The RP Weekly: 12 August 2022
The weekly digital newsletter from Rydal Penrhos School - 12 August 2022 edition.
The RP Weekly
12 August 2022
Save the Date
Getting to Know You Day 2022!
Getting to Know You Day 2022
- To smooth the integration of pupils before the start of the academic year.
- Friday 2 September
Further details and specific information will be available next week.
Two Sports Coach positions available
- (Permanent appointment)
- SCP 24 -28
Rydal Penrhos School is seeking to appoint 2 experienced, enthusiastic, ambitious and well-qualified Sports Coaches. One will be full-time, term time and the other will be part-time, term time. The successful candidates will have a game-centred coaching philosophy.
Reporting to the Head of PE, the successful candidates will assist with the ongoing refinement of the sports programme in collaboration with the rest of the Health & Wellbeing Team.
The appointed Sports Coaches will have excellent coaching experience and will possess appropriate coaching qualifications. Consideration to most sports including rugby, netball, strength & conditioning, swimming and cricket is preferred, to complement the existing faculty. These are permanent appointments and suitably attractive benefits packages are available, including a competitive salary commensurate with the successful candidates’ skills and experience.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 18th August 2022
We are looking to hold nterviews between Tuesday 30th August and Friday 2nd September 2022
The School reserves the right to commence or complete the recruitment process at any time prior to the closing date. Application forms are to be emailed to Kay Walters email@example.com.
Rydal Penrhos is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an enhanced disclosure through the DBS.
Saving Lives at Sea
RNLI and BBC visit for upcoming TV show
There was a great deal of excitement at Rydal Penrhos last week, with representatives from the RNLI and the BBC visiting the school to film for an upcoming episode of Saving Lives at Sea.
The programme will feature Gareth Robinson, who is Network Services Manager at Rydal Penrhos and recently concluded his training to be a volunteer rescuer at the RNLI’s base in Llandudno. As part of the filming, Holiday Club children and Prep School pupils were invited to attend a presentation on water safety in the Memorial Hall on Friday 5 August.
More than 30 children took advantage of this wonderful opportunity, with Mr Robinson and John Roberts providing an interactive talk to those in attendance that featured important elements such as how to spot dangers at sea, what to do in the event of an emergency, practice calling 999 and learning how to float effectively.
The presentation also went through the RNLI’s proud history and importance, which was interesting and informative in equal measure, captivating the children whose behaviour was exemplary throughout.
They also got the chance to dress up as lifeguards and RNLI crew members. Mr Robinson also demonstrated a mock emergency bleep run, which involves getting to the station and getting dressed for a rescue in the quickest time possible.
Children got the chance to meet the BBC production crew and were given safety leaflets, flags, stickers and badges as a way of thanking them for their attentiveness.
Current parent and RNLI staff member Gary Pittaway was also in attendance, with Deputy Principal and Head of Prep Lucy Davies also coming in to lend her support.
The Saving Lives at Sea programme featuring Rydal Penrhos is set to be out later this year. It promises to be one not to miss!
Clive Wolfendale earns prestigious Welsh honour
Rydal Penrhos is absolutely indebted to its Governing Body. They play a significant role in the strategic direction of the school, working closely with senior leaders to ensure the provision for our pupils remains to an exceptional standard.
We are thrilled to announce that a member of our Governing Board, Clive Wolfendale, was inducted into the Gorsedd of Bards for his contribution to Welsh society at the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron on Friday 5 August.
The Gorsedd is an integral part of Welsh culture and dates back to the 18th century. The main objective of the organisation is to develop, promote and enrich poetry, literature, music and art in Wales.
Each year at the Eisteddfod, a ceremony takes place to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Welsh language and to Wales. Clive was selected this year for his contributions to the culture and social wellbeing across the country.
Amongst other recipients of the honour were the First Minister, Mark Drakeford and Huw Edwards, the renowned presenter of BBC news.
Clive began to learn Welsh on his arrival from Manchester as Assistant Chief Constable of North Wales Police. Within two years, he had achieved an A Level in Welsh and became a leading figure in promoting the language throughout the public sector.
From 2003-2022 he was a Trustee and Treasurer of the Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn. Clive is very active in the field of music in Wales, having directed a number of ensembles which have competed and performed at the Eisteddfod.
He recently established the Rydal Penrhos Community Wind Band, which has generated a significant amount of support from the Colwyn Bay and Conwy county region since its inception.
