16th December 2014
The St Richard Reynolds Christmas Concert at St Mary’s University Chapel was wonderfully uplifting occasion. The pupils who took part in narrating, the soloists and the choir, together with the Barnes Concert Band helped to produce a timely reflection on the true meaning of Christmas and special thanks must go to our Director of Music, Ms Firman, and to Mr Goodall leader of the Barnes Concert Band, for all their hard work co-ordinating the Concert and of course to all who attended and took part in this celebration of music both secular and sacred.
Christine Brett RIP
15th December 2014
The Requiem Mass for Christine Brett took place on today, 15th December at her home parish of St Osmund, Barnes. The Mass was celebrated by Christine's long-standing friend, Father Anthony Plummer, with twleve priests from Southwark and Westminster in the presence of Rt Rev Howard Tripp, Emeritus Auxilliary Bishop of Southwark. Chrstine's family, friends and fellow parishioners were joined in the 600-strong congregation by the staff of St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School in Richmond and many head teachers and staff from other schools in the borough and beyond. Also present were Councillor Clare Head and Lady True, and representives of the Education Department at Richmond, The Education Commission in Southwark, The Diocese of Westminster Education Service, and the Education Service of Arundel and Brighton. Children from St Elizabeth's School sang the Communion Hymn and former St Elizabeth's pupils from many Catholic secondary schools attended in tribute to a great educationalist. Christine was interred at Richmond Ceremony very close to St Elizabeth's, the school she led with great distinction for 25 years.
Christine was diagosed with leukaemia earlier this year shortly before she was to retire from teaching. Christine made a huge contribution to education in Richmond Borough and throughout the RC Diocese of Southwark and beyond. She was awarded the Benemerenti medal by the Holy Father in recognition of her service to Catholic education. Christine played a huge part in the establishment of this College and her considerable experience and knowledge added great value to the governing body. Christine also served for some years as a governor at St Mary's Univeristy, Twickenham, as a member of the Admissions Forum and on the Liturgy Commission of the Southwark Diocese.
Of your mercy, please pray for the repose of her soul and for her family at this very sad time.
Requiescat in pace
Preparing for Christmas
12th December 2014
Reception and Year One brought the joy of the season to a packed hall with a fabulous programme of song telling the story of the Nativity. Many thanks to Director of Music, MIss Firman, to Head of the EYFS, Mrs O'Byrne, to Year One teacher Miss Bennett, to Lerning Support Assistant, Miss McEvoy and Mrs Perrer, and to all you help with the costumes and preparation. Pupils from St RIchard Reynolds Catholic High School will perform in a Chistmas Concert at 7:30pm on Tuesday 16th December in the chapel of St Mary's University, Strawberry Hill with support from The Barnes Concert Orchestra.
Badgery girls in the medals
6th December 2014
Year 8 pupil, Tegan Badgery (left) won gold medals in every stroke (back, breast, butterfly and freestyle) at the All Staines swimming competition. Tegan’s sister, Fifi, was also amongst the medals with a silver in butterfly and a bronze in freestyle and narrowly missed out with a credible fourth place in the break stroke. Tegan has also won various other medals over the last month in the club championships.
Tegan and Fifi dedicate a great deal of time to their sport and their hard work and commitment is a credit to them. The College (and their parents!) are hugely proud of their achievements in the pool.
SRR at Olympic Park
5th December 2014
So many SRR pupils demonstrate outstanding qualities in PE. Eleven SRR pupils were lucky enough to be chosen to attend the World Cup Track Cycling at the Olympic Park Velodrome. These pupils have showed fantastic commitment, resilience and sportsmanship throughout their PE lessons and this was a perfect opportunity to see these qualities on a professional platform. On Friday 5th the pupils visited the Olympic Velodrome to watch the Track Cycling World Cup. They were fortunate to see the Women's team pursuit qualifiers, where Team GB's gold medal winners and World Record holders from 2012 qualified as the fastest team. Afterwards they saw the Men's Team Sprint before heading back to College. The pupils had a fantastic day and hopefully an experience they will never forget.