Senior School newsletter: June 2019
Rydal Penrhos newsletter
Year 11-13 pupils honoured
Older members school community were honoured at one of the most prominent occasions on the calendar.
The school held its Year 11-13 Speech Day on Saturday, May 25, which saw a large crowd gather at the refurbished Donald Hughes Memorial Hall to mark another hugely eventful academic year across all departments.
Chair of Governors Julian Barnes kicked off proceedings with a welcoming address, before Reverend Sissons led the congregation in an opening prayer.
Mrs Harding then took the pulpit for her speech as part of the event, with the Choir also lending their support to the celebration with a rendition of the traditional Welsh hymn Suo-Gan.
Mr Murphy then announced a significant number of prize recipients, and special guest Dr Victoria Galbraith gave a memorable address that discussed the theme of connection.
Upper Sixth Form pupil Miles Poller signed off an exceptional spell at the school with his final saxophone solo, with outgoing Head Boy Nick Fiorita and Head Girl Gowri Pradeep also taking the stage for a thoroughly entertaining speech.
Year 7-10 Speech Day
Inaugural Celebration a success
Young pupils celebrated another incredible year of achievement at a special event.
The school held its first ever Year 7-10 Speech Day on Friday, May 24, which saw a large crowd gather at the refurbished Memorial Hall to mark another hugely eventful academic year across all departments.
Chair of Governors Julian Barnes opened the event with a welcoming address, before the Reverend Sissons led the congregation in an opening prayer.
Mrs Harding then took the pulpit for her speech as part of the event, with the Choir also lending their support to the celebration with a rendition of ‘If Ye Love Me’ by Thomas Tallis.
Mr Murphy then announced a significant number of prize recipients, and special guest Mike Leach gave a memorable address that drew a superb ovation from those in attendance.
Year 10 pupil Juan Rajagopal then dazzled the crowd with a sensational Piano solo, with outgoing Head Boy Nick Fiorita and Head Girl Gowri Pradeep also taking the stage for a thoroughly entertaining speech.
The event concluded with the Welsh national anthem and an Irish blessing sang by the Choir.
Re-opening date confirmed
Rydal Penrhos is delighted to announce that a popular facility will be ready to re-open later this year.
The school confirmed that work on improving the Swimming Pool - originally opened in 1964 - is set to be completed in time for the start of the academic year in September 2019.
Executive Principal Mr Waszek, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into making the necessary changes to our Swimming Pool to ensure it is a sustainable asset for years to come.
“This is another massive boost for the exciting academic and co-curricular provision we provide as part of a well-rounded and exceptional education here at Rydal Penrhos.”
Simultaneously, all pupils from Reception through to Year 9 will receive a weekly swimming lesson as part of exciting curriculum changes.
The colour scheme at the pool will be designed by Prep pupils in a competition which will enable the winning team to be the first group to use the pool upon re-opening.
Mrs Harding, added: “This is wonderful news and is something that is going to benefit the overall development of our Prep and Senior School pupils considerably.”
Nick collects Gold Award from Palace
On such a glorious day, with over 3,000 young people being recognised for their Gold award, it was a fantastic day.
I attended the afternoon ceremony and had Matt Johnson as my guest presenter, a TV personality, he was originally from Wales and therefore he was our celebrity guest presenter as I was in the Welsh DofE group. He has been on This Morning, starred in an episode of Gavin and Stacey and has awards including:
In 2010, Johnson was voted Wales' Sexiest Man and was in the top 50 most in-demand charity ambassadors in the world.
However, notably, Steven Mulhern, who presents BGT extra, interrupted our guest presenter (as they were friends). Other notable celebrity presenters present for the event included John Torode (Masterchef), Peter Andre, Larry Lamb, Judge Rinder and many others.
The day consisted of taking loads of photos, wandering the palace grounds, a short talk from the guest presenter, where Matt spoke about how hard DofE is, how he has achieved the diamond award for those over 25.
He spoke about his mental health struggle and how doing the DofE is important to building up strength against mental challenges. A short Q&A followed by Matt awarding the gold DofE certificates.
After first arriving I was approached by Major David Love, the Army`s Duke of Edinburgh champion, we discussed how fantastic the Army Cadets are for providing the DofE and how the ability to complete my skill, volunteering and residential was all due to the Army Cadets. He was one of the guest presenters for a separate group.
During the afternoon, HRH Princess Eugine of York joined the group and spoke to a few members of my group, at the end she asked an open questions for any funny stories about our DofE experiences. I took the opportunity and recalled one of the Chinese girl`s in my group having her rucksack attached by a wild horse and ripped apart in search for the Chinese snacks in there that were brought over from China.
HRH then went on to ask about my connection with the Army Cadets, being the only one in my group in uniform. HRH was very impressed with everyone’s achievement in the group and mentioned how she thought the award was just so difficult to achieve. The entire day was a fantastic experience and will stay with me for a long time. I just hope it didn’t effect my Economics A-level exam I had the next morning back at school.
By Nick Fiorita
Work nears completion
Work is nearing completion on an exciting new facility for Rydal Penrhos’ thriving sporting provision.
The school have been constructing a new five-bay grass outdoor nets facility over the off-season, with the finishing touches now being put on the area situated on Blackburn’s Piece opposite the outstanding New Field surface.
This is the latest in a series of significant improvements around Rydal Penrhos in recent months, which is part of the school’s ongoing strategic development plan to enhance facilities for a well-rounded academic and co-curricular experience.
The Rydal Dolphins, who are a team comprised of former pupils and people associated with the school, contributed to the cost of the development of an outdoor cricket nets facility, which will be used by aspiring young cricketers looking to improve their game under the direction of dedicated coaching staff.
The donation was made in memory of Brian Lewis, who was a Rydal School pupil from 1953-62 and left a gift in his will for the Dolphins following his passing.
Other notable contributions to the project came from The Percy Heywood Bequest and The W. Stephen Jones Memorial Fund, with a special plaque recognising their generosity unveiled at the start of the eagerly anticipated Dolphins Week against the school’s first XI last year.
Mrs Harding, said: “This will be another hugely beneficial element of the sporting programme we provide here at Rydal Penrhos, and it is going to be a massive asset to our aspiring cricketers going forward.
“I would like to thank the Rydal Dolphins for their donation towards the project, which is a fitting tribute to a fine man in Brian Lewis.”
Details announced for annual event
The Friends of Rydal Penrhos committee are seeking donations for this year’s Summer Fair, which will take place on Friday, June 28 on the Memorial Quad.
In addition to pupils running their own stalls, there is also the chance for small businesses to also have a stall at the fair, at the cost of £10.
Any charity groups that wish to run a stall can do so free of charge.
Sarah James, FORPS Chair and Liaison Officer, said: “The Summer Fair would be nothing without the generosity of all those who donate items to be used as prizes.
“I know FORPS were incredibly grateful for the support that you give – it really does help things to run smoothly.”
Donations are required for the Tombola stand at the Fair, with a wealth of other exciting things planned throughout what is sure to be another memorable occasion for those in attendance.
Last year raised a staggering £1,633.93, which was split between the Young Minds charity and worthy projects around the various departments throughout Rydal Penrhos.
Anyone wishing to donate can leave items at the Senior School Reception, and for more information on the Summer Fair and how you can help out, email Miss James at SJames@rydalpenrhos.com.
British Olympiad triumphs
Four Year 13 pupils managed to emerge with success after taking part in the British (International) Biology Olympiad, which is open to students in post-16 education studying at school or college.
The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions, with those achieving the highest scores offered the opportunity to attend an award ceremony in London.
A total of 9,465 pupils from 727 schools from across the world took part in the thriving initiative this year.
There was plenty to celebrate from a Rydal Penrhos perspective, with Imogen Camp further showcasing her immense academic prowess by securing a Gold Award as a result of her exceptional efforts.
She was one of only 681 candidates worldwide that managed to secure the outstanding feat.
Outgoing Head Girl Gowri Pradeep was another to achieve considerable success with a Silver Award, which was attained by only 776 people that took part in the Olympiad across the globe.
Boarding pupil Malina Keil secured a Highly Commended mark as a result of her efforts, with Rafeez Mortuza attaining a Commended certificate for his performance during the Olympiad.
Mrs Harding, said: “This is an absolutely incredible result from our pupils, and in particular the efforts of Imogen and Gowri.
“For them to be ranked so high in a worldwide competition is a testament to their ability to thrive under pressure and the expert guidance and support they have received across their academic studies during their time at Rydal Penrhos.”
A-level exam group praised
Head of Art Mr Sherrington discusses what went on during the recent A-Level Art and Art Photography examination in his latest staff blog, and he was full of praise for the pupils involved:
The A-level Art and Photography exams took place at the beginning of May. The Fine Artists had been working on separate themes and handed in bulging books on themes ready of the exam ready for marking and moderation.
During the three days, the candidates worked hard on paintings, each using unconventional grounds to work on and producing both personal and intricate pieces which will demand close inspection at the final exhibition.
The photographers worked with both flat images and in some cases created three dimensional responses to their themes. All their work has now been sent to be professionally printed so that it looks as good as possible for the visiting moderator.
It promises to be a diverse and varied show again this year with some excellent painting, printmaking, instillation work and impressive photography.
New cookery course launched
Sixth Form pupils will get the chance to secure some additional qualifications from the start of the next academic year.
The school announced that they will be running a Level 3 Extended Certificate in Professional Cookery, from September 2019, as an extra-curricular opportunity.
It is a two-year course that begins in Year 12 and is accredited by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality.
The course develops confidence, creativity and maturity in a relaxed setting, and significantly enhances employment opportunities for anyone wishing to take up weekend, summer of gap year jobs in the future.
Working with Head of Food Studies Ms Gardener, those taking the course will take part in weekly three-hour practical sessions that will run after the normal school day, with a weekly theory session also planned for anyone taking the extended certificate.
There will be continuous assessment through a practical exam schedule, in addition to coursework that will focus on menu planning, writing time-plans and informal tests.
This is the latest in a series of exciting new additions to the Rydal Penrhos curriculum at Sixth Form level, with the Business Cambridge Technical and Psychology A-level further enhancing the vast options in recent months.
Anyone wishing to take up the course, or for more information, contact Ms Gardener via email at LMGardener@rydalpenrhos.com.
Bee workshop boosts learning
The Year 8 contingent were visited by members of the Soroptimist Society on Tuesday, May 7, where they took part in a day of fun-filled activities highlighting the life of a Bee and their importance to the overall environment.
Different representatives from the organisation held different talks with the group, which detailed everything from how honey is made, the habitat of a Bee and how it survives in the current climate.
There was also a taste-testing table featured varied and unusual flavours of honey for the pupils to sample.
This was followed by two separate activities, which involved a feature-length film regarding Bees and creating their very own wild flower garden that they were able to take home.
Mrs Harding, said: “This was a very worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience for our Year 8 group, who all got a tremendous amount out of the experience.
“They are a fantastic group who have all progressed considerably thanks to events like this throughout the academic year, which will stand them in enormously good stead throughout the remainder of their education."
Scholar Workshop begins
A group of aspiring Performing Artists attended the first session of a brand new opportunity during the summer term.
The school held its first Drama Scholars’ Workshop with teacher Miss Earle, which is a new and exciting addition to Rydal Penrhos’ thriving provision within the Arts.
During the first session, those in attendance went over the schedule that they will be taking part in over the next few weeks, which will focus on various elements on performing thanks to a series of thought-provoking activities.
The workshop is for those that have secured Drama scholarships at Rydal Penrhos, thanks to a successful application process during enrolment.
It has been another incredible academic year of achievement for the school’s Drama provision, which included a sensational Dramatic Society production of Les Misérables, LAMDA grading success, prizes galore from the Chester Festival and a hilarious Speech and Drama Comedy Night.
Miss Earle, said: “Our Drama Scholars represent the school in a hugely positive way, both within the community and at various performances we put on throughout the academic year."
Upper 6th say goodbye
Emotions ran high for Upper Sixth Form pupils during their final full day at Rydal Penrhos.
The class of 2019 said goodbye to the school ahead of their A-level examinations on Friday, May 17, with a host of different activities planned for the group before their departure.
There was a great source of excitement within the group as throughout the festivities, which saw them congregate at the Memorial Quad during morning break for a final photoshoot with form tutors.
The afternoon saw the group gather at the Ferguson Centre, where they were given one final speech from Head of Sixth Form Mrs Crimes surrounding the impact they had all made on the school during their time here.
They also received their year books, which they spent time signing and discussing with their peers, and also took home their commemorative hoodies as a special memento to mark the occasion.
New Outdoor Ed scheme underway
Lower School pupils got the chance to try a new activity as part of an ongoing outdoor learning initiative.
The Year 8 group had the opportunity to visit the Bridlewood Riding Centre in Flintshire for an afternoon of fun-filled and testing tasks on with Miss Earle.
This is part of the school’s weekly Outdoor Education afternoons, which take place various venues across the region.
There were a host of activities for the pupils to get involved with during the trip, including assisting with the day-to-day tasks at the site and riding the impressive horses around the facility.
They wwill be visiting the venue frequently over the summer term and further adds to the vast co-curricular options available to pupils across all age groups at the school.
Miss Earle, said: “It was a very successful first visit to the Bridlewood Riding Centre, and I would like to thank the staff at the site for making us feel so welcome.
“Each pupil involved really enjoyed themselves and got an enormous amount out of the experience, and their attitude throughout was exemplary.
“They got stuck into every task with their usual enthusiasm and fearless attitude, having a great deal of fun in the process.”
6th former cooks for FORPS committee
Nia Humphreys produced a delicious luncheon for members of the Friends of Rydal Penrhos Committee as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work in raising funds throughout the academic year.
The sports scholar and Prefect is working towards Level 3 Extended Certificate in Professional Cookery, which is another exciting option available as part of the ongoing developments at the school under Mr Waszek and Mrs Harding.
The pupil produced a two-course lunch – together with canapés – as part of the meal, which was also attended by Mr Waszek and FORPS chair Sarah James.
This included a rack of spring lamb from Edwards of Conwy and a summer fruit Pavlova with a fruit coulis.
They began their meal with a mocktail recommended by ‘Bod’ from Deganwy’s Prohibition.
Fellow pupil Barooj Maqsood, together with Head of Food Studies Ms Gardener, also lent their support to Nia throughout the preparation and cooking process.
Ms Gardener, said: “Nia did amazingly well in what is a very pressured situation to produce a fantastic meal for members of the incredible FORPS Committee, who do so much wonderful work to assist various projects throughout all departments.”
If you would like more information regarding this course, please contact Ms Gardener on LMGardener@rydalpenrhos.com.
Payne crowned winners
The school announced the winner of the coveted Yeung Bowl House Cup during its annual Speech Day event on Saturday, May 24, which saw Payne secure the crown after an outstanding academic year across all year groups.
House captains Ewan Luke and Louise Weis received the cup from special guest speaker and former pupil Dr Victoria Galbraith to a generous round of applause from the audience.
Each pupil contributes to the overall house point totals throughout the course of the year, which can be won for academic achievement or at the various co-curricular inter-house competitions in areas such as music, drama and boarding.
Payne’s triumph was aided considerably by their performance at the recent Sports Day event, and they have also been incredibly strong in Music competitions, in addition to Drama and other sporting tournaments.
Mrs Harding, said: “It has been another incredible academic year of House competitions and Payne are very worthy winners considering how well they have done on a consistent basis. You could see just how much it meant to every member of the house when they were announced as this year’s winners."
Staff member shortlisted for award
Dean Jones, who works within the school’s Marketing and Communications department, is one of the finalists in the School Communication Award category at the Daily Post Schools Awards in association with Excell Supply.
The 37-year-old was nominated for the honour by Mrs Hogan for his continuous and ever-improving digital marketing strategy that involves the entire Rydal Penrhos community.
During his time at Rydal Penrhos, the former journalist has increased the school’s media presence both regionally and nationally in a wide range of print and online publications, in addition to being at the forefront of social media activity on the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
Mr Jones has also been a key contributor in the team who created the new prospectus, while also improving Rydal Penrhos’ Welsh language communications and ensuring that people are kept full up to date with events through methods including a Live Updates Blog, Mobile App, constant news stories and interactive monthly newsletters.
He has also produced a series of helpful document for imcoming and prospective pupils on the innovative Turtl platform, and Mr Jones will now attend an awards dinner on Thursday, June 27 at Coleg Cambria alongside other representatives from the school.
