The RP Weekly: October 25
The weekly digital newsletter from Rydal Penrhos School.
Thousands raised from event
Thousands of pounds were raised from a special event held at Rydal Penrhos in memory of two former pupils.
The school held a Charity Ball earlier this month in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust and Ataxia UK, which saw a large congregation of the Rydal Penrhos community descend on the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre in support of the occasion.
It was arranged to honour the lives of Thomas Watson and Scarlett Sailsbury, two much-loved Alumni members who are sadly no longer with us.
There were a host of things to enjoy throughout the event, including a lavish three-course meal from catering providers Holroyd Howe and entertainment from a band and director of music Pete Williams.
A special raffle and auction also took place with a wealth of exciting items available to win or bid on, and more than £4,000 was raised that will be distributed between the two charities.
Mrs Harding, said: “Our Charity Ball was a fantastic event and you could see just how much Thomas and Scarlett meant to everyone here at Rydal Penrhos.
“They were incredible people to know and it was our absolute honour and privilege to hold an event in their name, and I would like to thank everyone who donated.”
Into Year 7
Information Evening next month
The school’s Into Year 7 Information Evening will be held on Thursday, November 21 from 4.30pm in the Carnegie Room, where key staff members will be on hand to answer any questions those in attendance may have.
During the event, visitors will get to find out more about the day-to-day life at Rydal Penrhos, the vast academic curriculum available, as well as speak individually to staff members and current pupils about what makes the school such a fantastic place to live and learn.
Scholarship information will also be available during the event for anyone wishing to apply.
There will also be an opportunity for those in attendance to take a short tour of the school, in addition to viewing some of Rydal Penrhos’ vast extra-curricular provision in action prior to the meeting from 3.30pm.
Mrs Harding, said: “Our Into Year 7 Information Evening gives everyone starting in September the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from staff and pupils just what to expect should they choose Rydal Penrhos for their child."
Anyone wishing to register their place at the Into Year 7 Information Evening, or for more information contact Admissions Officer Jenny Marsden via email at email@example.com or call 01492 530155.
Record number apply for places
A record number of Sixth Form pupils have submitted Oxbridge applications this year.
The school’s Year 13 candidates have demonstrated an exceptional amount of academic excellence during their A Level studies and will now look to shine further during the assessment process in the hope of securing a place at either prestigious further education establishment.
Fourteen of the 52 Upper Sixth Formers have decided to apply for Oxbridge places, which is 26.9 per cent of the group.
Head of Careers and University Guidance Mike Farnell stated this was the highest percentage on record.
Three pupils have submitted applications for Medicine, with the others consisting of a wide range of highly competitive courses including English Literature, Physics, French, Geography and Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Edward Patrick, Head Boy Ioan Peake-Jones, Holly Battersby, Cassie Parry, Barooj Maqsood, Abhishek Bathula, Rafeez Mortuza, Arend Franssens, Head Girl Millie Collins, Tallulah Batley, Eddie Farrell, Raha Aminnejad, Aisha Jidda and Nishita Koushik have all impressed considerably during the initial stages of their application as they look to pursue a place.
Mrs Harding, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see so many of our Year 13 pupils applying for Oxbridge places, which is a testament to our strong academic ethos and the hard work they are putting in with our exceptional staff team.
“The large majority of applicants come from the local area and I know each of them will be working hard in the coming months in the hope of reaching their lofty goals.”
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Cameron Shaw and Josh Peevor took their place in the field at the Petzl Night Trail Wales, which was held at the impressive Coed y Brenin forest park.
They were joined by James Smith, who is the son of Estates Manager Richard to form a team of three at the event.
The enduro-style solo and team event was the final race offering in 2019 from the Run Coed y Brenin team, and rounds off another record-breaking year of trail running events.
As ever the atmosphere at the three-hour race was electric, as the team and solo participants wound their way around the 3km loop.
The trio competed in a field of 100 in the team category, with Cameron, Josh and James turning in a fabulous effort in an adult field to come away with a hugely creditable third position after completing 12 laps of the testing course between them.
This is the latest in a series of outstanding achievements from Cameron and Josh, who have recorded some impressive results in a competitive environment in areas such as Triathlon and other endurance races in recent months.
"Both Cameron and Josh have really come of age since the turn of the year and are thriving against much older and experienced competitors.
This was further evident at the notoriously difficult Petzl Night Trail Wales event, and this is another real confidence boost for the pair as they go in search of further accolades in the future."
The school held its first Young Performers’ Concert of the academic year earlier this month, which saw pupils from all year groups showcase their immense talent in front of a live audience.
