Year 7 pupils at Rydal Penrhos have been boosting important life skills during outdoor education sessions throughout the academic year.
Outdoor Education is important to us here at Rydal Penrhos and we are extremely fortunate to be situated just a stone’s throw away from the Colwyn Bay coastline. The school is also within a few miles of other prominent landmarks such as Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey.
Being amid some outstanding surroundings is something the school takes full advantage of throughout the academic year. Trips and excursions regularly take place across all year groups and teaching staff also lend their expertise to an exceptional outdoor education provision that enables pupils to develop vital life skills away from the classroom.
Year 7 and 8 have specialist weekly outdoor education sessions that involve orienteering, abseiling, climbing and mountain walking, which often inspires pupils to become part of the school’s thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which has gone from strength to strength all the way up to Year 13 and the prestigious Gold distinction.
It’s been a busy academic year for Year 7 so far, with pupils also participating in water safety sessions at the school’s 25-metre swimming pool, which are being led by Mr Phil Hilton – a qualified RLSS Pool Lifeguard instructor.
Pupils have been participating in activities centred on the Pool Lifeguard syllabus, which includes water safety, rescue techniques and the principles of rescue in water-based situations.
Other vital life skills that are being developed include how to safely deliver any casualties to the side of the pool and CPR techniques. This will serve the eager group well when they progress into the Combined Cadet Force or begin their journey within Rydal Penrhos’ thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
A fantastic opportunity that Year 7 pupils are getting a significant amount out of. Well done to all for their outstanding application.