Music and Drama
Music and Drama are very important elements in the lives of Penrhyn pupils from Prep 1-Prep 7, both through the taught curricular and extra-curricular activities. Every pupil in the school looks forward to being involved in a school musical production, Prep1- Prep 4 girls taking part in a Christmas entertainment and Prep5- Prep 7 girls in a Spring production. Recent productions have included; The Sound of Music, Joseph, Peter Pan, Panto Pandemonium, Oliver and Cinderella.
Prep 5- Prep7 pupils have the opportunity to join the Penrhyn choir, which, as well as singing for pleasure performs at major school functions such as the Christmas Carol Service, Open Day, Prize Day and Parent Teacher Association AGM. Furthermore, the choir has performed at a number of charity events with Festival Brass, The Salvation Army and in St Anne’s Cathedral to support NSPCC. The choir has had many successes at the local music festivals in Belfast and Holywood.
Classes throughout the school regularly link up with other primary schools to participate in the very successful and enjoyable music workshops at the Belfast School of Music.
Pupils are also offered private tuition in piano from Prep 3 upwards and singing from Prep 4 upwards. Speech and Drama lessons are available from Prep1 – Prep 7.
Each year the pupils are entered for LAMDA speech exams and choral-speaking events in the local speech and drama festival and Penrhyn has a highly successful record of achievement in this field.
Physical Education is taught throughout the school according to the Programmes of Study laid down in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The girls from Prep 4 – Prep 7 had the opportunity to access Strathearn’s excellent sports facilities- a key feature of the new build.
The girls also have the opportunity to participate in hockey, netball, athletics, cross-country and gymnastics. Swimming classes (Prep 3 – Prep 7) take place weekly in Templemore Avenue swimming pool. Pupils are transported there by private coach.
Penrhyn has a strong tradition of participation and success in inter-school sporting competitions. A Sports Day for Prep 1 – Prep 3 is help on the Penrhyn Lawn in the Summer term, and for Prep 4 – Prep 7 at Strathearn’s athletics facilities in the summer term. Parents and friends are invited to attend both these events.
Swimming galas (Prep 3 – Prep 4; Prep 5-Prep 7) are held in Templemore Avenue swimming pool in the summer term.
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In Penrhyn Information Communication Technology is an integral part if the curriculum. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and these are used to deliver a fun and dynamic lessons. The pupils develop their early programming skills with the use of Beebots and Probots. The Computer suite is a busy area of the school as pupils create Powerpoint presentations and Word documents to showcase their work. During 2017 we moved to completing our GL assessments online. iPads are used effectively by the staff and pupils for effective teaching and learning opportunities. We have added an ICT club Miniversity to our 2017-2018 extra-curricular programme.
These activities are a very important element in the lives of the Penrhyn pupils. The choice varies from year to year and according to age groups, but currently includes:
Athletics (Prep 6-7)
Ballet (Prep 1-7)
Choir (Prep 5-7)
Cycling Proficiency (Prep 7)
French (Prep 3 – 7)
Gymnastics (Prep 2-7)
Hockey (Prep 6 – 7)
Individual Piano Tuition (Prep 3-7)
Irish Dancing (Prep 1-7)
Miniversity - ICT (P1-P7)
Modern Dance (Prep 4- 7)
Scripture Union (Prep 4-7)
Singing (Prep 4- 7)
Speech and Drama (Prep 1 – 7)
Tennis (Prep 3 -7)
Tuition Fees Payable
Penrhyn pupils value opportunities to forge links with the local community.
Penrhyn donate their Harvest collection of non-perishable food items to Storehouse Food Bank, Belfast.
Fund-raising activities are held throughout the year by the pupils for local and international charity organisations and personal links are often forged.
We supported the following charities in 2016-2017:
During 2015-2016 Penrhyn donated £1,969.45 to charities.
Trips and Visits
Each year one class participates in a Police Education Programme which focuses on personal safety, road safety and crime awareness. This programme also involves inter-school projects. Classes also regularly participate in workshops which focus on recycling and the environment.
Museums are places of interest, locally and province wide, are visited regularly by our girls. These outings enrich the curriculum for each year group and are greatly enjoyed by the girls.
In the past two years, visits have been made to: Belfast Zoo, Belfast City Airport, Mount Stewart, The RSPB Lookout at Belfast Lough, Sentry Hill, The Ark Open Farm, The Ulster Museum, The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Seaforde Butterfly House, W5 at the Odyssey Arena, Castle Espie, Castle Ward, Crumlin Road Gaol, The Belfast School of Music, Belvoir Park and Carrickfergus Castle.
P7 Residential Trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre
In the summer term our Prep 7 pupils have the opportunity to experience a 5 day residential trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co Louth. During the day the girls take part in land based activities for example rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, laser combat, high ropes, and team challenge. The water –based activities include Canadian canoeing, raft building, kayaking and pier jumping. In the evenings the girls can enjoy adventure walks, treasure hunts, ‘nightline in the forest’, team games and quizzes. The trip allows the pupils to develop their interpersonal skills, including leadership, teamwork, trust and respect.