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Head reflects on outstanding term
Mr McDuff has been reflecting on another standout year for the Prep School.
There have been a host of impressive collective and individual achievements from pupils and staff this year, and Mr McDuff was full of praise for everyone who contributed to the success.
He said: “The children have all been incredibly busy this year whether in the classroom or on trips to places that help broaden their education such as Llanrug, the Llandudno Mosque and Manchester City training ground.
“All in all it has been a most successful year and I congratulate the pupils on their many achievements.
“We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by good friends, caring parents, and a dedicated professional teaching and support staff.”
There were many impressive accolades for both pupils and the school in general, which has recorded significantly above national average levels in Reading, Writing and Maths as reported to the Education Committee.
In addition there was also notable success with the school’s skiing programme, with captain Chay Bonnington adding to his impressive list of trophies by claiming U12 North Wales Snowsports Club Championships and the British Alpine Racing Ski Club Indoor Ski Championships while racing for Wales B.
The school’s swimmers also put up an excellent showing in the Urdd regional finals with Osca Clark and John Williams qualifying for individual races in the national finals alongside boys’ relay teams (u9 and u11, freestyle and IM) and mixed relay team (u11 IM).
As part of the pupils’ curriculum the school has visited a number of attractions including the Liverpool Egyptian Experience, Welsh Mountain Zoo and the Manchester City Football Club academy.
"Looking back over this year, I have been struck by just how generous our Rydal Penrhos community is, both with time and money,” he said.
“My personal favourite event is the Secrets Room and we were delighted to raise £670 for Rwamahano Primary School in Uganda.
“This came on top of raising £304 for Jeans for Genes, £300 for Diabetes UK and £338 for Children in Need; a grand total of over £1,600 for the term.
“We also gave a large number of harvest gifts to Action Children. Thank you to all who helped organise and run these events and to you all for generously supporting them.”
Pupils enjoy a feast of festive fun
Message of Christmas shines bright at Prep School service
The curtain came down on term with our annual Christmas Carol concert.
Pupils, staff and parents gathered at St John’s Church on Wednesday, December 16 for the service, which was taken by Rev’d Sissons.
After a warm welcome from Mrs Hind, the congregation sang 'O little town of Bethlehem' before Rev’d Sissons began speaking about the importance of Christmas and the things people expect during the holiday season.
There were also a number of readings throughout the service from pupils as well as a wonderful recreation of the nativity scene which was narrated by Rev’d Sissons with hymns from the school choir.
Mr McDuff concluded the service with a closing speech, before everyone made their way back up to the Prep School for delicious seasonal refreshments before the Christmas break.
Mr McDuff, said: “It was a wonderful service and it is great to see pupils’ having fun while remembering just what Christmas is all about.
“Rev. Sissons always does a superb job of grabbing both the children’s and parents’ attention with fun activities to do during the service which entertained everybody and ensured that everybody went home with plenty of festive cheer."
Pre-Prep thrill audiences at annual Christmas musical
A number of our talented actors and actresses thrilled audiences over two days at the school's annual Christmas Musical performance.
This year’s crop of budding actors chose to perform a version of the Walt Disney classic Cinderella, which took place on Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday 10.
A packed school hall saw the pupils put in performances that defied their age, and were led by Matilda Trueman, who played the would-be princess Cinderella.
There was also an outstanding performance from Fflur Roberts as the Fairy Godmother, who wowed the crowd with her fine signing and quick-witted lines.
The enviable casting of the ugly sisters went to Lily Copeland, Charlotte Payne, Cammie de la Mare Norris and Ellie Knight, with all playing the part of villains superbly.
A series of fine group singing and dancing was evident throughout, and the play was brilliantly narrated by pupil Lucy Ranales-Griffiths.
The play ended with a magnificent sing-along with all members of the cast, and the pupils received a standing ovation on what was another very successful performance to send everyone home full of festive cheer.
Mr McDuff, said: “It was a wonderful musical and everyone involved is to be congratulated for all their hard work both before and during the show."
Fancy dress festive fun to see in Christmas break
Our staff and pupils brought the curtain down on the school year in style with a series of events.
On Tuesday, December 15, pupils and staff put on their best fancy dress for the annual parade, which this year had the theme of the letter A.
Once again there was a tremendous amount of effort put in from all years, with the standout pupils receiving a special prize for their fancy dress efforts.
