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Y Pant Newsletter – July 2014

Autumn Term 2014

There will be a staggered start to the new school year:-

Monday September 1st - INSET for staff.

Tuesday September 2nd - Year 07 pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

- Year 12 pupils arrive at 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday September 3rd - All pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

School Term Holiday Dates for 2014/ 2015

TERM BEGINS HALF TERM STARTS HALF TERM ENDS TERM ENDS
Autumn 2014
75 days
Monday
1 September
Monday
27 October
Friday
31 October
Friday
19 December
Spring 2015
55 days
>Monday
5 January
Monday
16 February
Friday
20 February
Friday
27 March
Summer 2015
65 days
Monday
13 April
Monday
25 May
Friday
29 May
Monday
20 July

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 4th MAY 2015         

Monday 20th July will be an INSET Day. The dates of other INSET days will be finalised in the Autumn Term.      

Eisteddfod

Our Eisteddfod took place on Wednesday 2nd July p1-4 for years 07 and 08.

Activities Day

Our annual Activities Day will take place on Tuesday 15th July 2014. Many off-site visits have been arranged as well as school-based events.

School Fete

Y Pant’s second School Fete will be held on Saturday 12th July. All are welcome.

Examination Results

We will be open for examination results from 9.00 a.m. on the following dates:-

A/AS levels  : Thursday August 14th .

G.C.S.E.   : Thursday August 21st.

Staff Changes

At the end of this academic year, we will have said farewell to the following colleagues, and extend to them our congratulations and best wishes-

  • Mrs. Sam Shantry, teacher of Mathematics, will be leaving us at the end of term  after being with us for the past 4 years.
  • Mrs. Karine Dubois-Jones, temporary teacher of French, will be leaving towards the end of this academic year.
  • Mr. Tom Derham, ICT Technician, left us at the beginning of July to commence his new position for a company in Bridgend.
  • Mrs. Kath Davey (ICT) left us on 16th June and Mrs. Ele Jones (English), and Miss Charlene Williams (Mathematics) will also be leaving us at the end of the academic year, on a temporary basis, to commence their maternity leave.

There will be several new staff members as at September 2014:-

 

Miss Emily Whatley 2nd in Mathematics
Mrs Lorna Cranstone Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. Craig Beckett Teacher of Design Technology
Ms Sarah Owen P/T Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Rachel Banner Teacher of English (maternity cover)
Miss Beth Pretty Teacher of Mathematics (maternity cover)
 Mr. James Jones  Teacher of ICT (maternity cover)
 Miss Lucy Bunce  Seconded to the Senior Leadership Team during the Summer Term 2014.

 

Heads of Year and Assistant Head of Year Staff Members

Head of Year 07        Mrs. Johns                  Assistant Head of Year 07         Mrs. Davies

Head of Year 08        Mrs. Burnell                Assistant Head of Year 08         Mr. Browne

Head of Year 09        Miss Owen                  Assistant Head of Year 09         Dr. Jones

Head of Year 10        Mrs. Arnold                Assistant Head of Year 10         Mrs. Davey

Head of Year 11        Mrs. Mortimer            Assistant Head of Year 11         Mrs. Lloyd

Head of Year 12/13 Mrs. Nowell-Hughes  Assistant Head of Year 12/13   Miss Purcell

Reports

Your child’s annual school report will be issued on Friday 18th July 2014.  If you would prefer to receive end of year information through the post, then please forward:-

  • an A4 self addressed envelope with £1.06 postage attached per report and
  • an A4 self addressed envelope with a first class stamp attached for examination results.

 

The Purchase of School Uniform

Uniform may be purchased from the uniform classroom, which is room 28,  (not the Gymnasium) on the following dates:

  • Monday 14th July – 5pm-8pm
  • Tuesday 15th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Wednesday 16th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Thursday 17th July  - 5pm – 8pm

 

The uniform shop will also be open certain dates late August and an extra night during the first week in September. These dates will be relayed via Parent Mail and the website shortly.

 

School Uniform

A reminder that all pupils are expected to return to school in full school uniform.  Any pupils reporting for school in September without full uniform risk being sent home to change.  Please check PLKs or the school website for details of the school uniform.

 

End of  Term

School will finish for pupils on Friday 18th July 2013 at 12.30 p.m. 

 

I hope you will have an enjoyable Summer holiday.

 

Mr M Powell

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December 2013 Newsletter

Dear Parent,

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner will be served on Wednesday 11th December from 12.45 p.m. onwards in the Lesser Hall.  Further to the above, snacks (sandwiches, burgers, pizza etc.) will be served from 12.45p.m. in the Main Hall. Kitchens will not be open during mid morning break so pupils may wish to bring a snack to school.

 Senior Citizens Party

The very successful annual Senior Citizens Party will this year take place on Friday 13th  December.

Year 06 Carol Concert at Y Pant School

Year 06 pupils will be joining our Year 07 pupils for a Christmas Carol Concert at the school on Monday 16th December from 9.15 a.m.

Examination Dates

Year 11

Mock   GCSE   examinations   begin  on   Thursday 12th December  and  run to  Thursday 19th December 2013.  Welsh Government Guidelines state  that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.

