Founder's Day 2018

John Lyon died on 3rd October 1592 and is celebrated every year by the School. See more about the OLs who came to celebrate with the School...

Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018   Author:    Category: General   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on PinterestShare by Email

Young and Old Lyonians came together to honour John Lyon, our founder, on Friday 28th September

We were delighted, last Friday, to welcome back to John Lyon School nearly 40 Old Lyonians, all of whom left the School at least 50 years ago and some of whom had not been back to the School since.

The celebration of our extraordinary Founder, John Lyon, who died on 3rd October 1592, began with tours of the School, led by our current prefects, and coffees in the Refectory.

A moving service at St Mary's followed, with welcomes from Katherine Haynes, our Head, and the vicar of St Mary's and an address from the Mayor of Harrow.  The Motet Choir sang Hubert Parry's I was glad and everyone joined the choir in singing Jerusalem, the National Anthem and the new School Song.  

We returned to School for a Founder's Feast of roast chicken and pulled pork and sticky apple pudding (apparently things have moved on a long way since the Top Missus and Bottom Missus of the 1950s!), where Neil Menzies (OL 1952-1960) thanked the School on behalf of the Old Lyonians present.

It was great to see so many people returning to School and we hope to see many more next year!

See more photos of the day here





Martin Sexton (OL 1951 - 1958) summed up the day with his poem, below:

Reflections on John Lyon’s Founder’s Day, 28th September 2018

This pride of Lyons on Harrow’s Hill, high run emotions from past days devotions
Talk of John’s tomb which brought no gloom, rather uplifted sensations
Repair through Crown Street’s chicanes to scenes of boyhood’s academy
Reliving past triumphs and trials, with no denials of mutual found company
Some not returned since fifty years hence to this hallowed hall of excellence
Warm felt valued memories etched through a lifetime of deference
To learnings sincerity and our Jerusalem on lower hill’s siting
Bookending a lifetime of privilege bar none, but saddened loss, top and bottom Mrs tuck no more delighting

       Martin Sexton, 29 Sept 2018