Mrs Hogan, said: “Dean has developed a digital marketing strategy that has hugely benefitted the whole school community. He has also increased the pupil involvement with regular takeovers of Instagram and Snapchat. This has helped educate and direct the pupils in the positive and appropriate uses of social media and Dean has helped them understand personal online safety in a proactive way.”
News from former pupils
Danny Cross, who left in 2015, enjoyed a fabulous campaign for Principality Premiership side RGC 1404 and contributed significantly to Mark Jones’ men securing an eighth placed finish in the top flight.
The powerful back put behind his niggling injury problems that have hampered his progression in recent years, producing a series of exceptional displays to highlight his importance to the senior squad.
This resulted in Cross scooping the Young Player of the Year Award at RGC’s end of season presentation evening, which took place following their final day victory over runners-up Cardiff at Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay.
This is the latest in a series of outstanding accolades from the former pupil, who earned representative honours with the Wales U18 squad during his time at Rydal Penrhos, where he travelled to South Africa and played against South Africa Schools, Italy, and South Africa A.
He was also part of the Wales U20 set-up for their Six Nations schedule in 2015.
Elishia Phillips, who left in 2017, will be taking on the North West Tough Mudder in Malpas, Cheshire later this year, and hopes to raise a considerable amount for Ataxia UK.
This is a charity that is close to the heart of Elishia, with friend and ex-pupil Scarlett Salisbury suffering with the condition until her sad passing earlier this year aged 21.
The Rhos on Sea native, who is studying Drama at the University of Chester and also works as a booking administrator at the Zip World Centre in Llanrwst, has already begun training hard in the gym and has set an initial target of £1,250 for the cause.
She said: “Scarlett was such an inspiration to everyone.
“My friend never let it overcome her, or become her main personality trait, and she inspired me and so many others with her determination and strength.
“I want to give back by putting my own strength and determination to the test with this challenge.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so on Elishia’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elishia-phillips.
Rob Hall, who left in 2011, is a drummer with Llandudno four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen, who released their eagerly anticipated third album entitled The Balance.
The band have developed a huge following across the country and they managed to secure number two in the UK Album Chart, behind only worldwide megastar Pink’s latest release.
One consolation at not getting the top spot – the band secured the number one berth in the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.
This latest success comes on the back of their second album The Ride, which reached number one, and the BRIT Award winners continue their quest for global domination during a mammoth tour of the United States throughout June.
The indie rockers are also scheduled to play a series of festival dates on home soil before travelling to the southern hemisphere for a six-date tour of Australia.
"This is another very notable milestone for Rob as part of his involvement with Catfish and the Bottlemen, who are riding on the crest of a wave at the present time and long may it continue.
They have come an incredibly long way in a relatively short space of time and are thoroughly deserving of all the accolades that continue to come their way."
Efan Jones, who left in 2016, played a key role for RGC 1404 during the Principality Premiership campaign, establishing himself as one of the top-flights best scrum-halves in the process.
In recognition for his sterling contribution to his side’s cause, Jones picked up the Overall Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year accolades at the club’s end of season presentation evening following their final day win over Cardiff.
The scrum-half has been at the very top of his game for the Gogs’ after being given increased responsibility last summer following the departure of Alex Schwartz to Cornish Pirates.
This is the latest in a series of exceptional achievements from the former pupil, who made his first team debut for RGC when still a member of Rydal Penrhos’ thriving Sixth Form provision.
He also managed to secure international honours during his time at the school with the Wales U18 squad.
Mr Boyd, said: “Efan is one of the best players operating at his position anywhere in the domestic game, and we are enormously proud to have played a part in his development."
OR Fenby attends as special guest
The school held its annual Sports Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 16, which saw a large contingent descend on the Dining Hall for a hugely entertaining evening.
Former pupil and professional rugby star Andrew Fenby, who attended from 1997-2004, was on hand to dish out the prizes at the event, and he also held a special question and answer session regarding his career and his time at the school with Mr Boyd.
The ex-pupil and qualified chartered accountant enjoyed a fantastic career in the domestic game, turning out for the likes of Scarlets, Newcastle Falcons and London Irish before announcing his retirement.
He was then tempted back into the sport on a short-term deal at Saracens, and Mr Fenby began his career at National League side Blacon, where he scored 73 tries in 77 contests before a move to the Falcons.
