Rydal Penrhos Prep newsletter
Foreword from Mr McDuff
How lovely it has been, after a most hectic 12 months, to return fully to the Prep School.
Once again I have been amazed by all that is achieved with our younger pupils and this newsletter bears testament to that fact. We have welcomed Simon Smith to school this term and his 5Ls vision for Rydal Penrhos of Learning, Listening, Living, Leading and Location is supported fully by all that goes on in the Prep School.
Not least have we seen this than with Miss Taylor’s new venture with Early Years into Coastal School – a truly magnificent addition to Forest School that enhances the children’s learning with a genuine experience of our location.
Many thanks, as ever, to Dean for putting together this wonderful review – I trust you enjoy reading it.
Roger McDuff @rppshead
Head Boy and Girl appointed
Ariana, Will and Caitriona
We recently announced our Head Boy and Girl for the Prep School, together with their deputies that will carry out a number of duties throughout the academic year.
William Tavernor, who recently smashed the school’s cross-country record, has been named as Head Boy, with classmates Jonathan Osbourne and Llion Morris named joint-deputy Head Boys.
Two pupils will share the role of Head Girl, with Ariana Milligan and Caitriona Searl awarded with the distinction.
They have been joined by Ruby Merrick and Eve Durrans, who have been named as Deputy Head Girls.
Mr McDuff, said: “All of the pupils appointed have demonstrated great leadership qualities, and they are thoroughly deserving of their new roles.
“Leading is one of the tenets that Rydal Penrhos will focus around in the coming months, and we will be looking to those given the roles to become role models for our younger pupils, while also being a source of inspiration both in-and-out of the classroom.
“I wish them well in their new positions and am confident that they will be a rousing success.”
We have also appointed our House Captains for the upcoming year.
A number of pupils have taken up the responsibility of leading their respective houses as they go in search of inter-house honours throughout the academic year.
Ella and Freddie James have been given the role of Brecon captains, while Pembroke will be led by the trio of Phoebe Pritchett, Eleanor Tunstall and Matthew Stubbins.
No fewer than four pupils will be looking to bring success to Snowdon house, with Lily Davies, Martha Hind, Christian Cheesley and George Watkins
The news comes on the back of the appointments of Head Boy, Head Girls and their deputies last week, while the entire Year 6 were all appointed Prefects.
Mr McDuff, said: “Developing our pupils’ leadership skills is something we actively encourage here at Rydal Penrhos, and this sees our Prep children also thrive in a number of roles.
“Whether it be academic, sporting or general school life, our House Captains play a significant part in not only organising their house, but providing an example to others in order to achieve maximum results.”
Young Performers' praised
John and Martha
Martha Hind and John Dick came through their respective music assessments with flying colours, and they were acknowledged for their efforts at the school’s weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, January 20.
House captain Martha took the Grade 2 Descant Recorder examination, administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and put in a wonderful performance to come away with a Merit.
Talented drummer John, aged 11, added to his list of accolades with a Grade 2 Drum Kit (Pass) from the London College of Music Examinations, who are part of the University of West London.
The duo will now begin working towards further grading successes in the coming months.
Mr Williams said: “We have a plethora of musical talent and it is great to see them flourishing with exam grading successes.
“The process can be daunting but our music staff do a wonderful job of preparing them in the right way, something that is paying dividends across all age groups on a variety of instruments.
“Congratulations to Martha and John on their achievements and I look forward to hearing of plenty more in the future.”
Budding harpists can now practice at their leisure thanks to the school purchasing a new Harp on Tuesday, January 10.
In order to purchase the new piece of equipment, the school was given a total of £1,800 from the Friends of Rydal Penrhos Committee, which was a significant amount of the overall cost.
Caitriona Searl, Gracie Tavernor, Maggie McDuff, Harrison McKinnel and Benjamin Gibson are learning the complex instrument under the stewardship of Harp teacher Helen Pari Williams.
The Prep School had previously been renting a Harp for lessons.
Mr Williams said: “This will be a fantastic addition to our school and I would like to thank everyone on the FORPS committee for assisting us with the purchase.
“They do an incredible amount of work in raising much-needed funds for projects here, which ensures that each child gets the most of their education and maximise their potential.