On his retirement from the police service, Clive took the position of chief executive of CAIS, a charity supporting individuals with addiction and other life challenges.
In 2021, Clive oversaw the merger of CAIS with three other Welsh healthcare charities to create Adferiad Recovery, a body he now chairs. This was the largest charitable merger in the UK at the time.
Clive, who is also the father of former Rydal Penrhos pupil Richard Wolfendale, joined the Board of Governors in 2021 and is naturally keen to see the continuation of the school’s excellent reputation in performing arts. His bardic name is ‘Nodyn Blaidd’ (Wolf Tone) a reference to his surname and musical interest.
Bodafon Farm trip excites before the break
At Rydal Penrhos, our Pre-School activities are guided by ‘The Early Years Foundation Phase Framework’ which leads to nationally approved outcomes and links closely with that of the Reception class to ensure progression and continuity for the children.
The ‘Foundation Phase’ has, at its core, practical-based activities collectively designed to foster self-esteem, a positive attitude, creative, expressive and observational skills and physical well-being. Outdoor activities are also vital to this process, which includes trips to various landmarks across the North Wales region throughout the academic year.
Another prime example of this came shortly before the summer break, with Pre-School children taking a trip to Bodafon Farm Park in Llandudno under the supervision of Rydal Penrhos’ outstanding staff team.
This was part of their ongoing topic throughout the Trinity Term centring on animal identification and discovery, with the trip enhancing their overall knowledge considerably in unfamiliar but interesting surroundings.
The children were given the opportunity to feed the Lamas residing at the farm, which was a source of great excitement. They also got the chance to see animals such as horses, pigs, goats and even owls.
During their trip around the farm, Pre-School children discussed the size of each animal and their appearance. There was even a chance to explore the park and mini tractors.
Letitia Spencer, who is the Pre-School department manager at Rydal Penrhos, said: “It was a great end-of-year trip to celebrate a fantastic academic year in the Pre-School.
“We are incredibly proud of the progress made by each child, which is something we’ll be working hard to continue once everyone returns in September. ”
Sweeney Todd play coming to the Memorial Hall
Our facilities are just a small part of what Rydal Penrhos brings to the Colwyn Bay and Conwy county area. The school is now delighted to announce a major theatrical production will be coming to the school’s Donald Hughes Memorial Hall later this year.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will take to the stage from October 25-28. It is being put on by Ballyhoo Theatre Company, a brand new venture for out-of-work or experience-seeking performers based in North Wales following a shortage of opportunities for artists after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A collection of professional performers, industry professionals and those early in their professional journeys have teamed together to stage what promises to be a mouth-watering production of the late Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical from 1979.
Highly popularised by the 2007 film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, Ballyhoo are aiming to remind people what attending the theatre to see a show feels like after what seems like a distant memory before the pandemic.
We are looking forward to hosting what promises to be a spectacle not to miss. Tickets are priced at £17 and can be purchased online here.
Anyone wishing to ensure about Rydal Penrhos’ facilities should email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01492 530155, or register your interest on our website.
Summer adventures aplenty enjoyed!
The Rydal Penrhos Holiday Club is open during the school holidays and provides an extensive programme of activities for the children to experience. This is not only a lot of fun, but it also helps assist them with their emotional, physical, social, intellectual, language and creative development.
Staff have done a wonderful job of devising a comprehensive provision full of adventures and exciting challenges, which includes plenty to enjoy across prominent landmarks across the North Wales region.
The Holiday Club has something for everyone and this summer is no exception thanks to the sterling commitment of our dedicated staff team.
It’s been a busy start to August for the group, with an action-packed schedule of fun-filled activities that take full advantage of Rydal Penrhos’ incredible location on the North Wales coast.
Among the latest series of trips included a memorable voyage to the South Stack on Anglesey, which is one of the most picturesque areas anywhere in the region and something each child enjoyed enormously.
Other activities included biking along the shoreline and an afternoon at Pensarn Park. Holiday Club children also enjoyed a talk on water safety from RNLI representatives as part of their filing for the popular BBC show Saving Lives at Sea.
The Summer Holiday Club is running until 26 August (Monday to Friday). For those aged 5 to 12, the Holiday Club is open for external children. For current Rydal Penrhos pupils, the Holiday Club is open for Pre-School to Year 8.
