Rydal Penrhos newsletter
Foreword by Mr McDuff
Welcome to April’s newsletter. I am delighted to see ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on the front cover and, once again, congratulate Mrs Crimes, the cast and those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for such a wonderful set of performances.
As Atticus Finch urged us in the play, we do well to consider what it is like to walk in the shoes of others.
I am delighted to see the efforts of both individuals and the Charity Committee in helping us understand the needs of others and in raising significant amounts of money to support those needs.
It was also generous of our local MP David Jones to give us his time so that our Prep children could represent to him their compassion for all of the people of the world and their concerns over the effects of climate change.
This ability, throughout our school, to think beyond its confines helps make Rydal Penrhos so special and, as we can also read in this newsletter, underpinned all that was Mr Tickner; a man of great kindness, humble courtesy and gentle spirit, who we miss enormously.
The newsletter is filled with a multitude of items showing the many different areas of success met by our pupils. I am grateful to the Marketing Department for putting it together and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.
Latest goings on at the school
Congratulations to our Head Girl Hannah Cashell, who has secured a prestigious gap year placement in New Zealand.
Hannah will spend a year at St Peter’s Independent School in Cambridge where she will be working within their sports department. The talented hockey and netball star will begin her placement in July.
She said: “This is something that I have always wanted to do and I am delighted to have been given the place.
“I will be helping out with their sports team, and it is the perfect opportunity to see the world a little bit more and develop some more life skills, while also meeting new people.”
The former Wales hockey international, who was also captain of our netball side this year, will be looking to get involved in some local sports during her stay.
Following her placement, Hannah intends to head to University where she hopes to study Geography.
Josh Peevor has been praised after coming to the aid of an elderly woman in need of assistance with her shopping at the Co-Operative Store in Rhos on Sea.
Shop assistant, Nicola Stevenson, who was working in the store at the time, messaged the Rydal Penrhos Facebook page to try and find Josh and thank him for his efforts.
She said: “A pupil from Rydal Penrhos came in wearing a school top with the initials JP.
“An elderly lady approached the till area and the young man in question immediately went and asked could he help with her basket.
“Having assisted the lady he came to my till and paid for his goods before returning to the elderly lady and helping her to pack.
“He then enquired where she lived so he could help carry her shopping home. In this day and age such thoughtfulness is a rare sight.
“The school and his parents should be very proud of him, he is a credit to both.”
For his efforts, Josh received a special Easter Hamper from the Co-Operative.
A huge well done also goes to Year 8 pupil Sydney Johnson, who has had a piece of writing published in a prestigious book.
She received praise after her poetry was selected for publication in the Young Writers’ Anthology, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The 13 year-old received a certificate recognising this achievement at our end of term Prize giving Assembly.
Mr McDuff, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and one that Sydney should be very proud of.
“She is a very dedicated pupil and this comes across in not only her work inside the classroom, but in her extra-curricular activities too.
“To have a piece of writing showcased in such a prestigious publication really is a sensational effort and everyone is thrilled for Sydney.”
We are delighted to announce that our Open Doors initiative will continue after a successful first venture.
Prospective pupils and their families got the perfect opportunity to see first-hand what goes on here during a typical day with access to classrooms, music and sports facilities at three separate events since the turn of the year.
The last of the three took place on Friday, March 11, and the events have proved so successful that we are going to continue them into the future.
Mr McDuff, said: “The Open Doors events are something new for Rydal Penrhos, and they have gone down extremely well with prospective pupils and their families.
“It gives them the chance to see what goes on at the school in a more informal way, and our pupils and staff have been very helpful during each visit and for that I give them my thanks.
“We are looking forward to hosting more Open Doors events in the future and I we would like to invite parents to invite their friends to attend if they are considering a place at school for 2016 or 2017.”
The next Open Doors will take place on Friday, May 13.
Generous pupils give to worthy causes
One of the highlights of the year took place on Friday, March 18, as our pupils and staff held a Sport Relief Day.
Pupils were allowed to come into school dressed in a theme of either Rio or the Olympics, or in their own clothes for a donation of £2.
There were plenty of fundraising events going on throughout the day, including a cake sale during morning break, and a special music request service thanks to Mr Lavery and Mr Pender.
In addition there was an Easter egg sale, apple bobbing, welly throwing, a chance to grill head of history Mr Price and a version of the 1980’s game Mallet’s Mallet.
This is the latest in a long line of charity days we have held throughout the school year, with events such as Ty Gobaith Day and Comic Relief already raising thousands for worthy causes.
Good luck to Adele Parry, who will be tackling a half marathon during the Rock n Roll Marathon series event in Liverpool on May 28-29.
She is raising funds for a headstone in memory of her cousin Jodie, who passed away aged 25 after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis.
She said: “I have a very large family and we are all really close, but Jodie was a huge part of it and I wanted to do something to help.
“You would never have known that Jodie was ill, her strength was amazing and she was just an unbelievable person.
“My aunt is a single parent to three other children, and so could not afford the headstone for Jodie’s grave at her time of passing, and I want to raise as much as possible so that we can give her the memory she deserves.”
This is not the first fundraising initiative by the pupil, as she completed the Race for Life last year and raised £300 for Cancer Research UK.
On top of this charity effort, Adele is also studying for her A-levels, has recently performed in our Dramatic Society's annual production, in addition to working part time.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/JodieParry
Well done to Luke Davies, who participated in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief three mile run, which was held at Treborth Athletic track in Bangor.
The young runner was part of a team of three which consisted of his mother Doris and ten year-old sister Lily, and they raised a total of £130 for the national fundraising drive.
Funeral held for much-loved teacher
Here is just a small part of the eulogy given at Mr Tickner's funeral by our chaplain Rev'd Sissons.
There are not many members of staff at school who have so touched the hearts and minds of all, that former and current pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and head masters have each taken the time to express their deep sadness at his death and to speak with real fondness about his qualities and character.
Non-Teaching staff working behind the scenes wanted to mention his great generosity of spirit and how much it meant to them that he always had the time and a word for everybody; new teachers remember the genuineness of his welcome for them and his expressions of concern about how they were settling in; alumni have spoken of his never-ending patience, his refusal to give up on them while they were at school and his continued interest in them long after they had left.
Amongst the present staff many have delighted to hear him speak with such obvious relish of earlier school days – for instance he would describe the school crier sitting up a tree in the quad leading the chants as the first XV jogged through the serried ranks of students on their way to the rugger pitch.
What people keep coming back to is his wisdom and his humility; his humour and his humanity; his kindness, his courtesy and his gentle spirit; these are the characteristics people don’t want us to forget.
Although Robert was employed to teach languages he was active in so many other areas of school life – for example, he revitalised the Chess Club, he was in charge of the competitive house Wesley for years, he led many thought-provoking assemblies, for a decade he was a much-loved Boarding Housemaster– I’m told that a sure sign of this was the regular practice of the students in his house putting Rob’s small children into the large rubbish bins outside; I wasn’t told if they removed them but I suppose they must have.
He was a stalwart supporter of all the Drama and Musical productions and he initiated and fostered the links with Collegium Josephinum in Bonn, which have for three decades proved so enriching.
With so many fingers in so many pies there was hardly any room within school where Rob was not a frequent and welcome visitor; in the library Nerys and Ann knew him as the ‘third librarian’ because he spent so much time with them and as the tentacles of his archive world stretched into even more vacant spaces around the school.
The Senior Managers confess they were forced to allow him to create the Richards Room to try to contain any further imperialistic ambitions he might have harboured. I visited that Archives room yesterday, into which Robert has poured so much effort and energy over recent years and looking around at all the exhibits it struck me how much joy there is to be found in those old scenes and how much pleasure he must have derived from gathering them together and giving them shape and coherence and showing them off to others.
For him this was not the dead past; this was living history, that makes sense of the present; Robert knew that we are who we are today, because of those who have gone before us, and all of us to some degree are who we are today, because of Robert’s influence upon us and that is s one of the most important things we gather here to acknowledge.
However, I must say, having received and read through so many tributes from so many people connected to Rob through the school, I have been left with a few rather disturbing images:
- Rob in his yellow and black rugby jersey, let loose in the fresh air, running around on games afternoons, like a contented bumble-bee.
- Rob as a rather marvellous fairy in a pink tutu in the staff Christmas Pantomime.
- Rob doing the conga with groups of students, dancing along the school corridors, bursting in on other lessons whilst singing German carnival songs in strange Cologne dialects.
- Rob in the old staff changing room in Hunt House after rugby, soaking in the large bath tub that used to reside there, like some large naked Friar Tuck.
But to say all of these things, is surely to say nothing more or less than that Rob had a huge heart for the school, a great sense of humour and an unquenchable desire to share his passions with others.
And so let me end these school memories with the words of Peter Watkinson, the man who appointed Robert to his post in Rydal; he says this:
"I don’t suppose back in 1983 that Rob and Birgitta imagined that they would stay so long in North Wales and that Rob would eventually become the longest serving member of the Common Room: what a surprise, what a delight and what a blessing to us all."
School and family; family and school – there really isn’t much difference you know; they are both places where we learn and places where we know we belong. Walking home last night from my boarding duty along Combermere Rd I noticed, as if for the first time, the lights lit up on every floor of Beecholme House, School house as it was known when Rob was master there; lights punctuating the night, keeping the dark at bay; saying, there is a place of welcome, of hearth and of home, a place of shelter from the storm, a house with many rooms, our Father’s house.
And today we hold on to that image. And though we feel so bereft, we find comfort in the promises of Christ, who said to his friends on the eve of his crucifixion:
For Robert, Jesus was the One above all who could be trusted without question. In the words of St Paul he was the One in whom it was not sometimes Yes and sometimes No, but always Yes.
And this day we give thanks to God that in Robert we have seen and heard and felt that same Yes which he has offered to us in a myriad of different ways, at a myriad different moments throughout our lives; and for that reason, hard though it is for us to let him go, we commend him to his heavenly Father in joyful sadness, with great warmth and love and affection, and we are bold to say:
‘Happy are those who die in the Lord!'
Now they can rest forever after their work.
To Kill a Mockingbird thrills crowds
Mrs Crimes gives us her thoughts on what was another fantastic Dramatic Society performance.
“Jenny Blackman, Tallulah Batley and Adrian Lewis gave us the naïve, innocent characters of the children with energy and exuberance, and Olivia Williams and Elishia Phillips kept the plot moving forward as 'Narrative Jean'.
“Careers in law are surely on the cards for Ben Gibson and Grace Patrick, who held the courtroom scenes together with style and energy, and Omer Tahir may have found his calling in the church, demonstrating a metaphysical and assured performance of Reverend Sykes.
“Sam Randall, Alexa Rowlands, Lola Cadena Torrero, Phil Rapp and Ruby James were all both comedic and moralistic, creating their characters perfectly, and the award for best reactions must go to Zahra Shamsi and Lucy Jones, for keeping copious notes during the trial.”
MP quizzed by pupils on visit
We were honoured to welcome Clwyd West MP David Jones for a special visit last month.
During the visit he was presented with a card from our Prep School Eco Committee, which highlights what they love about our world and what their wish for our world is, as it is threatened by climate change.
He then moved to the Senior School, where he gave a talk on how he got into politics, his life in Parliament and the importance of politics, before taking part in a question and answer session with our Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form pupils.
Rev’d Sissons spoke more about the visit:
"The idea for this occasion had come about during a Year 11 PSHE lesson on Politics last November when the class emailed Mr Jones to ask if he would come in to school to talk about his work.
“To his credit before the lesson was over, an email was received back saying how pleased Mr Jones would be to come and do just that.
“After speaking for a short while on how he got into politics and why he thinks politics matters Mr Jones fielded a range of questions which students had earlier been invited to draft for consideration.
“The MP spoke passionately about his opinions on these matters and pupils were given the opportunity to come back at him or to develop the discussion.
“I would like to thank Mr Jones for finding the time to come and share his ideas and passions with the school.
“I don’t know whether he persuaded any of us to change our minds, but he gave many of us food for thought and an insight into what it means to be a Member of Parliament and for those gifts we thank him sincerely.”
Q&A with Cricket star Will Sissons
With the cricket season fast approaching, we spoke to our resident star, Year 10 pupil,Will Sissons about his hopes for the upcoming campaign:
What teams will you be playing for this year (in school and out)?
I will be playing for our 1st XI, Eryri (NW Wales regional team) U15s, Wales U15s and possibly South and West England U15s if selected.
How beneficial has your experience been captaining Wales?
My experience has been very positive. Captaining your country is an amazing feeling and you gain a sense of responsibility. I relish player management and having to make crucial choices, which could change the match.
What inspired you to play cricket?
I don’t exactly remember! I remember picking up a bat from an early age and then it was programmed into me. I also remember going with my brother as a junior to club sessions. That was when I first played properly.
What have you learned from former pro Will Owen during his time coaching here?
Will is an amazing coach and has really helped me progress my game in a small space of time. I feel I have strengthened my own game in many different aspects thanks to Will. It has given me a more rounded game, which will hopefully benefit me for selection processes in the future.
What are your hopes for the season both individually and for the teams you are playing for?
My main aspirations for the season is to make the South and West England u15s – to be part of that would be such good news and would expose my game to a very high standard. Also, I hope our Welsh team can build on the strong season we had last year and increase our tally of wins.
What are your ambitions for the future?
At the moment to go professional! But I know I am a long way from that and therefore balancing my academic commitments is also key – but while the chance is there I aim to keep striving for it.
Who are the players you look up to/model your game on?
There are many players who are complete idols for me for all different reasons, but I would say my main idol is Sachin Tendulkar: his patience and knowledge are second to none.
How helpful have the staff been in developing your talent?
The staff at school have been helpful in nurturing my talent and helping me develop, most notably Mr Leach. The hours of commitment (often early in the morning!) he puts in is something I could only have wished for.
What was it like to be nominated for Young Sportsman of the Year at the Conwy Sports Awards?
For me it was a great honour, as the night is very prestigious, where the wealth of talent in young stars of the present and future is acknowledged. It’s also astonishing to see the quality of sportspeople in the region. It made me feel very privileged even to be nominated.
Fun morning for visitors
A number of prep and primary schools from the area visited us for a maths event recently.
Pupils from Ysgol Llanddulas, Ysgol Betws-yn-Rhos and Fairholme Preparatory School took part in a Fun Maths Morning, where they tried their hand at a host of number crunching activities.
In addition to a maths relay held in the sports hall, there was also a treasure hunt where our visitors explored the campus for clues, while Mr Richmond oversaw the making of 3D bubbles and paper sculptures. After the activities have been completed, the visitors enjoyed a well-deserved dinner before heading home.
This latest maths initiative follows on from last term's highly successful Junior Maths Challenge. Rydal Penrhos organises a range of activity days for schools in our community. The coming term will see two sports activity days.
World Book Day
Pupils turn into characters
As part of World Book Day, our Year 7-9 pupils dressed as their favourite characters from different books with costumes ranging from Harry Potter to Katniss Everdeen from the smash hit Hunger Games.
Miss Earle, said:"The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books, and it was fabulous to see so many of our pupils make an effort to support World Book Day.
"In addition the pupils also completed Readathon, which is a national sponsored reading event for schools.
“Readathon motivates reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely.
“It works because children choose what they want to read – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun."
Big tournament news
This April, we hosted the players competing in the Conwy International Rugby Festival.
A total of eight U16 teams competed, including two from France and a pair of sides from Italy.
In addition, there were two teams from Scotland making the journey, with Wales represented by the Academicals and home side RGC 1404.
Mr Boyd explains further:
“Due to the change in format there are now a number of international teams who need playing opportunities so we were delighted to work with the WRU to bring them to Colwyn Bay.
“I coached the RFU North U16s side at Wellington a number of years ago and it is a very impressive and prestigious festival.
“The sides had full use of our international standard training facilities while they were with us and to have Eirias Park as a playing venue next to the school made it quite special.
“We currently have five of our senior squad involved with the WRU teams who played in the tournament, and this was a fantastic experience for them.”
Our pupils and Mr Boyd have weighed in on the debate regarding a possible rugby tackling ban in schools.
Mr Boyd, said:
“We have a specially trained staff here who minimise risks as much as possible. We have a qualified pitch side trauma member of staff in the eventuality of any injury, and we also coach our pupils from an early age on the risks to ensure that they approach both games and training sessions in the right way.
“Another thing we implement at the school is size orientated training, which puts pupils’ of similar size and strength against each other rather than one being at a disadvantage.”
Pupil Adam Sabri, added: “Contact is a huge part of why I enjoy the game and I don’t think it would be the same without it.”
Should tackling be banned in school rugby?
Ruby James set for West End debut
Ruby James has been accepted to take part in West End Stage, regarded as the most prestigious theatre summer school in the country for young people aged eight to 21.
Throughout the week, Ruby will join other students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where prominent actors such as Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig and Orlando Bloom all trained.
She will be put through her paces in singing, dance and drama, as well as receiving specific industry based workshops, led by West End stars.
The group will also get the chance to experience a West End musical in person, and will get the opportunity to quiz the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory following their performance.
They will also receive an acting masterclass from senior cast members ahead of their big night on stage.
Congratulations to Bella Rutherford, who gave a wonderful performance in the role of Eva in the musical 'Her Benny', which took place at Rhyl Pavilion on Friday, March 11.
She was also in the ensemble at both performances on Wednesday, March 9.
After open auditions were held for the smash hit, Bella proved to be a hit with the judges and was cast with rehearsals now underway ahead of the highly anticipated show.
To mark the feat, we arranged a special trip for pupils to see Bella take the stage, and she gave a rousing performance in-front of a packed audience.
Mother Nicola Rutherford, said: “Bella was so emotional when it was all over as she didn’t want it to end, but it was fantastic and we are all very proud of her.”
How important are extra-curricular activities for pupils?
Actress Ella Peel spent two days with us from Tuesday, March 22, where she lent her expertise to GCSE and A-level pupils ahead of their examinations.
In addition, she was also the special guest judge at the intermediate Inter-House drama competition, which took place in a packed Drama Studio on Wednesday, March 23.
The talented actress is best known for her roles in You’re the Stranger Here (2009), Y Streic a fi (2015) and I’ll Tell You (2010)
Miss Earle, said: “The visit went extremely well and I know that our pupils really got a lot out of it.
“There were so many quality performances in the inter-house drama, which shows just how much young talent we have here at the school.
“We would like to thank Ella for taking the time to visit us for what was a very enjoyable couple of days before the Easter break.”
News from our former pupils
Yvie Johnson, former Rydalian and mother of Year 8 pupil, Sydney, is attempting to run from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back over a six week period, which would be a Guinness World Record.
The 35 year-old former police officer has set her sights on running 40 miles per day, which will amount to 1,680 in total, and began her journey on April 2.
Yvie, who suffers from Bipolar Disorder, has set a target of £50,000 for mental health charities Bipolar UK, Mind, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Young Minds and Place2Be.
She said: “Thinking back, whenever I suffered a mental health episode, it was always running that helped me focus and build up my confidence again.
“So when I decided to raise money and awareness of mental health, there was only one thing to do it with.
“Yes, some may think it is extreme, but the challenge I've set is representative of how far I've come and how I will continue to fight my illness."
“This run is, in one sense, a pilgrimage. It is my chance to do something that has never been done before, something that is beyond my imagination, and something that can benefit others dramatically, while hopefully helping me to find my sense of self once more."
To read more about Yvie's challenge and the route she will be taking visit http://www.fiercemind.co.uk.
Former pupil Rob Hall and his band Catfish and the Bottlemen have released details of their long awaited second album.
The Llandudno rockers will release “The Ride” – which is the follow-up to 2014’s 'The Balcony' – on Friday, May 27 on Island Records.
Drummer Rob, who left us in 2011, and the band have also disclosed the full 11-song tracklist, which includes recent single 'Soundcheck'.
Lead singer Van McCann, said: "I feel like everybody started thinking too outside the box trying to be arty and different. We wanted to stay inside the box.
"I feel like the last album was the support band, or even the soundcheck and this one’s the headliner."
The popular indie four-piece and they added to their impressive list of accolades by taking home British Breakthrough Act at the 2016 Brit Awards on Wednesday, February 24.
They also announced headline gigs at O2 Academy Glasgow and London's O2 Forum Kentish Town, while also taking the stage at Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Doncaster Dome and Brighton Dome.
In addition the Bottlemen will also be the chief support for the Stereophonics at their landmark show at Wrexham FC’s Racecourse ground, which sold out in a matter of minutes.
Everyone at the school continues to watch Rob’s success with Catfish and the Bottlemen with great pride, and we are eagerly anticipating the release of their second album.
They have been riding on the crest of a wave over the last two years, and The Ride promises to deliver even more success for the group, which is thoroughly deserved.
Alex Bytheway takes part in national final
Year 13 scientist Alex Bytheway has been speaking about his experience at the National Science and Engineering final, which took place at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham:
"It was a great experience and one that I enjoyed immensely.
“Although I didn’t win the competition I got a lot out of it and I had a lot of fun throughout the whole event.
“It is currently estimated that over half a million people die of malaria every year and this figure is expected to rise.
“The current medications that we use to treat malaria are becoming ineffective due to a problem known as malarial resistance (similar to antibiotic resistance) and the number of mosquitoes that carry the parasite are on the rise.
“The project I was part of has found a method for extracting haemanthamine from daffodils, making the manufacture cost effective.
“This means that it is now possible for the drug to be used as a cure for malaria.
“Samples are currently under clinical investigation, with the hope that it will be soon a new anti-malarial drug on the market to replace the current ones.”
In addition to taking part in the competition, Alex was part of a successful world record attempt with Water Aid, which also included Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury.
Talent showcased at competitions
Some of our talented musicians battled it out to be house champions at the annual intermediate inter-house music contest.
There was a plethora of wonderful performances throughout the occasion, with Miles Poller taking first place for Osborn after a stunning saxophone rendition of Baker Street.
John Hoskins, judge of the event, awarded a joint second place to Morgan’s Daisy Lee-Browne on violin, and Obsorn’s Sam Jones, who was the show’s final performer and also played the saxophone.
Mr Wright, said: “It was a fantastic event and all pupils deserve enormous credit for their performances.
“It is not easy getting up in-front of your fellow classmates and performing, but all of them coped with the pressure magnificently.
“Congratulations to Miles for winning the competition, and to Daisy and Sam for their fine effort in making the top three.”
Missionary visits school
Peter Gladwin is an author and missionary who travels the world sharing his life-story with people in churches, schools and prisons.
We were delighted that Pastor David Hatch of Sure Hope Church in Old Colwyn brought him along to chapel this month to speak to the whole Senior school. We were also privileged to have him stay on to address all of Year 10 in their PSHE lesson afterwards.
Peter, who works for an organisation called ‘Out of Ashes Ministries’ was barely one year old when a domestic fire left him horribly scarred.
He was raised on a rough council estate in Halifax, was always in trouble with the police and went in and out of care homes. As a teenager he was stabbed and effectively lost the use of his right arm.
Aged twenty-four he was knocked down in a hit and run incident and left for dead.
Every relationship he tried failed and for years he took refuge in gambling, drinking and drugs. He even contemplated ending his own life, but when his sister introduced him to her local church it was the start of a profound transformation in Peter’s life and the discovery that he was loved and could love.
In chapel and in class, Peter spoke to the students about issues such as how to overcome adversity, about the need to share problems rather than hide them away and about how his Christian faith gives him confidence and purpose.
He spoke with a great deal of warmth and humour and the students listened attentively to what he had to say.
It is hard not to be impressed by the extraordinary life experiences that Peter has gone through; he speaks with authority about the ways in which we can so easily self-destruct in an attempt to make the pain of life bearable.
But ultimately his is a story of hope and change. Peter said that he wanted to inspire, challenge and encourage us and he most certainly did all three.”
Big month for young stars
Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Fraser Williams, who was successful in obtaining his First Dan Black Belt (Shodan) in Karate on Saturday, March 12.
A member of John Lynn’s Black Belt Academy in Colwyn Bay, Fraser has been working for almost five years in order to achieve a black belt, and has been attending classes twice a week at centre.
After achieving a wide range of colour belt grades every three months, the 15 year-old is now the proud owner of his first black belt despite his young age.
Father Scott Williams, said: “The journey has been long and ultimately rewarding.”
Would you like martial arts to be taught within the school?
Our first XI Hockey stars finished off the season in style with success in a Tuesday Night League.
Captained by the gifted Adam Lee-Browne, we won six out of eight matches and scored an impressive 30 goals in the seven-a-side/half pitch format.
After the league had concluded, they then took part in the Handicap Cup which saw them impressive victory over nearby Eirias High School.
Unfortunately the suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Bryn Elian, which was decided on penalty shuffles after goals from Eddie Farrell and Lee-Browne gave them a 2-2 draw after regulation.
Miss Tait, said: “The evening hockey league is a great way for the pupils to play more competitive fixtures and introduces them to mixed hockey.
“We have had Year 7 and 8 girls playing against older boys which has strengthened their game and made them more confident players.
“We are really grateful to Rob and Brett from Colwyn Bay Hockey Club for putting their time into the organisation of the league. Well done to all those who have competed in the matches.”