Mrs Davies’ Thoughts from the Prep School: 16 October
October 19, 2020

Rydal Penrhos Prep School head Lucy Davies returns with her final weekly thoughts before the half-term break, which focuses on resiliency and positivity. 

There’s no doubt that we are living in very difficult times. But children are very resilient and their love of learning, and of school in general, is such a positive thing to see. Our pupils at Rydal Penrhos Prep School just say ‘yes’ to everything:

Would you like to make a scary pompom spider? Yes

Can you be a crab for our class dance? Yes

Do you want to make a 3D underwater scene? Yes

Shall we go to the IT room and do some assessments? Yes

All of these things happened in a 24-hour period for our Year 2 class this week.

Life at Rydal Penrhos school continues to offer fantastic learning opportunities every day, planned and arranged by our fantastic staff team.

In all honesty, I have to say that not all of the class answered with a jubilant ‘yes’ to the final question about assessments, some just answered out of duty!

A brilliant conversation occurred with a couple of pupils today as they logged on to an assessment. All of our new pupils have been screened for various learning aptitudes this week.

Today (Friday 16 October) several pupils were amazed when they logged on with their pupil specific code and the words ‘ Dyslexia screener’ came up on the screen:

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Pupil 1: What does that say?

Pupil 2: Disaster

Pupil 1: Disaster screener? I thought disaster had an ‘i’ in it

Pupil2: Yes, disaster, it’s the old fashioned way

At this point I intervened with, ‘It says ‘dyslexia’ not ‘disaster’.

Pupil 1: What does that mean?

Me: Dyslexia is when someone finds it hard to remember spellings

Pupil 1 and 2 look at each other, puzzled.

Pupil 2: Why don’t they spell it with an ‘i’ like disaster?

Pupil 1 (quite smugly): Because it’s the “old fashioned way!”

Me: Boys, just press ‘start’ please!!

Mrs L Davies

Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep


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