Staff also got into the Christmas spirit by donning fancy dress, including Mr McDuff who dressed as a suited ape for the occasion.
Following the parade there was a special visitor, as Father Christmas himself descended on the school to hand out gifts to pupils.
The final stage of events saw our annual pre-prep Christmas party, where pupils sung and danced their way to the end of the school day.
Mr McDuff, said: “The staff here at the Prep School like dressing up almost as much as the pupils, and it was great to see everybody in the festive spirit before we break up.
“Everyone involved at the school has worked immensely hard throughout what has been an unbelievable year of achievement, and both pupils and staff had a fabulous time and enjoyed what were a busy day of activities.”
Pupils bring festive cheer to Barclays Bank Colwyn Bay
A group of pupils brought some festive cheer to the Colwyn Bay branch of a major international bank.
Our choir spent the afternoon on Monday, December 14 singing Christmas carols and hymns in-front of staff and customers of Barclays Bank before their holidays.
Pupils and staff raise funds for good causes
Onesie and Tutu Day held for Diabetes UK
Pupils and staff wore Onesies and Tutus to class in aid of charity.
Colourful outfits shone brightly throughout the school, which the pupils had requested especially to raise awareness of Diabetes, while also raising money for national charity Diabetes UK.
Everyone taking part in the event, held on Monday, September 28, donated £2 to wear their own outfits, while Mr McDuff also lent his support to the cause by donning a white tutu during the morning break.
Mrs Hind, said: “The children wrote to Mr McDuff to request an event for Diabetes, and they have been busy researching the disease to learn more about just how it can affect you in day-to-day life."
Pupils turn into Superheroes for Children in Need
Our pupils also turned into turned into superheroes during the term to raise funds for Children in Need.
The pupils made their annual contribution to the national fundraising drive, which took place on Friday, November 13, and were allowed to come in fancy dress or their own clothes for a small donation.
There were a host of fantastic outfits on show, including comic and screen heroes Superman, Captain America and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Some of the more unusual costumes included all-knowing Star Wars character Yoda, villain Darth Vader, legendary cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and a medieval English soldier.
Mr McDuff said: “Once again the pupils made a fantastic effort to raise funds for Children in Need, which is one of the most prominent charities in the UK.
“There was a wide range of fancy dress on offer and it seems that parents had gone to a lot of trouble, so on behalf of the school I would like to offer my sincerest thanks for that.
“We are always looking for ways to help charities here at the Prep School, and it is wonderful that our pupils are so keen to get involved in our fundraising efforts.”
Parents and staff turn into elves for annual Secret Room
Staff and parents turned into elves for the day in the name of charity.
The festive felines donned their best elf outfits for the annual Secret Santa initiative, which took place on Tuesday, December 7.
For a small donation pupils entered a Secrets Room where they could pick two gifts of their choosing to give to whomever they wished on Christmas Day, before having them specially wrapped by the school’s resident elves before returning to the classroom.
They also received some finely wrapped reindeer food to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
Hundreds of pounds were raised from the event, which will be donated to our ongoing charity work in Uganda.
How did it go?
Open Morning and Open Doors events hailed a success
The prep school was a hive of activity as we hosted our annual Open Morning and Open Doors events.
A host of prospective pupils visited on Friday, October 2 and Saturday 3, and they were given a warm welcome by our staff and pupils.
During the four hour event there were plenty for visitors to see, including various demonstrations from different departments including drama, home economics and physical education.
Mr McDuff, said: “This is a huge date in the school calendar and it was wonderful to welcome what could potentially be new additions to the classroom.
“We have so much to offer here and it is important that events like this maximise our ability to show this, and our pupils contributed massively to both days by showing a willingness to learn and be helpful even though it was a Saturday, and we would like to thank and congratulate them for their efforts over the two days.”
Prep stars excel in numerous fields
Osca Clark gives five star performance at Swim meet
Our resident swimming star Osca Clark gained a haul of trophies from a recent event.
The Rhyl Swimming Club member and Year 6 pupil continued his fine form in the pool by taking home no less than five trophies from a competitive gala in the Under 10 section.
This is the latest in a series of tremendous performances from the youngster, who took up swimming at the age of three at Prestatyn Nova.
The 10-year-old pupil said that his greatest triumph was winning the 100 metre backstroke, which is not his preferred style of swimming, but he managed to take home the prize after working hard on his technique.
Osca is following in the footsteps of his brother Mason, who is also a highly-touted swimmer with the club and is currently at the Senior School.
Rising showjumping star Hattie Maddocks continues impressive form
Our promising showjumping sensation Hattie Maddocks also celebrated success at a recent competition.
The Aberconwy Pony Club member came first in the team category as part of the Cheshire Hunt South team at the Winter League Showjumping U10 competition held at Bryn Derw near Llanberis on Sunday, October 18.
The nine year-old also achieved success in the individual event, coming fourth despite some strong competition from 21 other competitors.
Mother Dawn Harding, said: “Hattie entered as an individual but when we got there Cheshire Hunt South team needed a fourth member so she agreed to jump for their team.
“She performed brilliantly and although she has only had her pony Belle for two years she has achieved a fantastic amount in a short space of time.
“We recently went to the Horse of the Year show at the NEC as spectators, and Hattie has huge ambitions to ride there one day.”
Hattie contributed significantly to Cheshire Hunt South gaining the team award, jumping a double clear round to secure the crown.
During the summer she has been competing at county level with her 12-year-old part bred Welsh mare Belle, and had success at the Flint and Denbigh, Eglwysbach and Royal Welsh shows in what has been a promising young career to date.
Running man James Copeland breaks school cross-country record - Again!
Running star James Copeland has set his sights on further success after once again breaking the Cross Country record.
The Year 6 pupil took three seconds off his own personal best on Thursday, November 12 to complete the course in nine minutes and three seconds.
Ten year-old James, who is deputy head boy, recorded a double success in the space of just three days in 2014 smashing the course record and winning the IAPS Cross Country competition held at Wilmslow Rugby Club.
Although he was just nine years old at the time, he beat the previous fastest time – recorded five years ago by an 11 year-old pupil – by a staggering 18 seconds to set a new course record of nine minutes, six seconds.
James said: “I would like to be the first person to run the course in under 9 minutes.”
Prep swimming stars book place at Urdd National Gala
A number of our immensely talented swimmers have booked their place at the Urdd National Gala in Cardiff.
The group performed exceptionally at the regional gala and will now travel to South Wales to compete against the nation’s best young swimmers.
There was both individual and team success during the event, with Osca Clark and John Williams achieving qualification individually thanks to a number of rousing performances throughout the gala.
There was also success for our relay and mixed relay teams, who secured a national gala spot in the face of stiff competition from other schools from the area.
Mr McDuff, said: “We have a large number of talented swimmers at the Prep School, and it is wonderful to hear that they have qualified for the Urdd National Gala.
“Their success is down to a lot of hard work from both them and the staff, who do a great job of nurturing their talent and maximising the potential.
“Going down to the capital will be a fantastic experience for them all and I am sure that they will do the school proud.”
Karate kid Nathan gains grading success
A high kicking pupil is celebrating after success at a recent karate grading.
Nathan Richards was rewarded for his dedication to his craft by gaining a brown belt with distinction on Saturday, October 24.
He goes to Adrian Wright's Martial Arts Academy in Rhos-on-Sea.
Mother Amanda Cunningham, said: “Nathan has come on leaps and bounds since he started doing karate, and to get a brown belt at his age is a fantastic achievement.
“He really enjoys going to the training sessions and his confidence has improved significantly during that time, and we hope his experience at the Martial Arts Academy will stand him in good stead in later life.”
Pupils showcase skills at Manchester City
U8 side take part in tournament at Man City academy
Our U8 side pupils had the chance to compete in a tournament at a major football venue this term.
The team took on four others at a Football Festival held within the Manchester City Etihad Academy facility on Wednesday, October 7.
During the course of the day the team performed well, narrowly losing 1-0 to St Mary’s, before 2-0 losses to both Manchester Grammar School and Altrincham Prep.
Their fine play throughout the festival finally got its reward in their final game with a 1-0 victory over Hale Prep, whom they had never beaten previously.
Mr McLeod, said: “The boys did fantastically well against some good opposition, and a special mention should go to Biv, Cieran and Theo for their outstanding play."
U11s get taste of Premier League football on Man City trip
Our U11 side travelled to the Etihad Academy Complex on Wednesday, October 14.
During the visit the pupils took part in an IAPS Tournament, where they tested their skills against four other teams that were visiting the £200million site.
