12th June 2016

IverHeathPope 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.

10th June 2016

Building1Contractors 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.


10th June 2016

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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.

If any parents would like to volunteer for similar projects, please e mail Anna Fisher via the office e mail: office@srrcc.org.uk.

15th May 2016

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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.

8th May 2016

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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.