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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: December 2016 (Part Two)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: December 2016 (Part Two)

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 instalment we look at part two of December’s big stories:

The prep and senior school choir took part in three special carol singing sessions across various North Wales venues on Monday, December 12.

Shoppers at the Victoria Centre in Llandudno were greeted with a variety of festive carols on the tour’s first stop, where the group were also raising money for charity via collection boxes.

They then descended on Merton Place Residential Home in Colwyn Bay, where they treated residents’ and staff to songs such as Silent Night, Jingle Bells and the 12 Days of Christmas.

The final venue was Redcroft Nursing Home, situated on Alexandra Road, where they thrilled a large audience to round off a very successful day.

Rydal Penrhos’ senior rugby side took home the Cheshire Plate after a resounding 43-5 victory over The Grange School.

RGC starlet Dan Owen helped himself to a hat-trick of tries in the rout, with Sean Hughes (2), Adam Sabri and Nick Dundee also crossing the whitewash.

A large group of pupils and staff, together with the school’s Community Choir performed at the annual Christmas Concert.

In addition to the group performances, there were a number of exceptional displays from the likes of Alicia Zhou, Arthur Hind and National Eisteddfod winner Tegid Goodman-Jones.

Upper sixth pupil Nick Dundee performed a spectacular version of the chart hit Iris, while Vincent Kohm and Niamh Cook also catching the eye with their respective contributions.

The second half of the concert was equally as entertaining, with Linda Wang, Richard Wolfendale and Charlotte Owen all producing marvellous musical efforts.

The concert concluded with performances from the community and senior choirs, before every performer and audience member joined in a series of carols to send everyone home with plenty of festive cheer.

Jack Jones and Sean Hughes were selected to RGC’s U16 squad after impressing staff at a trial at Parc Eirias.

They were invited on to the programme after catching the eye of player-coach Josh Leach, who was in attendance for Rydal Penrhos’ 54-0 NatWest Cup win over Hilbre High School.

The school confirmed that they will be the latest venue for the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation Hub, which offers high-quality cricket coaching to talented children in the state school system, who have displayed the potential to become good cricketers.

The MCC will fund three coaches for 25 two-hour sessions at the school for under 13 and 15 players, which equates to a session every week in the off season.

The Hubs are put together, funded and mentored by the MCC Foundation. The day-to-day running of each Hub is left to a local manager, who runs local trials to identify talented children and who oversees the coaching sessions, which are open to male and female players from state schools across North Wales.

Year 7 visited five 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 on Wednesday, December 12.

Talented mathematicians achieved success at the UKMT Senior Team Challenge, which was held at the Ferguson Centre on Thursday, December 1.

After a fiercely competitive three rounds of action, the team of Kalina Tsaneva, Jack Sissons, Emily Li and Linda Wang finished in second place, narrowly missing out on the title after scoring an impressive 157/177 for their efforts.

There was further success in the form of the B team consisting of Vivia Li, Lola Sun, Matthew Trumper and Eric Zhao, won their category and accumulated enough points to secure third position in the overall standings.

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