A RUGBY legend shared his own experiences of being a teenager with youngsters from Milford Haven last week.

Referee Nigel Owens told pupils to "embrace the future with open arms" and be thankful for the "wonderful opportunities" education provides, but not to be beholden to perfectionism.

"Better to try and fail, then try again," he said.

He said kindness and respect were vital: "We live in a society where too many people ask what can it do for me, not what I can do for my community."

Mr Owens was speaking at the school's annual awards presentation evening, which saw GCSE, BTEC and A Level pupils - both past and present - receive their accolades in front of a packed audience of family, friends and teachers.

Also recognised were pupils who had taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

As well as inspirational words from Mr Owen, the audience was also treated to performances from Year 10 pupil Rhys Evans, who performed a trumpet solo.

Year 8 drummer showed off his rhythm and timing with a funky solo, and Rebecca Harries of Year 11 gave everyone goosebumps with her rendition of Sam Smith's Lay Me Down.

The school's folk band also got everyone clapping along to The Pogues' Christmas classic Fairytale in New York.

Headteacher Ceri-Ann Morris praised the hard work of pupils, and the unwavering support of parents, teachers and governors.

She spoke of the challenges facing the next generation in a time of great political and economic uncertainty, and of their resilience in meeting them.

She described the school as a family, backed by a strong and supportive community.

She encouraged pupils to set their goals high, and embrace their individuality.

Echoing Mr Owens, Ms Morris said: "Do not strive for perfection but to be the best version of you that you can be."