AB Vincent Nichols official photo loSt Richard Reynolds Catholic College will be opened officially and blessed by The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (left) and The Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark after celebrating an open-air Votive Mass of the Feast of St Richard Reynolds at 10:45 a.m. on 19th September 2013 in the College grounds. The Archbishop of Cardiff, The Most Reverend George Stack will also attend this historic event; he was very much involved in this project in his previous position as an auxiliary bishop in Westminster with responsibility for education. The three archbishops will be joined by Bishop John Sherrington, chairman of The Westminster Education Commission and Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop for the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Governing Body of St Mary's University College with other clergy from the Diocese of Westminster and the RC Diocese of Southwark. St Richard Reynolds entered the Bridgetine monastery of Syon Abbey in 1513 which was founded by Henry V in Twickenham before it relocated to the site now occupied by Syon House in Isleworth. To mark St Richard Reynolds' connection with the monastery, a delegation of Bridegttine sisters will be special guests of the College. The Mayor of Richmond, other local politicians, head teachers, council officials, parishioners and other local clergy and faith leaders have been invited and, of course, parents, pupils, staff and governors of the College. 

Andrew Cole said, 'The whole College community is very much looking forward to this great event and prays for good weather! It is a great honour for the College to have three archbishops coming to Twickenham and a privilege to welcome all our guests to our new schools.'.

30th July 2013

Mixed groupAn interim committee has been formed to lead the Friends of St Richard Reynolds (FoSRR) and it has met three times already! All parents are automatically members and anyone in the local area and beyond who would like to support our school is welcome to join.The support of parents and other in the local area and beyind will be vital in building and developing the College. The committe is already planning a number of events for the autumn term and helping to plan the first major event - the official opening of the College on 19th September 2013. Committee members helped to organise pupils in uniform for a photo shoot at the College site and had the opportunity to see the progress on the refurbishment of the building. The first officers were unanimousy appointed as follows:

Co Chairs: Jacqueline Pickard de Hagerty & Marlene Bedell
Treasurer: Rebecca Evans
Assistant Treasurer: Ann Murray
Secretary: Hanne Tuomisto-Inch
Class Rep Co-ordinator: Joanna Saunders

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15th July 2013

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It was announced today that St Richard Reynolds Catholic College governor, Canon Peter Newby (pictured), has been appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy Formation for The Diocese of Westminster. The governing body congratulates Canon Newby and wishes him every success in his important task for the diocese.

8th July 2013

The Parishioners of St Edmund’s Church in Whitton held a cake sale at the weekend in aid of the College. They raised a total of £178.10 which has been used to purchase a statue of The Sacred Heart for the College. Particular thanks go to the Whitton branch of the Knights of St. Columbia for donating and serving the tea and coffee that went with the cakes.

SMUC parent evevningAround 100 Year 7 children who will transfer to St Richard Reynolds in September were welcomed at St Mary's University College on Wednesday 26th June. The day allowed the new pupils to meet their teachers and new classmates and to enage in a variety of activitites to help prepare them for secondary school. Principal Richard Burke said: 'It was a real pleasure to meet our new Year 7 pupils. They are a terrrific group of children and we had a very productive and enjoyable day. These young people have a very special role to play as the first cohort in the High School.' There were lots of smiling faces at the end of the session and the feedback about the induction day has been very positive. Reception children will have their own special induction in their new classroom at Clifden Road on 13th September. (Picture: Staff and governors at the parent information evening).

On the evening of Monday 1st July, around 150 new Reception and Year 7 parents assembled at St Mary's University College for an information evening to learn more about what to expect at St Richard Reynolds and to help them prepare their children for starting at their new school. The Principal, Mr Burke, welcomed them and spoke about how encouraged the staff were after the Year 7 induction day and how much they are looking forward to welcoming our first Reception and Year 7 children to the College. Parents were addressed by Andrew Cole, chairman of the governing body and vice principals, Susanne Farrar and Anne Murphy, head of the Early Years, Emma O'Byrne, and learnt about the partnership with The Richmond Music Trust from Bethany Calder before hearing a little about sport and PE from Director of Sport, Matt Whitfield, and PE teacher, Janet Byrne. Len Smiths were on hand with samples of the uniform. After the presentations, parents mingled with staff and governors to ask questions and many have already volunteered to help in many ways. A group of parents will meet to discuss setting up the College PTA. The support and encouragement of parents is gretaly valued and appreciated and will play a vital role in bringing success to the College.

The principal and the govnerors are very grateful for the kind hospitality of St Mary's University College. It is a partnership that will grow over the coming months and years.