Mrs Davies’ Thoughts from the Prep School: 7 December
December 7, 2020

Rydal Penrhos Prep School head Lucy Davies returns with her weekly thoughts after another busy few days across the site.

Christmas is on its way and our classrooms and Rydal Penrhos Prep School corridors are looking very festive.

I have sent out the annual instruction to staff to ‘gird their loins’ as we start the final seven days of school!

Interested in the origin of this phrase I have discovered that it is biblical. The free online dictionary tells me:

Gird (up) your loins

  • prepare and strengthen yourself for what is to come.

This expression is of biblical origin, the idea being that the long, loose garments

worn in the ancient Orient had to be hitched up to avoid impeding a person’s movement.

In 1 Kings 18:45–6, we find: ‘And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And…Elijah girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel’. The phrase was also used metaphorically in the New Testament:

 ‘Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you.’

  • 1 Peter 1:13

The English language is rich in imagery and metaphor, I think that this 2020 Christmas will need a great deal of ‘loin girding’ if we are to make the most of it.

Good luck everyone!

In the Prep School last week we had a multitude of challenge takers, house point winners and competition entrants. We will be doing special stories on our House Competitions and our ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’ challenges later this week.

Here are our Stars for last week, well done indeed to all.

Mrs L Davies – Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep School

  • Reception – Gareth
  • Year 1 –William
  • Year 2 – Jacob S
  • Year 3 – Svaksh
  • Year 4 – Ethan
  • Year 5 – Finlay
  • Year 6 – Jorvan

Artist of the Week – Will

Performer of the Week – Ella 


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