The RP Weekly: 8 October 2021
The weekly digital newsletter from Rydal Penrhos School.
The RP Weekly
8 October 2021
Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)
Information Evening next month
Sixth Form Information Evening
We warmly invite you to our Sixth Form Information Evening on Thursday 25 November from 5-7.30pm.
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.
It will all be conducted with consideration of COVID-19 safety protocols.
There has never been a better time to become part of the Rydal Penrhos Sixth Form community. The school recently celebrated its best-ever A Level results, with a total of 70.5% attaining a pass rate at A*-A, which represents an increase of 20.3% year on year.
Those achieving A*-B grades stood at 84.1% – a rise of 9.9% – with 92% of pupils achieving A*-C grades as a result of their efforts.
This is an increase of 2.1% from the record-breaking A*-C mark set in 2020.
Rydal Penrhos’ pass rate (A*-E) remains at 100%, which is the seventh time since 2000 that the school has achieved this feat.
The mean number of subjects passed per candidate was 3.14.
Our ability to get the most out of each pupil brought an incredible ‘value-added’ score of 1.04. This means for every ten subjects taken, all of them came out with one grade higher than originally predicted.
To book, email email@example.com, call 01492 530155 or use our online form.
Prep Pupil Leadership
Head Boy and Girl appointed
One area where Rydal Penrhos truly excels is the ability to bring out the best in every pupil, inspiring leadership skills and other vital characteristics that stand them in good stead during their education and once they head into the working world.
This starts from a young age, with pupils getting involved in groups such as the School Council and Eco Committee, giving them a first-hand experience of what leading and making a difference actually entails.
Every year at Rydal Penrhos, those in Year 6 get the opportunity to become part of the Prep Pupil Leadership Team if they choose.
This involved written applications, an interview, staff consultation and a residential week away at the Arete Outdoor Centre in Llanrug where they could try new things and test their peer leadership skills in a challenging environment.
At the end of this process, Deputy Principal Mrs Davies and the staff faced some hard choices.
After some significant deliberation, Rydal Penrhos is delighted to confirm that Oscar and Ella will head up the team as Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2021/22 academic year.
Both pupils have made a lasting impact on their peers and the school since arriving, so they are sure to bring plenty of enthusiasm and expertise to their respective roles.
Oscar is a strong academic who is also thriving in areas such as music and sport, writing in his application that it would be “an honour” to become Head Boy.
He said: “It would be an honour to be Head Boy and to inspire all of the younger years to be the best they can be and have fun at school.
“I believe I would be a good Head Boy because I am confident and I strive to be a role model through my academics, my sport and my sense of humour.”
Ella is a pupil that embodies what a Rydal Penrhos education should be. Her willingness to try every opportunity offered by the school’s teaching staff has resulted in some outstanding progress both in and out of a classroom environment.
Speaking about the role in her application, Ella said: “I think I am a suitable person for this position of responsibility because I’m trustworthy, sensible and competent.
“I enjoy all sports including hockey, netball and cross-country and I would be willing to help inexperienced players have fun and improve!
“I’d hope that younger pupils can look up to me throughout Year 6 and I’ll do my best to represent the school.”
Gold Medal joy for trio
We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments attained within Rydal Penrhos’ thriving Speech and Drama provision.
This is something many pupils of all year groups participate in during their time at the school, which involves working towards specific examinations and also putting on various shows throughout the academic year.
At the centre of Speech and Drama is communication. It allows pupils to express themselves and understand others in new and exciting ways whilst providing training in the very practical aspects necessary in today’s ever-changing world.
Pupils who have participated in Speech and Drama activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be more persuasive in their communication, better able to be empathetic and will have a more positive, confident self-image.
The latest batch of assessments administered by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art saw three pupils – Bella Rutherford, Darcie Harker-Weston and Sophie Williams – attempt to secure their Gold Medal (Grade 8) awards in various disciplines.
The trio worked exceptionally hard in the build-up under the guidance of Speech and Drama tutor Christina Bloomfield, something which brought some outstanding results.
Bella achieved a Distinction in her Grade 8 (Acting Solo), with Darcie also securing the same mark in her Grade 8 (Devising Drama).
