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

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

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 three of November’s big stories:

No fewer than eight number crunching stars made it through to either the British Mathematical Olympiad or the Senior Kangaroo following their success in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

Among the host of successes was Linda Wang, who achieved 120 out of a possible 125 to secure a place at the Olympiad, where she will be joined by classmates Vivia Li, Eric Zhao and Emily Li.

Other high-achieving pupils include Jack Sissons, Filippo De Martino, Carol Chen and Caitlin Qu, who gained Gold Certificates and qualification for the Senior Kangaroo. 

Our talented skiing group travelled to Gloucestershire to compete at the British Dry Slope Championships on Saturday, November 19, and a large number of school stars came away with positive performances from the event.

The top performer was Year 10 pupil Kiera Bonnington, who turned a fantastic display to finish in a creditable 21st place competing against some of the best young skiers in the country.

There was further success in the team categories, where the boys’ team finished in 18th and the girls’ in 21st in what were a pair of notable performances throughout.

Josh Lynch came away with gold in his first ever senior competition at the Welsh Open, which was held in Cardiff.

The gifted scholar won the under 56kg category (all ages) despite competing against athletes vastly more experienced and older, and he turned in another stunning performance to add three more Welsh records to his name.

Lynch broke the snatch record (56kg), the clean and jerk (72kg and total weight (128kg) in what was another outstanding display from the Sale Sharks Rugby Academy prospect, who has been tipped for Olympic honours by coach Harry Mysangyi.

Zach Speakman achieved no fewer than eight personal best times from as many races at a competition in Stockport, a performance that has seen him surge up the national rankings.

The sports scholar reached the top 25 in his age category in a number of disciplines thanks to his superb outing, which saw him set new PBs in the 100m freestyle and butterfly, 200m fly, individual medley, freestyle and backstroke, in addition to 400m individual medley and freestyle.

Hundreds of pounds were raised for BBC Children in Need from a special cake sale, with a total of £251.68 collected.

This event coincided with the large number of activities held at the prep school on the same day in aid of the charity, which contributed £347 to their overall total of £46.6 million.

Laura Cook, communications manager at All We Can, took part in the school’s annual Harvest Festival, which also featured addresses from the Reverend Nick Sissons and deputy head boy Will Marston.

All We Can works through partnerships to end the cycle of suffering caused by poverty, inequality and injustice.

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