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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: March 2017 (Part Two)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: March 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 latest installment we look at part two of March’s big stories:

The school held its annual Careers Fair on Friday, March 3, which was open to both Sixth Form and Middle School pupils.

There was a strong presence of further education options available to talk to in the form of Bangor and Dundee Universities, while many other professions that attended including engineering, agriculture, accountancy and physiotherapy.

Also in attendance were volunteer organisation Frontier in addition to teacher Veronica Patrick and Alumni and Development director Sarah Ritchie, who helped explain to pupils how Rydal Penrhos keeps in-touch with its former pupils.

Elysia Gilman was asked by the Year 10 group to give them some helpful tips on skin tones and painting flesh after seeing her fabulous work on display throughout the Art department.

Prior to the workshop, which took place on Tuesday, March 7, the 16-year-old prepared colour charts and palettes all with the colours she felt were necessary.

Elysia demonstrated how she approached the problem of flesh tones by first mixing up a coloured ground and then adding secondary and prime colours.

The Art scholar often works from a mirror even if she has photographs and drawings available as she believes there is “no substitute for looking at the real thing”.

The school’s U16 side, who won the Welsh Schools’ Championship during the previous campaign, took the North Wales crown once again with a resounding 14-0 triumph over Mold Alun School on Wednesday, March 8.

The Rydal Penrhos side dominated proceedings for the entirety of the contest, with Zac Blomeley helping himself to no fewer than four goals in the success.

Wales U16 selection Jacob Heaton-Rue was one of four players to bag a brace in another impressive display from the talented youngster, with Sean Hughes, Jack Jones and Jai Deuster also helping themselves to a pair of strikes.

Will Sissons also found the net with a fine finish, and Fin Hare rounded off the scoring.

Tegid Goodman-Jones came away with two first prizes from the County Urdd Eisteddfod in Mold, ensuring he once again qualified for the national Eisteddfod in Bridgend.

The gifted vocalist triumphed in both the Folk Song Year 7-9 and Boys’ Solo in the same category, and he will be searching for further Welsh honours after succeeding at last year’s event.

There was further cause for celebration with the news that the 14-year-old has been accepted to compete at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July, where he will be featured in the open folk song and vocal solo under 16 categories.

As part of World Book Day, Year 7-9 pupils came as their favourite characters from different books on Thursday, March 2, with costumes ranging from Harry Potter to Alice from the smash hit Alice in Wonderland.

Drama and English teacher Fiona Earle, said: “The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books, and it was fabulous to see so many of our pupils make an effort to support the very worthy scheme.”

The team of Baptiste Mazars, Juan Rajagopal, Jerry Zhao and Alicia Zhou emerged victorious from the United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge regional heat, which was held on Thursday, March 2.

A total of 12 schools across the region took part in the event, and the Rydal Penrhos team will now head to Lindley Hall in London for the national finals in June.

Working well as a group, the four started the competition strongly in the Group Round and Crossnumber Challenge, and found themselves occupying a top three position heading into the afternoon.

They continued their exceptional teamwork and surged clear of the other schools after the Shuttle Round and Relay, which propelled them into top spot ahead of Ruthin School and Ysgol John Bright, who finished second and third respectively.

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