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 April’s big stories:
No fewer than 15 pupils across a number of year groups at the school were awarded first place prizes in the Speech and Drama section of the Chester Festival, which was held last month.
Leading lady from Rydal Penrhos’ Dramatic Society production of Annie the Musical, Bella Rutherford, picked up a pair of awards in Verse Speaking and Prepared Scene, while also gaining a second in solo drama.
Others to achieve a first in the prepared scene category were Anna Parry-Williams, Amanda Sperring, Zahra Shamsi, Grace Ormerod, Beau Holden, Josh Peevor, Ethan Davies, Alicia Zhou and Ruby James.
There were a number of other pupils that took away double successes from the showcase, with Harry Hackman gaining firsts in both Spiritual Reading and Prepared Scene, while Miles Poller and Shruthi Ganapthi came away with first place from both Prepared Scene and Sight Reading categories.
Sophie Williams (Prepared Reading) and Elishia Phillips (Spiritual Reading) also has a first to show for their efforts.
Samantha Randall, Samiya Garrod and Mollie Smithfield were part of the Eryri squad that won the overall team trophy at the Welsh Schools’ Cross Country Championships in the Brecon Beacons.
The running sensations booked their place at the showcase by qualifying through the regional event, and made a huge effort to help the region claim a major prize from what was a highly competitive event.
Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley came away victorious in the 29er boat category at the Welsh Regional RYA Youth National Championships.
The pair turned in another outstanding display throughout the weekend and emerged with the trophy, which adds to a number of recent accolades since their seamless transition to the new boat.
Members of the Year 7 group visited a number of Merton Place Residential Home residents over a number of weeks, and found out more about their lives before they arrived at the facility.
Following their chats, the groups made special memory boxes for each resident, detailing their lives, likes and dislikes, important moments and fond memories.
Deputy Head Tim Cashell, together with the pupils, presented them to each resident last month, which continues the strong community links between the school and facility.
Sixth Form pupils have been praised for their application during a busy term for the group, with Mr Lavery commending their efforts during their International Baccalaureate and A-level mock examinations, in addition to a wide range of other projects at the school.
He said: “Academically, the Sixth Form have risen to the challenge this term.
“Evaluations have been completed, reports written and pupils have responded to advice quickly, forming revision plans ready for the impending summer examinations.
“University offers for everything from Art History to Medicine have flooded in from a wide range of universities, both in the UK and abroad and I am grateful to the tutors and Michael Pender for their considerable support in this process.”
GCSE Art pupils took part in the two-day exam, and worked on a variety of themes and processes in the hope of impressing the examiners.
The work varied in content from a piece about dance to another about Russian Roulette, and their work will be put on display during a special exhibition which will be held at the Art department in June.
During the exhibition there will also be a chance to go through the pupils’ coursework once it has been completed, and they will be on hand to answer any queries regarding their work.