Prep School newsletter: January 2019
Rydal Penrhos Prep newsletter
Foreword from the Head
It was evident that Christmas preparations were underway, as there was an air of excitement, as soon as we entered the period of Advent. Parents and grandparents started arriving at school, ready to join their children in this year’s family art workshops where they created their own angels and shepherds, adorned with various interesting and eye-catching materials.
This magnificent ‘heavenly host’ of angels and shepherds, grew in number to 146 striking figures hung, loftily, looking down on us in St John’s Church, as we rounded off our school Christmas celebrations with a beautiful, reflective end of term carol service.
They were there to remind us of the messages delivered by the angels, to prepare everyone for Christmas.
The final two weeks of term were incredibly busy, beginning with our Prep Department singers and musicians presenting a wonderful concert which included some very impressive individual and small group performances as well as superb opening and finale pieces, the latter presented by the whole department: ‘A Christmas Spectacular – How the Grinch stole Christmas’, adapted and composed by our very own, talented, Mr Davies.
Our Early Years Department children also delighted us with a beautiful presentation of their own version of the Nativity story – ‘Upsidaisy Angel’, and were all in fine singing voice! This was good preparation for the Pre-Prep Christmas musical, ‘It’s a Baby!’. The children, again, captivated us with two fabulous and highly entertaining performances, with Year 2 playing the leading roles in a truly confident and professional manner.
I am certain that those parents and family members who were fortunate enough to join us for any of these events, left with an uplifting sense of pride and Christmas spirit
My congratulations and thanks to all the children involved in these, for their hard work, enthusiasm and excellent conduct throughout.
Yet again, the enchanting Secrets Room raised a substantial amount, £670, for the Street Children of Kampala, Uganda (who have no home and who need money for food, shoes, clothing and medical care). This cause was chosen by the pupils this year and we hope that our efforts help to bring some joy to these youngsters at Christmas time.
We are extremely grateful to our FORPS team and additional parent elves, who helped to make this yet another highly exiting and magical experience for all the children. Thank you all for your generous support.
I am sure you will join me in thanking all the staff from every area of school life for their hard work and dedication. It has been a real pleasure to be amidst the buzzing atmosphere of genuine enthusiasm throughout the term. I, personally, have been filled with great pride, and feel blessed to be working with such positive staff, happy children and supportive parents. Thank you.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend to you all, my own good wishes for a very joyful New Year.
Mrs A Hind
Special event this month
Prospective pupils will have the chance to see what Rydal Penrhos Prep School has to offer at a special event.
The facility will be holding an Open Doors morning on Wednesday, January 23, which will run from 9.30am-12pm.
This will give families the perfect opportunity to see first-hand what goes on at Rydal Penrhos during a typical school day with access to classrooms, in addition to sports and music facilities and the outstanding Coed y Plant Forest School outdoor learning area.
Visitors will also get the chance to meet with staff such as Prep School Head Alison Hind, who will be on hand to answer any questions they may have and discuss his vision for Rydal Penrhos going forward in what is a very exciting time for the school.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Open Doors events are different to the Open Morning showcases as it gives each visitor the opportunity to witness our wonderful Prep School in action during a typical day.
"We offer a wealth of different opportunities that are really quite unique, including our Coastal and Forest Schools, in addition to Sailing, Skiing and Performing Arts provisions that have been hugely popular and one of the cornerstones of our success over the years."
“I look forward to welcoming everyone to our Open Doors event and hope they get a full indication of what an exceptional education we provide here at Rydal Penrhos.”
Anyone wishing to book a place at the Open Doors morning, or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 530155.
Prefect team appointed
Rydal Penrhos Prep School has announced its new Head Boy and Girl for the current academic year.
After a thorough assessment process involving the Year 6 group, Prep School Head Alison Hind announced that Ellis Lister-Brookes has been appointed to the Head Boy position, with Grace Watkins given the Head Girl distinction.
