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Head's Blog: May 12

Head's Blog: May 12

Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Blog. It has been another action-packed week with so much going on as this half term seems to be going by in the blink of an eye.


As always, Celebration Assembly brought with it our Stars of the Week, which saw a host of our talented pupils receiving certificates for their efforts this in-and-out of the classroom – well done to all!

Reception Lissy Williams  for trying hard with her wrirting.
Year 1 Ava Culver for brilliant 'Big Writing'.
Year 2 April Williams  for her increasing confidence  in Maths lessons 
3JW Izhran Shan & Lucas Yr for their amazing knowledge in Science.  
4CEC Cieran Milligan for showing empathy and kindness in class.  
4JP Adam Williams for his increased participation in class.
5CC Gabriele Subkoviate for showing perseverance in solving Maths problems. 
5AG Henry Hibbert for very neat and well presented work in Geography.  
6JM Zac Hay  for his creativity shown in ICT anmination.
6EM John Dick & Sam Pritchett for overcoming their reservations & raising the bar higher.  

Congratulations also go to Keira Luke, who became the latest pupil to complete our special Spelling Challenge.

Violet Roberts and Gracie Tavernor moved on to the final level after successfully gaining their Stage Two Gold honour, while Lily Copeland now has a Stage Two level under her belt after completing the Bronze test.

Year 6 took part in a pair of educational Heritage Walks around Colwyn Bay this week, where they have been finding out about the history of various landmarks and the town in general.

During their walks they learnt about the development of the town in the late 19th and early 20th century, which included when Rydal Mount and Penrhos College were founded and a study of the main commercial areas of the town.

Among the interesting facts they discovered were that the Station Pub was built in 1870 and was originally called the Station Hotel, since it would have been visible across an open field from the railway station.

Year 4 were tasked with designing and making Tudor houses their spare time, and their work has been displayed at throughout the week.

Each pupil took time out of their busy schedules to fine tune their projects, and their hard work was evident in the overall quality of their creations.

To mark the end of the topic, they also took part in authentic Tudor Dancing during a fun-filled lesson.


Llion Morris, George Watkins, Christian Cheesley, Matthew Stubbins and Freddie James will travel to Cardiff on Wednesday, May 17, where they will take part in a training session with the British and Lions squad before they head off on their highly anticipated tour of New Zealand.

They will be on the field for 45 minutes with the likes of George North, Sam Warburton and Owen Farrell before grilling the stars in a special meet and greet session during lunch.

Unfortunate to miss out were Will Tavernor and Oliver Davies, who were named first and second reserves for the trip, but demonstrated fantastic humility and grace during the draw for the session.

A huge well done to our U11 Netball side, who reached the quarter-finals of the Urdd National Championship last weekend, which is the furthest that any of our sides have ever gone in the tournament.

To recognise their efforts, they have also taken part in a special Question and Answer session with regional newspaper the North Wales Weekly News, which will be published on Wednesday.

This week also saw our pupils descend on the Swimming Pool for the Pre-Prep and Prep Galas, and the standard was once again very high, which is not surprising given the talent we have here at Rydal Penrhos.

Well done to Cieran Milligan, who claimed the Tackler of the Year award from Colwyn Bay Rugby Club after a series of fine performances.

The nine-year-old recorded no fewer than 288 tackles for the club’s U9 side throughout the season, which amounted to 28 per cent of the team’s overall takedowns.

Oliver Davies was this week’s recipient of the Artist of the Week Award for his sensational Hyena mask creation.


Caitriona Searl gained a Distinction in her recent Grade Four Music Theory examination, which was administered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

This represents a significant feat for the 11-year-old, who is progressing through the grading process at a rapid rate and is the latest in a host of successes for the pupil, who passed an exam still being sought after by pupils in the final stages of Senior School!

May I also take this opportunity to thank our pupils that helped with tours and welcoming our visitors at Friday’s Open Doors event, which showed once again just how brilliant our older pupils are in leading the way as role models for the next generation.


It was a highly successful weekend at the Chester Music Festival for our talented pupils, which included a first place for Caitriona Searl in the U15 Harp Solo category and second prize in the U17 vocal duet alongside Arthur Hind.

Classmate Martha Hind came away with the U12 Recorder Solo crown, while Anna Heyes produced a fine effort to scoop the Novice Woodwind title.

The school’s Treble Makers Choir finished just two points shy of first place as they finished runner-up in the Year 6 and Under School Choir event, and Llion Morris also earned himself a second placed finish in the Grade One/Two String category.

Other notable achievements came from Zack Coverley, who finished third in the U8 Piano Solo, with Fflur Pierce and Rana Abou-Samra both receiving “Commended” grades in the U9 Piano and Fol Singing respectively.

Rounding off a fine day of honours was Eleanor Tunstall, who earned a merit in the competitive U11 Piano Solo event.

Adding to the musical success this week was Grace Watkins, who was rewarded for her hard work with the Singer of the Week award.

Our Year 5 and 6 Choir have announced as part of the line-up for the upcoming Prom Praise at Venue Cymru next month, which is going to be an unbelievable experience in-front of an expected sold out crowd.

Don’t forget next week also sees the return of the ever-popular Baby Brahms Concert, which takes place on Friday from 9.45-11am.

And finally, Mrs McDuff has given a cryptic picture to end the blog, with further details to be released in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend.

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Parmesan Cheese

Seasonal Veg






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Salad Bar & Jacket Potatoes



Steamed Jam Sponge

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Fresh Fruit, Assorted Yogurts, Cheese & Biscuits


Pork Sausages

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Chocolate Torte





 Fresh Fruit, Assorted Yogurts, Cheese & Biscuits


Chicken Curry

Basmati Rice

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Strawberry & Cream Meringue Biscuit


Fresh Fruit, Assorted Yogurts, Cheese & Biscuits


Battered Pollock

French Fries

Garden Peas

Tartare Sauce


Mixed Meat Pasta



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Banana and Cranberry Flapjack with Custard




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