Coleg y Cymoedd recently held its annual Learner Awards ceremony at its Nantgarw campus. The night was a celebration of the college’s inspirational learners and their exceptional efforts and achievements this academic year.
Principal, Jonathan Morgan, welcomed the guests and congratulated the nominees on being named amongst 10,000 learners. He spoke about the significance of the nominations having come from the tutors and staff who work most closely with the learners on a daily basis. He paid special tribute to those staff members, and the family and friends who supported the learners along the way, and to the generous sponsors who helped make the night possible.
The college was delighted to welcome back one of its alumni, Amy Williams. Amy, a former Performing Arts learner at the college’s Rhondda campus, is soon to graduate from Italia Conti, London, and has just been successfully signed to a prestigious talent agency. Amy ably compered the event – firstly introducing guest speaker, Welsh television presenter, adventurer and ultra-marathon runner, Lowri Morgan.
Lowri delivered a heart-felt and personal address which reflected on her own insecurities as a teenager, the life lessons she has learned and the wisdom she has gained since. Guests were visibly moved by her call to only make comparisons to oneself, and to understand that it’s actually ‘the ordinary people that do the most extraordinary things’. Her closing message was not to ‘fear failure, but to fear low aim.’
Amy introduced the winners with over 50 learners from across all faculties receiving their certificate and prize from guest speaker Lowri Morgan and the award’s sponsor. Categories included ‘Contribution to College Life’ and ‘Welsh Language’.
There was a break in the presentation of awards for the evening’s entertainment – a performance from Rhondda Campus’ Performing Arts learners featuring an ensemble from their end of year show musical, ‘SIX!’
The final awards, ‘Outstanding Achievement’ and ‘Overcoming Barriers’ were selected by the principal from the 50+ award winners.
The Overcoming Barriers Award is presented to the learner who has overcome barriers during their course, yet still achieved their qualification. This award was presented to Painting and Decorating learner Tyler Davis, studying at the Ystrad Mynach campus.
Luc Jones was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements whilst studying at the college. Luc received full UMS marks in his AS Levels and has accepted an offer to read Computer Science at Cambridge University.
Bringing the evening to a close, the principal thanked everyone for attending the event and congratulated the learners on their achievements. He wished them every success for the future.
He also thanked Catering company Chartwells, along with the learner ambassadors and support staff who had worked to host a very enjoyable evening.
Congratulations to all Learner Award 2023 winners
A Level Award – BTEC Science Award Jacob Trick
A Level Award – AS Award Seth Olner
A Level Award – A2 Award Luc Jones
A Level Award – A2 Award Lilia Simonov
A Level Award – A2 Award Jakob Chukoury
Entrepreneurship Award Finn Johnson-Denny
Childhood Studies Award Summer Lavis
Childhood Studies Award Jasmine Lucas
Health and Social Care Award Talia John
Health and Social Care Award Tiffany Bowditch
Health and Social Care Award Skye-Leah Jones
Hospitality and Catering Award Mali Leese
Hospitality and Catering Award Abigail Williams
Hospitality and Catering Award Bethany Carter
Hairdressing and Beauty Award Sophie O’Connell
Hairdressing and Beauty Award Kristie Taylor
Hairdressing and Beauty Award (Barbering) Jacob Richards
Creative Industries Award Carla Jackles
Creative Industries Award Simone Bevan
Creative Industries Award Amber Verona
Creative Industries Award Rayya Bocus
Foundation Learning Award Aiden John
Foundation Learning Award Efân Powell
Foundation Learning Award Halen Cusack
Foundation Learning Award Amy Young
Independent Living Skills Award Jack Pensom
Independent Living Skills Award Jesse Cousins
Independent Living Skills Award Jennifer Davies
Independent Living Skills Award Yasmin Thomas
Uniformed Protective Services Award Rhys Herbert
Sport Award Jade Bevan
Sport Award Lili Griffiths
Construction Award Tyler Davis
Construction Award Ruben Duggan
Construction Award Conor Milton
Construction Award Thomas Meredith
Computing and IT Award Jasper Hynes
Computing and IT Award Victoria Mullins
Computing and IT Award Omorinola Akintioye
Computing and IT Award Luke Stone
Computing and IT Award Samuel Deabreu
Engineering Award Dewi Middleton
Engineering Award Patrick Laffan
Engineering Award Talia Eddy
Engineering Award Ronan Pellow
Engineering Award Nicholas Singler
Apprenticeships Awards Megan Christie
Skills Award Callum Davies
Skills Award Ashley Helyar
Skills Award Craig Mallen
Welsh Award Troy Daniel
Young Carers Award Ethan Tucker
Higher Education Award Kian Stephens
Contribution to College Life Award Rhondda Campus Thomas Coombs
Contribution to College Life Award Aberdare Campus Ryan Allen
Contribution to College Life Award Nantgarw Campus Rosie Adams
Contribution to College Life Award Ystrad Mynach Campus Jessica Froom
Overcoming Barriers Award Tyler Davies
Outstanding Achievement Award Luc Jones
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