Rydal Penrhos School is an important part of the local community in North Wales, and pupils are actively encouraged to give something back by taking part in community service or charity work.
As well as allowing pupils to develop a wider understanding of the world around them, such work helps to foster vital communication, leadership and teamwork skills.
Community Action Days
Held every year during Activity Week at the end of the Summer term, All pupils undertake volunteer work in the local community such as cleaning up local graveyards, clearing debris from rivers or tidying parks and woodland.
Teas for the Elderly
Teas for the Elderly are held once a month for people over the age of 75. The Colwyn Bay Tea Party had been under threat of closure due to the former host moving away from the area; however Rydal Penrhos School stepped in to organise the event and to secure its future on behalf of the charity Contact the Elderly. Taking place on the last Sunday of every month, pupils give up their afternoon to prepare food and entertainment for the event as well as chatting over a cup of tea.
Rydal Penrhos School has set up links with Kitooha Primary School and the Development Studies Centre in Mbarara in southwest Uganda. In addition, Rydal Penrhos works with the Methodist Relief and Development Fund and partner organisation Rural Health Promotion and Poverty Alleviation Initiative (RUHEPAI). Working trips to Uganda are held every two years and many events take place throughout the academic year to raise money for the projects.
Tŷ Gobaith is a children’s hospice run by the charity Hope House. It was opened in 2004 and provides regular periods of respite care to more than 70 terminally ill children and their families living in the North Wales area.
Rydal Penrhos is regularly involved in fund-raising projects for Ty Gobaith, the latest being a very successful Christmas Market organised by the Sixth form Charity Committee.