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July 2012 (Issue 20)

From the Alumni & Development Director

July sees the first anniversary of my move to North Wales, ready to take up my new role at Rydal Penrhos in August. It is hard to believe that a year has gone by already – and what a busy year it has been!

During that time we have managed to find 151 ‘lost members’ who we had completely lost touch with. We have been able to update the contact details for 699 members, and we have 610 more email addresses on record than before. Of these, 429 people have requested that they receive email copies of the newsletter only. This is up from just 20 people last year! We have also welcomed a large number of former pupils back to Rydal Penrhos. Whether you have popped in because you are in the area, have arranged a tour as part of your own reunion, or have attended an event such as Speech Day or the 1950s Reunion, it has been a pleasure to meet so many of you and to hear your recollections of your time at school. I hope to be able to meet many more of you, so please do get in touch if you would like to come and see us, and don’t forget to check out the events list on the back page of this newsletter.

July is also the month where we see the opening of the Olympic Games. You will notice that our tagline for this issue is ‘Inspire a generation’ which is the official motto of London 2012, and is also something that I feel is particularly relevant to the relationship between the Rydal Penrhos Society and the School. There are many ways in which you can inspire the current generation of pupils, as well as each other. Perhaps you would consider becoming a Careers Mentor, sharing your experiences with pupils through the Careers Department. For more details of this scheme and other ways that you can support the school, please see page 17.

The cover image shows current pupils running alongside Rydalians from 1951 – they are quite literally following in your footsteps, and we, as a Society, can support them through their journey.

Please continue to inspire each other by sharing your news and stories through the newsletter. It is always great to hear from you, so please do get in touch. Sarah (Somerville) Ritchie PC 92-99

Do you have an email address? Please help us to keep in touch with you in the most cost effective way, and do our bit for the environment. Email Sarah at with your details. You will then have the option to receive either a hard copy or electronic version of the newsletter.


Welcome Reunion News Future Reunions New Alumni Website Speech Day & Leavers Ball Sport News Alumni Authors The Spiritual State of the School Olympic Fever Founders’ Weekend Alumni News School News Notices Supporting Rydal Penrhos Obituaries

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A full list of Society events is available on the back cover.

Please contact us if you would like more information or if you would like to book. Places at the dinners are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The next newsletter will be published in January 2013. Please submit any copy for entry into the January issue by 1 November.

Contact Us

Sarah Ritchie Alumni & Development Director Rydal Penrhos, Pwllycrochan Avenue, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 7BT 01492 539736 Rydal Penrhos Society @RP_Society Rydal Penrhos Society

Rydal Penrhos Society Newsletter Issue 20  

Issue 20 of the Rydal Penrhos Society Newsletter