LLANDOVERY COLLEGE recently welcomed Heri Ryan Lloyd from Esquel Patagonia who will be staying at the College until Easter.
Ryan is the 14th student that the College has hosted since the inception in 2003 of what was then called the Patagonia Scholarship, and since 2006, the Tom Gravell Scholarship.
A reception was held at the College on Friday, January 22 when the Warden officially welcomed Ryan to the College. Mr Glyn Evans, a former Master at the College and a leading figure in arranging the Patagonian student visits since its inception, spoke about its history and thanked the Gravell family for their long standing and generous funding of the Scholarship. Mr David Gravell and his son Jonathan Gravell, who were unable to attend the event, had sent messages of support, reiterating how proud and delighted the family was to continue its involvement with the Scholarship. Mr Dan Jones attended on behalf of Llandovery Rotary Club and presented Ryan with a cheque to fund his ‘pocket money’.
During his time here at Llandovery, Ryan will be continuing his own studies and improving his Welsh and English language skills. At the same time, he will be participating in the work of the Welsh and Spanish Departments at the College and at Ysgol Gynradd Rhys Pritchard, raising awareness of his homeland, its history, geography and culture.
Ryan said that he was very thankful to everyone involved in his selection, the organisation of his visit and the warm welcome he had received.
The Warden added ‘The College is so proud of this Scholarship, the opportunities it gives both our Patagonian recipients but also our own pupils who benefit from a deeper understanding of Welsh history’.