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Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School Buckets of fun

july 2013

A warm welcome from the Headmaster

Manufacturers are judged by their products and, having just watched the amazing Year 6 performances of Romeo and Juliet, I can confidently state that our ‘product’ is first-rate. With a central core of confidence, honesty, consideration and achievement, our children leave the Prep school fully equipped for the next stage in their education. Add on to this the extra facets of risk-taking, modesty, humour, individuality and community-spirit and one can see our children not only being prepared for the next step, but also for life. These attributes came to the fore in Romeo and Juliet and were a joy to behold. Our newsletter bears further testament to the many successes of all of our children. I hope you enjoy reading it.

page 6–7: art, music and poetry

Mr McDuff, Headmaster

2013 Open morning

Saturday 5 October 9am – 1pm Senior school 9am – 12 noon Prep, Pre-Prep & Early Years

Key school events

pages 10–11: sports reports

Friday 6 September Drinks Reception for all parents, New Field, 6.30pm Friday 18 October Harvest Festival, School Hall, 8.45am

Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 December Pre-Prep Christmas play, School Hall, 2pm

Thursday 12 December Prep Christmas Concert, Memorial Hall, 7pm Wednesday 18 December Carol Service, St John’s, 11am

FORPS & Society events 13 – 15 September Founders’ Weekend

Friday 27 September FORPS AGM, all welcome

Saturday 28 September Leavers of the 1990s Reunion

Friday 8 November N Wales Dinner for former pupils

Friday 29 November FORPS Christmas Ball, Deganwy Quay, 7pm

page 14: year 6 romeo and juliet

IF campaign and world hunger

‘The world produces enough food for everyone, but not everyone has enough food.’ This term, children in the Prep found out about the campaign ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’. The IF campaign is bringing people together all around the UK to make 2013 the beginning of the end for global hunger. One of the many charities taking part in the IF campaign is World Action in Methodist Schools (World AIMS ). The children at the Prep school listened as Laura Cook from World AIMS talked about the inequality of food distribution to the world’s population. Each pupil then decorated a paper plate to present his or her views on the IF campaign.

Learning News

Chess success

Chess continues to be a hugely successful and important part of life at Rydal Penrhos.

At the Welsh Junior Championships in March, both Amrit and Arjan Bolina won their events, making Arjan the Welsh Under 10 Champion and Amrit Under 9 Champion (which is mainly for Year 4 pupils) – even though he was only seven.

In the UK Chess Challenge, eight pupils from the Senior and Prep schools qualified for the Gigafinal, which is due to be held in Manchester during the summer holidays. This means out that of the 60,000 competitors who entered, they are in the final 1,500. We wish the following all the very best for the next stage of the competition:

• Amrit Bolina • Arjan Bolina • Ali Al-Rawi • Anton Petkov • Abhishek Bathula • Petko Petkov • Imogen Camp (Suprema)

Imogen Camp will be competing in the 100th British Chess Championships in Torquay this summer – as will both Mr and Mrs Camp. Arjan, Amrit and Imogen have all been selected to play in the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates in December. It is almost unheard of for one school to have three players worthy of selection to a World Championship event, and Rydal Penrhos is very proud of all of them. Mr Camp, meanwhile, has been co-opted on to the Welsh Chess Union Junior and Selection Committees and is now responsible, through his position of Chair of the North Wales Junior Chess Association, for the development and promotion of all junior chess players in North Wales.

Exploring the Senior school

Year 5 visited the Senior school this term as part of their regular taster sessions.

Half of the group went to Home Economics, to have fun making chocolate chip cookies with Mrs Proudlove. The other half enjoyed exploring science.

Mr Noad took them on a tour of the Science School to introduce the three different science disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, before using the dual themes of eggs and fireworks for a wonderfully messy and colourful display – as the photographs show.

All lovely in the school garden

Members of Year 1 Gardening Club have been very busy in the school garden this summer, thanks to the lovely weather, which has allowed them to work every lunchtime. They have transferred some fruit bushes into one of the raised beds and are hoping to see them fruit this summer. The middle bed is looking very colourful, with a mixture of sweet peas, marigolds, stocks and pansies planted by the children, most of which they raised from seeds themselves. The vegetable bed has runner beans and onions now starting to grow. The peas, which the children planted out earlier in the spring, have already got pods on. They are also sowing carrots and salad crops, and have broad beans in pots to plant out shortly. The netted cage has certainly helped to protect the vegetables so far!