“All five are very gifted young harpists and their ability to practice more often will aid their development considerably.”
Musicans at the Young Performers' Concert
Talented musicians have been praised for their efforts at a recent event.
The budding stars took to the School Hall stage on Wednesday, February 15 for the first Young Performers’ Concert of the year in-front of a packed audience of parents and family members.
There were a number of eye-catching performances throughout the event, including a solo guitar piece from the Prep School’s resident rock star Zac Roberts.
Caitiriona Searl mesmerised the crowd with another beautiful solo, while the likes of Christian Cheesley, Anna Heyes, Lucy Ranales-Griffiths and Harrison McKinnel gave performances that defied their young age.
Every pupil that performed gave an excellent demonstration of their abilities, with Eleanor Tunstall, Benjamin Richmond, Will Glanville, Tilly Trueman, Zac Coverley, Llion Morris, Martha Hind, Maggie McDuff, Gracie Tavernor, Rana Abou-Samra, Zac Hay, Keira Luke, Cerys Williams, Gabriele Subkovaite, Melissa Vos and Jonah Craddock all earning praise from Music teacher and Mr McDuff.
“It was another fantastic Young Performers’ concert, and many thanks go to all who were involved in making the event such a success,” said Mr McDuff.
U11s crowned Urdd Conwy champs
U11 Netball side
Our U11 Netball side came away victorious from the Urdd Conwy Tournament, which was held at Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre on Friday, February 3.
They began their quest for the title with a 4-0 success over Ysgol Pencae, which featured a flawless shooting performance from Ruby Merrick and Eleanor Tunstall.
The young stars then played out a goalless draw with Ysgol San Sior, before beating Tal-y-Cafn 7-0 thanks to standout efforts from Eve Durrans, Ariana Milligan and Phoebe Pritchett.
This was followed by a 2-0 victory over Ysgol Bro Cernyw led by Caitriona Searl, Ella James and Martha Hind to ensure they reached the knockout stages in comfortable fashion.
A semi-final berth was confirmed after a triumph over Ysgol Glan Morfa and this was swiftly followed by a 3-1 win against Awl-y-Mynydd to reach the finals.
Pitted against San Sior for the second time in the tournament, the final was once again a tight affair, with a solitary basket late on from Ruby sealing the triumph.
The side will now represent Conwy at the regional finals in Aberystwyth.
First pupils complete challenge
Gabriele Subkovaite, a Year 5 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, is the latest to complete the spelling initiative, which now makes it four pupils in total that have made it through the different stages.
Staff devised a new spelling challenge for pupils last year, which has three different levels each with 110 words.
The pupils have been encouraged to work towards their incremental targets of Gold, Silver and Bronze within each stage, and a host of certificates have already been issued as a result of their hard work since the initiative began.
The 10-year-old is the youngest pupil to complete the challenge so far, and follows Lily Davies, George Watkins and Jonathan Osbourne in achieving her Stage Three Gold award.
She received her certificate at Celebration Assembly on Friday, February 17, with Zac Roberts, Anna Heyes and Dylan Pugh also climbing one step further on the ladder in their pursuit of completion.
Mrs Hind, who started the scheme, said: “This challenge is something that has really inspired our pupils, and it is fantastic to see that the first pupils have completed the three stages.
“Gabriele worked incredibly hard to get over the final hurdle, and now Anna and Zac are also very close to finishing the challenge, as are a host of other pupils which is a fantastic achievement.”
Year 6 join nationwide scheme
The Year 6 group participated in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch, which is being run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, on Wednesday, February 15.
During the event pupils completed bird-related activities including making bird boxes, in addition to viewing and identifying birds in the area.
There were plenty of birds to discover throughout the one-hour event, with everything from Robins to Blackbirds documented on tailor-made statistics sheets.
Results of their findings will now be sent by event organiser and teacher Mrs Pyves to the RSPB to be correlated with others from across the country, which helps the charity draw a picture of the health of our bird populations.
Big Schools’ Birdwatch is an educational activity that has been designed to get young pupils’ throughout the UK closer to nature.
Every year, educators from every corner of the UK take part with their classes and resources for the activity are provided by the RSPB.
Mr McDuff, said: “The RSPB do a fantastic job in not only conserving our birds, but also finding fun and interesting ways for children to become more knowledgeable and interested in nature.
