There was plenty of excitement at Rydal Penrhos this week as its Swimming Pool opened for use.
The extensive refurbishment has transformed the facility and pupils took to the water for the first time during a series of exciting enrichment options throughout the second week of the spring term.
This included a Kayaking session with Rydal Penrhos’ dedicated sailing and water sports staff, and the school’s senior swim squad honed their skills with coach Andy Edgley and Head of Physical Education Nicky Head ahead of their tilt at the Urdd National Gala this month.
Ava Gardener, Lara Pyves, Cameron Shaw, Tom Hughes and Ben Sonfield qualified for individual races after a sterling effort in the regional heat, with a wealth of relay teams also booking their place in the finals.
Prep School pupils of all abilities also got the opportunity to improve areas such as technique, breathing and try different strokes during their time at the site.
The school’s estates team, led by Richard Smith, put in a significant amount of work during the summer months and the autumn term on the £150,000 renovations, and the filling stage involved half an inch of water per hour before bringing it to temperature.
New chemical pumps were installed before treating the water to ensure it was compliant with health and safety standards and staff receiving special training ahead of the opening.
When the pool is up and running satisfactorily for the pupils, both before after and during the school day, other uses will then be considered.