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Academic news

Welcome from the Headmaster

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University offers

This is the time of year when offers from UK universities are coming in for our Upper Sixth pupils, and we are delighted to celebrate some of the real talent on show amongst our Sixth form.

You can read the news about offers received by Andriy Levitskyy, Andrew McDonald and Paige Strugnell on pages 3 and 4. We’re also pleased to report that to date the following pupils have received offers from all five of their university choices: Robyn Baker, Laurie Brummitt, Haoyang Cai, Robert Ellerby, Matthew Griffiths, Lucy Grindal, Alannah Jack, Jake Lovatt, Harry Ormerod, Rhian Porter, Lewis Pullman, Aaron Robinson, Charlotte Rowlands, Thomas Williams and Ming Hua Zhou.

2014 Key school events

• 1 May Summer Concert, 7pm, St John’s • 24 May Speech Day, 10am, Memorial Hall • 6 June Year 9, 10 and Lower Sixth parents’ drinks reception, 6pm, Pavilion, New Field • 7–8 June Rydal Penrhos Regatta, Colwyn Bay • 8 June Schola Cantorum sing Evensong at St Asaph Cathedral, 3.30pm • 21 June School Confirmation Service, 6pm, St John’s • 25 June Sports Day, 1.30pm, The Plateau

The United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) Individual Maths Challenges are multiple-choice question papers, designed to stimulate interest in maths. We reported on the Senior Challenge last term; this time it was the turn of pupils in Year 11 or below in the Intermediate Challenge. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate, while the very top candidates go through to the Kangaroo rounds.

Congratulations go to all the candidates who received certificates. Dr Rowlands made special mention of Gowri Pradeep, who entered the Intermediate Challenge from Year 8 and was awarded a Silver certificate – a truly phenomenal achievement.

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Gold Johannes Basler Year 10 Anjalina Mitra Year 11 Jack Sissons Year 10 Maggie Yuan Year 10 Silver Gowri Pradeep Year 8 James Sanders Year 11 Olivia Williams Year 9

Bronze Cara Davies Year 9 Shaswath Ganapathi Year 11 Masha Kanarchuk Year 11 Amelia Perring Year 10 Sebastian Schmidt Year 11 Matthew Trumper Year 9

pages 10–13: sports round-up

• 26 June Choir and Jazz Band pre-Dublin concert, 7pm, St John’s • 30 June – 4 July Activities Week

FORPS & Society events

• 23 May FORPS Summer Fete, 4pm, Memorial Quad • 23–27 June Dolphins Cricket week • 24 June Rydal Penrhos Business Club meeting, 8.30am • 27 June Community Choir Charity Concert in aid of the Deafblind Society, 7.30pm, Old Colwyn

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Over 15% of the year group applied for Oxbridge and/or highly competitive courses such as dentistry and medicine; candidates for these courses often have to wait longer to hear about their offers, so at the time of publication of this newsletter not all offers are in. Pupils this year are applying for a wide range of courses including Law, Economics, Optometry, Architecture, English and Drama, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Computer Science, Construction Management, Agriculture, Business Studies, Medicine, Textiles and Fashion, and Physics. Pupils applying for European universities are able to delay their applications until after the IB results come out in early July.

Maths stars Anjalina Mitra (Year 11) and Jack Sissons (Year 10) both got through to the Kangaroo round in the UKMT Intermediate Challenge this term – a really fantastic achievement that puts them in the top 5,500 candidates nationwide from Years 9, 10 and 11.

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Patrick Lee-Browne, Headmaster

Celebrating our Maths stars

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This edition of the newsletter has a distinctly international dimension, celebrating the strong links that the school has with families and other schools all round the globe. Our sports teams have been successful on the national stage, and there will be trips and expeditions to the USA, Indochina, Greece, Ireland and the Czech Republic in the next few months, to complement those described in this newsletter. All the world’s a stage, on which our pupils play their part!

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In March, Rydal Penrhos was host to 12 visiting schools for the UKMT Regional Team final for Years 9 and below. The winners were Moreton Hall, with Rydal Penrhos coming a very close second. The Rydal Penrhos team consisted of Olivia Williams, Matthew Trumper, Gowri Pradeep and Ewan Luke.

Congratulations also go to Andriy Levitskyy, who has received an offer of a place at Cambridge University to read Economics. If successful, Andriy would be following in the distinguished footsteps of several former maths pupils who have gone on to top universities over the past few years, including Jenny Southern (Oxford, HL Level 7), Tom Warrington (Cambridge, A* A*), Josefin Betsholtz (MIT HL Level 7) and Laura Nunez Mulder (Cambridge, SL Level 7). Like them, Andriy has been asked to gain a level 7 in HL (Higher Level) Mathematics – a mark that only the very top mathematicians in the IB receive (currently about 5% worldwide). We wish Andriy all the best for his exams next term.

paige strugnell

Paige impresses with her portfolio

Paige Strugnell has been offered places to study Fashion and Textiles at no fewer than four universities on the strength of her hugely impressive portfolio.

What’s more, she has been offered places directly on to the universities’ degree courses, missing out the Foundation Year normally undertaken by art students.

Paige moved to Rydal Penrhos when Howell’s School in Denbigh shut down last summer. Paige began her portfolio at Howell’s, and has continued working on it under the guidance of Mark Sherrington, Head of Art at Rydal Penrhos, and Suzy Walsh, a textile specialist in the Art department, who has helped Paige with some great ideas and ways of working.

Mr Sherrington explains the extent of Paige’s achievement:

“Despite being up against other candidates who were either older or studying Art or Textiles full time, Paige has managed to impress Coventry, Liverpool, Cardiff and Leicester universities with the diversity, range and creativity of her portfolio. It really is a fantastic achievement to effectively bypass the normal Foundation Year in Art and gain a place straight on to a degree course in the competitive world of Textiles or Fashion. Paige has worked very hard at Rydal Penrhos and it is great that her talent and potential has been recognised at such a high level so young.”


Academic news

Welcome from the Headmaster

page 7: german exchange

University offers

This is the time of year when offers from UK universities are coming in for our Upper Sixth pupils, and we are delighted to celebrate some of the real talent on show amongst our Sixth form.

You can read the news about offers received by Andriy Levitskyy, Andrew McDonald and Paige Strugnell on pages 3 and 4. We’re also pleased to report that to date the following pupils have received offers from all five of their university choices: Robyn Baker, Laurie Brummitt, Haoyang Cai, Robert Ellerby, Matthew Griffiths, Lucy Grindal, Alannah Jack, Jake Lovatt, Harry Ormerod, Rhian Porter, Lewis Pullman, Aaron Robinson, Charlotte Rowlands, Thomas Williams and Ming Hua Zhou.

2014 Key school events

• 1 May Summer Concert, 7pm, St John’s • 24 May Speech Day, 10am, Memorial Hall • 6 June Year 9, 10 and Lower Sixth parents’ drinks reception, 6pm, Pavilion, New Field • 7–8 June Rydal Penrhos Regatta, Colwyn Bay • 8 June Schola Cantorum sing Evensong at St Asaph Cathedral, 3.30pm • 21 June School Confirmation Service, 6pm, St John’s • 25 June Sports Day, 1.30pm, The Plateau

The United Kingdom Maths Trust (UKMT) Individual Maths Challenges are multiple-choice question papers, designed to stimulate interest in maths. We reported on the Senior Challenge last term; this time it was the turn of pupils in Year 11 or below in the Intermediate Challenge. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate, while the very top candidates go through to the Kangaroo rounds.

Congratulations go to all the candidates who received certificates. Dr Rowlands made special mention of Gowri Pradeep, who entered the Intermediate Challenge from Year 8 and was awarded a Silver certificate – a truly phenomenal achievement.

page 9: young performers concert

Gold Johannes Basler Year 10 Anjalina Mitra Year 11 Jack Sissons Year 10 Maggie Yuan Year 10 Silver Gowri Pradeep Year 8 James Sanders Year 11 Olivia Williams Year 9

Bronze Cara Davies Year 9 Shaswath Ganapathi Year 11 Masha Kanarchuk Year 11 Amelia Perring Year 10 Sebastian Schmidt Year 11 Matthew Trumper Year 9

pages 10–13: sports round-up

• 26 June Choir and Jazz Band pre-Dublin concert, 7pm, St John’s • 30 June – 4 July Activities Week

FORPS & Society events

• 23 May FORPS Summer Fete, 4pm, Memorial Quad • 23–27 June Dolphins Cricket week • 24 June Rydal Penrhos Business Club meeting, 8.30am • 27 June Community Choir Charity Concert in aid of the Deafblind Society, 7.30pm, Old Colwyn

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Over 15% of the year group applied for Oxbridge and/or highly competitive courses such as dentistry and medicine; candidates for these courses often have to wait longer to hear about their offers, so at the time of publication of this newsletter not all offers are in. Pupils this year are applying for a wide range of courses including Law, Economics, Optometry, Architecture, English and Drama, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Computer Science, Construction Management, Agriculture, Business Studies, Medicine, Textiles and Fashion, and Physics. Pupils applying for European universities are able to delay their applications until after the IB results come out in early July.

Maths stars Anjalina Mitra (Year 11) and Jack Sissons (Year 10) both got through to the Kangaroo round in the UKMT Intermediate Challenge this term – a really fantastic achievement that puts them in the top 5,500 candidates nationwide from Years 9, 10 and 11.

a Pi pie!

Patrick Lee-Browne, Headmaster

Celebrating our Maths stars

ey ba ked us

This edition of the newsletter has a distinctly international dimension, celebrating the strong links that the school has with families and other schools all round the globe. Our sports teams have been successful on the national stage, and there will be trips and expeditions to the USA, Indochina, Greece, Ireland and the Czech Republic in the next few months, to complement those described in this newsletter. All the world’s a stage, on which our pupils play their part!

we l cel ow C ebr yd ated P i day, and C

In March, Rydal Penrhos was host to 12 visiting schools for the UKMT Regional Team final for Years 9 and below. The winners were Moreton Hall, with Rydal Penrhos coming a very close second. The Rydal Penrhos team consisted of Olivia Williams, Matthew Trumper, Gowri Pradeep and Ewan Luke.

Congratulations also go to Andriy Levitskyy, who has received an offer of a place at Cambridge University to read Economics. If successful, Andriy would be following in the distinguished footsteps of several former maths pupils who have gone on to top universities over the past few years, including Jenny Southern (Oxford, HL Level 7), Tom Warrington (Cambridge, A* A*), Josefin Betsholtz (MIT HL Level 7) and Laura Nunez Mulder (Cambridge, SL Level 7). Like them, Andriy has been asked to gain a level 7 in HL (Higher Level) Mathematics – a mark that only the very top mathematicians in the IB receive (currently about 5% worldwide). We wish Andriy all the best for his exams next term.

paige strugnell

Paige impresses with her portfolio

Paige Strugnell has been offered places to study Fashion and Textiles at no fewer than four universities on the strength of her hugely impressive portfolio.

