We are now able to offer official Microsoft Training Associate courses to students and staff at Y Pant. There are a variety of courses on offer and a meeting will be held in Room 1, Wednesday lunchtime (19th February) to discuss these further. If you are a student in years 10, 11, 12 or 13, or a member of staff and are interested, please come along.
Courses on Offer
Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Software Development Fundamentals
Windows Development Fundamentals
Web Development Fundamentals
Microsoft .NET Fundamentals
Gaming Development Fundamentals
HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
Mobile Development Fundamentals
Software Testing Fundamentals
About the MTA
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step towards a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge.
MTA is an optional industry-recognised certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design or software development using Microsoft technologies.
Y Pant students have been taking part in the Technocamps Robotics Competition this term. Several students have been coming regularly to the E3 robotics club on Mondays after school, run by Miss Bunce.
We received a Lego Mindstorm robot on loan from Technocamps and the students have been building a robot to start with a clap and follow a line along the floor to guide hospital visitors. It also uses the ultrasonic sensor to stop if it senses an obstruction.
The final of the competition was held at the University of South Wales in Treforest. Teams had to demonstrate their robot’s capabilities and then take part in a 1.5 hour challenge to reprogram their robot to dance to a sequence of Gangnam Style.
The competition was judged on their original robot, the dancing challenge, a video of the club’s work and a poster. The Y Pant team didn’t win but David King was singled out by the judges for his excellent programming and team leadership.
All enjoyed themselves – and we hope to run another Robotics club next term!
The IT department is really excited about the 10 new Raspberry Pi computers we have in school. However the plan is not to use them a great deal in lessons but to lend them out to students (and staff!) to take home and experiment with!
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that can do anything your laptop can do – and more. Learn some programming, try out some hardware hacking projects. We’ve got full kits to lend to people.
If you’d like to find out more come along to Room 1 on Monday lunchtimes.
Please help us minimise our waste and recycle what we can’t use again
Bring all your empty ink cartridges (doesn’t matter what make or model) and old mobiles to the D+T departmentwhere they will be picked up by a ‘green’ company who will, ‘remanufacture and reuse them to their fullest extent.’
You can also drop off all your used batteries which will also be remanufactured and used again.
This means that a greatly reduced amount of new resources and energy is wasted to make these items again. So you will be helping to reduce your carbon footprint and stop harmful greenhouse gases from being created and released into the atmosphere where they absorb heat and cause climate change.
Despite the torrential downpours, four year ten students competed with un-dampened spirits in the ESU Public Speaking Competition on Monday. Debating a topic that may be controversial among many Y Pant students, the team argued that computer games have ruined the youth of today. In a fierce battle with other secondary schools in the Rhondda Cynon Taff, Y Pant students excelled and left many of their competitors tongue tied.
After weeks of rehearsals, Megan Brown, Juliet Johns, Daniel Evans and Dylan Bellis initiated a ferocious debate at Treorchi Comprehensive School. The students were praised by the judges and fulfilled their roles excellently. Megan Brown was captivating as the speaker and won the award for ‘Best Speaker’, Juliet Johns chaired with charisma and allure, and Daniel Evans was the intense questioner and won ‘Best Questioner’ in the competition.
The English department would like to thank the students involved for all their hard work and for representing the school so confidently. Judges and teachers alike were captivated by the calibre of the students and the future of debating at Y Pant School looks very bright indeed.
On 23rd November, next Friday, myself and fellow Year 13 student Ben Hopkins will be traveling to London to take part in a UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) Debate in the House of Commons. The UKYP are a group of people aged between 11-25 from all over Britain who come together to give the big wigs in Parliament the views of young people on everything that the Government does and this year they are hosting a series of debates in the House of Commons to discuss which one change they will campaign for over the next year. The choices are:
Making public transport cheaper, better and more accessible for all
Equal marriage for all
Introducing an equal national minimum wage
Getting ready for work
A curriculum to prepare us for life
Once everybody in the debate has voted on which change they would like to be made, the winner is announced and a huge publicity campaign is launched. This is your chance to get your voice heard!
If you have something to say, comment on this post or come and see me or Ben around school. Hopefully we will be gathering some information from your Student Parliament Form Reps next week too so you could also tell them. All of the debates will be streamed live on BBC Parliament but assuming that you’ll all be in school you can record the debates or you can catch up on iPlayer.
This is your chance to make a difference: make your opinion count!
All 5 Cabinets of the new School Parliament met together for the first time yesterday to get to know one another and undergo training to equip them with the tools necessary to ensure our Students’ Voice is heard. Discussions regarding what is appropriate to discuss, setting an agenda and the role and responsibilities of each representative outlined the importance of regular meetings and the communication of all discussions back down the chain, to the individual form groups.
All students at Y Pant have the opportunity to put forward their thoughts and ideas by filling in a ‘Be Heard’ form on Edmodo and sending it, initially, to their year Council for discussion. The Year Council will then decide whether it makes the Cabinet’s Agenda.
The next Year Council meetings will be held the week beginning November the 19th – so get your ideas to your form reps!
Despite the ill omens of Friday 13th, the English department hosted a very successful debate competition for EAT (extremely able and talented) pupils from our Year 6 Primary Schools. Pupils from our cluster have visited the school on several occasions this year to develop their ability to think critically and speak confidently. The event saw these Year Six pupils battling against Year Seven pupils in a ferocious attempt to win, not only their individual debates but, the coveted prizes of Best Speaker and Best Overall Team.
The occasion itself promoted oracy, collaborative learning and critical thinking: skills that the EAT pupils involved excelled in. It further strengthened Y Pant’s transitional links with primary schools and we were mightily impressed by what was on show! Students displayed their excellent research, speaking and listening skills and the competition was fierce. With a number of propositions put forward, the judges were captivated by the calibre of the students and the future of debating at Y Pant School looks very bright indeed.
Staff were delighted to see such great support from parents who attended the event and would like to extend their thanks for their continued involvement and support. A huge thank you must also be given to Mr Howells for his outstanding effort and contribution to the debating team over the last six years. The school is undoubtedly in a much better position now thanks to his hard work and innovation, and he will be sorely missed. We look forward to debating against Evelyn Grace (Mr Howells’ new school) in the near future.