Moving Armistice Day service held to honour war heroes
November 12, 2019

Staff and pupils at Rydal Penrhos honoured fallen war heroes and veterans at a special Remembrance Service.

The school gathered in the Memorial Hall on Monday, November 11, where a service was held in addition to a moment of silence to mark the Armistice in 1918 that signalled the end of World War One.

During the service, there were readings from Head Boy Ioan Peake-Jones and Head Girl Millie Collins, with Ethan Bytheway playing The Last Post superbly.

Executive Principal John Waszek and Senior School Head Sally-Ann Harding read out the names of those who died that were members of Rydal Penrhos during both wars, and the Reverend Nick Sissons also delivered a moving speech.

Two wreaths were laid at the World War One Memorial situated in the Learning Resource Centre, with another placed outside the Memorial Hall to honour those that lost their lives in the Second World War.

Following the service, 106 individually named crosses were planted in the Memorial Quad to commemorate school members who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

Sixty-three former pupils lost their lives during World War One, with a further 43 killed in the Second World War.

Mrs Harding, said: “As always, it was a very moving and poignant service that was observed impeccably by our staff and pupils.

“We will be forever grateful to our former pupils and other fallen war heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we have today, and it was heart-warming to see so many of our pupils involving themselves in the service.”