Valedictory Speech 2016

On Thursday 8th September, St David's College held its forth annual Leavers' Ceremony at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral. This celebrated the achievements of those students who attended the College during academic year 2015-2016.

We also recognised our new scholarship winners: students who have just begun their journey with us, who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievements, or display commendable contributions to their community.  

During the ceremony, former Performing Arts student, Bethan Lenz, delivered a fantastic Valedictory speech. Here is what she had to say about her time at St David's:

My time at St David's Catholic College has passed very quickly, but it has been two years full of valuable experiences and many happy memories. It has been a time where I have grown and developed in confidence and independence, as well as furthering my knowledge, skills and abilities in my chosen subject of Performing Arts.

I believe that St David's College should be proud of its caring and nurturing ethos. From my first visit to the College I felt welcomed and was made to feel at home by all of the staff I spoke to and met. Even though St David's is a large, international sixth form college, it manages to achieve a sense of community where students have a sense of belonging and unity. It is the only Roman Catholic Sixth Form College in Wales, and the chapel in the College provides a place of calm in the centre of the busy lives of students, teachers and staff. The chapel was very special to me and I believe it helps to further develop the unity of the College and its caring Christian ethos.

St David's has outstanding pastoral care and the Learner Support Centre provides a valuable support system for many students who need extra help and encouragement. From a personal point of view, the Learner Support staff have given me confidence in myself, as well as help, guidance and friendship.

My College tutors have not only helped me to improve my knowledge, understanding and confidence when performing, they have given me constant support and encouragement. I am sure that without them I would not have been able to complete my studies and achieve what I have during the past two years. I will take away with me many happy memories of the Performing Arts Department. I especially enjoyed the time spent devising, rehearsing and performing our pantomime, 'Peter Panto'. I loved seeing the smiles and enjoyment on the faces of the school children we performed to, and their laughter made all the hard work worthwhile.

Sixth form college is a time for working hard, achieving desired grades and also learning skills that will form a stepping stone to the next stage of your life. However, it is also a time for making friends, socialising and learning to work well with others. I have met many people at St David's, both students and teachers, who have had a big impact on my life and whom I will never forget. 

On behalf of the students who are leaving College this year, I would like to thank everyone at St David's who has guided and supported us; helping us to become mature and independent, so that we are ready to begin the next chapter in our lives with confidence and optimism.