Violet Roberts kicked off proceedings with a superb rendition of A Million Dreams from the hit musical The Greatest Showman, with David James’ version of Howard Shore’s In Dreams was standout feature of the event.
Multi-talented musician Gwyn Davies, Pauline Merckens and Ethan Bytheway provided the middle part of the concert with some truly outstanding instrument performances, and the exceptional pianist Niamh Cook lent her support with a mesmerising piece entitled Tico, Tico.
Upper Sixth Former Zahra Shamsi treated those in attendance to a pair of powerful vocal efforts in the form of Ordinary People by John Legend and At Last by Harry Warren which drew a standing ovation from the crowd.
Harry Grocott, Richard Wolfendale and Tegid Goodman-Jones brought some swing to the concert with a rendition of Fly me to the Moon by Bart Howard, and the event concluded with the Senior School choir performing Blackbird by Paul McCartney and I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash.
Mr Williams, said: “Our Young Performers’ Concert was another rousing success and that is down to the outstanding level of performances by each pupil involved.
“They are not only naturally talented but also possess a strong work ethic and desire to improve their respective skills, which makes them a pleasure to work with on a daily basis.”
Liam Farrell has been called-up to the UK Feva National Junior Squad for the 2019/20 season, which represents a significant achievement for the Llandudno Sailing Club member.
He achieved this feat alongside new sailing partner Felix and came as a result of a standout performance in two Grand Prix selection events in early September.
They followed this up with another exceptional display full of consistency during a special event at Hayling Island that further enhanced their prospects on selection to the squad.
Liam and Felix will now attend six coaching sessions with the set-up over the winter months to build their skills during the off-season with some of the best coaches anywhere in the country.
This will ensure both will hit the ground running when the competitive campaign gets underway once again, and this is the latest in a series of outstanding achievements from a sailing perspective from the pupil, who is thriving across all areas of Rydal Penrhos life.
Mrs Harding, said: “Liam seems to turn his hand to everything that he tries both academically and from an extra-curricular perspective, and he has shown a particular talent in sailing for a prolonged period of time.
“This has brought with it some truly exceptional achievements and to be selected for such a coveted squad at national level is a further testament to his ability, willingness to commit to improvement and the adaptability he has within a competitive environment.”
The entire Rydal Penrhos Prep School community gave a significant contribution to their annual autumn food drive.
The collection for this year’s Harvest Festival was seeking cans of dried or tinned foods to donate to the two worthy causes, which have now been split between Action for Children and the Conwy Food Bank, who will distribute it to needy families throughout the region.
A host of items were donated by staff, pupils and their families to ensure that the campaign was a tremendous success.
Pupils brought the goods into the Prep School reception in the lead-up to the collection, and they were placed on display during their annual Harvest Service at St John’s Church prior to the half-term break.
They will now be sent to the chosen initiatives for immediate use.
"We received an amazing amount of items for this year’s Harvest Food Drive and I would like to sincerely thank everyone that donated to what we consider to be a very worthwhile cause.
We are rightfully proud of our community involvement and charitable efforts throughout all areas of life here at Rydal Penrhos, which teaches our young children empathy, to consider the plight of others and to be compassionate to those who may not be as fortunate.”"
The Year 5 contingent took part in their latest Forest School morning prior to the half-term break, which saw them participate in a series of thought-provoking activities under the guidance of Mrs Pyves and another dedicated staff.
The focus of this particular session centred on structures, with each pupil using their initiative to work within a group and utilise natural material within the forest to created various elements such as fences and huts.
They also tested each stricture for strength and stability to ensure the project was a success, before enjoying some free time around the picturesque landscape of Rydal Penrhos’ Coed y Plant base.
Mrs Davies, said: “This was another very worthwhile learning experience for our Year 5 group, who improved their problem-solving skills and also worked exceptionally well as a team throughout.
“We are fortunate to have such a fantastic outdoor education facility as our Forest School, which boosts the overall development of each child under our care considerably.”
The hockey team comprising of U9 and U8 players from Rydal Penrhos descended on Terra Nova School for a tournament featuring a host of different other education establishments in the region.
It proved to be a very worthwhile exercise for the squad, who produced a series of consistent performers to emerge as one of the standout teams in the tournament.
They hit the ground running and continued this trend as the competition progressed, eventually finishing with three victories and a draw from their four contests.
This is another hugely encouraging series of results from the ever-improving group, who have all displayed a tremendous work ethic and desire to improve during coaching sessions with Rydal Penrhos’ committed staff team.
Miss Hughes, said: “This represents another marvellous showing from our young hockey players, who are developing their skills and teamwork impressively and it is really coming across during their competitive fixtures."
