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!

Y Pant Parent Newsletter – Autumn 2014

New Staff

Miss Emily Whatley 2nd in Mathematics
Mrs Lorna CranstoneMr. Craig Beckett Teacher of MathematicsTeacher of Design Technology
Ms Sarah Owen P/T Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Rachel Banner Teacher of English (maternity cover)
Miss Beth PrettyMr. James Jones Teacher of Mathematics (maternity cover)Teacher of ICT (maternity cover)
Miss Lucy Bunce Seconded to the Senior Leadership Team during the Summer Term 2014
Mrs Leigh Thomas Special Needs Support Assistant
Mrs. June Crichton Special Needs Support Assistant

Head of Progress and Assistant Head of Progress – Staff Members

Year Head of Progress Assistant Head of Progress
7 Mrs. Johns Mrs. Davies
8 Mrs. Burnell Mr. Browne
9 Miss Owen Dr. Jones
10 Mrs. Arnold Mrs. Davey
11 Mrs. Mortimer Mrs. Lloyd
12 and 13 Mrs. Nowell-Hughes Miss Purcell

School Holidays

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 4th MAY 2015

Monday 20th July will be an INSET Day. Other INSET days will be finalised in the Autumn Term.

TERMBEGINS HALF TERMSTARTS HALF TERMENDS TERMENDS
 Autumn 2014  Monday1 September  Monday27 October Friday31 October75 Friday19 DecemberDays
 Spring 2015  Monday5 January  Monday16 February  Friday20 February55 Friday27 MarchDays
 Summer 2015  Monday13 April  Monday25 May  Friday29 May65 Monday20 JulyDays

INSET

School will be closed for staff training on the following dates:-

  • Friday 3rd October
  • Monday 23rd February
  • Friday 19th June

Important Dates for your Diary

25th September Year 6 Open Evening.
23rd October Year 7 Parent Information Evening.
13th November Year 11 Parents Evening.
15th January Year 9 Parents Evening.
29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening.
5th February Year 7 Parents Evening.
26th February Year 10 Parents Evening.
12th March Year 11 Options Information Evening.
23rd April  Year 8 Parents Evening.

 

Outstanding External Examination Results

Once again I have great pride and delight in being able to report record results for the school.  At Key Stage 4, 88% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold of at least 5A*-C grades.  Even more impressively, 75% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths.  To put this into context, last year only 5 schools in the whole of Wales attained higher than this and each of those are in areas of much greater social advantage than Y Pant.  Furthermore, 18% of pupils attained the new measurement of Level 2++ which is 5 A*-A including English and Maths; 25 of these pupils achieved an incredible 10 A grades or better!  We had the highest set of English and Maths results and the second highest set of Science results in the history of the school.

At Key Stage 5, 26% of results were awarded A* or A; 53% were awarded A*-B grades: both above the national Welsh average. Seven students achieved the equivalent of at least 3 A grades at A Level.  Congratulations to Jacqueline Hopkins, Arwel Poacher, Ellen Havard, Sophie Thomas, Faye Jones, Gareth Day and Alex Rogers for this impressive achievement.

These figures represent fantastic achievements on the part of the pupils and reflect upon the hard work of their teachers and the support of their parents and carers.  Congratulations and thanks to all.

Year 6 Open Evening – Thursday 25th September

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to Y Pant School’s Open Evening on September 25th.  This is intended mainly for parents and guardians of Year 6 pupils who are considering Y Pant as the school of choice for their children.  It is, however, also an opportunity for parents of younger children to attend if they wish.  You are all welcome.

The evening will begin at 5.45p.m with a presentation given by myself in our Sports Hall.  From 6.15p.m onwards there will be guided tours of the school for small groups where you will have the chance to visit subject areas, meet with teachers and see part of the wealth of learning activities that we provide for our pupils.

We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in our school and of the examination results that our young people produce at all levels.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 25th and, hopefully, in the years to come.

Free School Meals

It is my understanding that we have pupils in our school who have not registered their entitlement to free school meals.  If you receive any of these benefits then you are entitled to free school meals:

  • Child Tax Credit (where total annual income is less than £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance

It is worth knowing that free school meals can save you about £500 per child per year.  Once registered for free school meals your child will also qualify for financial support towards their school uniform.  Our cashless canteen system in Y Pant guarantees anonymity for pupils on free school meals as the money is automatically added to each pupil’s account.

