Letter from Emeritus Pope Benedict
Emeritus Pope Benedict received a commemorative mug marking the opening of the College from Cardinal Nichols and sent his thanks. See HERE
New appointments for September 2014
Matt Butcher BA – Subject Leader History
Matt Butcher studied History and English at St Mary’s University College before completing his Teacher Training at St Paul’s Catholic College Sunbury. Matt is currently the Head of Year 8 at Jubilee High School and is proud to be part of an ‘Outstanding’ History Department. He is looking forward to leading and developing our History Department at St Richard Reynolds. History is Matt’s passion and he is keen to share his knowledge with our pupils next year. History trips to historical sites and cities will be a core aspect of the History Department and he will be looking to lead several trips over the coming years. As well as being a film enthusiast, Matt enjoys sport and used to be a keen rower.
Francisco Otermin – Subject Leader Mathematics
Francisco Otermin moved from Santander (Spain) to London in 2005 after a career in civil engineering. He started his mathematics teaching career after training at St Mary’s University College in 2007. Since then, he has undertaken various roles including line managing a range of subjects at St Joseph’s College, Tolworth Girls’ School and currently, Harris Academy Morden. He is passionate about his subject and enjoys motivating young people to share his enthusiasm for mathematics. Francisco is a keen runner. He regularly takes part in ultramarathons, which are races of a distance longer than a marathon, some up to 100 miles.
Katherine Pearce BA - English teacher
Katherine is currently in her second year as an English teacher at The John Wallis Academy in Ashford, Kent. Previously, she studied English and Philosophy at The University of Southampton. She is extremely passionate about teaching and working to support the young people in her care. She strongly believes in the importance of creating a stimulating and innovative learning environment which addresses the needs of all students. She looks forward to becoming involved in our college community and to play a part in the development and growth of our college.
Zoe Prindiville BA - Subject Leader MFL
Zoe Prindiville joins St Richard Reynolds from St Ursula's Convent School in Greenwich where she has been teaching for the past 6 years. After a highly successful career in media, Zoe decided to use her language degree and skills and take up teaching languages. She completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education and embarked on her new career, being promoted to Head of Department. She is passionate about languages and making young people as enthused about speaking French, Spanish and German as she is!
Sorrel Simmons BA – Subject Leader Geography
Sorrel Simmons is currently a Geography Specialist Leader in Education and Head of Travel and Tourism at St John the Baptist School, Woking. Sorrel studied Geography at Durham University before joining Andersen Consulting. After 7 years travelling the world with work, she retrained and has been teaching for 10 years, with a passion for combining exciting lessons with application to the real world – particularly easy when most of today’s global challenges such as energy supply, climate change, the increase in natural hazards, have Geography at their heart. She is looking forward to leading the St Richard Reynolds Geography department, making sure our pupils are at the centre of everything we do from helping to decide the curriculum, fieldtrips and even homework!
Rebecca Sparke BA, MA – Year 1 teacher
Rebecca Sparke is originally from Wiltshire and moved to London to study History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art before completing a PGCE at Kingston University. She currently teaches at Oliver House School in South Clapham, where she has been working in KS1, for the past three years. She is very much looking forward to joining the Primary School at St Richard Reynolds in September.
Big Bang in Brum
13th March 2014
Last Thursday was a very exciting day for a group of 30 Y7 St Richard Reynolds pupils when the Science Department led a trip to the Big Bang Fair in the NEC, Birmingham. This is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. Pupils had a fantastic day, getting hands on experience with all sorts of practical work from the real world. Together they combined their energy, cycling and rowing to produce enough electricity to boil a kettle for a nice cup of tea and had a hair-raising experience on the Vann de Graaff generator as they learnt about static electricity. Many took on the task of making an alarm clock, while others learnt how to mix chemicals to make lip balm, or took a tour through the human nose and intestine. There were light-bending glasses that distorted the students' vision, making writing a very hard task, along with a visit on the zoo bus to learn about animals. For those keen on fast speeds, there was an area dedicated to Formula 1, with hands-on experience in an F1 simulator, along with changing a tyre against the clock! There was also a section to learn all about aeroplanes and much, much more. Pupils from all over the country descended on Birmingham and it was a delight that St Richard Reynolds were there too. So, until next year, we will just have to sit back and enjoy the photos and the memories of a fascinating school trip.
Biology goes wild!
13th March 2014
Year 7 encountered some rather exotic visitors from the tropical rainforest when the team from The Tropical Zoo Roadshow joined St Richard Reynolds Biology classes yesterday. Pupils had the opportunity to handle all manner of fascinating beasts including some snakes (including a venomous one), spiders (a few passed on this one!), iguanas and tortoises under the careful supervision of expert handlers. They learnt about their habits and habitat, what they eat and who eats them. It was a terrific experience and the creatures behaved as impecably as the students! If you would like to support the work of The Tropical Zoo, go to their website HERE
Faith in Action
Our Faith in Action group filled 90 backpacks with all sorts of useful educational and fun items donated by St Richard Reynolds pupils and parents as part of the Mary's Meals Backpack project. This far exceeded our target thanks to the genorsity and committment of our community.
Most of the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project have suffered war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. Very often families cannot afford to buy basic things like pencils and copy books, or even suitable clothes for their children to wear to school. And so their children miss out on school and an education. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.