Mortlake fair29th June 2013

 

Visitors to tthis year's Mortlake Fair were able to find out more about St Richard Reynolds Catholic College at an information desk manned by governors on Saturday 29th June. Lots of parents came along to ask questions and to offer support. The College uniform and sports kit was on display and drew very positive comments. Many thanks to St Magdalen's School for providing the pitch free of charge and for carrying an advertisement for the College on the fair programme. One lady even wanted to buy one of the College sports tops even though her children were at another school. 


Richmond Council plans to relocate Strathmore School on three sites across the borough in order to improve, enhance and make more accessible the borough's provision for children with complex learning difficulties which include Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or physical and sensory disabilities. Two sites have been agreed - Russell Primary School and Grey Court School and it is proposed that the third site be Clifden Road accommodating up to 50 pupils. There is already a special unit, The George Tancred Centre, providing for the needs of children with ASD at one of our sister Catholic schools in the borough, St James's Catholic Primary School.

Those who attended our Open Day last October will know that the College is committed to removing barriers to learning for children with disabilities or other special needs that affect their ability to learn to allow each child to fulfil his or her potential. At the Open Day, Mr Cole, chairman of the governing body, also stated that governors and the leadership team will work with the Diocese and the local authority to try to provide suitable facilities for any designated group.

The Church places great emphasis on doing what she can to help those in our community who are disadvantaged and need extra help. This is part of our mission and pastoral duty and the Diocese of Westminster is committed to doing what it can to help children with special needs and the governing body and the Diocese is in discussion with the local authority and Strathmore School about the possibility of accommodating part of Strathmore on the Clifden Road site. The discussions are at an early stage; there is much to consider and there will be extensive consultation and involvement with parents, governors and staff of both institutions before any decisions are taken. Factors will include the capacity of the site, the logistics of having Strathmore pupils on the same site as SRRCC pupils, funding, shared facilities and so forth. For agreement to be reached, there must be benefits to both institutions.

The inclusion of part of Strathmore School on the Clifden Road site could provide wonderful opportunities for both St Richard Reynolds and Strathmore. Should the proposal be approved, it will not be until at least 2017 before they become a reality so there is time to examine and consider the proposal properly and our College community will be consulted and involved in any decisions.

As a Catholic school community we have a duty to consider and support the needs of those who need special help and to be open to working with the local authority to explore opportunities to do so. One of the benefits of the proposal is that the special units will be located at mainstream schools and the children can feel part of the wider community. For our pupils, it provides an opportunity to understand and care about children who have these difficulties. 

The College will post updates on the proposals as they emerge.


StEQuizAround 100 parents and friends of St Richard Reynolds took part in a quiz night at St Edmund's in Whitton on Saturday 8 June. Local quizmaster Sean Carey provided the questions and teams also took part in reverse bingo and heads and tails. Raffle prizes were donated by St Edmund's Parents' Association and Andrew Cole. After eight fiercely contested rounds the eventual winners (pictured left) were declared with the top four teams separated by only a few marks. The amount raised has yet to be finalised but it looks to be in the region of £1,200 all of which will go to the St Richard Reynolds Building Fund.

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The children of St Edmund's, Whitton took part in Helping Hands Week during the half-term holiday. In return for a donation the children completed helpful jobs for their friends and family. Funds are still coming in but the total raised so far is £800. The money will be used to purchase a statue for the St Richard Reynolds Catholic College. The College is extremely grateful to the St Edmund's community for this very gesture and for all their hrd work.

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MM GroupAndrew Cole, Chairman of the Governing Body, visited St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School to receive a cheque for £1,000 for the College Building Fund from PTA chair Geraldine Barker and head teacher, Helen Frostick. He was also presented with a beautiful statues of Our Lady from Year 4 pupils Emily O'Connell and George Goddard and Year 6 pupil Mildred Akapabio-Klementowska who will transfer to St Richard Reynolds High School in September. Each of the six Catholic primary schools in the Borough of Richmond has raised money to donate a statue for the College. They will be blessed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols when he comes to Twickenham in September to officially open the school. The statues will be placed in the new classrooms. The College is extremely grateful for this kind and thoughtful gesture from the St Mary Magdelen's school community.

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