To apply for free school meals or to find out more please call 01443 681081 or log on to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whyforkout.

School Uniform

School Uniform will be available to buy from the “Uniform Shop” which is open every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6pm. Please note, uniform will not routinely be available outside of these hours.

 Impromptu School Closure

Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice.  This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities.  In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.

The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly.  However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school.  We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation.  Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.

Piercings

The school rules allow girls to wear a stud earring in each lower lobe. However, on health and safety grounds these MUST BE removed for the duration of each P.E. lesson.  Putting a plaster over a recently pierced ear is not acceptable.

Pupils, whether boys or girls, will not be allowed to attend school with a plaster covering a recent piercing.  If you must allow your child to be pierced in any way then it is important that this takes place at the beginning of a long school holiday period.  This will allow the necessary healing to take place prior to his/her return to school and thus allow your child to comply with the school rules regarding  jewellery.

Entry onto School Premises

In the interest of pupil safety parents must not transport pupils onto school premises.  In exceptional circumstances a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.

What’s happening this half term?

I am conscious that there are some technical difficulties with our on-line calendar at present, resulting in some events not being reported. In order to help you remain as informed as possible, please find attached the dates on the calendar up to the half term. In response to some parental requests, I have split up the calendar into Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to help with greater clarity.
The on-line calendar will be fully operational shortly.
I hope this update helps you.
Andy Hurley
Deputy Headteacher

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Topics – Autumn Term

A general outline of the curriculum topics being covered by departments across the Autumn term for Key Stage 3 pupils can now be downloaded.  The timings of certain topics are subject to change but should provide pupils and parents with some idea of what is being covered during the lessons.

Cardiff University workshops & lectures for 6th form

cardiffUniversityCardiff University Curriculum Support are linking with schools and are offering a series of workshops and lectures relating to AS Level, A Level and degree level subjects.

Follow this link http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/curriculumsupport to investigate the range of subjects on offer and to register for events. Individuals can attend events once registered or if there is enough interest (eg. a full minibus) School may be able to organise transport.

Why bother? Apart from invaluable subject enrichment, attending events outside school proves you are passionate about subjects and serious about taking studies further. When applying for courses of study after yr12/13 you can expand on the experiences gained in your personal statements.

Yr 12/13 news…Interested in a career in medicine or research? Read on…

EVENT DETAILS: SATURDAY 20TH SEPT 10am – 3pm FREE ENTRY – Click here for tickets.

Find out how we are fighting cancer in Wales at the free drop-in event: Cardiff Cancer Research Open Day

  • Meet our cancer scientists, doctors and nurses
  • Go behind the scenes in our lab*
  • Find out more about cancer research happening near you, from  lab research to clinical trials with short talks, fun games and interactive demonstrations

Come along and experience our local cancer research brought to life by the researchers themselves. See how researchers in Cardiff are working together to discover and pioneer new cancer treatments.

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There will be interactive activities suitable for all ages including children.

* Please note, due to health and safety reasons, minimum age for lab tour will be 13.

The Open Day includes a talk programme with short talks delivered by top researchers and clinicians, which are suitable for a public audience. The programme will be:

10:30am: ‘Personalised Medicine’ by Dr Rachel Butler, Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Head of All Wales Genetics Laboratory ‘

11:30am: ‘Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer’ by Prof Andy Sewell, Associate Director for Immunity and Infection Research Institute, Cardiff University School of Medicine

12:30pm: ‘Understanding basic cancer biology in the search for new treatments’ by Prof Alan Clarke, Director of Cancer Research UK Cardiff Centre and European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute

1:30pm: ‘Hot off the Press: New test predicts survival in blood cancer patients’ by Prof Chris Pepper, Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2:15pm:  ‘Improving outcomes through clinical trials’ by Dr Richard Adams, Consultant Oncologist at Velindre NHS Trust and Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit

European referee Scholarship Winner heading Down Under

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Kathryn Davies in Year 13 has been awarded the European Junior touch rugby referee Scholarship, and will be heading to Australia in 2015 to participate in the National Youth Championships.

This summer a group of highly talented junior referees participated in the Junior European Championships, held in Swansea prior to the Open’s Championship, with Kathryn selected as the recipient of the jointly-funded scholarship.

Kathryn refereed the final of the junior event. This is an incredible achievement considering she has only been involved in the sport for four months.

