Russia/Ukraine history talk after Key Stage 4 & 5 requests
March 31, 2022

Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils at Rydal Penrhos participated in a special talk surrounding Russia/Ukraine history after multiple requests from pupils.

The events unfolding in Ukraine are affecting everyone across the globe. Rydal Penrhos pupils young and old are taking a keen interest in developments, with a recent pupil-lead donation campaign drawing a significant amount of support from the school community, who gave vital items, clothing and financial aid that is a testament to their caring nature.

This situation has also provoked some thoughtful discussions within older year groups with more knowledge of what’s transpiring on a daily basis. Something that’s been encouraged in an extremely supportive fashion by the school’s compassionate teaching staff.

Another example of this support came recently when pupils in Key Stage 4 and 5 (Years 10-13), provided multiple requests for a broader perspective on the history of Ukraine and Russia and how events leading up to what we see transpiring today played a role.

This resulted in history teacher Maria Freeman organising a special discussion/presentation with Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils, detailing the background of Ukraine as a nation and the long and short-term causes behind the Russian invasion a few short weeks ago.

Mrs Freeman then gave pupils additional information regarding where the situation stood at the time of the presentation, the ever-changing scenarios and also provided pupils will some helpful tips surrounding avoiding disinformation on social media.

The discussion also included a “knowledge check” section that debunked some myths or confirmed facts from questions about Ukraine, the Russian Empire, Vladimir Putin and even the origins of the Black Plague.

This was a hugely informative session for those in attendance. Our thanks go to Rydal Penrhos pupils for wanting to know more about a very important current topic and to Mrs Freeman for supporting their thirst for knowledge.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, emailing admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or registering your interest online.

Enquire Now