“Events like this are important for their future studies and our pupils had a great time aiding with the scheme.”
Learning enhanced on visits
Reception pupils took a trip to the Snowdonia Mountains where they visited Piggery Pottery, situated in Llanberis, as part of their topic on materials on Friday, February 10.
Piggery Pottery is a small, family run business that hand crafts an enormous range of beautiful pottery pieces all of which guests can paint how they wish using their vivid imaginations to create a design they can treasure.
There were a host of activities to take part in throughout the day, including painting their own pot, pebble painting, canvas painting, mask painting and slate painting.
Mr McDuff, said: “The group had a fantastic time at Piggery Pottery and everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to thank them for their hospitality.
“Trips like this are important for our young pupils, as it helps them get creative outside the classroom in a relaxed and friendly environment, which also boosts their confidence in unfamiliar surroundings.
“This year’s Reception class are a fantastic group and a credit to not only themselves but the school in general.”
Year 6 pupils spent the day at the Quarry Bank Mill in Wilmslow on Thursday, February 9, which is one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution and is now a museum of the cotton industry.
On arriving at the Mill, the pupils, who were dressed in themed attire, took part in a drama based session entitled 'Practice Makes Perfect' at the Apprentice House.
They were cast as a contingent of new apprentices from a workhouse and were just in time for a school lesson.
Whilst at the house they were also shown how to make their beds and were checked over to ensure they were big enough and fit enough to work in the Mill.
During the event they also learnt about the illnesses the apprentices would have suffered from and how they were treated when they were sick, with some ailments being treated with leeches. Following this the group were shown around the Mill itself and learnt about the type of jobs children would have had to do, in addition to the significant lack of health and safety measures that were implemented during that time period.
Mrs Culver, said: “The tour guides did an excellent job in explaining the different stages and processes at work in the Mill and the pupils benefited from a hands on approach.”
Our Year 2 class took a trip to Techniquest Glyndwr in Wrexham, which is located on the grounds of the town’s university, on Tuesday January 17.
Pupils took part in a host of activities during the visit, including the opportunity to sample different games, each with their own tasks.
Mrs Davies, said: “From spinning plastic balls using centrifugal force to negotiating through a corridor of mirrors, to using pulleys to load a cargo ship to creating a cushioned landing for a raw egg, Year 2 were very busy learning the many uses of an eclectic array of materials.
“A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day was had by all.”
Led by their Techniquest tutor, the pupils took part in a wide range of activities throughout the day, which were designed to enhance the group’s knowledge of materials which they then took back to the classroom.
This is one of many educational visits taken by the prep school throughout the academic year, which sees them embark on learning outside of a normal environment at venues such as the Welsh Mountain Zoo and Bodelwyddan Castle.
School takes 3-1 lead
It's advantage Rydal Penrhos after the first leg of their annual Cooper Cup clash with Colwyn Bay.
The Preparatory School rugby stars began the defence of their crown in strong fashion and currently lead 3-1 in what was a highly competitive set of fixtures on Saturday, February 11.
The U8 side got the ball rolling with a narrow 10-7 victory against the hosts, with Dominic Chamberlain producing a memorable performance which was the catalyst behind their success.
Another notable effort came from Will Glanville, while the girl duo of Charlotte Payne and Lily Copeland both touched down in the triumph.
There was further success in the form of the U9 side, who overcame formidable opposition to gain a 7-5 success.
Livewire Cieran Milligan was a constant threat to the Bay rearguard another virtuoso display from the talented youngster, while Freddie MacLaverty, Biv Gilmartin, Tristan Griffiths and Zac Coverley also took the eye.
Rydal Penrhos then raced into a commanding lead in the tie thanks to a sterling effort from the U10s, who overcame their neighbours after a pulsating contest that finished in favour of the visitors.
The one blight on their record came as the U11 side fell to a 45-26 reverse at the hands of a very gifted home side despite tries from Zac Roberts, Ollie Davies (2) and Jonathan Osbourne.
The school need two wins from four second leg contests to keep the coveted trophy once again, with the next set of encounters set for Saturday, March 25.
Our hard working Eco Committee, which is run by Mrs Woodthorpe, have achieved its Bronze Award through the Green Tree Schools scheme, from the Woodland Trust.
