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 January’s big stories:
A large number of volunteers from the school participated in their annual bag packing fundraising drive at Morrisons, Colwyn Bay on Saturday, January 27, with all proceeds going towards the RNLI.
Staff and pupils took separate shifts during the day-long event, where they aided customers with their groceries in exchange for a small donation.
Thanks to the hard work of both pupils and staff, a total of £820.28 was raised for their efforts.
Linda Wang has been offered a conditional place at the University of Oxford after impressing officials during the application process.
The Chinese boarding pupil will be studying Mathematics providing she gains the necessary A-Level qualifications this summer.
Joshua Massey, who represents Eryri and former North Wales Premier Division champions Menai Bridge, will join the school in September on a sports scholarship following a successful application process.
The Welsh youth international is a member of the Glamorgan Pro Elite training programme and has been working with Bridge captain Dion Holden at the MCCF, which is held at Rydal Penrhos for elite cricketers within the state school system.
Alison Cavaliero from Leith’s School of Food and Wine visited the school on Tuesday, January 23, where she took part in a special taster session with Year 11 pupils.
Mrs Cavaliero demonstrated an infused caramel sauce with citrus fruit salad and crème anglaise during the session, and the group got the chance to learn a new skill by segmenting oranges as a professional chef would do.
The visit was set-up to give pupils a taste of things to come, with Leith’s ‘Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine’ available to Sixth Formers from September.
Jenny Johnson has successfully completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award after a strenuous series of assessments to secure the coveted honour.
She said: “After I completed my bronze I wasn’t even sure I was going to so my silver, but I am really glad I made the decision to carry on going with it.
“I was overwhelmed when I find out I had achieved the Gold Award. Not many people manage to do this, so it is an accomplishment I am proud of.
“There were so many positives to look back on and the whole experience in general was very worthwhile.”
Year 8 pupils Henry Battersby, Chay Bonnington, Jacob Cousins, Noah Langford, Gregor Perry and Saul Sugarman teamed up to compete in The First Lego League, which is a global engineering challenge for children aged nine to 16.
They put their creation to the test at the League’s Regional Finals at Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno, and thanks to their marvellous efforts, they were awarded with the Best Technical Presentation honour after impressing adjudicators with their application.