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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: February 2017 (Part One)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: February 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 latest instalment we look at part one of February’s big stories:

The GCSE Art group spent the day on Thursday, February 16 going through the exact exam process they will participate in at the end of term, giving them some vital experience in things such as time management and preparation methods.

The pupils worked hard on making pieces outside of their sketchbooks based on their responses to the exam paper which they received after Christmas.

The morning was spent drawing on canvas and preparing before the painting and other activities began.

Rydal Penrhos’ chemistry team comprised of Gowri Pradeep, Arend Franssens, Richard Wolfendale and Alicia Zhou finished runners-up in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 'Top of the Bench' regional heat, which was held at Bangor University.

During the competition the four pupils had to answer a series of questions together as a team, before being split up to answer additional chemistry puzzles.

After a highly competitive day of action the foursome finished in second place, just three points away from top spot.

Cerys Cuddihy, Kevin Farrell and Sydney Johnson, all Year 9 pupils at the school, won the regional heat of the Rotary International’s Youth Speaks competition, which was held at Colwyn Bay Cricket Club recently.

Competing against teams from Coleg Llandrillo and Eirias High School, the three pupils delivered a tremendous address on their chosen topic which was ‘Guilt – is it good or bad?’ to secure the crown.

Fourteen pupils, together with Reverend Nick Sissons, collected books to be sent to Uganda for use in schools, and a large number of boxes were sent on their way on Friday, February 17.

Ruby James, Will Sissons, Samantha Randall Sammy Sherrington, Becky Lawton, Gowri Pradeep, Amelia Cole-King, Carmia Kendall, Olivia Rogerson, Fraser Williams, Joshua Meyerratken, Nia Seenan, Isabelle Williams and Alice Waltham will be heading to the country in July, which will be the fifth time that Rydal Penrhos will undergo charity work in the country.

Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley were selected to train with Great Britain head coaches and 49er/FX sailors at the 29er class invitational squad training.

The call-up comes after the duo impressed considerably at the Harken Winter Championships, where they finished second junior and tenth overall despite their relative inexperience in the 29er class.

Josh Lynch turned in another record-breaking gold medal performance at the British Age Grade Weightlifting Championships, which were held in Castleford on Saturday, February 4.

The gifted 13-year-old, who has broken no fewer than nine Welsh records in his short time competing, was a convincing winner of the under 55kg category, lifting 65kg snatch and 75kg clean and jerk to take his overall competition effort to 140kg in total.

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