The school have taken part in a number of activities which have contributed to the award, including a writing competition last year by Year 3 pupils, and sharing an assembly created by the Trust about ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’.
Committee members and other prep pupils will now begin working hard on gaining their Silver award from the charity, and they hope to receive their first point thanks to Rydal Penrhos’ recent Christmas card recycling scheme.
The Eco Committee have also adopted an orang-utan called Chikita through Orangutan Appeal UK.
They were inspired by a recent visit from local artists and conservation worker Jacha Potgieter, who gave a talk to the Prep children about the plight of orang-utans in Borneo and the work of the charity at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
For their efforts, the group will receive regular updates on Chikita and the work that the organisation is doing to preserve the endangered species.
Eco committee members, together with Year 6 pupils, were busy collecting Christmas cards since the start of term, which will be recycled through conservation charity the Woodland Trust.
Around 1,440 cards have been donated so far thanks to the hard work of the group’s members and teacher Julie Woodthorpe, who said: “We had a fantastic response to this from pupils, staff and parents, and on behalf of our Eco Committee I would like to thank anyone who brought Christmas cards in for recycling.”
This is the latest in a long line of initiatives by the group, who encouraged pupils to bring in just one card over the festive period for the whole class to save on paper.
They also provided the RSPCA’s Bryn-y-Maen centre in Colwyn Bay with a donation of blankets and tasty treats for rescued animals last year.
The Woodland Trust now has more than 500,000 members in more than 1,000 sites all over the UK, and their work includes supporting wildlife, challenging climate change, planting more trees and protecting vulnerable woods.
Early Years hit the beach
Our Early Years group took part in the first ever Coastal School session on Friday, January 30, after Mrs Taylor achieved her Level Three Coastal Leader award.
The sessions have been designed to incorporate topical work from the classroom through various problem-solving methods along the picturesque Colwyn Bay coastline, which will test pupils’ creativity, investigative techniques, numeracy and literacy.
During the event the pupils spent their time creating sand snowmen using things found on the beach, and also took part in a variety of beach related games.
Mrs Taylor, said: “They used items from the strand line including shells and rocks for the face which they used numeracy skills for and also found bits of seaweed which with their imaginations they used for the hair and scarfs.”
There are plenty of other things planned for upcoming Coastal School sessions, which include moulding sand to create beach related animals, searching for and investigating different sea life, confidence and relationship building exercises, in addition to general beach ecology and weather related tasks.
Mr McDuff, added: “We are based in a beautiful part of the world, and we take full advantage of this by ensuring that a significant amount of learning takes place outside of the classroom, which we feel is essential in any child’s learning.”
Pupils take the stage
Anna Heyes, Cerys Williams and Gabriele Subkovaite came through their Grade 1 Ballet grading with flying colours, which were administered by the Royal Academy of Dance.
The trio, who all hone their craft at the Pearl Shaw School of Performing Arts in Colwyn Bay, will now begin working hard in the hope of further honours in the future.
Anna performed well to achieve a Merit grade during her exam, while both Cerys and Gabriele managed to secure Distinctions for their efforts.
This is the latest in a long line of extra-curricular success stories for Rydal Penrhos, with many committing their own time to achieve success in various fields including music, drama and performing arts.
Mrs Hind, said: “Congratulations to Cerys, Gabriele and Anna on their Ballet grading success.
“Achieving things outside of the classroom is something our pupils do a fantastic job of; making the most of their time and maximising their huge potential.”
Ava Culver produced a fantastic performance to gain her Pre-Primary in Dance grading, which was administered by the Royal Academy of Dance.
The six-year-old, who attends the Pearl Shaw School of Performing Arts in Colwyn Bay, took the assessment on December 4 and received a certificate for her efforts at the school’s weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, February 10.
The pupil, who is the daughter of teacher Mrs Culver, will now begin working hard in the hope of achieving further grading success in the future.
Mr McDuff, said: “I would like to offer a huge congratulations to Ava for achieving this grading success, which is thoroughly deserved after all the hard work she has put in both at Pearl Shaw and at home.
“Our pupils do a fantastic job of gaining additional experiences and awards outside of school hours, which is a significant benefit to their development and is something we actively encourage."
