Catholic life and celebrations
Term 1 Friday 9th September.
Today, we marked the passing of the Queen with a time of silent reflection in the hall together. The children created a wonderful prayer which was shared with the whole school.
Lord our Father,
We thank you for the Queen and everything she has done for us.
We thank her for her sacrifices and her love for all of us.
Please bless her and welcome her into the light.
We pray for her family and ask that you keep them safe.
We hope that some of you may find this prayer useful and it was a wonderful time of sacred reflection.
Term 1 2022
On Wednesday 7th September, Fr Jeff led a blessing of the school. It was a wonderful moment where the children listened carefully to his message. He showed them a plant from his garden which had some of the flowers in bloom and others still as buds. He told the school it represented the different stages of their learning and that to bloom fully they needed to think carefully about their learning and the opportunities school had to offer. The flower was then laid at the feet of Mary on our alter in the hall.
Term 1 2022
On Monday 5th September, Fr John came to school and greeted all the children and as many of the new Reception children as he could. He wished them a great day and they told him what they were excited about returning to school.
Term 4 Ukrainian Crisis.
Friday 11th March The final delivery of donations was taken to Folkestone to be loaded onto a Ukrainian lorry. The pictures here show the lorry being loaded with donations from St Richard's and St Paul's. We also met up with the Medway League of Friends who had sorted and organised the nappies etc to be loaded onto the same lorry.
Term 4 Ukrainian Crisis. Your donations.
After Fr Jamie leading the Prayer vigil the Principal appealed for donations from our local community. The initial response was amazing. The school was quickly filled with wonderful gifts. Staff took it upon themselves to spread the word and share this chance to support those in need. Over a couple of days, a large amount of aid was gathered. It was then carefully sorted by staff in their own time and taken to one location. The first car load was gathered and delivered to the Medway League of Friends who are working with K.C.C. to create aid packages for new mothers or expectant mothers. This was all nappies, creams, wipes and other items for babies. Mr Taylor's car was quickly filled.
All of this aid was then dropped off for the 'Medway League of Friends' ready for their ambulance to be loaded seen here.
On Thursday 10th March a mini bus full of donations was driven to Folkestone. It was here, an agreed donation point had been arranged by the East Kent Head Teachers organisation. The donations from St Richard's and St Paul's Church were taken by the volunteers working at this point. They were very grateful for the volume of aid as it meant that the shipping container could be taken earlier than expected and that would be leaving on the 11th March instead of the following week. Here are some pictures of Mr Walker, our caretaker, helping the volunteers.
Term 4 2022
The Ukraine crisis. On Tuesday 1st March we had a peaceful and reflective prayer vigil involving St Richard's families and staff. It was a wonderful moment led by Fr Jamie. A prayer was shared written by the Principal which had been shared across the KCSP to be used in assemblies in every KCSP school. Afterwards, many families wanted to help those in need and the Principal shared he had been helping with aid where he lives. Since then families have donated lots of goods. Another member of staff (Miss Jordan) has a brother travelling to the Ukrainian border to share aid collected locally. The school has shared this information and has become a temporary collection site for this delivery. The aim is to send this physical aid on Tuesday 8th March 2022.
Term 3 2022
On Sunday 30th January Fr Jeff led a wonderful Thanks Giving Mass for the teachers, Support staff, S.L.T., Grounds staff, K.C.S.P. and Office staff of all the Catholic Schools in the Deanery. Many staff members and Academic Committee members were present for this thoughtful and touching Mass.
Term 2 2021
On Monday 13th December 2021, the school enjoyed a special Christingle lead by Year 3. Fr Jamie was invited to join us and he watched Year 3 lead the Christingle. Every child in the school had made a Christingle which was lit and placed around Jesus' crib. The hall was in darkness and by the end of the Christingle the front, around Jesus, was glowing with the volume of candles lighting the way.
Term 2 2021
St Nicholas Day
On Monday 6th December, we celebrated St Nicholas Day in school. Our very own Nicholas visited each class and delivered chocolate coins to each teacher for their class enjoy.
Term 2 2021
On Tuesday 30th November, the school enjoyed Advent Mass lead by Fr Leo. The children loved every moment and Fr Leo really inspired everyone with his message of love and joy. By then end of Mass, every child was talking about what each candle represented and what Advent means.
Term 1 2021
KCSP Mass of Thanksgiving
On Tuesday 19th October Mrs Huotari, Mr Taylor and 2 of our Year 6 pupils went to St. Simon Stock Secondary School to celebrate mass together with the other 23 schools within our Trust.
