Pupils praised for Gwrych Castle clean-up
August 24, 2021

Rydal Penrhos pupils were praised for their efforts during a recent clean-up project at Gwrych Castle before the summer break.

Just before the summer break, Rydal Penrhos pupils got the opportunity to participate in various events not normally found on the day-to-day calendar during Activity Week. This was extremely welcome after a challenging academic year of restrictions, which enabled eager young learners to develop new skills, experience different things and have plenty of fun before their well-deserved rest.

Not only this, but the school also arranged come projects to assist within the community, with one in particular centring on a prominent North Wales landmark that’s currently being restored by a former pupil.

Dr Mark Baker and the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust have done some truly incredible work renovating the Grade I listed site to its former glory in recent years, which has been a life-long passion of his and began whilst still a pupil at Rydal Penrhos.

The castle will once again play host to I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2021, with COVID-19 travel restrictions preventing the series from being filmed from their usual location in Australia for the second straight year.

Pupils and staff travelled to the castle for a community action day, which involved clearing wood, weeds and other items to make the landscape even more picturesque for the hundreds of visitors that frequent the site every week.

Rydal Penrhos has a long-standing history with the community, helping with key projects and raising valuable funds for worthy causes in the region and beyond during the academic year.

This only strengthened during the COVID-19 lockdown, with the school opening up accommodation, producing PPE for keyworkers and also enabling those within the community to use childcare facilities.

Anthony E Duke, who was also volunteering at the castle, sent a special message to the school offering full credit to the pupils involved for not only carrying out their own specific duties, but also giving up their time to assist him with a strenuous task that did not go unnoticed.

He said: “As a volunteer at the castle, I was on a work party replacing metal posts along the roadway with two other colleagues.

A party of pupils arrived from your school to assist in clearing weeds/grass by the side of the roadway and a brilliant job they did.

“Three of the male pupils (unfortunately I did not get names) offered to assist me and my colleagues in the excavation of new holes, whereby they were to remove a substantial amount of soil/clay/rocks to a depth of two feet.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the work they undertook, they were polite, enthusiastic, hard-working and willing to get involved. A credit to the school and parents.”

A huge well done to our pupils and the staff who also assisted throughout the clean-up. As Mr Duke said, you did yourselves, your parents and everyone at Rydal Penrhos proud with a fantastic effort.

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