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The Year at RP: April 2018

The Year at RP: April 2018

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 April’s big stories:

Abhishek Bathula and Llion Morris we awarded a grant from the Conwy Excellence Fund late last year, and both attended a special presentation on Wednesday, April 11 marking their achievement.

During the event, the pair also gave presentations to the awarding board members and other successful applicants from the region.

The Year 13 Art and Art photography group took part in their mock exam on Thursday, April 19, where they practiced their designs in a controlled environment under the watchful eye of department head Mark Sherrington and teacher Suzy Morris.

There were a host of stunning pieces created throughout the day, with Elysia Gilman’s stunning portrait really catching the eye.

Head Girl Olivia Williams and Sixth Form pupil Emily Cashell presented a cheque totalling £751.62 Sarah Kearsley-Wooller, Major Gifts Manager at Hope House Children's Hospices on Friday, April 20.

The money was raised from the Christmas Market, which was organised by Sixth Formers for the third successive year in aid of Ty Gobaith.

Ewan Luke and Nuri Sendros Montolio arranged a special Charity Five-a-Side tournament last week, which was held over two days and featured a host of sides from varying year groups.

The staff team consisting of the Reverend Nick Sissons, Peter Lavery, Darren Baker, Dean Jones and Dr Jim Lewis turned on the style to secure the crown, with all proceeds going towards the Ferguson Centre fund.

Ethan Davies volunteered with the Surfers Against Sewage group at Stoke Beach in Hampshire as part of the Big Spring Beach Clean, which was held across the country earlier this month.

He spent the day cleaning litter and other items off the coastline alongside others supporting the campaign, and this is the latest in a series of community projects the boarder gets involved in both at Rydal Penrhos and away from school.

Reuben Bather was part of the Welsh U16 side that travelled to Holland for the annual Quadrangular tournament, and his contribution played a huge part in Wales being crowned overall winners of the competition, which is the first time in their history that they have managed to emerge victorious.

Andy Thomas, a maths teacher at the school, managed to cross the London Marathon line after five hours, 43 minutes in gruelling conditions on Sunday, April 22 in what was the hottest marathon in history.

The Rhos on Sea resident was running the 26.2 mile course to raise funds for St Kentigern Hospice in memory of his mother-in-law Pauline, who spent her final days at the facility almost a decade ago.

The school held a special India themed charity day on Friday, April 20, and all funds raised will go to support the donations given by the organising company - Global Action - to the charities that the group is supporting on their landmark visit.

Staff and pupils came dressed in orange, white or green in accordance with the Indian flag, while others came in their own clothes for a small donation.

Zach Speakman claimed a haul of medals from the Swim Wales Easter Nationals, which saw him move into the top 15 in five different UK ranking categories, four of which see him in the top ten.

These are; 200m IM (6th), 200m Backstroke (8th), 400m IM (8th), 100m backstroke (10th) and 200m freestyle (15th).

Our U18 and U16 boys’ hockey squads were in sensational form at the Welsh Schools’ Championships, claiming double success in what was department head Phil Mather’s final season in charge.

Tegid Goodman-Jones came away with two victories from different events over the Easter break, which further enhances his reputation as one of the most prominent young voices anywhere in the country.

The music scholar recently competed at the high profile Bowdon Festival, and he emerged from the event with victories in both the Unaccompanied Folk Song and Musical Theatre song categories.

This was swiftly followed by another virtuoso display at the Talybont Eisteddfod, which was adjudicated by Huw Llywelyn and Tegid managed to scoop the Main Solo prize thanks to his outstanding efforts.

The Year 13 International Baccalaureate group at Rydal Penrhos received a special certificate acknowledging their IB Core excellence, with Nico Beck, Saxon Cowley, Gabriel Dahle, Ben Gibson, Sam Khorram-Sefat, Emily Li, Leo Ludwig, Dan Pearce, Ivan Shamrai, Noah Wiedenmann, Olivia Williams and Lia-Britt Zenker all receiving their respective distinctions at their final chapel on Friday, April 20.

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