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The Year at RP: October 2017 (Part One)

The Year at RP: October 2017 (Part One)

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:

Rydal Penrhos officially launched its Annual Fund campaign, which centred on the renovation of the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre and was a pupil-led project led by Anna Richardson and Morgan Roberts.

Dozens of prospective pupils visited the school for the autumn Open Morning on Saturday, October 7, where they were given a warm welcome by staff and pupils alike.

During the four-hour event there was plenty for visitors to see, including various demonstrations from different departments including drama, the sciences, art and physical education.

Visitors also got the chance to hear a special speech from Headmaster Simon Smith, who kicked off proceedings with a special welcoming address for families in attendance.

Kieron McNamara was part of the Lancashire U18 side that managed to secure an impressive victory over Cumbria.

The sports scholar secured his place in the line-up after impressing coaches during his time with the extended training squad, and McNamara turned in another fantastic effort in the convincing 41-10 triumph.

The Year 8 group participated in a special Beach clean-up in Colwyn Bay on Thursday, October 19, which is one of a number of initiatives devised by the school in the hope of improving specific areas of the region.

During the day pupils picked up an enormous amount of litter from the area, which is currently undergoing significant regeneration work.

The ski squad travelled to Llangranog to compete at the Welsh Schools’ Skiing Championships, with a large number of the group turning in exceptional efforts to qualify for the British finals.

Ben Davies produced a stunning effort to claim first in his category and third overall for unregistered racers, while Upper Sixth Form pupil Sara Owen picked up a silver for her efforts in the U18 girls’ section.

There was further accolades in the form of Cameron Shaw, Carlotta Freytag and Finn Batley, who all secured a third-placed finish in the U14, U16 and U21 events respectively, with the girls’ team, narrowly missing out on bronze after finishing one-tenth of a second behind the podium places from the cumulative time of six individual runs.

The boys’ side consisting of Shaw, Davies, Chay Bonnington and Llywelyn Cowell went one better and managed to get their hands on a bronze after a rousing performance on the dry slope.

After weeks of training, staff members Sarah James and Andrea Cashell tackled the MBNA Chester Marathon, and were running to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease.

This is a cause which is close to the heart of Miss James, with father and former Principal Michael James passing away in 2009 as a result of the disease.

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