Michael Sheen is an honorary fellow of the NPTC group of colleges in the Neath Port Talbot area of Wales. He sent a special message that was shown at their virtual 16th annual student awards ceremony.
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Hello! It gives me great pleasure to send good wishes to everyone at NPTC group of colleges, but especially to the award winners this evening. Without doubt, it’s been a challenging year for everyone, and no-one could have written the script to the story that has unfolded as a result of COVID. I’m sure that it’s a year that no-one will forget. But hopefully this evening will bring a little light relief, and help us all realise the extraordinary efforts that both staff and students have gone to over the past twelve months or so.
It’s testimony to your hard work and commitment that we’re all attending this evening, and to celebrate some remarkable achievements. I am proud to call myself a former student, and also honorary fellow of the college. It’s no secret that I’m also a great advocate of the community in which the college serves, along with its wonderful people.
This year, I know the college has introduced a new award, and that celebrates the success of students who live in the postcode area of the former county grammar school and Glan Afan Grammar School, in my home town of Port Talbot. Glan Afan became a comprehensive school, which sadly closed five years ago. I attended there before my college days. And I have very many fond memories of the days I spent there. It’s where I started the journey that put me on the path I am now following, and I will be forever grateful.
School and college days are special for many reasons, they shape us and make us, and I hold them dear. I hope you will feel the same, when you look back on your college days.And I’m sure the memory of tonight’s celebration will be one of the highlights that will remain with you. So thank you once again, for letting me part of that.