Coleg Cambria Llysfasi recently celebrated the achievements of students in an Awards Ceremony with Dan Jones, Great Orme Shepherd as a guest speaker.
Family and friends also attended the formal awards, which included introduction presentations from Head of Llysfasi Iain Clarke and Farm Manager Dewi Jones.
Guest Speaker Dan Jones gave a presentation and spoke of his career in sheep farming which started in 1994-96 at Llysfasi where he studied a level 3 Agriculture course. Whilst studying he completed a shearing course which gave him the opportunity to shear 15 sheep for a local farmer, this small job was the start of his career. This was one of Dan’s key messages ‘starting small, we all have to start somewhere’, Dan then said this small job led on to a larger flock of sheep to shear.
Dan also highlighted the challenges and opportunities throughout his career and stressed to students and all attending on how important it is to be honest, and to take advantage of any suitable opportunity that comes your way, to work hard and that the rewards will follow. In 2016 Dan and his family were successful in gaining the National Trust tenancy on the Great Orme, where they are taking a ‘nature-first’ approach to farming. He has set up specific grazing routines for his Great Orme flock to take into account the landscape, habitats and rare species that need to be conserved and managed to allow them to flourish.
Dan presented all students with their awards including Gary Ewart who won the Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering and Forestry Student of the Year 2018 and Best Learner Crops and Grassland. Gary, an inspirational student, demonstrated what can be achieved with dedication and commitment. The student rep who progressed up the levels, achieving excellent results has secured an offer at Bangor University to study Conservation and Environmental Sciences.
The ceremony was drawn to a close following a vote of thanks given by Student Ambassadors Rebecca Williams and Gwion Morgan.
Iain Clarke said of the awards
“We are very proud of the achievements of all students and wanted to recognise and acknowledge the high standards of their results. It is also great to see how many of our students exceed their expectations and progress up to the next level of education or indeed employment in the sector”.
Dewi Jones added:
“It has been a pleasure to have this years students working on the farm and getting involved in all aspects including shearing, milking, tractor and estates work. I would like to wish them well in their future endeavours whether in higher education or entering a career in the agricultural industry”.
Thank you to our award sponsors Emyr Evans and Hughes Brothers (Kubota)
Level 2 Learner of the Year – Diana Gregory
Level 3 Learner of the Year – Abi Gough
Best Stockman – Thomas Lloyd
Best Learner Crops and Grassland – Garry Ewart
Best Business & Farm Management Learner – Catherine Howells
Gofal Anifeiliaid / Animal Care
Level 1 Student of the Year – Molly Smith
Level 2 Student of the Year – Ellie Jones
Level 3 Student of the Year – Elain Roberts
Best Progression Learner – Katie Lovell
Best Practical Learner – Blade Clarke
Coedwigaeth / Forestry
Best Forestry Student – Edd Ingham
Best Endeavour – Aled Williams
Best Arborist – Todd Wynne-Eyton
Level1 Best Overall Student – Callum Parry
Level 1 Most Improved Student – Matthew Hughes
Level 2 Most Improved Student – Iwan Fletcher
Level 3 Best Student of the Year -Toby Davies
Level 3 Best Final Year Student – Rhys Owen Jones