Martha Hind was selected to be a part of the Aladdin pantomime at Venue Cymru, Llandudno over the festive period.
The ten-year-old was put forward for the show by Caroline Bell, who works with the pupil at the Pearl Shaw Performing Arts, situated in Colwyn Bay.
The budding star took on a variety of roles throughout the performance, and received a large bunch of flowers to acknowledge her efforts at the end of the show.
Martha is just one of a number of pupils that have been taking to the stage in recent weeks, with Cerys Williams performing as part of the Jack and the Beanstalk show at Theatr Colwyn.
Mr McDuff, said: “Congratulations to Martha on all of her success as part of the Aladdin cast at Venue Cymru.
“She is an enormously gifted pupil who excels in a number of areas, and it was no surprise to hear of her doing so well in what was a very popular and well attended series of performances.
“Everyone is proud not only of Martha, but of all our pupils who are reaching new heights in a wide number of areas and interests outside of the classroom, something we actively encourage as part of their development.”
Trio spend week with Year 6
Three pupils from China spent the academic week with us during this half term, where they were integrated fully with the Year 6 group during their stay.
They were able to sample life on a different continent and enjoyed a wide range of lessons including music, science and drama.
The visitors received honorary prefect badges from Mr McDuff at the weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, February 3, in addition to Stars of the Week certificates.
Also receiving acknowledgement were Jonathan Osbourne, Laurence Richardson, Llion Morris, George Watkins and William Tavernor, who were tasked with making the school’s Chinese guests feel as welcome as possible.
This is the latest in a series of visits from foreign countries at both our senior and prep establishments.
Mr McDuff, said: “The three pupils have travelled thousands of miles to be with us, and although things are very different here, they have been brilliant throughout their stay.
“I would also like to thank our Year 6 group for making them feel right at home here at Rydal Penrhos, and we are delighted that two of them will be staying for a longer period.”
Host of successes from stars
Our U11 girls' side emerged from a Junior Hockey Festival unbeaten after a fine series of efforts, with the competition taking place at The Ryleys School on Wednesday, February 8.
Their first clash was a comfortable 4-0 win over Wilmslow Prep, which saw Eleanor Tunstall hit a hat-trick in the triumph and Martha Hind rounding off the scoring.
The in-form Eleanor helped herself to two more strikes in Rydal Penrhos’ 3-0 success over the hosts, with Caitriona Searl also providing an eye-catching display in goal.
Significant contributions from Ella James and Phoebe Pritchett gave the girls a 3-0 win over St Mary’s Hall in their third contest, with Eleanor continuing her impressive form in-front of goal with another hat-trick to take her tally to eight goals in her opening three games.
She continued her relentless form with another treble in their 3-0 victory over Pownall Hall, and the same player was on hand to lead her team to a 100 per cent record with a brace in their final contest, a 2-0 win over Wilmslow Prep – making it an astonishing 14 goals in five games throughout the tournament.
Showjumping star Hattie Maddocks came away with the overall winner in her category at a weekend show that took place at Rodbaston College in Staffordshire.
Competing in the Working Hunter Pony class, the 10-year-old produced another exceptional display to claim two firsts and four second prizes during the competition, which was enough to see her crowned champion.
The gifted rider, who was aboard her pony Stockham Count Quicksilver, has now achieved qualification for the British Show Pony Winter Championships, which will take place in Lincoln later this year.
This is the latest in a long line of success for the pupil, who has already achieved national recognition with a call-up to the Wales squad.
She has also performed well in a number of high-profile events including the British Championships, where she finished seventh in August.
Mr McDuff, said: “This is yet another exceptional achievement from Hattie, as she continues to make a name for herself in the showjumping game.
“She is incredibly passionate and driven and shows a willingness to learn and be the best she can be, something that is paying off with significant success."
The school hosted an IAPS Gala on Monday, February 6, which saw teams descend on the pool for what was a highly competitive afternoon of action.
After all the results were issued, the hosts emerged as comfortable winners with 352 points, with Terra Nova finishing in second with 238.
Third place went to Kingsmead School on 134 points, and Altrincham Prep School rounded off the placings with 66.
The U10 Boys’ team consisting of Ethan Akroyd, James Gilman, Liam Farrell and Cieran Milligan got the ball rolling with a victory, with Grace Tavernor, Pippa Roberts and Isabella Peevor also emerging victorious in the Girls’ section.
