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Host of successes from national Biology Challenge

Host of successes from national Biology Challenge

A large number of Rydal Penrhos pupils performed well in a national scientific competition recently.

The nationwide Biology Challenge is aimed at 12-15-year-olds and aims to stimulate pupils’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages them to take an interest in biology outside of school.

The competition consists of two, 25-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions, with questions set on the school curriculum with extra marks for additional learning shown in relation to biological interest.

After results were published prior to the summer break, Juan Rajagopal and Isabel Bateson managed to secure a Silver Award from the challenge as a result of their outstanding performance, with Niamh Smith, Emily Penwright, Damisola Animashaun and Lily Davies securing Bronze Awards.

Hannah Davies, Josh Peevor, Tasnim Mortuza, Katie Richards and Cameron Shaw received Highly Commended certificates, with Baptiste Mazars, Darcie Harker-Weston, Suhas Shekar, Lydia Gilman, Felix Corson, Megan Gibson, Phoebe White, Simeon Murphy-Thomas, Daniel McLaughlin, Rebecca and Ben all gaining Commended marks from the competition

This success follows on from the department’s strong showing in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad, which saw Imogen Camp claim a Gold Award and Head Girl Gowri Pradeep achieve Bronze.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “This was a very pleasing set of results from our young pupils, which is further evidence of the incredible progression they are showing in Biology thanks to the tireless of department head Anne Margerison throughout their time at Rydal Penrhos.”

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