The cost is £45 per day and includes all trips, activities, sports and crafts as well as two snacks, a packed lunch and a fresh-cooked meal. A sibling discount of 5 per cent is available.
To book now as a current Rydal Penrhos parent please log in to your Schools Buddy App.
To book now as a family who does not attend the school, click here.
For any further enquiries contact email@example.com or call 01492 530155.
Pupil takes to the skies with Air Cadets
We are always thrilled to hear about Rydal Penrhos pupils pursuing their interests and passions away from school.
This forms a key part of their overall development across a wide range of different fields, which is something our outstanding staff team actively encourages from an early age.
The school looks to ignite these through an exceptional curriculum and comprehensive extra-curricular programme, which includes outdoor education initiatives such as the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
One pupil who has thrived since joining Rydal Penrhos is Ruby Lewis. The pupil is about to embark on the final year of her GCSE studies during the next academic year, has loved becoming a member of the school community and her confidence is improving all the time.
Ruby was part of the contingent that attended the school’s Careers Pathway Evening before the summer break, which was informative and covered a number of important areas from some successful figures throughout various industries.
She was particularly inspired by the talk given by the pilot from Anglesey. This is in keeping with Ruby’s involvement with a local Air Cadets group after deciding to join in 2018.
Now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased and activities are returning to normal, Ruby has wasted no time progressing encouragingly within the Air Cadets, with the pupil even taking to the skies in a glider and small plane alongside a qualified pilot at RAF Cosford.
This included some daring moves such as loop-the-loops and side rolls, which was not for the faint of heart but something Ruby accomplished in impressive fashion.
She attends parades regularly and was recently part of the baton lighting for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Ruby’s dream is to join the RAF upon leaving Rydal Penrhos and everyone is enormously proud of her fierce determination to make this goal a reality.
James put forward for national squad selection
The rich and proud history of Rydal Penrhos is full of cricketing achievements both individually and from school sides.
The iconic figure of Wilf Wooller started his journey at the school and it continues today with many pupils earning recognition both regionally and on the national stage.
Rydal Penrhos has the most stunning facilities for cricket. Our New Field pitch is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. It is regularly used for Welsh youth internationals, with the recent construction of the outdoor nets facility benefitting aspiring stars greatly.
The school has also formed strong links with Marylebone Cricket Club and Cricket Wales in recent years, with former pupil and captain Owen Reilly taking the national youth scene by storm with the Wales U18 squad during his time at Rydal Penrhos.
James Gilman, who is about to enter Year 11 at the start of the academic year, has made considerable progress both in school, for Mochdre Cricket Club and following his selection to the North Wales youth squad following a successful assessment.
His progression through the Cricket Wales pathway has come with significant praise. Something that resulted in coaches putting James forward as one of three players from North Wales for national squad consideration this summer.
This saw James make the long trip to Port Talbot for two T20 trial games, where he was assessed for possible inclusion in the future. Another great experience for a cricketer of immense promise.
James has been part of the school’s first XI last summer, participating in a number of competitive fixtures and also representing Rydal Penrhos against the MCC during their prestigious annual fixture on New Field.
Everyone would like to congratulate James on this latest accomplishment. We look forward to hearing about many more in the not-too-distant future.
Joe Simpson signs on for 10th RGC season
During his time at the school, Joe Simpson was one of the Rydal Penrhos Rugby Academy originals. The gifted forward benefitted significantly from the programme and the education provided by staff, which enabled him to play a significant role in RGC 1404‘s remarkable rise up the Welsh domestic pyramid into the Principality Premiership.
Simpson has racked up almost 200 appearances for the Gogs during an incredible career. The player recently revealed he has signed a new deal with the Parc Eirias-based side for a 10th campaign in the famous black shirt.
This represents another notable milestone for the front row presence, who will be tasked with producing the goods on the pitch and emerging as a leadership presence within the dressing room.
He is now one of RGC’s longest-serving players and one of many former Rydal Penrhos pupils who have spearheaded the Gogs’ charge since the team’s inception.
Simpson has also made noticeable strides in the coaching world to further boost his credentials. He’s been the driving force behind exciting developments at Bangor Rugby Club in recent years and is now the Head of Rugby at Bangor University.
Everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to wish Joe and RGC the very best of luck for their 2022/23 campaign. We’re confident you’ll continue to do the region proud.
Pre-School's Bodafon Farm Park trip
RNLI and BBC visit