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The Year at RP: September 2017 (Part One)

The Year at RP: September 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 one of September’s big stories:

Elysia Gilman received the Public Vote distinction for her portrait of sister Lydia, which was on display at the Machyntheth Arts Festival.

In order for her stunning piece to appear at the event, Elysia was crowned winner in the U18 category at the annual Museum of Modern Art for Wales national competition, and her painting was one of three she produced based on members of her family.

Juan Rajagopal scored a highly impressive 53 out of 70 in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad, which put him in the top 50 entries from the 1,200 that qualified for the event.

The top 25 per cent of scorers that sat the paper received a Certificate of Distinction, the top 210 pupils were awarded a medal and only the top 50 were given a book prize. 

Zach Speakman achieved his pre-season target after earning a call-up to the Welsh National Youth Squad.

He was named as part of the set-up after earning a top 15 UK ranking in the 200 metre Individual Medley, confirming his status as one of the most talented young swimmers anywhere in the country.

Rydal Penrhos hosted its annual Founders’ Weekend festivities on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday 24, with a host of activities including a choir workshop, hockey, netball, rugby and social events taking place throughout the celebration, which is regarded as one of the most prominent dates on the school calendar.

Josh Lynch and Sam Bixby were part of the RGC West U15 rugby squad that took on RGC East at Bangor Rugby Club, and the duo produced strong efforts to contribute to their seven tries to four victory.

Ruby James earned a Distinction for her fantastic work with West End Stage, which is regarded as the top summer school of its kind in the country for young people aged eight to 21.

The passionate performer was inspired to apply after a number of Dramatic Society performances under the guidance of Rydal Penrhos’ Head of Drama and English Leah Crimes in 2016, as she continued to develop her craft with the programme last summer.

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