Prep School newsletter: February 2019
Rydal Penrhos Prep School newsletter
Foreword from the Head
'A very busy and exciting start to 2019'
2019 certainly got off to a very busy, exciting and (at some points) nail-biting start.
As always, it is a real pleasure to see the pupils challenge themselves to do the best they can in all their endeavours.
What has struck me most this term is that, despite the busy nature of the School, and amidst all the co-curricular and what some may consider ‘peripheral’ activities, which actually are hugely integral and important to life here at the Prep School, there remained a constant and calm focus on academic study.
As you read the Newsletter you will, no doubt, be struck as I was by the fullness of the experiences open to our pupils: supporting social and emotional development through classroom study, charitable activity and hosting visiting speakers; getting outdoors and appreciating the value of the ‘outdoor classroom’ to broaden horizons, again building key skills of collaboration and teamwork; appreciating the musical and creative talents of one another; and being encouraged to show that gritty determination in the sporting arena, both as individuals and in team efforts.
Every pupil has much to be proud of, whether specifically mentioned in this month’s Newsletter or not, as they all contribute in their own individual way to make Rydal Pernhos Prep School a special place to be!
I look forward to sharing the next Newsletter with you, as know we have many more exciting events coming up over the next half term.
Thank you to all the children, staff and parents, for their ongoing support.
Interim Executive Principal appointed
Rydal Penrhos School has confirmed the appointment of John Waszek as its Interim Executive Principal with immediate effect.
The school announced the move on Monday, February 11, with Mr Waszek set to remain in the post until Rydal Penrhos’ Governing Body make a permanent appointment in relation to the position.
This is expected to be later on in the year following a “thorough” selection process.
Sally Harding has been confirmed as Head of Senior School and Mrs Alison Hind continues as Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep School.
Julian Barnes, Chair of Governors at Rydal Penrhos, said: “I know that Mr Waszek intends to spend much of his time until the half term break focussing on our pupils and staff in school.
“The Governors are most grateful to Mr Waszek, who will work with Mrs Harding and Mrs Hind and all the Rydal Penrhos Staff, bringing his experience and expertise so that the school maintains an environment where our pupils continue to learn and thrive under the guidance of our excellent staff.”
Mr Waszek is a highly experienced Principal, having led St Edward’s College, Liverpool for 24 years from 1992 to 2016 during which time the school secured several “outstanding” inspections and was subsequently designated as “exempt” from inspection by the Department for Education.
He was previously a Head of Department and Boarding Housemaster at Rugby School.
Since leaving St Edward’s, Mr Waszek has been a School Effectiveness Adviser, working in a wide variety of settings with School Governors and Leadership teams on school improvement.
He is the Chair of Governors at St Aidan’s Primary School in Knowsley and has served as a Governor of Rydal Penrhos School since 2013 - a post he has now relinquished to enable him to take up this interim role.
In addition to his various roles within education, Mr Waszek served as a Non-executive Director of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey) for several years at a very challenging time for the Hospital following the publication of the Redfern Report into organ retention.
He is currently advising the new medical school at Edge Hill University on student admissions’ criteria.
Police officer visits RP
PC Vicky Roscoe, of North Wales Police, spent the day at Rydal Penrhos on Wednesday, January 16, where she spend time with each year group during a series of special Personal, Social and Health Education sessions.
There were a host of different topics discussed during the day, including “who to talk to” in times of trouble, the job of Police Constable and some question and answer sessions.
This is the latest in a series of visits from community figures to the Prep School throughout the academic year.
Mrs Hind, said: “We were extremely grateful to PC Roscoe for giving up so much of her time for our pupils, who I know got a tremendous amount out of their respective sessions.
“We take pride in giving our children not only the very best platform in terms of their education, but also preparing them for various other elements of their development such as wellbeing, social skills and important matters relating to their health.
“This is an essential part of their growth and visits like the one given by PC Roscoe boost this considerably.”
Space project enhances creativity
The Year 5 group were given the broad task of coming up with a model on Space, which saw them choose a specific element associated with the intriguing theme.
They spent considerable time researching their respective designs, before putting their ideas into action during classroom lessons and during their own time at home.
This tremendous commitment brought with it some incredible final designs, which saw everything from stars, planets, shuttles and dark matter created by the contingent.