Despite losing three and drawing one game, the team performed well against stronger and more experienced opposition and emerged from the mini-tournament with a great deal of credit.
Year 1 excel at Manchester City Academy tournament
Year 1 pupils also had the privilege of visiting the Manchester City Academy Etihad complex on Wednesday, September 30.
During the trip they were given specialised coaching tips during sessions run by Manchester City’s academy staff, and they also took part in an informal tournament to finish off the day.
The budding football stars performed exceptionally throughout the tournament and were agonisingly close to winning the event, but a penalty shootout defeat in the final meant they had to settle for runners-up.
Congratulations to Pembroke house, who took home this year’s inter-house football tournament.
The team were made to work hard from house counterparts Brecon and Snowdon but managed to hold off their respective challenges to win by a comfortable margin of four points.
This was in no small part to the performance of the Year 5 and 6 team, who did not concede a goal in their two contests to take maximum points.
After a goalless draw between Snowdon and Brecon, Pembroke then edged out Snowdon 1-0 before putting in their best performance by beating Brecon 2-0.
The impressive displays took the pressure off the Year 3 and 4 team, who all-but sealed the tournament with a hard fought 2-1 win over Brecon.
Snowdon and Brecon played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, before the former gave Pembroke their first loss of the day with a 2-0 defeat.
Final standings saw Pembroke crowned champions with nine points from a possible 12, with Snowdon back in second on five points and Brecon sitting in third with two points.
Half term programme hailed a success
Pupils entertained at inaugural Minisports Week
A Minisports Week held at the school during half term has been hailed a success.
The week long initiative, which ran from October 19 to 23, saw our children take part in a host of fun-filled activities throughout the five days in a new scheme launched by the school.
As well as some well-known sports such as football, rugby and hockey, there was also a number of quirky sports to try for the first time – including Forest School Games, Orienteering and Footgolf.
The week finished with the eager pupils ducking and diving during a Dodgeball session, and there was also swimming and a five-a-side football tournament to finish off the week.
Sibling success at youth tournament
Sibling power takes the prize at Prep Chess tournament
Sibling power reigned supreme at a recent chess tournament.
The Christmas Chess Competition took place on Sunday, December 6 and once again the standard of competition was extremely high from our young chess players.
The competition, was held for pupils in Years 3-6 and they played five games each before an overall winner was crowned.
Overall winner went to George Watkins after an impressive display throughout, scoring an unmatched 4.5 points out of a possible five.
There was even more to celebrate in the Watkins household as sister Grace came away from the competition as the girls’ winner, continuing her recent fine form with another triumph.
In the under nines category there were joint winners in the form of brothers Rhys and Harry Buttle, who had nothing to separate them at the end of their five contests – scoring four points each to share first prize.
Mr Camp, said: “It seems that this latest tournament was most definitely a family affair, which was absolutely fantastic to see.
“George ensures me that he can still beat Grace if they did battle on the board, but with all her recent success he might be given a run for his money at the very least."
Budding chess stars get taste of tournament action for first time
Our budding chess stars got the chance to experience tournament play for the first time at a recent event.
Mr Camp hosted a tournament for Year 2 pupils on Saturday, November 14 at the Lyndon Library, where players tested their skills in a competitive setting for the first time.
A fantastic turnout of 18 pupils attended the event, and all who took part received a medal and portable chess set for their efforts.
After each pupil had played six games each, a winner for the boys and girls category was crowned, and the titles went to Rafe Tunstall and Fleur Roberts respectively.
Rafe was in particularly good form throughout the competition, ending it unbeaten, while Ffleur fought off some talented opponents to take home the trophy.
Mr Camp, said: “Eighteen kids played six games each with the emphasis on fair and fun competition and learning to concentrate for a decent amount of time.
“All of the pupils showed brilliant composure considering this was their first taste of tournament action, and Rafe was really impressive in securing three checkmates on the way to winning."
Teacher Julie Woodthorpe reflects on term
Year 2 Eco Warriors
At the start of the term we planted some onions in the School Garden ready for an early harvest next year. We used flowers which we had grown in the summer to make cards, by picking the petals and leaves, and drying them between sheets of paper.
The children have also taken part in Energy Month by designing posters and monitoring the lights in the classrooms.