Not to be outdone, the U11 Boys’ team of Zac Roberts, Laurence Richardson and Matthew Stubbins triumphed in fine style, as did the girls’ team of Ruby Merrick, Ella James and Arianna Milligan.
Mr Ruszkowski, said: “It was a very pleasing performance from all members of squad, which was highlighted by the wide margin of victory achieved on the day.
“We were delighted to host the IAPS Gala here at Rydal Penrhos, and I would like to thank the schools who came down for what was a fantastic event.”
Congratulations to Zac Roberts, who has been appointed rugby captain for the forthcoming season.
The 11-year-old has produced a number of impressive performances throughout the age grade teams at the Prep School, and played a starring role in the school retaining the Cooper Cup last year.
He is also a senior figure in the football side, and is also an extremely gifted sailor, having won selection to the North Wales regional development squad recently.
Zac’s first fixture as skipper was at home to Abbeygate College on Tuesday, January 17.
Mr McLeod, said: “Congratulations to James on being selected as the rugby team captain, and I am confident that he is going to thrive in the role.
“Zac has a long list of sporting accolades already despite his young age and this should stand him in good stead as he embarks on a leadership role.”
Track and Field star Jonathan Osbourne continued his remarkable form with a three-medal effort at the North Wales Indoor Athletics Championships, which were held in Deeside on Saturday, January 7.
The talented 10-year-old improved his long jump personal best by half a metre to gain a silver medal, and he added to his collection with silver in the high jump, an event he was competing in for the first time.
He rounded off his success in the U13 60 metre sprint, and despite competing against older and more experienced athletes Jonathan gained a bronze medal with a time of 9.47 seconds.
The budding athlete recently began working on his strength and conditioning at our senior school as he looks to gain further accolades in the future.
Mr McLeod said: “Jonathan has taken to athletics phenomenally well, and has an enormous amount of natural ability which is reflected in his early successes.
“He is also showing a great willingness to get better and improve, something which our dedicated strength and conditioning staff are aiding with, which will no doubt ensure that his goals will be achieved in the future.”
The U11 Rugby 7s side comprising of Zac Roberts, Jonathan Osbourne, Matthew Stubbins, Will Tavernor, Oliver Davies, Laurence Richardson and Liam Farrell, came away unbeaten in their first competitive set of fixtures of the campaign at St Mary’s Hall on Wednesday, February 10.
They began the competition with a 4-2 triumph over Sedburgh, before securing a double over the home side’s A and B teams by scores of 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.
The group saved their best performance until last by overcoming a strong Giggleswick School side 4-1, with standout performances from Farrell and Osbourne contributing significantly to their success.
Their achievements are even more remarkable as they had only been introduced to the rugby sevens discipline just days before the tournament.
Mr McLeod, said: “This was a fantastic effort from everyone involved, and to come away unbeaten against some of the top schools in the country is an outstanding achievement.
“Their success bodes very well for the season ahead and I am looking forward to seeing them build on this in future matches.”
Our swimming squad descended on South Wales for the Urdd National Gala, which took place on Saturday, January 21 at the Wales National Swimming Pool, Cardiff.
The boys’ relay team consisting of Zac Roberts, James Gilman, Matthew Stubbins and Laurence Richardson turned in a gold medal winning performance in the Freestyle event, touching the finish line first in a time of 1:07.71.
They went on to add to their collection with a silver in the boys’ medley relay, narrowly missing out on a double gold.
Not to be outdone, the girls’ relay team of Grace Tavernor, Sophie Edwards, Pippa Roberts and Ellie Knight performed well in the medley relay, only to finish fourth and narrowly miss out on a medal.
The standout individual performances came from Zac Roberts, who finished fifth in the 50 metre backstroke, while Grace Tavernor finished ninth in the 25m backstroke after reaching the final by winning her heat.
Mr Ruszkowski, said: “To come away with a gold medal from such a competitive relay category was a magnificent effort and Zac, Matthew, Laurence and James deserve all the credit in the world.
“Every member of the squad performed to a very high standard against some of the best young talents in the country, and if they continue to develop at the rate they have been then they all have a bright future.”