Rounding off the success was Sophie, who also managed to attain a Distinction in her Grade 8 (Acting Solo).
All three pupils are now proud owners of a LAMDA Gold Medal Award, adding their names to the long list of Rydal Penrhos pupils who’ve achieved the same feat.
More than 40 pupils took part in the latest LAMDA examinations at the school, and a full rundown of all their marvellous results will be published next week.
On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to congratulate Bella, Darcie and Sophie on such a fantastic achievement. We are very proud of you all.
STEM sessions lead to Colwyn Bay beach clean
We are incredibly proud of how environmentally conscious Rydal Penrhos pupils are.
This is evident across all year groups and is a testament to their caring nature and the knowledge passed onto them by the school’s outstanding teaching staff during various topical discussions and subjects.
Climate change and the obvious dangers to the environment is a topic more prevalent than ever in today’s society. World leaders are aiming to lower the earth’s carbon footprint as temperatures rise, glaciers melt and freak weather incidents are increasing across the globe.
Year 2 pupils at Rydal Penrhos are part of the next generation of eco-warriors and were keen to do whatever they could to improve the picturesque area around them.
They have been learning about animal classification during recent Science lessons and particularly sea creatures in STEM, which teacher Catherine Culver linked to a thought-proking discussion about plastics in the ocean.
The pupils designed their own litter catching ocean machines last week and got active on Tuesday 5 October by walking all the way to Porth Eirias on Colwyn Bay’s beautiful seafront for a beach clean under the supervision of staff.
They really enjoyed being litter detectives but were pleased not to find too much on the beautiful blue flag beach, something that aided the community around them and also boosted their awareness of the topic outside of the classroom.
Mrs Culver and the pupils will now begin following up their work on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan, so they can really think about what happens to their rubbish.
Great work, Year 2. We hope you take a lot from the beach clean and continue to do your bit to help the environment.
Pupils create Picnic Benches for school campus
You might have noticed a few new additions across Rydal Penrhos since the start of the academic year.
One pupil-led initiative, in particular, has been met with widespread approval and is further proof of just how much each of them cares about their surroundings throughout the school day.
During the school’s Design Technology extra-curricular sessions, pupils were given the task of designing and constructing some picnic benches for everyone to enjoy around the campus.
This involved a significant amount of planning and work from those involved, who worked tirelessly under the guidance of teaching staff and DT technician James Bonser on the project.
Once the plans were finalised and drawn up, pupils then got down to the manual aspect of the task, sizing up and cutting to exact specifications during the construction process.
Thanks to impressive technical skills and the ability to work well as a group, the benches were completed just in time for the start of the academic year and are situated just outside the school’s Sports Hall.
In recognition of their outstanding accomplishment, staff created special plaques detailing the participants involved in the design and construction of the benches.
The project also received support from Plastecowood in Bodelwyddan, a company that receives plastic waste, mainly from household collections and reprocesses it to produce recycled plastic lumber – planks, boards, posts and profiles, primarily for external uses.
They kindly donated some materials as a show of support, which were gratefully received and put to extremely good use.
A huge well done to all staff and pupils involved in the picnic bench project. Pupil voice is extremely important to us here at Rydal Penrhos and it’s been wonderful to see the benches being used so frequently.
Harvest Food Drive
Annual initiative underway
Rydal Penrhos has always been proud of its close association with the community.
This has formed a core part of the school’s ethos throughout its history, something that continued when Rydal School and Penrhos College merged to become the thriving education establishment it is today.
Pupils of all ages work closely with the school’s staff during community-based initiatives that range from charity fundraising days to volunteering their time to worthy causes.
Even during the COVID-19 lockdowns, a large number of selfless pupils still did everything they could to assist in a time of need, making PPE for keyworkers and participating in challenges from home to raise money.
In addition to this, each academic year at Rydal Penrhos two Year 7 and two Year 12 fully-funded places are awarded to bright children, currently in a state school, who live in North Wales and who are financially eligible.
This time of year sees the school come together for an annual Harvest Food Drive, which is once again seeking donations from the Rydal Penrhos family before the half-term break.