Cieran Milligan has been appointed to the Deputy Head Boy position, with Violet Roberts given the Deputy Head Girl responsibility.
The trio of Freddie MacLaverty, Fflur Pierce and Keira Luke secured the position of Senior Prefect.
Taking on the Prefect positions are Zack Coverley, Daisy Yates, Pippa Roberts, Freya Berklay and Chloë Tillman-Lennon, Louis Walkden-Williams, Will McLaughlin, Rana Abou Samra and Will Hibbert, who all impressed during the assessment and probationary period in the lead-up to their respective appointments.
All four have made a fantastic contribution to Prep School life and have taken full advantage of the wealth of opportunities afforded to them as part of Rydal Penrhos’ diverse academic and co-curricular programme organised by dedicated teaching and support staff.
Taking on the role of Brecon House Captains are Theo Roberts and Maggie McDuff, who will be tasked with organising fellow House members during inter-house competitions and prominent events such as Sports Day.
Gracie Tavernor and Freddie Barrington-Chance will assume the captaincy of Pembroke House ahead of a busy series of important events, with Sophie Edwards and Gabriel Donohue securing the Snowdon House captain roles after demonstrating their leadership and organisational qualities during the assessment and probationary period.
Pupil committee selected
A number of Preparatory School pupils have been appointed to prominent positions for the remainder of the academic year.
Rydal Penrhos Prep School Head Alison Hind revealed the 10-pupil School Council during their weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, November 10, with each receiving a special badge acknowledging their new roles.
The group will attend regular meetings with Mrs Hind and other staff, where they will have the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the issues surrounding the school, in addition to requesting specific improvements and discuss what is currently working throughout the site.
They will all act as the overall pupil voice and will express this under the support and guidance of dedicated teaching and support staff.
Tomas Milligan and Charlie Lister-Brookes have been selected as the Year 3 representatives, with James Davies and Sophie Morris chosen from the Year 4 group.
Year 5 will also have a considerable presence in the form of Lucy Ranales-Griffiths and Rupert Barrington-Chance, and the Council will have four Year 6 pupils after Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes, Fflur Pierce, Rana Abou-Samra and Cieran Milligan chosen from 6CC and 6JM respectively.
"The School Council is an enormously important part of day-to-day life here at Rydal Penrhos, and is essential that pupils’ concerns and thoughts receive a proper and consistent voice.
This year’s School Council appointments are also very well respected within their peer groups and fantastic ambassadors for Rydal Penrhos, so I am confident they are going to bring a great deal to their respective positions."
Tech whizzes join new scheme
A large number of Preparatory School pupils have been handed digital responsibility thanks to a new initiative.
Some of Rydal Penrhos’ most tech-savvy young minds will form a new Digital Leaders’ Committee, who will work with teaching staff on topics such as internet safety and other tasks relating to technology throughout the Prep School and the wider world.
Xavier Poynton and Jenson Hodgson-Roberts will be the Year 3 representatives within the group, with Noah Roberts, William Cheesley and Felix Griffin chosen from Year 4.
The Year 5 duo of Charlotte Payne and Angelo Katsouris will also be part of the committee, and Year 6 will have four pupils involved in the form of Head Girl Grace Watkins, Tristan Griffiths, Keira Luke and Zack Coverley.
Each Digital Leader received a badge acknowledging their respective selections from Prep School Head Alison Hind at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, November 9.
Mrs Hind, said: “Each pupil selected to our Digital Leaders’ Committee has demonstrated fantastic knowledge of a subject that is changing significantly on an almost daily basis, and I am confident they are all going to be a massive success in their roles.
“It is imperative that our children are fully aware of the impact all areas of technology are having and will continue to have on their everyday lives, and this is something we look to implement into each child."
School honours fallen war heroes
Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School gathered together to honour fallen war heroes at a special event.
The school held a Remembrance Service on Friday, November 9, which saw pupils, teachers and support staff congregate for the annual event, which bares further significance at Rydal Penrhos due to the 63 former pupils who lost their lives during World War One, with a further 43 killed in the Second World War.
