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!
Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Cllr Allan Matheson, the Chair of Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 25th 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 27th 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 Army Reservists, Mr Pearsall and Miss Purcell, members of the School Council and members of local Air and Army Cadets. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer and fellow Y Pant pupils from 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour at the ceremony which was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, 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 Y Pant’s Paige Jones and Cameron Docherty 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.
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.
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 .