28th June 2016
24 primary school children, from Reception, Year 1 and 2, took part yesterday in the Richmond Primary Dance Festival. It was held at Twickenham Academy. 11 schools from all over the borough took part.
The children spent the morning having their technical rehearsal on stage, as well as perfecting their dance moves and checking their hair and costumes were ready for the big performance. In the afternoon, mums and dads and other friends and family members from all the different schools arrived and took their seats forming a large audience.
The big moment finally arrived and St Richard Reynolds took to the stage. The children performed a line/country dance, which in their cowboy-inspired costumes, looked fantastic. Everyone was in time and had huge smiles on their faces. Freya's 'banjo playing skills' were especially appreciated by the audience, as well as the gymnastic abilities of Anna, Charlie, Maisie and Freya. All the children surprised the audience with their final move when they threw their cowboy hats high in the air to a cheer of 'yee-hah'! The hall erupted into applause, cheers and mutterings of how amazing it all was.
The children's successful performance was rewarded by the judges who gave them the award for 'best musicality'. The College received a trophy and every child who took part received a medal and a certificate. The children were magnificent and should be very proud of their achievements. It was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Shooting Star Chase Hospice Visit
20th June 2016
Bakhita House has taken on the act of helping the sick as part of this year’s Corporal Acts of Mercy. Bakhita House pupils have been raising awareness about helping those in need, as well as raising money to support this charity. Shooting Star Chase kindly invited a group of pupils to its Hospice in Hampton to see how the money they raised has been put to at work and to also give them an opportunity to see first-hand the difference their support makes.
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“We went to Shooting Star Chase and we learnt about the children there and how much it costs to fund the hospice. We learnt that only 10% of the funding comes from the government and the rest is donated”.
“I really enjoyed the trip to the hospice because it was a new experience. Even though it was a bit hard to learn about the families and the children and the different problems they face. Everywhere in the hospice was very nice and it didn’t feel like a hospital. It has motivated me to raise more money for the hospice considering that it costs £10 million a year.”
“I really enjoyed the experience. We saw the different rooms in the hospice and they were all really individual and nice. The garden was really pretty and the building was like a big house, it was comfortable and it didn’t feel like a hospital. Everyone there was really welcoming and it has really encouraged me to do more volunteer work.”
“Shooting star was amazing. Today we learnt the positive side of the hospice. The children’s hospice cared for children who weren’t born just yet to 21 years. My favorite part of the trip was visiting the garden and how much thought that went in to it as it helps the children with their senses. For example, there was a big mirror ball in the garden which helped those children with less mobility to see the world all around them. The flowers and different textures helped the children to smell and feel. Shooting star has definitely inspired me to help and care for others around me. They have also inspired me to volunteer in the near future and do things for others and not just myself."
Bridgettine Sisters host Mass of Thanksgiving
12th June 2016
Pope Francis canonised Blessed Mother Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad at a ceremony in St Peter's Square on Sunday 5th June 2016. Mother Mary Elizabeth re-founded the Order of the Most Holy Saviour (the Bridgettines) in 1911. She is only the second Swede to become a saint, following Saint Bridget in 1391 who founded the Order of the Most Holy Saviour. Mother Mary Elizabeth hid Jewish families during World War II in the Bridgettine convent, Casa Santa Brigida, in Piazza Farnese, Rome where she was mother superior and she turned Bridgettine convents into places where her spiritual daughters could distribute food and clothing to those in need.
Mother Julia Nazareth OSsO hosted a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of Blessed Mother Mary Elizabeth at the Bridgettine Convent at Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire celebrated by The Bishop of Northampton, The Rt Rev Peter Doyle. Mother Julia Nazareth and Sisters from Iver Heath and Maryvale attended the official opening of St Richard Reynolds Catholic College in September 2013 and our Chair of Governors, Andrew Cole KSG, was amongst the congregation at the Mass. Mr Cole was pleased to present to Mother Julia Nazareth before the Mass, a copy of the painting of St Richard Reynolds. Richard Reynolds was a Bridgettine Canon Confessor at the Monastery of Syon Abbey in Iselworth which stood on the site of Syon House until it was destroyed following the dissolution of the monasteries on the orders of Thomas Cromwell. St Richard Reynolds was executed at Tyburn on 5th May 1535 and the painting tells the story of his life and death. It also features the St Bridget of Sweden. Mr Cole is pictured with Sisters outside the Iver Heath Convent.
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.