Senior School newsletter: April 2019
Rydal Penrhos newsletter
Tributes paid to former pupil
It is great sadness that we announce the passing of former pupil Scarlett Salisbury.
The popular figure was part of the school community from 2009 until 2016, when she became a student at the University of Bangor following some impressive A-level results.
Scarlett passed away on Monday, March 18 and leaves behind a fantastic legacy at Rydal Penrhos, where she thrived in her role as Prefect during her final year at the school.
Former Head of Sixth Form Peter Lavery, said: “Scarlett was a young lady who epitomised the character we strive to instil in our young people.
“Her resilience and positive approach to life were an inspiration to the whole school community, pupils and staff alike.
“Her altruism, warm heart and smile endeared her to all. She was a role model, who, by her example, made those around her better people.”
Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, added: “Scarlett was an inspiration to us all, she was always remarkably resilient and positive even when the going was tough.
“She was highly respected by both her peers and all of the staff that came into contact with her. She made the very best of every opportunity that came her way and was always determined to find a solution for herself without having to rely on others.
“Resourceful and reflective are two of the adjectives that immediately come to mind when I think of Scarlett, but also caring with an iridescent glowing charm which affected all of those around her. Her smile, sense of humour and fun were infectious.
“She was a role model to us all and a tremendous addition to the Rydal Penrhos family.”
Executive Principal extends contract
Rydal Penrhos School is delighted to announce that John Waszek will continue in his role as Executive Principle until September 2020.
The experienced figure has already made a massive impression at both Prep and Senior sites, and the school’s Governing Body confirmed the news on Monday, March 11 after a recent board meeting.
Julian Barnes, Chair of Governors at Rydal Penrhos, said: “This will bring a much needed period of stability.
“Sally Harding will continue as Senior School Head teacher and Alison Hind as Prep School Head teacher, and combined with the other senior leaders of the school, we are fortunate to have such a very experienced team.
“This decision also gives us time to undertake a full recruitment process for a new Principal, starting in September this year.
“This is the normal time to go to market and for candidates to be looking for new opportunities.”
Mr Waszek is a highly experienced Principal, having led St Edward’s College, Liverpool for 24 years from 1992 to 2016 during which time the school secured several “outstanding” inspections and was subsequently designated as “exempt” from inspection by the Department for Education.
He was previously a Head of Department and Boarding Housemaster at Rugby School.
In addition to his various roles within education, Mr Waszek served as a Non-executive Director of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey) for several years at a very challenging time for the Hospital following the publication of the Redfern Report into organ retention.
He is currently advising the new medical school at Edge Hill University on student admissions’ criteria.
Triumphant Dramatic Society production
Rydal Penrhos’ Dramatic Society produced a series of exceptional performances as part of their production of Les Misérables.
The school’s talented cast, crew and orchestra thrilled sold-out audiences over a three-night period from Thursday, March 28 until Saturday 30, which brought the legendary French novel by Victor Hugo to life.
Leading man Sean Hughes’ portrayal of Jean Valjean was full of emotion and poise, with the incredible vocal gift of Zahra Shamsi coming to the fore in her role as Éponine Thénardier.
The Marius and Cosette love story was delivered powerfully by Kevin Farrell, Amy Yue and Hannah Davies, with Caitriona Searl and Emily Jones taking on the role of Little Cosette with Aplomb.
Bitter police officer Javert was played expertly by Ollie Gibson, with Jenny Blackman’s depiction of Fantine another standout feature of the overall production.
Year 7 quartet James Gilman, Will Rutherford, Perry Williams and Noah Lewis all gave fantastic contributions as Gavroche throughout each production, with Tegid Goodman-Jones (Enjolras) and Miles Poller (Bishop of Digne/Monsieur Thénardier) demonstrating their sensational acting prowess in their respective roles.
