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The Year at Rydal Penrhos: November 2016 (Part One)

The Year at Rydal Penrhos: November 2016 (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 instalment we look at part one of November’s big stories:

Emily Li

Emily Li will took part in round one of the British Mathematical Olympiad, which was held on Friday, December 2.

The Chinese native booked her place by achieving a certificate of distinction from the UKMT Maths Olympiad, where she gained no fewer than three perfect solutions to the opening three questions of the test.

For her efforts she will also receive a book prize, in addition to three honourable mentions.

Around 1,000 invitations to the British Mathematical Olympiad are sent to pupils who score highly, and are qualified to represent the UK at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

Armistice Day 2016 at Rydal Penrhos

The school held their annual Armistice Day service, which took place before a two minute silence at 11am to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front.

During the service there were readings from a number of pupils, including Head Boy Adam Sabri and Head Girl Charlotte Owen, in addition to a host of different languages that are represented at the school.

Acting head Roger McDuff read out the names of those who died that were members of Rydal Penrhos during both wars, and a wreath was laid outside the WWII memorial outside the hall.

Following the service 106 individually named crosses were planted in the Memorial Quad to commemorate school members who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

Kieron McNamara (Photo: Tony Bale)

Kieron McNamara was selected for Lancashire U17s’ rugby squad after impressing at the region’s development day, which was be held at Sedgley Park on Sunday, October 30.

The forward, who joined Rydal Penrhos in September, turned in a number of eye catching performances throughout the season.

Miles Poller and Sean Hughes

GCSE and A-level Drama pupils took part in a special workshop with Kerry Frampton, an artistic director at the Splendid Theatre Company.

During the day pupils took part in a variety of activities designed to improve their acting prowess, including expressions, movement and eye contact.

They also had the opportunity to learn aspects of sign language and incorporate that into their tasks, communicating with their classmates without using speech.

Mrs Frampton has worked as an actor, deviser and musician for the last 14 years and workshop leading for ten years, with a particular passion for devising and creating non-naturalistic theatre.

Tegid Goodman-Jones

Tegid Goodman-Jones continued his remarkable success by taking the vocal category in the Rotary International’s Young Musician/Singer of the Year, which was held at the Memorial Hall on Thursday, November 24.

The 13-year-old opened the series of performances with a stunning piece accompanied by Director of Music Pete Williams, which caught the eye of the judges to secure the crown.

Alicia Zhou, Arthur Hind and Lucy Jones

No fewer than seven pupils had their short stories published thanks to the Phizz Whizzing Words creative writing competition, which was run by the Young Writers’ Association.

Work by Lucy Jones, Arthur Hind, Amy Goode, Alicia Zhou, Laura O’Kelly, Lili Northcott and Kevin Farrell with now feature in the book entitled Phizz-Whizzing Words – Fizzpopping Fun, which has been issued to commemorate the 100th birthday of notorious storyteller Roald Dahl.

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