The following revision and support sessions are now running. More will be added as we progress through the year.
|Art & Design||Tuesday||3.00pm – 4.00pm||Mrs J Gold||GCSE|
|Design Technology||Monday – Friday||Break and Lunchtime||All department members||All students welcome|
|Drama||Monday||4.00pm – 6.00pm||Mr O Thomas||All students welcome|
|English Language||Wednesday||3.00pm – 4.00pm||GCSE|
|English Literature||Wednesday||3.00pm – 4.00pm||GCSE|
|Mathematics||Tuesday||3.00pm – 4.00pm||Mrs L Cranstone & Miss S Owen||GCSE (11Y3 and 11Y4)|
|Religious Studies||Monday – Friday||Break and Lunchtime||Mrs D Graves||All students welcome|
|Additional Learning Needs||Monday – Friday||Break and Lunchtime||All Dept. members||All students welcome|
|Spanish||Wednesday||Lunchtime||Senora V Fernandez||GCSE|
The R.E.P. AS level Hindusim trip, on 11th October, served as a fun, colourful and interesting way to introduce us to the Hindu culture, specifically exploring the religious festival of Durja Puga.
We were happily welcomed by members of the local Hindu community, that practiced their beliefs within and around different areas of Wales. Their kindness and hospitality was evident throughout.
During the two hours we witnessed the puja for last day of the festival. We observed worship towards the different Hindu gods and goddesses including the Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganesha, using offerings. We shared and tasted prashad.
Furthermore we got the opportunity to ask questions and discuss in detail about the different historical contexts, both old and new lifestyles and the general beliefs surrounding Hinduism as a religion.
Overall the trip gave us insight to the multiple depths and layers that make up Hinduism, and I highly recommend for the trip to be experienced and attended by other schools and students of any subject in the future.
Abbie Vosper, year 12
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As part of Activities Week we take a group of students to Croyde Bay in Devon every year for a “Learn to Surf” camp. Isabelle Smith and Alex Parker, now in year 9, have written us a report – it sounds like they had a fantastic time!
At surfing we had great fun. We started our first lesson with a quick practice on the sand then we were ready to hit the waves! We had to wait for the lifeguards to take down the red flag because it was so misty first! The waves on the first night were great and we all stood up on our boards. That evening we had fish and chips and explored the beach and campsite. We made friends with the seagulls who seemed to like our ships and waking us up early!
The next day we had a huge breakfast and a proper awakening from the cold wetsuits! After struggling down to the beach with our boards we found some stranded jellyfish. The surf was great and the weather was lovely. We went out quite far to catch the best waves although most of us fell off that day! That night we had a BBQ and played beach volleyball and rounders.
The drive back the next day was on one of the hottest days of the year, on a bus with no air-conditioning! We all had a great time, and really enjoyed learning to surf.
Last week, year 10 students Ieuan Davies, Caitlin Langstone, Emily Prewett and Megan Rees, reached the national final of the Life Sciences Challenge. This annual competition consists of a quiz set by PhD students and researchers at the Cardiff University School of Medicine for KS4 students to test their knowledge and understanding of medical sciences. The Y Pant team were narrowly beaten in the final by Whitchurch High School, but we’re very proud of the way in which they represented the school. Mrs Mitchell, Head of Science, described the competition as “like watching University Challenge” – the standard was that high!
On the afternoon of Sunday the 10th of July, we boarded a coach to London. We were to spend a week at a university with officials at NASA and former astronauts; the opportunity felt rather surreal. After a 4 hour journey, we arrived at ‘Moonraker Point’; student accommodation situated near Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.
It was here that we were designated our flat numbers and had an opportunity to socialise with other pupils undertaking the course. Many of the students were from South Wales but there were also international students from India, Spain and France. After an introduction to the programme and a visit to a restaurant, we settled down in preparation for the days ahead.
Introductions and morning sessions were held by Sarah Murray- Assistant Chief of EVA, Robotics and Crew Systems at NASA. The main aim of the week was to design and propose ideas for an experiment, with the best idea being launched into space and carried out by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Together with our groups, the ‘Mission Discovery ‘ team set us tasks and challenges that served to test and refine a number of key skills. Time was allocated to independently discuss and develop ideas for our experiments. To design our experiment we also had to follow a set of criteria and constraints that included cost, size, and the limitation of interaction with the experiment by the astronauts; due to the importance of their duties elsewhere. Coping with these limitations involved using numeracy skills and allowed us the opportunity to learn how to budget. We also had to pro-actively engage with our groups regarding any identifiable changes that could be made to the experiments, following new information we were given each day.
Additionally, throughout the days, we were given lectures illustrating how space exploration benefits lives on Earth and the effect of micro-gravity on the body. Amongst a number of high class lecturers were top professionals; including Professor Steve Harridge, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology and Dr. Julie Keeble, a lecturer in Pharmacology.
We also heard from Mike Foale CBE- Former Astronaut and International Space Station Commander. His stories and escapades- including a near-fatal collision while aboard the Russian space station ‘Mir’- emphasised the NASA ‘you can do it’ spirit. His journey to becoming an incredibly successful astronaut conveyed how best to achieve dreams and ambitions, and also provided us with information that was vital when developing our experiments. In the evenings we had the opportunity to dine in local restaurants, and also to take in the sights of the sprawling city. Places of note included Tower Bridge and the London Eye; equally as spectacular in the darkness as the daylight.
After a great deal of research and preparation, our experiment ideas were finalised in time for the last day, Friday the 15th. They consisted of ‘The growth of kelp in microgravity conditions’, along with ‘The effectiveness of different types of fungicide in killing the magnaporthe oryzae fungus in microgravity’ and were to be presented to a panel of judges- including senior lectures from King’s College London and Mike Foale himself- if we were both to reach the final . Before this, we both had to face fierce competition from a number of other groups, each with incredibly in depth ideas and reasoning. Both our groups passed through the heats and entered into the final. We were required to give an 8 minute presentation in front of the panel of judges and over 65 pupils from around the world. In the end, we finished as finalists- losing out only narrowly to a team that focused on the growth of mycobacteria. Despite this, the experience was extremely enlightening; we developed presentation and team building skills that will no doubt benefit us highly in the future.
With regards to going to university, a relatively close prospect, it did indeed aid in ideas for future plans and possibly job prospects. The sheer amount of topics and skills that were developed will hopefully prove to be a positive addition to any career that we choose to follow- not only restricted to the region of astrophysics and space travel.
-Noah Evans and Daniel Schoen, Year 12
On Friday September 9th a group of year 7 and 8 pupils attended and event organised by Disability Sport Wales. This event provided with the perfect opportunity to try over 25 sports, with a range of adapted equipment.
The two day event is supported by Local Authorities across the South Wales region and National Governing Bodies of sport, and offers children, young people and adults the opportunity to take part in a range of activities. On the day various sports were showcased, all run by club coaches. They include archery, football, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, bowls, cycling, tennis, wheelchair rugby, karate and wheelchair racing plus many more. New sports for this year were rugby, goalball, judo, and gymnastics, making it the biggest InSport series ever!
Y Pant pupils had the opportunity to enjoy all the activities and get to know famous sports women and men.