Each member of the cast contributed significantly to the show’s overall success, and they were aided expertly by members of the crew, the orchestra and the creative team of Pete Williams, Richard Davies, Rachel Jones and Leah Crimes.
Mrs Harding, said: “This was a truly incredibly series of performances and everyone involved deserves all the plaudits that come their way.
“Their commitment during the rehearsal process was nothing short of extraordinary, and this was reflected with a truly exceptional performance and one that will live long in the memory.”
Additions to Year 7-9 provision
Rydal Penrhos has announced exciting new changes to its curriculum to provide younger members of the school with the best possible preparation for the remainder of their education and future job prospects.
The school’s Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils will see some gradual additions to their learning schedule, which will start at the beginning of the next academic year in September.
The changes come as a result of a review of the curriculum at Rydal Penrhos, which is part of the ongoing improvements in accordance with its Project Bold plan.
Computer Science and Welsh will be introduced more prominently as part of the curriculum, with Spanish also added to the Year 7 programme from September 2019.
French as a second language will also be added in Year 8 from 2020, and Swimming is also added to the compulsory curriculum in Years 7-9, with each pupil receiving one lesson per week.
Full details can be found at http://www.rydalpenrhos.com/new-curriculum-senior
Engineering added to options
Rydal Penrhos is delighted to announce an exciting new addition to its GCSE curriculum options.
The school will be introducing the Engineering course from September, which is part of ongoing improvements under Executive Principal John Waszek, Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding and Rydal Penrhos’ Governing Body.
GCSE Engineering is a practical subject perfect for pupils who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning.
This vocational GCSE will provide those taking it with a taste of the real working world as well as an opportunity to explore the engineering sector, so they can figure out whether it is right for them in terms of a career and further education option in the future.
Candidates will be assessed through a mixture of exams and controlled internal assessments, with this non-traditional subject providing the opportunity to carry out research independently, participate in group work, role play, go on trips, use real business resources and benefit from the advice of people who are actually working in engineering.
This is the latest in a series of changes implemented by the school in recent weeks as part of their Project Bold initiative, which has also seen Computer Science added to the Years 7-9 curriculum and 20 A-level subject available to Sixth Formers.
Mrs Harding, said: “GCSE Engineering is a practical, exciting and useful subject and is a valuable opportunity for practically minded pupils interested in learning more about engineering."
Head Girl gets KCL offer
Head Girl Gowri Pradeep, a Year 13 pupil at the school, will be aiming to secure the necessary A-level results this summer in order to secure her place at King’s College London, where she plans to study Medicine over a five-year period.
The influential figure has been a revelation in her role as Head Girl throughout the current academic year, and she has achieved a considerable amount since arriving at Rydal Penrhos as a Year 2 pupil in 2008.
She has secured a wealth of academic triumphs, a Conwy county netball selection and some impressive grading accolades from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Gowri has also lent her support to the next generation of Rydal Penrhos pupils in her role as Prefect and Peer Mentor, and her charitable nature has seen her visit Uganda as part of a school charity mission.
There will be a familiar face at the university should Gowri attain her conditional place, with 2018 leaver Sara Owen also studying Medicine at the facility after overcoming adversity to secure an outstanding set of A-level results.
"Gowri can only be described as a model pupil who has been a pleasure to have here at Rydal Penrhos.
She is a wonderful role model who works incredibly hard not only in her own studies, but support and guide those following in her footsteps."
Economics offers for boarder
A Sixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos has been rewarded for outstanding commitment to her studies with two University offers to high-profile establishments.
Caitlin Qu, a Year 13 pupil at the school, will be aiming to continue her exceptional academic success during her upcoming A-level examinations to round off what has been superb spell as a pupil at Rydal Penrhos.
The Chinese boarder has received a conditional offer to study Economics at King’s College London following a successful application process.
She also received the same offer from the University of Warwick, with both dependent on Caitlin securing the necessary A-level results this summer.
