As an 11-year-old, I was intimidated by the thought of going to Rydal Penrhos School, and this was made worse, on the very first day, by going to the wrong place.
I went to Lower School House (when it was still the building by the Fives Courts) instead of meeting at Reception with all the other students. I felt as if I would never get used to the endless corridors and different buildings which were so different to the tiny local primary school that I had come from.
However, after the first week, I was overwhelmed in a different way – with the huge amount of opportunities that were available to me. By the end of the first few weeks I had tried sailing, fencing, public speaking, played hockey, joined the choir and even learnt how to tie my tie in about five different ways.
I remember being so excited about my new subjects, particularly Religious Studies and English. And of course I eventually learnt my way around.
Now, I love seeing the new Year 7’s rushing around to try and fit all their activities in; my peer mentees always seem to be down at the beach or at a hockey match!
As I have gone through the school, I have seen lots of changes – not only in the school, but in myself. I have definitely gained confidence and have discovered where my strengths and weaknesses lie (mainly in the sports department in the latter instance).
Little things such as being able to speak to people more articulately are a testament to how this school has ‘raised’ me and the culture that Rydal Penrhos fosters.
My favourite part of the school year has to be the Christmas term – the busiest time of the year, but definitely the most fun. The RNLI concert and Christmas song contest, with Christmas Lunch served in order of victory, are some of my best memories in school.
The Rydal School site is ideal for Christmas decorations, and seeing the trees being put up across the school makes the dark evenings a little lighter. I feel sad that this year will be my last year experiencing the festive period as a student at this school.
My appointment as Head Girl has definitely highlighted how much I have invested in this school, and how much it has invested in me. I feel very privileged to be able to give something back and to represent the school community.
Being here has shaped me into the person I am today, and has shown me the importance of having an open-minded, optimistic attitude to everything I do.
Those around me would definitely agree that Rydal Penrhos isn’t a school which you come to from 9am until 4:30pm each day; when you join, your life is spent living as a Rydal Penrhosian 24/7.
If there was one word accurately to describe any member of this school, it would be: busy!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Head Girl 2019-20