Mrs Woodthorpe

Forest School Camp

On Friday 21 June, the Year 6 Forest School pupils camped out overnight in the forest. We started by getting all the kit we needed, and playing some fun games. Before long it was time to set up the camp. We were all allocated jobs, which included making pizza dough, finding wood, whittling skewers, wrapping jacket potatoes and filling the fire bucket, as well as putting up the tents of course! We soon started roasting sausages on our sticks, although a few fell off! At about 6 pm Mr McDuff came to check on us. Soon we were roasting marshmallows and melting some bananas and chocolate. Later, we performed sketches while a few non-campers left for the night. The rest of us went on a glow-in-the-dark night walk and went to bed, full of excitement. At 8am we woke up, the Kelly kettle was already on, so we had a cup of tea, cooked our bacon over the fire and packed up. Then, we had a few more games and decorated a journey stick. We’d like to thank Mrs Pyves for organising the camp and Mr McLeod and his son for joining us. We wish the whole of Year 6 had come! Year 6 campers were: Zahra, Brona, Frejya, Orla, Lucy, Kathleen, Raha, Kate, Keira, Phoebe, Holly, Toren, Scarlett, Isabella.

Eco Committee

Before the Easter holidays we held our first textile recycling collection as part of the Science into Schools project supported by The POD. We recycled 169kg of unwanted textiles which saved 794.3kg of CO2. We have been awarded 6,760 points for our Science into Schools equipment, which we can either use to buy equipment now or accumulate for the future. Thank you to everyone for supporting our first textile recycling collection. Our main focus over the Summer term has been Lunchtime Crunchtime. After introducing the dinner cards in Pre-Prep we noticed a great reduction in the amount of food waste at lunchtime. Reception and 4CEC received the form prizes for the highest percentage of stamps received for eating all their lunch. Well done to them! We have also been focusing on recycling raw vegetable and fruit waste, by composting it in the school garden compost bin. Our efforts have enabled the school to achieve a silver medal from The Pod, to add to our gold earlier in the year for Switch Off Fortnight.

We will be taking part in the Morrisons Let’s Grow campaign again in September. Please start saving your vouchers once the scheme starts on Monday 19 August and bring them into school in September. Thank you!

Research Club

Children from Years 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to pick a theme and, using techniques from Thinking and Learning Skills, plan a research topic. The group chose ‘Rockets’ and a significant amount of time was spent researching how rockets escape the Earth’s gravitational field, the worst rocket disasters and how astronauts eat and carry out other bodily functions! The club attempted its own rocket launches – one vinegar and bicarb driven, another using air pressure. The children were most impressive in their research skills – and now all we have to do is find the rocket!

Maths competition

Learning about hazards and safety

In June, our Year 6 pupils visited Dangerpoint, an interactive safety education centre, which is designed like a film set to help young people learn about the hazards around us.

The children had the opportunity to take part in a quiz and explore six different ‘zones’ in small groups, lead by a designated ranger from the centre. They explored safety in the home, transport safety, water safety, road safety and digital/internet and mobile safety.

We would like to thank PC John Wheway who joined us on the day and who has been a great support in assisting us to deliver some important messages to the children as we help to prepare them for the increased independence they will experience as they move on to the next stage in their education. It was a very thought-provoking visit, and this is what some of the children said afterwards:

“We learnt about how much tar goes into your lungs over a year of smoking 20 cigarettes a day…” “I was very surprised to find out how much electricity there is in a railway track line...” “The thing I didn’t like was when we watched the film about how fast a fire can spread in a bedroom. It only takes about 3 minutes to burn a whole bedroom…” “We watched lots of really informative but entertaining videos, like ones about trains, bullying and cyberbullying.” “I liked the flooding section as it showed how dangerous they can be as it only takes 15cm of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet!”

The Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) every year. The Junior Challenge is open to pupils in Year 8 and below. Last year we decided to invite some of our Year 6 pupils as we thought they would enjoy the challenge. They all did so well that we invited Year 6 again this year, along with pupils from schools in the local area. The questions require an application of mathematical methods and problem-solving rather than just doing sums, so they are really quite challenging. This year the Prep pupils had great success once again with Ioan Peake-Jones gaining a Gold Award, Hannah Mew-McAdam a Silver, and Eddie Farrell a Bronze – remarkable achievements for Year 6 pupils. Well done to everyone who took part.

Being Creative

Distinctive singing!

The Chamber Choir took part in the Chester Music Festival at the beginning of term – and came away with a Distinction and a well-earned second place in their class. With only one point between them and the winners, the Prep Chamber Choir narrowly missed out on first place but were nevertheless delighted with their result. The choir was awarded 87 points: a Distinction. They performed two contrasting pieces, ‘Ave Verum’ by WA Mozart, and ‘The Heavenly Aeroplane’ by John Rutter. The adjudicator, Jeffrey Wynn Davies, noted:

“lovely two-part singing with well-balanced and shaped phrases, pleasing use of dynamics and clear words” in ‘Ave Verum’ and “singing with real punch, eager and detailed... Great top notes!”... “Excellent performance both technically and artistically” in ‘The Heavenly Aeroplane’.

Musical treat

This term’s Summer concert was a musical treat played to a packed hall. Highlights included an accomplished vocal trio, an innovative version of the Cup song from the Girls’ Pop Club complete with sitar accompaniment, Year 6 playing jazz, and the talents of Niamh Cook and Nicholas Riding performing on the piano. The concert ended with Mr Williams’ latest work, the ‘Rydal Penrhos Suite’, which effectively showcased everyone across the school, and included a notable movement for percussion.

Beulah Brass Concert

Prep children from years 4 and 6 performed at a fund-raising concert for the Eve Appeal in the Memorial Hall earlier this term. The concert featured long-established community brass band ‘Beulah Brass’ from Abergele and the Rydal Penrhos School Jazz Band as well as the Prep school musicians. The Prep Brass Project performed two pieces. Children from 6AH and 4SB played ‘Fish and Chips’, while 5PW performed the middle movement from the Rydal Penrhos Suite. The improvement in playing since Christmas was really remarkable – clearly there had been a lot of practice and hard work, and many congratulations should go to all the children who took part.

Art in the forest

The children have been making art in the forest, as well as exploring the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Disney favourites

Year 1 have had great fun producing topic work about ‘real’ castles and Disney castles. Below is some of their work on Disney characters.


Sports reports Cricket round-up

Cricket captain: Max Robinson

After losing their first match early in the term against Altrincham, the U11 cricket team have had a very successful term with convincing wins over Terra Nova, Liverpool College, Oswestry, St Mary’s Hall, Bro Gwydir (by a margin of over 100 runs) and Ramillies Hall. The Liverpool College match was a classic nail-biter, won for Rydal Penrhos by a superb catch from William Stewart. The U10 Liverpool College match also came down to the last ball but unfortunately we lost this one. A fine U11 win against St Marys Hall (Stonyhurst’s prep school) was another close affair – we won by 9 runs, Max Robinson hitting 19 runs and taking 5 wickets. Meanwhile the U9s have enjoyed some good Kwik cricket matches, with wins at a recent tournament in Altrincham.

Rounders round-up

Rounders captain: Keira Bonnington

This term has seen fixtures against Terra Nova, Liverpool College, The Ryleys, Oswestry and Ladybarn. We have had mixed results including a close fought match against Liverpool College, with the score even at the end of the first innings, sadly a loss of concentration, allowed the Liverpool team to sneak ahead by two rounders. However, the B team drew 9–all and the U10s were victorious with a convincing 13–7 win. Oswestry brought their A team to play against both our teams, which gave Rydal U11s their first win of the season, winning 7 ½ – 6. The B team narrowly lost out by just one rounder in a closely contested match. The U9s too have been in action against The Ryleys where the Dragons drew 4–all and the Dolphins lost 3–6. Every girl in the school has been given the opportunity to represent their school in either rounders or netball this term and has done so with enthusiasm and in true Rydal Penrhos spirit.

