Rydal Penrhos Prep newsletter
Foreword from the Headmaster
Michael Morpurgo, on the importance of reading, commented "In a world which is increasingly complex it seems to me that reading is such a wonderful thing.
Open a book and find a whole world out there that you know nothing about." In such a busy first half of term full of sport, creativity, leadership and academic success it's wonderful to see that such a simple activity - reading- can retain its importance and centrality in our curriculum and working week.
Research shows that reading can improve everything from literacy to empathy and even mathematical ability but perhaps most of all it provides that wonderful mix of being an individual activity with all its escapism and yet is also a social activity when the words or ideas are shared with others.
We all have our favourite Roald Dahl book and characters and many were on show earlier in the term; for all of Dahl's imagination it is probably the simplicity of Danny Champion of the World which I enjoyed most. Fancy dress days are all well and good but it's the act of actually reading and engaging with the text which is the most transformative of experiences.
Hopefully you will enjoy reading this newsletter but more importantly I trust you will encourage your children to read often, especially over holidays such as this half-term, and explore the themes and ideas of a world perhaps very different from our own here in Colwyn Bay.
Prospective pupils visit
Prospective pupils and their families descended on Rydal Penrhos Prep School for our annual Open Morning event.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Hind began by addressing those who attended on Friday, October 6, and spoke about how the “one school” ethos benefits each child.
Guests were then given a special tour of the Prep School by current pupils, who spoke about their own experiences during their time at the school, and also answered any questions people taking the tour had on each area.
All areas of the school were a hive activity, with everything from academic prowess, musical talent and artistic qualities on display.
There was also a significant amount going on at the picturesque Forest School, which is another hugely valuable addition to Rydal Penrhos and aids learning outside of the classroom considerably.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Open Morning is always one of the most important dates on the calendar, and we would like to thank all those who gave up their time to visit us and see just what we can offer their child.
“Having our wonderful pupils give the tours ensures that the visitors get the best information first hand from those that are currently experiencing it, and I would also like to offer them my sincerest thanks for ensuring the morning as smoothly as possible for what will hopefully be future generations of Rydal Penrhosians.”
Year 6 pupils given responsibilities
Year 6 pupil James Gilman was given the honour of Head Boy, with the ten-year-old exceptionally gifted in a wide number of areas including academic and sporting.
The Head Girl distinction was awarded to Cerys Williams, who has also firmly established herself as a prominent member of the Prep School and is set to bring a significant amount to the role.
Working with the new appointments will be the newly appointed Deputy Head Boy, who will be Sailing sensation Liam Farrell, while the role of Deputy Head Girl has been given jointly to Ella Northcott and India Livingstone.
We have also announced our Prefect team for the current academic year.
The group will be working James and Cerys, together with their deputies Ella, India, and Liam.
Taking on the role of Senior Prefects at the school will be Will Rutherford and Telor Jones, who impressed significantly during the probationary period received praise from Mrs Hind for their attitude throughout the process.
A large number of other pupils have been given the distinction of House Captains, where they will be responsible for contributing to their success, of sporting, musical, dramatic and artistic competitions in the coming months.
Jasmin Beckett-Donald, Gabriele Subkovaite, Elise Mazars and Harry Fardoe will lead Snowdon House, while Isabella Peevor, Ethan Akroyd, Perry Williams and Sophie Hall have been appointed Pembroke captains.
The role of Brecon House Captains have been handed to Isabel Stubbings, Harrison McKinnel and Aidan Van Rooyen to round off the appointments.
EY put stunning location to good use
The first Coastal School session of the academic year for the Early Years group took place on Friday, September 15, following the initial success of the scheme which began in February.
The sessions have been designed to incorporate topical work from the classroom through various problem-solving methods along the picturesque Colwyn Bay coastline, which test pupils’ creativity, investigative techniques, numeracy and literacy.
During the session the group were challenged to make tiny shell shakers using beach materials such as seaweed and stones.
They were given the chance to try out different objects and fit them into their own bottles which resulted in some impressive final products.
Nikki Taylor, who achieved her Level Three Coastal Leader award earlier this year, said: “The children loved it down there today the weather was brilliant, perfect end to a first full week back.”
