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Lucy and Hockey

May 2016

Lucy's hockey success | May 2016
Lucy has just been selected as one of (only) five U13 Worcestershire County players (from the 23 players in the county U13 squad) to attend the U13 Midland Elite coaching programme in May and June.

This combines the top 5 U13 girls from each of the 9 counties that make up the Midland region for hockey.  This follows Lucy being nominated Stourport Club's most improved U12 player at their recent award ceremony in April.

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Athlete of the Week

April 2016

Athlete of the Week | April 2016
Mr de Falbe and Boz congratulate Rosie C on being athlete of the week.

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Presentation of Trophy
National Prep Schools'
Cross-Country Championships

April 2016

This morning the Under 13 Girls were belatedly awarded their trophy for the small schools’ national cross country winners, by Mark Cox, the Head of Sport at Malvern College who organises the competition.  This means that St Richard’s name appears two years running on this fine trophy.

Presentation of Trophy | National Prep Schools' Cross-Country Championships | April 2016

See the 'X-Country Championships' news item on the left for news of the event.

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Sponsored bike ride
for Cure Leukaemia

Easter 2016


Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Jess, Maisie, Georgia, Mrs Morgan, Pip, Frank, Matt, and Hardy set off from a car park in North Shields on Easter Sunday morning, 27th March to start their 174 mile bike ride along cycle route 72, coast to coast along Hadrian's Wall.

They biked 73 miles on the first day which was definitely the steepest and the hardest day, particularly as the rain and wind got really bad towards the end of the day and everyone got soaked and freezing cold.  They had biked almost the whole way across the country though (North Shields to Carlisle), which was a great achievement!

Day 2 was better weather and easier cycling and they managed 66.4 miles, so day 3 was easy - only 38 miles and a massive Easter egg hunt at the end as a reward.

So far, they have raised nearly £4,000 for charity which is brilliant.  They would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs M, Hardy and Pip for giving up their Easter weekend, for being very supportive, extremely cheerful even in bad conditions and really good fun.

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
You have to dip your fingers into the sea ...

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
First lunch stop ...

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Setting off on day 2 from Brampton outside Carlisle

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Guess who was carbing up?

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
The new mini bus driver ....

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Spot the gatecrasher!

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
End of day 2 in Maryport

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
The official end of Hadrian's Wall ...

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Heading off for the last 12 miles of the whole trip

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Crossing the finishing line ...

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Crossing the finishing line by the Roman bath house in ravenglass


Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
The whole team ...

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
The adult team

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
It's all over - hooray!

Sponsored bike ride for Cure Leukaemia | Easter 2016
Hooray!

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Malvern St James Science Morning

March 2016

Malvern St James Science Morning | March 2016
Form 4 have a very enjoyable and interesting morning of ‘hands-on’ science incorporating physics, chemistry, biology and computer science at Malvern St James.  The event was run to coincide with British Science Week.

Alice and Annabel can be seen in the laboratory working very hard! Malvern St James Science Morning | March 2016

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Alice Adventures

March 2016

Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
We were all enriched by the stunning production of Alice’s Adventures and our thanks go to, as ever, a huge team of willing and expert helpers, but special mention must go to Maggie Wolloshin for stepping in to the breech and to Barbara Hockley, for directing such an outstanding and original production.  Every single actor surprised and delighted in one way or another, the stage set, music, make-up, hair and costumes were exceptional.

Both nights were very well attended and the audience just loved every minute.  Well done to all!

Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016
Alice’s Adventures | March 2016


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National Prep Schools'
Cross-Country Championships

March 2016

Malvern College hosted the 24th National Prep Schools Cross-Country Championships last weekend in which around 1000 competitors from over 80 schools took part.  An improvement in the weather made for a really good competition in perfect cross-country conditions.  Four races across the College campus and the Wells Common for U11 and U13 girls and boys.

National Prep Schools' Cross-Country Championships | March 2016 Our Under 13 Girls HAVE WON the small schools' trophy of the national prep schools' cross country competition at Malvern for the second year running.  It's official, if late, that these girls are the best!  Congratulations to all those who took part!

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The Oratory 7’s Tournament

Sunday 6th March 2016

The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016
With only 7 players fit and Jamie (broken leg), Juan (broken wrist) and Tom (ill on departure) travelling so they did not miss out on the fun, the Oratory School looked after the senior boys with a great night of entertainment and hot dogs!  Just the ticket for preparing for the annual tournament.

Awake at 7.00am and breakfast at 8.15am, followed by Mass, set us up well for our first match.  The roar of appreciation from the travelling St Richard's parents along with our No 1 supporter, Mrs Phillips, will stick in the memories of the boys for ever.  Lasting memories for the coach will be the flare and skills shown by Alex and the workload demonstrated by the captain, Patrick.  Rory, Charlie, Nicholas, Carlos and Stephan all were minnows against the giants but they stood their ground and went head to head with the best on the Catholic circuit.  A special mention should go to Stephan as he was playing with a cold but knew that his withdrawal would leave us short.  This typifies the togetherness that the team showed throughout the weekend.

