In a special series of features over the summer break, we will be looking back at the prominent stories that made the headlines over the course of the academic year at Rydal Penrhos.
It has been another outstanding year of achievement across the board, and in our first instalment we look at part two of December’s big stories:
The school held its annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 6, which featured performances from staff, pupils and the Community Choir.
Also featuring heavily were the Rydal Penrhos choir, orchestra and jazz band, with Miles Poller, Eddie Farrell, Ben Gibson, Amy Yue, Niamh Smith, Hannah Davies, Tegid Goodman-Jones, Darcie Harker-Weston, Zahra Shamsi and Eleanor Osbourne all showcasing their immense talent at the event.
A number of impressive individual performances were the highlight of Rydal Penrhos’ annual Inter-House Cross Country competition.
The event, which was held on Wednesday, December 6, went the way of Osborn House, who finished just 2.3 points ahead of Payne, with Wesley in third and Morgan fourth.
The Headmaster’s Prizes were dished out by Simon Smith to six pupils in varying year groups, which are awarded to those that have made a lasting impression during another extremely busy start to the academic year across all departments.
Head Girl Olivia Williams and Emily Cashell were awarded the accolade for their fantastic work in organising the annual Christmas Market, which managed to raise more than £800 for Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice in Conwy.
Also receiving the prize were the Upper Sixth Form duo of Ben Gibson and Elinor Davies, who have recently implemented a fortnightly school newspaper entitled The RePorter.
Rounding off the awards were Year 11 pupil Kathleen Cheesley and Year 9 pupil Emily Penwright, who also secured the prize for their exceptional contribution to life throughout Rydal Penrhos.
The Year 7 group visited five Merton Place Residential Home residents over a number of weeks, and found out more about their lives before they arrived at the facility.
Following their chats, the groups made special memory books for each resident, detailing their lives, likes and dislikes, important moments and fond memories.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, together with the pupils, presented them to each resident on Wednesday, December 6.
Thirteen pupils managed to obtain either Silver or Bronze Awards from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Senior Challenge, which took place last month.
Deputy Head Boy Matthew Trumper, Bijou Rajagopal, Gowri Pradeep, Amy Yue and Caitlin Qu were part of the group that gained a Silver certificate, with Head Girl Olivia Williams, Nicolas Fiorita, Will Crumb and Eddie Farrell were among those that secured Bronze as a result of their efforts.
There was further success with a host of pupils also qualifying for the British Mathematical Olympiad or Senior Kangaroo events, which included Year 9 pupil Juan Rajagopal.
Lucy Jones was part of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime at the Stiwt Theatre in Wrexham.
The pupil secured a part in the cast after a successful audition, with the series of performances running from Saturday, December 9 until Sunday 31.