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 June and July’s big stories:
The school’s annual Art Exhibition took place on Thursday, June 21, which featured a wealth of outstanding work from GCSE and A-level candidates.
A large number of people attended the open evening to view portraits, videos, photography and other innovative creations situated throughout the department.
Ariana Milligan and Eve Durrans, Year 7 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, have been selected to the North Wales U13 Girls’ Hockey squad after successfully coming through the assessment process.
The duo were put forward for the trials in Bala by their coaches at Colwyn Bay Hockey Club, where they have been training throughout the season.
We also announced the appointment of Dominic Maguire as our new Head of Hockey.
The new appointment will replace long-standing teacher and programme head Phil Mather, who is taking over the school’s Massage and Sports Therapy Clinic from September.
Cllr Steve Williams, mayor of Colwyn Bay, presented the certificates on behalf of the trustees of the Sir John Henry Morris Jones Trust, which was set up in 1975 at the request of the former MP and GP’s will, with young people under the age of 19 from the Colwyn area invited to apply.
Imogen Camp was one of eight worthy recipients of the distinction, and she received the grant for her continued exceptional performance in the sport of Chess.
Leah Crimes, who is currently Head of English and Drama at the school, will be taking over from Peter Lavery in September as Head of Sixth Form after the popular figure accepted the Deputy Head (Pastoral) role at Barnard Castle School in County Durham.
The new appointment earned BA and MA qualifications from the University of Cambridge in English, Drama and Education, before beginning her professional teaching career in Rhyl and Denbigh.
Headmaster Simon Smith and Head of Sixth Form Peter Lavery announced the new Prefect team this month, with a large number of Year 12 pupils given varying roles as part of their new leadership positions.
The group will be working closely with Head Boy Nick Fiorita, Head Girl Gowri Pradeep, in addition to Deputy Head Boy and Girl Miles Poller and Nuria Sendros Montolio in providing support and guidance to young members of the Rydal Penrhos community, in addition to assisting with the organising of fundraising and house events in the coming months.
Paul Sanders will be taking over from John Murphy as Head of Middle School the next academic year in September, and he has been part of the staff team at Rydal Penrhos since 2012.
Mr Sanders studied a BA in Sport Management at Coventry University before heading to the University of Manchester to undertake his PGCE.
Andrew Flintoff, who is widely regarded as one of the best and most popular players that England has ever produced, visited the school’s New Field site on Saturday, June 23.
He was taking in the clash between Wales and Lancashire U11s, with his son turning out for the county side as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his famous father.
The school participated in the annual National Boarding Week campaign, which is organised by the Boarding Schools’ Association and ran from June 18-24.
The festivities began with a Big Boarding Sponsored Walk in aid of Barnardo’s, before teams descended on the swimming pool for the highly entertaining Inter-Boarding House Inflatable obstacle race.
A team successfully National Three Peaks Challenge, where participants attempt to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.
Sixth Formers Joe Morrow, Jamie Smith, Alastair Irvine, Louise Weis and Joshua Meyerratken, together with Staff members Tim Cashell and wife Andrea, Dr Jim Lewis, Dave Robson, Jamie McLeod, Richard Smith, Gareth Robinson and Katie Oliver completed the gruelling challenge in fine style, finishing on the top of Mount Snowdon.
Zahra Shamsi was part of the Mochdre Lionesses squad that travelled to West Sussex to compete at the Recreation Football Festival.
The 15-year-old, who plays in the side with mother Rahat and Head of Modern Foreign Languages Susan Livingstone, performed exceptionally well throughout the tournament, which saw the Lionesses emerge victorious in their group to achieve the honour.
As part of the school’s Activity Week, pupils from across all age groups went out to help in the local area on a variety of projects throughout the region prior to the summer break on Thursday, July 5.
Chay Bonnington, Henry Battersby and Jacob Cousins, Year 8 pupils at the school, formed the Rydal Penrhos team that competed at the annual F24 Greenpower Race, which took place at Anglesey Circuit on Tuesday, July 3.
The trio worked incredibly hard to improve all elements of the vehicle under the expert guidance of Design Technology head Phil Sutton and his staff, and things looked promising during their practice run when they secured one of the fasts times in the kit car category.
Sara Owen has successfully completed her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award following a strenuous assessment process.
The 18-year-old, who hopes to achieve the necessary A-level grades to secure a place at Medical School this summer, managed to secure the prestigious distinction under the expert guidance of programme co-ordinator Dr Jim Lewis to ensure she adds her name to the long list of success stories emanating from Rydal Penrhos.
A team of staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos began their landmark trip to India alongside charity partners Global Action.
The contingent departed on Saturday, July 7 and took part in an extremely busy schedule before they returned to home soil on July 23.
Tegid Goodman-Jones came away with two victories from events at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, further enhancing his reputation as one of the brightest young voices anywhere in the country.
The Music scholar began a memorable week by taking home the Vocal Classical Solo in the 12-16 category for his stunning modern rendition of Ava Maria, which is the second year in succession that Tegid has scooped this particular award.
A total of 11 soloists from Hong Kong, Wales, England, Singapore, India and the United States took part, and this was followed by another sensational display of vocal prowess in the Open Vocal Folk Solo category, where the 15-year-old produced two outstanding performances to claim the prize.