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 September’s big stories:
The Rev'd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College and lecturer at the University of Durham, is an author, speaker, astrophysicist and Methodist minister who participated in a host of activities on Friday, September 22 as part of Founders’ Weekend.
In the early afternoon he gave the Scientific Society lecture to a crowded Carnegie Room about the possibility of there being other intelligent life in the Universe and what questions that might raise for philosophers and theologians.
At the annual Founders' Day Service he preached on the significance of the person of Jesus using St Paul's letter to the Colossians chapter one as his text.
The Cricketer Magazine placed Rydal Penrhos in their top 100 schools in Britain after being selected from 500 applicants to feature in the November issue entitled “The Playing Fields of England: An A-Z Guide to the Summer Game’s Top 100 Schools”, which will appear both in-print and online.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “We are working hard at Rydal Penrhos to give potential sporting stars the best platform to help them fulfil their potential, and it is fantastic to see the hard work we have put in throughout the year recognised by such a respected magazine such as The Cricketer.”
The annual Lower Sixth Study Skills Workshop for the year group took place at the Ferguson Centre on Monday, September 18, which was run by department head Pete Lavery.
During the event each pupil was encouraged to reflect on what motivates them, and how much does their own motivation contribute to their success in-and-out of the classroom.
They were also given tips on what makes effective Sixth Form study by looking at all the different factors that make every academic success that is obtained, such as organisational skills and time management.
Tom Hughes came away with three separate honours from Prestatyn Cricket Club’s annual Presentation Evening, scooping the U13 Player of the Season Award after averaging 25 at the crease, which also produced eight unbeaten scores.
He was also the recipient of the U13 Batsman of the Year and the Rising Star Award for his exceptional performances, which also saw the pupil take 12 wickets in 14 games.
The school’s newly formed Junior Book Club congregated at the Learning Resource Centre on Monday, September 18, which was open to Year 7 and 8 pupils with a passion for the written word.
During the session each pupil discussed particular books they had enjoyed recently, before joining together to read the opening chapter of Walkabout by James Vance Marshall.
Josh Manning moved to number one in the national sailing rankings at the RYA Welsh Zone Championship Regatta, which was held at Fishguard Bay Yacht Club.
Together with RS Feva partner and Pwllheli Sailing Club teammate Lucy Hughes, they managed to claim a notable double from the event which has propelled them to first place in the Welsh rankings after a highly consistent campaign on the water.