Remembrance Day 2023: Rydal Penrhos Remembers Sacrifices in Conflict
November 11, 2023

Pupils and staff at Rydal Penrhos honoured fallen war heroes and veterans at services marking this year’s Remembrance Day.

At Rydal Penrhos, we believe in celebrating moments of joy and unity, but we also understand the profound importance of reflection and gratitude. Remembrance Day holds a special place in our hearts at Rydal Penrhos, as we remember the 106 former pupils who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars, alongside the countless others who made the ultimate sacrifice from outside our community.

On Friday 10 November, Rydal Penrhos joined together to pay heartfelt tributes to those who gave their lives for our freedom. In the Prep School, Mr Hutchinson and the Prep and Senior Heads of School led a poignant act of remembrance in the Prep playground, falling silent in memory of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

In the Senior School, pupils convened in the Memorial Hall for the Remembrance Service, guided by the school chaplain, Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish, and featuring important contributions from Rydal Penrhos’ Combined Cadet Force. The service included the reading of names of those Rydal Penrhos pupils who perished in WWI and WWII, followed by a two-minute silence in their memory.

Wreaths were respectfully laid at the World War One Memorial in the Osborn Hall and outside the Memorial Hall, which was built shortly after the Second World War. Additionally, 106 individually named crosses were planted in the Memorial Quad to commemorate the lives of school members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Tomorrow, Heads of School Will Tavernor and Ruby Merrick, alongside Principal Mr Hutchinson, will participate in the Colwyn Bay Remembrance Service. This solemn act of reflection will extend to the war memorial in Queen’s Gardens, where we continue to honour and remember the courage and sacrifice of those who bravely fought for their country.