Each pupil proudly showcased their creations in front of the whole Prep School during the final Celebration Assembly before the festive break, and received considerable praise from Mrs Hind as a result of their outstanding application and commitment to the project.
She said: “This project is something we do annually and it really captures the imagination of each pupil involved."
Activity sessions hailed a success
Mr McLeod arranged some ICT Activity Days immediately following the conclusion of term, which gave those in attendance plenty of helpful tips surrounding the subject that will stand them in extremely good stead ahead of the challenges that lie ahead for the remainder of the academic year.
The enthusiastic contingent got to grips with a number of different elements involving coding, robotics, in addition to some special Lego Mind Storm challenges implemented by Mr McLeod.
They also got the opportunity to explore some Lego amination and Raspberry PI projects, and the pupils listened to a very informative lecture from former pupil and current parent Ed Brookes on the history of the computer and how they have worked and developed over time.
Outdoor Ed scheme continues to thrive
A year group went searching for ancient ‘dragon eggs’ as part of their latest outdoor learning session.
The Year 4 contingent at Rydal Penrhos took part in a special Forest School morning on Wednesday, February 20, where they were tasked with solving a series of riddles created by Assistant Head Catherine Hughes and programme leader Jude Pyves to locate the hidden eggs.
This activity linked directly to the group’s ‘Exciting Writing’ taking place within the classroom, which is based on the popular novel How to Train Your Dragon.
Each pupil has been planning their own fantasy stories with varied and exciting plots, which has heightened their creativity and writing ability considerably.
Mrs Hind, said: “This latest session drew a great deal of excitement from our Year 4 group, who took the exceptional enthusiasm shown during their Exciting Writing sessions into the Forest in search of the elusive Dragon eggs.
“They all worked incredibly hard as a team to solve the puzzles, which also involved plenty of communication, listening and hard work!"
The enthusiastic Year 3 contingent dressed in their warmest clothes for their latest Forest School session on Wednesday, January 30, which was held under the expert support and guidance of programme co-ordinator Mrs Pyves and other staff members.
Their main task throughout the morning was to create bird feeders using an orange, where they removed – and ate – the contents before shaping the skin into a strong base for the end product.
This was followed by putting various tasty treats into their respective feeders, which included lard, mealworms, seeds and cheerios cereal pieces.
Each pupil then carefully inserted string around their creation before hanging it on trees around the Coed y Plant facility.
As a reward for their fantastic efforts, the group enjoyed a hot chocolate and cookies, and there was even time for a snowball fight before they headed back in to the warmer confines of their classroom.
Mrs Hind, said: “Mrs Pyves was absolutely thrilled with the determination and attitude of our Year 3 group during the morning in very cold conditions."
The Year 5 contingent at Rydal Penrhos took part in their latest Forest School session on Wednesday, January 23, where they were supervised by programme co-ordinator Mrs Pyves and Art teacher Mrs Morris.
They were tasked with designing and making recycled bird feeders, which involved each pupil working within groups to come up with a suitable creation that would later be placed throughout the forest.
Once they had finished their project, the groups were able to fill their feeders with some tasty treats that drew instant interest from birds and other wildlife within the Forest School.
Each pupil was rewarded for their commitment in less than perfect conditions with a hot chocolate, and there was also a chance for some free play time on the site.
The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.
Year 6 lend support to Big Schools' Birdwatch
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 6.
During the event, each pupil worked within a group to complete 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 Jude Pyves to the RSPB to be correlated with others from across the country.
Following their respective discoveries, there was time for the group to take part in a nature-themed game involving the collection from ‘seeds’ and avoiding staff, who took on the role of ‘birds of prey’. They made their very own fire and cooked toast to round off the session.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was a very worthwhile session for Year 6, who managed to document a fantastic amount of different birds throughout. 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."
Incredible Young Performers' Concert held
The Spring Term Young Performers’ Concert took place on Wednesday, February 13, which saw a wealth of different and varies year groups demonstrating what they had taken on board during their sessions with Music teacher Mr Davies.
Emily Nurse kicked-off proceedings with a lovely Piano solo, before Cameron Pye demonstrated his outstanding vocal talents.
Honey Hodgson-Roberts, Ava Culver and Lawrence Aspell all contributed to the Concert with eye-catching Piano pieces, with a Guitar and Drum duet from aspiring rock stars Will Glanville and Dominic Chamberlain proving to be another notable feature of the showcase.
