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Swansea Sound's Kevin Johns On Speaking at Bryngwyn's Annual Prize Evening

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Who would have thought it!

I'm really looking forward to speaking at the annual Prize Giving Evening at Bryngwyn School in Llanelli this evening (Thursday 13th)

Many of my Dynevor School teachers may be surprised to hear it but I often speak at school prize giving evenings and it is one of my favourite events.

Its great to honour the achievements of young people in all areas of school life!

Young people don't always get good press and that is so unfair because the majority of young people are good, caring and hard working members of the community.

I remember my school days with great affection, particularly at Dynevor and I'm proud to be a member of the Old Dyvorians.

I may not have broken any of the school's academic records but I learnt some incredible lessons for life from teachers such as David Taylor, my English teacher and John Morris, the school's music teacher.

The Dep. Head Ossie Morris was probably one of the most influential people in my life!

In Dynevor I discovered the joy of voluntary work and a love for literature and the arts and many skills which I rely on today!

I'm really looking forward to this evening and I'm expecting to be really impressed by the stories of the lives of those who will receive awards!

Following this year's GCSE results Bryngwyn Ranks 1st in Carmarthenshire and 9th out of 222 Comprehensive Schools in Wales - How good is that!

I hope that I've done something in life to make Dynevor proud of me and for those teachers who remember my more difficult moments at school I share this poem that I will be reading at the end of my speech this evening

Kids Who Are Different Author: Digby Wolfe

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids who don’t always get A's,
The kids who have ears
Twice the size of their peers,
And noses that go on for days.

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids they call crazy or dumb,
The kids who don’t fit,
With the guts and the grit,
Who dance to a different drum.

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids with a mischievous streak.
For when they have grown,
As history has shown,
It’s their difference that makes them unique.