British Archery Champions 2016

Two pupils from Y Pant joined 330 other archers from across the UK to take part in the Junior National Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall.

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Cyra Rawdin-Jones won the Junior Ladies Longbow U16 Metrics and Bristol rounds for a second year in a row.

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Her brother, Steffan Rawdin-Jones won the Junior Gents Compound unlimited  U14 Metrics round and came in fourth in a very tough Bristol round missing out on the podium by 3 points.

Well done to them both.

Returning to 6th form in September?

Post 16 options and sign up

Below are the finalised option columns and where each subject will be taught next year.

6th form options

To ‘sign up’ to an AS course, all year 11 pupils have been issued with a sheet to collect signatures from the teachers of those subjects after you have seen them to have a conversation as to whether that course would be suitable for you. If you have not completed this sheet and handed it in to Miss Richmond, you will need to do this by the end of term. Forms can be obtained from main photocopying or directly from Miss Richmond.

Sign up day: August 31st 2016

After your results day the school will be open on Wednesday August 31st between 9.30am and 12.30 pm for you to come along with your results and officially sign up to your AS courses. The form you filled in with the signatures will also be available to inform us, the 6th form team, that you have seen those teachers and that they have signed you off.  If you are not available on this day, you may email Miss Richmond your choices and as long as she has your teacher signature form and there are no issues with your results to gain access to that AS, then you will be signed up. We would however, encourage you to attend if you are available.

Monday September 5th

Anyone wanting to return to the 6th form at Y Pant should report to the main hall at 8.30 am on Monday morning. There is NO NEED to wear uniform as we will offer a 2-week period of grace on uniform for year 12. Those who have attended the sign up day should have their timetables ready for collection, those who did not may be delayed in gaining access to their chosen courses as their timetables are created during the morning.

Bank of England Chief Economist, Andy Haldane, speaks to Y Pant Students

As part of Year 12’s Welsh Baccalaureate Enrichment Fortnight, students were visited by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England.

Students take part in a range of learning activities during this time and have the opportunity to engage with a number of external facilitators and subject matter experts.

It was a great honour to be addressed by Andy who took time off from his busy schedule to give a fascinating and enlightening insight into the world of finance and the global economy. He was more than happy to field questions from the inquisitive audience on a range of topics and of course Brexit was a popular choice.

Mr Pearsall and Mr Mortimer have arranged a number of enrichment activities over the 2 weeks to optimise success in the Welsh Baccalaureate and to enhance transferable and essential skills. Many thanks to Andy and his team for this rare insight and to our Sixth Form for being a receptive and inquisitive audience.

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UCAS Evening – Thursday June 30th 5.30pm

Dear Parent / carer,
We would like to invite you to our UCAS evening on Thursday June 30th at 5.30 pm in the main hall. During this presentation we will outline the UCAS application system and explain what you may do to support your child through the process and what we will be doing in school to ensure that they have been fully prepared to make informed decisions about their future after Y Pant.
Dear Year 11 families – we are aware that this may be premature but we know that there are some students and families that have asked for advice and guidance at this stage in the past. Therefore, if you wish to join us on this evening for an advance briefing, you would be more than welcome. There will, of course, be the same evening available to you at this time next year.

National Armed Forces Day – Flag Raising

Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 23rd of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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Representatives from the school included members of local Air and Army Cadets, members of the School Council and Army Reservist teacher, Mr Pearsall. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer.  Fellow Y Pant pupils from C Coy, R Welsh Army Cadet Force and 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour and were supervised by former pupil Flight Sergeant Sami Bryant who performed admirably in the heat whilst observing the rigours of Ramadan.  The ceremony was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, Bryncelynnog School,  local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.

The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from primary school pupils and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.

IGNIT10N – this Friday in the Main Hall

IGNIT10N! is the Year 12 BTEC Music students’ final project for the year. On Friday the 24th June at 5pm in the main hall they have planned, and will be hosting a night of excellent music, showcasing a number of their own personal bands, and maybe even a teacher band!

Tickets are £3 and can be paid at the door or to one of the Music Teachers. We hope to see you there!

Here’s a sneak preview…

Great Language Initiative

The French department recently took part in a great language initiative organised by Cardiff University Languages department. Ten Year 9 students had the opportunity to be were mentored by Sam, a final year languages student who came into school to offer mentoring sessions, looking at topics such as option choices, boosting confidence in oracy and presentations and  revision & learning strategies. All students agreed it was an interesting and useful experience. To celebrate the success of the programme, we attended an Awards ceremony held in the Languages department at the University. Its was an exciting visit as students got to experience what University life involves. Sam took us on a guided tour of the languages department, including a visit to the University library and gym. The highlight of the day was a quick Japanese taster lesson, which was great fun. The event was really well organised as part of the Welsh Government’s Global Future’s strategy promoting modern languages. There were lots of other schools involved and there was a great buzz of excitement during the day.

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(Photo by Matthew Horwood)
(Photo by Matthew Horwood)

Y Pant pupils in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit

The weekend of 21st and 22nd May saw over ten thousand cyclists descend on Cardiff`s Civic Centre for the now annual Velothon Wales.  The vast majority of these, including two of Y Pant`s teaching staff, were there to test themselves on the demandingly hilly, yet beautiful terrain of south-east Wales. On the face of it Mr. Mitchell and Senor Pelaez were participating as part of their training routine for the upcoming challenge of cycling from Tenby, via Porthcawl, to Cardiff this weekend.  It is more likely however that they were more interested in fantasising about Tour de France victories as they cycled past the thousands upon thousands of spectators who lined the 140 kilometre route cheering them on enthusiastically!

Putting our MAMILS (Google it) to the back of our mind though Y Pant had much more to celebrate during the weekend. Two of our most talented sportspersons were in action on the Saturday. Elynor Backstedt and James Codd were taking  part in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit. This was a series of races around the Civic Centre which served as the second round of the British National Youth Circuit Series. James and Elynor are Year 9 pupils and were competing in the under 16, Youth A age group. The conditions were appalling with heavy, and at times torrential, rain throughout. The roads being so wet as well being extremely twisty meant that there were several crashes but the pace remained scarily fast.  It was amazing to see the speeds that these young riders attained, riding for over an hour at a pace that most cyclists would be unable to attain for more than a few seconds. James put in a creditable performance, keeping up with the leading group for a good time but was ultimately unsuccessful. Elynor, however came in in fourth place and sees her retain her second place in the current standings. Chapeau to both!  Why not make your way down to Cardiff next year to see for yourself? You may even catch a glimpse of Senor Pelaez in his lycra!

Mr Ian Mitchell

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