After saying goodbye to rugby on his own terms, Mr Fenby secured a job in the City with a sustainable investment fund set up by former United States vice-president Al Gore, before setting up his own rugby agency in Certo Management, which he described as “one of the greatest and rewarding” challenges of his career.
Catering providers Holroyd Howe put on a lavish meal for those in attendance to enjoy.
Mr Boyd, said: “We have had another exceptional year of sporting achievement across all age groups here at Rydal Penrhos, and it is only fitting that our pupils’ efforts are acknowledged annually at the Sports Awards.
“I would like to thank OR Andrew Fenby for attending as the special guest and to Holroyd Howe for an incredible meal.”
U12 side go unbeaten at national finals
The U12 boys' hockey side travelled to Newtown for the Welsh Schools’ Championships, which saw the squad compete against other successful qualifiers from across the country.
They began with a strong defensive display to secure a 0-0 draw with Christ College Brecon, before achieving the same scoreline with another stout display full of quality against Llanidloes High School.
The North Wales champions saved their best performance for last in their 3-0 triumph over Bishopston Comprehensive School, ensuring Rydal Penrhos ended the competition in second place.
A very strong overall display saw the go without defeat in three matches without conceding a goal, and there was further cause for celebration from a school perspective as Harry Fardoe was named Player of the Tournament.
Mr Boyd, said: “This was another superb effort from our U12 side, who have developed significantly both individually and as a unit throughout the season under the guidance and support of our coaching staff.
“There was not much more they could do to clinch the title, going unbeaten without conceding, and this bodes extremely well for their future prospects."
U12 Boys’ Hockey squad: Ethan Akroyd, Jonah Craddock, Harley Doyle, Harry Fardoe, Liam Farrell, James Gilman, Joseph Grundy, Raif Horrocks, Arun Ramesh, Gabriel Speakman.
Josh earns Team GB selection
Josh Manning will be part of the Great Britain contingent that will compete at the upcoming World Sailing Championships, which takes place from June 29 in Portugal.
The Middle School star will take part in a five-day training camp on the continent prior to the competition, which is set to run over a five-day period.
Josh, together with sailing partner Lucy Hughes, will be competing in the 420 category and secured their place in the squad with impressive performances at the Welsh Youth Nationals, the Inland Nationals and the Start of Season competition.
This feat is made even more impressive as only 14 were chosen for the Team GB set-up, and he will meet his new teammates at a two-day coaching weekend in Weymouth prior to the championships later this year.
The sailing hopeful has been part of the Wales squad for a number of years and is another success story from Rydal Penrhos’ RYA Accredited sailing programme, which has gone from strength-to-strength under the guidance of provision head Max Todd and administrator Petrina Blomeley.
"Josh has been one of the leading lights within our sailing department for a consistent period of time, and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is absolutely thrilled that he has been selected to the Team GB squad.
His talent is matched by his ability to perform on the big stage, and he has worked incredibly hard with our specialist coaching team to ensure his dream has become a reality."
Leavers' triumph over staff
The highly anticipated Staff vs Leavers’ clash took place at the home of Tier Two North side Colwyn Bay on Friday, May 17, and after a competitive affair, it was the Year 13 contingent that emerged victorious 3-1.
An even opening to the contest saw both sides enjoy good periods of possession, with the leavers’ breaking the deadlock shortly after the half hour mark when Joe Gardener finished well after a period of pressure.
Things got even better for the Year 13 group soon after when Gardener secured his second of the evening with a free kick that somehow found its way past Nick Thomas-Young.
This provoked a strong response from the staff, who got themselves back into the game when a Paul Sanders delivery was diverted into his own net by Bohdan Velychko.
Goalkeeper Phillip Novak had to be at his best to deny a long-range effort from Dean Jones following the restart, with Andy Thomas also coming within inches of a leveller when he flashed a header narrowly wide.
The staff were made to pay for their inefficiency in front of goal in the closing stages when Josh Thomas got the better of a challenge with stopper Darren Baker before slotting into an empty net to restore the leavers’ two-goal cushion and round off the scoring.
Skipper Tomos Davies lifted the trophy on behalf of his side following the game, which is the first time the leavers’ have won the contest since 2016.
Annual MCC fixture held
Rydal Penrhos School welcomed Marylebone Cricket Club for their prestigious annual fixture.
