Bishop Alan Hopes to celebrate Mass of Welcome

16th April 2013

From Richard Burke, Principal, to new parents and pupils:

Alan HopesI am delighted to welcome your family as one of the first to our new Catholic College, St Richard Reynolds. The opening of our College is an historic occasion; one that will celebrate the efforts of so many people who have worked long and hard to see a Catholic secondary school in this borough. We are privileged that you have put your faith and trust in us to provide, in partnership with you, the education of your child, your precious gift from God. Working closely with you will be crucial in ensuring that our College will be a place where our young people come first, are loved, listened to, challenged and inspired.

To begin our induction process and ensure the primary-secondary transition is seamless, it is with great pleasure that I invite you and your family to our inaugural Mass of Welcome for the first cohort of Year 7 pupils and Reception children and their familes are also very welcome to attend. The Votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds will be held on Wednesday 1st May at 7pm at St Mary's University College Chapel. The Principal Celebrant will be Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster. I hope that you will be able to join us.

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.


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. 


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.


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.