World Cup Rugby Ball Relay
17th September 2015
As part of the build up to the Rugby World Cup, a rugby ball relay took place today involving secondary schools across the Borough of Richmond. Each school decorated a rugby ball to pass on to the next school in the chain. The event kicked off at Richmond Park Academy in the east of the borough and then onto Christ’s, Strathmore, Grey Court, Teddington and Orleans Park. The Orleans park running team were enthusiastically greeted by pupils at St Richard Reynolds with a guard of honour and a rousing chorus of ’Swing low” before children from Years 1 and 2 at St Richard Reynolds Catholic Primary School performed a terrifying rendition of the Haka. The Orleans Park rugby was handed over and a SRR team led by Principal, Mr Burke set off to loud cheers carrying a magnificently decorated SRR ball decorated by Scarlet Misso. Their destination: Waldegrave School. The relay continued involving pupils from Turing House, Clarendon, LEH, Hampton School, Hampton Academy before reaching its final destination, Twickenham Academy. The event was organised by The Richmond Schools Sports Partnership.
Welcome Mass for new Year 7 and Reception parents
16th September 2015
Father Christohper Vipers, parish priest at Feltham and Episcopal Vicar for this part of London celebrated this evening a votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds to welcome new Reception and Year 7 parents and their children to the College community. Guests of honour were The Lord True CBE, Leader of Richmond Council, and Lady True who had earlier offically opened the refurbished Corpus Christi block. In a beautiful and moving celebration, Father Chris reminded us of the invitation of St Richard Reynolds to see the good things of the Lord and told the pupils that they are all loved and cherished and that in this amazing place, they can do amazing things and become the person Jesus has called them to be. Father Chris assured the pupils of his prayers for them for the whole time they are at St Richard Reynolds. He also brought assurance of the prayers and blessings of HE Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Father Chris is a great friend of the College and we are grateful to him for visiting the College and for his support and committment to our community. Huge thanks are due to all who helped to make this a moving and memorable occasion by serving at the altar, by playing instruments, by singing and reading and to all those who prepared the pupils and organised the evening.
Official opening and blessing of the Corpus Christi building
16th September 2015
The Lord True CBE, Leader of Richmond Council, and Lady True visited the College today to officially open the Corpus Christi block, the magnificent Edwardian building which was extensively refurbished over the summer. Lord True was instrumental in the establishment of the College in the face of determined opposition from those who did not want a Catholic secondary school in this borough. Lord and Lady True were welcomed and thanked by Mr Burke, our Principal and Mr Cole, chairman of the governing body both of whom thanked them for their unswerving support over many years. In a simple ceremony, Lord True cut a red ribbon across a plaque to mark the event. He addressed staff and pupils in a moving speech congratulating the whole College community for the great things that had been achieved since it opened in September 2013 and expressed his belief that St Richard Reynolds will continue provide for the educational and spiritual needs for the pupils here now and for generations to come . The Episcopal Vicar for West London, Father Christopher Vipers, was invited to bless crucifixes which will hang in the new classrooms before blessing every room in the building with Holy Water. Father Chris, explained that he was representing the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and brought his congratulations and blessings to the College and thanked everyone for creating such a splendid school.
First Day for new Year 7
3rd September 2015
There were lots of smiling faces as 151 Year 7 pupils, all immaculated turned out, were welcomed on their first day at St Richard Reynolds by Principal Mr Burke in the College Hall before they were allocated to their tutor groups and met their teachers and support staff and made their way to their classrooms in the newly refurbished Corpus Christi block. They will be joined tomorrow by Years 8 and 9 at a special votive Mass of the Feast of our patron, St Richard Reynolds. The whole College community wishes our third cohort of pupils every success and happiness as they begin the next chapter of their education.
Staff Mass in our new chapel
1st September 2015
Governor Monsignor William Saunders this morning blessed our new chapel in the newly refurbished Corpus Christi building before celebrating a votive Mass of the Feast of Pope St Gregory the Great, the patron saint of teachers, for staff. Staff have been working over the summer holidays to make sure everything is ready for the new academic year but this was the first time all staff were gathered together and the Mass was a fitting way to mark the beginning of a new term. The chapel will host class masses throughout the year as well as providing a place for personal prayer and reflection for staff and pupils. The chapel was completed only hours before the Mass began and the paint was still wet in places! The College needs to buy a number of items for the chapel including a tabernacle and candlesticks. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost, please contact the College office.