As part of a special series of summer features, we turn our attention to our Year 6 pupils as we reflect on their accomplishments and get the perspective of Prep School Head Alison Hind.
The latest instalment of Leavers’ Focus features Harrison McKinnel:
Harrison has developed both as a pupil and a person since joining Rydal Penrhos, and this is a testament to how committed he is to improving under the guidance of dedicated and extremely supportive staff operating at the Prep School site.
His contribution throughout all areas of school life has been widely commended, with Harrison progressing across all academic fields, which is sure to benefit him considerably when he makes the short trip to Rydal Penrhos’ senior site in September.
The pupil is also a talented Harpist, a strong sailor and is not out of place on the stage, which was especially evident during his superb portrayal of then Sultan in the Year 6 play Aladdin.
As a reward for his outstanding final year as a Prep pupil, Harrison took home the Most Improved Sailor Shield, the Science Cup and Geography prize from Rydal Penrhos’ annual Speech Day event prior to the summer break.
Prep School Head Alison Hind, said: “I remember the day I first met Harrison (and his parents), as if it was only yesterday. I think I gained the record for hosting the longest school tour in history, as we watched Harrison play with his peers in Reception, and I worked hard on convincing his parents that this really was the place to be.
“Since that day, it has been incredibly rewarding to see this young man grow and flourish in confidence but also make huge progress academically.
“This is down to his hard work and determination as things haven’t always been plane sailing for him. It has been encouraging to see Harrison take up Speech and Drama lessons and his performance as the Sultan in Aladdin, was convincing.
“Harrison is a superb role-model, courteous, helpful and oozing kindness and gentleness, and I have never known of him to share a cross word with anyone.”