Duncan Kenworthy sends special message for Ferguson Centre re-opening
18th September 2018

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil and leading film producer sent a special message to the school community for a special event to open the room named in his honour.

Duncan Kenworthy OBE, was unable to attend the ceremony on Saturday, September 15 due to the official premiere of his new film The Children Act in the United States, but took time out of his busy schedule to send a message to those in attendance at the ceremony.

The BAFTA award-winning figure donated a significant amount to the pupil-led fundraising campaign to renovate the Sixth Form Ferguson Centre, and in recognition of his generosity the new study area has been renamed The Kenworthy Room.

Mr Kenworthy, said: “I’m sorry not to be there with you for the opening of the Ferguson Centre and the Kenworthy Room, but my new film The Children Act has just had its premiere in New York and opens tonight (Friday).

“How do you launch a study room? Smashing a bottle of champagne on the door is a bit impractical and would probably send the wrong message, so I hope that idea has been dropped. 

“Perhaps somebody will cut a ribbon or draw a curtain?  Or maybe you’ll just open the door and declare it - incontrovertibly - open.  That could be just the thing.

“I hope the Kenworthy Room is a really great place for Rydalians to study.  And that lots of fabulous thoughts are thought here - poems read, facts learned, dreams dreamt, schemes hatched, theories arrived at, equations resolved, arguments constructed, maybe even screenplays written – outside school hours, of course.

“In other words I hope that that it’s the perfect place to prepare for your amazing lives to come.”

The official opening took place during the school’s annual Founders’ Weekend celebrations and attracted a large number of guests to the new-look facility.

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