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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: June 2017 (Part One)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: June 2017 (Part One)

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 one of June's big stories:

Sixth Form pupil held a Mock General Election with the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Scottish National and Plaid Cymru parties gathering at St John’s Church on Thursday, June 8 to find out which campaign had emerged victorious after a strenuous campaign process.

Head of Sixth Form Pete Lavery revealed that the Labour Party led by Benjamin Gibson had emerged victorious with 68 votes, narrowly beating out Olivia Rogerson’s Conservative Party who finished second on 44.

The outstanding campaign of Plaid Cymru masterminded by Llywelyn Cowell earned them third spot with a total of 26 votes, with Head Girl Olivia Williams’ Liberal Democrats fourth with 21 ballots in total.

Rounding off the list was the Matthew Trumper-led Scottish National Party, who finished in fifth with 20 votes.

Mr Lavery, who had the privilege of revealing the results to the whole school, stated that 187 votes had been cast, which was a 75 per cent turnout.

The school arranged a host of activities in support of National Boarding Week, which was held from June 19-25 and was set-up to highlight the benefits of choosing a boarding school education.

On Sunday staff and pupils gathered to lend their support to The Great Get Together, an initiative organised by the Jo Cox Foundation on the first anniversary of her tragic death.

Teams gathered at the school’s Swimming Pool on Monday, where they competed against each other in the inaugural Inflatable Obstacle Course Race, which drew a huge crowd of supporters who cheered the competitors on throughout.

Tuesday saw the first round of Rydal Penrhos’ version of the ITV quiz show The Chase, with pupils and staff battling it out for further bragging rights.

Wednesday brought with it the Great Rydal Penrhos Bake-Off, with the Best Technical Skill award going to the duo of Anna Richardson and Elinor Davies for their stunning final product.

Friday saw a special Boarders’ Barbecue and Teddy Bears competition, while the week also saw the school join the British Boarding Schools’ Association over two days at the Royal Cheshire County Show.

Alex Benfield and Olivia Williams have been given the responsibility of Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2017/18 year, with Headmaster Simon Smith officially making the announcement during the recent Speech Day festivities.

Head Girl Olivia, aged 17, has become a huge asset to the Rydal Penrhos community and achieved no fewer than six A* grades at GCSE, while also securing four A’s and a Distinction in further Mathematics.

Josh Lynch turned in another sensational performance to come away with Gold at the Junior Battle Championships, which were held in Austria on Saturday, June 17.

The talented 13-year-old, who was representing Wales for the first time, not only dominated his weight category but also emerged as one of the stars of the tournament thanks to his eye-catching effort, where he produced three new personal bests to lift 70kg in the Snatch, 87kg Clean and Jerk with a total of 157kg.

Sports Day saw a large number of talented athletes come to the fore, with Josh Lynch turning in a number of eye-catching efforts to claim the Junior Boys’ title, and Emily Stubbings was rewarded for a series of fine performances to secure the Junior Girls’ crown.

A competitive Intermediate Boys’ category saw Zach Speakman emerge victorious, while the pair of Sydney Johnson and Keira Bonnington could not be separated in the Intermediate Girls’ section and shared the honour.

Lower Sixth pupil Mollie Smithfield marked her first Sports Day with the Senior Girls’ title, with Elliot Wilkinson’s performance in the 100 metres was his highlight en route to the Senior Boys’ cup.

Osborn house were successful in the Inter-House Relay Shield, while Elinor Davies scooped the 100 metre girls’ title with a time of 14 seconds.

Tom McCloskey produced another rousing display to make it back-to-back Boys’ Mile victories, with Sydney showing incredible determination to finish first in the Girls’ Mile.

The team of Baptiste Mazars, Juan Rajagopal, Jerry Zhao and Alicia Zhou travelled to London to compete at the United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge national final earlier this month.

Working well as a group, the foursome produced another memorable effort to come away with the Best in Wales crown after a highly competitive day of action.

Headmaster Simon Smith, said: “We are a school which prioritises learning and a love of that learning.

“These talented pupils and their maths teachers are to be congratulated for their efforts and the hard-work which goes into preparing for such events."

The Art department hosted their annual A-level and GCSE exhibition on Friday, June 23, which featured some exceptional work from pupils.

Head of Art Mark Sherrington, said: “This year’s exhibition is the most diverse we have put on at Rydal Penrhos for about five years.

“We have everything from portraits, photography and textiles, and I cannot tell you how hard the pupils have worked during their coursework and exam pieces.

“For example, one piece had to be woven by hand during a 15-hour exam, so the focus and determination shown was quite extraordinary.

“It is heartening to see all the pupils reaching their potential and working from their own concerns and interests.”

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