Earlier this year a group of More Able and Talented pupils from the Art Department were involved in the design and production of a health campaign poster promoting the safe use of medicines. The project involving a number of schools in the RCT area was run by ‘Art is Community’ and sponsored by the Welsh Government. The eye catching designs were praised by the chief hospital pharmacist as a huge success at the official celebration on Wednesday 6th May. The exhibition of posters can be seen at the Hospital.
We are a Fairtrade Achiever school. This week we start to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by thinking about the issues faced by the producers who supply our food and other goods made from things that don’t grow in this country.
Last year we learnt that bananas are the most popular and most traded fruit in the world and we eat 5 million of them every year in the UK. Shockingly many banana growers can’t even feed their own families because we are selling them too cheaply here. E.g. we pay typically 20p for an apple grown here but only 11p for a banana grown in tropical conditions! It’s the farmer who is at the losing end of supermarket price wars!
This year we’ll be thinking about…chocolate!
We eat 11kg EACH a year and it’s not just bars of chocolate; we also have hot chocolate, chocolate face creams, bubble baths and shampoo! 90% of this chocolate is grown on small family farms.
The cocoa trees need shade – under the rainforest and are picked and processed by hand after the tree is 3 or 4 years old.
The beans (which taste bitter) are fermented in the tropical country and shipped to more developed countries to be made into chocolate. Yes that’s right – a chocolate farmer may never have tasted his or her own product!
Some small farms have joined together in places like Ghana and the Dominican Republic to form Co-operatives. This helps them reach the Fairtrade standard which ensures that they get a fair price for their beans and a premium that they can spend on improving their communities. Los Brazos in the Dominican Republic have piped water into their homes, meaning they no longer have to walk 4KM EACH WAY to collect water from a stream. The Kuapo Kokoo Co-operative in Ghana has invested the Fairtrade premium in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living. Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour, and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change.
Last week we welcomed some of the more senior members of our community into school for our annual inter-generational Christmas party.
This is a lovely event on our annual 6th form calendar and gives 6th form students to talk to the retired people who attend as well as serving them snacks and drinks.
Our visitors also enjoyed entertainment and a raffle.
Scott Russell, year 10, has recently secured the post of Youth Inspector within the youth provision of RCTCBC. Youth Inspectors are dedicated volunteering young people, who work with other inspectors to carry out inspections in various provisions throughout RCT. The aims of the inspections are to improve the services that are offered to young people. Congratulations Scott, you will make and excellent Youth Inspector
The RE department have been running a poster design competition to highlight the problems with racism. The winning school entries (shown below) have been entered into the national “Show Racism the Red Card” competition.
We’re delighted to announce that Ania Kandasamy in year 9 has been shortlisted for a prize and has been invited to an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff on 1st May! Da iawn Ania!
All the Y Pant winning entries.
Last Friday (December 7th) Y Pant welcomed over 100 people from the locality for the the annual senior citizens’ Christmas party.
Guests were greeted by members of the 6th form and the year 10 COPE group and were treated to some songs from the recent school show “A Christmas Carol”. Everyone then joined in with some carol singing and were rewarded with a Christmas buffet.
Later on in the afternoon the guests took part in the long awaited bingo games and raffle both expertly called by our deputy-head boy Matthew Ingram. To round off the afternoon, our very own Father Christmas (Ben Hopkins) made an appearance.
A huge thankyou to everyone who helped organise the event. Roll on next year!
Next Friday 16th of November at lunch time there will be a charity football match at 1.10 pm on the football pitch behind the sports hall. Year 12 and 13 will be playing in a football match for a friend of their called Luke Humphrey who was diagnosed with cancer last year, thankfully now the cancer has gone and Luke is on the mend and will hopefully be attending to watch the game, every person playing in the game has a sponsorship form and we are hoping to raise as much money as possible for teenage cancer and present Luke with all the money raised and he is going to donate all the money raised from this event and previous events when he finishes his treatment in seven months’ time. If you want to donate money or you have already please can you pay by next Wednesday to any of the year 13 or year 12 boys playing in the game .
Liam John, year 13
Mr Pearsall has been showing pupils this video in assemblies all week in the run-up to Remembrance Day. This year we will be thinking of those that risk their lives in conflict for us more poignantly than usual. Mr Pearsall has just returned safely from a 6 month tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the Territorial Army, but sadly a former pupil of Y Pant, Jamie Shadrake lost his life in Afghanistan in August. Our thoughts are with his family, and all those who are affected.
Please watch, be thankful, and remember.
The soundtrack is called Dantes Prayer and is by Canadian singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt.