Bishop Sherrington at SRR
8th October 2014
The Right Reverend John Sherrington, auxialliary bishop of Westminster and Chairman of the Education Commission made a pastoral visit to the College on Wednesday. The Bishop concelebrated a votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds in the College Hall with Father Nigel Griffin, parish priest of St Edmund of Canterbury, Whitton. Bishop Sherrington in his homily explained that a bishop carries a crozier or crook like a shepherd and that his flock are not sheep but all those attending and working in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Westminster. He also referred to the noble bravery of St Richard Reynolds and the example he set us all in standing firm in his beliefs and to the invitation of the College motto for us to see the good things of the Lord. This was Bishop Sherrignton's second visit to St Richard Reynolds, he previously visited with Cardinal Nichols at the official opening of the College a year ago. The pastoral visit included a tour of the College and the Edwardian Building due to be refurbished in the new year. Bishop Sherrington commented on the prayerful attention of pupils during Mass and the delicious lunch he shared with pupils and staff and also noted the great progress made since his last visit and praised all those involved in making the College a success. Huge thanks are due to all those who helped make this Mass a beautiful celebration by preparing the hall and altar, by reading, by serving at the altar, and to those who sang and to Miss Firman for directing the music.
SRR Rockets score 40
30th September 2014
SRRCC V Chessington
Report by Saoirse Frisby
The Rockets played a very physically challenging game against Chessington in the Surrey League with only 6 players available to play. The girls managed to pull it out of the bag in the first half and were in the lead with some great scoring from Rowena. This was the first time for some of our players to play and in particular Emily made excellent contributions. In the second half, Chessington managed to score a few baskets, but we kept our cool and continued to attack and made some lovely passes to each other. It was a great team effort and I was selected as woman of the match! Final score 40-9.
Chilli & Chat
Around a hundred parents and friends gathered on Friday for the first social event of the academc year - a Chilli and Chat evening organised by the Friends of St Richard Reynolds. The event gave new parents especially a great opportunity to get to know other parents with pupils in the same form, to meet some of the teachers, and to share their ideas and experiences over a glass or two and a bowl of chilli. The bar was busy and the talk was flowing interupted only by a game of head and tails and the customary raffle. Huge thanks are due to all those who cooked, served, manned the bar, donated prizes, ran the raffle and helped to clear up afterwards to make the evening a great success.
Girls' footy season kicks off
Report by Alexandra Wigington 7L
Last Tuesday 23rd September the year 7 and 8 girls' football teams went to play in the first match this year against Richmond Park Academy. The Year 7 girls got to wear the new white football kit (left) sponsored by Tesco and the Year 8 girls wore red (right). Our goalies were Abbey for year 7 and Alice for year 8. As we approached the school, almost everyone had butterflies. It was nerve-racking for some and exciting for others. We walked proudly onto the astroturf and went to our separate pitches. We did our warm up trying not to give too much away and talked tactics. Ms Byrne came and sorted out our positions and substitutions. The match began and we started to run around and shout to each other and Ms Byrne was yelling out where to go and giving advice. Suddenly the opposing team got the ball and headed towards our goal. We save it! After a few more minutes, Mia ran to the opposing goal with the ball and scored! At half time we had a team talk and made some changes. We tried our best but the other team managed to slip one past us, so it was 1-1. We needed one more goal to win and got close a few times but unfortunately we couldn't score, but at least we drew. We shook hands with the opposing team and did our first team shout as SRRCC. We decided on woman of the match and Katy Shirtcliffe won it for us. We cheered on the year 8s as they finished their match and we were happy to hear they won 2-0. We got back to school about 6 o'clock and went home for a well deserved rest. Well done to all of the girls.
Open Day at SRR
25th September 2014
Over 1,400 prospective parents and pupils visited St Richard Reynolds for the open day on Saturday last and evening last night and last Saturday to see and hear about the College for themselves. They were able to chat to SRR pupils and parents and walk around the College classrooms and facilities and to meet subject teachers and support staff. Mr Burke addressed parents in the College Hall at intervals during the morning but the real star of the day was Year 7 pupil, Charlotte, who delivered her personal view of her first weeks at St Richard Reynolds. Many thanks are due to all of the staff and especially pupils who gave up their Saturday morning to help with the event.