We will remember them
4th August 2014
Pupils from St Richard Reynolds took part in a Day of Vigil to mark the declaration of war on Germany 100 years ago on 4th August 1914. The day began with the the placing of the eternal flame at the foot of the war memorial at Radnor Gardens. SRR pupils Anastasia Hagerty, Alexandra Gold, Katherine Lally and Zacariah Glynne read names of the fallen of the Great War on the Radnor Gardens war memorial. The event concluded in the evening with the naming of the centenary gates by The Mayor of Richmond-upon-Thames Cllr Jane Boulton and Her Serene Highness Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg, great granddaughter of Archduke Francis Ferdinand. Lanterns and candles were lit from the eternal flame and the Solemn Commemoration was led by the Mayor’s chaplain, The Revd Jeffrey Hopkin Williams. Our parish priest, Father Ulick Loring (pcitured), led some of the prayers of intercession and gave the Blessing. Huge thanks are due from the community to Cllr Clare Head for her committment and energy in organising the event.
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