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The Year at RP: December (Part One)

The Year at RP: December (Part One)

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 one of December’s big stories:

Caitriona Searl managed to achieve three separate accolades from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as a reward for her preparation in the lead-up to the exams.

The 11-year-old demonstrated her knowledge of the subject by passing her Grade 5 Music Theory exam, while also gaining a Merit in her Grade 3 Piano assessment.

She rounded off her triumphs with a Merit in her Grade Two Harp exam after impressing adjudicators throughout.

The school hosted the third annual Chrismas Market extravaganza on Friday, December 8, and it was organised by a charity committee consisting of Sixth Form pupils in aid of Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice in Conwy.

There was a huge turnout of pupils, staff and members of the public, with plenty to enjoy throughout the three-hour event, which raised £751 for the Hospice.

Emily Li created an online platform for overseas students thinking of studying in either the United Kingdom or the United States of America, which enables them to find out more about what to expect and offers guidance in a number of areas in order to achieve their goal.

The prominent features of the platform include interview processes and techniques, entrance exam information, in addition to advice on living abroad and adapting to life in a different culture.

She is also offering English lessons to ready those using the platform further ahead of a possible education abroad.

Head of Food Studies Laura Gardener announced that the prestigious Leiths Cookery School’s ‘Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine’ will be available to Sixth Form pupils from September 2018.

Leiths are internationally renowned as a first class cookery school and have trained TV chefs including Lorraine Pascale, Gizzi Erskine and Matt Tebut.

Founder Prue Leith is currently judging for the new format ‘Bake Off’ on Channel 4 and has been judging for BBC2 hit show the Great British Menu for a number of years.

Head of Sixth Form Peter Lavery completed a 50-kilometre run to raise funds for this year’s Annual Fund campaign to renovate the Ferguson Centre where his office is based.

The run took place on Saturday, December 16 and saw Mr Lavery take in sites such as Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf and Westminster Abbey.

Four pupils from the school’s Prep and Senior sites were called-up to the Welsh National Feva Squad, and the quartet took part in a winter training programme to aid their development further ahead of the new season.

Josh Manning was rewarded for an exceptional campaign with a well-deserved selection, with the number one ranked sailor in the country in his age category joined by Megan Gibson.

The brother duo of Kevin Farrell and Liam Farrell have also been included in the squad, which is the latest in a long line of sailing triumphs for the Farrell family.

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