What’s more, she has been offered places directly on to the universities’ degree courses, missing out the Foundation Year normally undertaken by art students.

Paige moved to Rydal Penrhos when Howell’s School in Denbigh shut down last summer. Paige began her portfolio at Howell’s, and has continued working on it under the guidance of Mark Sherrington, Head of Art at Rydal Penrhos, and Suzy Walsh, a textile specialist in the Art department, who has helped Paige with some great ideas and ways of working.

Mr Sherrington explains the extent of Paige’s achievement:

“Despite being up against other candidates who were either older or studying Art or Textiles full time, Paige has managed to impress Coventry, Liverpool, Cardiff and Leicester universities with the diversity, range and creativity of her portfolio. It really is a fantastic achievement to effectively bypass the normal Foundation Year in Art and gain a place straight on to a degree course in the competitive world of Textiles or Fashion. Paige has worked very hard at Rydal Penrhos and it is great that her talent and potential has been recognised at such a high level so young.”


News round-up

From Bronze to Gold: DofE update

The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, established in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, has a long history at Rydal Penrhos. Last year, Laura NunezMulder, Thomas Warrington and Steffan Robbins all visited Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Awards, and the next recipients are on the homeward leg to achieving similar success by the end of the summer term. Spring sees the re-launch of the expedition side of the programme. Winter hibernation has not meant inactivity, however, as skills have been honed, physical activities logged and volunteering hours safely pouched. In addition, the Bronze Award candidates have attended a full day’s First Aid training and received accreditation for their course. Next term will see them add to their expedition experiences, with a day’s training before they set out on their assessment expedition. In addition, once a week, they receive instruction on walking and navigation, camp craft and preparing food. More than 30 Bronze Awards are in the making, and there are a dozen or so Silvers and a clutch of Golds to complete.

STEM Big Bang Fair

A group of Year 7s went with Mr Robson and Mr Pender to the STEM Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Thank you to Jon Li for giving us a flavour of the day: ‘There were remotecontrolled lego cars, a dancing robot, and the most amazing explosions at the show...’ It sounds like an amazing, if noisy, day out!

Rotary Youth Speaks

The Rydal Penrhos public speaking team, comprising Eve Davies, Glen Davies and Robert Warrington, represented the school in the Merseyside and North Wales Finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, this term. The team won through their area heat in Colwyn Bay to meet seven other teams in the finals, and the standard was extremely high from first to last. Robert Warrington, our main speaker, rose from his sickbed like Lazarus to perform with a great deal of style in a well-argued speech on the dangers of ‘trial by media’. He was ably supported by Eve Davies who gave a charming and upbeat introduction, and Glen Davies who delivered his vote of thanks with his customary wit and wisdom. In the end, two other schools were chosen to go forward, having delivered some bravura displays of high-blown rhetoric on the topics of media regulation and our use (and abuse) of energy. All three of our team learned a great deal from the experience and enjoyed meeting and listening to the array of talented students from across the region. Many thanks to all the parents who came and supported the team.

Chess champions

In the North Wales Junior Chess Championships, held at Rydal Penrhos over half term, Abhishek Buthula from Year 7 took third place in the U12 event and Imogen Camp from Year 8 was the winner of the Under 14 championship.  Robert Warrington won the U18 Championship and Ho Wing Ma took third place. At the Welsh Junior Chess Championships in Port Talbot, Petko Petkov from Year 7 took second place in the extremely strong Under 12 event. Petko went into the final round with a chance of winning first place, but he had to rely on himself winning and one other person either losing or drawing. Although Petko fulfilled his half of the bargain, his rival managed to grind out a win in his last game to pip Petko to the post with just half a point more. In the same event, Imogen Camp from Year 8 took fourth place in the U14 event, a year higher than her age.

Artists out and about

The Sixth form artists have enjoyed some stimulating days out this term, in Liverpool and at the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy. Early in the term, pupils visited the Walker Art Gallery to see the David Hockney exhibition, before exploring the rest of the gallery. After lunch the group made their way to the Lady Lever Art Gallery where the pupils were asked to look at and discuss Holman Hunt’s famous painting ‘The Scapegoat’. At the Cambrian Academy, pupils attended a life drawing class with a model. This was the first time they had been given the opportunity to try this discipline, and some impressive work was produced for the exam sketchbooks.

Learning about the Buddha

Year 7 visited the Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, as part of their Religious Studies curriculum this term. Kelsang Dragden and Kelsang Oden, both nuns living at the Centre, spoke to the students about Buddhism, the story of the Buddha and its meaning. They explained that their goal as Buddhists is not only to become enlightened, but also to show compassion and help others. Then they introduced the pupils to aspects of meditation. Overall, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Buddhism and getting a deeper insight into the Buddhist way of life.

Holocaust Memorial Day

As part of the school’s Holocaust Memorial Day events on 27 January, the Humanities department took 80 pupils from Years 9 to 12 to listen to a fascinating and moving presentation given by two Jewish survivors from Nazi Germany.

andrew mcdonald

Lighting for the ‘Dream’

Andrew looks to the future

Upper Sixth pupil Andrew McDonald has played an important part backstage at almost every school production in the recent past, masterminding the sound and lighting design for shows such as Oliver, with a Twist!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Daisy Pulls It Off, and Woyzeck. He has also done work experience at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and controlled the sound for a public performance by the school of The Taming of the Shrew at Theatre Clwyd. He now has offers to study technical theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and an unconditional offer from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which should allow him to fulfil his ambition to work in the theatre in the future.

Iestyn leads out the Swans

Year 7 pupil and lifelong Swansea supporter Iestyn Williams was mascot for Swansea City in their Barclays Premier League match at Stoke City just before half term.

Iestyn led the Swansea City team out on to the pitch with City and Wales’ captain Ashley Williams in front of a crowd of 24,800 people who had braved the appalling weather to get to the Britannia Stadium. Iestyn is a very keen footballer himself – he used to be in the Llandudno FC Academy U10s and now plays for Conwy Borough FC U12s. At Rydal Penrhos he has found that his footballing skills can be put to very good use on the hockey pitch – where he has quickly found his place as goalkeeper.

Gisella Feldman, who is 90 years old, and her sister Sonia Sternberg who is 86, described in detail how the Nazis’ anti-Semitic policies impacted on their lives as children growing up in Germany in the 1930s. Ms Feldman illustrated her talk with photographs of her family and of her attending school just after Hitler came to power in January 1933. The sisters explained how their father was deported to Poland by the Nazis, and how their mother began to realise what staying in Germany would mean for them, especially after the horrors of Kristallnacht – the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ – in November 1938.

Somehow the ladies’ mother bought visas for her two daughters and herself to be taken to Cuba by passenger ship. However, when they reached the harbour in Havana, the visas were found to be fake and they were turned back. The ship returned to Europe, where France, Belgium, Holland and the United Kingdom all agreed to take some of the refugees. The sisters and their mother were sent to London where they stayed for the rest of war.

It was an interesting talk and certainly provided the pupils with new insights about the lives of Jewish people in Germany in the 1930s, and the difficulties of escaping the horrors of the Nazi regime.


News round-up

From Bronze to Gold: DofE update

The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, established in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, has a long history at Rydal Penrhos. Last year, Laura NunezMulder, Thomas Warrington and Steffan Robbins all visited Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Awards, and the next recipients are on the homeward leg to achieving similar success by the end of the summer term. Spring sees the re-launch of the expedition side of the programme. Winter hibernation has not meant inactivity, however, as skills have been honed, physical activities logged and volunteering hours safely pouched. In addition, the Bronze Award candidates have attended a full day’s First Aid training and received accreditation for their course. Next term will see them add to their expedition experiences, with a day’s training before they set out on their assessment expedition. In addition, once a week, they receive instruction on walking and navigation, camp craft and preparing food. More than 30 Bronze Awards are in the making, and there are a dozen or so Silvers and a clutch of Golds to complete.

STEM Big Bang Fair

A group of Year 7s went with Mr Robson and Mr Pender to the STEM Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Thank you to Jon Li for giving us a flavour of the day: ‘There were remotecontrolled lego cars, a dancing robot, and the most amazing explosions at the show...’ It sounds like an amazing, if noisy, day out!

Rotary Youth Speaks

The Rydal Penrhos public speaking team, comprising Eve Davies, Glen Davies and Robert Warrington, represented the school in the Merseyside and North Wales Finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, this term. The team won through their area heat in Colwyn Bay to meet seven other teams in the finals, and the standard was extremely high from first to last. Robert Warrington, our main speaker, rose from his sickbed like Lazarus to perform with a great deal of style in a well-argued speech on the dangers of ‘trial by media’. He was ably supported by Eve Davies who gave a charming and upbeat introduction, and Glen Davies who delivered his vote of thanks with his customary wit and wisdom. In the end, two other schools were chosen to go forward, having delivered some bravura displays of high-blown rhetoric on the topics of media regulation and our use (and abuse) of energy. All three of our team learned a great deal from the experience and enjoyed meeting and listening to the array of talented students from across the region. Many thanks to all the parents who came and supported the team.

Chess champions

In the North Wales Junior Chess Championships, held at Rydal Penrhos over half term, Abhishek Buthula from Year 7 took third place in the U12 event and Imogen Camp from Year 8 was the winner of the Under 14 championship.  Robert Warrington won the U18 Championship and Ho Wing Ma took third place. At the Welsh Junior Chess Championships in Port Talbot, Petko Petkov from Year 7 took second place in the extremely strong Under 12 event. Petko went into the final round with a chance of winning first place, but he had to rely on himself winning and one other person either losing or drawing. Although Petko fulfilled his half of the bargain, his rival managed to grind out a win in his last game to pip Petko to the post with just half a point more. In the same event, Imogen Camp from Year 8 took fourth place in the U14 event, a year higher than her age.

Artists out and about

The Sixth form artists have enjoyed some stimulating days out this term, in Liverpool and at the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy. Early in the term, pupils visited the Walker Art Gallery to see the David Hockney exhibition, before exploring the rest of the gallery. After lunch the group made their way to the Lady Lever Art Gallery where the pupils were asked to look at and discuss Holman Hunt’s famous painting ‘The Scapegoat’. At the Cambrian Academy, pupils attended a life drawing class with a model. This was the first time they had been given the opportunity to try this discipline, and some impressive work was produced for the exam sketchbooks.

Learning about the Buddha

Year 7 visited the Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, as part of their Religious Studies curriculum this term. Kelsang Dragden and Kelsang Oden, both nuns living at the Centre, spoke to the students about Buddhism, the story of the Buddha and its meaning. They explained that their goal as Buddhists is not only to become enlightened, but also to show compassion and help others. Then they introduced the pupils to aspects of meditation. Overall, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Buddhism and getting a deeper insight into the Buddhist way of life.

Holocaust Memorial Day

As part of the school’s Holocaust Memorial Day events on 27 January, the Humanities department took 80 pupils from Years 9 to 12 to listen to a fascinating and moving presentation given by two Jewish survivors from Nazi Germany.

andrew mcdonald

Lighting for the ‘Dream’

Andrew looks to the future

Upper Sixth pupil Andrew McDonald has played an important part backstage at almost every school production in the recent past, masterminding the sound and lighting design for shows such as Oliver, with a Twist!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Daisy Pulls It Off, and Woyzeck. He has also done work experience at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and controlled the sound for a public performance by the school of The Taming of the Shrew at Theatre Clwyd. He now has offers to study technical theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and an unconditional offer from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which should allow him to fulfil his ambition to work in the theatre in the future.

Iestyn leads out the Swans

Year 7 pupil and lifelong Swansea supporter Iestyn Williams was mascot for Swansea City in their Barclays Premier League match at Stoke City just before half term.

Iestyn led the Swansea City team out on to the pitch with City and Wales’ captain Ashley Williams in front of a crowd of 24,800 people who had braved the appalling weather to get to the Britannia Stadium. Iestyn is a very keen footballer himself – he used to be in the Llandudno FC Academy U10s and now plays for Conwy Borough FC U12s. At Rydal Penrhos he has found that his footballing skills can be put to very good use on the hockey pitch – where he has quickly found his place as goalkeeper.

Gisella Feldman, who is 90 years old, and her sister Sonia Sternberg who is 86, described in detail how the Nazis’ anti-Semitic policies impacted on their lives as children growing up in Germany in the 1930s. Ms Feldman illustrated her talk with photographs of her family and of her attending school just after Hitler came to power in January 1933. The sisters explained how their father was deported to Poland by the Nazis, and how their mother began to realise what staying in Germany would mean for them, especially after the horrors of Kristallnacht – the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ – in November 1938.

Somehow the ladies’ mother bought visas for her two daughters and herself to be taken to Cuba by passenger ship. However, when they reached the harbour in Havana, the visas were found to be fake and they were turned back. The ship returned to Europe, where France, Belgium, Holland and the United Kingdom all agreed to take some of the refugees. The sisters and their mother were sent to London where they stayed for the rest of war.

It was an interesting talk and certainly provided the pupils with new insights about the lives of Jewish people in Germany in the 1930s, and the difficulties of escaping the horrors of the Nazi regime.


International links

English as a Foreign Language: An overview

Rydal Penrhos prides itself as a truly international school, with pupils coming from all over the world to study in this splendid part of North Wales. Many pupils for whom English is not their first language will need some level of support, either for a period when they first arrive, or throughout their time at the school. This support is ably and sensitively provided by the English as a Foreign Language department, led by Head of Department Mrs Jane Simpkins. Mrs Simpkins has been working at the school in its various guises for 17 years, first at Rydal, then at Penrhos College, and now at Rydal Penrhos after the schools amalgamated.

She has seen a great many pupils come and go, and has very fond memories of many of her students, particularly when she has taught brothers, sisters and cousins from the same family. These family connections are part of what makes this job so special, and Mrs Simpkins was delighted to be able to visit Hong Kong in 2010 and meet up with many of her former pupils.

Comenius project

All foreign pupils are assessed with an Oxford Placement Test when they enter the school, and it is this test that helps to determine the level of support they may need. Considerations to be taken into account include where the Thank you to Laura Gataveckaite, Sophia Blaes, Bohdan Diedov, Mrs Simpkins and Jordon Tam for agreeing to be our front-cover stars for this pupil is starting from (their present language level), what edition of the newsletter. The picture was taken in the Library at school. language skills they will need in the future, how they like to learn and study, and what subjects they would like to study. As their language ability improves, their curriculum is regularly reviewed, and the first principle of the EFL department is to match teaching provision to the However, while IELTS is an important part of the work requirements of each individual pupil. of the EFL department, for Mrs Simpkins and the rest of her staff, the job is about so much more than simply gaining qualifications. The EFL department plays an important pastoral role for many of the foreign pupils in the school, many of whom like to congregate upstairs in the top-floor classrooms at break times.

“For Mrs Simpkins and the rest of her staff, the job is about so much more than simply gaining qualifications.”

As language skills improve, pupils find it easier to integrate with their fellow pupils, and the camaraderie Many pupils in the EFL department work towards an of everyday life is greatly helped as pupils get to grips International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with English idioms and expressions. Most of all for qualification. IELTS is the international standardised test Mrs Simpkins and her team, there is the satisfaction of English language proficiency recognised by universities of watching pupils grow in confidence as their language and employers all over the world. Rydal Penrhos pupils go skills improve. As Mrs Simpkins says: to Bangor University to sit the Academic modules of the tests, which are a demanding mixture of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Candidates looking for university entrance standard need to score around 6.5 (out of 9); recently Upper Sixth pupils Arthur Cheung and Jordon Tam both gained level 7 – a fantastic achievement. Other pupils study for the IGCSE in English as a Second Language, or, in the Sixth form, take English B as part of the International Baccalaureate.

“When they can understand my rather ironic sense of humour … that’s when I know we’re really getting somewhere…”

In January, five pupils from Year 12, Jordan Edwards, Ruaridh Williams, William Murphy, Lara Roth and Cyd Cowley (pictured above with Mrs Beaumont), travelled to our partner school in Madrid for the second of this year’s Comenius group meetings. This project involves pupils from five countries working together to investigate and promote the benefits of co-operation between countries of the EU. The pupils were hosted by local families who were incredibly generous and welcoming. A full day in school working on the project and presenting results was followed by a day of cultural visits, including a trip to the stadium of Real Madrid, the Bernabeu, and to the world-famous Prado Art Museum.

The benefits of taking part in Comenius are huge. The work is educational in so many ways, not least because if offers the chance to participate in mixed international groups. To sit on committees, achieve results and meet targets are essential skills for life. We anticipate more pupils from Rydal Penrhos becoming involved next year, and look forward to welcoming our partner school to Wales in June.

Film evening for the Spanish Club

Spanish Club went to the (home) movies this term, when Mrs Beaumont hosted a Spanish film evening to watch Diarios de Motocicleta – with food. Anita Dietmair and Miryea Berto were in charge of the tortilla Española, Alex Medina MacGowan made guacamole, Cyd Cowley and Cat Abend poured (nonalcoholic) sangria, and Irene Fernandez-Montes Gomez made bread with grated tomato and Spanish olive oil. Miryea also made an empanada. It was a lovely way to end a busy half term!

German Exchange, Part 2 By Amelia Perring

The second part of the German Exchange took part this term, when nine German pupils from our partner school in Bonn came to North Wales to stay with their host families. During our time in Germany, we enjoyed pottering about in Cologne and Bonn, as well as visiting Cologne cathedral and going to an ice hockey match. On this return trip, we went to Chester and the German pupils also visited Conwy and Llandudno, as well as being initiated into the Welsh weather in an afternoon spent at the high ropes course at Llanberis.

This has been a fantastic experience and has given the other eight students and me the opportunity to make friends and improve our German-speaking abilities, as well as giving us a true and unique insight into German culture. I know I will remain in contact with my exchange partner, Vincent, as well as the other brilliant friends I made on the exchange. Many of us plan to visit our newfound friends and cement our friendships (and German-speaking abilities!) in the near future.

Why learn a language?

This was the question under discussion at Mr Lavery’s Modern Foreign Languages Super Learning Afternoon for Year 7.

Together, Mr Lavery and the pupils of Year 7 explored the reasons why we study a language and discussed techniques for learning new words and phrases. Pupils quickly discovered that in Rydal Penrhos School alone there are at least 10 different languages spoken amongst pupils. Pupils came up with a variety of reasons why learning a language would be advantageous to them today, ranging from the necessity for interpreters and translators in modern international businesses to the cross-curricular skills that language-learning develops.


International links

English as a Foreign Language: An overview

Rydal Penrhos prides itself as a truly international school, with pupils coming from all over the world to study in this splendid part of North Wales. Many pupils for whom English is not their first language will need some level of support, either for a period when they first arrive, or throughout their time at the school. This support is ably and sensitively provided by the English as a Foreign Language department, led by Head of Department Mrs Jane Simpkins. Mrs Simpkins has been working at the school in its various guises for 17 years, first at Rydal, then at Penrhos College, and now at Rydal Penrhos after the schools amalgamated.

She has seen a great many pupils come and go, and has very fond memories of many of her students, particularly when she has taught brothers, sisters and cousins from the same family. These family connections are part of what makes this job so special, and Mrs Simpkins was delighted to be able to visit Hong Kong in 2010 and meet up with many of her former pupils.

Comenius project

All foreign pupils are assessed with an Oxford Placement Test when they enter the school, and it is this test that helps to determine the level of support they may need. Considerations to be taken into account include where the Thank you to Laura Gataveckaite, Sophia Blaes, Bohdan Diedov, Mrs Simpkins and Jordon Tam for agreeing to be our front-cover stars for this pupil is starting from (their present language level), what edition of the newsletter. The picture was taken in the Library at school. language skills they will need in the future, how they like to learn and study, and what subjects they would like to study. As their language ability improves, their curriculum is regularly reviewed, and the first principle of the EFL department is to match teaching provision to the However, while IELTS is an important part of the work requirements of each individual pupil. of the EFL department, for Mrs Simpkins and the rest of her staff, the job is about so much more than simply gaining qualifications. The EFL department plays an important pastoral role for many of the foreign pupils in the school, many of whom like to congregate upstairs in the top-floor classrooms at break times.

“For Mrs Simpkins and the rest of her staff, the job is about so much more than simply gaining qualifications.”

As language skills improve, pupils find it easier to integrate with their fellow pupils, and the camaraderie Many pupils in the EFL department work towards an of everyday life is greatly helped as pupils get to grips International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with English idioms and expressions. Most of all for qualification. IELTS is the international standardised test Mrs Simpkins and her team, there is the satisfaction of English language proficiency recognised by universities of watching pupils grow in confidence as their language and employers all over the world. Rydal Penrhos pupils go skills improve. As Mrs Simpkins says: to Bangor University to sit the Academic modules of the tests, which are a demanding mixture of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Candidates looking for university entrance standard need to score around 6.5 (out of 9); recently Upper Sixth pupils Arthur Cheung and Jordon Tam both gained level 7 – a fantastic achievement. Other pupils study for the IGCSE in English as a Second Language, or, in the Sixth form, take English B as part of the International Baccalaureate.

