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Semper ad Lucem: Penrhos College

Semper ad Lucem: Always towards the light, and the highlight of the Coronation Year for this Methodist boarding school for girls in Colwyn Bay is the school photograph.

Amateur film 1953 14 mins

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By the time this Coronation Year production was screened at Penrhos College in 1953, the Methodist boarding school in Colwyn Bay had been educating girls since 1880. Speaking ‘received pronounciation’, the pupils introduce the school, the sporting and leisure activities on offer e.g. walking two-by-two along the promenade at Rhos, guided by the school motto: always towards the light. Places of interest to occupy visiting parents are also noted.

Penrhos College amalgamated with the local boys', private school - Rydal, Colwyn Bay - to become Rydal Penrhos School in 1999, offering a private, Methodist education to children aged 2½ -18.