Virtual Chapels and Assemblies keeping continuity
January 28, 2021

Rydal Penrhos School’s virtual Chapels and Assemblies help to keep us spiritually balanced and well during the second educational lockdown.

Maintaining routine and structure has been at the forefront of our minds at Rydal Penrhos over the last year in extremely difficult circumstances. COVID-19 has forced staff into new methods of teaching and learning and has made them think of new ways to “get the message across” on a daily basis, something each member of the school community has adjusted to impressively.

One comforting constant has been our Chapels and Assemblies, which have taken place in a virtual format to give pupils and staff a sense of normality despite the ever-changing situation around them.

These come from the Reverend Nick Sissons, with Director of Music Pete Williams providing the songs and communications manager Dean Jones putting them all together.

Prep School head Lucy Davies also lends her support with a Friday “Celebration” Assembly, which rewards the hard work of pupils during their week both in and out of the classroom.

Rev’d Sissons gives up a lot of his time to film the entertaining videos, with Senior Chapel and Prep Assemblies on Monday to get everyone off on the right foot at the start of the week,

Pre-School “Calm Time” is also taking place in virtual form and is perhaps even more appreciated given the current circumstances.

The Chaplain enlists the help of “Rydal” the Dragon for his Prep Assembly every Thursday, which also showcases Rev’d Sissons’ musical talents more often than not!

Plenty of prestigious guests and figures from the wider community have been special guest speakers during Friday’s virtual Celebration Chapel, including recent messages from Jerusalem and a High Court Judge.

This is another small but vital part of keeping a solid foundation to build a successful education. Normality might seem unattainable in the current climate, but thanks to the sterling work of staff at Rydal Penrhos, pupils continue to receive a vital routine that will stand them in extremely good stead once they are permitted to return to school by the Welsh Government.

We are eternally grateful to Rev’d Sissons and Mrs Davies, together with every staff member and guest who has featured in our virtual Chapels and Assemblies, for their incredible efforts to keep up spirits.


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