Comenius Sneak Preview

Comenius Sneak Preview

Year 9 pupils have been working hard making a stop-motion video ready for the next Comenius Conference in Norway.  Based on Winston Churchill’s famous quote “First we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us”,  our pupils created miniature plasticine models of themselves before merging them into buildings.  The merging process did cause a bit of an uproar…  All miniature models were squished together in order to continue with the sequencing of the stop-motion video!  Some miniatures did have to be prised out of some very over-protective pupils!  Keep your eyes peeled for the finished video.
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Revision Timetable Template for Year 11

We have produced a revision timetable template for year 11 students.  This is a Word document that can be edited.  We have included all the Easter/Whitsun revision sessions and all the timetabled exams for year 11 students.

Students can use this to create their own revision timetable.  We advise cross-checking with the exam timetable to ensure that all YOUR exams have been included.

After Easter, we will be talking to year 11 students about focusing their revision timetables in the run up to the GCSE exams.

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Click to download the revision timetable template

If you cannot open the document, please add a comment below and we’ll put the file up in other formats.

 

Easter and Whitsun Revision Sessions

Once again a number of colleagues are putting on revision sessions prior to upcoming exams during the Easter and Whitsun holidays. I have attached the schedule and the details of the times. Students should contact the name linked to the revision session if they have any queries. The sessions will take place in the normal teaching rooms of the staff listed. I hope you will take full advantage of this opportunity as part of your revision programme. Best of luck.
Andy Hurley, Deputy Headteacher
Please click on the image to download the timetable as a PDF document.
Update 27/03/15 – the History session on Friday 10th is now full.
The Physics sessions with Mr Browne on Thursday 9th April are for 11Y2, 11X2 and 11X3.  Mr Browne will NOT be covering material of use to students taking separate sciences.

Easter Revision

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Whitsun Revision

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Y Pant pupils see the eclipse up close!

A minibus full of Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to view today’s partial eclipse through a powerful telescope in Tesco car park. We were blessed with a bright and clear sunny day so got to see the whole show.

Pupils told us that,

“it’s so awesome and it seems so close!”

“I loved the red colour when it started and there were flames coming off it.”

“It’s amazing sciency stuff and it looks like the moon but it’s really the sun!”

Thanks to Katie Jarman for the amazing money shot! And Mrs Wool  for organising.  The event was jointly organised by Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC and Dark Sky Wales.

Y Pant Students Featuring on Local News Sites

Y Pant students must be a very photogenic lot!  Two recent events have seen our students appear on other local news websites.

Firstly, following their attendance at the Keeping it Equal careers event in the Celtic Manor last week, two year 7 students were snapped talking to ITV weather presenter and former Y Pant student, Kate Lewis.  We’re delighted that Kate is coming to present the awards at the presentation evening next Thursday.  You can read the full article online on the ITV website.

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Secondly, during the partial solar eclipse this morning, some year 8 students were lucky enough to take part in the joint RCT / Tesco / Dark Skys Wales event at Tesco Talbot Green and have been featured on the Wales Online gallery!  You can see all the brilliant pictures from around Wales on their website.

We’ll have more photos of this event plus a write-up from the students next week.

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The rest of us kept our eyesight safe and stayed at school watching the BBC Stargazing Live livestream of the eclipse via the internet.

Summer Exam Timetable 2015

External exams are fast approaching.  Students will all be given a personalised exam timetable but for reference a copy of our full exam timetable for GCSE and A-level is attached.

Two versions are available.  The Excel version contains filters so you can select just the information you need.  The PDF version shows all exams and can be opened even if you don’t have Excel (this version will work better on mobile devices.

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Mr Pearsall with the Army in Bosnia and Herzegovina

As an Army Reservist Mr Pearsall has been deployed on a military exercise with NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As part of the Military Stabilisation Support Group element of the newly formed 77 Brigade he has been taking part in Exercise Civil Bridge based out of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH).

It is an exercise in support of UK Defence Engagement by elements of 77 Brigade.In assisting the BiH Government to develop their contingency plans for natural disasters at both strategic and operational levels, Exercise Civil Bridge will contribute to the long term international effort to stabilise BiH ethnic groups and authorities.

Mr Pearsall last served in Bosnia and Herzegovina on peace keeping operations in 1998. After serving with the Military Stabilisation Support Group on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and on exercises in Nepal, Belize and Uganda this will be Mr Pearsall’s last activity with the Group. Although a little sad about leaving he is now looking forward to being commissioned as a Captain and transferring to the Education and Training Services branch of the Adjutant General Corps where he will take up his role as a Learning Development Officer.

Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Mr Pearsall would like to thank Y Pant School Board of Governors, Headteacher Mr Powell and Rhondda Cynon Taff Local Education Authority for their continued support of the Army Reserves.

Year 8 pupils create an electronic orchestra

On March 5th and 6th, two groups of year 8 students spent the day creating an electronic orchestra.  Working with musicians Gaz Williams and Alex Rees (who worked with Y Pant before on Envirovision) the pupils learned to use various technical gadgets to create music.

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The pupils had to work together to ensure their gadgets were all working harmoniously.  At the end of the day, their tracks were recorded – and you can listen to them below!


Girls Keep it Equal at the Celtic Manor

Last Friday 19 girls from years 7, 8, 9 and 10 attended a special all-female careers event at the Celtic Manor resort.  The Keeping It Equal careers event, organised by Full Circle Education aims to promote non-stereotypical careers to girls.

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We started in one of the huge convention halls with talks from some incredibly inspiring speakers including Philippa Tuttiett (Welsh International rugby player, TV presenter and owner of all-female building company FBI(Female Builders and Interiors).  We also heard from Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer, National Assembly for Wales who explained how her political career got started when she campaigned for a bench for mothers to sit on at her local playground.

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The girls then had the opportunity to visit all the careers stands available where they found out about roles in the Armed Forces, forensics and the building industry and met former Y Pant pupil and ITV weather presenter, Kate Lewis.

At the end of the day we had more inspiring talks from Abi Carter, about her career in archaeological forensics and Helen Walbey of Recycle Scooters who has faced homelessness twice and now runs her own successful business.

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The girls enjoyed the opportunity to find out about the different career options open to them.  They were also amazed by the scale and grandeur of the Celtic Manor resort.