Prep School newsletter: April 2019
Rydal Penrhos Prep School newsletter
Welcome from the Head
In our end of term Easter Service, we sang of joy and celebration. This term has been one with many celebratory, colourful and joyful moments: from the dazzling Year 4 drama performances of ‘Macbeth’; a magnificent art exhibition displaying the children’s work; an impressive display of dramatic, musical and artistic talent during our inter-house competition; the many hugely committed and triumphant sports events; as well as focused academic study right up to the end of term.
No doubt you will have either been a part of these events or have read about them on the School’s website or social media pages.
You will be able to discover more about the term’s events in this month’s Prep School’s Newsletter on the following pages.
I am sure that you will join me congratulating the pupils and staff for their many endeavours this term. Again, so much to celebrate over the past term.
A SPECIAL THANKS
We are always very grateful to our families for the huge support towards our charitable efforts. This term, alone, we have supported Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and Disability Ski Wales, with some funds also going to FORPS (Friends of Rydal Penrhos School).
FORPS continues to support the school by running or assisting with charity events, as well as raising valuable funds for the benefit of the pupils. The Valentine’s Disco saw a record number of parent helpers, for which we were very grateful, as this proved to be a very enjoyable and successful occasion for the children. The Chocolate Bingo in our final week of term was very well attended this year by families from across the School and good fun and plenty of chocolate was had by all!
We are extremely grateful to the FORPS team for their commitment and sense of fun. Funds from FORPS (generous donations made by school families) have allowed us to purchase sound equipment and lighting for Prep School Drama this term. A huge thank you!
Year 4 bring Macbeth to life
The Year 4 contingent held their Macbeth play on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday 20, which saw a large crowd descend on the School Hall over the two nights.
Shane Ayeni gave an accomplished performance in his role of power-hungry Macbeth, with Emily Nurse’s emotional depiction of Lady Macbeth another standout feature of the play’s overall success.
Areesha Owais, April Mills, Sophie Morris and Martha-Rose Johnson portrayed the three conspiring witches incredibly well throughout, with the performances of Will Cheesley (Banquo), Felix Griffin (Lennox), Grayson Williams (Ross) and Noah Roberts (Macduff) also catching the eye.
The assassin duo of Harry Nurse and Hudson Lamb were outstanding, with James Davies, Harper Burke, Robyn Borg Barthett, Josh Williams, William Northam, Lewis Jellicoe, George Rozek and Jorvan Toor all contributing significantly in various roles.
Year 5 pupil Will Glanville lent his support to the production by standing in on the second night, and the play was narrated superbly by April Williams.
Annual exhibition highlights work
Rydal Penrhos hosted its annual Art Exhibition on Wednesday, March 13, which was designed to gives parents and other family members a first-hand look at what they get up to during their lessons with dedicated and passionate teacher Suzy Morris.
There were a host of sensational creations on display from all year groups, with everything from sculptures, canvas paintings and other innovative pieces surrounding various topics.
A special wall detailing Rydal Penrhos’ success in the Colwyn in Bloom competition last summer brought plenty of colour to the event, while parents went through the art books with their children to discuss their work.
Head of Art Mark Sherrington also attended the event, and was “blown away” by the standard of work on show.
He said: “They do some fabulous work at the Prep School and full credit goes to teacher Suzy Morris for her excellent efforts in conjuring up such a wonderful exhibition.
“Mrs Morris does an amazing job of getting the most out of every pupils’ creative side, which is a key component in their development and learning.
Lily completes challenge
A pupil has become one of the youngest to complete a special learning initiative.
Staff devised the popular scheme for pupils last year, which has three different levels each with 110 words.
The pupils have been encouraged to work towards their incremental targets of Gold, Silver and Bronze within each stage, and Year 5 pupil Lily Copeland successfully came through her final assessment to secure her Stage Three Gold Award.
Another to achieve a notable distinction was Year 6 pupil and Deputy Head Girl Violet Roberts, who now embarks on the final level after securing her Stage Three Silver Award.
Both pupils received a certificate acknowledging their efforts from Prep School Head Alison Hind and Executive Principal John Waszek at Rydal Penrhos’ final Celebration Assembly before the Easter break.
Mrs Hind, said: “Lily has done wonderfully well to progress through the stages of our Spelling Challenge at a rapid rate, and to complete the task at such a young age is a testament to her academic ability and determination to succeed.
“This is something that has been a cornerstone of her success across all areas here at Rydal Penrhos, and Violet has also done considerably well and can feel confident about completing the initiative before making the transition to our Senior School this summer.
“I am absolutely thrilled to see two hard-working pupils doing so well and they are thoroughly deserving of all the plaudits.”
Exciting projects enhance creativity
The Year 3 contingent headed into the Prep School garden for the creative task surrounding plants and the garden as part of a specific topic which started within the classroom.
In preparation for the activity, each pupil has been learning with Science teacher Suzanne Wareing about the specific elements needed for plants to grow, exploring topics such as photosynthesis, nutrients and water.
This was followed by a task involving growing and maintain their own plants including grass and basil.
The project culminated in the Year 3 group creating their very own “mini-gardens”, detailing what knowledge they had acquired throughout the preparation process.
Mrs Hind, said: “It is always brilliant to see our pupils’ work from various academic activities we put on throughout the year, and this particular Science task was met with enthusiasm and commitment that is a trademark of this current Year 3 group.
“Mrs Wareing did an incredible job in preparing them for the final topic, and this is sure to have done wonders for their overall development as they progress through their education."
Year 4 took part in the activity with Science teacher Suzanne Wareing as part of their topic on Human Nutrition, which involved exploring the digestive system and the process surrounding it.
This culminated in a final project based on a 3D model of the digestive system, where they worked within groups to produce a creation that showed what happens all the way through the human body.
They all labelled specific part of the process to assist them with remembering parts of the digestive system.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was another hugely exciting task for our Year 4 group to get their teeth into, and they tackled the project with their usual commitment and enthusiasm.
“This has been a cornerstone of their success during the current academic year, and they are to be commended for their faultless attitude and willingness to learn each and every day."
Year 6 worked considerably hard on the classification of species under the expert care and support of Mrs Wareing, and they were given a final task to determine what they had taken on during their classroom sessions.
Using their creative nous and various materials, the group produced their very own board games to help teach others about the process of species classification, which resulted in some truly exceptional creations.
There were plenty of interesting final products, which ranged from a Jumanji-themed game and card identification games to round off what has been an informative and worthwhile topic for each pupil involved.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was another fine indication of the fine work being done every day here at Rydal Penrhos by our Year 6 pupils, who have all emerged as fantastic role models for younger members of the school community."
Stunning location utilised
A year group took advantage of our stunning location on the North Wales coast with a special outdoor learning session.
The Year 3 contingent made the short trip to Penrhyn Bay beach on Wednesday, March 6, where they were given a series of fun-filled and interesting tasks that tied in with their Science programme of study.
Under the leadership of teacher Jude Pyves, the enthusiastic pupils looked at the landscape of the beach and which bits were man made or natural.
They thought about where the pebbles had come from and the group sorted stones by all sorts of different criteria, which they came up with themselves.
This was followed by an examination of the stones, before creating a beach sculpture using different shapes, sizes and colours of stone.
As a reward for their effort throughout the morning, each pupil was given a hot chocolate and free time for supervised play on the shoreline, and they concluded the session by recapping what they had done and observing holey stones, using magnifiers, and discussing what caused them.
Year 4 get behind campaign
Eager readers lent their support to an ambitious national initiative.
The Year 4 group were sent a “Wild Book” by organisers of the Shakespeare Book Hunt, which was aiming to be the biggest event of its kind “of all time”.
As part of their contribution to the event, the pupils had to read and dicuss the story before “setting it free” at a venue within the region, and they decided to leave the book at the high-profile Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias Bistro for those using the establishment to enjoy.
They also discussed and investigated a lost Shakespearean word - dissemble (deceive/pretend) – which tied in well with their annual play Macbeth.
This was part of Shakespeare Week, which is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early encounters with Shakespeare.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Year 4 group have been absolutely engrossed with the work of Shakespeare in recent weeks thanks to their fantastic performance of Macbeth, and it is great to see their passion and enthusiasm towards as iconic writer who is still as relevant today and had stood the test of time over hundreds of years."
Annual Roman Experience trip
The Year 3 contingent took a trip to the Grosvenor Museum in Chester on Wednesday, March 20, which was organised to aid them with their history topic on Romans.
They began the day with the Roman Soldier Tour, dressing in replica armour and marching through the streets to the Roman amphitheatre where they practised battle formations and learned about the life of a soldier during one of the most significant time-periods in human history.
This was followed by a visit to the museum galleries, where they were able to see real artefacts, which have been excavated by archaeologists and learn more about Roman life.
Following this, they attended a workshop where each pupil in attendance took part in different activities to learn about aspects of Roman life such as food and homes.
Mrs Hind, said: “We are always looking for ways to enhance the learning of each child under our care here at Rydal Penrhos, and our annual Year 3 trip to the Chester Roman Experience is something that really captures the imagination.
“Getting a more in-depth look at their history topic and to witness for themselves some artefacts from the Roman era was a huge boost."
World Book Day
Eager readers enjoy activities
Staff devised an exciting schedule to lend their support to World Book Day, which took place on Thursday, March 7.
Each year group took part in Share a Story, which saw them split into pairs and discuss parts of their favourite novel or book and converse with their classmates about their favourite things about it and what they would change.
Year 5 demonstrated their love for the written work with some poetry reading, with Year 1 producing some impressive book reviews and even illustrated their very own
There was also time for every pupil to take part in some independent reading, bringing their most popular or current book to class and continue their journey through their chosen novels.
Some pupils even sent in some pictures of the reading in a variety of unusual situations and locations.
Mrs Hind, said: “We are always thrilled to get behind and support World Book Day, which is a fantastic initiative and highlights the importance that reading can have on a child’s overall development."
Busy half term for department
Early Years children took a trip to one of the region’s most picturesque tourist attractions as part of a special event.
The youngest members of the Prep School community visited Bodnant Gardens for an Outdoor Learning Day, which saw them take part in a series of activities during their stay at the site.
This included examining the different types of trees within the gardens during their initial walk, with the group asking a series of investigative questions on topics such as height and texture of the trees.
They followed this by taking in the stunning flowers and identifying each different type they came across that are flourishing at Bodnant, with their keen “desire to explore” praised by staff member Nikki Taylor.
Early Years children benefit enormously from Rydal Penrhos’ location on the beautiful North Wales coast, the staff coming up with a series of exciting learning tools surrounding the immediate environment that aid their overall development considerably.
This includes the hugely popular Coastal School, which has thrived since its inception.
Mrs Hind, said: “Our Early Years department do an incredible job of proving a positive foundation from which to build a successful education, and trips such as this do a marvellous job of broadening horizons and heightening curiosity in unfamiliar surroundings."
Early Years children also visited a Colwyn Bay residential home for an Easter themed activity day.
The youngest members of the Rydal Penrhos community made the short journey to Merton Place on Pwllycrochan Avenue on Tuesday, April 2, which is part of an ongoing community initiative at the facility throughout the academic year.
There was plenty for the children and residents to participate in during the latest visit, which began with an Easter craft making session.
The activity produced plenty of creative items that will be on display at the facility and at the Prep School.
This was followed by an Easter egg hunt around the site, where children and residents hunted down the tasty treats to take home for the holidays.
Mrs Hind, said: “We are enormously proud of our community involvement with Merton Place, which is something our Early Years children get a tremendous amount out of. Their experiences there outline their selfless nature even from a very young age, and seeing them interact with the residents of Merton Place is mutually beneficial and is heart-warming to see."
Art, Drama & Music
Inter-House competition highlights talent
The Inter-House Art, Drama and Music competition was held on Friday, March 21, which saw a large audience of staff, pupils and parents descend on the School Hall for the event.
There were a host of categories that all year groups participated throughout the competition, which resulted in a series of outstanding performances from some of the brightest talent within the Rydal Penrhos community.
Among the highlights from the event was a sensational drum solo from Year 6 pupil Tristan Griffiths, with the Piano contributions from Zack Coverley, Rana Abou-Samra and Fflur Pierce other standout features from the showcase.
The vocal quality of Charlotte Payne, Lily Copeland, Tilly Trueman, Dominic Chamberlain, Will Glanville, Xavier Poynton, Ella Payne and Lucy Ranales-Griffiths also came across in their respective performances, with some stunning creations from the Prep School’s most creative artists was another eye-catching element of the competition.
After a very competitive afternoon of entertainment, Snowdon House emerged victorious from the event and picked up some valuable points in their pursuit of the overall crown.
Nick & Gowri pay special visit
The youngest members of the Rydal Penrhos community were joined by Senior School Head Boy Nick Fiorita and Head Girl Gowri Pradeep for the event, which took place on Friday, March 22.
The Sixth Form duo handed out the Stars of the Week and other awards throughout the event and posed for pictures with those that received recognition.
Nick even brought in the Stars of the Week and Head’s Commendation certificates he received during his time at the Prep School.
Both Gowri and Nick have been superb ambassadors for Rydal Penrhos in their respective roles, with both enrolling in Year 2 and Reception respectively.
Mrs Hind, said: “It was a massive boost to everyone and I would like to thank Gowri and Nick for agreeing to come up and presented some of our prizes."
Bag competition highlights recycling importance
The school’s Eco Committee launched a special project where creative pupils were tasked with making their very own bag out of an unwanted t-shirt.
This received an incredible response from the Prep School community, with teacher and Eco leader Julie Woodthorpe announcing the winners from each year group during Rydal Penrhos’ final Celebration Assembly before the Easter break.
Ella Payne emerged victorious from Year 3 thanks to her outstanding design, with Jorvan Toor also rewarded for his outstanding dedication to the competition with the Year 4 winning entry.
Year 5 pupil Ellie Knight scooped the prize from her category, and Freya Berklay rounded off the achievements with the Year 6 award.
Each pupil received an Easter egg in recognition of their excellent contributions to another very worthwhile exercise.
Mrs Hind, said: “This was something that really captured the imagination of our very enthusiastic children, and this was reflected with some outstanding end products. Our Eco Committee do so much good throughout our beautiful part of the world here at Rydal Penrhos, and activities like this not only inspire creativity, but also make them aware of the benefits and essential need of recycling.”
Hundreds raised for national campaign
The school lent its support to the annual Comic Relief initiative, with a host of different activities taking place throughout the day to boost the impressive overall total.
Each year group came dressed in red with their very own Red Noses to mark the occasion, with the Year 5 duo Ellie Knight and Lucy Ranales-Griffiths speaking on the event’s significance at the weekly Celebration Assembly.
This was followed by a series of fun-filled games arranged by the Year 5 group as part of their Enterprise curriculum during PHSE sessions, and similar events were held during lunch to round off what was a very successful day of raising money.
A total of £587 was raised from the Prep School Comic Relief activities, which were added to the overall mark of £63 million at the end of the BBC’s national broadcast later that evening.
Half the money raised from Comic Relief goes to causes in the UK and half to those around the world.
Mrs Hind, said: “We are always enormously proud to support worthwhile events such as Red Nose Day, and it was heart-warming to see our enthusiastic pupils taking the lead with their own activities to boost the overall fundraising total."
Artistic talent to feature in exhibition
Angus Holland will have some of his incredible creations pride of place at the Artism UK Exhibition, which will run from April 13-28 during the Anglesey Open Studios.
The pupil has a condition called Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which affects his social, behavioural and communication skills, with Angus also fitting onto the spectrum as someone who has Asperger Syndrome. He has found a “sense of calm” and a supreme gift within his artwork, and Angus spends a considerable amount of time on his drawings and painting with some truly wonderful results. Angus is also using social media platform Instagram as a useful promotional tool for his work, with the account run by mother Rajeena.
His parents have previously stated the support they have received from Rydal Penrhos “has been nothing short of amazing”, adding that “if he was in any other school, he would not have been identified as Autistic as he is so extrovert and vocal, but their expertise helped us to discover what Gus needed”.
Chloe receives recognition
Chloe Tillman-Lennon has been developing various skills as part of the Sea Cadets programme, which improves elements of character such as confidence, ability to lead, listening, support and feeling at ease speaking in front of a crowd.
Her application during the group has seen the 11-year-old secure two more coveted badges thanks to her sterling commitment to the cause, and Chloe received two more badges to add to her impressive collection.
This is the latest in a series of achievements for the pupil, who continues to make the most of every opportunity afforded to her both as part of Rydal Penrhos’ thriving academic and co-curricular provision and during activities outside of school hours.
Mrs Hind, said: “Chloe continues to work incredibly hard as part of the Sea Cadets programme, and she is learning vital skills that will stand her in extremely good stead in terms of her overall development."
Black belt for Tristan
Tristan Griffiths recently took his Karate Black Belt assessment thanks to his sterling commitment to the programme over a prolonged period.
The 11-year-old kept his composure in front of adjudicators at the John Lynn Black Belt Martial Arts Academy in Colwyn Bay, and he impressed those in attendance considerably to secure this high-profile accolade.
Tristan received his Black Belt following the assessment and also brought it in to Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Prep School Celebration Assembly on Friday, March 29, where he received a large ovation from pupils, staff and parents that attended.
This is the latest in a long line of notable achievements from the pupil, who is thriving from an academic perspective and has also discovered an incredible musical talent on the drums.