The singing solo of Areesha Owais was a huge hit with those in attendance, with the Year 6 duo of Zack Coverley and Tristan Griffiths’ Piano and Drum duet drawing a huge ovation.
Will McLaughlin and Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes also performed a duet with aplomb, before Tristan took the stage again for a Drum and Singing piece with classmate Freddie MacLaverty.
The progression of Lewis Jellicoe on the Piano was further evident during his solo, with Noah Roberts (Saxophone), Keira Luke (Piano), Eleanor Turner (Singing) and Martha-Rose Johnson (Piano) also bringing the concerts to life with their respective performances.
A passionate singing solo from Tilly Trueman was full of her customary energy and presence, with multi-talented Year 5 pupil Lily Copeland closing the show on the Piano.
Mrs Hind, said: “It was so heart-warming to see our young pupils performing so well in front of a live audience, and hopefully they all got a great deal out of the experience."
Grading achievements aplenty
Charlotte Knight, Alexandra Lopez Moreno and Darcey Taylor, Year 2 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, recently sat their Primary: Modern Theatre Class Examination in Dance, with all three committing a great deal of time to their preparation ahead of their respective assessments.
The trio thoroughly impressed the Imperial Society Dance Examinations Board adjudicators throughout, with Darcey awarded a Distinction as a result of her incredible performance.
There was further cause for celebration as Alexandra and Charlotte both achieved Merits for their grading efforts, and all three will now beging working hard in the hope of securing further accolades in the future.
Each pupil received their certificates together with a generous round of applause from Prep School Head Alison Hind at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, February 1.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is something I know that Alexandra, Charlotte and Darcey have been working very hard to achieve, and this is reflected with their superb marks to further add to their growing list of achievements.
“They are very enthusiastic individuals who are thriving and progressing each and every day under the guidance and support of our dedicated staff here at Rydal Penrhos."
Honey Hodgson-Jones recently sat her Introductory Graded Examination - Solo Stage One assessment prior to the festive break, which was administered by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
The enthusiastic pupil dedicated a great deal of time to preparing for her examination during specialist sessions with Rydal Penrhos’ Speech and Drama provision, and Honey managed to thrive during the assessment to secure a Merit grading as a result of her efforts.
Honey has already begun working hard in the hope of securing further success in the future, and she received her certificate from Prep School Head Alison Hind at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, February 8.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is a wonderful achievement from Honey’s perspective and one that she can be enormously proud of.
“To see her developing her skills as part of our dedicated Speech and Drama provision is a testament to the passion, care and determination she displays across all areas of life here at Rydal Penrhos, and I am confident that this is going to bring plenty more accolades as she progress through our exceptional Prep School.”
Weather topic brings best out of group
Early Years children have been taking part on a host of different activities as part of their current topic surrounding the climate.
The youngest members of the Prep School community, together with passionate and dedicated staff operating at the facility, took advantage of Rydal Penrhos’ stunning location on the Colwyn Bay coastline for their Weather topic throughout the half term.
This has involved a series of testing and fun-filled tasks such as making wind turners, in addition to making and flying a kite.
They have also been participating in a series of thought-provoking discussions regarding the sun, wind, frost ice and snow, and the group enhanced their learning on the subject outdoors during the Coastal and Forest School sessions.
The aim of the Early Years Department is to provide the children with a welcoming, safe, happy and stimulating environment in which they can thrive and develop at their own pace, socially, physically, emotionally and academically.
The children are encouraged to be self-motivated and independent, yet aware of their peers. The Early Years is a bridge from home to school and an introduction to the more structured environment they will encounter in Reception.
Charity donation to Barnardo's after Victorian topic
As part of their topic on the Victorian era, the Year 6 group discovered more about the life of Dr Thomas John Barnardo, an Irish philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children.
From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1867 to the date of Barnardo's death, nearly 60,000 children had been taken in.
After leading an assembly about what they can learn from history related to him and Lord Shaftesbury, the year group issued an appeal for donations for the local Barnardo’s charity shop situated in Colwyn Bay.
Head Boy Ellis Lister-Brookes, Head Girl Grace Watkins and Deputy Head Girl Violet Roberts managed to collect 11 bags full of clothing for their efforts, and in addition to despatching them to the shop, they also spent considerable time at the facility attaching barcodes to labels, arranging hangers in order and putting clothes on hangers.