The Year 2 football squad took an exciting trip to the Manchester City Academy complex for a Football Festival organised by the Independent Association of Prep Schools.
The tournament involved a host of fixtures against other schools from across the region, and the young hopefuls acquitted themselves extremely well in a competitive environment.
They managed to record a wealth of victories throughout the day, gaining valuable experience that is sure to stand them in good stead for future fixtures.
This was the final visit from Rydal Penrhos to the state of the art facility this autumn, with the school’s fledgling stars performing exceptionally well during their annual competitions at the home of the Barclays Premier League champions.
Mr McLeod, said: “Each member of the squad were a credit to themselves and everyone here at Rydal Penrhos during another visit to one of the most impressive Academy facilities anywhere in the world.
“They performed extremely well and played some very good football in the process, something that is going to do wonders for their overall development and cohesion as a group.”
In our Religious Education lessons in Year 1, we have been looking at belonging to a Christian family. We held a Christening service in the Wedgewood Room, led by myself.
I explained that people are Christened to welcome them into a family and also into the family of the Christian Church. Then we began our service with a short prayer and song.
On the table there was a candle, a cross and a font which contained the water. The cross reminds us that Jesus died on the cross and came back to life.
I then reminded the pupils of the story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist to help us understand why water is used.
Next the parents stood at the front with the Godparents. I explained the role of the Godparents was to support the family as the baby grew up.
We named the baby ‘Issie Rose’. I baptized Issie by pouring water three times onto her forehead and then making the sign of the cross. He then presented her to the congregation.
The family were presented with a certificate, prayer book and a candle. The candle is a symbol that Jesus is The Light of the World.
Rev’d Sissons, Chaplain.
6th Form Halloween Social
First week back for Senior School
Sunday 3 November
- 11:30-17:00 Y11 Drama Trip to 'An Inspector Calls'
- Boarders return by 9pm
Monday 4 November
- 08:20 Registration for all pupils
- 15:30-17:00 Monday Meeting & Inset Staff Briefing
Tuesday 5 November
- 06:45-07:45 Performance Centre (Y7-13)
- 08:00-17:30 Y13 Frog/PCR Forensics Course
- 08:30-16:00 Year 11 Art Trip: Art Exhibition Tate
- 15:40-16:20 Creative Writing (Y7,9-13)
- 15:40-16:20 Prep (Homework) Club
- 15:40-17:00 Drama A Level (Y12)
- 15:40-17:40 Welsh 2nd Language GCSE (Y9-12)
- 20:30-21:30 Performance Centre (Y10-13)
Wednesday 6 November
- 08:35 Chapel - Hymn Practice for Remembrance Day
- 09:00-15:30 Sixth Form Festival of Social Science Conference
- 15:40-16:20 Prep (Homework) Club 2 (AS)
- 15:40-16:20 Speech & Drama
- 15:40-16:20 DofE - Bronze (Y9)
- 15:40-17:30 Horse Riding Club (Y7-13)
- 18:00-20:00 Performance Centre (Y7-13)
Thursday 7 November
- 06:45-07:45 Performance Centre (Y7-13)
- 09:00-10:30 UKMT Senior Mathematical Challenge
- 15:40-16:20 French A Level (Y13)
- 15:40-16:20 Speech & Drama
- 15:40-16:20 Study Skills (Y7-13)
- 15:40-16:20 Choir 1 (Y8-13)
- 15:40-16:20 Performance Centre (Y11-13)
- 16:00 Netball Girls-U14A: Eryri U14 Netball Trials
- 17:30-23:00 Y10 Drama Trip to 'Road'
- 18:00 Year 11 India Meeting
- 20:30-21:30 Performance Centre (Y7-13)
Friday 8 November
- 08:30-09:00 Schola Cantorum (Invite Only)
- 15:40 Celebration Chapel
First week back for Prep School
Tuesday 5 November
- All Day: Year 4 trip to St Asaph Cathedral
- 09:00-11:00 Year 6 Forest School Session. Please can pupils come to school dressed in their forest school kit and bring their uniform with them.
Wednesday 6 November
- 11:00-17:30 Prep IAPS U11 mixed hockey festival
- 15:40-16:30 ICT Club (Pre-School & Reception)
Thursday 7 November
- 11:20-12:40 Year 3 Forest School Session. Please can pupils come to school wearing their school uniform and bring their forest school kit in their bags.
Friday 8 November
- 08:35-09:00 Prep School celebration assembly. Coffee/tea for parents from 08:00 in the hall foyer.
- 14:00-15:30 Prep U11 and U9 football and hockey v Ysgol Bod Alaw