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 March’s big stories:
Aakash Chopra, who was part of the legendary Indian cricket team that also featured Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, visited the school on Monday, March 5.
During his stay Mr Chopra was given a guided tour of the impressive facilities at Rydal Penrhos by Deputy Head Tim Cashell, before taking part in a question and answer session with aspiring stars.
The school’s Annual Fund campaign to renovate the Ferguson Centre surpassed its fundraising target, raising £90,487 in just over four months.
Headmaster Simon Smith, said: “This school, its pupils, its history and its ambition deserve world class academic and social facilities.
“Our refurbished Ferguson Centre will be one such facility. It will provide a space flexible enough for all the School’s needs but most importantly be an area which allows our Sixth Formers, particularly, to live and learn together.”
The school’s Drama and Music departments presented RPS Showstoppers over two night on Thursday, March 8 and Friday 9, which resulted in a pair of sell-out occasions at the Memorial Hall.
There were a host of stunning performances throughout the event, which featured some iconic songs from world-renowned musicals and legendary motion pictures over the years.
The school’s Charity Committee held a fundraising day on Friday, March 23, with all proceeds going towards Sport Relief.
Each pupil was invited to come to school dressed in sports clothing, whether that be different shirts, a certain profession or in Rydal Penrhos kit.
The school held its annual Wesley House Day on Friday, March 2, which featured plenty of activities to celebrate John Wesley, one of the most prominent figures in the creation of Rydal School.
The Junior Drama Club held a pantomime entitled Aladdin and the Magic Bucket on Wednesday, March 21, with all proceeds raised going towards Water Aid.
Each performer have been working closely with director and Sixth Form pupil Jule Mayer in the lead-up to the show, while also receiving expert guidance from teachers Fiona Earle and Hannah Pritchett.
Reuben Bather was selected to the Wales U16 side that competed at the International Quadrangular tournament, which was held in Holland from April 10-12.
The sports scholar managed to secure his spot in the six-man squad after producing a fine effort during a selection weekend at Newport Golf Club, where he shot a 75 gross in difficult conditions.
The school held its annual Careers Fair on Friday, March 2, which was open to Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils and featured a wealth of professions in addition to further education options.
Representatives from the National Health Service were present, with surgeons, specialists and dentists on hand to answer any questions relating to their respective jobs, while engineering, accountancy, physiotherapy, retail, banking and alternative energy also proved to be popular with the different groups.
Charley Simpson was appointed Junior Captain at Rhos on Sea Golf Club for the forthcoming season, which will see him lead the section during a busy series of competitions.
A large number of Rydal Penrhos’ performing artists achieved success at a prestigious regional event.
The group came away with a plethora of honours from the Chester Festival, which featured some of the most talented performers from across the North Wales and North West.
The Year 7 class took the short trip to Merton Place on Wednesday, March 21, where they concluded presented their Memory Books to each resident involved.
The group spent time with various residents to learn more about their lives, while also finding out some interesting facts about their past and their most cherished memories.
The school held a number of different activities as part of World Book Day on Thursday, March 1, which saw plenty going on thanks to the tremendous work by the English and Drama departments.
A host of staff dressed up as their favourite fictional character to mark the occasion, and pupils took part in a competition to guess each one correctly in the hope of gaining a special prize.
The school held a special virtual Chapel for the very first time on Friday, March 9, which was due to the Memorial Hall being used for this week’s RPS Showstoppers performances.
Conducted by the Reverend Nick Sissons, he began by discussing the meaning behind the Exploration Window situated in the Learning Resource Centre, before channelling his inner Bob Dylan with Director of Music Pete Williams for the hymn Seek ye First the Kingdom of God.
Hockey stars celebrated a notable double, with the U18 and U16 boys’ squads secured the North Wales Schools’ Championships and qualification to the national finals.
Nicholas Fiorita took part in a series of First Aid competitions with his Army Cadet group, winning best 15-18 year-olds for youth organisations representing the cadets.
The annual United Kingdom Maths Trust’s Junior Team Challenge took place at the school’s Sixth Form Ferguson Centre on Thursday, March 22, which featured numerous different rounds and a special relay to quiz to finish off proceedings.
The home team of Juan Rajagopal, Henry Battersby, Damisola Animashaun and Ethan Bytheway performed superbly throughout the competition, and narrowly missed out on a place in the national finals after finishing in a very creditable second place.