Rhys is a dynamic teacher of History who is totally committed to peace.
The school he works in is the Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Coventry – City of Peace and Reconciliation. Coventry was destroyed during the Blitz in World War 2. Afterwards the City forgave the Germans and it is a City that has connections with Cities that are Peace Builders across the world.
The school became a Beacon Peaceful Schools in 2016, receiving this Award from the Peaceful Schools Strategy Group. Rhys received a Peacemaker Award too! Coventry has now created its own Peaceful Schools Awards! The school has its own chapter in our ‘How To Be a Peaceful School’ book. The school has a peace garden, a Peace and Justice Students Group, a Peace Charter, it uses Restorative Justice and it’s played a key role in the creation of the Coventry Community Peace Orchard.
Rhys will take a leading role in the shaping of The Peace Building’s Peace Education programme.
Rhys is passionate about learning from history and how it repeats itself and the historic examples of ‘How not to do peace’. He wants to education and enable the next generation to change the future. He feels that teachers do not currently have the skills or understand to teach peace and restorative justice approaches.
He is an active member of Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee.