Here are some pictures from our concert – more pictures to come on Monday. Well done to all the performers.
On Saturday June 11th seven intrepid cyclists from Y Pant (along with colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club, Porthcawl) will be taking part in the inaugural ‘Ten-Por-Car’ (Tenby to Porthcawl to Cardiff) cycle ride in aid of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Having only recently recovered from the 133 mile epic ‘Mint to Mint’ cycle challenge from 2015, our plucky saddle weary teachers have decided to throw caution, and comfort, to the wind in able to raise money for a cause that is dear to our hearts. Joining the cycling stalwarts from last year, including Headteacher Mr Powell, are newbies; Andy Gowman (Bursar) and Sam Speller (Student Teacher). We will be ably assisted by Mr Duggan and Mr Davies as support crew.
If you would like to contribute to our worthy cause please access Wayne Griffiths’ Just Giving website below.
Alternatively there will be sponsor forms doing the rounds in school. To get you in the mood there are some photos of middle aged men (and young lady…) in lycra below.
Children in Need took place on Friday and as always the Sixth Form took part in their annual fancy dress. This year, myself and another student decided to attend as bags of Jelly Beans, which gained a lot of praise on the day so I believe it was a success. Children in Need is one of the best times for the Sixth Form to get together and really contribute to the fundraising done by Y Pant every year. When I started in the Sixth Form last year, a Sixth Form Committee was set up in order to build a team that was engaged in school events and also wanted to have a strong role in the fundraising for the Year 13 Prom. The committee, for the second year, has enjoyed being a part of Children in Need and we are amazed by the incredible £2500 that Y Pant raised this year! We were overwhelmed by the response to the tuck shop this year and once again, it proved successful at both break and lunch. Additionally, the Sixth Form were involved with the running of the activities at lunch including face painting, basketball and helping out with the photo booth; all of which proved to be a lot of fun!
The Sixth Form Committee aims to organise events for the younger years of Y Pant as we have all gone through starting at comprehensive and we know that there is not a great deal of entertainment in our locality. Recently we organised a Halloween Disco for Year 7 and 8, which was held at the drama studio at the school. This was great fun and the response we had was very positive and I know that many of the students would like there to be more. Therefore, I am hoping to use the school website as a way to communicate the new events organised by the Sixth Form Committee, so keep a look out!
Thanks very much to everyone who contributed.
In spite of storm Abigail we had a fabulous day! The 6th form looked great in their fancy dress and worked hard putting on loads of brilliant activities in the sports hall at lunchtime. Staff are feeling full as we had a superb coffee morning at break in the staff room with lots of home made cakes and a raffle.
Overall we raised nearly £2500!
6th Form Fancy Dress
Staff Coffee Morning and Raffle
On Friday the 2nd of October we held our Macmillan coffee morning for staff at break time and raised in excess of £140.
Thanks to the help of Year 11 Catering pupils with the Assistance of Mrs Lloyd, Miss Knight, Miss Corfield and Mrs Cayford the spread was a delight.
A BIG Thank you to everyone who donated both cakes and money to a great cause.
On Saturday 13th June 2015, fourteen intrepid cyclists completed the 133 mile ‘Mint to Mint’ Challenge. Headteacher Mr Powell and fellow Y Pant teachers, Mr Pearsall (Challenge Organiser), Mr Mortimer (Route Master), Mr Mitchell (King of the Mountains), Mr Jones (Elder Statesman), Mr Pelaez (Traffic Controller) and Mr Battle (Dave Brailsford- Team Manager) were joined by cycling colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club and Ye Pirates Club (Porthcawl) for the formidable trial. Despite 5 punctures before leaving Wales and a sound drenching in Gloucestershire our intrepid crew soon picked up the pace and arrived in Birmingham in the early evening to city streets lined with jubilant well-wishers (well an old lady and a dog at the bus stop).
Ably supported by Mr Duggan, Mr Davies, Mr Abdo and Miss Purcell our cyclists were waved off from outside the Royal Mint at 7.30 am by Kylie McKee from Velindre Cancer Care Fundraising and our benefactors Wayne and Jayne Griffiths from Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Eleven hours later our remarkably fresh looking and exhilarated team were being photographed in front of the old Birmingham Mint which is now a block of elegant luxury apartments and offices.
Many thanks to all our kind supporters and sponsors. We are still collecting for Rhian Griffiths and Velindre and you can donate online at; https://www.justgiving.com/wayne-griffiths9/
You may not be aware that it is National Bike Week this week. We would like our challenge to act as an inspiration for budding cyclists to take to the saddle and enjoy the health and social benefits of cycling. Knowing that we were also doing it for a very worthy and deserving cause was a real motivator during the Winter training months.