Prep School Head Alison Hind opened proceedings with a reading, before Assistant Head Catherine Hughes read a poem detailing the significance of war and the impact it has made throughout history.
Newly appointed Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes and Head Girl Grace Watkins also contributed to the service with their own readings, before a 100-second silence was impeccably observed to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that signalled the end of World War One.
Year 3 also made special red coloured stones, which were placed at the foot of the Welsh flag flying proudly over the Prep School playground, and 100 poppies were designed and made by various year groups during a special Art project devised by teacher Suzy Morris.
These are currently being displayed in the school’s Reception area.
Mrs Hind, said: “We always strive to ensure that each pupil under our care understands the importance of the incredible sacrifices made by those that have gone before us."
Busy half term for group
Early Years children at Rydal Penrhos used the school’s stunning location to lend their support to a nationwide fundraising initiative.
The youngest members of the Prep School community held a sponsored beach walk from Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay in aid of BBC Children in Need on Friday, November 16.
This was part of Rydal Penrhos’ Coastal School initiative, which sees each child boost their early learning on the North Wales coastline in Colwyn Bay to further enhance their foundation ahead of the remainder of their educational journey.
Prior to the walk, the children discussed why they raised money for children all over the world and the this motivated the group on to push themselves and walk further than they normally would despite sore legs and fatigue.
They managed to make it to Cayley’s Bank after a superb effort from those participating, and they managed to raise a total of £200.
Early Years children at Rydal Penrhos were greeted by a special visitor as part of their final outdoor learning session of the term.
The enthusiastic group took part in their final Coastal School session prior to the break, and they were visited by none other than Father Christmas himself, who took time out of his incredibly busy schedule over the festive period to speak with each child and give them a special gift to put under their tree ahead of the big day.
This was the latest in a series of fun-filled activities devised by the department’s exceptional staff team during the final stages of the autumn term, which also included a special trip to the Santa Train as a further reward for their outstanding efforts throughout the initial stages of the academic year.
It was “all abroad” for a festive atmosphere on one of the region's narrow gauge steam trains as they chug along with cheer and twinkling lights.
And of course, the man himself gave out gifts to all the good children on-board.
Early Years children at Rydal Penrhos went on the hunt for wildlife as part of their ongoing outdoor learning.
The enthusiastic group took a trip to the picturesque Plas Newydd site in Conwy, where they took part in a series of activities under the care and support of department staff and those working at the venue.
Their visit centred on the main occupants at Plas Newydd, which are red and grey squirrels.
They found out plenty of interesting facts about the creatures, including their sleeping habits, diet and behaviour, before going on the hunt for them and actually seeing some for themselves.
In addition, the Rydal Penrhos contingent also got the chance to thoroughly explore the woodland area and identify other wildlife around the site.
Early Years staff member Nikki Taylor, said: “It’s great for our children to explore new woodland areas and see new wildlife in local areas that are on our doorstep.”
This is the latest in a series of special excursions organised by the department, which gives each child the perfect platform from which to build a successful education.
Another scheme that have been implemented in recent months is the hugely successful Coastal School along the Colwyn Bay coastline.
Year 6 visit Mosque
A Preparatory School year group got the chance to enhance their religious horizons thanks to a recent trip.
The Year 6 contingent at Rydal Penrhos paid a visit to the Canolfan Iman Centre Mosque situated in Llandudno Junction, where they took part in a series of activities designed to enhance their knowledge of Islam.
The group were led by Imam Mohamed, who is a good friend of the school, and he began by speaking about the five Pillars of Islam and their significance both throughout history and in today’s society.
He then showed the pupils the wash room where those using the facility to pray start their ritual, before moving to the main hall to give those visiting a demonstration of the postures of prayer.
The Reverend Nick Sissons, chaplain at Rydal Penrhos who organised the visit, said: “The children all completed newspaper reports on the visit writing about what they learnt, what surprised then and what questions they still wanted answers for.
