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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: February 2017 (Part Two)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: February 2017 (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 February’s big stories:

The Year 10 food and nutrition pupils took a trip to Bodnant Welsh Food Centre on Tuesday, January 24, where they were given a masterclass in cooking innovation by executive chef Andy Sheridan.

The Michelin trained chef, who runs The Hayloft restaurant at the site, invited the pupils to watch him prepare and cook a selection of dishes from his award-winning taster menu.

Among the tasty dishes he prepared included a lime-cured salmon with citrus gel and sweet and sour celeriac, while his three-way pork dish with chick pea hummus and pork quavers was also a huge hit with the pupils.

Mr Sheridan took time to explain each part of the cooking process, which covered everything from curing the meat to writing and designing the dish in a notebook, and the pupils also got to aid the chef with his dishes before tucking in to the finished product.

Dan Owen and Henry Maitland-Davies, Year 13 and 12 pupils at the school, were selected for the Wales U18 preliminary squad after impressing during a recent Wales East camp featuring players from across the country in December.

The duo, who are members of the Rydal Penrhos Rugby Academy which is run in partnership with RGC and the Welsh Rugby Union, were the only North Wales representatives in the squad.

Jacob Heaton-Rue, a Year 10 pupil at the school, was rewarded for a series of standout performances with an invitation to join the Hockey Wales U16 NAGS group, where he travelled to Cardiff over the half term break to be part of the three-day assessment camp.

The 15-year-old sports scholar looked to make a further impact in the hope of earning a late bid for the first international of the season against Switzerland over Easter.

Martyna Ruszkowska is now the national record holder in the 50 metre backstroke after achieving the feat at a regional event at Llandudno Swimming Pool last weekend.

The Swim Wales star took the title and record with a time of 29.07 seconds, which was previously held by current Olympian Georgia Davies (29.37 in 2006).

She said: “I was very pleased and rather surprised when I found out I had broken the record because I don’t train a lot of backstroke and really wasn’t expecting it at all.”

Tegid Goodman-Jones performed well to achieve a second placed finish at the Rotary Young Musician District final, which was held at Poulton Hall in Bebington on Saturday, February 4.

The Urdd National Eisteddfod winner moved on to the competition’s regional final, which will took place at the Lady Chapel of Liverpool Cathedral.

The 14-year-old booked his place in the next stage with his of renditions of 'Panis Angelicus', 'Bachgen Bach y Dincer' (a traditional Welsh song) and 'Close every door' from Joseph.

No fewer than 15 pupils entertained an audience at St John’s Church for the first Young Performers’ Concert of the year, which took place on Tuesday, February 8.

Kicking off the show was Alicia Zhou with Midnight Reflection, before talented vocalists Arthur Hind and Zahra Shamsi delivered superb renditions of Fear no More and Water is Wide respectively.

The strong performances kept coming in the form of Eleanor Osbourne and Sara Owen and Naina Babbar, while gifted pianists Naimh Cook thrilled the crowd with her version of Rondo Alla Turca.

RGC U16 squad member Sean Hughes proved there is more than one string to his bow with hits Don’t Let Me Down and Photograph, and Harry Grocott, Carol Chen, Emma Hourihane and Ethan Bytheway also caught the eye with their respective pieces.

The concert concluded with a jazz feel thanks to the superb saxophone play of Samuel Jones and Miles Poller, who brought the show to a close with In a Sentimental Mood and Ain’t No Sunshine.

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