Athletics trials

A team from Years 3 & 4 competed against Terra Nova School in April. The pupils recorded a number of impressive performances including Henry Battersby winning his 200m race, a keenly contested 100m with Chay Bonnington finishing 2nd, and Ellen Jones, Lydia Gilman, Philippa Thomas and Niamh Chamberlain winning their 4 x 100m relay race in style! At the IAPS athletics championships in Manchester, Amy Bale came 2nd in the U11 javelin and qualified for the Nationals in Birmingham, Adam Lee-Browne was 2nd in the U11 800m, Max Robinson 2nd in the 200m, Isabella Hardman 2nd in the U11 discus, and Finlay Hare 2nd in the 100m.

Sailing news

Under the watchful eye of our expert coaches, Mr Todd and Mr Bale, Prep pupils have enjoyed a great term of sailing despite some challenging weather conditions. Most pupils have had a taste of sailing in their curriculum games lessons,and on Tuesday evenings around a dozen keen Prep sailors have been turning out for Development Squad training. Sam Jones, Noah Langford, Jack Leach, Joshua Peevor, Freddie and Scarlett Spillane all tried their hands at racing at the Northern Prep Schools Regatta in Sedbergh. Meanwhile two of our more advanced Prep sailors, Amy Bale and Henry Noad, represented the school in the Welsh Youth and Junior Championships in Pwllheli, the RS Tera Northern Championships in the Isle of Man, and the RS Tera Nationals, held at the prestigious Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth.

Swimming stars

Swimming captain: Finlay Hare

The Prep school has enjoyed much swimming success this year. Some of our best swimmers are moving on to other schools, and I would like to thank them very much for all their hard work training over the years in order to represent the school: Amy Bale, Keira Bonnington, Finan Close, Finlay Hare, Adam Lee-Browne, Brona Richardson and Phoebe Taylor.

Tennis champions

The Prep tennis teams have had a good term, with three teams qualifying for the Conwy finals of the mini-tennis championships. These finals took place at the JAB Tennis Centre in Colwyn Bay, where the mini Red boys and, mini Orange and mini Green girls were all crowned Conwy Champions. They went on to represent the county at the North Wales finals in Wrexham where the mini Red boys came joint first, the mini Orange girls came fifth overall, and the mini Green girls a creditable third.

Mini Red boys’ team: Viktor Frydrch, Chay Bonnington, Henry Battersby and Joshua Stewart. Mini Orange girls’ team Niamh Chamberlain, Ellen Jones, Philippa Thomas and Bella Rutherford. Mini Green girls’ team: Brona Richardson, Raha Aminnejad, Isabella-May Hardman and Savanna Dickens.

Our Prep swimmers did well in the Urdd, with great success in the local heats to get through to Cardiff. We also swam well at the IAPS gala in Stonyhurst. This term we won the Spillane Shield competing against local schools. The Pre-prep Inter-house competition was won by Pembroke and the Prep by Snowdon. The annual diving cup was won by Matthias Fiorita.

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Summer fun at Snowdonia nurseries In the first week of the summer term, Reception went on a trip to Snowdonia Nurseries. They had a lovely time there and were shown around the big greenhouses. They saw how the machines put seeds into all the little pots, and then how the seedlings are transferred as they get bigger.

Pre-prep adventures at Greenwood Children from Reception, Year and 2 went to Greenwood s 1 Forest Park for an fun-packed day out. They tried their hands at arch tested their feet on the se ery, ns trail, whizzed round on th ory e gokarts and shrieked as th e ro coaster zoomed up and do llerwn!

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Scooters and Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon Year 3 and 4 had a jam-packed two-day residential trip in Stratford-upon-Avon. On the first day they went to Conkers, where Year 3 enjoyed a Den Building Workshop in the woods with one of the Rangers while Year 4 were involved in a tricky team task building wooden scooters. Once the scooters were finished, there was an exciting scooter relay competition. Day two held more excitement with a trip backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The children were enthralled by walking up the ‘actors stairs’, seeing the wig room and trying on previously used costumes. Our last visit was to Mary Arden’s House. This was named by some children as the highlight of their trip. They enjoyed talking to the Tudor people working on the farm, feeding the goats and chickens, and watching the falconry display.

