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

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: May 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 installment we look at part two of May’s big stories:

Sara Owen, Mili Jayadeep and Alys Cole-King formed the team that competed at the Royal Society of Chemistry "Schools Analyst Competition", which was held at Bangor University.

The competition is open to sixth form pupils who are taking an AS level in Chemistry, with the teams taking part in a problem solving experiment in one of the university’s teaching Laboratories.

After a fiercely competitive day of action, the trio managed to secure second place for their effort, narrowly missing out on top spot and a place in the national finals later this year.

No fewer than five pupils came away with something to show for their efforts from the Chester Music Festival, which was held on Saturday, May 6.

Among those to achieve first place was Year 8 pupil Bella Rutherford, who emerged victorious in the Grade Two and Under Cello class after a stunning display, and there was further success in the form of Alicia Zhou, who took the 20 or 21st Century Open Piano Class to win the Chester Piano Cup.

The school secured a winning treble courtesy of gifted Year 7 pupil Ethan Bytheway, who produced a fantastic piece to win the 12 and Under Solo Brass Class.

Vocalist Arthur Hind narrowly missed out on the 17 and Under Vocal Duet Category with Caitriona Searl, and the pair finished just one point off top spot despite competing against older and more experienced opposition.

Dan Owen came away with the Academy Player of the Year accolade from RGC’s end of season Presentation Evening, which was held on Friday, May 26.

The Rugby Academy star enjoyed a memorable campaign for the Gogs, which has seen him turn out for Mark Jones’ side on a number of occasions during their highly successful first season in the Principality Premiership.

Dean Jones, who works as a Communications Assistant at the school, is one of the finalists in the School Communication Award category at the Daily Post Schools Awards in association with Excell Supply.

The 35-year-old was nominated for the honour by Director of Communications Susan Hogan after transforming the school’s media coverage, social media avenues and parent links since he took up the role.

The GCSE Drama group performed in-front of an audience at the Rick Maple Drama Studio over two nights, and their respective pieces were also filmed for the benefit of assessors marking their finished product.

Ruby James and Heidi Jack gave two outstanding performances in their scene from a Streetcar named Desire, while Mark Hill and Grace Ormerod gave two hilarious efforts from their Steetcar Named Desire sketch.

The duo of Sean Hughes and Ryan Roche gelled together effortlessly in their dark portrayal of Pinter's The Hothouse, with Miles Poller and Jenny Blackman also caught the eye with their performance in a scene from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Our U16 Hockey side retained the National Schools’ Championship in fine style thanks to a 4-2 success over Monmouth Comprehensive School.

Head of Hockey Phil Mather, said: “It is worth noting that this was truly a team performance and all those on the pitch deserve enormous credit.

“I would like to thank all the boys concerned for their consistency throughout the year. I hope they can see the results of their efforts in the hockey that they have produced, but I would like to challenge them to move into the Sixth Form and see if they can take the U18 title in 2018. 

“Similarly to the current U15 and U14 pupils, can you make it three on the trot next year?” 


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