Prep Eco Committee
The Eco Committee have organised several projects this term. A textile collection was arranged which recycled 102 kg of clothing. We also cashed in some of our Science into Schools points which we had collected from previous textile collections. We were able to order a solar mechanics set and data loggers for use in Science lessons.
After Half Term, the Year 4 members encouraged everyone to save postage stamps from their mail to donate to WVS (Worldwide Veterinary Service), which will help the charity raise vital funds for their work around the world. Please continue to bring in your stamps next term, especially from all the Christmas post!
Energy Month was held in November and December to raise awareness of climate change. The Eco Committee members prepared their own assembly for the Prep children to highlight this, and to encourage everyone to switch off unnecessary lights.
The ground in the School Garden was cleared by our Maintenance staff in October, ready for our new fence panels, bedding areas and the plastic bottle greenhouse. The wet weather following this has unfortunately delayed further progress, but we hope to continue with our plans soon.
Year 3 Letter to the Queen:
In September, Year 3 wrote individual letters to the Queen to congratulate her on her reign of 63 years. They were delighted to receive a letter back from Buckingham Palace, thanking them for their letters.
Learning enhanced on various visits
Pupils learn about bear necessities on Zoo visit
Some of our pupils got up close and personal with wild animals on a zoo visit.
As part of their curriculum on Bears, the Reception class visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo on Wednesday, September 30, and in addition to viewing animals the group also had the privilege of feeding the two Bears at the zoo.
Pupils broaden religious horizons on Mosque visit
Year 6 pupils got to learn more about the religion of Islam on a recent visit.
Our pupils travelled to the Conwy Islamic Centre, situated in Llandudno Junction as part of their Religious Studies curriculum.
They were greeted at the mosque by the Imam Mohamed, who began by telling the children about the five pillars of Islam; Belief, Prayer, Fasting, Charity and Pilgrimage.
The second part of the lesson involved going to the basement where the washing rooms were, so that the Imam could demonstrate ‘wudu’, a ritual process of making oneself clean before prayers.
Before the conclusion of the visit the pupils were given a presentation on typical Muslim prayer, and a question and answer session was also held with the Imam.
Rev’d Sissons, said: “For six years this has formed part of the autumn Year 6 RS curriculum and a good understanding of Islam has always been regarded as an integral part of the children’s religious education.
“Seeing the wudu demonstration was such a novel experience for the children and not surprisingly some found the idea of washing out your nose and ears before worship an amusing one."
Thrillseeking pupils spend week at Llanrug Outdoor Centre
Plenty of fun was had by pupils on their visit to the Arte Outdoor Centre in Llanrug.
The Year 6 group were treated to a variety of action packed activities on the Isle of Anglesey during their week-long stay which took place from Monday, September 21 to Friday 25.
One of the most popular excursions was to the beach, where the pupils were given a body boarding master class, and even had the opportunity to take to the waves themselves.
They also got the chance to climb around some of the picturesque mountains of Snowdonia, they rafted through lakes and even explored underground slate mines.
Pupils learn about life in ancient Egypt at World Museum Liverpool
Another trip our pupils enjoyed this term was to learn more about Ancient Egyptian life.
As part of their History topic on the life and times of the Pharaohs, Year 3 pupils took a trip to the Egyptian Exhibition at the World Museum in Liverpool on Thursday, October 1.
During the visit they had the opportunity to take part in a workshop that involved four different activities.
The first was identifying Egyptian Gods, followed by identifying artefacts and what they were made of.
They then were tasked with working out the purpose of conopic jars in pyramids, and finished off the workshop by identifying writing on objects and learning about hieroglyphics.
In the afternoon, our pupils visited the planetarium section of the museum where the found out more about the constellations in the Autumn sky, before ending their day looking around the Space Gallery.
Pupils given masterclass by Amy Boulden
Golf star Amy Boulden gives masterclass to pupils at short game area
A pair of our budding golfers received a masterclass from a Ladies European Tour superstar.
Niall Richardson and Callan Earle were part of the school’s short game area opening, which was officially opened by Ladies European Tour star Amy Boulden on Wednesday, November 18.
Boulden was presented with a plaque to mark the opening before giving a short game master class with pupils and taking part in a question and answer session.
The 22 year-old LET Rookie of the Year in 2014, said: “It was a great day and I am very impressed with the facilities here at Rydal Penrhos.
