Family Fun Day
12th July 2015
Mercifully the rain stayed away for the second FoSRR Family Fun Day which drew a huge crowd of fun seekers. There were games, a bouncy castle and helter skelter, cake and sweets stalls, a karate demostration and the popular and hard-fought tug of war contest. The five-a-side tournament produced some silky skills and memorable goals and the SRR Jazz emsemble prodcued some smooth sounds. One of the highlights of the day was the SRR Great British Bake off. All of the entires were expertly created making it a tough job for the judges who choose Matthew Mitchell from Y7, Laura Saidi Y8 and Freya Hughes Y1 (picutred above) as the catgory winners. Thanks to Teddington Rugby Club for runnign a stall offering rugby tips and training and especailly to all those who worked so hard to make this a memorable day.
Year 7 and 8 trip to Chateau du Broutel
16th June 2015
Last weekend (12-15 June), 40 pupils from years 7 and 8 left SRRCC to spend the weekend at the Chateau du Broutel in Northern France, accompanied by Mrs Prindiville, Mr Novak, Miss Pearce and Mrs Bentham. After a relatively smooth journey, we arrived at the Chateau at 5.35pm. The pupils had a chance to explore and hear about all the fun activities they were going to enjoy while the teachers enjoyed a sit down and a welcome cup of tea!
On the Saturday, we had a tour of the local town, Rue, before a bit of retail therapy in the market. We then saw how chocolate is made and even got the opportunity to taste it afterwards! The evening activities saw pupils learn how to do camouflage and tracking, and resulted in some very muddy girls!
Sunday began with archery, fencing and rifling, before a fascinating trip to the Albert Museum, all about the Somme battle. In the evening, everyone sat around a campfire that they had built themselves, singing songs and telling stories.
On the Monday, the trip home was broken up by a trip to Nausicaa and to an aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer before heading to the ferry and home.
All in all, the trip was fantastic and we’re already looking forward to next year!
16th May 2015
A group of SRR Year 7 and 8 pupils attended on Saturday 16th May a vocal workshop at St Luke’s Church in Clapham with Voces8, a vocal group which sings music in a variety of styles from the sacred to pop and jazz arrangements. They have performed all over the UK and Europe and have developed an exciting educational programme for school children. The SRR group, drawn largely from the SRR Chamber Choir, engaged in a range of vocal exercises and learnt about harmony, resonance and balance. Voces8’s inspirational leader, the baritone Paul Smith and his singers brought an infectious enthusiasm to the session which culminated in a beautiful rendition of a four-part piece by the great English Renaissance composer William Byrd with the SRR pupils taking the soprano part. The pupils behaved impeccably (of course!) and performed “Oh Happy Day” in three-part harmony for the Voces8 group. Many thanks to Miss Firman, Director of Music for leading the group and arranging the visit.
Dads and lads in action!
16th May 2014
Report by Seamus Joyce, Foundation Governor
“Ten days ago I was given a golden opportunity by Gary McKeown, a dad at St Elizabeth's primary school. Gary offered his complete office furniture to both St Elizabeth's and St. Richard Reynolds schools as he was moving to serviced offices. I viewed the furniture last week and was overwhelmed by the amount and the quality of the furniture. I knew then that I was leaving nothing behind and it would reach its final destination at any cost. The email chains started last Tuesday and with great support from parents of St Richard Reynolds we worked the challenge. Sourcing transport, liaising with building managers, driving through busy traffic while working through my night shifts at Westminster City Council all created minor challenges but there was great satisfaction when I locked the school gates at 3pm on Sunday. We will all look back on this weekend one day and say WOW we actually did all that moving in one weekend. I think the husband 'Brownie Points' scale will have reached new levels this weekend and not forgetting our school mums who also played an important part. I was highly impressed with the two school pupils who helped in Moorgate on Saturday they should both receive several house points for their efforts. I will be having a beer debrief at the Albany public house on Friday 22nd of May from 9pm if anyone would like to join the volunteers express. This afternoon I secured around 50 new fire extinguishers for our school so the quest goes on and on!”
Business Manager, Mrs Fisher commented: “Amazing - Thank you so much everyone for all your help. I've been looking at the furniture this morning and can't believe the quality and quantity. I hope there weren't too many sore backs the next morning!”
SRR Pupils at Investiture Mass
13th May 2015
The St Richard Reynolds Chamber Choir sang beautifully four sacred songs under the direction of Miss Firman at the start of a votive Mass of St Gregory the Great in the chapel of St Mary’s University on 13th May 2015 during which Andrew Cole, chairman of our governing body, was invested with the insignia of a Knight of the Order of St Gregory which was bestowed upon him by His Holiness, Pope Francis.