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Year 13 student Callum reports on his Swansea Uni experience

During the summer holidays I went to the S4 Swansea university science summer school where I participated in university-level science workshops and experiments. Initially when informed about the opportunity I was quite reluctant to enroll because I didn’t think I would enjoy it but I am so glad I did. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and has definitely motivated me to do well in my A levels so that I can go to university.

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 Day one

On my first full day at the summer school, I studied computing with a techno camp workshop. In teams of 4 we designed a robot from Lego NXT mind storm kits and programmed it on the computer. We competed amongst other teams to see who’s robot was superior. We had to guide our robot around mazes, park it in parking spaces etc. After that we played robot football where we had to design a robot to be a striker and defend the goals at the same time. This was turned into a competition to see who’s robot could score and defend the most amounts of goals.

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After the workshop everyone was given free time and so with the friends I had made so far we explored the gigantic university campus and later walked to Swansea town centre to explore to shops. Later in the evening there was a pub quiz held by the summer school where we grouped together with teachers and answered science questions.

Day two

On the second day I studied biology where I learnt about the topic of marine biology and I had to dissect a mackerel. While dissecting this mackerel I learnt about its internal structures and their functions, I enjoyed this so much because you got to see what you were learning from a physical prospective.  After that we got a tour around Swansea universities science facilities and learnt about the importance of algae, why it is grown from business and its important medical uses. We also got to see muscle filtration and hold real life marine animals such as blue lobsters.

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After the workshop, the summer school then took us to the cinema that they have on campus. It was absolutely packed with people of a variety of ages. We watched an Asian cartoon film, which was similar to anime.

Day three

On the third day I studied physics and mathematics. I learnt about finding exoplanets. I found this really interesting as we got to learn about space and I actually understood it really well considering mathematics and physics are not my strong point. We had to conduct an experiment using a light sensor to detect the shadow created as our exoplanet circled our star. We did this using software on the computer, it was so interesting.

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After the workshop, my friends and I went to the beach, which is directly opposite the university campus. During the week we had also met other students from Germany that were staying in the same halls of residence and so we invited them to the beach with us. We all went in the sea, played volleyball, built a campfire and sat around it until late.

Day four

On the fourth day of Swansea summer school I participated in a geography workshop where we learnt about climate change. We conducted an experiment with collecting carbon dioxide in different heats which was meant to represent the different distances away from the sun, it was really fun.  Later on in the day we explored the university campus to look at the wild life, we then participated in a dendrochronological experiment where we drilled holes into trees and removed sections of the tree to analysis the patterns of tree rings to see how old the tree was, to see if it was a victim of disease or a natural disaster.

After the work shop we all headed to Mumbles beach area where we explored the natural wild life before heading to the beach to explore general marine life. As a group we then explored the beach, went in the sea and generally enjoyed ourselves.

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Fifth day

On the last day we had a talk about UCAS applications from S4 ambassadors who are current students at Swansea Univeristy, Swansea university lectures, professors and Swansea university admissions tutors. They showed us previous examples of personal statements, what they like to see and what they expect from us. They also showed us what they don’t like to see and how to avoid it. There was then a award ceremony and students that had excelled in the individual workshops were rewarded with vouchers, certificates and clothes. There was also an award from the best tweet.

If I choose to go to Swansea University I will receive a £500 bursary just for completing the weeklong Swansea university summer school. The experience was definitely worthwhile as I got to immerse myself in the student lifestyle as well as expand my education. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is interested.

 

 

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Music Students Raise Hundreds for Charities

Many of you will remember the very successful BTEC concerts back in July. Our Year 12 students did themselves and the school proud with a pair of enjoyable evenings in aid of worthy causes.

The final figures are now in, and the combined total raised is well over £1600, an outstanding effort for a class of nine students!

Many congratulations to them, and thanks to everyone who supported the events.

6th Form Registration Structure

The registration structure for 6th form is compulsory for ALL students in years 12 and 13.  Attendance at registration from 8:30 to 9 am is very important as it enables the school to pass on information and for 6th form students to be accurately registered.  Attendance at this time is compulsory on Mondays and Thursdays for all students.  All other days depends upon timetable.

—Monday –   Compulsory registration for ALL students

—Tuesday –   Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.

—Wednesday –  Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.

—Thursday –   Compulsory Assembly for ALL students (Lesser Hall)

—Friday - Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.