“It was another very successful visit and a good reminder of the importance of understanding our neighbours and forming good relationships with them.”
This is the latest in a series of special visits similar sites in the region throughout the academic year, which gives each pupil at Rydal Penrhos a better understanding and tolerance for other beliefs and religions they may not have been necessarily familiar with before.
Successful sessions continue
Preparatory School parents got the opportunity to contribute to their child’s learning thanks to an ongoing initiative.
The first of Rydal Penrhos’ family reading sessions of the new half term took place on Thursday, November 8, which continues the enormous success of the sessions since their inception last year.
The scheme has been implemented with the aim of encouraging reading outside of classroom hours, in addition to improving speech in front of an audience.
This is just one of many new learning initiatives throughout Rydal Penrhos’ Prep and Senior schools, and Year 2 sat down with their parents to read sections of some of their favourite novels before beginning their lessons.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Family Reading sessions have generated an incredible response from each parent that has attended, and I would like to thank them on behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos for their continued enthusiasm relating to their child’s learning."
Choir sings at Merton Place
Talented singers at Rydal Penrhos have been spreading some Christmas cheer across a number of sites across the region.
The choir, which consisted of both prep and senior pupils, took part in three special carol singing sessions across three venues on Monday, December 17.
Shoppers at the Victoria Centre in Llandudno were greeted with a variety of festive carols on the tour’s first stop, where the group were also raising money for charity via collection boxes.
This included a stunning rendition of the Mariah Carey hit ‘All I want for Christmas’ by Lower Sixth Form pupil Zahra Shamsi, before the contingent moved on to Merton Place Residential Home in Colwyn Bay.
During their second stint, the group sang various carols including Little Donkey and 12 days of Christmas, with Arthur Hind, Darcie Harker-Weston, Hannah Davies and Urdd National Eisteddfod winner Tegid Goodman-Jones also lending their support with outstanding solo efforts.
Director of Music Pete Williams, said: “This is something we have done for a number of years now and it was another fantastic way to bring some Christmas cheer to the community.
"I would like to thank each member of the choir for their attitude, dedication and commitment to what was a tiring day for them, but they handled themselves impeccably and hopefully got a lot out of the experience themselves.”
Outdoor learning remains prominent
The Year 6 pupils at Rydal Penrhos took part in their latest Forest School session recently, which was organised by programme leader Jude Pyves and other staff members.
The session centred on improving communication and negotiation, with the group working in teams during a series of festive themed tasks
This involved working as a unit to build their very own forest stars to leave for the elves.
The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
The programme originated in Scandinavia and is underpinned by thorough research into the learning behaviour of children at an early age and how best to develop this.
Rydal Penrhos Forest School focuses on providing a safe, outdoor learning experience where children and young people are encouraged to explore, discover, take suitable risks and learn in a secure area of woodland.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Forest School sessions are always a source of great excitement for our pupils, which is down to the exciting activities put together by the amazing Mrs Pyves and other very passionate and dedicated staff we are fortunate to have here at Rydal Penrhos."
A Preparatory School year group used an outdoor learning area for inspiration as part of a special classroom topic.
The Year 3 group at Rydal Penrhos spent a recent English lesson at their Forest School facility, where they took part in a series of activities designed to improve their vocabulary under the expert guidance of teacher Julie Woodthorpe and teaching assistant Clare Tebbits.
During the lesson, the group used the atmosphere of the forest help them come up with some ‘wow’ adjectives in relation to the autumnal leaves falling around the site.
They used the same method to describe their thoughts about the picturesque trees and thriving wildlife living within the area, and their efforts drew the attention of a very interested Robin who observed proceedings throughout.
This will further aid their development ahead of their next Big Write, which is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
The Year 5 contingent at Rydal Penrhos participated in a Forest School session that centred on the Stone Age era and was led by programme co-ordinator and teacher Jude Pyves.
