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Orin’s Journey of Success


Until Orin came to St David’s College, school was a miserable affair for the then 12-year-old. Growing up in Hong Kong wasn’t easy for a child who was dyslexic, as the support he needed just didn’t exist. By the age of 10 Orin was struggling at school, not being able to read and write and he found it hard to make friends.

“I eventually told my parents that I wanted to go to boarding school in the UK as school in Hong Kong just wasn’t working out for me,” said the now 16-year-old.

Luckily a friend of his father’s recommended St David’s as a good school for Orin, and the rest as we say is history.

“St David’s College has really changed my life for the better,” he said. “I used to be low all the time and have no confidence but now I have friends from all over the world.”

He continued: “Although when I first came I did struggle with homesickness, I soon settled down. My house parent at the time was Mrs Davies and I loved the family atmosphere that she created. Her dog and kids would be wandering around, and we helped look after them.”

Orin has thrived at the school and has just passed a raft of GCSE’s, something that he thought he’d never be able to achieve when he first came.

“I think people come into St David’s as a nobody but leave as a somebody, and that’s what the school does for you.”

He continued: “Teachers like my one to one teacher, Mr Fletcher, Mrs Ward and Mr Bohana have made everything possible. Unlike other schools you get to know the teachers really well, and they really care.”

We are proud to report that Orin is now in the Sixth Form and studying Production Arts and Applied Science and hopes for a career in cyber security.

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