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The Year at RP: May 2018

The Year at RP: May 2018

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 May’s big stories:

A host of talented pupils were honoured at Rydal Penrhos’ Inaugural Creative and Performing Arts dinner.

Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes kicked off proceedings on Friday, May 4 with her opening address, and this was followed by a contribution from special guest speaker and leading actress Mossie Smith.

It was a day of celebration at Rydal Penrhos during one of the most prominent dates on the school calendar.

The school hosted its annual Speech Day on Saturday, May 26, which saw hundreds of people associated with Rydal Penrhos descend on New Field for a day of celebration.

Chair of Governors’ Julian Barnes kicked off proceedings with a welcoming address, and with former pupil Flt Lt Nathan Jones giving an emotional contribution to proceedings as the special guest.

Sports Day took place on Friday, May 18, took place at New Field and rounded off a fantastic day that also featured Pre-Prep and Prep events at the same venue for the first time.

After a fiercely competitive afternoon of action, Wesley House emerged victorious from the showcase, which featured some incredible individual performances.

Headmaster Simon Smith announced the appointments of Head Boy and Girl at the school’s annual Speech Day event, with Nick Fiorita and Gowri Pradeep deservedly chosen for the role.

The pair have been a hugely influential presence across all areas of Rydal Penrhos life, and this has continued during their first year in the Sixth Form.

Nuria Montolio and Miles Poller were handed the roles of Deputy Head Boy and Girl for the 2018/19 academic year.

Imogen Camp was selected to the Wales squad that will compete at the World Chess Olympiad., which will be held in Batumi, Georgia.

The Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams of four players compete from countries all over the world. The competition began in 1924 and is now the largest, most prestigious team event in the chess calendar.

The school held its Sports Awards Dinner earlier this month, which featured Olympic medallist and former world badminton number one Gail Emms as its special guest.

Elinor Davies picked up the coveted Derbyshire Shield for the second year in succession, with the duo of Henry Maitland-Davies and Alex Benfield winning the Morphy Cup.

Emotions ran high for Upper Sixth Form pupils during their final full day at Rydal Penrhos.

The class of 2018 said goodbye to the school ahead of their A-level examinations on Friday, May 25, with a host of different activities planned for the group before their departure.

Rydal Penrhos held its ‘Speech and Drama Presents’ show on Monday, April 23, which featured individual and group performances in-front of a bumper crowd at the Rick Maple Drama Studio.

The group have been working extremely hard throughout the academic year under the leadership of Christina Bloomfield, and they were recently rewarded for their exceptional application with a fine haul of podium finishes at the prestigious Chester Festival.

Bragging rights went to Rydal Penrhos staff as they secured a comfortable 4-1 victory over the Leavers’ in their annual football match at Llandudno FC. 

Adam Aslam-Baskefield, Dean Jones, Craig Stock and Peter Lavery were on target for the staff, with Alex Benfield netting the Leavers’ consolation.

Jenny Johnson joined other successful Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award candidates at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 17, just days before the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

The 18-year-old received her certificate from rugby star Jonathan Davies, and she also got the chance to meet Princess Anne at the lavish garden ceremony.

Josh Lynch was selected to the Great Britain squad for the European Youth Weightlifting Championships, which took place at Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy.

The sports scholar booked his place at the July showcase with a standout effort at the British College and University Championship, where he broke yet more of his own Welsh records and finished third in his category against a much older and more experienced field.

Lower School pupils at Rydal Penrhos have received praise for their application during a special project.

The group were set the task of either creating something associated with Rydal Penrhos or on the theme of “The Sea”, and after a great deal of hard work their respective projects were submitted to Headmaster Simon Smith on Friday, May 18.

Charlotte Grosart was promoted to the rank of Corporal at ATC squadron 2480 Holywell, and she received her new distinction at a recent meeting.

This comes as a result of the 15-year-old’s exceptional dedication to the Army Cadet group, where she is learning a variety of new skills in addition to leadership techniques.

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