Incoming Year 7 pupils got their first taste of Senior School life at a special integration event.
Rydal Penrhos held its annual Into Year 7 Induction Day on Wednesday, July 4, which gave them the opportunity to become more familiar with their surroundings and meet their new classmates ahead of the next academic year in September.
After receiving a warm welcome from Head of Lower School Gabriella Murphy, form tutors and Sixth Form Prefects, the group headed to St John’s Church to receive a talk from Headmaster Simon Smith and Rydal Penrhos’ chaplain, the Reverend Nick Sissons.
This was followed by a session at the Maths department where they took part in a Treasure Hunt around the vast and picturesque school campus, before socialising with current and new friends during their lunch break.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd and Head of Girls’ Games Nicky Head then led the contingent during a sports afternoon, where they took part in a fun-filled and frantic game of Kwik Cricket inside the impressive Sports Hall facility.
The day concluded with a question and answer session with Mrs Murphy and Sixth Form Prefects, where each pupil was given the chance to voice their opinions on how the day went, what they are looking forward to most and what worries them most about making the transition to Senior School.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “This is a great way for our Prep School pupils and those coming into the Rydal Penrhos community for the first time to familiarise themselves with each other ahead of their big move into Year 7, and I know each pupil involved got a great deal of experience that will undoubtedly stand them in good stead going forward.
“They will all receive a significant amount of support throughout their first year at Senior School from Mrs Murphy, their form tutors and the Sixth Form Peer Mentor team, which has proved to be a great platform from which to build and make a huge contribution to life at the school in recent years.”