5th May 2016

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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.   

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

DoW Crest 2014 Colour Mitre loWestminster 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:

High School report

Primary School report

24th March 2016

YoF1YoF2B House Relay: B House ran a fun team relay event on Tuesday 22nd March after school. There was lots of excitment around the cake and lemonade stall but the real entertainment came with the team relay. We had 8 teams ready and focused to take part, some even in fancy dress. A course was mapped around the school grounds for runners. Each competitor had to run 2 laps, 8 in total as a team. There was a great atmosphere, with lots of cheering and shouting in support of their teams. All 8 teams did a fantastic job completing the course and, co-incidentally, it was 9B who came first! A big thank you to B House for organising such a fun event and well done to all those involved and who raised money through sponsorship or making cakes. Our grand total will be revealed soon.

23rd March 2016

The Lent term has seen host to the St Richard Reynolds Music Festival Fortnight, which included concerts, trips, vocal workshops, Primary events and a 'Young Musician' competition.

Music festivalTwenty-three lucky students, who had been preparing songs in groups in their own time, had the opportunity to record their tracks at a professional recording studio at Camden Roundhouse. What an experience to inspire our up-and-coming bands! The trip came complete with a tour, time to practice, ample time in the recording studio and time to mix their tracks with a professional sound technician. In addition, the College's most committed musicians were treated to a trip to the Royal Albert Hall for a meal at its Verdi restaurant, with a live music from an accomplished a capella group. 

Our Beatles concert on 8th March was a celebration of so many excellent Beatles songs, performed with flair and novelty moustaches (thank you Boys' Choir!). We had some beautiful a cappella renditions, a performance from our choir for parents, staff and governors, and a singalong finale. The advanced string ensemble, guitar ensemble and the College's five choirs each made their mark on some Beatles classics and many pupils learned a few new songs in the process.

All year 7 pupils have been developing their repertoire of jazz standards in singing assembly, learning songs such as 'I Got Rhythm', 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' and 'The Girl from Ipanema'. These were performed in a Jazz Concert on 14th March, where the year group was joined by the school jazz band, pupils from Year 1 and Year 2 and an extra special jazz band from Christ's School which proved an inspiration for all.

Many students took part in our Young Musician competition on Friday 18th March. There were some exceptional performances and our adjudicators (which included staff, musicians from St Mary's University College and our Chair of Governors Mr Cole) were very impressed with the standard. Congratulations to our Year 7 band (Sean Dale, Sam Cotton, Patrick Reed and Leon Harris-Charlton) for their winning performance of 'Valerie', and to our other category winners: Jean-Sebastian Prenovost (piano and instrumental to Grade 2), Eoin Donnelly (advanced instrumental) and Olivia Law (vocal category). 

Primary pupils have been busy, with Year 1 and Year 2 pupils taking part in the Beatles concert - with some memorable acting out of Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - as well as singing two numbers in the Jazz Concert. They have also been busy preparing for the Primary Singing Festival at the Rose Theatre in April. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 came together on 17th March to share performances with parents in a showcase concert, to raise money for a Year 3 string orchestra. Well done to all involved!

Our choirs are developing new repertoire and new skills. The Chamber Choir has been making its first forays into the world of Latin chant in preparation for Maundy Thursday's Mass, and we are excited to be launching a Schola Cantorum in the summer term for our most exceptional singers. The Music department has a big focus on music for the greater good - already the department has raised over £800 in the last year for charity, from collections and concerts and some lively busking at Twickenham station!