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.
Schola Cantorum condidit
26th April 2016
As a Catholic school, the liturgies and Masses we provide are of the upmost importance in encouraging and facilitating the spiritual growth of our students. Gregorian chant and the majority of choral music throughout the ages, by composers such as Palestrina, Mozart and Monteverdi, were originally composed for the purpose of enhancing Catholic liturgy.
It is into this sacred tradition that St Richard Reynolds will start to partake more fully with the founding of a Schola Cantorum. The choir’s primary role will be to serve the school’s liturgies, but outside of this, they will have numerous opportunities to sing in external venues, tour abroad and produce recordings. Many of the UK’s leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Durham have strong choral traditions. In addition to academic applications, choral scholarships are provided to students at universities such as these who demonstrate outstanding musical potential and ability. We are delighted to be able to start to offer our pupils this opportunity and experience, which will only serve to benefit them.
13th April 2016
Westminster Diocesan inspectors, Father Anthony Homer and Mrs Sheila Nolan, visited the College in March and their reports were published today, 13th April 2016. They were very impressed and judged both schools to be outstanding in every category.
You can read the reports for yourself: