Rydal Penrhos’ young performing artists turned out in force at the Chester Drama Festival, which made a welcome return to the calendar this year.
It’s been great to see so many of our pupils returning to their passions and interests since the start of the academic year. Sporting fixtures have resumed, outdoor excursions are taking place, and performances in music and drama have also wowed audiences at Rydal Penrhos thanks to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the Welsh Government.
The school’s annual Dramatic Society production of Matilda the Musical Jr. was a roaring success and a testament to the acting talent situated across all year groups at Rydal Penrhos. Not only this, but young performers are also busy working hard to attain additional honours as part of the Speech and Drama provision, which is led by Christina Bloomfield and has gone from strength to strength over the years.
Participating in Speech and Drama allows pupils to understand others in new and exciting ways and provides training in the very practical aspects of communication so necessary in today’s increasingly information-centred world.
Pupils who have participated in speech and drama activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, will be more persuasive in their communication, will be better able to be empathetic and will have a more positive, confident self-image.
This was once again evident as a large Rydal Penrhos contingent travelled to the Chester Competitive Festival of Performing Arts last weekend, taking part in various categories in the hope of securing accolades against other performing artists from schools across the region.
We are enormously proud of the way each pupil performed at the showcase. Mrs Bloomfield is currently correlating all the results from the festival, which will be published on our website next week.
Hopefully, our pupils got a tremendous amount out of the experience and we would like to congratulate every participant involved!