Swimming return confirmed for summer term
April 7, 2021

There was further good news for Rydal Penrhos pupils with the announcement of swimming making a return to the weekly schedule.

Rydal Penrhos pupils have undergone a significant amount of disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic in recent months. It’s been a year in which everybody has had to adapt and adjust to ever-changing restrictions, with two substantial periods of online learning, major events cancelled and classes working within their bubble groups on site.

With the Welsh Government now easing lockdown measures and permitting some sporting activity to take place, the school is delighted to confirm that swimming will be back on the calendar during the summer term.

This will take place in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines regarding the specific number of people allowed in each building.

The school has worked exceptionally hard to ensure the pool area follows every guideline and precaution necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Swimming has been a huge part of the curriculum at Rydal Penrhos over the years, which has seen many pupils achieve national recognition at events such as the Urdd National Gala and some even reaching Swim Wales and Team GB youth squad levels.

The Welsh Government published guidance to help facilities prepare for the re-opening of indoor and outdoor facilities in June, working in partnership with Sport Wales, the Welsh Sport Association and Swim Wales regarding the gradual re-opening of pools and other leisure facilities.

All pupils from Pre School through to Year 9 will receive a weekly swimming lesson as part of recent curriculum changes implemented.

The swimming pool originally opened more than 50 years ago and in addition to swimming lessons for pupils, there will also be competitive and recreational swimming available at the facility once the necessary clearance has been granted.

The pool underwent an extensive six-figure refurbishment last year that also involved pupil participation in the form of a design competition around the site.

Although COVID-19 restrictions are currently preventing a normal sporting provision, staff at Rydal Penrhos have worked tirelessly to ensure that each pupil is fit, active, and thriving both during Physical Education sessions and Enrichment.

Having swimming back on the timetable is another welcome boost and one that will be immensely popular with pupils young and old.

Prep School swimming schedule:

  • Pre-School: Fridays – April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 11, 18, 25, July 2 (10 sessions).
  • Reception and Year 2: Fridays – April 23, May 7, 21, June 11, 25 (5 sessions).
  • Year 1: Fridays – April 30, May 14, 28, June 18, July 2 (5 sessions).
  • Years 3 and Year 4: Mondays – April 26, May 17, June 7, 21, July 5 (5 sessions).
  • Year 5 and Year 6: Mondays – May 10, 24, June 14, 28, July 5 (5 sessions).

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