Pupils in Reception-Year 6 are collecting food from their respective houses this year. House Captains will go to the classes twice a week to collect food for their box before transferring them down to St John’s Church.
There will also be collection trays in both Senior and Prep sections of the school for pupils, parents and staff to leave goods should they wish.
The items donated will be distributed between the Conwy Food Bank and the Kind Bay Initiative depending on the amount collected.
Food can be brought right up until the Harvest Service on Friday 15 October, which will be on display during the end-of-half-term celebration before being transported to the respective causes.
We hope that the entire Rydal Penrhos community gets involved in the cause. It would be greatly appreciated.
Prep Pupil Leadership
Deputies and House Captains confirmed
As part of the Prep Pupil Leadership Team at Rydal Penrhos, the school also needed to find the right pupils for the Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and House Captain positions.
These are incredibly important roles throughout the academic year, and it proved to be another difficult series of decisions for Deputy Principal Mrs Lucy Davies and her staff team.
The application process involved a written letter stating why they should be considered, an interview, staff consultation and a residential week away at the Arete Outdoor Centre in Llanrug where they could try new things and test their peer leadership skills in a challenging environment.
The school has now appointed Charlie L-B and Kenzie L as their Deputy Head Boy and Girl team for the 2021/22 academic year.
They will work closely with Head Boy Oscar J and Head Girl Ella P to provide a strong role model presence for younger pupils and ensure the smooth running of events and competitions.
Charlie and Kenzie have been part of the Rydal Penrhos family for a considerable period and both wrote fantastic letters explaining in fantastic detail why they would be a tremendous asset to the deputy role.
Charlie: “I’m a very polite, kind and considerate person who the other children can look up to. They can come to me if they have a problem. I will support the Head Boy well with his duties.”
Kenzie: “I think I will be good in this role as I am very willing to listen to the ideas of others. I am also kind-hearted, confident and a good leader.”
The role of House Captains are coveted ones.
Captains provide the leadership and organisational skills in pursuit of their house securing the overall prize during the summer term, which is always a source of great pride for pupils of all ages.
This year’s House Captains are:
- Finlay B – Brecon
- Ifana W-J – Pembroke
- Lexi May W – Snowdon
All three pupils put together exceptional applications in order to secure the positions. This was coupled with speaking well during the interview process and having the correct attitude throughout their annual residential.
Finlay: “I believe I would be good in this position because I like to be friendly with other people and to help them to achieve their best. I also like to talk to parents and show their children around the school which I am very proud of.”
Ifana: “I work very well as part of a team. I’m a good listener and consider everyone’s ideas as part of a team.”
Lexi-May: “I believe I am perfect for this role because I have been at this school for a very long time and have lots of experience and advice for other pupils. I always want to try my best.”
October half-term days announced
The Rydal Penrhos RYA Training Centre Sailing and Water-Sports provision is for all pupils who love being in, on and around the water.
It enables them to participate and enjoy the freedom of boating, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking in a safe and fun environment.
Whether a beginner, intermediate or at an advanced level we have something to offer to help your child get the most from their time with us and from the water.
The location of our school, proximity to the Colwyn Bay seafront and the opportunity to partake in water sports offers a significant benefit to the delivery of an outstanding Outdoor Education programme.
Rydal Penrhos also holds activities throughout the holidays when pupils are away from school. October’s half-term break comes with “Fun Water-Sports Days” and “RYA Tuition Progression Days” for a combined four-day period from Thursday 21 October until Sunday 24.
- Fun Water-sports days: Thursday 21 and Friday 22
- RYA Tuition Progression Days: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24
These activities are for children aged between 7-17 years and non-Rydal Penrhos pupils are also welcome to attend.
Fun Water-Sports Days
Depending on the weather and sea conditions we are offering a choice of activities:
- Water confidence
- Beach games,
- Learn to tie knots
- Find out more about wind direction and speed, the tides, the environment
RYA Progression Days
These will count towards RYA qualifications and consist of:
- Refresher work
- Satisfactory demonstration
- Understanding of course components
- Seamanship skills
These will be logged accordingly in each child’s RYA logbook and documentation will be provided for new starters.
We aim to certificate these two sessions where applicable for Youth Sailing Scheme from Level 1 upwards for sailing and windsurfing.
