There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
Rhondda Cynon Taf have put together a package of resources that provides a free copy of Microsoft Office software for all students. Unique user codes will be distributed via registration this week. The instructions for installation can be downloaded here.
Getting Started Student Portal for Office 2013
A group of year nine pupils have worked extremely hard this week making masks. The brief was to create a mask that summarised your opinion of a multi-cultural society. The masks will be show cased at the Comenius Conference in Mainz, Germany.
The Spanish Department is really lucky to have a link with a Spanish school in Valencia thanks to a past pupil, Jacqueline Hopkins. Jackie, who achieved an A* grade at Spanish A-Level last summer, is currently working at the Valencian school as an English assistant. Over the next few weeks we are set to receive around 70 letters from Valencia. Our current Year 9 cohort will have this fantastic opportunity to make new friends and become pen pals with this Spanish school.
Fairtrade Guest speaker Muhammad Younas
Younas visited the Religious Education Department and Welsh Bacc departments today to engage pupils from Year 10, 11 and 12 in ethical thought and discussion relating to the moral implications of child labour. A typical 24 hours in the life of our pupils were analysed and discussed. Comparisons were considered with children who are forced into child labour in India and Pakistan. One example studied were the employees of a factory in Pakistan, who made the football world cup ball taking into account their wages, ages and working conditions compared to their cost of living and the constitutional law in Pakistan. Pupils developed their knowledge, understanding, discussion, thinking and empathy skills throughout the day. Solutions and strategies were discussed developing opinion and awareness of positive effects of Fair Trade on individual lives in other parts of the world as part of global citizenship and stewardship teaching. Our pupils would like to extend a thank you to Younas for his time, energy and imparting of relevant and emotive knowledge.
Tuesday 4th November 2014
8×1 performed ‘Sospan Fach’ as a classroom orchestra today. I hope you all enjoy the video!
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.
We have some very talented sports women at Y Pant – several have recently been selected for county teams or won championships.
Under 14 County Netball Squad
Alys Edwards – year 7 (2 years earlier than anyone else)
Ffion Cooper – year 9
Niamh Coates – year 9
Aimee Williams – year 9
Ella Worgan – year 9
Ffion Cooper has also been selected for the Welsh Hub Development Squad!
Under 16 County Netball Squad
Under 18 County Netball Squad
Katherine Davies – year 13
Bethan Grant in Year 8 competed in a gymnastics competition in September. She won and is now the Welsh Final Champion in her category.
She competed against others in this area of Wales and the top five from all areas went to compete.
Year 10 GCSE Art students recently when out of school to visit two places of interest to support their current coursework project on Natural Forms. First stop was The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which is an historic botanic garden in Oxford, England. It is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Students were able to record through drawings and photography a variety of plants looking for interesting shapes, patterns and forms to influence and inform their own 3d work back in the classroom. They then walked to The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This was founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the museum counts among its most famous features the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo, and the swifts in the Museum tower. We were given a museum talk and shown examples of Artists work books using the museum subject matter.
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.