A CRACK team of Year Nine scientists led Rydal Penrhos in Colwyn Bay to victory at a STEM ( Science, technology, engineering, and maths) Olympics competition hosted by The Grange School, Northwich.

The group beat out 30 other independent schools from across Wales, Cheshire and the North West to achieve the distinction.

Keira Luke, Rana Abou-Samra, Fflur Pierce and David Tate formed the Rydal Penrhos team, who competed in various challenges.

This included dissection, dentistry, crime scene investigation, model rocket launching, coding and a STEM-themed quiz in pursuit of accumulating the necessary points required to achieve the prize.


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The team, which was named “Gauss” after the world-famous scientist, acquitted themselves exceptionally well throughout the competition to emerge victorious in fine fashion, working tremendously well as a team and remaining calm in the face of pressure.

A spokesperson for the school said: “All four pupils worked hard in the lead-up to the event under the guidance of Mr Ian Richardson and Mr Dave Robson, which paid off in a big way judging by their outstanding level of consistency and composure throughout.

“This is the latest in a series of fine academic accomplishments from Rydal Penrhos pupils in a STEM environment, which is a testament to the well-rounded education they receive at the school.

“We would like to congratulate the team on winning such a competitive competition and thanks to The Grange School for giving us a very warm welcome.”