FORPS arrange charity discos
There was fun and laughter aplenty in the name of charity thanks to a special event prior to the half term break.
The Friends of Rydal Penrhos committee held their Pre-Prep and Prep Valentine’s Discos on Friday, February 15, which was in aid of a regional sporting charity and projects across the school.
The committee, who comprise of school parents, decorated the Hall with hundreds of balloons and colourful lights, while the new addition of a Popcorn machine proved to be most popular.
Pre-Prep and Prep children danced the evening away, played games and even got the chance to dress up in the ever-popular photo booth.
Although the final total has not been revealed, hundreds of pounds were raised from the event, which will be split between Disability Skiing Wales and the FORPS Fund.
DSW train volunteers and work with disabled people on dry ski slopes in Wales, including the dry slope situated in Llandudno.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our FORPS Committee does so much incredible work throughout the academic year for worthy causes."
National Gymnastics Award for pupil
Will Glanville is now the proud owner of the 2018 Welsh Gymnast Recognition of the Year Award, which is issued by the Welsh Gymnastics Association.
The nine-year-old attend a glitzy North Area Awards Ceremony last weekend, and Will was chosen by a panel to receive the distinction out of the 5,000 members associated with various gym clubs throughout the region.
Will received his initial nomination after his sterling efforts with Grays Gymnastics Club in Llandudno, where he has enjoyed a phenomenal amount of success in a relatively short time as a member of the group.
This has included a series of competition gold medals at regional level, and this exceptional contribution has also seen him contribute significantly to team triumphs with the club.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is an extraordinary achievement and one that Will can be enormously proud of.
“For him to take home an award of this calibre is a testament to how hard he has worked during school sessions and the time he puts in at the Grays Gymnastics Club, and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is incredibly proud of Will and his ongoing development across a multitude of different areas.
Advantage RP after first leg
It is advantage Rydal Penrhos after the Cooper Cup first leg against Colwyn Bay Rugby Club.
Some of the region’s most promising young talent competed against each other on Sunday, February 10, which attracted a large crowd to the Bay’s venue at Brookfield Drive.
The U8 squad got the visitors off to a flyer with a hard-fought 7-5 win against their Bay counterparts, and the U9 team doubled their aggregate cushion with a narrow 5-4 triumph following a thoroughly entertaining affair.
This was followed by an outstanding performance from the U10 squad, who produced some scintillating attacking rugby to emerge with a 50-28 success and see their lead for the day increase further.
They were unable to complete a clean sweep despite a sterling effort from the U11 squad, who were beaten 33-28 to bring the final score after the first leg action to 3-1 in favour of Rydal Penrhos.
One win for the Prep School during the second leg on Saturday, March 23 would see Rydal Penrhos retain the cup for the fifth consecutive year, with Colwyn Bay needing to win all four games to get their hands on the prestigious trophy.
Mr McLeod, said: “This was a fabulous effort not just from our talented rugby players at Rydal Penrhos, but everyone involved.
“It was a superb showcase of the town and region’s rugby talent, with every game very closely contested which should make for a very exciting second leg.
"We would like to thank everyone at Colwyn Bay Rugby Club for their hospitality on what was a wonderful morning of rugby played in the right spirit."
U11 side crowned Urdd Conwy champions
Our U11 squad recently competed at the Urdd Conwy Netball Championships, where they tested their skills against some of the best young talent in the region on Friday, February 15, with a place at the national finals at stake.
The Prep School stars produced a series of impressive displays throughout the 13-team tournament, and they managed to achieve a 100 per cent record to emerge as Urdd Conwy Champions.
Their dominance was further reflected in their scoring differential during the showcase, which saw Rydal Penrhos scored 32 and conceded just one.
This is the second time in three years that the school’s U11 side has secured the Urdd Conwy title, with the 2017 squad also achieving the same feat.
The current group of hopefuls will now begin preparation in the hope of making their presence felt on the national stage at the Urdd Championships in May.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was a marvellous effort from our U11 netball squad, who displayed an incredible amount of determination and cohesion to see them triumph in a difficult competition to win."
Team RP shines at Catteral Shield
Girl power was in full swing as our cross-country stars produced a fine effort at a prestigious national competition.
The squad travelled to Giggleswick School to compete at the Catteral Shield Championships, which took place on Wednesday, January 16.
Each competitor took on the short but testing course with typical determination and commitment, which resulted in a series of high finishes from a Prep School perspective.
