The RP Weekly: 4 November 2022
The weekly digital newsletter from Rydal Penrhos School - 4 November 2022 edition.
The RP Weekly
4 November 2022
Sixth Form Information Evening
Booking open for showcase
Sixth Form Information Evening
Thursday 17 November
We warmly invite you to our Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 17 November from 6pm.
Once you have registered an interest, we will confirm a time for your meeting. It is important that we allow you the time and attention you need as a family with our key staff to consider the Sixth Form here at Rydal Penrhos.
To register your interest:
Call: 01492 530155
Book online here
Prep Taster Morning
Come and see what Rydal Penrhos can offer!
At Rydal Penrhos Prep School, we strive to provide all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, generally following the National Curriculum for Wales and the standards set out by the Department for Education in the Primary National Strategies.
The curriculum is linked to that of the senior school, to enable a smooth transition between both areas of Rydal Penrhos. From Year 3 onwards, Maths and English are taught as form subjects and all the others as subject specialists.
We want our pupils to be confident, kind, resilient and curious. We want them to be happy learners who know how to learn and want to learn new things every day.
These methods are proven to bring outstanding results. More importantly, it allows our Prep School pupils to excel in a safe, happy environment before embarking on Senior School and Sixth Form in later life.
Rydal Penrhos is thrilled to confirm the details of a special Prep School Taster Day, which will take place on Friday 2 December from 8.30am.
Those attending will be greeted by key staff including Mrs Lucy Davies, Deputy Principal and Head of Prep. Children will then be taken into their respective year groups and experience for themselves what goes on during a typical day at Rydal Penrhos.
Any parents wishing to take tours of the school can do so, with the Taster Day set to provide an action-packed morning of fun-filled activities under the supervision of our incredible teaching staff.
It promises to be one not to miss for anyone looking to become part of the Rydal Penrhos Prep School family. And a warm welcome is assured from staff and pupils alike.
Anyone wishing to book their place at our Prep School Taster Day, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01492 530155 or register your interest online.
Rydal Penrhos Society
Submissions wanted for upcoming newsletter
CALLING ALL RYDAL PENRHOS ALUMNI!
We are looking for submissions from our incredible Alumni for the next edition of the Rydal Penrhos Society newsletter.
This is scheduled for release just before the Christmas break and will take on the theme of Charles Dickens' popular tale “A Christmas Carol”.
Do you have a story to share? We'd love to hear from you.
Sports Tour 2022
An incredible experience in The Netherlands
With sporting fixtures and significant events at Rydal Penrhos back in full swing, the school was delighted to arrange a special Sports Tour to The Netherlands over the half-term break for our senior Hockey and Rugby squads.
The school’s staff devised an action-packed schedule for the tour, which saw the boys and girls involved participate in training sessions and competitive fixtures against Dutch teams. Something that brought out the best in them with memorable performances and results.
Rydal Penrhos’ aspiring athletes have been in tremendous form during the academic year so far, with individuals such as Alex Starling also making a name for himself on the national stage with the Welsh U17 and U18 squads.
These opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities are sure to progress each pupil involved moving forward. Games will resume in earnest up until the Christmas holidays, which includes qualifying events for national championships as Rydal Penrhos looks to add to its rich and proud history of honours.
Those on the tour also got the chance to sample some Dutch culture by visiting prominent landmarks including the Johan Cruijff ArenA – home of five-time Champions League winners AFC Ajax Amsterdam.
This is the latest in a series of exciting tours arranged by the school in recent years, with excursions to Japan, Spain and Ireland among the most memorable highlights that benefitted our pupils considerably.
Rydal Penrhos’ sports tour of The Netherlands was an extremely memorable experience for our hockey and rugby squads, who have done a remarkable job of keeping progress on track alongside their studies despite the recent challenging circumstances due to COVID-19.
Frantic week of fun to conclude half-term
The Rydal Penrhos Holiday Club is open during the school holidays and provides an extensive programme of activities that the children can experience. It also helps assist them with their emotional, physical, social, intellectual, language and creative development.
But of course, they don’t realise all this. For them, it is just good fun.
The Holiday Club is open to all Rydal Penrhos pupils and the wider community. Our incredible staff team vary the schedule throughout the day and the October half-term was action-packed, to say the least.
Those using the provision were immensely active throughout the two-week period, with the school making the most of our fantastic location and the notable attractions just a short distance away from Rydal Penrhos.
