On Remembrance Sunday 13th November, I performed The Last Post whilst wreathes were laid in honour of those who have given their lives for our country. Even though this is the second year I have performed it was still a heartfelt experience and amazing to see how many people were there (but also very nerve-wracking to have so many people watching!) Members of the armed forces, police service, scouting and guiding laid poppy wreaths at the memorial, followed by a short service, the last post and the two minute silence. The service then continued inside the church.
Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 23rd of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Representatives from the school included members of local Air and Army Cadets, members of the School Council and Army Reservist teacher, Mr Pearsall. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer. Fellow Y Pant pupils from C Coy, R Welsh Army Cadet Force and 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour and were supervised by former pupil Flight Sergeant Sami Bryant who performed admirably in the heat whilst observing the rigours of Ramadan. The ceremony was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, Bryncelynnog School, local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.
The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from primary school pupils and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.
The Governing Body are seeking to appoint a casual weekend caretaker to supervise the operation of the impressive new facilities shortly to be opened at the school. Initially these consist of a 3G Artificial Turf Sports Pitch and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
In addition to a number of traditional caretaker duties the postholder will be expected to exercise high level customer care skills to provide a welcoming and helpful experience for community groups hiring the facilities.
It is important to note that the appointment is on a casual basis with hours to match bookings made by the community groups, to this extent it is anticipated that these will be influenced by the seasons of the year with more hours anticipated in the autumn/winter than the Spring/Summer.
Pay – £7.50 per hour
Closing Date: 7th December 2015
Please download a full job description and application form here.
The MFL department has reserved a tree at this year’s Llantrisant Christmas tree festival. The French Language Ambassador team have been meeting to create lovely festive craft with French greetings. We hope to have lots of linguistic decorations in French and Spanish to showcase our talent. It is a lovely annual Christmas Festival you can visit to put you in the holiday mood!
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