Lily Copeland added to her exceptional list of recent results by crossing the line in sixth position, with classmate Charlotte Payne close behind in ninth.
There was further cause for celebration in the form of Fflur Pierce, who produced a rousing effort to finish 20th, with Gracie Tavernor and Keira Luke also performing superbly to come in 34th and 42nd respectively.
These outstanding individual performances resulted in Rydal Penrhos finishing in third position out of 23, which represents a significant achievement for the female section of the squad.
Mr McLeod, who led the team at the event, said: “This was a really impressive performance from the girls’ squad, who all applied themselves magnificently throughout.
“They tackled the course extremely well and can be enormously proud not only of their performances during this competition, but with their outstanding contribution throughout what has been a hugely successful season.”
The boys’ cross-country squad also managed to achieve a series of high-finishes within the Catteral Shield to mark a very successful day from an RP perspective.
It proved to be another worthwhile outing from the group, who all performed exceptionally well on the short but trick course in the face of some stern competition.
Freddie Barrington-Chance turned in another rousing effort to add to his impressive list of recent results with a fifth placed finish, with Cieran Milligan showing incredible determination to cross the line in seventh despite suffering a knee injury during the race.
Another to perform well was Freddie MacLaverty, who finished in 27th thanks to his sterling effort, with Rupert Barrington-Chance emerging from the race with plenty of credit thanks to a 37th placed finish.
A special mention must also go to Year 4 pupil Shane Ayeni, who defied his age to come 69th in a field of 130 competitors.
This superb series of results enabled Rydal Penrhos to finish in fourth position overall in the standings out of 23 schools’ taking part.
Mr McLeod, said: “Each member of the squad deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the way they not only performed, but also motivated each other during difficult periods of the race that contributed greatly to their outstanding overall placing.
“They are a credit to themselves and to everyone here at Rydal Penrhos Prep School, and they can look back on their respective performances with a great sense of pride.”
Snowdon retain Inter-House crown
Our gymnasts were in fine form in pursuit of valuable house points at a special sporting event.
A large number descended on the School Hall for the annual inter-house Gymnastics competition on Friday, February 22, which was the final activity before they headed off on a well-deserved half term break.
Each year group were tasked with coming up with short routines with a view to impressing the judges in attendance, and their total scores were averaged to determine the victor.
After an action-packed afternoon full of quality, Snowdon House were crowned the overall winners of the competition, which is the second consecutive year they have managed to get their hands on the coveted trophy.
A fine effort from Pembroke saw them end the showcase in second position, with Brecon rounding off the places in third.
Snowdon House captains Sophie Edwards and Gabriel Donohue lifted the trophy on behalf of their teammates.
Mr McLeod, said: “It was another great demonstration of not only the athletic ability we are fortunate to work with here at Rydal Penrhos, but their ability to work within a team to reach their overall target."
Strong showing at Urdd National Gala
Our swimming stars performed well at a prestigious national competition recently.
The Rydal Penrhos contingent travelled to Cardiff for the Urdd National Gala on Saturday, January 26, which saw them compete against some of the best young talent anywhere in the country.
There were a host of outstanding individual and relay performances from a Prep School perspective throughout the event, with each member of the squad qualifying for the showcase thanks to an exceptional display at the regional heat late last year.
The school managed to secure places in a number of finals as a result of their outstanding application throughout, and there was further cause for celebration in the form of some significant improvement on personal best times.
Mrs Hind, who also attended the event, said: “It was a wonderful weekend and each member of the squad represented Rydal Penrhos magnificently both in and out of the pool.
“Their conduct was exemplary and they can be enormously proud of their performances during what was a very testing and long day of racing.
“Hopefully this can be a great confidence boost for them going forward and the experience will undoubtedly aid their overall development considerably.”
Urdd National Gala squad: Louis Walkden-Williams, Cieran Milligan, Oscar Jewsbury, Nathan Richards, Tomas Milligan, Noah Roberts, Dominic Chamberlain, Jorvan Toor.
Success across all age groups
Cameron Pye and Xavier Poynton formed part of the Ski Rossendale Race Club that tested their skills against some of the best young talent in the region at the Pendle Winter Series on Saturday, February 2.
The talented duo were a part of the U10 squad and turned in a wonderful effort alongside two other team members, winning all six of their races to give them a shot at the gold medal.