The contest originally began in the 1900’s and proved to be another fantastic occasion once again, with the school’s aspiring cricketers performing well in the face of older and more experienced opposition.
MCC set a target of 171 from their time in the middle as the rain just held off, with Year 12 sports scholar Owen Reilly the pick of the bowlers during his eight-over spell.
The Welsh youth international finished with figures of 1-9 to continue his excellent start to the campaign, with Arran Sen, Joe Gardener, Jack Jones and Michael Thomas also showing promise.
With conditions favouring the fielders during the afternoon, the school’s batting order did not manage to reach their required total in a narrow defeat, but there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of a busy summer term of fixtures across all age groups.
Success stories continue
Charley Simpson secured two notable finishes at a pair of events to further enhance his growing reputation as one of the brightest young prospects anywhere in the country.
The sports scholar tackled the picturesque course at Old Colwyn Golf Club last month and scooped the Winter League Division One Final and the Rhodri Roberts Memorial Trophy with an impressive score of 72.
He then took his place at the two-day Central Wales Boys Under 18s competition was held at Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club.
The windy conditions drove the Standard Scratch Score of 71 up to a Competition Scratch Score of 74 on both days, but Charley performed exceptionally well throughout the take home the Best Nett prize and also finished runner-up in the Lowest Gross score category. He came sixth in the overall gross competition - only missing winning the whole event by two strokes, and he is now classed as a Category One player.
Charley Simpson and Reuben Bather formed the school side that competed at the ISGA National Matchplay Championships, which were held at Royal St George Golf Club, home of the 149th Open Championship.
The duo booked their place at the showcase after securing the ISGA Northern Region Area title alongside Adrian Lewis, who was unable to attend the competition.
Both Charley and Reuben were tested considerably on one of the most challenging courses anywhere in the country, and they managed to secure a 13th placed finish despite being a player down throughout.
Welsh youth international Reuben managed to hit a 72 during the final round to make it into 14th place, and this is the latest in a long line of notable experience for the pair since joining the school’s thriving Golf Academy provision.
Wealth of successes
Cameron Shaw has been invited to compete at the British Triathlon Junior and Youth Super Series after a series of standout performances in a competitive environment.
The 15-year-old will now compete against the best young Triathletes in the country at different venues across the United Kingdom, which is sure to be another fantastic experience for the Middle School pupil.
He turned in another outstanding display at the recent Ruthin Triathlon held at the town’s Sports Centre, which saw Cameron emerge victorious in the Junior 15-16 category to further enhance his flourishing reputation.
The Welsh Development Pathway trialist has enjoyed a hugely encouraging young career to date, which has seen him achieve considerable success on a consistent basis at high-profile events across the region.
Mr Boyd, said: “Cameron has worked incredibly hard to improve his conditioning and technique within a Triathlon setting, and this has been reflected with some very impressive recent results.
“Competing in the British Triathlon Junior and Youth Super Series is going to be another significant boost in terms of his overall development, and we are thrilled that he has received a well-deserved invite for the event.”
Zac Roberts and George Watkins were part of the Colwyn Bay Rugby Club U13 side that managed to go the whole season undefeated thanks to a series of exceptional displays throughout.
Talented back Zac captained the Bay side throughout their 33 fixtures, which saw the group attain a 100 per cent record against teams from England, South Wales and Galway in Ireland.
They amassed a staggering 1,345 points during the season, conceding 398 to further highlight their enormous potential as a unit.
George also gave the U13 squad a massive boost after re-joining the set-up during the second half of the season, which is sure to stand the group in extremely good stead as they move up to a higher age bracket following the summer break.
Mr Boyd, said: “This represents a significant achievement for Zac and George, who can be very proud of the high-level of consistency throughout the campaign.
“Zac’s leadership qualities have progressed a considerable amount during his time with us here at Rydal Penrhos, and his ability to motivate and inspire others around him are traits that will serve him well both in a sporting environment and during his academic studies."
Matthew Johnson was recently put forward for trails to the North East Wales cricket academy squad by coaches at Carmel and District, which is his local club.
The enthusiastic individual took part in a testing 11-week trial with other hopefuls, and he impressed considerably throughout to secure a place within the U12 Cricket Academy.