The skills that were being encouraged throughout the Coastal School session where teamwork, mathematics, literacy and communication, in addition to safety awareness and increased self-confidence and esteem from their efforts on the beach.
Mrs Hind, added: “We are privileged to be situated in a truly stunning part of the world, and we endeavour to take full advantage of this location at Rydal Penrhos."
New sessions launched
Our parents got the opportunity to contribute to their child’s learning thanks to a new initiative.
The first family reading session took place on Thursday, September 21, and they will run for a four-week period leading up to the half term break.
The scheme has been implemented with the aim of encouraging reading outside of classroom hours, in addition to improve speech in-front of an audience.
This is the first in a large number of new initiatives that will be implemented throughout our Prep and Senior school as both sites continue to benefit from Mr Smith’s five tenets of Learning, Living, Leading, Listening and Location.
The first session featured pupils from Year 3 and a large number of parents attended the event, which saw them aid their children with their reading of some of their favourite novels.
Mrs Hind, said: “We were delighted to see so many of our parents get involved with this new scheme, which will hope will be another of our learning initiatives that have had so much success of late.
“The sessions are a great way for parents to spend some quality time with their children while helping them with their reading which is a critical part of their development.”
Learning enhanced on visits
The Year 4 group made the short trip to Llandudno on Monday, September 18, where they visited the resort’s Home Front museum to enhance their learning as part of their topic on World War Two.
During the trip they found out about what it would have been like to have been a child living in the UK during the war, including the black out, rationing, evacuation, while Dominic Chamberlain also had the opportunity to dress up as an Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Warden.
The group also explore plenty of interesting facts such as road signs were swapped round to confuse the Germans if they did invade and black cows were painted with white stripes to keep them safe during the black out.
The highlight for the first group was meeting 87-year-old Olive, who lived in Birmingham during the war, and chose to stay in the city with her family during the evacuation process.
She joined the children in the museum’s air raid shelter and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed asking her lots of questions about her child life, and she also spoke about playing on the bombsites and having to spend most nights in her underground shelter in the garden, in addition to providing information on the ‘Make do and Mend Campaign’.
The Year 2 class visited the Groundworks Wrexham on Wednesday, September 27, where they took part in a special Celtic workshop.
During the day they reverted back to their Celtic selves by wearing woollen tunics, having lime washed spiked hair and adorning their faces with woad, which was custom before a battle.
Among the activities the pupils took part in were spear throwing, in addition to learning how to weave wool on a loom and make clay thumb-pots.
This is the latest in a series of trips planned throughout the Prep School during the term, which will see them take in places from Manchester City Football Academy to the Welsh Mountain Zoo.
Mrs Davies, said: “The Celtic workshop is something we have been involved in for a number of years now, and once again it was a hugely fun and informative day for our pupils.
“Learning outside the classroom is something we actively encourage here, and trips such as these give our pupils a chance to experience first-hand a new and interesting way of gathering new information about a specific subject or period of time.”
Year 1 pupils travelled to the Oriel Mostyn Gallery on Friday, October 13, where they took part in a special portrait workshop.
During their visit the budding artists were given the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of different techniques and materials, in addition to making their own choices in regards to what materials and resources they used for specific pieces.
They also had the chance to mix, shape, arrange and combine materials to create their own images.
Following the workshop the pupils were given a guided tour of the Clitch exhibition, and ventured inside a hot air balloon.
Mrs Merrick, said: “Trips like this is something that have proven to be hugely beneficial, as they are a fantastic way of enhancing learning outside of the classroom.
“Gaining new tips from professionals is sure to aid our young children considerably, and I would like to thank everyone at Oriel Mostyn for making us feel welcome on what was a fun-filled and highly useful visit.”
A group of pupils got up close and personal with wild animals on an educational visit.
As part of their curriculum on Bears, the Reception class visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay on Wednesday, October 11, and in addition to viewing animals the group also had the privilege of feeding the grizzlies.
During the trip, which coincided with National Teddy Bear Day, the pupils got to hear from a zookeeper what the day-to-day life of a bear actually is, their eating habits and hibernation periods, which will aid their learning on the topic in the classroom.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo was opened on May 18, 1963 by the wildlife enthusiast and naturalist Robert Jackson and spans an area of 37 acres.