The Oratory games department were also truly understanding when they announced at the prize giving, due to our current position as a school, the Oratory Shield was now going to be called the St Richard's Shield.  Mr Crichard, Mr Wolloshin, Mrs Phillips and myself felt the "rugby hit" straight away and the boys also new that something special had just happened.  Twenty-five years of special times have now come to an end.

Hardy The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016
The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016
The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016
The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016
The Oratory 7’s Tournament | Sunday 6th March 2016


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Lucton Cross-Country

February 2016

Just before we all broke up for half-term, there was one more competition to attend: Lucton Cross-Country.  The big question on our mind was, were we going to come away with the trophy that we had won for 3 years in a row? We were defeated last year by Moor Park so it was our challenge to regain the title this year.
Lucton Cross Country | Februaty 2016 Lucton Cross Country | Februaty 2016
Again the ground was very sticky and hard going and the U11s had an added field this year to make it that little bit longer.  We had a big field of runners made up of Forms 1-4 and, for some of the children, this was their first race! Lucton Cross Country | Februaty 2016 Lucton Cross Country | Februaty 2016
St Richards proved that we may be small but we are definitely mighty! We had the following placings:

1st Oliver - Boys U8
3rd Mia - Girls U9
1st Josh - Boys U10
3rd Monty - Boys U10
3rd Alex - Boys U11
3rd Laura - Girls U11

Lucton Cross Country | Februaty 2016
So, with this amount of amazing results, we had managed to win the Lucton Tercentenary Cross-Country Challenge shield!

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Lenten Photos

Lent 2016

Lenten Photos | Lent 2016
Lenten Photos | Lent 2016
Lenten Photos | Lent 2016
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Abberley Relays

February 2016

Despite the weather being rather windy and wet, St Richard's gathered together to compete against some from strong teams in the Abberley Hall relays.  The ground was very soft which made the going very hard for the runners and it was particularly dicey down in the wood where many of the runners slipped and fell.

Abberley Relays | February 2016

Yet again the children put up a great fight and, although not managing to bring home any medals bar 1 which was Laura who came 3rd in the U11's individually, we did not disappoint.  Another great day for the School which was supported by so many parents willing the children on to do their best.

Abberley Relays | February 2016 Abberley Relays | February 2016
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Abberley Relays | February 2016


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Summer 2016 gaps | Angus, Sally, Claire and James
Summer 2016 gaps:
Angus, Sally, Claire and James.
The latest recruit to the ROC | Lent 2016
The latest recruit to the ROC - Lent 2016
Global Goals on CAFOD Day | September 2015
Children hold up the 17 Global Goals on CAFOD Day
Maria playing outside at Croft Castle | Summer 2015
Maria playing outside at Croft Castle - Summer 2015

Please feel free to email the school with your news.

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Scholarships, Awards and Entrances
achieved to date for September 2016

Congratulations!


Jamie
Academic Scholarship, Malvern College
Drama Exhibition, Malvern College
Music Exhibition, Malvern College

Jessica
Art Exhibition, Malvern College

Florence
Drama Scholarship, Prior Park College

Georgia
Riding and Sports Scholarship, Malvern St James

Molly
Riding Exhibition, Malvern St James

Mary
All-Rounder Scholarship, Moreton Hall

Maisie
Music Exhibition, Hereford Cathedral School

Patrick
Top Drama Scholarship, Christ College, Brecon

Jess
Malvernian Society Exhibition, Malvern College


Please click here for more information of the
Leavers' Destinations in previous years.

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Darwins Junior Aquathlon

May 2016

Darwins Junior Aquathlon | May 2016
Sophie came 2nd girl in her age group at the Darwins Junior Aquathlon held at Shrewsbury School over the weekend - swimming 300m followed by a 2.5km run.

Many Congratulations.

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Football and Netball tour
to sunny Malta!

March 2016

Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
The pupils incorporated a busy 3 day Football and Netball tour on Malta with some wonderful sightseeing and excellent food.

On the first day they took in the city of Valetta, and went to a 5d cinema which was quite exciting!

The first football match was very close and they only lost by one goal!  Hardy said he couldn't choose a player of the match because they were all so good!  The U13B girls team had a great game and had the opportunity to play out of position and won with a convincing 12-4!  Our senior girls had a battle right from the off with some very sturdy players, emotions were running high, but the girls were great and they overcame the pressure the other team put on them to win 19-10!

The second day they enjoyed a day trip by boat over to the island of Gozo.

On the last day of the tour they visited the Malta National Aquarium where they encountered many different species of fish.  After this they headed off to a great local restaurant for a spot of lunch before their final matches.

Many many thanks to Pip, Chloe and Hardy for leading the tour.

Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016
Football and Netball Tour to Malta | March 2016


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National Space Centre

Monday, 21st March 2016

Written by Maddie, Form 3

Forms 1, 2, 3 and 4 went off to Leicester National space Centre.  It was great and I knew were to go because I had been there before, we learnt all about what astronauts do and all about the planets.  When we walked in there was an old space shuttle it was awesome.   We had a work sheet that Mr B gave us. After we had lunch which the school cooks had kindly made for us we then excitedly ran off to the gift shop and bought some things for our family and friends.

Soon after we walked into this massive room which had epic protections everywhere we then watched a film called “Astronauts” it was really funny.   We all had a really great time thanks to all the teachers hard work.

National Space Centre | 21st March 2016
National Space Centre | 21st March 2016
National Space Centre | 21st March 2016
National Space Centre | 21st March 2016


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St Patricks' Day

17th March 2016

St Patrick's Day | 17th March 2016
The annual visit from our resident leprechaun took place sometime in the early hours of March 17th and we found our dining room once more festooned with the full dress colours of St Patrick.

St Patrick's Day | 17th March 2016
As is traditional, lunch was accompanied by the mysterious lime-green nectar drawn up from the well of a secret spring in the depths of the Irish countryside and transported to St Richard’s by means of.....!

Staff and pupils had a very jolly St Patrick’s Day!

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Big Pit National Coal Heritage Museum
Blaenavon, Torfaen, South Wales

March 2016

The Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums.

The Big Pit | March 2016

Mr B led Form 3 on a tour into the past.  They learnt about the local mining community, saw exhibitions in the museum, visited the mining baths and were lowered 90 metres (300 feet) down the Big Pit mineshaft for the famous underground tour - a captivating journey around a section of original underground workings and mining pony stables.

The children wore the very same equipment – helmet, cap lamp, belt, battery and ‘self rescuer’ – used by miners.  There were times when it was very dark and scary but, looking at the photographs, they all seemed to have a great day out!

The Big Pit | March 2016
The Big Pit | March 2016
The Big Pit | March 2016
The Big Pit | March 2016


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Maidwell Chase Cup

Thursday 3rd March

St Richard's School celebrating books with a wide variety of characters on show.

Maidwell Chase Cup | March 2016

Great fun had by all, staff included!

World Book Day | March 2016 World Book Day | March 2016
World Book Day | March 2016
World Book Day | March 2016
World Book Day | March 2016 World Book Day | March 2016
World Book Day | March 2016
World Book Day | March 2016


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Maidwell Chase Cup

March 2016

Maidwell Chase Cup | March 2016
We had a lovely day out and despite the weather being chilly and the ground being wet, both girls and boys used their St Richard's determination to conquer the 2½ to 3 mile course.

There were approximately 10 other schools from around the country to run against.  The Colts boys were against a large field of runners and Alex came in first for St Richard's in 18th position, followed by Bill (35th), Monty (47th), Josh (56th) and Ruben in 63rd position.

Laura not only beat her previous time by 17 seconds, she managed Gold instead of Silver.  Laura was followed in by Scarlett (22nd), Florrie (24th), Annabel (27th) and Jess, running a year young, in 28th position.

The U13 girls continued to flourish with Tatiana receiving a bronze medal, Cecilia coming 4th and India 5th again in a very strong field, they brought home the Maidwell Cup for the U13 girls!

This prestigious cross-country event is yet another impressive win by our Senior girls as we push on to retain the National Small Schools Cross-Country trophy on Sunday 13th March at Malvern College.

Maidwell Chase Cup | March 2016
Maidwell Chase Cup | March 2016
Maidwell Chase Cup | March 2016


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Green Card Awards

First half of Lent Term 2016

Green Card Awards | First half of Lent Term 2016
Congratulations to our Jack (Florence), Queen (Scarlett) and King (Jess).

Green Card Awards | First half of Lent Term 2016
Molly, Head of Wall, proudly holding the House Cup.
Wall achieved a fantastic 147.5 Green Cards.

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Cake Sale

Lent 2016

Cake Sale - Lent 2016
Thank you to the parents and staff who supported the cake sale in aid of the Malta Tour.

The girls were brilliant at setting up the stall, pricing the cakes and other goodies and selling furiously!

The sale raised £216.30 which is a terrific sum going towards the cost of the team hoodies.

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(what they wrote about us...)


Fred 'Mr Fab' de Falbe is making St Richard's much bigger rivals sit up and take notice.  We don't often hear about prep-school children listening to Shostakovich at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, or having Family Fast Days, when it's imagined that the dining hall has been destroyed and the sports hall has become a refugee camp (soup was served in 'shocked silence', we're told).   There are plenty of more regular school activities here too.  The cross-country runners trounced the opposition at the national championships.  There are nine different orchestral and choral groups, and another bumper crop of scholarships.  Mr de Falbe describes his pupils' deep pride in being 'a bit offbeat... they're a crusty band of characters who know how to get the most out of life'. Our spy's verdict: 'Going from strength to strength.'
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