It was a frantic conclusion to the second week of activities, which included a visit to the nearby Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, where they got up close and personal with the exotic wildlife situated at the picturesque site.
Another notable excursion saw the Holiday Club make a trip to Bodnant Gardens, where they explored the vast grounds and discovered more about the different creatures inhabiting the National Trust area.
Holiday Club members also got active with a bike ride to Angel Bay to take in the seals occupying the narrow shore. On their trek, they even bumped into Rob Shelley from ITV Wales News, who was kind enough to stop for a picture.
Cake making, lego creation and the dreaded pie-face game were other memorable activities from another hugely successful and worthwhile few days for those involved.
Everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to thank our incredible staff for providing an exceptional programme for our Holiday Club users, who threw themselves into every challenge and made the most of their half-term break.
Exceptional role models for the senior school community
The importance of belonging to a house, the bond this creates, the memories you make and the fact it enables our pupils to make friends across year groups rather than just within them is an essential part of life at Rydal Penrhos.
If at times over our history the school has taken for granted the incredible community spirit and camaraderie the system creates, then the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic that thankfully became a thing of the past certainly brought the importance of this pastoral system into focus more than ever.
This is especially true with regard to our youngest pupils, joining us for the first time. Feeling a sense of belonging straight away smooths their transition to a different way of learning and school life, turning a daunting prospect of making friends and adapting to unfamiliar surroundings into an enjoyable one.
Our senior House Captains for the 2022/23 academic year have embraced the roles and their newfound responsibilities exceptionally well over the Advent Term, throwing themselves into their respective duties and becoming strong role models for fellow house members for good measure.
Elsi Pyves (Osborn), Alex Starling (Wesley), Jacob Cousins (Payne) and Niall Richardson (Morgan) have thrived throughout their time at Rydal Penrhos, both academically and during their wide range of extra-curricular interests such as hockey, drama and rugby.
They will be tasked with working alongside pupils and staff members to organise and successfully contribute to a series of upcoming events, with occasions such as the inter-house competitions, the all-important festive singing challenge and Sports Day taking centre stage before they depart for university or the working world.
Not only this, but the quartet will also be on hand to offer pupils another support system in the weeks and months ahead. This improves their ability to lead and inspire which will stand them in good stead for later life.
Costume sort-out unearths gems from the past
Rydal Penrhos has thrilled audiences in recent years with some Dramatic Society plays and musicals that have enhanced the school’s incredible Performing Arts provision.
This remains a core component behind the outstanding all-around education provided from Pre-School to Sixth Form.
The school’s rich and proud history of performing arts success on stage and at events such as the Chester Festival continues to bring a wealth of accomplishments.
These productions are always hugely anticipated dates on the calendar, with the likes of Annie the Musical, Les Miserables and Matilda the Musical Jr. among the notable highlights in recent years.
More than 70 pupils participated in the outstanding amateur production of Under Milk Wood (The Definitive Edition) before the half-term break, which added its name to the long list of superb showcases of acting prowess at Rydal Penrhos.
Miss Fiona Earle led the production and was also responsible for a special costume sort-out that unearthed some gems from productions and years past at the school. Pupils spent some time helping staff with the costumes stored in the school’s observatory and under the stage in the Donald Hughes Memorial Hall with some truly incredible finds.
Everything from glamorous gowns to victorian cloaks and everything in between was either laundered, sold and even placed in specific museums for the wide public to enjoy.
Another discovery came in the form of a cap belonging to a young man called Brian Neville Thornley Lloyd, who was on the HMS Urge, the submarine which sank off the coast of Malta during World War II.
Mr Lloyd attended Wycliffe College and was a good sportsman with several caps. After his tragic loss in October 1941, a series of commemorative events were held in Malta for the 80th anniversary of the sinking.
Rydal Penrhos was thrilled to welcome Chris Lloyd, the grandson of Mr Lloyd, to formally receive the cap and return it to the family. This reunion concluded the worthwhile exercise with some fascinating results.
Free iPad initiative continues to benefit
Technology is becoming more relevant throughout education with every passing year. Children can be incredibly tech-savvy if given a platform from which to thrive and this is recognised fully at Rydal Penrhos.
The school implemented a strategy that gives every pupil from Years 3-13 a free Generation 8 iPad, which continues to enhance learning in and out of the classroom.
Teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos are presently using a combination of iPads and the “old school” pen and paper during their lessons. This gives each pupil the opportunity to use technology in a way that will progress them academically, build key modern-day skills and maintain handwriting techniques that remain essential in an ever-changing world.
The use of writing even comes into effect when pupils use their iPads. The school implements Microsoft Teams and sharing worksheets via Class Notebook, meaning they still have to write, but pupils just use their pen that came with the electronic device.
This means teaching staff can mark their work in real-time on their iPads, where pupils can see comments and tips instantly appearing as their teacher is writing them. In class, pupils can be guided by staff to watch helpful videos, read extra notes, see exemplar work, use educational apps that will really help them reach their goals by attending to their individual needs.
There are a number of exciting educational quiz apps that are used in lessons. The pupils really enjoy using these apps and the teaching staff are able to quickly see the strengths and weaknesses of each pupil.
Pupils can use iMovie to present their understanding of a piece of work, Garage Band is used in music and the excellent interval timer is being used by pupils during Physical Education lessons and at home.
The iPad can also be used as a fantastic mini whiteboard. Teachers can select pupils’ work and share it with the class or the class can collaborate on the same piece of work.
Pupils have immediate access to the many educational websites that many such as MathsWatchVLE, Dr Frost and ActiveLearn. The inclusion of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint means that everyone is able to utilise these resources in every lesson and when working at home.
There is no longer a need to book the Rydal Penrhos IT suite. These are all available for every pupil, every lesson.
All assessments are handwritten as normal, which is fantastic preparation for pupils embarking on GCSE or A Level examinations, where they are expected to hand-write answers to questions in a bid to secure high marks.
These wide range of teaching resources, methodology and the latest pedagogy have been outstanding additions to the school’s provision. The Rydal Penrhos iPads initiative takes advantage of a modern way of learning with pupil progress in mind, which has formed the fabric of our ethos for more than 140 years.
Former pupil making Super League waves
A former Rydal Penrhos pupil is rapidly emerging as one of rugby league’s brightest young talents after enjoying a Super League debut to remember.
Josh Lynch, who attended the school from 2014-18, recently signed his first contract with Warrington Wolves. After impressing considerably within their Academy and Reserve sides, he was handed a well-deserved Super League debut earlier this year against Huddersfield Giants.
The talented teenager was keen to make the most out of this opportunity, producing a hugely encouraging display and marking it with the first of what will hopefully be many tries in a professional environment.
This was the latest in a series of exceptional achievements for Josh, who developed his sporting talent early. His accomplishments in power-lifting are vast, with national titles, records and squad selections aplenty.
Josh also captained the RGC U16 side and was a member of the Sale Sharks Rugby Development programme before switching disciplines to rugby league upon leaving Rydal Penrhos.
Speaking to the Warrington Guardian, academy coach Richard Marshall spoke glowingly of Josh, highlighting what makes him such a special talent set for great things.
Marshall, said: “He’s got a bit of X-factor about him – he’s got a lot of footwork, strength and speed. He’ll clear out a backfield – I know he’s only playing academy at the moment and reserve grade, but he skittles people with the ball.
“Positionally in defence, we’ve had to do a bit of work with him and he’s really improved in that area. He was a powerlifter, so he’s got that base of core strength. He excelled in that and he’s a well-rounded young man.
“If he gets his opportunity, he’ll light up that backfield and I think fans will really take to him.”
Congratulations, Josh! Hopefully, this is the start of a glittering rugby league career.
Mrs Pyves and hockey stars listed as Conwy Sports Award finalists
Young hockey stars at Rydal Penrhos and a teacher who’s guided them exceptionally every step of the way have enjoyed an outstanding year that will live long in the memory.
Mrs Jude Pyves, who is a Prep School teacher and accomplished coach, also assists at Eirias Hockey Club through various age categories, with the set-up securing some notable achievements on the regional and national stage in recent months.
The school was delighted to discover that Mrs Pyves and pupils representing Eirias Hockey Club U14s have been named as finalists for the upcoming Conwy Sports Awards, which takes place on Friday 25 November at a special ceremony taking place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
This represents a significant and well-deserved achievement for all involved. Mrs Pyves enjoyed a glittering playing career before turning her attention to coaching, helping many talented players throughout the region develop significantly and the results speak for themselves for both Rydal Penrhos squads and away from school.