It has been a memorable time at the school for Caitlin, who joined the Rydal Penrhos community as a Year 11 pupil in 2016.
The 18-year-old was part of the Rydal Penrhos team that qualified for the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Senior Team Challenge national finals, and she has also secured a plethora of individual achievement relating to UKMT competitions.
Caitlin’s musical gift has been another prominent feature of her overall contribution to school life, performing as various concerts and inter-house competitions.
Mrs Harding, said: “This is a fantastic set of offers from Caitlin and she has worked incredibly hard to achieve them.
She is such a studious pupil who integrated to life here at Rydal Penrhos seamlessly, and it is a further testament to the fine work being done by our incredible staff team on a daily basis to help each child and young person achieve their goals.”
Team shines at district finals
Three pupils demonstrated their public speaking prowess at a prestigious recent competition.
Eddie Hackman, Morgan Kendall and Richard Wolfendale formed the school’s team that competed at the Rotary International Youth Speaks District Final, which was held at Glyndwr University in Wrexham on Thursday, March 7.
The trio tested their debating skills against eight other teams from across North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside, and they booked their place at the competition after winning the regional heat.
There was a range of topics discussed from those competing, including Stem cell research, the importance of music in education and the snowflake generation.
The standard was exceptionally high and the Rydal Penrhos team were highly commended by the judging panel for their contribution to the showcase.
Although they did not advance to the national finals, the group did take away an accolade from the event, as Morgan was crowned the best 'Vote of Thanks' winner from the evening.
Team RP perform well in challenge
A number of schools from across the region descended on Rydal Penrhos for a special academic event.
The school hosted the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Team Challenge at the newly refurbished Sixth Form Ferguson Centre, with teams from across North Wales, Cheshire and the North West in attendance.
During the competition, each team were tasked with successfully completing a series of different tasks designed by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust under the support and guidance of teaching staff and members of the school’s Sixth Form Prefect team.
The ever-popular relay round will make a welcome return and promises to once again be a huge deciding factor in the overall outcome, and after a hugely competitive day of action the team from Moreton Hall took away the prize by the narrowest of margins to secure a place in the national finals.
The Rydal Penrhos team of Zac Roberts, Henry Battersby, Ester Ball-Iverson and Lily Davies finished second thanks to their sterling efforts, with Ysgol Friars rounding off the podium places in third spot.
Mrs Harding, said: “We were delighted to host the UKMT’s Team Challenge once again, and well done to all that took part.
“Zac, Lily, Ester and Henry did incredibly well from a Rydal Penrhos perspective, displaying the sort of teamwork and problem-solving skills that will stand them in good stead for the remainder of their education and indeed their later life.”
Education & Employment options explored
A number of year groups were presented with the opportunity to explore their further education and employment options at a special event.
The school held its annual Careers Fair on Friday, March 8, which was open to both Sixth Form and Middle School pupils.
There was a strong presence of further education options available to talk to in the form of Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities, while many other professions that attended including engineering, event management, accountancy and medicine.
An Armed Forces representative was also in attendance for anyone wishing to go down that career route upon completion of their studies, and aspiring lawyers also got the chance to speak to professionals about their route into the industry.
The event was set up to give pupils a better understanding of their choices and what it takes to find work in the current climate.
Mrs Harding, said: “Our annual Careers Fair has proven to be an invaluable experience for our older pupils in recent years, and it gave them plenty of information regarding employment paths and further education possibilities.
“This upcoming decision-making process will have a huge impact on their prospects going forward."
World Water Day theme
The Reverend Nick Sissons once again hosted a termly iChapel on Friday, March 22, which was based on a theme coinciding with World Water Day.
He was joined by a special guest in the form of Korey Finch, a local worker for Youth for Christ in Colwyn Bay.
Rev’d Sissons, said: “iChapel replaces the normal Friday service in St John’s and gives an opportunity for the whole staff and the wider school community to participate in our daily reflection.
