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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: October 2016 (Part Three)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: October 2016 (Part Three)

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 three of October’s big stories:

The Year 12 A-level Business Studies group descended on Bangor University for a special event, which was organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW).

Pupils were representing an accountancy firm and where tasked with solving a number of scenario’s based upon issues with the firms supply chain.

Each team then presented their findings to all of the other groups and the judges, and were required to use teamwork, communication and presenting skills to be successful.

Olympic star Dan Bibby was the star attraction at a special rugby sevens camp at Rydal Penrhos.

The camp, organised by former pupil Marcus Copeland, also saw England 7s players Richard De Carpentier and Welsh 7s specialists Tomi Jones and Rhodri Davies lend their expertise to pupils on Monday, October 31.

Olympic legend Bibby is now one of the most recognisable faces on the World 7s circuit following his heroics at the Rio Olympic Games which earned Team GB a silver medal.

Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley came away with the Junior category at the Harken 29er Grand Prix in Weymouth.

The talented duo achieved the feat in testing conditions despite this being just their second event since switching from the RS Feva class following their success at the World Championships.

In the three competitive races they took part in, the pair managed to secure second, fourth and ninth to finish first in the junior section and 15th overall out of 55 boats.

Their success has also caught the eye of scouts, who have invited the young stars to attend a series of T1 transitioning training classes after a recent profiling at Salford University.

A leading figure in the field of Photonics returned to Rydal Penrhos for the first Scientific Society lecture of the academic year.

Physicist Dr Ray Davies, founder of the Photonics Academy of Wales at Bangor University who has 21 years’ experience in the field, gave a talk centred around the significance light plays in our everyday lives at the school on Tuesday, October 11.

Upper sixth pupil Jack Sissons, said: “After a hugely successful lecture last year, this promised to carry on with the same theme and it did not disappoint.

“It began with an introduction to Dr Davies’ area of work, Photonics (the science of light and harnessing light). Despite his statement that we were not allow to enjoy ourselves, we were all thoroughly entertained when we were given lasers and polarising filters and asked to observe the effects they had.”

A host of activities took place at Rydal Penrhos to celebrate National Poetry Day.

The nationwide initiative, which took place on Thursday, October 6, has been devised by the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience.

To celebrate the event pupils took part in a number of fun-filled events, including a special poetry competition on the theme of messages.

Pupils were also given a task of finding hidden poems dotted around various locations throughout Rydal Penrhos, and there was also a poetry quiz with a wide range of questions and thought-provoking tasks situated in the Costain building.

Jack Jones and Sean Hughes were invited to join RGC’s U16 programme after impressing player-coach Josh Leach who was in attendance for Rydal Penrhos’ 54-0 NatWest Cup win over Hilbre High School.

The talented duo began training with the squad ahead of a possible selection to the Welsh Rugby Union’s latest age grade competition, which was held from December to February.

No fewer than five pupils played a significant part in RGC’s success at the Welsh Rugby Union Super Six event, which was held at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday, October 30.

Dan Owen, Henry Davies, Adam Sabri, Euan Humphreys and Nick Dundee were the Rydal Penrhos pupils taking part, and the Gogs opened their account with a hard fought 25-20 win over Newport Gwent Dragons.

This was followed up by a convincing 25-5 triumph over Cardiff Blues, where RGC senior squad member Owen helped himself to a hat-trick of tries during the win.

Not to be outdone, the impressive Davies also crossed the white wash for a score.

The young Gogs were unable to round off their day unbeaten as they fell to a 30-15 loss to Welsh Exiles despite an eye catching performance from Sabri.

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