600 years at Syon
19th July 2014
An ecumenical celebration of the 600th Anniversary of the foundation of Syon Abbey of the Order of the Most Holy Saviour (the Bridgettines) was hosted by the Duke of Northumberland and led by HE Vincent, Cardinal Nichols at Syon House. The Abbey was founded at Twickenham not far from St Richard Reynolds Catholic College in 1415 by Henry V before moving to the site of the current Syon House in 1431. The event was organised jointly by Syon Park, Our Lady of Sorrows and St Bridget Catholic Church and All Saints Church parish, Isleworth. Four SRR pupils Nelly Kobrzynska, Oscar Malone, Liam Glesson and Joely Ahern met the Cardinal before presenting a copy of the College's painting of St Richard Reynolds to the manager of Syon House (see picture with Mr Cole and Mr Burke above) Richard Reynolds entered Syon Abbey in 1513 before being martyred at Tyburn in 1535. Part of his body was laid at the doors of the monastery which was destroyed on the orders of Thomas Cromwell. Among the guests were The Mayor and Consort of Hounslow.
SRR at the Vatican
15th July 2015
40 Y8 pupils and four staff rendezvoused at 7 am with governor Andrew Cole at the Piazza of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City who led them to the altar of the tomb of St Peter in the crypt beneath the high altar. Governor Canon Peter Newby celebrated a votive mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds with pupils delivering the readings and prayers. It was a very special and sacred occasion. After a brief tour of the basilica, the group assembled in the piazza for a much-needed drink (it was 38 degrees by 9:30!) and a snack before walking to the Alma Mater of Canon Newby, the Venerable English College where Vice Rector Father Mark Harold greeted them. Father Mark gave a short talk on the history of the English College and explained that the origins of the College date back 650 years and is the oldest piece of England outside of England. The pupils toured the two beautiful chapels in the College and learnt about the 41 English College priests martyred after the English Reformation. As a special treat, Father Mark allowed the group to cool their feet in the swimming pool of the seminary garden. Sadly the SRR group was not able to visit the chapel of St Richard Reynolds around the corner in Piazza Farnese as it was closed. Next stop was the Pantheon (the breathtaking 2nd century church which, after nearly two thousand years, remains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome) but not before walking through the 1st century Piazza Navona. Canon Newby explained that the square was built on the Stadium of Domitian. He pointed out the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers (1651) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the Obelisk of Domitian relocated from the Circus of Maxentius. After a well-earned ice cream break at Giolitti - the best gelateria in Rome (if not the world!), the morning concluded at the Pantheon where Canon Newby and Andrew Cole left the group and commented how very well behaved the children were despite a very hot and packed morning. The day concluded for the group with a visit to the Collesium.
Family Fun Day
12th July 2015
Mercifully the rain stayed away for the second FoSRR Family Fun Day which drew a huge crowd of fun seekers. There were games, a bouncy castle and helter skelter, cake and sweets stalls, a karate demostration and the popular and hard-fought tug of war contest. The five-a-side tournament produced some silky skills and memorable goals and the SRR Jazz emsemble prodcued some smooth sounds. One of the highlights of the day was the SRR Great British Bake off. All of the entires were expertly created making it a tough job for the judges who choose Matthew Mitchell from Y7, Laura Saidi Y8 and Freya Hughes Y1 (picutred above) as the catgory winners. Thanks to Teddington Rugby Club for runnign a stall offering rugby tips and training and especailly to all those who worked so hard to make this a memorable day.
Year 7 and 8 trip to Chateau du Broutel
16th June 2015
Last weekend (12-15 June), 40 pupils from years 7 and 8 left SRRCC to spend the weekend at the Chateau du Broutel in Northern France, accompanied by Mrs Prindiville, Mr Novak, Miss Pearce and Mrs Bentham. After a relatively smooth journey, we arrived at the Chateau at 5.35pm. The pupils had a chance to explore and hear about all the fun activities they were going to enjoy while the teachers enjoyed a sit down and a welcome cup of tea!
On the Saturday, we had a tour of the local town, Rue, before a bit of retail therapy in the market. We then saw how chocolate is made and even got the opportunity to taste it afterwards! The evening activities saw pupils learn how to do camouflage and tracking, and resulted in some very muddy girls!
Sunday began with archery, fencing and rifling, before a fascinating trip to the Albert Museum, all about the Somme battle. In the evening, everyone sat around a campfire that they had built themselves, singing songs and telling stories.
On the Monday, the trip home was broken up by a trip to Nausicaa and to an aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer before heading to the ferry and home.
All in all, the trip was fantastic and we’re already looking forward to next year!
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.