Mrs Devilleforte, said: “The children had a fantastic time at the zoo and even more so in the play area.
“Trips like this are important for pupils, especially ones in this age group, who may not have seen animals as large and rare as this too often, and they got to learn a little bit more about the Bears’ habitat and way of life for their curriculum, which was great.”
Environment topic aids learning
The Early Years group took part in a host of activities throughout the half term, which have been implemented as part of their studies on the environment, both regionally and globally.
Among the things they took part in was a walk around the local area, using construction toys to make models of the region and discussing features of the environment to improve their knowledge.
To aid with their creative development, the group also painted pictures of landmarks in the area, made junk models of buildings, while the mathematical phase featured using comparative and positional language and shaping pictures.
Making a collection of words, singing descriptive words and recording people who live and work in the local environment were part of their literacy and communication skill development, with the cooking part of the programme featuring a variety of different foods from around the world.
They have also discovered more about prominent areas including Antarctica and the Rainforest, in addition to becoming more aware about the impact climate change is having worldwide.
Mrs Roberts, said: “Our staff do a wonderful job of keeping the children thoroughly engaged thanks to their fantastic learning programme, which is a key component in the enormous success the department has achieved in recent times.”
School-led scheme a success
Staff implemented a Summer Reading Challenge for pupils across all age groups, which was organised with a view to setting goals and enhancing learning throughout the break.
The initial target set by the challenge is to read five books and produce two book reports during the holidays, with many pupils surpassing this target and reading upwards of 25 books as a result of their dedication and commitment to the scheme.
Year 6 Isabella Peevor drew gasps from the young members of the school as Mr Smith announced she had read a highly impressive 20 books throughout the holidays, which were the highest of those announced at our weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, September 29.
A host of other pupils also received certificates as a results of their reading efforts, with many also reaching the teens as a result of their outstanding dedication to the scheme.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Reading Challenge is something that has been a very worthwhile initiative in recent years at Rydal Penrhos, and it was great to see so many across all year groups get involved once again.
“Isabella did remarkably well to get through 20 books in a relatively short space of time, and congratulations go to her and indeed to everyone that took part.”
Young Performers praised for concert
The first Young Performers’ Concert of the academic year was held at the Lyndon Library on Thursday, October 5, and featured some of the brightest musical minds currently learning at the school.
Under the guidance of Music teacher Mr Davies, the ten pupils put in a host of eye-catching performances, with Liam Farrell excelling in a duel effort on Piano and Clarinet.
Will Glanville and Theo Roberts brought an element of Rock and Roll to proceedings with their rendition of the cult classic Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple.
Year 6 pupil Isabella Peevor demonstrated her capabilities with a flawless flute performance, with the pair of Tilly Trueman and Lucy Ranales-Griffiths produced accomplished performances despite being some of the young members of the
Andy Wang, Ella Northcott and India Livingstone also contributed marvellous efforts in what was another outstanding show from the group.
Mr Williams, said: “Congratulations to all our Young Performers on their marvellous contribution to the concert, which further highlights just how much promise each of them has in various areas of music.
“Concerts like this are essential in a child’s development on both the performing side and for their confidence of playing in-front of an audience, and each of them showed a tremendous maturity throughout which contributed significantly to their success.”
Year 6 test their limits
Our Year 6 group were treated to a variety of action packed activities on the Isle of Anglesey at the Arete Centre, which is situated in Llanrug, from Monday, September 18 to Friday 22.
During the five-day residential each pupil got the chance to trek around some of the picturesque mountains of Snowdonia, and they also rafted through lakes and even explored underground slate mines.
The fearless group also took part in sea kayaking, rock climbing, scaling waterfalls and underground dinghy trips.
In addition pupils also got to investigate the local wildlife as part of number of educational projects devised by the centre staff.
Mr McLeod, who led the trip along with Mrs Pyves, said: “The pupils had a fantastic time and the amount of energy they had was great to see.
“The activities were really broad and they managed to test the pupils in a variety of ways, so it was a very fun and worthwhile experience for everybody concerned."