“This time the theme coincides with World Water Day and got out and about to one or two interesting locations and there’s involvement from both Prep and Senior schools.”
Director of Music Pete Williams devised a special music piece for the iChapel broadcast, which was accompanied by dance routines from Lower and Prep School pupils.
Mr Finch then gave his contribution to the iChapel from The Holy Well and Chapel of Saint Trillo in Rhos on Sea, a 6th Century building situated on the shoreline.
The chapel by the sea is on the site of a pre-Christian, sacred holy well, and the altar is built directly over the pure water of the well.
The iChapel was filmed and produced by Network and Services manager Gareth Robinson and proved to be another huge hit with staff and pupils.
World Book Day
RP lends support to national scheme
Senior school pupils took part in a host of different activities as part of a nationwide reading initiative.
All year groups involved themselves in the World Book Day festivities on Thursday, March 7, which began very early with a special Breakfast Reading Club session prior to the normal start of the school day.
A large number of Year 7, 8 and 9 came in before their scheduled start time to get in some early morning reading, and each year group also took part in some independent reading to heighten their creativity during lesson time.
Teaching staff brought in their favourite books to read to the pupils, and they also detailed what they liked about the book and why it has captured their hearts over time.
Unfortunately, a Poets’ Corner was cancelled on the Memorial Quad due to the adverse weather conditions.
Mrs Harding, said: “We are always delighted to show our support to very worthwhile events such as World Book Day, which stresses the importance that additional reading can have on a child’s overall development on a daily basis.
“This is something we are always actively encouraging here at Rydal Penrhos, and our teaching staff are always on hand to lend their expertise.”
Issy receives Red Nose prize
Isabella Peevor, a Year 7 pupil at the school, came second nationally in last year’s Red Nose Day design challenge, beating out hundreds of thousands’ of other entries to achieve runner-up.
The creation, which centred on a fairy with a hula dress design, was brought to life in 3D form and sold at Oxfam stores across the country as part of the Comic Relief fundraising initiative.
She also got a special red nose of her very own to mark her achievement, which Issy received at Rydal Pernrhos’ annual Art Exhibition on Wednesday, March 12.
The Art scholar participated in the competition as a member of the Year 6 group last year.
Mrs Morris, said: “This was such an exciting competition to enter as we all love Red Nose day and as a school we always look forward to participating in the day and wear our red noses with pride.
“The pupils were so excited about taking part in the design ."
Industry leaders aid Performing Artists
Iwan Lewis, who is the artistic director at The Barn Theatre, spent three days at the school last week, where he worked closely with the Dramatic Society cast that will take the stage for their eagerly awaited production of Les Misérables.
The experienced figure went through the majority of the play with cast members and worked on elements of their performance including acting, posture, singing technique and delivering emotion on stage.
He also spent a considerable amount of time with the primary cast on their respective contributions, what they need to improve and gave them a broader understanding of their characters and their significance to the overall play.
The visit was arranged by English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle, who taught Mr Lewis when he was a schoolboy and the pair have remained close ever since.
Mrs Harding, said: “This was a fantastic experience for the Les Misérables cast, who all benefitted enormously from Iwan’s incredible knowledge and industry leading techniques ."
Mossie Smith visited the school to work with the Year 11 GCSE Drama group on Thursday, March 7, where she spent time with each pupil going over their individual exam pieces and discussed ways of improving before their two-night exam performance this week.
She also looked at the group performance relating to the module, and gave some extremely helpful hints regarding things such as stage presence, telling a story through emotions and the importance of movement.
The actress is best known for her roles in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005) and Prime Suspect (1991).
Her efforts on stage have also been significant, working under some of the best directors in the industry during performances such as Nell Gwynn, Snake in the Grass, Howard Katz and Wild Oats.
This is the second time that Mrs Smith has visited Rydal Penrhos in the last 12 months following her special guest appearance at the inaugural Creative and Performing Arts dinner.
