DT Department Thanks Local Businesses for Donation

This term the Design and Technology department has been extremely fortunate to receive donated materials from local companies.  These materials will help significantly to raise the quality of pupils’ practical projects.

The department would like to thank Oakwood Furniture Manufacturers of Ynysybwl and 4Matix Limited of Pontyclun for their extremely kind contributions.  Keep an eye on the D&T web site and Twitter account (@YPantDT) to see the pupils’ projects develop this year.

GCSE ART TRIP to The British Museum and The V&A

The Yr 11 and A Level Art groups recently went to London for the day. They visited the British Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. A Level students were able to see primary source material to support their self-initiated projects and our Yr11 students were hunting out Multicultural artefacts to support their research for their mock exam.

At the British Museum students were able to view artefacts from around the world there were displays of the largest collection of Chinese ceramics outside China, as well as objects from the Islamic world dating from the 7th century AD to the present. The museum prides itself on being ‘a museum of the world, for the world’ with galleries covering Africa, Americas, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We were unable to get around it all in the time we had but students were able to record a range of artefacts quickly before we moved on the The V&A. Over at The V&A students were able to see the largest collection of decorative arts and design, the permanent collection holds over 4.5 million objects and again students were not able to see them all in the time frame however they were able to record pieces of interest to kick-start their own ideas back in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

French Cinema Club Meets Wednesdays

French Cinema Club has been a great success so far this term with 30 pupils in Year 10 settling down to watch movies. It is aimed at the French GCSE groups but if anyone has a keen interest in European films they would be more than welcome. We are currently showing L’auberge espagnole with Audrey Tatou and it’s looking to get a little bit more crazy. We meet every Wednesday at 1.30 in Room 18 and Early Lunch passes are available from Madame Rose. What better way to avoid the Winter chill when the rain and cold arrives. Bring your snacks too

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Free School Meals / Uniform

Pupils whose parents are receiving certain types of benefit are eligible for Free School Meals.  The way this works at Y Pant is that the allowance (currently £2.50 per day) is added to the pupil’s fingerprint account every day.  The money is only available for that day.  They then pay for meals in the usual way.

In addition to this, the school also makes financial provision for school uniform available to pupils claiming Free School Meals.  This is administered in school by Mrs Angela Rees who can be contacted on 01443 237701.  You can find out more about this scheme on the RCT website.

The Welsh Government also makes certain funds available to all schools to support pupils from deprived backgrounds.  We are able to use a proportion of this fund to support pupils directly and this support is offered at the school’s discretion.  Please contact Miss Lucy Bunce by calling 01443 237701; emailing lucy.bunce@ypant.co.uk or completing the form below if you would like further information.

It is important that if you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals that you make that application - this can be done online via the RCT website.  We are only able to access funds for the number of pupils we have claiming Free School Meals.

Free school meals are available to children whose parents or guardians are currently receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit – where total annual income is also less than £16,190
  • Income Support (with responsibility for children)
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (with responsibility for children)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Pupils who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School meals.
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR)).
  • Universal Credit
  • Working tax credit ‘run-on’the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working tax Credit

If you would like more information please fill out the form below.

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European Languages Day 2014

On 30th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages, a day celebrating plurilingualism and European culture.  68 pupils from year 7 came up to the languages block for a French breakfast and language quiz.  

Year 7 enjoyed listening to European music and eating their pain au chocolat whilst completing their multiple-choice quiz.  Questions included: How many languages are indigenous to Europe and in which countries is German an official language?
 
Quiz winners will be announced on Thursday!
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Comenius Conference in Holland

Four Y Pant pupils attended the third Comenius Conference in Holland, with the focus of the conference on using technology in the 21st century. Our pupils stayed with host families and attended the local school, Rijks Regionale Scholengemeenschap in Bergen op Zoom. They adapted well to life in Holland by cycling to and from school and all were amazed by the Dutch school; the facilities, the lack of school uniform, the cleanliness (lots of bins and hardly any litter!), the technology available (free WIFI!) and how well behaved all Dutch pupils were.

During the visit all pupils presented themselves and their schools, participated in a “Time Machine” activity where they compared the 1950s to the present day and the not so distant 2050s, they learned about the history of social media, they went mountain biking, designed logos for the project and visited Antwerp and Rotterdam.  Our Welsh pupils were extremely impressed by Holland and have all made friends for life.

 

 

 

 

New School Building Update

Many of you will have read in the local press the exciting news regarding our long-awaited and much-needed new school building.  We at Y Pant have been working in consultation with the Local Authority, representatives of the Welsh Government, quantity surveyors and architects for some months now in order to move forward the plans for this multi-million pound investment in our school and the local community.  Whilst I am unable to provide a great deal of specific information I can say that the project looks fantastic, progress is moving apace and that we hope to see building work begin on this site some time in late Spring.  I would like to say how grateful we are for the extent of the investment jointly shared between the Local Authority and Welsh Government.

As you will be aware, we have struggled with extremely poor accommodation for some years now and we are finally poised on the threshold of an exciting new era in the history of our school.  I look forward to bringing you more news as and when it becomes available.  Check here for regular updates!

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Superb attendance at Year 6 Open Evening

We were delighted to welcome year 6 children and their parents to school on Thursday 25th September for our Year 6 Open Evening.

The evening began with a welcome from Mr Powell followed by a tour of various departments in the school led by members of staff.  Children enjoyed all sorts of exciting activities including making their own fireworks in Science.

After the tour refreshments were served in the hall and children could enjoy a taste of school dinners – many went back for seconds they enjoyed it so much!

It was lovely to see so many smiling and excited children and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

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