World Book Day 2015

 

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This week, all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are being given their World Book Day tokens in registration.  We have a few spare so if anyone in years 10 – 13 would like a token please see Miss Bunce.

The English department will be running a lunchtime of fun, book-related activities, with refreshments, for Year 7.  Come to the New Block at the start of lunch to be admitted to room 58 to participate in the activities.

Our local bookshop, Books&Pontyclun is running a Book Fair at Pontyclun Athletics Club on Saturday 7th March from 10am to 3pm where you can exchange your tokens for books!  See the leaflet below for more details.

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UK Junior National Championships

Targeting Success

Congratulations to Cyra Rawdin-Jones in Year 9 who recently won the Welsh Field Indoor Championship held at RAF St Athan, making her the top Welsh archer in her category.

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In target archery, Cyra has won the Glamorgan and Welsh Championships and is currently ranked number one in Wales for junior ladies longbow. At the UK Junior Nationals Championships held at The Rioch Arena in Coventry, she won her age group and finished second overall in junior longbow.

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Recently Cyra gave a talk to her fellow pupils in year 9 about the sport of archery, during which she demonstrated the use of both a longbow and compound bow

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

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We are a Fairtrade Achiever school. This week we start to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by thinking about the issues faced by the producers who supply our food and other goods made from things that don’t grow in this country.

Last year we learnt that bananas are the most popular and most traded fruit in the world and we eat 5 million of them every year in the UK. Shockingly many banana growers can’t even feed their own families because we are selling them too cheaply here. E.g. we pay typically 20p for an apple grown here but only 11p for a banana grown in tropical conditions! It’s the farmer who is at the losing end of supermarket price wars!

This year we’ll be thinking about…chocolate!

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We eat 11kg EACH a year and it’s not just bars of chocolate; we also have hot chocolate, chocolate face creams, bubble baths and shampoo! 90% of this chocolate is grown on small family farms.

The cocoa trees need shade – under the rainforest and are picked and processed by hand after the tree is 3 or 4 years old.

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The beans (which taste bitter) are fermented in the tropical country and shipped to more developed countries to be made into chocolate. Yes that’s right – a chocolate farmer may never have tasted his or her own product!

Some small farms have joined together in places like Ghana and the Dominican Republic to form Co-operatives. This helps them reach the Fairtrade standard which ensures that they get a fair price for their beans and a premium that they can spend on improving their communities. Los Brazos in the Dominican Republic have piped water into their homes, meaning they no longer have to walk 4KM EACH WAY to collect water from a stream. The Kuapo Kokoo Co-operative in Ghana has invested the Fairtrade premium in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living.  Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour, and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change.

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Safer Internet – Resources for Parents

Today is Safer Internet Day 2015.  Pupils have been looking at this issue all week in registration, and year 7 & 8 pupils had a concert and talk this afternoon.

SIDlogoThe UK Safer Internet Centre has some excellent resources for parents.  The factsheet (available below) contains lots of useful links.

Last year the UK Safer Internet Centre surveyed parents and found that parents find it hard to talk to their children about internet safety.

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Their Parents and Carers page has lots of ways of helping you start that conversation.  They recommend the following 4 steps to keeping your child safe online.

  1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
  2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, e.g. Facebook privacy settings
  3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
  4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents’ Guide to Technology
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Click to download the factsheet

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Spanish Mid-week Film

Spanish department calling Year 7!!!!

Love Spanish?

Love watching films?!

Come and watch a Spanish film every Wednesday lunch time in Room 17.  Grab a lunch pass from Señora Fernández and join the Spanish Department for a mid-week film.

Open to Year 7 and above.

This week’s movie is Mi Villano Favorito 2 (Despicable Me 2)

Youth Extended Provision Half-Term Activities at Y Pant

YEPS – February Half-Term Provision 2015

The following activities are available to access over the February Half-Term:

Date Activity Time Venue
Monday 16th February 2015 Extended Provision 11.00am-2.00pm Y Pant School
Tuesday 17th February 2015 Surfing 11.45am-3.00pm CIWWC-Cardiff Bay
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Cooking – ‘Come Dine with Me’ 10.00am-6.30pm Y Pant
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Driving 11.00am-2.00pm Y Pant
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Golf 10.40am-3.20pm The Vale Resort
Thursday 19th February 2015 Go-Karting 12.30pm-4.00pm Teamsport Cardiff

All activities and transport are FREE

If you would like to attend any of the activities you will need to sign up in the YEPS office.  An off-site form will need to be completed and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Spaces are limited so book ASAP!!