Miss Earle, said: “We were absolutely thrilled that Mossie came along to give our GCSE candidates some final instructions before their exam performance, and it was an experience they got a tremendous amount out of.”
Hundreds raised for national initiative
Hundreds of pounds were raised by Rydal Penrhos’ Charity Committee as part of their efforts towards a nationwide fundraising initiative.
The Sixth Form group arranged a series of activities in support of Comic Relief on Friday, March 15, which was one of many such events put on at the school throughout the academic year.
Staff and pupils were encouraged to wear a fancy dress themed beginning with the letter R or come in their own clothes in exchange for a donation, with a Cake Sale during break selling out of tasty treats within five minutes of opening.
Best dressed awards were giving to the most creative costumes such as Head Girl Gowri Pradeep as a raspberry and Matthew Chan as a Royal Mail worker.
A number of staff members got a soaking during a special lunchtime activity, where pupils threw wet sponges at them to further raise funds for the cause.
Charity Committee co-chair Holly Battersby revealed that a total of £750 was raised from the event, which was added to the £63.5 million donated across the country.
Mrs Harding, said: “It is safe to say that this year’s Red Nose Fundraising Day will live long in the memory, and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to the Charity Committee for arranging such a fabulous event once again.
“They have done so much good for regional and national causes throughout the years, and this is a testament to their enthusiasm and passion to make the world a better place.”
News from former pupils
Josh Leach came off the bench for RGC in a recent contest to mark his 100th appearances for the club.
The popular figure was one of the first graduates from the club’s thriving Academy system, and he played a significant role in their rise to the Principality Premiership and their historic WRU National Cup success in 2017.
Leach has been on the fringes of the squad this season, making a handful of appearances for Mark Jones’ men, but his influence within the set-up behind the scenes continues to grow in his role as regional performance manager.
This fine work alongside coaches at the club has continued to thrive, resulting in some outstanding recent results for the Gogs’ U16 squad in their Regional Age Grade competition against some experienced opposition.
Leach comes from a fine sporting family with brother Pat boasting professional experience with Newport Gwent Dragons, with father Mike recently retiring from his teaching role at Rydal Penrhos after developing some outstanding talent such as Sean Lonsdale and Andrew Fenby, who have both made a considerable impact for English Premiership sides in recent years.
"Josh has played such a huge part in the success of RGC both on and off the field since their inception, and he deserves an enormous amount of credit on reaching his century and aiding a wealth of young talent come through the Academy."
A former pupil has risen to one of the most prominent positions within the judicial system.
Jill Margaret Black – The Right Honourable Lady Black of Derwent DBE - is now widely recognised as one of the most influential judges operating anywhere in the country after an outstanding career to date.
Lady Black attended Penrhos College in North Wales before studying at Durham University.
The first lawyer in her family, her initial career at the Bar involved a broad range of criminal and civil work, although she later specialised in family law.
For a period in the 1980s she taught law at Leeds Polytechnic, and Lady Black was also a founding author of the definitive guide to family law practice in England and Wales, and continues to serve as a consulting editor.
Lady Black was appointed to the High Court in 1999, assigned to the Family Division. Her increasing influence within the sector was further reflected in her appointment as the Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board's Family Committee, until her appointment as a Judicial Appointments Commissioner in 2008.
This is a position Lady Black held until 2013, and she was appointed a Lady Justice of Appeal in 2010. She was previously Head of International Family Justice.
She was previously Head of International Family Justice and was given the role of Justice of The Supreme Court in October 2017.
Mrs Harding, said: “Lady Black’s incredible success is serving as a superb inspiration for our current pupils that are aiming to follow in her footsteps."
Henry Williams, who left the school in 2016, was nominated for the Vice President of Sport title at the University of Bangor after a successful campaign that saw him emerge victorious in a vote.