This involved a race-off showdown against Snow Sports Racing in Runcorn to determine the overall victor, and the Rossendale side held their nerve to emerge with a crucial win to book their place at the top of the podium.
It was a long day for each competitor with more than 130 races over a period of nearly six hours, and this is the latest in a series of impressive accolades for Cameron and Xavier on the slopes in recent months.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is an outstanding effort from both Cameron and Xavier, which is a further indication of just how much talent they have and how hard they are both working to improve with every session and competition experience.
“Both pupils dedicate a great deal of time towards their skiing, and their tireless commitment together with the selfless dedication of their parents is something that has brought a significant amount of achievements and long may it continue.”
Charlotte and Ella Payne, together with Freddie and Rupert Barrington Chance, formed part of the Aberconwy Pony Club that took part in the Area 5 Triathlon event.
The competition consisted of a run, before each pupil navigated the shoot section of the triathlon before swimming as far as they could within a two-minute period to complete the race.
All four pupils performed exceptionally well in cold and windy conditions to secure impressive placings, which contributed to Aberconwy’s creditable fifth placed finish overall in the face of some stern competition.
This is the latest in a series of outstanding achievements from the foursome as part of their ongoing efforts with the club, and they receive recognition at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, January 18.
Mrs Hind, said: “Charlotte, Ella, Freddie and Rupert have been incredibly busy across a wide range of different areas, and it is great to see their hard work paying off with some impressive results.
“Their co-curricular efforts are matched by their excellent progression academically, and each of them can be enormously proud of not only their ongoing success at Aberconwy Pony Club, but their overall contribution to life here at Rydal Penrhos Prep School.”
Ellie Knight has been developing her skills considerably in recent months and was tasked with swimming 2,500 metres (100 lengths) in a one-hour period.
The challenge came about after Ellie has consistently managed to break her class record on a yearly basis, and after a superb demonstration of technique and endurance, she managed to achieve the feat in 55 minutes.
This is the latest in a series of outstanding achievements from the pupil, who is thriving both academically and during a wealth of co-curricular activities such as Music, Drama, Sailing and Martial Arts.
Ellie received a certificate acknowledging her achievement from Assistant Head Catherine Hughes at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, January 25.
Mrs Hind, said: “This represents a significant milestone for Ellie and it is an accomplishment she can be rightfully very proud of."
Three aspiring martial artists have been rewarded for their outstanding application with impressive grading successes.
The trio recently participated in examinations of various difficulty at John Lynn’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy in Colwyn Bay in their chosen discipline of Karate, and all performed exceptionally to achieve another step up the ladder of difficulty.
There was plenty to celebrate in the Knight household, with the sister duo of Ellie and Charlotte continuing their superb recent list of achievements with another grading triumph during what has been an extremely busy time for the pair.
Another that had plenty of cause for pride was Alexandra Lopez-Moreno, who has also now progressed to the next stage of her development after impressing adjudicators during her latest assessment.
All three have already begun working hard with coaches at the facility as they gear up for further accolades in the near future.
Mrs Hind, said: “We are always delighted to hear of the co-curricular achievements outside of school from our fantastic pupils here at Rydal Penrhos, which is a testament to their ability to get the most out of every experience and opportunity available to them.
“This is particularly evident in the Martial Arts world, with many of our young children gaining tremendous confidence and self-discipline thanks to their sterling efforts."
Freddie Barrington-Chance has been appointed as the Prep School’s vice-captain for the current rugby campaign thanks to his exceptional recent displays and ability to communicate and motivate on the field.
The 11-year-old has made a lasting impression on all areas of Prep School life since arriving as a Year 5 pupil in 2018, with his efforts from an academic and sporting perspective drawing significant praise from Rydal Penrhos’ dedicated staff team.
He will now work with captain Cieran Milligan during a very busy series of matches throughout the spring term, with the undoubted highlight being the annual Cooper Cup contest with Colwyn Bay, where Rydal Penrhos are aiming for a fifth consecutive win over the two-leg competition.
Mr McLeod, said: “Freddie quickly emerged as one of the key figures within the U11 rugby squad, and he is going to thrive in his role as vice-captain.
“He is an enormously talented individual who motivates other considerably as part of a team, and these are traits that are sure to stand him in good stead in his new role.
“It has been a very encouraging start to the season and hopefully this is a trend that can continue as they develop their skills further.”