29 September 2023

Founder’s Day commemorated by School community

On Friday 29th September, we had the pleasure of honouring the memory of our founder, John Lyon. Continuing with tradition, we gathered at St Mary’s Church in Harrow-on-the-Hill, the final resting place of John and his beloved wife Joan.

In attendance were pupils, staff and Old Lyonians who joined in a heartfelt ceremony, including the laying of a wreath at the tomb of John and Joan Lyon within the church. It was a priveldge to have Cllr Ramji Chauhan, join us for this occasion.

Mrs Rose Hardy, Head, commenced the proceedings by extending a warm welcome to our pupils, staff and Old Lyonians. The Reverend James Power, Vicar of St Mary’s, shared poignant reflections on the life and enduring legacy of our School’s founder. He eloquently highlighted John Lyon’s contributions and the profound impact they continue to have on our community.

During the ceremony Bible readings were delivered by Nancy (8BRD), Mattice (9AJM), Madisan (11SCA) and Alex (U6SJA). Thereafter, Toby (Head Boy) read aloud The Charter. The program also included a moving hymn, our School song ‘Stet Fortuna Domus’, and the rendition of the National Anthem. Attendees were also treated to the melodious voices of our Motet Choir.

Following the commemoration, everyone returned to Middle Road to savour a special Founder’s Day-themed lunch, with a nod to the culinary tastes of John Lyon’s era.