“When they can understand my rather ironic sense of humour … that’s when I know we’re really getting somewhere…”

In January, five pupils from Year 12, Jordan Edwards, Ruaridh Williams, William Murphy, Lara Roth and Cyd Cowley (pictured above with Mrs Beaumont), travelled to our partner school in Madrid for the second of this year’s Comenius group meetings. This project involves pupils from five countries working together to investigate and promote the benefits of co-operation between countries of the EU. The pupils were hosted by local families who were incredibly generous and welcoming. A full day in school working on the project and presenting results was followed by a day of cultural visits, including a trip to the stadium of Real Madrid, the Bernabeu, and to the world-famous Prado Art Museum.

The benefits of taking part in Comenius are huge. The work is educational in so many ways, not least because if offers the chance to participate in mixed international groups. To sit on committees, achieve results and meet targets are essential skills for life. We anticipate more pupils from Rydal Penrhos becoming involved next year, and look forward to welcoming our partner school to Wales in June.

Film evening for the Spanish Club

Spanish Club went to the (home) movies this term, when Mrs Beaumont hosted a Spanish film evening to watch Diarios de Motocicleta – with food. Anita Dietmair and Miryea Berto were in charge of the tortilla Española, Alex Medina MacGowan made guacamole, Cyd Cowley and Cat Abend poured (nonalcoholic) sangria, and Irene Fernandez-Montes Gomez made bread with grated tomato and Spanish olive oil. Miryea also made an empanada. It was a lovely way to end a busy half term!

German Exchange, Part 2 By Amelia Perring

The second part of the German Exchange took part this term, when nine German pupils from our partner school in Bonn came to North Wales to stay with their host families. During our time in Germany, we enjoyed pottering about in Cologne and Bonn, as well as visiting Cologne cathedral and going to an ice hockey match. On this return trip, we went to Chester and the German pupils also visited Conwy and Llandudno, as well as being initiated into the Welsh weather in an afternoon spent at the high ropes course at Llanberis.

This has been a fantastic experience and has given the other eight students and me the opportunity to make friends and improve our German-speaking abilities, as well as giving us a true and unique insight into German culture. I know I will remain in contact with my exchange partner, Vincent, as well as the other brilliant friends I made on the exchange. Many of us plan to visit our newfound friends and cement our friendships (and German-speaking abilities!) in the near future.

Why learn a language?

This was the question under discussion at Mr Lavery’s Modern Foreign Languages Super Learning Afternoon for Year 7.

Together, Mr Lavery and the pupils of Year 7 explored the reasons why we study a language and discussed techniques for learning new words and phrases. Pupils quickly discovered that in Rydal Penrhos School alone there are at least 10 different languages spoken amongst pupils. Pupils came up with a variety of reasons why learning a language would be advantageous to them today, ranging from the necessity for interpreters and translators in modern international businesses to the cross-curricular skills that language-learning develops.


A Servant to Two Masters

Rehearsals for the school production of A Servant to Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni, were in full swing as the newsletter went to press, with the performances starting the following week. A full review and photos will follow in next term’s newsletter, but these shots from one of the rehearsals give an idea of the play.

Young Performers’ Concert (KS3) An evening of premieres

The second in this series of KS3 concerts was performed to the sounds of hurricane-force winds trying to lift the roof off the Ferguson Centre!

But all was calm inside, as the pupils entertained an appreciative audience with real musicianship and impressively high standards of performance. The programme included folk music, jazz, musical numbers, and classical pieces ranging from Bach and Diabelli to Handel.

Goldoni’s commedia dell’ arte masterpiece is an enduring story of love, passion, disguise and mistaken identity. Glen Davies plays the servant Truffaldino who attempts to serve two masters, Beatrice played by Billie Forrest, and Florindo played by Peter Trumper, while keeping the two unaware of the other’s presence. Meanwhile young Venetian, Clarice (Olivia Williams), has married her true love, Silvio (Henry Fowler) believing that the man to whom she was betrothed, Federigo Rasponi, has died in a sword fight. Complications arise when Federigo reappears to claim his bride. With sword fights, slapstick, and fast-moving script, it promises to be a fun evening!

Cast

Clarice Olivia Williams Florindo Peter Trumper Dr Lombardi Will Murphy Panettone Matthew Grosart Smeraldina Elishia Phillips Beatrice Billie Forrest Brighella Adele Parry

Silvio Henry Fowler Truffaldino Glen Davies First Waiter Ruby James Second Waiter Jenny Blackman First Porter/ Old Man Miles Poller Second Porter Imogen Camp

There was also an impressive range of instruments on show including the trumpet (Eddie Farrell and Samantha Sherrington), violin (Ben Gibson, Abhishek Bathula, and Daisy Lee-Browne), alto saxophone (Sam Jones and Miles Poller), French horn (Adam Lee-Browne), piano (Will Sissons, Jessica Maudsley, Zhanna Gibradze, Bijou Ragopal and Jack Parker), clarinet (Luke Davies) and singers (Sara Owen and Zahra Shamsi). Well done to all the performers.

Inter-house singing competition

The inaugural inter-boarding house singing competition was a resounding success, with some impressive performances from all the houses. It was judged by Cath Andrews, Head of Academic Music at King’s Chester, who awarded first place to Netherton House. These were some of her comments: 1 Netherton: Hey Jude ‘nice blend ‘ great teamwork’ ‘two parts in chorus – good’ 2 Edwards: Chicago ‘in tune – nice clear sound’ ‘smiles – some really confident faces’ ‘most complex’ 3 Walshaw: I’m a Believer ‘in tune, good sound’ ‘smiles – really enjoying it’ 4 Hathaway: Bread of Heaven/Delilah ‘solo super – more confident than song’ ‘neat lines – conductor with drum stick’ 5 Beecholme: I’m a Believer ‘strong sound when all together’ ‘gained in confidence’

The GCSE, AS level and International Baccalaureate showcase, held in the Memorial Hall, featured the first public performances of pupils’ compositions.

Performance and Composition are major parts of the music qualifications, and this concert was an excellent opportunity for candidates to practise their exam performance pieces and to showcase their talents as composers.

The range and confidence of performance was impressive, and the compositions showed remarkable originality with everything from a highly evocative piece describing an industrial landscape, a four-part vocal composition in Baroque style and a Renaissance dance. Each pupil provided an introduction to their composition, explaining the structure, processes and inspiration, which really gave the audience an understanding of the various pieces.

Programme

Vlada Shushkevich ‘Mai non Intesi’ by Giacomo Antonio Perti, Composition ‘March of Death and War’ Alexander Roberts with Sebastian Schmidt ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Composition ‘Earth’ Anjalina Mitra ‘Valse’ by Frederic Chopin, Composition ‘A Song of Life’ Louis Thomas ‘Number 1 Anthem’ by Arctic Monkeys, Composition ‘Triumph’ Andre Mansley ‘Fur Elise’ by Ludwig van Beethoven Composition ‘Pentatonic Meditation’ Ellie Scarff ‘Waltz in B flat major’ by Frederic Chopin, Composition ‘Easy’ James Daly ‘The Cavalryman’ by Dmitry Kabalevsky, Composition ‘Water’ Connor King ‘The Entertainer’ by Scott Joplin and ‘Allegro’ from Sonata in F by George Frideric Handel, Composition ‘The Relentless’ James Sanders ‘For Lydia’ by Dave Brubeck, Composition ‘Seascape’ Clemmie Saunders Composition ‘A Change in the Air’ Sian Stanworth ‘Sonatina in C’ by Muzio Clementi, Composition ‘Danse for Elizabeth’ Nico Widdowson ‘Dream Children’ by Edward Elgar, Composition ‘Rise of the Machines’


A Servant to Two Masters

Rehearsals for the school production of A Servant to Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni, were in full swing as the newsletter went to press, with the performances starting the following week. A full review and photos will follow in next term’s newsletter, but these shots from one of the rehearsals give an idea of the play.

Young Performers’ Concert (KS3) An evening of premieres

The second in this series of KS3 concerts was performed to the sounds of hurricane-force winds trying to lift the roof off the Ferguson Centre!

But all was calm inside, as the pupils entertained an appreciative audience with real musicianship and impressively high standards of performance. The programme included folk music, jazz, musical numbers, and classical pieces ranging from Bach and Diabelli to Handel.

Goldoni’s commedia dell’ arte masterpiece is an enduring story of love, passion, disguise and mistaken identity. Glen Davies plays the servant Truffaldino who attempts to serve two masters, Beatrice played by Billie Forrest, and Florindo played by Peter Trumper, while keeping the two unaware of the other’s presence. Meanwhile young Venetian, Clarice (Olivia Williams), has married her true love, Silvio (Henry Fowler) believing that the man to whom she was betrothed, Federigo Rasponi, has died in a sword fight. Complications arise when Federigo reappears to claim his bride. With sword fights, slapstick, and fast-moving script, it promises to be a fun evening!

Cast

Clarice Olivia Williams Florindo Peter Trumper Dr Lombardi Will Murphy Panettone Matthew Grosart Smeraldina Elishia Phillips Beatrice Billie Forrest Brighella Adele Parry

Silvio Henry Fowler Truffaldino Glen Davies First Waiter Ruby James Second Waiter Jenny Blackman First Porter/ Old Man Miles Poller Second Porter Imogen Camp

There was also an impressive range of instruments on show including the trumpet (Eddie Farrell and Samantha Sherrington), violin (Ben Gibson, Abhishek Bathula, and Daisy Lee-Browne), alto saxophone (Sam Jones and Miles Poller), French horn (Adam Lee-Browne), piano (Will Sissons, Jessica Maudsley, Zhanna Gibradze, Bijou Ragopal and Jack Parker), clarinet (Luke Davies) and singers (Sara Owen and Zahra Shamsi). Well done to all the performers.

Inter-house singing competition

The inaugural inter-boarding house singing competition was a resounding success, with some impressive performances from all the houses. It was judged by Cath Andrews, Head of Academic Music at King’s Chester, who awarded first place to Netherton House. These were some of her comments: 1 Netherton: Hey Jude ‘nice blend ‘ great teamwork’ ‘two parts in chorus – good’ 2 Edwards: Chicago ‘in tune – nice clear sound’ ‘smiles – some really confident faces’ ‘most complex’ 3 Walshaw: I’m a Believer ‘in tune, good sound’ ‘smiles – really enjoying it’ 4 Hathaway: Bread of Heaven/Delilah ‘solo super – more confident than song’ ‘neat lines – conductor with drum stick’ 5 Beecholme: I’m a Believer ‘strong sound when all together’ ‘gained in confidence’

The GCSE, AS level and International Baccalaureate showcase, held in the Memorial Hall, featured the first public performances of pupils’ compositions.

