome J P Morrison, Director of Education at the Diocese of Westminster and Mike Baldwin from the RC Diocese of Southwark Education Commission.
It was a great privilege to welcome Bishop Sherrington to the College to officiate at this historic event. Bishop Sherrington has been involved in the creation of College since becoming a bishop in Westminster. In a very elegant and moving service and ceremony, the Bishop spoke of the local campaign to see the school established and recalled that amongst his first duties as a new created bishop was to attend a lively meeting at Richmond Council back in 2011 when the decision to allow our school to open was taken by the Cabinet. He remembered the many primary school children from this borough who were there with banners to support the campaign for a Catholic secondary school in Richmond. Bishop Sherrington spoke of the partnership and support of the dioceses of Southwark and Westminster, and thanked the local community and all those involved in the foundation and development of the College for their commitment and determination.
Pupils from Year 7 and 9 acted as vimps and servers and the occasion was greatly enhanced by the Schola Cantorem, under the baton of Miss Morrell. The Schola sang the Bruckner motet, Locus Iste, so beautifully during the laying of the stone. Members of the Schola also acted as readers. Many thanks are due to all those who were involved in the planning and execution of what was a wonderful occasions which marked another important milestone in the journey of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College. videte bona domini!
St Richard Reynolds Golf Society inaugural Spring Cup
Monday 24th April 2017
Last Friday 21st April 2017 saw the first event of the recently formed St Richard Reynolds Golf Society, The Spring Cup, take place at Sunbury Golf Club. A massive vote of thanks is due to governor, Seamus Joyce, the founder of the Society and the mastermind behind a very successful and enjoyble first event. Thanks are due to the whole Joyce family for sponsoring the Spring Cup and for providing the prizes. Seamus's report follows:
"18 excited golfers made their way to Sunbury Golf Club. After registration and fortified by bacon rolls and coffee, they formed into six groups of three with the first group teeing off at 14:40. There was a wide range of handicaps ranging from +1 to +28! Many stuck to the fairways and greens while others took a more scenic route recording over eight miles on their step counters! "Four" was heard all over the course in a variety of accents, some loud and some screamed. The Society snack buggy was welcomed by all and provided sustaining snacks and drinks throughout the event. On arrival back at the club house we tucked into a beautiful curry which was appropriately washed down with a few beers.".
The following players were presented prizes afterwards:
Overall Spring Cup Champion 2017 with 40 points Arturo Lawson
Overall second place with 38 points Marcus Ferguson Jones
Overall third place decided on count back on 36 points Chris Webster
Longest Drive 18th Hole Mark Rimmer
Longest Drive in two 12th Hole Brian Studdert
Nearest the pin 4th hole Marcus Ferguson Jones
Nearest the pin 7th hole Ben Fahey
Best dressed golfer Marina Tuffier
All profits from the day will go towards the Sports Hall Fund.
Primary Passion Play
29th March 2017
On Wednesday 29th March, Year 3 performed their Easter production, entitled 'Good News'. The performance documented the Easter story but with a modern twist. The story was told through news reporters of the news channel ‘Good News' and for each day of Holy Week there was a news report with live action from the events.
There was acting, singing, dancing and even news reporters being projected onto a big screen! The Year 3s were so fantastic that they not only made the audience smile and laugh, but also shed a tear or two with their very moving crucifixion dance. It was a fitting and memorable way to prepare for Easter.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in producing such a memorable performance and well done Year 3- you did us very proud!
24th March 2017
In preparation for Easter, all High School students have had the opportunity in College to make their Confession or just to have a privare chat to a visiting priest on each of the last four Fridays in Lent. The programme proved to be extrememly popular with many of our pupils and many of the clergy, who gave so generously of their time, reported back that they found it to be a very rewarding exerience for them too. The College is so lukcy to have the support of so many clergy from Westminster, Southwark and beyond who support us by visiting to celebrate Mass and other Sacraments. Particular thanks are due to those who came in to hear Confessions; governors, Canon Peter Newby (St Margaret's) and Monsignor William Saunders (East Sheen) and to Father Richard Whinder (Mortlake), Canon John Weatherill (Southwark Diocesan Financial Secretary), Father Stephen Langridge (Richmond), Father Ulick Loring (Twickenham), Father Bernard Boyland (Hampton), to Father Philip Baptiste (Kensal New Town, formerly Hampton Hill) and to first-time visitor, Father John Byrne (Feltham). Pictures: Canon Newby and pupils preparing for Confession in the College Chapel.
Schola Cantorum at Westminster Cathedral
18th March 2017
The St Richard Reynolds Schola was given the unique opportunity to shadow the world-famous choristers of Westminster Cathedral for a morning. It began with sung Mass at 10:30am in which we heard the choristers' beautiful singing. As Saoirse noted, Mass was far more reverent with the singing at relevant moments. After Mass, we had a short tour of the Cathedral, visiting the chapels and admiring the mosaics both old and new. At 11:50am, we were taken behind the scenes to the Song School and observed the Director of Music at the Cathedral, Martin Baker, ,lead the choristers through a rehearsal. It was an eye-opening experience seeing the choiristers diligently mark their musical scores and answering complicated theory questions with impressive ease. The St Richard Reynolds group left fthe Cathedral feeling very inspired and with many different ideas to take back to Twickenham! Thanks to Miss Morrell for organising such an valuable and iinspirtitonal visit.