Medals for Team SRR
24th July 2014
St Richard Reynolds entered 22 athletes into Richmond Borough Sports Day last month. Team SRR competed in a range of activities from javelin to hurdles at Kingsmeadow. All our athletes represented the College superbly and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Against stiff competition on the day, Sylvester Jasper finished in first place in the boys hurdles with a fantastic performance and Rowena Brimacombe showed true grit and determination to take first place in the 800 metres race and Wade Vernon narrowly missed out on first place in a tough 100 metres sprint. The SRR girls team finished 6th in the Borough and the SRR boys team achieved an excellent 4th place position. Well done to all involved and thank you to Richmond Schools Sports Partnership for running a fantastic event.
College Camp Out
18th July 2014
Year 7 rounded off their first year at St Richard Reynolds with a camp out in the College grounds on Thursday night. Pupils had to work for their supper by launching water bombs at targets with direct hits earning them extra toppings on their pizzas. With Mr McPaul firmly in command, Year 7 took parts in lots of activities including a football competition, bowls and a film show in the College Hall. The evening concluded with prayers before everyone took to their tents, some even to catch some sleep! Just after dawn, Mr Burke and his valiant staff took to the kitchen to cook up a hearty breakfast. It was a fabulous evening enoyed by all. Huge thanks are due to all who helped to organise and run such a successful event and to those who provided the camp fire burners and especially to our head cook who put in a fifteen hour shift in the kitchen.
Top Fun at Family Fun Day
13th July 2014
The Friends of St Richard Reynolds staged their last event of the College year - a hugely successful and well attended Family Fun Day in the College grounds. The event began with a hotly contested Fun Run with Reception children leading the way with the first lap. A mighty tug of war contest wrapped up the day with loads of actvities and stalls to enjoy in between including lots of old favourites like Hook a Duck and Tin Can Alley. The bouncy castle kept the little ones jumping and the face painting stall attracted customers old and new. Mr McPaul directed the continuing creation of magnificent mosaics of our house saints in the hall where a photobooth captured some crazy memories of the day. The football pitch saw teams stage their own World Cup with no biting incidents! Many thanks are due the many pupils, parents and staff for organising such a splendid day and for the army of volunteers who manned the stalls, served drinks, cakes and strawberries (thanks to Waitrose for those) and to whose stayed on to clear up afterwards. See more photos HERE.
8th July 2014
Foreign languages were celebrated in assembly last week. As a Catholic school, we are part of a multi-cultural society and a world where the ability to speak another language is a highly valued skill. Our Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Russian pupils showcased the work done with Reception children, where they taught simple greetings, songs and rhymes in their home language. Pupils won a Multilingual Award for their hard work with the little ones. Pupils who were involved in the French Picnic confidently performed an action song – “un éléphant qui se balançait…” with their own choreography and received their French Leader Award. A group of pupils led everyone in saying grace (Le Bénédicté) in French and Makaton. The assembly concluded with everyone saying “Glory to the Father” (Gloria Patri) in Latin.
Every Y7 pupil was entered for the Lingua Badge Award and took part in an individual Speaking assessment this term. The Lingua Badge Award is a Richmond Borough scheme aiming to recognise and reward children for their language learning. Some pupils had the opportunity to do the award in primary school and were able to progress to a higher level in Y7. Awards were given to everyone as follow: 52% Bronze ; 37% Silver and 11% Gold. A group of pupils received their Gold badges.
This is what they said about going for Gold:
“It was quite difficult because we had to engage in a conversation.” Saoirse 7M
“I am quite proud of myself because at the beginning of the year I got a level 3 and now I got a level 6.” Mia 7F
“It was really unexpected to get Gold just preparing was scary.” Isabel 7P
Well done everyone and a big thank you to Madame Bentham for all her hard work.
Au revoir et bonne vacances! I really enjoyed working with you in this exciting first year. All the best with your future plans. Madame Dion-Jones
9th July 1014
The Pupil Council met this morning the chairman of the governing body, Mr Cole, with Miss Conway to discuss their views on the College and to make suggestions. The councillors said that they felt very proud to be SRR pupils and especially commented on how well they are known individually by the teachers and staff and that their teachers are friendly, helpful and approachable. They mentioned the many opportunities there had been for team building and to work together which they believed helped their learning. They felt that there were very good facilities and sporting opportunities at the College that were superior to many other secondary schools. Ideas were advanced for more Excel co-curricular options giving useful life skills such as changing lightbulbs, preparing meals and so forth as well as learning survival and first aid skills.
The councillors were very keen to make sure that new pupils arriving in September are made to feel as welcome as they were and shared lots of ideas about what they could do to help them settle in and feel safe and happy. They were very aware of being the first pupils at the school and the oppotunities and responsibilities that brings.
There was a lot of discussion about the uniform which is very much liked and admired by members of the public out of school but there was particular concern about the back packs not being strong enough. Mr Cole promised to look into this and all of the suggestions that were tabled.
Mr Cole commented: "It was a real privilege to spend some time with the Pupil Council. All members were extremely articulate in presenting their views and ideas, they are clearly very engaged with school life and keen to be involved in the development of the College. I was really impressed and I valued their positive views and constructive ideas."
The pupil council includes two representatives from each house, Mildred Akpabio-Klementowska, Rowena Brimacombe, Alice Coyle, Josh Fernandes De Sousa, Scarlet Proudfoot, Hannah Pryer, Mohammed Rasoul, Carl Saunders, Teddy Shanahan, Peter Winfield