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borough bea Year 2 went to New lous sunny weather. bu on Anglesey, in fa making sandcastles, n fu t They had grea football, catching ng yi la p , es ur pt ul sand sc as g in the sea. It w in dl ad p d an s ab cr t! a wonderful day ou

Year 6 successfully scramble up Snowdon

Year 5 on a trip of discovery and learning This year, Year 5 went to W

ilderthorp remote Shropshir e heartland for th e Manor deep in the eir residential trip children learned ab . Th ou discoveries of Abr t the first iron bridge and the im e por aham Darby, who through persevera tant and trial and erro r cr nc building.They visite eated a quality of iron suitable fo e r d Coalport where china is made, they as also painted mugs well as learning how to be fired. They had fun wor king out the value of farthings in the V ictorian Village of shillings, pennies and Blist’s Hill and w to make their ow ere n ca visit the Victorian ndles, have a go at intaglio printin able g F where science was air. Finally they visited Enginuity, and th from forensics to e order of the day, the water cycle, energy use and br id true day of discov ge building – a ery and learning. The best thing w as “The archery.” … … “All of it!” … “Going to the very old fair.” … “One thin was how horrible g I learnt it Victorian times” … was in “T found hardest was he thing I be … “...the fact that d making” I was away from home for 2 days”.

Year 6 conquered Snowdon on a day that started grey and overcast, but saw the whole year reach the top in glorious weather. Led by Mrs Pyves, Mr Pyves, Mr McLeod, Mr Bonnington, Mrs Roberts, Nicole and Patrick, the pupils did fantastically well to scramble up the Pyg track. On the way back on the Miner’s track they stopped to cool their feet in the freezing cold waters of Llyn Llydaw.

Year 6 Romeo and Juliet

Year 6 pulled off two stunning performances of Romeo and Juliet, under the expert guidance of Mr Lavin and Mrs Spillane.

The audience was held spell-bound as the story of rivalry, love and death unfolded before them. With the action mostly taking place on the School Hall floor, rather than the stage, the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio – played with great swagger by Michael Thomas and Eddie Farrell – had real impact. The superb singing from all the leading roles was backed up by a strong supporting cast. Zahra Shamsi played Juliet to Scarlett Spillane’s Romeo, with notable contributions from Brona Richardson (Nurse), Adam Lee-Browne (Friar Lawrence) Sam Jones (Capulet), Freyja Williams (Lady Capulet) and Holly Battersby (Prince Eschalus). Thank you to Mrs Bowman for casting the play, to Miss Ruthie for the set design, to all the backstage crew including Andy McDonald from the Senior school, and to Mr Williams for directing and accompanying the music.

FORPS summer fete

The school’s new-look FORPS committee organised a very successful summer fete complete with bouncy castles, music, hog roast, bubble-blower, lucky dip, sports’ challenges, and a variety of stalls.

It was fantastic to see so many people from both Prep and Senior schools enjoying the entertainment and the ambience. It was a great start for FORPS – and the committee is now busy preparing for the hugely popular Christmas ball, a Burns Night event in January and of course for another fete next spring. Any parent who would like to be involved is extremely welcome – the next FORPS meeting is the AGM on Friday 27 September.

Annual Fund news

In October 2012 we launched our first Annual Fund campaign, with the intention of raising £15,000 before the end of the academic year to support five projects across the school.

Many independent schools now use annual funds as a way of enabling parents, former students and friends to give something back if they wish, whilst allowing their students to benefit from the additional equipment and resources that the funds provide. Thanks to the generosity of members of the Rydal Penrhos Society and current Rydal Penrhos parents we are delighted to report that we have exceeded our target, and raised £25,005 (£29,810 including gift aid!).

As a result, the Rick Maple Drama Studio now has new lighting bars, the Design & Technology department has a dye sublimation kit, science students are benefiting from being able to use a new data logging kit, the Prep school are able to purchase new musical instruments, and the honours boards in the New Field Pavilion are currently being brought up to date. In addition to the five projects advertised, we have also been able to purchase new musical instruments for the Senior school and a fleet of six open canoes for use by both Prep and Senior schools. On behalf of the Headmaster, the students and the staff at Rydal Penrhos, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the campaign.

“ Thanks to the generosity of members of the Rydal Penrhos Society and current Rydal Penrhos parents we are delighted to report that we have exceeded our target and raised £29,810.”

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Rydal Penrhos Prep School Newsletter Issue 5  

Issue 5 of the Rydal Penrhos Prep School Newsletter, published July 2013

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