Pancakes SOLD OUT Raising Over £120

On Shrove Tuesday (9/2/16), the year 10 Ethics and Philosophy class, along with Mrs. Graves, Mrs. Burnell and a few other students, sold pancakes to raise money for a charity. The charity we were raising money and awareness for was the Salvation Army. The class chose this charity as we think the work they accomplish  is remarkable, and we wanted to help people who are less privileged than us. We have been studying Christian teachings on wealth and poverty and developing our understanding of the injustice of poverty.  The Salvation Army is one of the charities we have studied.

The turn out to the event was very successful and all of the pancakes were sold quickly. The total amount raised was just over £120. Thank you to everyone who purchased a pancake, we are extremely grateful.

Also thank you to Mrs Graves for holding the event and to Mrs Burnell and the students that helped on the day. Tim Keys, Abbie Way, Alice Smith, Lucy Challinor, Aimee Llewelyn, Rhianon Cummings, Lucy Enoch, Anais Rowlands, Seren Rowley, Caitlin Knowles, Kirstie Price,  Sabrina Cadwallider, Callum Watts and Rosie Babbage.

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Year 10 – Maths and Numeracy

The following letter was sent by Mr Fisher – Head of Maths to all parents and carers of year 10 students this week.

Dear Parent

Many of you will know that GCSE Maths is changing in Wales. Our current year 10 cohort are following the new GCSE Maths specifications in which pupils sit two Maths GCSEs. These are entitled ‘GCSE Numeracy’ and ‘GCSE Maths’. GCSE Maths is similar to the current exam in many ways but GCSE Numeracy is quite different. It is essentially a test of numerical reasoning in which pupils are presented with a range of information and need to extract and use the relevant data. Pupils in year 10 have already had considerable practice in this area (using the RUCSAC technique).This exam will test the resilience of pupils as well as their mathematical knowledge and techniques.

As GCSE Numeracy is a new exam we intend to enter the entire cohort for these papers next November in order to give them an early exposure to this new exam. All pupils will then sit the other GCSE Maths exams the following summer. At that time they will also have the opportunity to retake GCSE Numeracy in order to improve their grade. Each exam will have three tiers. Higher tier will cover grades A*-C, Intermediate tier grades B-E and foundation tier grades D-G (with a C grade available for exceptional performance). There will be 2 papers in each GCSE one of which will be a non-calculator paper.

Further details will be available from your child’s subject teacher in the year 10 parents evening on February 25th. Should you have any further queries about these exams please feel free to contact me at the school, on extension 241.

Yours Sincerely

Ray Fisher  (Head of Mathematics)

Safer Internet Day 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.

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Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

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The Safer Internet Day website has excellent resources for Parents and Carers and also specific resources to support adoptive parents and foster carers.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

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There are ways in which we can all contribute:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard.
  • Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
  • Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
  • Industry has a role to play by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
  • Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn and teachers to teach about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 – and beyond – to play your part in helping to create a better internet!

Find out more about what is happening in the UK on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day

Find out more about what is happening globally on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.

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Key Stage 4 Options Evening

The Key Stage 4 Options Evening will take place in the Main Hall on Thursday 28th January. Year 9 parents are invited to attend one of the two sessions which will run as follows:

  • Session 1: 5.30pm
  • Session 2: 6.30pm

There will be a short presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions with members of the senior leadership team. Each session will take approximately 30 minutes.

You may be aware that due to building work the school only has a single track drive in operation. To avoid congestion, can I request that parents attending the early session leave promptly, and parents attending the second session do not arrive too early. You may wish to consider parking in the top carpark and walking down.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Mr I. Dyson or the Head of Progress, Mrs S. Burnell, if you have any queries.

The Dream is Over for Another Year

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Y Pant, the Mid Glamorgan champions were defeated by the reigning Welsh champions Glantaf, in a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff Metropolitan University pitch.

In a closely fought contest, the teams were even going into the half time interval. With ten minutes remaining of the second half, Glantaf broke the deadlock with a hotly disputed goal. As Y Pant searched for the equaliser, a set piece from Glantaf broke the hearts of galliant losers.

Well done to the squad of players who reached the last sixteen of the Welsh cup for the second successive season.

Man of the match for Y Pant was Dafydd Price.

Year 10 Spanish Penpal Update

Year 10’s Spanish Penpals have sent us some photos of them opening their letters.  As you can see, they look delighted!  Year 10 wrote detailed letters in Spanish about themselves and their family, using all of the vocab they had been working hard on during the last term – great revision!  We now await their next letter.  How exciting!​

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Extra-curricular Religion, Ethics & Philosophy club on a Monday lunchtime

In our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy club we have joined a collaboration centre with ‘iEARN’. We have experienced many different cultures and traditions. We, along with other pupils from different years, have created amazing Christmas cards describing how we culturally and religiously celebrate Christmas in Wales.

This project has been designed to connect classrooms around the world. We have learned about different traditions and customs. For instance, we discovered that in Taiwan most of them do not celebrate Christmas with presents or time off school. They only get a present when they were younger which really surprised us and they also go to school but they do play Christmas games and some of the teachers dress up like Santa.

All of us have enjoyed this project because it’s fun, educational and interesting learning about what they do at Christmas. Also we are glad about how many Christmas cards was made by different years to send to these different schools, we had 78 handmade cards describing everyone’s experiences at Christmas to share with pupils around the world, including Taiwan, Belarus, Iran, Morocco and Russia.

Mia Jenkins

Year 9

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