Stage 3 building work underway
10th June 2016
Contractors set up a technical area over half-term at the College and began the demolition of the old 'Horsa' buildings to make the site ready for the new College building. Almost £5 million has been spent on the College development to date and we are very grateful to those who helped to meet this cost. Stage three of our building programme is underway at a cost of over £16 million met largely by the RC Dioceses of Westminster and Southwark. This is a very significant investment that will provide some first class facilities for our pupils now and for generations to come.
Considerable effort has gone into planning and designing our new buildings in order to make the most of the funds and space available but unfortunately, one of the elements of the scheme that the budget will not cover is a new sports hall. Whilst we are fortunate in the Borough to have access to high-quality sports facilities, albeit at considerable cost to the College, the addition of a new sports hall at the College would add greatly to the accessibility and quality of our sports provision. The Governors have already raised £163,500 towards an initial fundraising target of £1 million thanks to the generosity of religious orders and Catholic charities plus donations from governors, some parents and local parishioners. Details of how parents can help will follow over the coming months, as will news updates as the building work progresses.
A great team effort
10th June 2016
Huge thanks are extended to the Year 2 parents and governors who gave up their time in during half term to transform a piece of waste ground behind Haile Block into a tranquil garden space for our primary pupils. The space will be finished over the summer months to include space for planting and a small prayer garden for the pupils to visit.The ground was cleared and prepared back in April by a team of parents, governors and children led by Seamus Joyce. Materials were funded by the Governor's fund, so thank you to those of you that continue to contribute to the fund to make this sort of improvement possible.
Hundreds flock to the SRR car boot sale
15th May 2016
From a standing start just three weeks ago, the parents involved devised and executed an ambitious publicity drive, producing high quality leaflets and banners that really captured the tone and professionalism of the event. Carefully planned leaflet drops were undertaken to ensure local residents were fully engaged, with the publicity net being cast wider via local media (i.e. Radio Jackie); the net result being that of the sixty pitches that were available for the day, all were taken up ahead of the event!
Blessed with a beautiful morning, the organising parents arrived at 8am, and worked seamlessly to ensure the gates opened on time to the public at 10am. The atmosphere across the morning was terrific, with pitch owners happily engaging the hundreds of people, young and old, who turned up to view their wares. With hot food, beverages and face painting available throughout the morning, it really felt fitting that the school was able to act as the focal point in hosting such a pleasant event.
Huge thanks are due to Michelle Jeffers and the Car Boot Sale Team and to all those who helped to make the day such a great success. What they achieved in such a short time will serve as an inspiration to others to do what they can to support the College. Over £1,500 was raised on the day, which will be used to support the cost of providing a retractable stage for the School.
SRR at St James's
8th May 2016
Representatives from the primary school and the High school were invited to take part at the 10.30 Mass at St James's Church. Conducted by Miss Firman, the pupils led the singing of congregational hymns including Christ is our King. During Communion representatives from the High School sang Panis Angelicus whilst the Primary pupils gave a lively rendition of Siyahamba. It was a pleasure to see pupils using their musical talents to enhance worship and we look forward to visiting St James's parish again. Special thanks go to Father Ulick for inviting the school and to Mrs Saunders for her advice.
Bishop Sherrington visits SRR
5th May 2016
Bishop John Sherrington, Chairman of the Education Commission of the Diocese of Westminster, made a pastoral visit to St Richard Reynolds today. Bishop Sherrington was instrumental in the foundation of the College and his visit presented an opportunity to see for himself how much has been achieved since his first visit with Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Smith when the College was officially opened. Bishop John made a tour of the College with Mr Burke speaking to pupils and staff in both the High School and Primary School before meeting in the chapel our liturgy reps and members of our Music and RE department where he led a short ceremony to bless and commission our chapel tabernacle so kindly donated by the Sisters of Charity of St Louis in East Sheen. The Bishop reminded us that now Jesus will be truly present in the College. Also in attendance at the service was governor Monsignor William Saunders, Dean of Mortlake who kindly took these pictures. The service concluded with a beautiful rendition of Panis Angelicus by members of the newly formed Schola Cantorum. Later the Bishop addressed staff and governors in the chapel and led prayers for the Year of Mercy. Bishop John commended the staff and governors in a moving and inspirational address for all that they have done to create a special place of learning rooted in our Christian faith and for helping to make history in this part of London. He announced that he had approved the appointment of contractors to begin the third phase of building development at the College which will begin the coming weeks.
Bishop Sherrington commented: "I was delighted to visit St Richard Reynolds Catholic College and Primary School and was welcomed with kindness and gratitude. It was very pleasing to see the use of the refurbished Edwardian building by the pupils and to congratulate them on their outstanding OFSTED and Diocesan achievements. The spirit of St Richard Reynolds, the local martyr, is palpable and permeates college life. His example helps the students to develop their faith and the spirit of self-sacrifice for the good of others. Thank you to Andy Cole and the Governing Body, Richard Burke and his staff, and to parents for placing their trust in this new school. May God continue to bless your good work as we start the new build."
Bishop John has been unswerving in his commitment to this project and to finding funds to develop it. The whole College community is grateful for all he had done to support the College and his visit served as a great encouragement to staff, pupils and governors.