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The Year at RP: October 2017 (Part Two)

The Year at RP: October 2017 (Part Two)

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 two of October’s big stories:

Zahra Shamsi looked to kick stereotypes as part of the Llysfaen Lionesses’ football side alongside mother Rahat, who is also part of the squad.

The family members featured in the #OurSquad initiative, which is aimed at inspiring, empowering and encouraging more women and girls in Wales to get active through sport.

The school held at Young Performers’ Concert at St John’s Church on Wednesday, October 18, and there were a host of different genres and instruments on hand for those in attendance to enjoy.

Mili Jayadeep, Elysia Gilman, Finn Batley, Deputy Head Girl Olivia Rogerson, Emily Cashell, Sam Randall, Jenny Johnson, Carmia Kendall, Sammy Sherrington, Sara Owen, Jess Maudsley, Daniel Pearce, Ewan Luke, Nick Fiorita, Miles Poller, Grace Ormerod, Rafeez Mortuza, Caitlin Teece, Sean Hughes, Mia Lynch, Gowri Pradeep and Imogen Camp were all appointed as Rydal Penrhos’ Peer Mentor team for the 2017/18 academic year.

Assistant Head of Middle School Paul Sanders chose Mental Health as the topic for his Sixth Form lecture, which took place at the Ferguson Centre on Wednesday, October 4.

Speaking about the lecture, he said: “In a nutshell, I was keen to open discussion in school about mental health issues.

“I used real and personal examples, without mentioning who they were, of people I had helped/supported or lived with over the years. I did this to engage the kids so that they appreciated the volume of mental health issues, and that it could affect absolutely anybody.”

Year 8 pupils Henry Battersby, Chay Bonnington, Jacob Cousins, Noah Langford and Gregor Perry have teamed up to compete in The First Lego League, which is a global engineering challenge for children aged nine to 16.

They have been spending a number of sessions at the Design and Technology department attempting to complete a challenge using Lego Mindstorms, with one part of the tasks is to design, build and program a robot to complete a variety of tasks. 

The school once again lent its support to European Languages Week, and there was plenty to enjoy throughout the initiative thanks to the excellent effort of Modern Foreign Languages staff and gap year students.

An evening with the Dramatic Society took place at the Rick Maple Drama Studio on Thursday, October 12, and those in attendance were treated to performances of ‘Road’ and ‘Two’ from the smash hit ‘Blood Brothers’ during the showcase.

Abhishek Bathula was part of the Wales squad that head to Shanghai on Thursday, October 19, where they will take part in a series of coaching sessions with some of the best and highly regarded table tennis coaches anywhere in the world.

The talented pupil was the only North Wales representative to be selected for the squad, and the training programme lasted ten days.

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