Performance and Composition are major parts of the music qualifications, and this concert was an excellent opportunity for candidates to practise their exam performance pieces and to showcase their talents as composers.

The range and confidence of performance was impressive, and the compositions showed remarkable originality with everything from a highly evocative piece describing an industrial landscape, a four-part vocal composition in Baroque style and a Renaissance dance. Each pupil provided an introduction to their composition, explaining the structure, processes and inspiration, which really gave the audience an understanding of the various pieces.

Programme

Vlada Shushkevich ‘Mai non Intesi’ by Giacomo Antonio Perti, Composition ‘March of Death and War’ Alexander Roberts with Sebastian Schmidt ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Composition ‘Earth’ Anjalina Mitra ‘Valse’ by Frederic Chopin, Composition ‘A Song of Life’ Louis Thomas ‘Number 1 Anthem’ by Arctic Monkeys, Composition ‘Triumph’ Andre Mansley ‘Fur Elise’ by Ludwig van Beethoven Composition ‘Pentatonic Meditation’ Ellie Scarff ‘Waltz in B flat major’ by Frederic Chopin, Composition ‘Easy’ James Daly ‘The Cavalryman’ by Dmitry Kabalevsky, Composition ‘Water’ Connor King ‘The Entertainer’ by Scott Joplin and ‘Allegro’ from Sonata in F by George Frideric Handel, Composition ‘The Relentless’ James Sanders ‘For Lydia’ by Dave Brubeck, Composition ‘Seascape’ Clemmie Saunders Composition ‘A Change in the Air’ Sian Stanworth ‘Sonatina in C’ by Muzio Clementi, Composition ‘Danse for Elizabeth’ Nico Widdowson ‘Dream Children’ by Edward Elgar, Composition ‘Rise of the Machines’


Sport highlights

U18 girls are Welsh Hockey Champions

Congratulations to the Rydal Penrhos U18 girls’ hockey team, who came back from the National Schoolgirls Hockey finals in Swansea as Welsh Hockey Champions.

The Rydal Penrhos team showed huge determination and staying power throughout the six-match tournament, which culminated in a nail-biting finish against the reigning champions, Ysgol Croesyceiliog. In the first match, against strong rivals Christ College, Brecon, the girls implemented everything they have been working on throughout the year and were soon rewarded for their efforts, with a simple strike at goal from Hannah Cashell converting a penalty corner to secure a 1–0 win. The second match, against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, ended with their second win of the tournament. But in the third match, Brynteg came out strong and Rydal Penrhos were slow to react, allowing Brynteg to take a 0–2 lead and an eventual 1–2 win. With just a five-minute break before their next match, the girls came back fighting against Ysgol Glantaf. The team pulled together with captain Sophie Cashell linking with Alex Cawthra and Kate Waterhouse to set up goal-scoring opportunities for Hannah, ending with an impressive 3–1 win. With just two games left, the girls knew they still had it all to play for. Against Ysgol Penweddig, the Rydal Penrhos defence kept a clean sheet. Annie Harrison’s performance improved as the day went on, and she scored a goal along with another from Hannah. Ana Tabea Kleibs worked hard in midfield linking well with Christina and Catharina Rech. The final score was 2–0. All Rydal Penrhos had left to do was beat the reigning champions, Ysgol Croesyceiliog! But with Christ College, Croesyceiliog and Glantaf still with two games in hand, it was all or nothing. Croesyceiliog came out fighting, making an early breakthrough to take a 1–0 lead. Laurie Brummitt worked hard with Rosie Wynn in defence to keep them out, and Beth Mather produced the save of her school career in a one-on-one sliding dive. With just two minutes to go Robyn Baker came on to the field. Alex Cawthra saw an opportunity to score and took on a last-ditch attempt to get the equaliser. Robyn Baker got to the post just in time to get her stick on and deflect the ball into the back of the net. Final score 1–1. But was it enough to ensure that Rydal Penrhos had won the overall competition? A check of the leader board showed that it all depended on the game between Glantaf and Christ College – a win for either team meant that Rydal Penrhos could still finish second. But as the final whistle blew on this match the score was 0–0. No one could catch Rydal Penrhos in the table, and for the second time in the history of the competition, Rydal Penrhos 1st XI are the Welsh Champions. This was a wonderful result for an extremely talented and deserving side. Well done to everyone who played, and many thanks to coach Dawn Jones and to Mrs Cosgrove for all their hard work through the year.

Girls U16s lose out by one goal

The Girls’ U16 Hockey team travelled to Swansea for the Welsh Hockey finals early in the term.

The girls won their first match, against a Dyfed team, 1–0. Next was a bigger challenge – Ysgol Croesyceiliog. Hannah Cashell scored in the first minute putting Rydal Penrhos in an excellent position, but with the umpire’s decisions going against us, Croesyceiliog scored two goals in the final few minutes of the game. The final group match was against Christ College, Brecon. They too had won one game and lost one, so the team had to win to secure a place in the final. Emily Cashell assisted a Christina Rechs goal, and Rydal Penrhos continued to dominate the game against a very physical side. Hannah Cashell made a fantastic run with the ball and just as she thought she was clear, was fouled. Christ College had a player sinbinned and we were awarded a penalty corner which we couldn’t convert. In the second half Rydal Penrhos worked hard to maintain the lead, but Christ College got the equaliser. Rydal Penrhos dug in and although the girls had several short corners, just could not find the back of the net. The final score was 1–1. It went down to goal difference, and Christ College went through to the final by one goal. It was tantalisingly close, and a difficult end to a hard day, but all the players were outstanding and should be very proud of what they achieved.

Rydal Penrhos win Cheshire 7s

Following on from their success in the Six Nations 10s, Rydal Penrhos U18s won the Cheshire Schools 7s tournament in impressive style.

In an exciting day of rugby between some of the strongest sides in the region, the team won all six of their games, scoring 35 tries in all. The Rydal Penrhos team was in a group that included real rugby heavyweights such as King’s School Macclesfield and NatWest Cup quarterfinalists Lymm High School, who have been winners of this tournament for four of the past 11 years. To beat both of these schools, 24–0 and 31–29 respectively, was outstanding, and even more for the manner in which the team approached, played and managed the game.

In the semi-final Rydal Penrhos faced Wirral Grammar School who had lost in the NatWest vase final only last weekend. A solid start saw Sean Lonsdale, Jake Lovatt and Danny Cross all crossing the line before half time. The lead at half time enabled the side to manage the second half with confidence, and they won 31–12.

Bronze at the Urdd

This year, eight pupils from the Senior school travelled down to Cardiff to take part in the Urdd national swimming finals, representing Conwy county and the school.

The pupils all swam very well against strong opposition. The Year 7 and 8 boys were delighted to pick up a bronze medal in their freestyle relay – an exciting race that saw Matthew Harrison, Mason Clarke, Adam Lee-Browne and Finley Coombes all swim extremely strong 50m-legs to a comfortable win. Matthew Harrison also reached the individual finals in both freestyle and back stroke. The Year 11+ relay team, Dylan Coombes, Tom Harding, Jake Lovatt and Sean Kitchen also swam well, and Dylan Coombes went through to the finals in the individual freestyle.

In the final against Wilmslow High School, Rydal Penrhos took a 19-point lead at half time. Changes both during and after the interval, and the players’ impressive level of fitness, enabled them to score further tries with all players contributing to another fantastic performance and a victory by 40 points to 21. It was Rydal Penrhos’ day – and that final scoreline will live long in the memory.

Welsh squad selections

Congratulations to RGC Academy player Tom Williams who was selected to play for the Welsh U18s this term. Tom comes from Montgomery in Powys, and has been playing for the North Wales regional side since the age of 11, moving to Rydal Penrhos for the Sixth form. Tom made it through various tests to the final 26-man U18 squad for the match against France, where unfortunately he was injured. We wish him a very speedy recovery! Congratulations also go to Alex Cawthra for her late call-up to represent Wales in the Home Countries International cross country championships in Nottingham.

Deutsche Bank Schools Six Nations

Once again, Rydal Penrhos represented Wales in the Schools Six Nations 2014 tournament, and this year achieved the school’s best-ever result, finishing as runnersup in the tournament final. In addition, Richard Roberts was awarded Player of the Tournament for his five tries.

The tournament started with HRH Princess Anne and Lord Coe welcoming the eight participating schools from England, Scotland, Andorra and Wales. Jake Lovatt and Latham Tawhai were both introduced to HRH along with the other team captains and coaches. The tournament format was a round robin with two groups. In our group we played and beat St Paul’s, last year’s tournament winners, 21–7, and Downside 22–0, but lost to a large Eastbourne College side 0–7. This was however good enough to qualify for the main cup competition. On the second day, we won our first game against Fettes College 12–5. After losing to Eastbourne College on the first day, our players showed great composure when under pressure in this second match against them, and the result 19–12 in our favour reflected this. And so we went into a tough final game, against The Campion School from London, having already qualified for the cup final . The final was against Campion again. One defensive error saw Campion ahead by one score at half time. Early in the second half, Richard Roberts ran 60 metres before being tackled into touch just metres short of the try line. Despite having ample possession throughout the game and controlling all aspects of the tackle area, we struggled to match Campion’s pace on the outside, and despite a last and well-deserved score for Matthew Griffiths, we lost 7–19 in what was a tremendous effort in the final, and over the whole two days. The team was presented with the losing cup finalists’ medals by Colin Grassie, CEO of UK Operations for Deutsche Bank. Richard Roberts was awarded Player of the Tournament by Kenny Baillie, CEO of London Scottish.

Inter-house Cross-country competition results

Minor Girls 1st Keira Bonnington (Payne) Minor Boys 1st Will Roberts (Osborn) Junior Girls 1st Daisy Lee-Browne (Morgan) Junior Boys 1st Zac Blomeley (Payne) Senior Intermediate Girls 1st Anna Eisinger (Osborn) Senior Intermediate Boys 1st Matthew Harding (Morgan)

Senior Girls 1st Alex Cawthra (Payne) Senior Boys 1st Tom Williams (Morgan)

The final results were: 1st Osborn with 16 points 2nd Morgan with 20 points 3rd Payne with 21 points 4th Wesley with 22 points Well done to everyone who took part.


Sport highlights

U18 girls are Welsh Hockey Champions

Congratulations to the Rydal Penrhos U18 girls’ hockey team, who came back from the National Schoolgirls Hockey finals in Swansea as Welsh Hockey Champions.