The Conwy Coach of the Year finalist led the Eirias Hockey Club U18, U16 and U14 squads to North Wales championship triumphs, ensuring their qualification to the National Finals, which took place in Swansea earlier this year.
The Eirias Hockey Club U14s are up for Conwy Junior Team of the Year after a phenomenal campaign. They went unbeaten in all regional fixtures, won the North Wales championship and finished third at the national finals.
Fflur Pierce, Keira Luke, Charlotte Payne, Lily Copeland, Fleur Roberts and Isabella Thomas all contributed to the team’s success throughout a testing series of fixtures. Something that built on the solid achievements accomplished by Rydal Penrhos during nationally-recognised competitions.
This is the latest piece of good news surrounding the awards, with Team GB sailor Freddie McLaverty also named as a finalist after an outstanding season on the water.
Everyone would like to congratulate Mrs Pyves and our aspiring hockey stars on their remarkable success and wish them the very best of luck at the Conwy Sports Awards.
Sixth Form Leadership
An integral part of school life
Our Sixth Formers play an integral role in establishing an ethos unique to Rydal Penrhos.
While a selected team of Senior Prefects contribute to the smooth running of the school day, all Year 12 and 13 pupils are expected to lead younger pupils and set the standard in terms of conduct and dress.
These opportunities also include Peer Mentoring, which involves Sixth Formers becoming role models for younger pupils and providing an exceptional support system during their initial transition to Senior School and beyond.
This year’s Peer Mentor group wasted no time in making a substantial impact, which is a testament to their commitment to themselves, their willingness to help others and combine studies with multiple other challenges that will stand them in good stead throughout higher education.
Sixth Form pupils build bonds and promote well-being through various activities, including themed games within Rydal Penrhos’ specialist Sixth Form Ferguson Centre, which is the base for those in Years 12 and 13 to study and relax among their peers.
This allows pupils to be themselves and build trust alongside Peer Mentors and other Sixth Formers. Something that can enhance confidence and security that enables them to thrive in a safe, happy environment.
The Sixth Form not only offers an incredible breadth of study, but it also provides pupils with a varied and exciting social calendar, largely coordinated by the pupils themselves. They organise events such as dances, parties and barbecues, while the Sixth Form Charity Committee is in charge of fundraising events throughout the year.
All this is part of the outstanding Sixth Form provision provided by Rydal Penrhos, which brings exceptional examination results consistently, extra-curricular achievements and much more that form the foundations for a successful future whatever path they choose next.
Rydal Penrhos is holding a Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 17 November from 6pm. Anyone wishing to book can do so by emailing email@example.com or registering your interest online.
Former pupil's latest novel draws rave reviews
We are always thrilled to hear about our former pupils thriving away from Rydal Penrhos. This is a testament to the exceptional foundations they receive at the school, which allows them to nurture talents, find the right career path and cope with any challenges that come in higher education or the working world.
Our alumni are currently achieving great things in a wide range of different fields. Something everyone at Rydal Penrhos has been proud to acknowledge throughout the school’s rich history of achievements and standing within the community.
Former pupil Michael Arditti is a renowned author that’s produced a series of outstanding novels and short stories during an illustrious career. His latest publication, The Young Pretender, was recently released and has been a smash hit with critics up and down the country.
The Young Pretender centres on the child actor William Henry West Betty, one of the most famous people in Georgian Britain who was mobbed by the masses, lionised by the aristocracy and courted by royalty.
The story takes place during Betty’s attempted comeback at aged 21. As he seeks to relaunch his career, he is forced to confront the painful truths behind his boyhood triumphs.
Stephen Fry, one of Britain’s most respected actors and broadcasters, was enthralled by Mr Arditti’s latest piece, holding the book in the highest regard and speaking glowingly about the master storytelling from the one-time Rydal Penrhos pupil.
He said: “An engrossing, enthralling and utterly captivating read, The Young Pretender tells a simply remarkable story with bounce, energy, wit, and lively authenticity. Michael Arditti’s brilliant imaginative achievement offers high comedy, dark tragedy and everything in between.”
Patrick Duncker of the Independent on Sunday was also impressed, stating: “Michael Arditti is a writer who takes risks. His material is always compelling and provocative, his techniques sophisticated and oblique.”
Holiday Club activities
The Netherlands 2022 Sports Tour