This is the latest in a series of high-profile appointment for the former pupil, who was also selected as Club Captain of Men’s Rugby Union and Athletic Union Events Officer at the university late last year, further highlighting the evidence of his overall influence during his time at the further education establishment.
The 20-year-old, who is the brother of former Head Girl and 2018 leaver Olivia Williams, has been an influential figure within the university squad since enrolling, and his performances on the pitch have been matched by his ability to lead and organise a squad littered with talent.
Mr Boyd, said: “Henry was a true leader during his time here at Rydal Penrhos and it is great to see this transitioning so successfully into university.
“He is one of a large number of our young athletes that have gone on to great things, which is a testament to the expert coaching and solid foundations they received during their time at Rydal Penrhos.”
Sean Lonsdale, who left the school in 2015, helped Exeter Chiefs stay top of the Gallagher Premiership thanks to their 20-14 win at Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, and they are three points clear of Saracens in what looks to be a two-horse race for the crown.
The Chiefs looked set for a comfortable win when first half tries by Ollie Devoto and Don Armand helped to put them 15-0 up at the break.
The home side made a fight of it in the second period when Sam James and Will Cliff both went over in quick succession, but talented flanker Lonsdale made a significant impact after coming on as a substitute and touched down for the decisive score late on to seal a 12th triumph in 15 league games for the Chiefs.
Lonsdale attended Prestatyn Hugh School before moving to Rydal Penrhos as a Year 10 pupil, where he later became a part of the school’s Rugby Academy that is run in partnership with Principality Premiership side RGC 1404 and the Welsh Rugby Union. He then made the move from the Welsh domestic set-up to the Chiefs, and has made a considerable impact for their senior side this year after a successful loan spell at Cornish Pirates.
The 21-year-old’s efforts so far this term have also caught the eye of national media outlets, with Lonsdale recently starring in BBC Sport online and The Rugby Paper features.
Arran speaks on Lancs' India tour
Arran Sen was part of the Lancashire Cricket Under 13 squad that toured India to launch a pilot project aimed at the club’s future Academy cricketers undertaking annual overseas tours.
A 16-strong squad travelled to Mumbai alongside coaching staff and parents to play five fixtures, as well as take to part in a development programme designed to improve their cricket skills in a challenging environment.
The tour was implemented to aid their development as people as they partake in charity work by working with the Dharavi Cricket Academy, as part of the Project Front Foot initiative – a charity partner of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation.
Arran performed exceptionally well during the tour against some incredibly strong opposition, with the all-rounder opening the bowling and even managing to take the first wicket of the tour.
He said: “It was an absolutely amazing experience. I had no idea how popular cricket was in India. People were playing it absolutely everywhere. On the road, in the streets and there were ten games on at a time at one of the grounds we visited.”
The sports scholar was also presented with an opportunity to spend some time at the Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, where he took part in net sessions and got some helpful tips from some of the best coaches in the Mumbai region.
“It was a fantastic honour and the experience is one that I will never forget,” added Arran.
Reuben helps Wales to success
Reuben Bather was part of the eight-team Welsh squad that took on Ireland in the annual Cardigan Trophy at Rosslare Golf Club in County Wexford.
The sports scholar and scratch handicapper continued his exceptional recent form to secure some valuable points for the Wales squad throughout the three-day competition, enabling them to come away with the trophy after a stunning team display.
This is the latest in a series of impressive accolades for the scratch handicapper, who was part of the Welsh side that secured a historic victory in the Quadrangular tournament in Holland last year.
He was also part of the Rydal Penrhos side that secured the ISGA Northern Area title alongside fellow Academy members Adrian Lewis and Charley Simpson, and they will now take their place in the national finals at Royal St. George's Golf Club, the home of the 149th Open Championship.
His ongoing development as part of Rydal Penrhos’ dedicated sports scholarship programme has improved his overall game considerably, and he now sits in ninth position in the European U16 rankings.