School earns silver award
Our Eco Committee, which is run by teacher Mrs Woodthorpe, achieved its Silver Award through the Green Tree Schools scheme, which run by conservation charity 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 a Green Flag award from the charity, which will involve Woodland Trust representatives visiting the school for a eco-based inspection to determine whether or not they are worthy of the honour.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is further proof of the truly remarkable work being done by our Eco Committee, and I would like to personally thank Mrs Woodthorpe for her tireless efforts to ensure our Prep School is a more environmentally friendly place to work and learn.
“To receive a silver award from the trust is a significant achievement and one the committee is richly deserving of, and each pupil should feel an enormous sense of accomplishment as a result of their efforts.”
Saving Lives at Sea
Jasmin appears on BBC 2 show
Jasmin Beckett Donald gave an interview as part of the BBC Two show Saving Lives at Sea, which tells the story of the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the RNLI who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline and on the River Thames every year.
The ten-year-old was shown helping father Greg, who is a former Rydal Penrhos pupil and Head of the Conwy Lifeboat Station, on a variety of tasks which also highlighting her intention to carry on the family tradition.
She said: “Everything I know about boats he has taught me taught me, and this has helped build my confidence surrounding the lifeboat and other things on the water.”
Using footage filmed with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying cameras, and welcoming film-makers into their everyday lives, this series takes viewers right into the heart of the action, capturing the unpredictable work of the RNLI in never-before-seen detail.
Mrs Hind, added: “This was fantastic exposure for Jasmin, and she conducted herself very well in what must have been a nervous time for her.
“It is great to see the fantastic work being done by the RNLI highlighted in this special series, and it looks as if the Conwy Station is in safe hands for the foreseeable future thanks to the Beckett Donal family.”
Roald Dahl Day
Pupils dress up for charity
We held a Dahlicious Dress Up Day on Friday, September 15, which was held as part of the Roald Dahl Day celebrations taking place across the country.
There were a host of fantastic costumes featuring characters from the author’s most recognisable books, with pupils’ across all age groups transforming into well-known figures including Willy Wonka, a Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr Fox.
Some of the more usual costumes were a Giant Peach, a Cavewoman, a Dragon and a Chimneysweep.
All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children's Charity, which helps to make life better for seriously ill children throughout the UK.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our pupils do a wonderful job of really getting into the spirit of each occasion such as this, and this was evident once again with the superb costumes that brought colour and creativity.
“Roald Dahl is still much-loved by children thanks to his timeless tales, and events such as this will ensure that his wonderfully storytelling gift will live through the ages."
Trio take part in World Championships
Keira Luke, Freddie MacLaverty and Fflur Pierce tested their skills at the RS Tera World Championships, which were held in Carnac, Brittany,
The French showcase attracted more than 100 competitors for five days of sailing, and a total of seven nations were represented with competitors aged from nine to 17.
Freddie, as the youngest competitor on the GB team, also had the distinction of leading the parade carrying the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony.
As three of the youngest sailors, the trio, all aged just nine, put in an amazing performance.
Racing in challenging conditions all three completed all races when many older and more experienced competitors could not compete with the windy conditions and waves of over a metre high. All three finished well achieving respectable places within the fleet.
Mr Todd, said: “For Freddie, Keira and Fflur to perform so well at an internationally recognised event shows not only the immense promise they have in the sport of sailing, but also how much they have benefitted from high levels of competition this season.
“This experience is going to be an extremely valuable tool to look on for further competitions, which is sure to bring with it even more accolades as they continue to progress under the guidance of our dedicated sailing coaches.”
Fflur competed at a host of regional and national events throughout the break, in addition to her first taste of international competition.
The nine-year-old kicked off her events with first place in the Silver Fleet at the Royal Anglesey CYRC in Beaumaris, before she secured a creditable eighth position out of 33 entrants at the Northern Traveller Series in Windemere.
This gave her an overall position of ninth in the series having previously competed at Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite earlier in the year.
After a successful first year on the water, the pupil was given the opportunity to test her skills at the RS Tera World Championships alongside Keira Luke and Freddie MacLaverty, which was held over five days in very challenging conditions and she managed to finish fifth 9-15 girl overall after a superb effort.