If you believe; you can achieve!!
The following seven members of the teaching staff from Y Pant School will be taking part in the Mint-To-Mint cycling challenge on 13th June. Mark Powell, Bryn Jones, Mark Pearsall, Gareth Battle, Dai Mortimer, Mani Pelaez-Heras and Ian Mitchell. None of us is a spring chicken; so much so that our average age is over 45! There follows a little information about some of those participating in the ride and we hope this will spur you on to donating to the charity in the usual way by sending cash in via the pupils to any of us or by clicking on the following link and donating via the Just Giving website. https://www.justgiving.com/wayne-griffiths9/
Here are some of us at the start of our most recent training ride.
And 90 km later still looking as fresh as daisies.
Hello there, my name is Mark Pearsall and I have had the good fortune to be a teacher at Y Pant School for nearly 15 years. I’m a comparative newcomer to the joys of cycling; only taking to the saddle on a reasonably regular basis since last November. About 2 weeks after taking to the road and having not cycled more than 15 miles I experienced a vision on a dark country lane near Porthcawl at 6 O’clock on a frosty morning. The vision informed me that I should arrange a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old mint in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The challenge should be called the ‘Mint to Mint Challenge’ and should be completed in a day by a pilgrimage of similar middle aged men in lycra who also felt the need to affirm their status in society. I believed that people would scoff and deride my vision but I was wrong and a number of colleagues from school and Newton Lifeguard Club in Porthcawl committed themselves to a rigorous and punishing training regime to prepare for this cycling pilgrimage to my original spawning ground.
To paraphrase the film ‘Gladiator’; “For those of you who are about to cycle- We salute you!!” Strength and honour!!
I`m Ian Mitchell. I`ve been the Head of Welsh here for 23 and a half years (not that I`m counting!). As an enthusiastic and, it has been suggested, even obsessive cyclist it was natural for me to be involved in this challenge. I wasn`t so much asked as told: “Yeah, Mitch will do it” is how I remember it. However, participating is a no-brainer as this charity is close to my heart, as it for so many of us here in South Wales. As someone remarked to me the other day, there are very few of us who have not been touched by the wonderful work done at Velindre. Being well past the half century in years on this planet the thought of cycling 130 miles is rather daunting and I`ve had to re-evaluate my usual cycling technique of getting to the top as quickly as possible and then blasting down the other side at breakneck speeds. I know my mountain biking buddies will scoff at that but in my mind I don`t half go fast! In fact, check me out on Strava (in the aged 50 plus category, please). A couple of the less experienced cyclists wanted to know about my cycling strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side is my body`s ability to fuel up with carbohydrates. The negative? I eat too much bread! This is why being a MAMIL is not a good thing for me. Please support our efforts in this challenge. We are going to be well out of our comfort zone and would appreciate your going over to the just giving page and donating what you can. Diolch.
Hello everyone. I’m Mark Powell, the headteacher of Y Pant School. I’ve worked here for 9 years and have been in education for nearly 25. I can no longer deny that I am middle-aged!
On consideration of Mr Pearsall’s vision, two questions came to mind:
- how hard can the training be?
- how athletic would I look in lycra?
- not at all.
How I wish I could reverse those answers….
So, anyway, I signed up, replaced my battered old bike, donned the lycra, avoided full length mirrors and set out on the roads. And it really isn’t just about the bike: I’ve discovered a whole new vocabulary, a world of cadence, cleats and chamois cream (don’t ask….). But I’m thoroughly enjoying it, finding things out about myself and aching in places I had never considered before! Most of all, I’m proud to be part of a group committed to making a contribution to such a wonderful cause.
Here we go: rolling, rolling, rolling…..
Hola amigos, I am Manuel Pelaez-Heras “MPH” (Fastest teacher by name). I have been teaching in the UK for the last 12 years, PE first and ALN for the last 7. I am addicted to cycling since growing up as a child in sunny Spain, too much at times. I would label myself as “The best Spanish cyclist in the school”. Mentioning cycling and challenge was the catch for me, helping Cancer research bought me straight. I have lost people I still love and I know people suffering cancer.
I know 130 miles sounds crazy-loco but it is nothing compared to the tough situation people suffering cancer get through and not to forget their families and friends.
I am looking forward to cycling with the “Y Pant Lycra Gang” (YPLG) and having an amazing experience with the thought of helping in my mind and legs.
Please, please, please support us on this challenge page and donate via the Just Giving.
Thanks, diolch, gracias.
Head of PE and Taff Trail Challenge finisher last year, Dai Mortimer.
Head of Geography and seasoned triathlete, Gareth Battle.
Assistant Headteacher and Taff Trail Challenge finisher, Bryn Jones.