Mr Boyd, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for Reuben, who is one of the brightest young golfers in the country."
Welsh students selection for Will
An aspiring rugby league star earned another national squad selection with a strong showing in a student trial game.
Will Lynch started for the North Wales Students side that took on their Southern counterparts in a special fixture on Sunday, March 3 in Monmouth, and they managed to emerge victorious by a score of 24-14.
The Prefect has enjoyed a glittering young career to date and was recently part of the Welsh U19 Rugby League squad that achieved a superb third-placed finish at the European Youth Championships in Serbia.
Will played a significant part in the side’s success, scoring tries against Ukraine and the hosts.
He has experience with one of the best amateur sides in Great Britain – Leigh Miners Rangers Academy – a set up that has produced numerous professional and international players over the years.
Will also received a U16 scholarship at Salford City Red Devils and has represented RGC U16s within the Rugby Union youth system.
"This is another considerable achievement for Will and one that he can look back on with a great deal of pride.
He is a fine example to others with his outstanding work ethic and dedication both to his studies and his sporting development, and his experience on the national stage is sure to boost the overall prospects of the Welsh squad considerably during their upcoming internationals."
Regional success for boys' U14 and 12 squads
The U14 side took their place at the North Wales Championships on Monday, March 14, which saw the group compete against other schools from across the area.
They began the tournament in strong fashion with a hard-fought victory over Ysgol Eirias, before notching a goal bonanza in their convincing triumph over Myddleton College.
This same trend continued throughout the competition, with Rydal Penrhos emerging victorious to book their place in the Welsh School’s Championship later on this year.
There were a host of individual standouts throughout the event, with skipper and North Wales squad member Alex Starling providing superb leadership and experience to lead the Rydal Penrhos contingent to victory.
Osca Clark and Callan Earle also produced a series of exceptional display, with vice-captain Jacob Cousins, Adam McGuigan, John Williams and James Copeland equally as impressive throughout.
Goalkeeper Niall Richardson and Year 8 pupil Laurence Richardson performed very well when called upon, and the school side notched 28 goals during their four matches and conceded just two.
Mr Boyd, said: “This was an exceptional performance from our U14 squad, who worked together efficiently during the tournament and were worthy winners of the North Wales Championship.
“Each pupil involved can be enormously proud of their respective contributions during the tournament, and they will go to the national finals in confident mood.”
The school’s U12 side took their place in the North Wales Championships on Monday, March 18, which saw the group aim to continue the programme’s outstanding success in the competition over a prolonged period.
They began the tournament in fine fashion with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a very talented Ysgol Tywyn side, which featured standout efforts from Harry Fardoe, Gabriel Speakman and Ethan Akroyd.
This was followed up by an outstanding success against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, which ensured the Rydal Penrhos contingent clinched the title in fine fashion.
The group were marshalled superbly by skipper and Year 7 pupil Liam Farrell, with other notable contributions coming from Jonah Craddock, Harley Doyle, James Gilman, Joseph Gundy, Raif Horrocks and Arum Ramesh.
It has been another hugely successful campaign for Rydal Penrhos’ hockey provision, with the boys’ U12, U14 and U18 squad all qualifying for the national competitions later this year.
Mr Boyd, said: “Our U12 squad have all blended together immensely during their first few months together, and this was reflected with an impressive display in the North Wales Championships.
“They are improving all the time and have a huge scope to develop their skills further as a group, which will give them plenty of confidence ahead of the national finals.”
Success stories aplenty
Ariana Milligan, Eve Durrans and Lily Davies earned a place on the Hockey Wales 360˚ initiative, which is a talent development system that helps support and develop talented athletes to achieve their potential.
Entering the 360˚ pathway is the first step within the performance system, and once in the pathway those selected are developed holistically within the programme ensuring they are assisted with technical, tactical, physical and psychological development on a regular basis.
The trio have developed their skills considerably as part of the programme, and they have also received expert coaching from specialist staff at Rydal Penrhos.
