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 scared 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. The Chamber Choir's performance drew admiration from many at the Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster with Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishops Howard Tripp and Paul Hendricks of Southwark with other clergy from the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark, Liverpool, Plymouth and Arundel & Brighton. Amongst those attending the event were the Mayor of Richmond, the Leader of the Council, Lord True, a delegation of the Sisters of Charity of St Louis and sisters from the Bridgettine community at Iver Heath providing a link with our patron, St Richard Reynolds, who was a Bridgettine Canon Confessor at Syon Abbey. The bidding prayers were read by Miss Murphy, Lotty Pink and pupils from all of the Catholic primary schools in the Borough who also helped with the Offertory procession. The star of the evening was six-year-old Liam Jeffers from Year 1 at St Richard Reynolds Catholic Primary School who looked so smart and read his prayer so well.
Andrew Cole commented: “I am so proud that pupils from St Richard Reynolds were able to take part in this special Mass. They were a credit to the College. I am also delighted that every Catholic primary school in Richmond Borough was able to play a part.”
A night to remember
8th May 2015
Around 60 St Richard Reynolds pupils performed a variety of choral and instrumental works including a marvellous composition by Alex Gold performed by the author (who also designed the programme) and fellow Year 8 pupil, Lottie Pink. The event was masterminded by Director of Music, Caroline Firman, and formed part of a fortnight of events and activities in the St Richard Reynolds Music Festival. Miss Firman masterfully led the packed audience of parents, friends and staff in a choral finale. Mr Burke summed up the evening by stressing the importance of creativity in the educational development of our pupils and urged all who took part to be committed to developing their musical talents in the years ahead. Thanks to Miss Firman for staging such a splendid and enjoyable evening for the pupils and the audience. Thanks, as ever, to the Friends of SRR for providing refreshments
Please see here for copy of a recent letter received from Ofsted.