She followed this up with another victory, this time in the Main Fleer at the Llandudno CYRC event, and Fflur added to her list of experiences with a strong showing at the Weymouth Nationals which saw her become the first ever girl to come away with the U10 National Championship trophy.
The talented sailor rounded off a fantastic list of successes at the Bala Onboard Festival, where another exceptional display saw her finish as first girl in the Main Fleet.
Footballers get taste of Premier League life
The U11 side travelled to the multi-million pound academy complex of Manchester City for a special IAPS tournament, which also featured a number of other schools from across the North West.
There were a number of notable performances throughout the tournament, which included a thrilling penalty shootout win over The Ryleys School thanks to some outstanding saves from talented goalkeeper Liam Farrell.
Others who caught the eye were Henry Hibbert and Ethan Akroyd, while the team were marshalled superbly by skipper James Gilman.
After the competition they were given an all-access tour of the Citizens’ Etihad Stadium, which saw them walk the same halls as the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, who have starred for the Premier League leaders this term.
They also went down the players’ tunnel, in addition to the directors’ box, changing rooms and the press room where manager Pep Guardiola speaks to the media.
Mr McLeod, said: “The tournament was yet another hugely valuable experience for each pupil that took, and it really gives them a sense of the magnitude of what it takes to perform at a Premier League club."
Ski star selected for national talent final
Xavier Poynton is one of the 20 finalists for a national talent-spotting competition organised at the Chill Factore, with a 12-month sponsorship deal awarded to five hopefuls to aid with their development.
The seven-year-old sensation will now have the opportunity to ski with one of the sport’s most iconic figures in the form of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards over the coming weeks with a view to achieving the crown.
Edwards, said: “I know first-hand what it’s like to be told you can’t achieve something and I strongly believe that you can be anything you want to be with the determination and passion to fulfil your dreams.
“Working with Chill Factore, that’s exactly what we hope to do – give young people with a love of snow sports the chance to fulfil their destiny and know that nothing is out of reach if you want it enough.
“This isn’t about how many times you’ve competed, the records you hold or the number of followers you have on social media. We are looking to celebrate the untapped passion and potential out there.”
Following a successful application process, Xavier will now be hoping to add to his impressive list of regional and national accolades, which included being part of the Manchester snow sports venue’s Ambition Racing programme over the summer months.
Mother Clare Poynton- Craig added that the pupil is “beyond excited that he will be skiing with Eddie, although he's a little bit nervous about the competition”.
Success for budding stars
Cieran Milligan has been put forward for a National Development Coaching programme by his coaches at Mochdre Cricket Club, with a decision on the squad expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The nine-year-old has enjoyed a huge amount of success as part of the club this season, which saw the U11 side claim the Eryri title after a fantastic win over Bethesda.
Also part of the squad were fellow pupils James Gilman and Biv Gilmartin, while Year 7 talent George Watkins also contributed significantly throughout the campaign.
They were unable to replicate this in the North Wales Police Challenge Shield on Sunday, March 17 as they suffered a narrow loss to Buckley in a highly competitive final.
Mr McLeod, said: “Cieran is a multi-talented individual who excels in a number of sporting areas, and hopefully his dedication and commitment will be rewarded with a place on the national development coaching programme.
“We are enormously proud of Cieran, James and Biv for what they accomplished with Mochdre last season, and their efforts should give them a great deal of encouragement as they look to progress their game over the winter months.”
A group of talented gymnasts have received a letter of praise from a leading community figure following their recent competition success.
Against some stiff competition from clubs across North Wales and the North West - including Wrexham and Deeside gymnastics clubs - Will Glanville, Tomas Milligan, Xavier Poynton and Oscar Jewsbury took home an incredible nine medals between them across a number of disciplines at the Buckley Invitational Gymnastics competition.
The quartet’s achievements caught the attention of Aberconwy Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders, who took time out of her busy schedule to write a special letter of congratulations to the pupils.
The letter said: “I'm writing to offer my sincere congratulations on your recent achievements. To take home nine medals between you when up against such stiff competition shows how much dedication and hard work you have put in.