The Rydal Penrhos team showed huge determination and staying power throughout the six-match tournament, which culminated in a nail-biting finish against the reigning champions, Ysgol Croesyceiliog. In the first match, against strong rivals Christ College, Brecon, the girls implemented everything they have been working on throughout the year and were soon rewarded for their efforts, with a simple strike at goal from Hannah Cashell converting a penalty corner to secure a 1–0 win. The second match, against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, ended with their second win of the tournament. But in the third match, Brynteg came out strong and Rydal Penrhos were slow to react, allowing Brynteg to take a 0–2 lead and an eventual 1–2 win. With just a five-minute break before their next match, the girls came back fighting against Ysgol Glantaf. The team pulled together with captain Sophie Cashell linking with Alex Cawthra and Kate Waterhouse to set up goal-scoring opportunities for Hannah, ending with an impressive 3–1 win. With just two games left, the girls knew they still had it all to play for. Against Ysgol Penweddig, the Rydal Penrhos defence kept a clean sheet. Annie Harrison’s performance improved as the day went on, and she scored a goal along with another from Hannah. Ana Tabea Kleibs worked hard in midfield linking well with Christina and Catharina Rech. The final score was 2–0. All Rydal Penrhos had left to do was beat the reigning champions, Ysgol Croesyceiliog! But with Christ College, Croesyceiliog and Glantaf still with two games in hand, it was all or nothing. Croesyceiliog came out fighting, making an early breakthrough to take a 1–0 lead. Laurie Brummitt worked hard with Rosie Wynn in defence to keep them out, and Beth Mather produced the save of her school career in a one-on-one sliding dive. With just two minutes to go Robyn Baker came on to the field. Alex Cawthra saw an opportunity to score and took on a last-ditch attempt to get the equaliser. Robyn Baker got to the post just in time to get her stick on and deflect the ball into the back of the net. Final score 1–1. But was it enough to ensure that Rydal Penrhos had won the overall competition? A check of the leader board showed that it all depended on the game between Glantaf and Christ College – a win for either team meant that Rydal Penrhos could still finish second. But as the final whistle blew on this match the score was 0–0. No one could catch Rydal Penrhos in the table, and for the second time in the history of the competition, Rydal Penrhos 1st XI are the Welsh Champions. This was a wonderful result for an extremely talented and deserving side. Well done to everyone who played, and many thanks to coach Dawn Jones and to Mrs Cosgrove for all their hard work through the year.

Girls U16s lose out by one goal

The Girls’ U16 Hockey team travelled to Swansea for the Welsh Hockey finals early in the term.

The girls won their first match, against a Dyfed team, 1–0. Next was a bigger challenge – Ysgol Croesyceiliog. Hannah Cashell scored in the first minute putting Rydal Penrhos in an excellent position, but with the umpire’s decisions going against us, Croesyceiliog scored two goals in the final few minutes of the game. The final group match was against Christ College, Brecon. They too had won one game and lost one, so the team had to win to secure a place in the final. Emily Cashell assisted a Christina Rechs goal, and Rydal Penrhos continued to dominate the game against a very physical side. Hannah Cashell made a fantastic run with the ball and just as she thought she was clear, was fouled. Christ College had a player sinbinned and we were awarded a penalty corner which we couldn’t convert. In the second half Rydal Penrhos worked hard to maintain the lead, but Christ College got the equaliser. Rydal Penrhos dug in and although the girls had several short corners, just could not find the back of the net. The final score was 1–1. It went down to goal difference, and Christ College went through to the final by one goal. It was tantalisingly close, and a difficult end to a hard day, but all the players were outstanding and should be very proud of what they achieved.

Rydal Penrhos win Cheshire 7s

Following on from their success in the Six Nations 10s, Rydal Penrhos U18s won the Cheshire Schools 7s tournament in impressive style.

In an exciting day of rugby between some of the strongest sides in the region, the team won all six of their games, scoring 35 tries in all. The Rydal Penrhos team was in a group that included real rugby heavyweights such as King’s School Macclesfield and NatWest Cup quarterfinalists Lymm High School, who have been winners of this tournament for four of the past 11 years. To beat both of these schools, 24–0 and 31–29 respectively, was outstanding, and even more for the manner in which the team approached, played and managed the game.

In the semi-final Rydal Penrhos faced Wirral Grammar School who had lost in the NatWest vase final only last weekend. A solid start saw Sean Lonsdale, Jake Lovatt and Danny Cross all crossing the line before half time. The lead at half time enabled the side to manage the second half with confidence, and they won 31–12.

Bronze at the Urdd

This year, eight pupils from the Senior school travelled down to Cardiff to take part in the Urdd national swimming finals, representing Conwy county and the school.

The pupils all swam very well against strong opposition. The Year 7 and 8 boys were delighted to pick up a bronze medal in their freestyle relay – an exciting race that saw Matthew Harrison, Mason Clarke, Adam Lee-Browne and Finley Coombes all swim extremely strong 50m-legs to a comfortable win. Matthew Harrison also reached the individual finals in both freestyle and back stroke. The Year 11+ relay team, Dylan Coombes, Tom Harding, Jake Lovatt and Sean Kitchen also swam well, and Dylan Coombes went through to the finals in the individual freestyle.

In the final against Wilmslow High School, Rydal Penrhos took a 19-point lead at half time. Changes both during and after the interval, and the players’ impressive level of fitness, enabled them to score further tries with all players contributing to another fantastic performance and a victory by 40 points to 21. It was Rydal Penrhos’ day – and that final scoreline will live long in the memory.

Welsh squad selections

Congratulations to RGC Academy player Tom Williams who was selected to play for the Welsh U18s this term. Tom comes from Montgomery in Powys, and has been playing for the North Wales regional side since the age of 11, moving to Rydal Penrhos for the Sixth form. Tom made it through various tests to the final 26-man U18 squad for the match against France, where unfortunately he was injured. We wish him a very speedy recovery! Congratulations also go to Alex Cawthra for her late call-up to represent Wales in the Home Countries International cross country championships in Nottingham.

Deutsche Bank Schools Six Nations

Once again, Rydal Penrhos represented Wales in the Schools Six Nations 2014 tournament, and this year achieved the school’s best-ever result, finishing as runnersup in the tournament final. In addition, Richard Roberts was awarded Player of the Tournament for his five tries.

The tournament started with HRH Princess Anne and Lord Coe welcoming the eight participating schools from England, Scotland, Andorra and Wales. Jake Lovatt and Latham Tawhai were both introduced to HRH along with the other team captains and coaches. The tournament format was a round robin with two groups. In our group we played and beat St Paul’s, last year’s tournament winners, 21–7, and Downside 22–0, but lost to a large Eastbourne College side 0–7. This was however good enough to qualify for the main cup competition. On the second day, we won our first game against Fettes College 12–5. After losing to Eastbourne College on the first day, our players showed great composure when under pressure in this second match against them, and the result 19–12 in our favour reflected this. And so we went into a tough final game, against The Campion School from London, having already qualified for the cup final . The final was against Campion again. One defensive error saw Campion ahead by one score at half time. Early in the second half, Richard Roberts ran 60 metres before being tackled into touch just metres short of the try line. Despite having ample possession throughout the game and controlling all aspects of the tackle area, we struggled to match Campion’s pace on the outside, and despite a last and well-deserved score for Matthew Griffiths, we lost 7–19 in what was a tremendous effort in the final, and over the whole two days. The team was presented with the losing cup finalists’ medals by Colin Grassie, CEO of UK Operations for Deutsche Bank. Richard Roberts was awarded Player of the Tournament by Kenny Baillie, CEO of London Scottish.

Inter-house Cross-country competition results

Minor Girls 1st Keira Bonnington (Payne) Minor Boys 1st Will Roberts (Osborn) Junior Girls 1st Daisy Lee-Browne (Morgan) Junior Boys 1st Zac Blomeley (Payne) Senior Intermediate Girls 1st Anna Eisinger (Osborn) Senior Intermediate Boys 1st Matthew Harding (Morgan)

Senior Girls 1st Alex Cawthra (Payne) Senior Boys 1st Tom Williams (Morgan)

The final results were: 1st Osborn with 16 points 2nd Morgan with 20 points 3rd Payne with 21 points 4th Wesley with 22 points Well done to everyone who took part.


Fives: National U13s champions

Junior Sports Tour 2014

This year, 32 pupils from Years 7 and 8, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Cashell, Mrs Harding and Kirsty Tait, went to Yorkshire to play Silcoates School, Barnard Castle and Pocklington School, finishing nearer home with a tournament at Chester Hockey Club.

At Silcoates, the girls suffered two heavy defeats, but they battled hard, and Gowri Pradeep was awarded Player of the Match. In the boys’ hockey the U12s took a two-goal lead into half time with Mattie Fiorita and Finlay Hare scoring, but then proceeded to concede four goals to one player to lose 2–4. The U13s meanwhile secured a comfortable 5–2 victory. Mattie Fiorita, on his birthday, and Will Sissons won U12 and U13 Player of the Match Awards. A short trip to the indoor wave at Xscape in Castleford allowed everyone to enjoy an hour’s surfing fun. Returning to the hotel, the team celebrated Mattie’s and Mrs Harding’s birthdays with cakes before retiring for a well-earned sleep. Next morning, the girls set off early to play in a triangular tournament at Barnard Castle along with Pocklington School. Molly Noad was judged to be Player of the Tournament as the girls made good progress over the course of the afternoon, competing well in the second fixture against Pocklington. The boys’ U12 and U13 teams played in a round robin with U13 teams from Pocklington and Barnard Castle. The U12s opened with a fine 2–2 draw against the hosts (Pocklington) and took the lead against Barnard Castle who had won their opener against our U13s 2–0. Despite having a good opportunity to double their lead, our team tired as the older and stronger opposition fought back to win 4–1. Our U13s beat the U12s comfortably to secure second spot with the U12s finishing third. Josh Thomas (U13) and Henry Noad (U12) won Player of the Tournament Awards. At Chester HC we played in four tournaments involving our U13 and U12 boys, a girls’ team and a development team. The girls held their own in their group and finished second to a very strong team from Deeside, with Daisy Lee-Browne winning their Player of the Tournament. The development team were rather swamped, and it was fitting that goalkeeper Iestyn Williams was given Player of the Tournament Award. Both U13 and U12 teams came second in their respective groups which involved teams from Chester HC, Deeside Ramblers and Calday Grange School. Both teams suffered at the hands of the hosts (Chester HC), losing 0–2. The U13s won 3–1 and 1–0 in their other two matches and the U12s enjoyed emphatic 3–1 and 4–0 victories. Zac Blomeley and Adam Lee-Browne were awarded the Player of the Tournament Awards, whilst the coveted Contribution to Tour Awards went to Deon Mansley and Isabelle Williams. My thanks to the tour party for being great company and superb ambassadors both on and off the pitch. My gratitude to the staff from Silcoates, Pocklington and Barnard Castle for making the tour a success, and a special thanks to the Rydal Penrhos staff who gave up their weekend to take the trip. Mr Cashell

Breaking news as we go to press: congratulations to Jack Jones and Will Sissons who are U13 National Fives Champions. Jack and Will are the first Rydal Penrhos pair to reach a National Fives final, and held their nerve to win in style. A full report and photograph will follow in the next newsletter. Earlier in the term in a home fixture we played a very strong Shrewsbury side, including the current national U16 and U15 champions. Shaswath Ganapathi, Tom Cotterell, Adam Sabri, Jack Sissons, Alex Benfield, Henry Davies, Will Sissons and Jack Jones all fought hard to produce some thrilling games, but the Shrewsbury pairs eventually came out on top. In February, our Fives team entered the Northern Adult Competition for Fives, bringing six pairs ranging from years 7 to 11. Most played older and more practised players, leading to a huge gain in experience but not many wins. Special mention must go to Ewan Luke and Ed Lunt for their performances over the weekend.

