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Head's Blog: May 26

Head's Blog: May 26

Welcome to the final Weekly Blog before the half term break. May I take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with our Prep School for your efforts over the last few weeks, and we wish you a happy break.


We begin, as ever, with our Stars of the Week, which recognises the achievements of our wonderful pupils both in-and-out of the classroom over the past few days.

Congratulations go to the following:

Reception Clara Donohue for her lovely handwriting.  
Year 1 Emmie Boyd for her contribution on our trip to Erddig Hall.  
Year 2 Jorvan Toor for his incresing confidence and diligence.  
3JW Whole class for their excellent behaviour on their first residential trip away from home.  
4CEC Whole class for being utterly superb on the trip
4JP Whole class  for being utterly superb on the trip
5CC Perry Williams for writing a superb alternative fairy tale.
5AG Rayan Kashif for his positive contribution to the 5-a-side football league.  
6JM Freddie James for his development in cricket which was showcased in our recent fixture.  
6EM Ruby Merrick for her continued development in Maths, particularly her use of problem solving strategies.  

This week also saw Maggie McDuff complete stage one of our spelling challenge, and I know just how hard she has worked so very well done to her.

Celebration Assembly saw two more pen licences handed out to Biv Gilmartin and Theo Roberts, which is also a result of their excellent classroom work.

Many of our pupils have enhanced their learning on trips this week, with the Year 4 group going back to the Tudor times on their excursion to Plas Mawr in Conwy.

In addition our Year 3 and 4 pupils’ took part in a residential trip to Preston Mount, where they got up to a host of activities all in the name of learning.

As part of the trip, a special excursion competition was held with Zack Coverley and Adam Williams, who got a chocolate bar for their efforts.


No fewer than three of our track and field stars have qualified for the IAPS National Championships.

The first to gain recognition was George Watkins, who produced a stunning effort to claim the Javelin event in fine style.

There was further success in the form of Lily Davies, who once again showed her immense potential by winning the 800 metre race, while Eve Durrans followed her schoolmate into the national showcase with a superb triumph in the 1,500 metres.

Adding to the success this week were our U11 Rounders side, who came away victorious from a special tournament held in Preston – an amazing effort!

Well done also goes to skiing star Xavier Poynton, who came third in the Summer Race League U8 category at Ski Rossendale, which featured some of the top talents throughout the country.

Four of our talented gymnasts carried on their triumphs as part of Grays Club at the Inter-Club Championships recently, and all received a round of applause for their efforts at Celebration Assembly.

Our inter-house art competition winners got the chance to see their work on display at the Alpine Café in Betws-y-Coed, which was based on pictures of orang-utans following the visit to the Prep School of Jacha Potgieter, a local artist and environmentalist, who works to raise awareness of the plight of the animals in Borneo.

On the subject of Art, congratulations go to Grace Watkins for her wonderful “bleed” painting which earned her the Artist of the Week honour.

Our sailors had a busy weekend at the PDSC CYRC event, which brought with it a host of podium finishes after a sensational all-round display.

Friday saw our Pre-Prep and Prep Sports Days take place in the baking sunshine, with all competitors coming away with an enormous amount of credit in testing conditions.

Gifted swimmer Rayan Kashif completed Stage Six of his Learn to Swim programme, and will now be working towards his 50 metre milestone!


Zac Roberts, a Year 6 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, recently joined his Senior School counterparts to sit the Junior Maths Challenge, which is run annually by the UK Mathematics Trust.

The competition is normally reserved for those in Year 7 and 8, but such is the 11-year-old’s ability he was entered into the assessment by teaching staff, something that bright with his a notable success.

Zac managed to score 52 for his efforts, which earned him a Bronze certificate after the Trust announced the results this week.

Andy Wang qualified for the English Primary Schools’ Chess Association U9 and U11 Championships thanks to his standout effort as part of the Cheshire and North Wales Junior side.

The gifted seven-year-old caught the eye of selectors at a host of recent tournaments, where he has defied his age to gain high finishes despite facing older and more experienced opposition throughout.


This week saw our Reception to Year 4 concert, which brought with it a host of superb performances which demonstrate once again the immense musical talent we have here at the Prep School.

Llion Morris was rewarded for his hard work with success in his Grade 1 Cello examination, and he will now begin working hard in the hope of achieving further honours.

Finally this week we give a big pat on the back to Oscar Kennedy-Evans, who scooped the Singer of the Week title.

That’s all for this week, have a lovely break!




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