Whilst the remainder of the school were not able to attend in person, we were able to live stream the event across the school and join in.
As part of the mass, each school was given a special School Candle to commemorate the celebration.
Term 1 2021
Harvest Festival - October 2021
On Monday 18th October we celebrated our Harvest Festival. Fr Leo came in to school and held our first mass of the year with us which was very exciting and special!
Throughout the week before, members of our St Richard's family very kindly donated food items and toiletries which were then passed on to The Dover Food Bank to members of our wider community. Thank you very much to all of those who were able to donate.
Term 1 2021
School display at St Paul's Church.
Please check out the new display at St Paul's church. The children have worked so hard to re-create St Richard's Prayer in their own languages. It is so amazing to see the prayer we use in school translated and shared at Church.
The new display at St Paul's church
Wednesday 8th September 2021.
Last night lots of local schools came together for our Deanery Mass. St Richard's hosted the Mass, lead by Fr Jeff, for staff from the KCSP, St Edmund's, St Joseph's, St Mary's, St Augustine's, Stella Maris and St Richard's. The atmosphere was wonderful and Fr Jeff really inspired everyone present. It was lovely for all the schools to come together for the first time in so long.
30th June 2021
Eyes of the world campaign for primary schools
This month we joined the campaign to help fight the climate crisis. Cafod has been working hard to focus attention on the climate crisis. At the moment the eyes of the world are on us as Britain hosts world leaders for the United Nations' climate change talks – COP26. They will make important decisions that will shape the future of our global family. St Richard's children were joined by St Edmund's pupil to highlight this campaign to call on the Prime Minister to support the world's poorest communities affected by the climate crisis.
The children came together at Samphire Hoe to have photographs taken, raise the flag to promote awareness and they were interviewed by Cafod staff about this problem. All of this was published on the Cafod Facebook page and the Cafod website.
St Richard's Day Tuesday 16th June 2021
Today has been a special day in the lives of the children at St Richard's. This is the day when we remember St Richard and the things he accomplished in his life. To mark this special occasion our Year 2 made a pilgrimage to St Edmund's Chapel in Dover.
Why did they travel to the chapel of St Edmund a different saint?
This was the last place St Richard visited before he passed away! Whilst at the Chapel he fell ill and he passed away in Maison Deu a large medieval building in Dover. At the time this was used as a hospital. This children took time to learn about the Chapel, St Richard and what life was like in those times. Once that was accomplished the class observed a sacred moment of silence whilst flowers were laid at the Chapel. St Richard's heart is still kept at the Chapel, representing how special this place was for him. A candle represents this holy location.
May, The Month of Mary
On Tuesday 11th May 2021, the children and staff of St. Richard’s celebrated Mary, Our Blessed Mother, with a short prayer service that was streamed live from St. Paul’s Church with Fr. Leo. The children learnt many things about Mary, namely Fr. Leo's key message which was that Mary represents 4 key things to us. She is:
1 - Our Mother
2 - Our Model
3 - Our Queen of Heaven
4 - She Shows Us Her Love and Prays for Us
As part of this celebration, all children were invited to bring in fresh flowers that were blessed during the service and then laid with Mary on our school altar, the front office and outside the building. The school is now full of beautiful flowers which we thank all of our wonderful families for!
Harvest - October 2020!
To celebrate the gifts of food and land from God, during the month of October we celebrate and reflect on the many aspects of growth within our beautiful world. As part of this, we asked our families to send in any food contributions that they were able to make. So many families helped and we managed to send a whopping 135kg to our local Dover Foodbank to help our local community/
Thank you everyone, we really appreciated your kindness and support!
St. Richard's Day - June 2020!
The 16th June marks the Feast Day of our school's patron saint, St. Richard of Chichester. Please watch the video created by Miss Kleinman as a celebration of this very special day for our school.
To find out more about St. Richard, watch the video using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4a5hvUyvfE
As part of our celebration of St. Richard, our Governing Body took the opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work and dedication to our school. They wrote kind messages and Deacon Barry's wife Sue even baked us special St. Richard cupcakes!
St. Richard's Day Assembly
Christmas - December 2019!
Our Christmas celebrations have unfortunately had to change over the past year due to COVID-19. However, traditionally, our whole St. Richard's family would get together in our school hall to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Christmas Dinner. Children are also invited to wear their favourite Christmas Jumper for the day.