Netball: Conwy title

Girls’ netball fixtures have seen the teams take on King’s Chester, Birkenhead School, St Edwards, King’s Macclesfield and Ellesmere College. The U12s showed their promise in a close win against Birkenhead, and the U13s also started the term in style with a convincing win at King’s Chester. Both teams have continued to play well against some strong oppositions. In the Conwy Netball final, the U16s showed their true ability to return home with the Conwy title, going on to finish 3rd out of seven schools in the Eryri tournament. At the U18 Eryri netball tournament, the team beat Llangefni but lost to Bryn Refail to finish runners-up. In the Eryri netball squads Becky Lawton and Anna Richardson narrowly missed out on the U14 team selection, making it to the last 14. Lydia Dickson and Hannah Cashell played in the U16 Inter-county tournament in Cwmbran, where Hannah was captain, and Elinor Wyatt and Beth Mather travelled to Carmarthen to play in the U18 Inter-counties.

Boys’ hockey

The boys had hockey fixtures against St Anselm’s, Packwood Haugh, King’s School Chester, Birkenhead School, Wirral Grammar, King’s Macclesfield and Rossall, as well as taking part in several tournaments. The U12s and U13s had some good wins, notably against St Anselm’s, King’s Macclesfield and Rossall. In the North Wales Tournament, the U12s were unlucky not to qualify for the national finals, just missing out on goal difference. The U14 team, however, put on a great display of attacking hockey and will be representing Eryri and the school at the finals in Newtown. Overall, the U14s have had a successful season, with wins against St Anselm’s, Wirral Grammar and King’s Macclesfield. The U15s have had rather more mixed results, nevertheless this squad of players have considerable potential. The 1st XI has also had a mixed season, just missing out in the North Wales tournament on a place in the national finals.

Rydal Penrhos Tournament

This year, Mrs Cashell and the PE Department were ably assisted in planning, organising and running the Rydal Penrhos Tournament by the Sixth form pupils studying for their Cambridge Sport National qualification: Matthew Griffiths, Harri Palmer-Edwards, Harry Ormerod, Ashley Morgan, Tom Williams and Finlay Calderwood.

On the fields of play, our U15 and U13 netball teams struggled against very good opposition from the likes of King’s Macclesfield and Rossall School. Both the U14 and U12 boys’ hockey teams, however, won through their group stages to the semi-finals.

Playing King’s Macclesfield, the U14s came from 2–0 down late on to secure an unlikely draw, thanks to two brilliant individual efforts by Henry Davies. Then came the dreaded penalty dribbles which would decide who went through to the final. King’s Macclesfield missed both of their first attempts and we scored two of ours to ensure that we progressed to play Rossall in the final, a team who had comfortably beaten us in the group stages. This time no quarter was given, and it wasn’t until the penultimate minute of the game that Rossall scored a well-worked goal. The U14s finished as runners-up, but the team can be very proud of their achievement.

“A great deal of hard work goes into organising this tournament, so many thanks to everyone who made it such a success, including all the staff and pupils who helped on the day.” (Mr Cashell)

The U12s conceded in the second minute of their final match against Manchester Grammar School, but a great run down the right from Finlay Hare allowed Mattie Fiorita to sweep in an equaliser. Possession and territory was all ours, but the deciding goal just would not come, so the final was decided on penalty dribbles. Unfortunately we lost this and, like the U14s, had to settle for runners-up which, whilst seeming like a disappointment, was still a magnificent achievement.


Fives: National U13s champions

Junior Sports Tour 2014

This year, 32 pupils from Years 7 and 8, accompanied by Mr and Mrs Cashell, Mrs Harding and Kirsty Tait, went to Yorkshire to play Silcoates School, Barnard Castle and Pocklington School, finishing nearer home with a tournament at Chester Hockey Club.

At Silcoates, the girls suffered two heavy defeats, but they battled hard, and Gowri Pradeep was awarded Player of the Match. In the boys’ hockey the U12s took a two-goal lead into half time with Mattie Fiorita and Finlay Hare scoring, but then proceeded to concede four goals to one player to lose 2–4. The U13s meanwhile secured a comfortable 5–2 victory. Mattie Fiorita, on his birthday, and Will Sissons won U12 and U13 Player of the Match Awards. A short trip to the indoor wave at Xscape in Castleford allowed everyone to enjoy an hour’s surfing fun. Returning to the hotel, the team celebrated Mattie’s and Mrs Harding’s birthdays with cakes before retiring for a well-earned sleep. Next morning, the girls set off early to play in a triangular tournament at Barnard Castle along with Pocklington School. Molly Noad was judged to be Player of the Tournament as the girls made good progress over the course of the afternoon, competing well in the second fixture against Pocklington. The boys’ U12 and U13 teams played in a round robin with U13 teams from Pocklington and Barnard Castle. The U12s opened with a fine 2–2 draw against the hosts (Pocklington) and took the lead against Barnard Castle who had won their opener against our U13s 2–0. Despite having a good opportunity to double their lead, our team tired as the older and stronger opposition fought back to win 4–1. Our U13s beat the U12s comfortably to secure second spot with the U12s finishing third. Josh Thomas (U13) and Henry Noad (U12) won Player of the Tournament Awards. At Chester HC we played in four tournaments involving our U13 and U12 boys, a girls’ team and a development team. The girls held their own in their group and finished second to a very strong team from Deeside, with Daisy Lee-Browne winning their Player of the Tournament. The development team were rather swamped, and it was fitting that goalkeeper Iestyn Williams was given Player of the Tournament Award. Both U13 and U12 teams came second in their respective groups which involved teams from Chester HC, Deeside Ramblers and Calday Grange School. Both teams suffered at the hands of the hosts (Chester HC), losing 0–2. The U13s won 3–1 and 1–0 in their other two matches and the U12s enjoyed emphatic 3–1 and 4–0 victories. Zac Blomeley and Adam Lee-Browne were awarded the Player of the Tournament Awards, whilst the coveted Contribution to Tour Awards went to Deon Mansley and Isabelle Williams. My thanks to the tour party for being great company and superb ambassadors both on and off the pitch. My gratitude to the staff from Silcoates, Pocklington and Barnard Castle for making the tour a success, and a special thanks to the Rydal Penrhos staff who gave up their weekend to take the trip. Mr Cashell

Breaking news as we go to press: congratulations to Jack Jones and Will Sissons who are U13 National Fives Champions. Jack and Will are the first Rydal Penrhos pair to reach a National Fives final, and held their nerve to win in style. A full report and photograph will follow in the next newsletter. Earlier in the term in a home fixture we played a very strong Shrewsbury side, including the current national U16 and U15 champions. Shaswath Ganapathi, Tom Cotterell, Adam Sabri, Jack Sissons, Alex Benfield, Henry Davies, Will Sissons and Jack Jones all fought hard to produce some thrilling games, but the Shrewsbury pairs eventually came out on top. In February, our Fives team entered the Northern Adult Competition for Fives, bringing six pairs ranging from years 7 to 11. Most played older and more practised players, leading to a huge gain in experience but not many wins. Special mention must go to Ewan Luke and Ed Lunt for their performances over the weekend.

Netball: Conwy title

Girls’ netball fixtures have seen the teams take on King’s Chester, Birkenhead School, St Edwards, King’s Macclesfield and Ellesmere College. The U12s showed their promise in a close win against Birkenhead, and the U13s also started the term in style with a convincing win at King’s Chester. Both teams have continued to play well against some strong oppositions. In the Conwy Netball final, the U16s showed their true ability to return home with the Conwy title, going on to finish 3rd out of seven schools in the Eryri tournament. At the U18 Eryri netball tournament, the team beat Llangefni but lost to Bryn Refail to finish runners-up. In the Eryri netball squads Becky Lawton and Anna Richardson narrowly missed out on the U14 team selection, making it to the last 14. Lydia Dickson and Hannah Cashell played in the U16 Inter-county tournament in Cwmbran, where Hannah was captain, and Elinor Wyatt and Beth Mather travelled to Carmarthen to play in the U18 Inter-counties.

Boys’ hockey

The boys had hockey fixtures against St Anselm’s, Packwood Haugh, King’s School Chester, Birkenhead School, Wirral Grammar, King’s Macclesfield and Rossall, as well as taking part in several tournaments. The U12s and U13s had some good wins, notably against St Anselm’s, King’s Macclesfield and Rossall. In the North Wales Tournament, the U12s were unlucky not to qualify for the national finals, just missing out on goal difference. The U14 team, however, put on a great display of attacking hockey and will be representing Eryri and the school at the finals in Newtown. Overall, the U14s have had a successful season, with wins against St Anselm’s, Wirral Grammar and King’s Macclesfield. The U15s have had rather more mixed results, nevertheless this squad of players have considerable potential. The 1st XI has also had a mixed season, just missing out in the North Wales tournament on a place in the national finals.

Rydal Penrhos Tournament

This year, Mrs Cashell and the PE Department were ably assisted in planning, organising and running the Rydal Penrhos Tournament by the Sixth form pupils studying for their Cambridge Sport National qualification: Matthew Griffiths, Harri Palmer-Edwards, Harry Ormerod, Ashley Morgan, Tom Williams and Finlay Calderwood.

On the fields of play, our U15 and U13 netball teams struggled against very good opposition from the likes of King’s Macclesfield and Rossall School. Both the U14 and U12 boys’ hockey teams, however, won through their group stages to the semi-finals.