This will see the 12-year-old take part in a series of eye-catching fixtures during the summer against the likes of Eryri, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire, with the group also set to embark on a tour of South Wales to further boost their experience in a competitive environment.
Matthew has integrated himself superbly throughout his first year of Senior School life at Rydal Penrhos, progressing well academically and thriving in other areas such as swimming and music.
Mr Boyd, said: “Matthew has an infectious personality that plays a leading role in the way he has developed all areas of his game both at club level and with our coaching staff.
“He is extremely adaptable and determined to reach the lofty goals that he continues to set himself, and Matthew is thoroughly deserving of a place in the North East Wales U12 Cricket Academy.”
Jonathan Osbourne and Zac Hay competed for Colwyn Bay Athletics Club at the North Wales Regional Championships in Wrexham earlier this month and produced some notable results as a result of their respective performances.
Academic and sports scholar Jonathan managed to secure two podium finishes at the event, which saw him achieve a silver medal in the high jump after equalling his personal best.
He also secured bronze in the long jump and narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100-metre sprint, where he finished fourth despite setting a new personal best time.
Zac was taking part in his first ever competition for the club and thrived in a competitive environment, marking his debut with a bronze medal in the 300m final.
The Lower School pupil also took part in the 100m and 200m events to further enhance his experience and gave a very good account of himself against some of the best young athletes in the region.
Mr Boyd, said: “Both Jonathan and Zac have worked incredibly hard both with Colwyn Bay Athletic Club and out dedicated Strength and Conditioning programme during their time at Rydal Penrhos, and it is really encouraging to see this paying off with some impressive results."
Aidan Skinner recently competed at the RS100 Sprint Championship & Rooster National Tour Event, which was held at Rutland Sailing Club and consisted of an all-adult fleet.
Despite his relative inexperience compared to others on the water, the Port Dinorwic Sailing Club member mastered the difficult conditions superbly to end the seven-round competition in eighth place overall.
This secured a significant accolade for Aidan, who received the Endeavour Award for his sterling commitment and performance in the face of stern competition.
The sailing squad member have been working exceptionally hard to develop his craft under Head Instructor Mr Todd and other dedicated coaches, which has seen the Middle School pupil secure some impressive achievements in recent months.
Aidan turned in a standout effort at the Honda RYA RIB National Championships, in addition to other highly encouraging performances against some of the best young talent in the country.
Keira Bonnington is now the proud owner of the coveted Derbyshire Shield after receiving the honour from the annual Sports Awards Dinner.
The sports scholar achieved the distinction after contributing significantly to girls’ sport across a wide range of different areas at Rydal Penrhos, in addition to achieving individual triumphs on the ski slope to further enhance her growing reputation in that particular environment.
This has included a standout performance at the Welsh Dry Slope Championships earlier this year, which saw Keira come away with the U18 girls’ title as a result of her sterling efforts.
She has also played a hugely influential role in the school’s Hockey and Netball programmes throughout their respective seasons.
Mr Boyd, said: “Keira’s sporting ability has been one of the cornerstones of her success here at Rydal Penrhos, and she is a very deserving winner of the Derbyshire Shield this year.
“Her commitment to improving athletically is a testament to her overall character and something we look to install into not only our sports scholars, but to each pupil learning at living at Rydal Penrhos."
Ewan Luke scooped the Morphy Cup for Boys’ Sport, and he received the accolade from special guest and former pupil Andrew Fenby.
It has been another fantastic year of achievement from a sporting perspective from Ewan, who has been part of the Team GB youth sailing set-up alongside boat partner Zac Blomeley, with the pair continuing their incredible success at national level throughout the season.
The 17-year-old has also played a significant part in the school’s senior rugby sides in both the regulation and 7s discipline during their respective campaigns, with Ewan also part of the U18 boys’ hockey side that clinched runners-up spot in the Welsh Schools’ Championships.
He is also a member of the school’s cricket side and has been a massive influence at competitive events as Payne House captain.
Mr Boyd, said: “Ewan has been such an important contributor across a wide range of different sports throughout the academic year and he is thoroughly deserving of this year’s Morphy Cup.
“He is multi-talented, demonstrates an incredible will to get better on a daily basis and has been a great inspiration to younger pupils that are aiming to follow in his footsteps in the years to come.”