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50th Anniversary Celebrations



This year sees the 50th Anniversary of the first opening of St Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Dover and they raised the roof! On Friday 22nd June there was a special outdoor Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Paul Mason, in the school grounds. Pupils, parents, teachers and governors attended, both past and present, along with parishioners of St Paul’s Dover, and Our Lady of Dover. The special Mass was followed by a family picnic, and the school fete.


The school commissioned commemorative medals to mark the 50th anniversary of the school and these were presented to each pupil as well as guests. Every child also designed their own ceramic tile to mark the occasion and these will be set into the walls of the school.


New Headteacher James Blomfield said, “It is so important for everyone to celebrate this significant milestone and continue the great work of the school for future generations of children to come. Our shared vision has been to create an outstanding Catholic primary school, with our faith, our families and our futures at its core.”

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Picture 1 Commemorative Medal
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We want to hear from past pupils! Please can you tell us: What year did you leave St. Richards? What did you like about going to St. Richard's? Can you remember any favourite lessons or teachers? What do you do now? How has going to St. Richard's helped you? Thank you!

The school has set up a special committee, led by governor Paul Padfield, who are planning the event. Paul says, “We are inviting members of the community as well as local dignitaries. We have even located original pupils who came to the school on the very first day! We want to pay tribute to St. Richard’s and the important part it has played at the heart of our community.”


The committee has also set up a Facebook page to encourage parishioners, parents and past pupils to register their interest, and to submit old photographs and memorabilia. You can find this at: These will be displayed in a special display in school. Pupils have interviewed their parents and grandparents about the history of the school and bury a time capsule for the next 50 years. Every child has also designed their own ceramic tile to mark the occasion and these will be set into the walls of the school.


The School has hosted several exciting events in the buildup to the 50th Anniversary day including a Race Night (Fri 23rd Feb), American Supper (Fri 23rd March), Quiz Night (Fri 27th April), International Evening (Fri 18th May) and ‘St Richard’s Got Talent Show’ for all parents on Friday 15th June.


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Download the full list of spring and summer special events!

Please tell us if you would like to be involved or if you have any old photos or memorabilia!

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