As part of a special series, we turn our attention to the leading ladies at Rydal Penrhos in our Female Focus features.
The latest instalment features Prep School pupil and adventurer Lucy Ranales-Griffiths:
Despite only being a Year 3 pupil, Lucy has thrown herself into a wide range of testing tasks during what has been a very busy year.
Together with best friend Tilly Trueman, Lucy successfully finished a gruelling four-day trek of the Ghandruk Loop in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
This also included a dawn summit of Poon Hill, which is recorded as 3,200 metres in height, or three times the size of Snowdon.
In order to prepare for the trip, the pupils took part in a number of excursions along the picturesque North Wales coastline, including the Holyhead coastal path, hiking to the summit of Snowdon and also gorged up Afon du Dolgarrog ahead of their Asian adventure.
The eight-year-old was rewarded for her hard work during preparation with a Brown Belt Tabs Karate distinction over the Easter break, which puts her within touching distance of a prestigious Black Belt in the discipline.
The assessment took place at the John Lynn’s Black Belt Academy in Colwyn Bay, and Lucy coped with the pressure superbly to move another step up the ladder.
She is now working extremely hard with a view to gaining further grading success at the Academy in the coming weeks.
A strong academic, Lucy also emerged as the best in Year 3 together with Eloise Brown for her fantastic efforts during Rydal Penrhos’ recent Science Week initiative, which saw pupils across all age groups take part in a number of weird and wonderful scientific experiments in the hope of achieving a prize.
Prep School head Roger McDuff, said: “You can see by the huge amount that Lucy has accomplished during her time at Rydal Penrhos just how confident and committed she is in getting the most out of every experience.
“Her successes, both academically and extra-curricular, have been nothing short of outstanding and this attitude will serve her very well as she progresses her education with us.”