“With such a high calibre of ability, across a number of disciplines, it is clear you all have immense promise for both your club and school. You must all be exceptionally proud of your achievements."
All four competitors are part of the Grays Gymnastics Club based in Llandudno and have all shown immense promise in the early stages of their development.
Will Glanville played a significant part in the success of Conwy Borough’s U9 side that competed at a tournament held at Brymbo, which featured more than 20 teams from across North Wales and the North West.
Despite receiving a tough draw, the Tangerines managed to produce a series of fine efforts to emerge as group winners, and they also accumulated enough points to give them a clear route to the final.
The eight-year-old was a key component in Boro’s success, aiding with a number of goals throughout the group stage from the right-wing position.
Unfortunately the young side were unable to take home the overall crown despite a spirited display during the tense final, which saw them on the wrong end of a narrow 2-1 defeat which ensured they finished in second spot after another highly encouraging tournament for the group.
Conwy Borough U9 coach Matt Gilmore, said: “Losing a final is hard but when we dominated 80 per cent of the game it's even harder.
“I am however so happy with what we have achieved in this our first season; quarter final placed in the Liverpool tournament and runners-up in four more prestigious tournaments plus an amazing win in the Towyn Cup earlier in the summer."
James Gilman has been selected to skipper the Football side, having make a huge contribution to the U11 team last year despite having been one of the youngest within the squad.
The title of Hockey captain has been bestowed on the talented Jasmin Beckett Donald thanks to her exceptional commitment and leadership throughout her time at the school.
Newly appointed ski captain Telor Jones has made a hugely impressive start in his new role by leading the squad to the overall North Wales Championship crown, ensuring they have now qualified for the national finals in Llangranog.
There was also some individual success for the 10-year-old, as he triumphed in the U12 Boys’ category after a standout display.
Mrs Hind, said: “Congratulations to James, Jasmin and Telor on being appointed to their roles, and we are confident that they are going to bring a great deal to their respective positions.
“They have all shown the right qualities to be successful during their time with us, and hopefully this extra responsibility will give them an added boost of confidence ahead of what is sure to be a busy term.”
Our fantastic skiing squad added to their impressive list of accolades with a regional title.
The talented group descended on Plas y Brenin for the North Wales Ski Championships on Wednesday, September 13, and their exceptional performance stole the show to claim a haul of medals.
After a highly competitive evening of action, the team of Telor Jones, Will Rutherford, Xavier Poynton and Agatha Favill came away with the overall title, with Rydal Penrhos’ second team consisting of Cieran Milligan, Biv Gilmartin, Freddie MacLaverty and Fflur Pierce finishing close behind in second place.
There was further cause for celebration as the third team of Henry Hibbert, Jasmine Beckett-Donald, Ella Northcott and Ethan Akroyd making it a clean sweep for the school with a Bronze finish.
In addition to the team triumphs, there were also a number of individual accolades within the squad, with child prodigy Xavier continuing his outstanding season with Gold in the U8 Boys category.
Promising skier Agatha put in another sterling performance to come away with the U10 girls’ competition, with a standout showing from Biv earning him the U10 boys’ crown. Recently appointed school ski captain Telor Jones began his leadership role with the U12 boys’ title.
Our U11 football side, which consisted of pupils from Year 5 and 6, travelled to Ellesmere College to compete at a U11 competition featuring a number of other schools from across the North West.
The team got off to an impressive start by securing a 3-0 win over Moreton Hall, which featured a hat-trick from the talented Biv Gilmartin, who is also a member of the Llandudno FC Academy programme, together with some superb goalkeeping from Liam Farrell.
This trend continued throughout the group stages, thanks in no small part to the standout efforts put in by Gilmartin, skipper James Gilman and Henry Hibbert.
Another to catch the eye was Zack Coverley as they managed to book their place in the final four.
A tense affair in their semi-final against Shrewsbury School finished goalless after the allotted time, with the squad suffering an agonising golden goal defeat in their efforts to reach the final.
They eventually secured fourth spot from the tournament after being on the wrong end of a penalty shootout defeat in the third/fourth place playoff.
Mr McLeod, said: “This was a very encouraging effort from the group and it should give them plenty of optimism for upcoming fixtures after the half term break."