An extraordinary day …
Members of our Richard Challoner School community enjoyed a special Mass at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark to mark the birthday of our school’s founder, Bishop Richard Challoner.
Over 1,300 students, staff, families and many who work with the school, travelled up to London to participate in the traditional celebratory Mass held each year. The Principal Celebrant and Preacher was Fr Kevan Hayden of St Matthias Church in Worcester Park, who celebrates Mass every Friday morning in the school’s Chapel. Fr Kevan’s sermon started by linking Bishop Challoner’s way of life to the school’s ethos of ‘Doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well’.
The emotive Mass was enhanced with powerful music performed by students and staff including ‘Agnus Dei’ from Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’, the ‘Gloria’ by Camille Saint-Saens, and concluded with the students’ hallmark hymn ‘Non Nobis Domine’ by Roger Quilter.
Pam and Patrick Riley, parents of our Head Boy, Henry, expressed their delight at the event: “This was our first experience of a Challoner Day and we loved it. It was just beautiful, everyone under one roof and a total celebration of the school. We were just so impressed and we appreciate just how much work went into the organisation and orchestration of the whole day”.
The unique event was organised with meticulous attention to detail at every stage, ensuring that all students were adequately supported in their journey from one of five local train stations or coaches.