During the event, the group were tasked with producing their very own charcoal drawing like those produced and archived during the era of focus, with the activity implemented to enhance creativity in an outdoor environment.
This was followed by another difficult problem-solving exercise which saw them work within a team and work out how to shift a "25-tonne Bluestone" to decipher how those living in the Stone Age would have tasked a similar problem.
Annual FORPS event brings festive cheer
A group of Preparatory School parents and staff turned into elves for the day in the name of charity.
The festive group consisting of men and women, donned their best elf outfits for the school’s annual Secrets Room initiative, which took place on Thursday, December 6 and was once again organised by the Friends of Rydal Penrhos committee.
For a small donation, pupils entered a Secrets Room where they could pick two gifts of their choosing to give to whomever they wished on Christmas Day, before having them specially wrapped by the school’s resident elves before returning to the classroom.
Pupils also received some finely wrapped reindeer food to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
The event has raised thousands for a number of worthy cause since its inception, with this year’s total going towards Rydal Penrhos’ ongoing charity work in Uganda.
Term concludes in style
Rydal Penrhos’ annual Prep Christmas Carol Service took place on Wednesday, December 19, which saw a large congregation descend on St John’s Church for the final official event before the end of term.
The Reverend Nick Sissons started proceedings with a welcome, before Eryn Mart, Ava Culver Lexi-May Williams and Siham Clarke read a special prayer.
There were plenty of festive hymns sung throughout the event, with superb solo efforts from Xavier Poynton and Daisy Yates.
Rev’d Sissons then spoke about the meaning of Christmas using the Angels and Shepherds created at the Prep School’s annual festive Art workshops, in addition to the large cracker taking pride of place behind the pulpit.
Other readings came from Amelia Williams, Ellie Knight, Archie Green, Svaksh Singam, Laylo Driver and Sophie Winters-Jones, with Head Girl Grace Watkins and Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes read a special prayer with some guitar playing from Rev’d Sissons.
There was the annual nativity scene from the Pre-Prep group from their Christmas Musical, and they also performed their closing song from the recent performance.
Prep School Head Alison Hind closed out the Carol Service with a departing message of goodwill ahead of the festive break, which was a hugely successful start to the academic year across all age groups.
Annual Christmas Workshops well attended
Preparatory School pupils and family members lent their support to an annual art event with a special festive theme.
Rydal Penrhos held its annual Christmas Art Workshop earlier this month, which saw dozens of visitors attend the sessions throughout the week under the expert guidance and support of teacher Suzy Morris.
This year’s theme was ‘Angels and Shepherds’ and those attended were tasked with designing and making a special creation, which are now proudly on display at St John’s Church throughout the festive period.
The workshops kicked-off a series of Christmas themed events taking place at the Prep School in the lead-up to the end of term, which featured the Pre-Prep Christmas Musical, the Friends of Rydal Penrhos Secrets Room and a visit from Santa Claus himself.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Christmas Art Workshops generate an incredible amount of support from our wonderful families, and Mrs Morris did an incredible job of organising yet another outstanding addition to our festive calendar."
Pre-Prep shine on stage
Aspiring Preparatory School performing artists took to the stage for a highly anticipated festive event.
Rydal Penrhos held its annual Pre-Prep Christmas Concert over two days from Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday 12, which drew large crowds of staff and family members to the shows.
This year’s show was entitled “It’s a Baby” and was a depiction of the Nativity with a comical twist.
Each pupil had been working incredibly hard in rehearsals under the expert support of dedicated staff at the Prep School, and the play was narrated superbly by Ella Ffowcs Williams and Harrison Simmons.
Beatrice Brookes-Fazakerley and Elliot Spall took on the roles of Mary and Joseph with aplomb, with Lili Robinson-Scoots, Oscar Kennedy-Evans and Charlotte Knight performing well as the three wise men.
