YSGOL Glan-y-Môr held a gala night as the whole school gathered with parents and the community to celebrate its annual presentation evening at Burry Port Memorial Hall on Wednesday (Oct 17).

Students from Years 7 – 11 presently in the school, along with the Year 11 class of 2017-18, were gathered for the award of prizes and certificates to celebrate their achievements in the school over the past year.

Professional rugby player for the Scarlets, Mr Dylan Evans, was present to address the assembly and spoke about the importance of “Success through effort” in both his own life and those of the young people before him, a key part of the recent meteoric rise of the school to becoming one of the best schools in Wales.

Highlights of the evening also included:

  • Performances by a portion of the school’s choir, as well as a spectacular solo vocal performance by Year 9 pupil Mia Lane, and a brother and sister performance by Jada Lane, Year 8 and her brother Casey from Year 5 in Burry Port Primary School.
  • Awards for Year 7 pupils to praise their successful transition from primary school.
  • Awards for current Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 based on both effort and academic, as well as sporting, success.
  • Awards for students across the school commemorating the school’s recent success in STEM and Lead creative school’s projects.
  • Awards for the Year 11 class of 2016-17 to celebrate their success in their GCSE’s and other areas, including Jennifer Grant being presented by Mr Evans with the award for best GCSE results overall with 13A*s and 1A!

As the night ended with a rousing rendition of the national anthem all involved were proud of the young people that were being celebrated, as thoughts turned to next year and who would be next.

Head of School John Jones said “In today’s society the opportunity to, and use of, praise is so important for people to feel valued and push themselves to achieve. The fact that we have been able to bring the event to Burry Port Memorial Hall this year, and fill it to the rafters, places us at the heart of our community, a place where we are proud to be.

It is an honour to be able to be involved in such an evening where the recent success of the school – the students – are put into the limelight to give all involved the opportunity to both praise them and hold them as a shining example to others of what can be achieved.”

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