“Learning and improving your short game is something that I feel is essential, as it is probably the hardest part of the game to master, and giving pupils the chance to practice it on a regular basis will be a huge benefit for them.
“It is fantastic that Rydal Penrhos is promoting young golfers and allowing them a platform to develop their game, and there aren’t many short game facilities at golf courses that are better than this.”
Teddy Bears Picnic
Pupils hunt treats in the forest
Reception class enjoy Teddy Bears Picnic at forest school session
When our reception class went down to the woods, they were sure for a big surprise.
On Friday, October 9, the class held a Teddy Bears Picnic during their afternoon forest school session.
They were asked to bring their own teddies in to take part in the fun activities, which included a bear hunt and hide and seek, where the cuddly creatures were put in different parts of the forest for the pupils to find.
The day before class members baked their very own teddy bear biscuits in preparation for the picnic, and they also had bear crisps and the ever popular Barney bear cakes.
National success for Chay
Chay claims British title as part of Wales squad
Chay Bonnington, together with big sister Keira, was part of the Wales B side which took part in the British Alpine Racing Ski Club Indoor Ski Championships, which were held at the Chill Factore in Manchester.
The team performed better than the A team and managed to make it to the final of the dual slalom event.
There was some extremely difficult opposition to overcome in the form of Manchester Ski Racing Club – who were made up predominantly of sponsored skiers – in the final, but the team produced a stunning effort to come away with the overall title.
Xavier and Chay strike gold at North Wales Championships
There was even more success for Chay at the North Wales Skiing Championships.
Continuing his astonishing haul of medals for the season, the skiing star took home the U12 title despite being only 10 years old and competing against skiers older and more experienced.
The talented young skiing sensation, who recently won the team slalom category at the British Alpine Racing Ski Club Indoor Ski Championships, where he was competing for Wales, ensured it was another weekend to remember by finishing second in the team event at Plas-y-Brenin.
There was further success for our skiers on the day with five year-old Xavier Poynton producing a sensational effort to take home the U6 crown.
Team performs well at Welsh School Championships
A group of our pupils performed exceptionally at the Welsh Schools Skiing Championships this term.
Rydal Penrhos A – a team consisting of Henry Battersby, Chay Bonnington, Telor Jones and Noah Langford – finished second in the Junior Team category, narrowly missing out on top spot by just five seconds.
The B squad – which included Will Rutherford, Ethan Akroyd, James Copeland and Joshua Stewart – finished in fifth position to ensure that two Rydal Penrhos teams finished in the top five places.
The C team (Henry Hibbert, Biv Gilmartin, Cieran Milligan and William Hibbert) managed to finish in seventh place, while the D squad of Jasmin Beckett-Donald, Arianna Milligan, Ella Northcott and Lili Northcott finished just three tenths of a second behind to secure eighth place.
Chay produced the best performance of the weekend to earn himself a sixth placed finish, with Henry close behind him in seventh.
Telor finished ninth with a time of 12.78, and William rounded off the top ten places in 14.04.
The girls’ category also saw success, with Jasmin finishing in 11th place in a time of 13.69 seconds.
There were further performances of note from Ella (13th), Lili (17th) and Arianna (18th) to ensure four girls finished in the top 20.
Mrs Pyves reflects on successful season
Hockey stars praised for successful season
Mrs Pyves heaped praise on her young hockey players after another successful season.
In another standout year for the group, our U9 side managed to keep their unbeaten run going in their age group.
Mrs Pyves, said: “Rydal Penrhos U9s have had a fantastic season, being beaten only once by an U10 team from Liverpool College.
“They have approached every match with the same feisty spirit and have notched up some impressive wins against The Ryleys (twice); Packwood Haugh and Terra Nova.
“They have a tremendous desire to win and this coupled with some impressive skill make them a real promise for the future.”
The teacher was also full of praise for the other year groups, who all performed well in the face of some stern competition throughout the year.
“The U11 team, captained by Philippa Smith-Edwards, won their first match against Abbeygate, but sadly lost to Liverpool College, Packwood Haugh and Terra Nova,” added Ms Pyves.
“However the U10s enjoyed a friendly tournament at Terra Nova and were pleased to win one of their matches and were also delighted to beat Liverpool College convincingly."
Pembroke claim bragging rights at inter-house tournament
Pembroke house continued their domination of our inter-house tournaments by taking home the Hockey crown.
After the boys took home the football title in a close run affair, the house girls matched their male counterparts to make it a Pembroke double for the term.
They were intent on making a statement straight from the opening whistle of their first contest, and were very clinical in-front of goal as they defeated Brecon 6-0.
The title was confirmed when the talented young hockey player’s narrowly edged out Snowdon 2-1 to take the coveted trophy.
Pupils create own poems in Prep competition
Snowdon house takes home inter-house poetry competition crown
Young poets showcased their skills at an inter-house poetry competition.
There were a host of entries from our pupils for the competition, which took place in the weeks leading up to the Christmas break.
After each poem was judged, the overall winners of the competition were Snowdon, with Brecon coming in a close second and Pembroke third.
In Year 3 the first prize was awarded to Tristan Griffiths, with Georgia Brown and Tori Maddocks coming in joint-second.
The Year 4 entries were of an extremely high standard, with Anna Heyes taking first, Gabriele Subkovaite in second and Ella Northcott third.
Another strong set of poems from Year 5 saw Ruby Merrick claim first place, with Eve Durrans second and Zac Roberts in third.
Noah Langford emerged from the Year 6 competition as the winner, with Katie Pritchard-Jones coming a close second and Niall Richardson in third.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was a great opportunity for all children across Years 3 to 6 to get involved and show their creative writing talents, and this year’s poems were well written and of a very high standard.
“Congratulations go to all the winners and indeed every pupil that took part.”
Pupils achieve top three finish
Number crunching prep stars claim top three finish at Junior Maths Challenge
A number of primary schools descended on our senior school for a special Junior Maths Challenge.
Teams of four tested their number crunching skills in a day of activities, which took place on Thursday, October 15.
Competing against our two teams were Ysgol Frongoch in Denbigh, Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn, Hen Golwyn Juniors, St Joseph’s School and Ysgol Nant y Groes.
Among the brain-challenging activities were a speed test, cross number round and a logic round.
The competition finished off with a full relay round before the final scores were collated and our young maths whizzes Noah Langford, James Copeland, Josh Stewart and Alys Peake-Jones achieved a third placed finish.
Pupils shine in-and-out of school
Debut success for Zac at Welsh CYRC event
Star sailor Zac Roberts celebrated debut success at a sailing event this term.
The nine year-old Year 5 pupil took part in the Welsh CYRC at Shotwick held on Saturday, October 17, which signalled the end of the current campaign.
In his first competitive appearance on the water, Zac managed to claim second place in the General Handicap Fleet, where he was competing against sailors much more experienced.
This eye-catching performance was just one of many successes for the school, who took the top four spots in the General Handicap Fleet, something which bodes well for future success next season.
Also making her first appearance was Ariana Milligan, but unfortunately her day ended early after a cold and wet capsize.
Mr Cashell, added: “It was the first regatta for many of our sailors on the day and they produced a great set of results.
“Some of the sailors were very nervous as it was their first ever event but they all rose to the challenge.
“To fill the top four spots in a competitive General Handicap Fleet was outstanding."
Runners put in strong showing at North West Cross Country Championships
A number of our talented pupils put in strong performances at this year’s North West Independent Schools Cross Country Championships.
The event, held on Thursday, November 20, saw 14 pupils tackle the course and gave a good account of themselves despite the energy sapping conditions.
A heavy downpour had turned the course at Stonyhurst College into a swamp, but that failed to put off our runners, with the boys being led home by James Copeland in 21st place out of 130 athletes who took part, an improvement on 13 spots from the previous year.
Second boy to finish was Osca Clark in 44th, which was an immense improvement on his 11th placed finish last year, while Year 5 pupil Will Tavernor was two places behind in a creditable 46th.
Next across the line came a group of four boys in quick succession – Matthew Stubbins (63rd), John Williams (65th), Zac Roberts (66th) and Josh Stewart (68th) completing the field.
In the Under 11 girls’ race, Year 5 pupil Eleanor Tunstall was the first pupil across the line in 50th position.
Caitriona Searl was one place behind in 51st, Priscilla Fu finished completed the course to finish 56th, with Phillippa Smith-Edwards not far behind in 58th.
Ruby Merrick completed the soggy course in 80th, while Lily Northcott and Ariana Milligan were hot on her heels in 81st and 89th respectively.