Another standout contribution came from Keelan Shilton as the Angel Gabriel, and William Aspell’s Innkeeper performance brought a great deal of humour to the showcase. Darcy Taylor, Lissy Williams, Freddie Griffin, Jaxson Lynch, Clara Donohue, Francesca Berklay, Ella Lloyd-Bloom and Alexandra Lopez-Moreno were outstanding as Travellers, with Early Years, Reception and Year 1 also playing key roles.
Last session sees Santa visit slope
Preparatory School pupils got an early visit from Father Christmas – on none other than skis.
To mark the last skiing session before the Christmas break, Santa Claus joined Rydal Penrhos pupils at the dry ski slope in Llandudno where he handed out chocolates to the budding skiers for their efforts on Friday, December 14.
The skiing programme at the school has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months, with notable success in both regional and national competitions across the country.
Pupils decorated their helmets in festive attire as they headed down the slopes for the last time this year, under the watchful eye of the instructors at the slope.
Fortunately, Santa also made it down the slope unscathed to the delight of the pupils.
Festive cheer aplenty
Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School was full of festive cheer during their annual Christmas Party celebrations.
There was plenty to enjoy for pupils and staff alike thanks to a fun-filled schedule on Thursday, December 18, which began with a fancy dress parade in the School Hall during Assembly.
All age groups came in either their own clothes or made a special effort in fancy dress with a ‘G’ theme for the occasion, with staff also getting in the spirit with some fantastic costumes.
There was everything from Grandmothers, Gladiators and GI Joes on show throughout the day, and the Pre-Prep and Prep pupils also welcomed a special visitors in the form of Father Christmas, who chatted with each pupil and gave them a pre-Christmas gift.
And what festive party would be complete without Christmas dinner, with catering staff at Holroyd Howe putting on another wonderful spread for those in attendance.
The day concluded with both Pre-Prep and Prep pupils taking part in their own special parties, with plenty of games and dancing for them to enjoy.
Huge amount to celebrate
Cieran Milligan, a Year 6 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, was appointed the overall Prep School captain by Head of Boys’ Games Jamie McLeod ahead of a busy series of fixtures following the Christmas break.
The 11-year-old is a multi-talented individual who is thriving both academically and across various sports under the guidance and support of dedicated staff at the school, and this is the latest in a series of notable accolades for a pupil with an enormous amount of potential.
He was recently selected to the North East Wales Regional Schools’ U11 squad after impressing considerably during a trial period that lasted three weeks, and Cieran has also been making his presence felt within the Colwyn Bay youth set-up to further enhance his overall development.
Cieran will now be tasked with leading Rydal Penrhos to another successful campaign, which will see them look to secure the prestigious Cooper Cup for a fifth consecutive year against their Bay counterparts.
In addition to his rugby exploits, the Deputy Head Boy is also a member of the Cricket Wales Regional Performance Pathway and is based at their northern hub at Rydal Penrhos.
Mr McLeod, said: Cieran is not only very driven on the field, but he has proven to be an outstanding young leader and role model to younger members of the school community."
Rydal Penrhos’ annual Prep Inter-House Cross-Country competition saw some thrilling finishes and outstanding performances during what was another hugely successful event.
The Year 3 boys’ race saw Tomas Milligan take control from the outset to cross the line in first place after a fantastic display, with Oscar Jewsbury coming in second and Angus Holland in third.
Another notable performance came from Steffan Atenstaedt, who displayed incredible character and effort throughout.
The Year 3 girls’ race went to Eryn Mart, who secured victory for Snowdon after narrowly pipping Ella Payne and Ava Culver, who finished in second and third respectively.
Much was expected from Brecon’s James Davies in the Year 4 boys’ race and he duly obliged to triumph over Shane Ayeni, with Felix Griffin and Jorvan Toor sportingly crossing the line together in third.
Sophie Morris and Robyn Borg-Barthet were involved in a titanic struggle at the front of the Year 4 girls’ race, with the former coming out on top, and Harper Burke ran a fine race to complete the podium places.
