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.
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
This weekend some of the Y Pant will be attempting to walk the 55 mile Taff Trail (or parts thereof) from Brecon to Cardiff Bay in less than 24 hours. This will be a rather extreme and challenging walk and will be a real team effort with support drivers and walkers to enable the main effort.
We will be aiming to raise money for the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund which is a charity that is very close to our school community’s heart. There is the opportunity to donate online at:-
…click on Rhian Griffiths Memorial Walk 2014 and make your required donation.
We shall be leaving Brecon at 12 Midday on Saturday and aiming to get into Cardiff Bay by 10 am on Sunday morning. All are aiming to get personal bests for distances walked and will be a little tender on the feet on the Monday morning.
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!
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 .
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.
On Friday 9th December we held the annual senior citizens’ Christmas party at Y Pant. Local senior citizens enjoyed a meal and drinks served by students and staff as well as bingo, performances from school music groups and even a visit from Father Christmas!
Some of the comments from satisfied customers:
“This school does so much for our community. We are so grateful to the staff and pupils for all that you do for us.”
“This school has some very talented pupils!”
Well done to the 6th form charity committee for their organisation and work on the day. In particular, well done to Dr Lianne Jones and Caroline Wool for their hard work.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; we will remember.
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.
Remembrance Day is on11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
A poem called ‘For the Fallen’ is often read aloud during the ceremony; the most famous stanza of which reads:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Fourth stanza of ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943)
On this day we remember those who have given their lives in conflicts during the last century but also those who continue to serve in troubled areas of the world such as Afghanistan.
This video was created by Mr M Pearsall who currently on secondment to the Territorial Army. He is training before his 6 month tour of duty of Afghanistan in 2012. Previously he has done tours of duty in Iraq and more recently in Uganda.