School Uniform Shop 2017

The uniform shop will be open in school on the following dates:

  • Tuesday  July 18 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday July 19 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Thursday July 20 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday August 29 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday August 30 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Thursday August 31 – 4.30pm – 8pm

Please note: the shop is also open every Thursday during term time (3.00pm until 6.00pm).

Should any parent require a special order, i.e. smaller or larger size than usually stocked, then the order will need to be placed as soon as possible.

I would like to remind parents that volunteers run the uniform shop in order to keep costs of the uniform down. If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Mrs. Carter , P.A. to the Headteacher on (01443) 562250.

Languages Day

A great languages day for our primary cluster schools on June 29th. Year 6 came to visit and had a fantastic time trying out French, Spanish, German  and even Mandarin in the many language workshops. It was a great opportunity for the Year 10 French GCSE group to share their language skills, and along with Year 12 French and Yr 9 Language Ambassadors to guide the primary pupils though their language journey. 

Worried about bullying? Here’s how to bounce back.

If you are worried about bullying this online tool from Childline helps children gives children some ideas about how to cope.  One of the most important things to do is to tell someone – if we don’t know about it, we can’t stop it.  However, it can be quite difficult to pluck up the courage to tell – this tool includes some really good tips on finding the right adult to talk to and how to plan what you want to say.

https://bounce-back-from-bullying.childline.org.uk/ 

Parent Governor Vacancy

The governing body of Y Pant Comprehensive School has a vacancy for a parent governor and is looking for parents who are interested in this role.  A parent governor is a person with parental responsibility for a pupil attending the school.

The role of governor is an important one, as governing bodies are responsible for undertaking a variety of functions connected with the effective running of the school, including curriculum, budgeting and staffing matters.  You will be supported in these duties by other experienced members of the governing body, the headteacher and the Governor Support Officer. 

The Authority will provide relevant support and information.  Training is provided free of charge.  New governors are encouraged to undertake the foundation course, held at local venues, within the first year of appointment. 

The governing body works together as a group attending a minimum of three meetings per year.  As a parent governor, you will normally hold office for a period of four years, even if your child leaves the school during this time.  However, written resignations may be submitted at any time.

Becoming a governor is subject to certain regulations. Before completing the nomination form, please check that you are eligible by reading the criteria listed on the back page.  The school’s Clerk to the Governing Body will acknowledge your nomination form in due course. 

The Governing Body values your interest.  We would welcome the opportunity to answer any queries you may have, about becoming a governor, by telephone, e-mail or face-to-face at school.

Please see the attached document for more details and a nomination form.

Parent Election – Nomination Form – July 2017

Welcome back – yr 12

Welcome back everyone! I know that you have all worked very hard this year and deserve a well-earned break in the summer holidays. Now the exams are out of the way we need to concentrate on starting the A2 course and getting back into the routine of school life.

It is important to remember that you cannot drop any AS subjects at this stage until you have had your grades in the summer. We believe that once you have had your results you are able to make informed and important decisions about your future choices. You can make this decision on the first day back in September but we will also be running a Sixth Form Open Morning, in the summer break, to allow you an opportunity to drop in and discuss your options with staff.

The summer term holds some very important events in Sixth Form such as the nominations for the Sixth Form leadership roles, UCAS Induction including a trip to the USW and the Welsh Baccalaureate Fortnight. Further details of these events will be shared with you on the web site and Gmail.

This term we will be offering substantial support in your careers choices. I would highly recommend that you visit the UCAS web site www.ucas.com to start looking at subject and university options to kick start the research. Another good web site is www.prospects.ac.uk that helps you look at the types of jobs that you can consider. Here are some other suggested web sites that may benefit you: www.ukcoursefinder.co.ukwww.hotcourses.com www.bestuniforme.com

Scott Gwynne, the Careers Adviser, is also available every week and will arrange a meeting with you if you contact him on scott.gwynne@careerswales.com

The structure of the day will vary this term. There will only be compulsory registration (8.30am-8.50am) during the Welsh Baccalaureate fortnight from the 3rd of July – 14th of July. The timetable will collapse during the fortnight to accommodate a wide range of activities, however P5 and 6 lessons will continue as normal.

In addition to this Sixth Form Assembly will continue every Friday and is compulsory for all to attend. I would like to continue with the successful use of communication through gmail and encourage you to check your mail on a daily basis so that you can be updated with news. Please also continue to use the sign in and out system as a way of ensuring your safety in the school.

Furthermore, we have some very important whole school events taking place this term and I would like to encourage you all to support them. We will need assistance with the Lower School Sponsored Walk and suggest that this may be an excellent opportunity to start fundraising for the Prom next year. The school Eisteddfod, the Creative Arts Evening and the school production of Oliver are just some of the important events that require help and support from Sixth Formers. You have helped to establish an excellent sense of community within the school and I know that this will continue throughout your time in Y Pant.

Finally, Dr Caulfield and I will be running a Sixth Form Clinic every morning in the Sixth Form Area this term. If you have any queries or problems, please come and see us or Gmail us, as we are here to help.

 

Busta Rhymes

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Young Writers Busta Rhymes competition and Y Pant pupils have made a significant contribution to this prestigious event!  The competition aims to find exceptional young poets and this year it received in excess of 6,000 entries.  Y Pant pupils from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 took part and submitted their poems to the selection panel.  The competition organisers were particularly impressed with their poems and wrote to us expressing their delight that the work of a large number of pupils from Y Pant had been selected for publication.  Fantastic news!  The judges were so impressed by the standard of poems penned by our pupils that 31 have been chosen for publication in this year’s volume of Poets from Northern Ireland & Wales.  Choosing which poems are going to be published is essentially subjective and editors’ preferences do come into it but the judges were impressed by the perception, imagination, expression, creativity and original use of language in our pupils’ work.  The collection of poems will be published on 30th June and available to buy online and in all good bookshops!