Ariana and Eve are no strangers to success, with the pair recently selected to the North Wales U13 Hockey squad thanks to their sterling efforts during a trial period.
Mr Boyd, said: “Ariana, Eve and Lily have benefitted enormously from Hockey Wales’ 360˚ programme, and they have visibly grown in confidence with every session and competitive match here at Rydal Penrhos.
“They are all very determined characters who are thriving both academically and in a sporting environment, and each of them can be very proud of their respective efforts during their time with us.”
A group of pupils took a trip to a high-profile Rugby League contest as part of a specially arranged trip.
Executive Principal John Waszek organised tickets for the Upper Sixth Form contingent during St Helens’ recent home fixture against London Broncos, with receptionist Sarah James also playing a role in the trip, and Welsh Rugby League international Will Lynch provides an account of the events in a special pupil blog:
On Friday 8th March, six Year 13 pupils went to watch the famous St Helens Rugby League club in a home game against London Broncos.
Alongside Mr Waszek, the game turned out in favour of St Helens much to the delight of Mr Waszek, a long time St Helens fan himself!
For most of the boys there, it was their first Rugby League game they’d watched, and this was evident to me (Will) with Nick Fiorita firing barrels of questions on the rules and history of the sport.
In addition to this, many of the lads came to watch expecting the game to be slow and “weak”, however this view was changed with the lads commenting on mine and Sean’s bravery for playing the game due to the sheer number of bone crunching tackles that were being made and the number of brave busts for tries that were made.
In the end the boys watched a rather one sided, but thrilling game with St Helens winning 26-0.
Overall, the boys who attended had an amazing night and I'm sure this won’t be the last trip to a Rugby League game for the school, and just maybe there could be a chance to give the game a go!
Thank you to Mr Waszek and Sarah for making the trip possible!
Osca Clark was part of the Rhyl and District Rugby Club’s U14 squad that took on COBRA RGC North East boys’ Bowl final on Sunday, March 24.
The showcase produced some fantastic attacking rugby from both sides, with plenty of eye-catching tries leaving the score extremely close heading into the closing stages.
In a dramatic finish to the contest, the young Rhyl and District squad dug deep in the closing stages to eventually emerge victorious by the narrowest of margins, achieving a thrilling 35-34 triumph.
This is the first trophy that any Dragons’ team across all ages have achieved since their high-profile move to their impressive new facility at Ty Newydd Fields.
Ocsa has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success as part of Rydal Penrhos sports scholarship programme, and he was recently part of the school’s U14 Boys’ Hockey side that were crowned North Wales
Champions and earned qualification to the national finals later this year.
He also secured some outstanding swimming achievements at regional and national level throughout his time at the school.
"Osca has developed considerably in a sporting environment and he is thoroughly deserving of all the accolades that come his way.
He is a very hard-working individual who has a fantastic ability to motivate others in a competitive environment."
Arran Sen, a Year 8 pupil at the school, recently won the U13 Coaches’ Award at the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club’s presentation evening, which was given in recognition of his attitude, work ethic and setting an example to the group.
The all-rounder made a considerable impact with the Bay youth set-up at both U13 and U15 level, and he also gained senior experience as part of the club’s third XI.
Arran, who recently travelled to India for a landmark tour with the Lancashire U13 squad, arrived at Rydal Penrhos on a sports scholarship in 2017 and has achieved a significant amount in a short space of time.
This includes the Spirit of Cricket Award during the school’s annual contest against Marylebone CC.
He will now begin training with the Liverpool and District Cricket League Premier Division side during their pre-season sessions as the pupil aims to break into the second unit this summer.
Mr Boyd, said: “This is another well-deserved accolade for Arran and is something that has worked hard to attain. He is enormously committed to improving all areas of his game both with our coaching staff and with Colwyn Bay and Lancashire, something that has brought with it significant progress so far."