15th March 2013

Parents, staff and friends of St Elizabeth's Catholc Primary School enjoyed a fabulous evening at this year's Dinner Dance and were joined by special guests, the Emeritus Bishop of Southwark Howard Tripp and the Dean of Mortlake, Monsignor William Saunders. The evening included a sumptious meal prepared by parents of the school and dancing to live music plus a raffle and slient auction. Profits on the night topped £2,500 all of which was kindly donated to the St Richard Reynolds Catholic College building fund. Thanks to all who made this such an enjoyable and memorable evening. All of the Catholic primary schools in Richmond have agreed to host a fundraising event over the coming year for the College and the governing body is hugely thankful and encouraged by their support and generosity.

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The governing body is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Murphy and Susanne Farrar to the senior leadership team of the College. They are both highly experienced and talented teachers with over ten years service in Catholic education. They were appointed from a very strong field of candidates. Anne and Susanne will join the College in the summer term. They bring a wealth of experience to the College and will be actively involved in the recruitment of other staff and in preparing the College to receive its first pupils in September.

Susanne FarrarSusanne Farrar read Theology at Exeter University before completing her teaching training also at Exeter. Susanne joins us from The Salesian School in Chertsey having previously taught at Gumley House Convent School in Isleworth and The London Oratory School in Fulham.

 

Anne MurphyAnne Murphy read Theology and Religious Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge before completing her teaching training at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill. Anne joins us from John F Kennedy Catholic School in Hemel Hempsted having previously taught at St Joan of Arc Catholic School in RIckmansworth and Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith. 

Anne and Susanne both attended Gumley House Convent School before university. 

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DISCO SRR lo1st March 2013

Groovy dance moves, dodgy dress sense and fabulous fish pie (plus a few shandies) combined to make the St Richard Reynolds 70s Disco a night to remember. The event raised over £4,000 towards the College building fund. Thanks to all who took part and especially to Seamus Joyce, parent governor at St Elizabeth's and governing councillor at St Richard Reynolds for pulling it all together with his customary charm.

Photo here.

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Outside court

The British Humanist Association and one of its local members, Jeremy Rodell who leads the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign, initiated court action to try to prevent the new schools from opening next September. The BHA promotes a secular form of humanism and campaigns for a completely secular state and an end to schools with a religious character, as it believes they are unnecessary, discriminatory and divisive. They claimed that the Richmond Council’s decision to approve the proposals from the Diocese of Westminster was unlawful.

The first Open Day about St Richard Reynolds Catholic College was held in the main hall at the RACC, Clifden Road. Two sessions had been planned, one about the primary school followed by one about the secondary school. Two extra sessions had to be run to accommodate over 1,000 people who attended the event. Parents, children and local residents were told about plans for the school and what it might be like for the first intake of children next September. The presentations were led by chairman, Andrew Cole, with contributions from Paul Barber and Josephine Lewis, the Director and Deputy Director of Education at The Diocese of Westminster. Parents and children also heard from Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster and Bishop Paul Hendricks of Southwark. Emeritus Bishop Howard Tripp of Southwark and Mike Cullinane of the Southwark Education Commission were also in attendance joining local clergy and the head teachers of our six Catholic primary schools in Richmond Borough.