Staff members at Rydal Penrhos congregated for the unofficial start of the academic year.
Both prep and senior teachers and support staff gathered at the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre on Monday, September 4, where they were given an update on developments throughout the summer from Headmaster Simon Smith, Chair of Governors’ Julian Barnes and Bursar Nick Grenfell-Marten.
During the morning they heard about the significant work that has gone on to improve both the school’s Information Technology network, which has undergone a substantial upgrade to improve speed and reduce issues.
They were also told about the renovations and refurbishment that has occurred at Rydal Penrhos during the holidays, which has seen areas such as St John’s Church, the Dining Room, Watkinson Library and areas of the Prep School given a makeover.
Reverend Nick Sissons, chaplain at the school, then spoke about the recent wedding held on site after successfully obtaining a license to hold such events, and he also spoke at length about Rydal Penrhos’ recent charity mission to Uganda.
Mr Smith discussed the success of the school’s examination results – both collective and individual – before praising the efforts of the senior Rugby side during their pre-season training and at the King’s School Macclesfield festival.
Sailing achievements were plentiful and were highlighted by Deputy Head Tim Cashell, before Mr Smith, Mr Barnes and Mr Grenfell-Marten went over the strategy at the school and details surrounding the upcoming Development Plan surrounding the five L’s of Learning, Living, Leading, Listening and Location.
The teaching staff will be taking part in a series of sessions including pupil well-being, department meetings and safeguarding seminars ahead of the start of term on Thursday, September 7.