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 February’s big stories:
The entire Year 7 and 8 groups took part in a Computer Skills Day, which is the latest learning initiative put on by dedicated staff at the school.
There were a host of activities throughout the event with Phil Mather, Mike Farnell and Network & Office Services Manager Gareth Robinson, who went over plenty of useful tools that will stand them in good stead in later life, including the much-used Office 365, which is implemented throughout Rydal Penrhos.
Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley travelled to Barcelona as part of the United Kingdom 29er Youth Squad to compete at the Eurocup Series event.
Their strong preparation led to some impressive finishes despite light winds benefitting the lighter pairings, with Ewan and Zac claiming top-ten placings during the event as a result of their fine performance.
Elysia Gilman received a boost for the next stage of her journey after receiving an offer to study Art at the University of Loughborough.
The Prefect has enjoyed a fantastic final year at Rydal Penrhos, which began by emerging victorious from the Under 18 category at the annual Museum of Modern Art for Wales competition, and her work was put on display at a high-profile exhibition held in Machyntheth during the summer.
Nia Humphreys will join the school on a sports scholarship in September after impressing during the application process, and she will be following in the footsteps of brother Euan who was part of the Rydal Penrhos Rugby Academy programme which is run in partnership with RGC and the WRU.
The incoming pupil has enjoyed a glittering young netball career to date with Llandudno and Pwllheli, and has also represented North West Wales County.
The school held its Green Week from January 29 until February 2, which was organised by the Sixth Form Eco Committee to raise funds and awareness thanks to a series of activities.
The events began with Meat Free Monday, where pupils and staff went through the day without eating any meat products.
Tuesday saw an eco-themed Art Competition where groups came up with environmentally friendly creations using only recycled products, and this was followed by a screening of the hit series Blue Planet on Wednesday during enrichment sessions.
The week closed out with a cake sale on Friday, while pupils and staff came to school wearing green for a small donation.
Samantha Randall was part of the squad that travelled to compete at the Eryri Cross-Country Championships, which were held in Dolgellau on Tuesday, February 20.
The 18-year-old produced a memorable effort to come away with third in the Girls’ competition, which ensured her qualification to the Welsh Schools’ Championships.