It was a day of celebration at Rydal Penrhos during one of the most prominent dates on the school calendar.
The school hosted its annual Speech Day on Saturday, May 26, which saw hundreds of people associated with Rydal Penrhos descend on New Field for a day of celebration.
Chair of Governors’ Julian Barnes kicked off proceedings with a welcoming address, before the school choir took the stage for a rendition of One Day More to entertain the audience.
Headmaster Simon Smith’s second speech since taking up the role drew inspiration from film award ceremonies and saw a duet from Zahra Shamsi and Amy Yue, while there was also an inspirational address from special guest and former Rydal Penrhos pupil Flt Lt Nathan Jones, who attended the event despite having serious back surgery just days before.
Head of Sixth Form Peter Lavery performed a trombone solo to mark his final Speech Day before leaving for pastures new, which drew a standing ovation for the beloved teacher from the crowd.
A host of pupils across all year groups was rewarded for their exceptional academic and co-curricular application with special awards, with Head Boy Alex Benfield and Head Girl Olivia Williams focussing on the future during their eagerly anticipated speech.
Another sensational performance from the choir followed, before Mr Smith ended proceedings with his closing remarks.
Guests were then treated to a lavish spread courtesy of catering providers Holroyd Howe, before the annual Rydal Dolphins versus First XI cricket match produced a dramatic finish that saw the veterans claim a final ball victory.
This was followed by the annual Leavers’ Ball at the Kinmel Hotel and Spa later that night, where parents, staff and pupils danced the evening away to mark the end of an era for the Upper Sixth Form group.
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