Rydal Penrhos’ Headmaster Simon Smith has highlighted the school’s academic strength in his end of term address.
The new head completed his first term at the helm on Wednesday, April 5, and Mr Smith was keen to stress the host of fine success stories in both academic and extra-curricular areas.
He said: “Academic endeavour remains our number one priority and it has been a busy period of mocks, feedback, self-evaluation, revision and report writing.
“University offers have been coming in thick and fast and it is heart-warming to see our Upper Sixth being offered places to some of the country’s most prestigious universities to study on the most competitive of courses. I hope such opportunities inspire the pupils to great heights next term.
“Knowledge is important but so too is the ability to communicate it and I am delighted that our debating teams are through to the Rotary International Youth Speaks National Finals in May.”
Mr Smith also singled out the Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society production of Annie the Musical as a prominent highlight, which he stated was “the best school production I have seen in 20 years”.
“The cast, crew, band, Art Department and audience all contributed to four magical nights in the Memorial Hall,” he added.
“My sadness at it coming to an end has been tempered by Mrs Crime’s plans for next year’s production already. Next term’s Summer Music Concert, as part of Music Week, and Art Exhibitions, are giving me, and I hope you too, a great deal to look forward to.”
The head implemented his ‘Five L’ strategy of Learning, Living, Leading, Listening and Location upon his arrival at Rydal Penrhos, and has been delighted with the way both pupils and staff have embraced the new ethos.
He said: “If learning effectively, leading successfully and living joyfully are all at the heart of a good education, then our pupils have certainly delivered an outstanding term.”