Cooper Cup retained for 5th straight year
Rydal Penrhos’ U11, 10, 9 and 8 squads welcomed Colwyn Bay Rugby Club for the second leg of the annual Cooper Cup, with the school holding a 3-1 advantage following a very competitive first leg of action.
The school’s U8 side got Rydal Penrhos off to a superb start and racked up 55 points in their victory, with Tomas Milligan, Charlie Lister-Brookes and Oscar Jewsbury all playing a leading role in their success.
This meant that the Prep School retained the competition for the fifth consecutive year, and the U9 side confirmed an outright victory thanks to a narrow 7-5 win over their Bay counterparts.
With the scores tied heading into the closing stages of the game, late tries from Shane Ayeni and Felix Griffin confirmed victory for the home side.
The visitors achieved a notable 42-35 triumph over Rydal Penrhos in the U10 category, and a closely fought U11 contest saw Bay achieve success by a slender 26-21 margin.
This meant the final aggregate score was 5-3 in favour of the Prep School, with captain Cieran Milligan and vice-captain Freddie Barrington-Chance lifting the coveted trophy following the event.
U11 squad win North Wales Plate
The U11 girls' hockey squad took part in the North Wales Schools’ U12 Championship, where they were competing in the Plate section of the event despite winning the Conwy heat prior to the tournament.
This is due to age restrictions implemented by Hockey Wales in relation to the competition, with the event taking place on the Astro at Rydal Penrhos on Monday, April 1.
The squad demonstrated their class throughout the showcase, achieving a series of impressive results to get their hands on the trophy and book their place at the National Plate Championships later this year.
There were a host of outstanding displays throughout the tournament, with the clinical finishing of Gracie Tavernor, Lily Copeland, Charlotte Payne and Keira Luke prominent features behind their overall success.
Pippa Roberts and Fflur Pierce did a tremendous job of controlling the tempo in midfield, with Grace Watkins, Freya Berklay and goalkeeper Sophie Edwards providing a formidable presence at the back.
U11 Girls’ Hockey squad: Fflur Pierce, Gracie Tavernor, Grace Watkins, Keira Luke, Charlotte Payne, Lily Copeland, Freya Berklay, Pippa Roberts, Sophie Edwards.
Annual Italy trip a success
A large group travelled to Madonna di Campiglio in the Italian Dolomites, with the group enjoying six days of wonderful skiing in perfect conditions.
Incredible progress was shown by all those who made the trip, with beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers showcasing their incredible skills under the guidance of instructors Marco and Monice.
The advanced group managed to go off piste, head down the adrenaline filled black runs and getting good air in the snow park to boost their experience and confidence in an unfamiliar surrounding significantly.
They stayed at a four-star hotel which was just a short walk away from the lifts, and there was plenty of fun-filled activities for the group to participate in during the evening once the skiing had concluded.
Mr McLeod, said: “This was another unforgettable experience for our pupils and their family members, and the progression they showed throughout the week was absolutely extraordinary.
“They all conducted themselves superbly and all age groups got on really well with each other, which was almost as pleasing to see as the skiing itself."
Success stories aplenty
Freddie MacLaverty and Keira Luke will be part of the Wales squad that will compete at the Eric Twiname Championship, which will take place at Rutland Water from May 4-6.
The duo have impressed considerably as part of their involvement with the RYA Cymru Wales youth set-up in recent years, and they honed their skills further as part of their winter training programme.
Freddie and Keira will be competing together in the double-handed ‘RS Feva’ Class and will form part of the Welsh team who will be defending their title – having won it twice in the last three years.
This junior sailing event is supported by the Eric Twiname Trust and the RYA, and it is an invitation only competition.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is going to be another superb experience for Freddie and Keira, who have worked incredibly hard over the winter months to ready themselves for what is sure to ba a busy summer on the water.
"They work exceptionally well together and have progressed their skills considerably both with our thriving Sailing department and with the Welsh squad, and to receive such a prestigious national selection is a well-deserved and fantastic achievement."
The Inter-House Netball tournament was held in cold conditions on Tuesday, April 2, which saw Year 3-6 pupils come together in a series of round-robin fixtures to determine the overall victor.
It was a hugely competitive afternoon of action which was played in the right spirit throughout, and after all the results had been tallied it was Brecon that secured the trophy after a standout series of performances.
House captain Maggie McDuff received the cup from Prep School Head Alison Hind at Rydal Penrhos’ final weekly Celebration Assembly before the Easter break on Friday, April 5.
