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Achievement of Excellence awards celebrate the best of the best

The stage

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion celebrated its annual Achievement of Excellence Awards evening with an event that celebrated the best of the best.

The evening saw award winners from every section of the college celebrating outstanding achievements in areas such as construction, animal studies, art and engineering. 

Learners were also awarded for their achievements in work-based learning, Welsh language, higher education, Eisteddfod and enterprise.  

National and international sporting honours were also recognised at the event with 15 students winning awards for representation for Wales in rugby, football, netball, cross country, cricket, gymnastics, baton twirling, basketball, boxing, judo and swimming.

Held at Ffwrnes theatre, families and friends of award recipients were also invited to share their special evening.

Ioan Hefin, an actor and former performing arts lecturer at the college took to the stage as compère for the evening. A renowned Welsh actor, Ioan has appeared in the likes of Hinterland, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Steeltown Murders. 

Students were not only recognised for their dedication and commitment to their studies but also for some of their personal journeys in getting so far. 

Coleg Sir Gâr A-level students Evie Pritchard and Oliver Collins were recognised for their academic achievements in being offered places to study law and social and political sciences at Cambridge.

Coleg Ceredigion furniture making student Conor Ellis was presented with an award for his hard work, determination and ability to learn new skills quickly since picking up his tools in 2021. Conor also won a silver medal in the WorldSkills UK finals and is now training for the WorldSkills UK Squad to compete in Leon next year. 

The event was supported by performing arts students William Somerfield-Wade and Max Murphy who performed an excerpt from Seussical and A-level student Grace Williams who performed a solo of Tik, Tik, Boom!

Francesca Thomas, Student Union president at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion presented the closing address. She said: “I was so proud to be asked to do a speech at the Achievement of Excellence Awards.

“As the ‘Covid kids’ generation, we faced more adversity than anyone can ever imagine and to even pass our exams was a major accomplishment, so to be there awarding the best of the best was absolutely incredible.”

Dr Andrew Cornish, principal and CEO at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion said: “The Achievement of Excellence awards really does set the stage for us to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our learners across Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion.

“We look forward to this event every year as we listen to the stories behind each learner's personal journey and celebrate their success with them and their families.”

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Ioan Hefin presenting on stage
Student Steffan Thomas with his award
Waiting to go into the theatre someone reading the programme
Beauty student with her award pictured with her family

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