A stunning performance from Rupert Barrington Chance was the highlight of the Year 5 boys’ race, with the Pembroke star crossing the line in a very impressive nine minutes, 51 seconds ahead of the Snowdon duo of Dominic Chamberlain and Will Glanville.
The contest between Lily Copeland and Charlotte Payne was a hotly contested affair in the Year 5 girls’ race, with the latter triumphing narrowly to reverse the result of the Year 4 category, with Margarita crossing the line in a very creditable third spot.
A thrilling conclusion to the Year 6 boys’ race saw Cieran Milligan overcome the challenge of Freddie Barrington Chance in the closing stages, with Snowdon’s Freddie MacLaverty close behind in third.
After all the points were tallied, Pembroke emerged as the overall winners.
Talented Preparatory School footballers battled it out for bragging rights at an annual competition.
The Rydal Penrhos hopefuls took part in the Prep School Inter-House Football Championship earlier this month, where the three houses competed in a round robin format with a view to determining the overall winner.
There were plenty of standout individual performances throughout the competition, which further highlighted the amount of footballing talent currently developing their skills at the site under the influence of Head of Boys’ Games Jamie McLeod and Rydal Penrhos’ coaching staff.
After a hugely competitive afternoon of action, Pembroke managed to secure enough point to seal the crown, pipping Snowdon and Brecon to secure some valuable House points in their pursuit of the overall title at the end of the academic year.
Freddie Barrington-Chance received the trophy on behalf of his Pembroke teammates at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, December 7.
Mr McLeod, said: “Once again the standard of our Inter-House competition was incredibly high and played in the right spirit, which was fantastic to see and something we strive for across all areas of life here at Rydal Penrhos."
A wealth of Preparatory School hockey talent was on show at a special competition.
Rydal Penrhos’ annual Inter-House Hockey Championships took place prior to the Christmas break, which saw Pembroke, Brecon and Snowdon battle it out for bragging rights under the stewardship of dedicated coaching staff led by Head of Girls’ Games Jude Pyves.
It was been a memorable campaign so far for each age group, further highlighting the exceptional progress they are making from a technical and
After a hugely competitive day of action, Pembroke managed to narrowly beat out Snowdon and Brecon to claim the crown, with Year 6 duo Fflur Pierce and Sophie Edwards collecting the trophy from Prep School Head Alison Hind at a recent Celebration Assembly.
Mrs Hind, said: “As has been the case throughout the years, out Inter-House Hockey Championship was another fine example of not only the talent currently learning and progressing at Rydal Penrhos, but their ability to work together as a team in the pursuit of their overall goal.
“It was very competitive, but everyone played in the right spirit which further added to the occasion. Thanks, as always, go to Mrs Pyves and the rest of my amazing staff for putting on such a brilliant event, and to Pembroke on their excellent victory.”
Preparatory School hockey stars continued their exceptional recent run of results to close out the term in style.
The U11 side travelled to Liverpool College on Friday, December 11, and they produced another rousing effort to come away with an impressive 3-0 success.
The Rydal Penrhos contingent got off to a flyer in the first half and took a one-goal lead into the break thanks to a fine finish from Keira Luke, and there was further cause for celebration after the interval when Freya Berklay emerged from a defensive position to double their advantage.
Another neat passage of play saw Keira notched her second of the contest to round off the scoring, and the U11 Dragons also managed to claim victory after a narrow 1-0 triumph at the same venue.
A tight contest was settled when Sophie Edwards produced a moment of magic to give Rydal Penrhos a slender cushion, and they defended resolutely in the closing stages to secure a notable win.
The school’s U10 side have been in remarkable form throughout the campaign and turned in another dazzling attacking display to emerge victorious 7-0 at their Merseyside counterparts.
Charlotte Payne was in devastating goalscoring form and hit no fewer than four to lead her side to glory, with Lily Copeland (2) and Fleur Roberts also on the scoresheet.
A host of Preparatory School swimming stars achieved success at the regional stage of a prestigious national competition.
The Rydal Penrhos contingent recently took part in the Urdd Regional Gala, with hopefuls looking to qualify for the National Finals, which will be held in Cardiff in the coming weeks. Jorgie Lynch produced a fine effort to touch the line first in the Year 5/6 Freestyle event, with Jorvan Toor also securing an impressive result after triumphing in the Years 3 and 4 Backstroke.
Another achieving gold was Noah Roberts in the Years 3 and 4 Breaststroke, and a resounding performance from the Boys’ 5/6 Relay team saw them book their place at the national showcase in style.
There was further cause for celebration in the Boys’ Year 3 and 4 and 5/6 Medley Relay squads, who both finished first to continue their exceptional development. Other performances of note came from Martha-Rose Johnson, who came second in the Years 3 and 4 Breaststroke, and Gracie Tavernor also claimed the same finish in the Year 5/6 Backstroke category.
Tomas Milligan and brother Cieran has three second places between them, with Jorvan adding to his earlier gold with a silver in the Years 3 and 4 Freestyle. The Girls’ 5/6 relay teams claimed a pair of seconds in the Freestyle and Medley events, with the Boys getting a silver medal in the Years 3 and 4 Freestyle.
Three Preparatory School pupils helped their regional pony club to a strong performance at a high-profile competition.
Rupert Barrington Chance, Charlotte Payne and Ella Payne, all represented Aberconwy Pony Club at the first of two triathlons as part of the hugely competitive Area 5 Tetrathalon competitions.
Leading the way was Year 5 pupil Rupert, who turned in an accomplished performance to achieve a first ever victory in his age category at an event of this kind.
The competition involved a seven-metre, two-handed static shoot, a 1,000m run and a two-minute swim.
There was further cause for celebration from a Rydal Penrhos perspective in the form of Ella, who continued her excellent run of recent results with a third-place finish in her category, with sister Charlotte also performing well to secure sixth spot in her respective group.
This solid contribution enabled Aberconwy to finish a very creditable fifth overall out of 19 teams, which featured branches from across North Wales, Cheshire and the North West.
A pair of Preparatory School sailing stars have been rewarded for another fine season on the water with a national squad selection.
Freddie MacLaverty and Keira Luke, Year 6 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, have successfully secured a place in the RYA Cymru Welsh RS Feva National Squad after impressing selectors with a series of fine performances.
The duo, who were recently appointed to Senior Prefect positions in recognition of their overall contribution to Prep School life, have caught the eye at high-profile competitions across the country throughout the summer to further enhance their growing reputation within the sport.
As part of the Welsh National squad system, the young sailors will undergo regular, residential training weekends throughout the winter to prepare for next year’s racing season; which will in turn require the sailors to compete at regular sailing competitions throughout the United Kingdom.
The ‘RS Feva’ is a high performance, double-handed sailing dinghy with a strong and competitive class association, and this is the latest in a series of notable milestones for the pair, who have benefitted enormously from Rydal Penrhos’ thriving sailing provision under the leadership of Max Todd, Dan Rippon and Petrina Blomeley.
A Preparatory School skiing sensation continued this exceptional national form at another prestigious competition.
Xavier Poynton, a Year 3 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, recently competed at the Ambition Racing National 2 and Pro Dual Slalom Championships at the Chill Factore in Manchester, with the talented eight-year-old competing in U10 categories despite his tender age.
The aspiring skier took part in a series of testing runs that also involved a large drop during the Pro Slalom, but Xavier took everything in his stride to enhance his growing reputation with three podium finishes in the face of some stern competition from older and more experienced opposition.
His incredible composure and performance ensured third place finishes in the Slalom, Extended Slalom and Pro Slalom events, which further highlights the progress he is making to steadily close the gap on those ahead of him in the standings that have more competitions under their belts.
Mrs Hind, said: “Xavier’s consistency in terms of his performance at such competitive and daunting events is a testament to his natural ability and the desire he is showing to improve on an almost daily basis."