Our sessions will be led by Chief Instructor Leah Shepherd and Ben Brame. The maximum number on each course is 12 daily.
Weather and sea conditions are always taken into account to ensure the safety of our participants. However, we do intend to maximise our session with as much time in and on the water as possible each day.
The sessions will be run under RYA Cymru Covid-19 and Rydal Penrhos guidance. All water-sports equipment is provided.
If you require any further information or require any particular training please email Petrina Blomeley at PBlomeley@rydalpenrhos.com.
More information can be found in this digital document: https://rydalpenrhos.turtl.co/story/october-half-term-sailing-days-at-rydal-penrhos-2021/
Forest School Club
'Snug as a Bug' project
Rydal Penrhos has the most incredible woodland area available on site and so it is a natural progression for us to have developed comprehensive Forest School provision as part of the well-rounded education offered at the school.
This exciting natural environment focuses on providing a safe outdoor learning experience, one in which children are encouraged to explore, discover, investigate and take suitable risks.
What could be a better way for children to learn than being outside and discovering things for themselves?
A chosen theme could be based on a personal attribute, such as co-operation or creativity; helping to encourage personal development; or it may be based on a curriculum topic –mathematics, history, art or science.
It could even be more overtly about the forest – wildlife, habitats, trees, sticks, or weather-related.
Whatever the theme, our Forest School offers all the children wonderful opportunities for learning at many levels.
Rydal Penrhos’ Forest School Club is always one of the more popular extra-curricular activities within Key Stage 2. This not only builds core skills outside of a typical classroom environment but also allows pupils to boost friendships, improve communication and have a lot of fun in the process.
Another fine example of this was during a recent activity that centred on putting together a new “Bug Hotel” for the Forest School area using materials situated around the stunning site and recyclable items to provide further comfort.
Under the qualified tutelage of Mrs Pyves and Mr Granger, the pupils worked together exceptionally well in pursuit of ensuring small creatures were ’snug as a bug’ for the upcoming winter.
Their hard work paid off with an outstanding final construction. Well done to all!
Rydal Penrhos to host NW Crusaders awards ceremony
Rydal Penrhos is fortunate to have exceptional facilities and an incredible location for sailing, sport and outdoor education, helping many people go on to achieve incredible sporting careers and achievements throughout the school’s illustrious history.
The school is also proud to have an association with the North Wales Crusaders, who have been busy forming links with local businesses and people to grow their presence in the area following their move from Wrexham to Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay.
Players, coaches and supporters will descend on Rydal Penrhos for the Crusaders’ annual End of Season Awards ceremony later this month, which will take place on Saturday 16 October from 7pm.
This is in accordance with a partnership between the school and the rugby league side, which sees the Crusaders host events and make use of the first-class facilities on offer during training weekends in the not-too-distant future.
Crusaders also offered all pupils free season tickets for the recent campaign and will be working on further incentives so there are plenty of benefits for everyone involved.
It was a hugely successful season for the Crusaders at their new home. Anthony Murray and Rob Massam were named League 1 Coach of the Year and Player of the Year respectively and although their promotion bid fell narrowly short in the playoffs, they can look back on the season with an enormous sense of pride.
A number of awards will be up for grabs on the evening, such as Fans’ Player of the Season, Coach’s Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, Try of the Season and the Jacqui Walker Most Contributed to the Club Award.
Anyone wishing to book tickets for the event can do so here.
Stars of the Week
Rob's charity marathon!
Rugby Coach Vacancy
Rydal Penrhos School is seeking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic, ambitious and well-qualified Rugby Coach. The successful candidate will have a game centred coaching philosophy.
Reporting to the Head of PE the successful candidate will assist with the ongoing refinement of the rugby programme in collaboration with the rest of the Health & Wellbeing Team.
The appointed Rugby Coach will have excellent Coaching experience and will possess appropriate Coaching qualifications. This is a part-time appointment and a suitably attractive benefits package is available, including a competitive salary commensurate with the successful candidate’s skills and experience.
The closing date for applications is 13 October 2021
Interviews will be held in W/C 25th October 2021
Full information & how to apply can be found here