Playing King’s Macclesfield, the U14s came from 2–0 down late on to secure an unlikely draw, thanks to two brilliant individual efforts by Henry Davies. Then came the dreaded penalty dribbles which would decide who went through to the final. King’s Macclesfield missed both of their first attempts and we scored two of ours to ensure that we progressed to play Rossall in the final, a team who had comfortably beaten us in the group stages. This time no quarter was given, and it wasn’t until the penultimate minute of the game that Rossall scored a well-worked goal. The U14s finished as runners-up, but the team can be very proud of their achievement.

“A great deal of hard work goes into organising this tournament, so many thanks to everyone who made it such a success, including all the staff and pupils who helped on the day.” (Mr Cashell)

The U12s conceded in the second minute of their final match against Manchester Grammar School, but a great run down the right from Finlay Hare allowed Mattie Fiorita to sweep in an equaliser. Possession and territory was all ours, but the deciding goal just would not come, so the final was decided on penalty dribbles. Unfortunately we lost this and, like the U14s, had to settle for runners-up which, whilst seeming like a disappointment, was still a magnificent achievement.


Amnesty International Youth Group By William Murphy

The Rydal Penrhos community

The Rydal Penrhos Amnesty International Youth Group began in 2008 under the guidance and leadership of Mrs Richardson. Since then, the Group has worked to raise awareness throughout the school about the grave human rights abuses across the globe reported on by Amnesty International. We aim to run five campaigns a year, based on human rights abuse worldwide. Recently these have included women’s rights abuses in Iran, forced evictions in Kenyan slums, and the brutal conditions in which prisoners are held at Guantanamo Bay. The Group works in school by organising chapels roughly twice a year, and arranging awareness-raising days such as red hand day for the abolition of child soldiers, or purple finger day in aid of women’s rights in Afghanistan. We also run cakes sales to raise money for Amnesty International.

art department

Artistic tendencies

Over the past few years, we have held some highly successful oneoff events including the Amnesty ‘Culture Shock’ variety show, an Amnesty quiz night and, most recently, the Burns Night Ceilidh. This term, members of the Group travelled to London to visit the Amnesty International UK headquarters (see the report below). The group gained valuable insight into the workings of Amnesty and now aim to put this knowledge to good use.

Head of Art, Mark Sherrington, ran a series of art classes this term for parents and alumni.

It was a great opportunity for anyone who has neglected to pick up a pencil or brush since their own schooldays… and the classes were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone who attended.

An inspiring visit by Emily Hickman

A group of 15 pupils together with Mrs Richardson and Mrs Cashell took a trip to London this term to visit the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre. The group were lucky enough to meet Dan Jones, the son of the founder of Amnesty, who was awarded an MBE for his work in human rights. He spoke to us about how Amnesty started, and some of the key things the organisation has achieved over the last 50 years. His stories of meeting prisoners of conscience that Amnesty had worked to free were inspiring and touching – it really made us realise just how many people are helped by the organisation. After a question-and-answer session with Dan, we were able to meet employees from all areas of Amnesty, including the people involved in Urgent Action cases, magazine designers and the Youth Group co-ordinators.

In the afternoon we were split up into smaller groups with pupils from Croydon High School (the other visiting school). We had a workshop session on torture, then we were given a short talk on Amnesty’s upcoming campaign for May, which is aimed at ending torture in countries including Mexico and Uzbekistan. After the talk, we went back into our groups to look at campaigning ideas. Working with the girls from Croydon High School was beneficial, as we were able to get fresh ideas that we could integrate into our work at school. Having the opportunity to visit the Human Rights Action Centre was a privilege. The group came away inspired and motivated to try new campaigning methods, and with the encouragement that the work we do in our weekly meetings really does have an impact on the lives of people who are denied their human rights.

Burns Night Ceilidh

A FORPS/Amnesty Burns Night Ceilidh was held this term to raise money for Amnesty International. The evening was a huge success, with a toe-tapping band and caller leading everyone through the dances, and a great deal of enthusiasm from the Amnesty group and guests for the dancing itself. The bar, ticket sales and the raffle helped to raise around £240 for Amnesty International.

Mr Sherrington hopes to run a second course in the autumn.

Alumni News: Chatsworth in Wartime Exhibition

The exhibition is open to the public from 4 April – 23 December 2014.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I, and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting an exhibition about the wars themselves, and life on the estate during the wars.

As Penrhos College was evacuated to Chatsworth during World War II, the school played a huge part in this history. Many aspects of Penrhos life at Chatsworth will be remembered in what promises to be a fascinating exhibition. amnesty london trip

Community Choir update

community choir

The Community Choir continues to rehearse every Thursday evening. The choir is currently preparing for a concert on 27 June in aid of the Deafblind Society. The varied programme will include The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, opera choruses, hits from the musicals, and Beatles and Abba medleys.

Business club meeting

“Don’t confuse having the means to say something with having something meaningful to say.”

This, and other thought-provoking ideas gave members of the Rydal Penrhos Business Club plenty to discuss at the meeting in February. The words came from guest speaker Rhys Williams, who talked about the pros and cons of social media and the impact of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on communications in the modern world.

Rhys is just one of the many former pupils, parents and friends who have joined the recently formed Rydal Penrhos Business Club, which is designed to bring together a wide range of people in order to network, share ideas and promote their businesses within the Rydal Penrhos community and beyond. At the meeting, Rhys’ talk was followed by several ‘elevator pitches’ giving local business people an opportunity to make brief presentations about their companies, as well as ample time for networking. The next meeting is on 24 June. For more information please contact Sarah Ritchie on 01492 539736 or at SJRitchie@rydalpenrhos.com

Prep news

To celebrate the end of their Space topic, Early Years held a Space Day just before half term. Parents and children were asked to design space hats for the occasion, and everyone enjoyed a galaxy of space food including planet sandwiches, alien crisps and star biscuits…


Amnesty International Youth Group By William Murphy

The Rydal Penrhos community

The Rydal Penrhos Amnesty International Youth Group began in 2008 under the guidance and leadership of Mrs Richardson. Since then, the Group has worked to raise awareness throughout the school about the grave human rights abuses across the globe reported on by Amnesty International. We aim to run five campaigns a year, based on human rights abuse worldwide. Recently these have included women’s rights abuses in Iran, forced evictions in Kenyan slums, and the brutal conditions in which prisoners are held at Guantanamo Bay. The Group works in school by organising chapels roughly twice a year, and arranging awareness-raising days such as red hand day for the abolition of child soldiers, or purple finger day in aid of women’s rights in Afghanistan. We also run cakes sales to raise money for Amnesty International.

art department

Artistic tendencies

Over the past few years, we have held some highly successful oneoff events including the Amnesty ‘Culture Shock’ variety show, an Amnesty quiz night and, most recently, the Burns Night Ceilidh. This term, members of the Group travelled to London to visit the Amnesty International UK headquarters (see the report below). The group gained valuable insight into the workings of Amnesty and now aim to put this knowledge to good use.

Head of Art, Mark Sherrington, ran a series of art classes this term for parents and alumni.

It was a great opportunity for anyone who has neglected to pick up a pencil or brush since their own schooldays… and the classes were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone who attended.

An inspiring visit by Emily Hickman

A group of 15 pupils together with Mrs Richardson and Mrs Cashell took a trip to London this term to visit the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre. The group were lucky enough to meet Dan Jones, the son of the founder of Amnesty, who was awarded an MBE for his work in human rights. He spoke to us about how Amnesty started, and some of the key things the organisation has achieved over the last 50 years. His stories of meeting prisoners of conscience that Amnesty had worked to free were inspiring and touching – it really made us realise just how many people are helped by the organisation. After a question-and-answer session with Dan, we were able to meet employees from all areas of Amnesty, including the people involved in Urgent Action cases, magazine designers and the Youth Group co-ordinators.

In the afternoon we were split up into smaller groups with pupils from Croydon High School (the other visiting school). We had a workshop session on torture, then we were given a short talk on Amnesty’s upcoming campaign for May, which is aimed at ending torture in countries including Mexico and Uzbekistan. After the talk, we went back into our groups to look at campaigning ideas. Working with the girls from Croydon High School was beneficial, as we were able to get fresh ideas that we could integrate into our work at school. Having the opportunity to visit the Human Rights Action Centre was a privilege. The group came away inspired and motivated to try new campaigning methods, and with the encouragement that the work we do in our weekly meetings really does have an impact on the lives of people who are denied their human rights.

Burns Night Ceilidh

A FORPS/Amnesty Burns Night Ceilidh was held this term to raise money for Amnesty International. The evening was a huge success, with a toe-tapping band and caller leading everyone through the dances, and a great deal of enthusiasm from the Amnesty group and guests for the dancing itself. The bar, ticket sales and the raffle helped to raise around £240 for Amnesty International.

Mr Sherrington hopes to run a second course in the autumn.

Alumni News: Chatsworth in Wartime Exhibition

The exhibition is open to the public from 4 April – 23 December 2014.

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I, and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting an exhibition about the wars themselves, and life on the estate during the wars.

As Penrhos College was evacuated to Chatsworth during World War II, the school played a huge part in this history. Many aspects of Penrhos life at Chatsworth will be remembered in what promises to be a fascinating exhibition. amnesty london trip

Community Choir update

community choir

The Community Choir continues to rehearse every Thursday evening. The choir is currently preparing for a concert on 27 June in aid of the Deafblind Society. The varied programme will include The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, opera choruses, hits from the musicals, and Beatles and Abba medleys.

Business club meeting

“Don’t confuse having the means to say something with having something meaningful to say.”

This, and other thought-provoking ideas gave members of the Rydal Penrhos Business Club plenty to discuss at the meeting in February. The words came from guest speaker Rhys Williams, who talked about the pros and cons of social media and the impact of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on communications in the modern world.

Rhys is just one of the many former pupils, parents and friends who have joined the recently formed Rydal Penrhos Business Club, which is designed to bring together a wide range of people in order to network, share ideas and promote their businesses within the Rydal Penrhos community and beyond. At the meeting, Rhys’ talk was followed by several ‘elevator pitches’ giving local business people an opportunity to make brief presentations about their companies, as well as ample time for networking. The next meeting is on 24 June. For more information please contact Sarah Ritchie on 01492 539736 or at SJRitchie@rydalpenrhos.com

Prep news

To celebrate the end of their Space topic, Early Years held a Space Day just before half term. Parents and children were asked to design space hats for the occasion, and everyone enjoyed a galaxy of space food including planet sandwiches, alien crisps and star biscuits…


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Rydal Penrhos School newsletter Issue 7