Mrs Hind, said: “It has been another truly exceptional season from our Netball sides across all age groups, and they have worked incredibly hard with Mrs Pyves and other specialist coaches to ensure that they exceeded their goals once again.
“This outstanding progression was especially evident during the annual inter-house competition, and it was great to see young and old working together and supporting each other in a relaxed but competitive environment.
“It was really heart-warming to witness and I would like to congratulate Brecon on their win."
Xavier Poynton and Cameron Pye were part of the Rossendale Ski Club that took part in the Pendle Winter Series, which saw them compete against other sides from the region to determine the overall winner.
The final leg of the competition took place earlier this month, with the Rossendale squad managed to secure six wins from the final leg, which was enough to see them take home the U10 series crown in hugely impressive fashion.
The team achieved 25 first place finishes out of a possible 26 races, and it is the latest in a long line of considerable achievements from both Xavier and Cameron in recent months.
Mrs Hind, said: “This is a tremendous and really notable achievement from Xavier and Cameron, who have both worked incredibly hard to secure the series title with their Rossendale teammates.
“Both possess an enormous enthusiasm for skiing and have demonstrated a tremendous natural talent and an ability to progress and get better with each session or competition they take part in.
"Our skiing provision at Rydal Penrhos has really thrived in recent years and the programme is in very safe hands with Xavier, Cameron and other outstanding skiers within our Prep School."
The Inter-House Rugby competition took place on Tuesday, April 2 and saw Year 3-6 participate in a series of round robin fixtures to determine the overall winner.
There were a host of impressive individual and team performances throughout the event, with the likes of Shane Ayeni, Felix Griffin and James Davies shining for the younger sides in action.
One side stood out throughout and produced a series of exceptional displays to emerge from the competition unbeaten, ensuring Pembroke House emerged as the well-deserved winners after a superb afternoon of competitive action.
House Captain Freddie Barrington-Chance picked up the coveted trophy from Prep School Head Alison Hind at Rydal Penrhos’ weekly Celebration Assembly on Friday, April 5.
Mr McLeod, said: “The standard was once again incredibly high and everyone that competed contributed to the enormous success of the competition.
“It has been another superb season across all age groups, with every side developing their skills and they also managed to retain the Cooper Cup in what it their biggest competition of the season.
“Congratulations to Pembroke on their victory, and I would like to also commend every pupil on the way they conducted themselves throughout the competition.”
The U10 netball squad travelled to Kirkham Grammar School on Friday, March 29 for their annual competition, which saw them test their skills against a host of sides from Cheshire and the North West.
They began their fixtures with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Queen’s School B thanks to standout performances from Fleur Roberts, Camme de la Mare Norris and Lily Copeland, before falling to a 4-0 loss to King’s School Chester.
A 3-0 defeat to the hosts ensured they were put into the Plate section of the tournament against Stonyhurst College, with a solitary strike from Lily securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory to send the team through to the final.
Charlotte Payne got them off to a flyer with an impressive effort against Queen’s School A, and they held firm in the face of stern pressure thanks in no small part to the defending of Ellie Knight, Lucy Ranales-Griffiths, Eloise Brown and Tilly Trueman to hold on for a 1-0 success.
This ensured Rydal Penrhos were crowned Plate champions at the event, with Lily earning Player of the Tournament honours.
A young pupil has drawn inspiration from his older brother as he looks to embark on his own successful skiing career.
Xander Poynton took to the slopes at North Wales Snowsports Club in Runcorn after being motivated to take up the sport by sibling Xavier, who has achieved a considerable amount of regional and national successes during what has been a glittering young career to date.
Not only did Xander thoroughly enjoy himself during his first session last month, but he also attended another session at the Runcorn dry ski slope last weekend as he looks to develop his skills further during his initial foray into a new and unfamiliar environment.
Aspiring female rugby players reached another landmark with a debut fixture in a competitive environment.
The U11 girls’ rugby side embarked travelled to Dolgellau for their first game of the season prior to the Easter break, and the squad gave a tremendous account of themselves against more experienced opposition.
Each member of the team contributed significantly throughout what was a closely fought affair, with the likes of Maggie McDuff, Gracie Tavernor, Grace Watkins and Molly Alefounder all playing a leading role in the early stages. Despite taking a lead into the dying moments of the contest, the Rydal Penrhos side fell to the narrowest of losses but can take an enormous amount of pride from their collective efforts.