Year 11 & 13

A/S, A2 and GCSE Modular examinations January 8th – January 29th 2014. Welsh Government Guidelines state  that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.

 Cars on School Premises

In the interest of pupil safety, parents should not transport pupils onto the premises during the course of the school day or park in the bus bay or road system.  In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition, a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.

Fundraising

Once again thank you to all parents who have supported pupils in their fundraising efforts. The following sums were raised:

£2094.18 was donated to Children in Need

£2014.17 was raised for the school fund via the Sponsored Walk.

End of Term

On Friday 20th December school will be closing at 12.30 p.m. for the Christmas holiday period.  No lunch will be provided on this day but the canteens will be open for an extended mid morning break.

Spring Term 2014

School commences on Monday 6th January 2014 and, as per the PLK,  we return on a Week 2.

On behalf of the staff and students I extend to you all best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Mr. M. Powell

(Headteacher)

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Autumn Term 2013 Parent Newsletter

We welcome to school the following new colleagues:

      Mr. Wayne Draper Head of Design Technology
      Mrs. Donna Graves Head of Religious Education
      Mrs. Samantha Dowling Teacher of Science
      Miss Rhian Jones Teacher of English
      Miss Natalie Powell Teacher of English & Drama
      Mrs. Karine Dubois-Jones

 

Teacher of French (p/time)

 

Internal staff change:

Miss Lisa Umbleja

 

Head of Media Studies

 

Head of Progress and Assistant Head of Progress – Staff Members

Year 7

Mrs. Johns assisted by Mr Browne

Year 8

Miss Owen assisted by Dr Jones

Year 9

Mrs Arnold assisted by Mrs Davey

Year 10

Mrs Mortimer assisted by Mrs Lloyd

Year 11

Mrs Burnell assisted by Mr Pelaez Heras

6th Form

Mr Sykes assisted by Mr Muscat and Mrs Davies

School Term Holiday Dates for 2013/14

These can be found here.

Important Dates for your Diary

26th September Year 6 Open Evening
24th October Year 7 Parent Information Evening
14th November Year 11 Parents Evening
5th December Year 12/13 Parents Evening
16th January Year 9 Parents Evening
30th January Year 9 Options Information Evening
6th February Year 7 Parents Evening
6th March Year 10 Parents Evening
13th March Year 11 Options Information Evening
1st May Year 8 Parents Evening

Outstanding External Examination Results

Many congratulations to the A Level Class of 2013!  This summer, we were privileged to be able to issue an excellent set of examination results to a fine cohort of students.  In overall terms, our A Level results were amongst the best in the school’s history and were substantially above national averages.  The key figures are:

A*                   -           8%

A-A*               -           29%

A*-C               -           78%

A*  – E            -           99%

An amazing 14 students attained 3 A grades or better which is an outstanding achievement.  Natalie Hughes actually recorded 3 A* grades while Sophie Vellam, Martha Reed and James Watt all secured places at Oxford University.

I am also pleased to be able to announce another record year of Key Stage 4 results for the school.  87% of our pupils achieved A*-C in 5 or more subjects, the highest in the school’s history.  At least 67% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths and not a single pupil left school without a recognised qualification. 19 pupils achieved 10 A grades or better with 15 of those attaining 6 A* grades or better; amazing achievements.

Congratulations to all those students who achieved their academic goals this summer.  I look forward to working with those who will be returning to the sixth form to study with us and I extend my best wishes to those students setting out on college courses or into the world of work. Good luck to all!

 Open Evening – Thursday 26th September

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to Y Pant School’s Open Evening on September 26th.  This is intended mainly for parents and guardians of Year 6 pupils who are considering Y Pant as the school of choice for their children.  It is, however, also an opportunity for parents of younger children to attend if they wish.  You are all welcome.

The evening will begin at 6.00 p.m with a presentation given by myself in our Sports Hall.  From 6.20 p.m onwards there will be guided tours of the school for small groups where you will have the chance to visit subject areas, meet with teachers and see part of the wealth of learning activities that we provide for our pupils.

We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in our school and of the examination results that our young people produce at all levels.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 26th and, hopefully, in the years to come.

 Sponsored Walk – Years 07 to 10

The Sponsored Walk this year is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26th September, lessons 4&5, (weather permitting).  I would like to thank you, in advance, for your support. The money raised will be added to the school fund from which all pupils benefit via subsidised activities.

Free School Meals

It is my understanding that we have pupils in our school who have not registered their entitlement to free school meals.  If you receive any of these benefits then you are entitled to free school meals:

  • Child Tax Credit (where total annual income is less than £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance

It is worth knowing that free school meals can save you about £500 per child per year.  Once registered for free school meals your child will also qualify for financial support towards their school uniform.  Our cashless canteen system in Y Pant guarantees anonymity for pupils on free school meals as the money is automatically added to each pupil’s account.

To apply for free school meals or to find out more please call 01443 681081 or log on to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whyforkout.

Holiday Requests

Holidays taken during term time should be avoided at all costs. The negative impact upon a child’s learning is always substantial.  A form requesting authorisation is available from the school office or Head of Progress. Authorisation is at the full discretion of myself as Headteacher and factors such as attendance rates and truancy are taken into consideration.

School Uniform

School Uniform will be available to buy from the “Uniform Shop” which is open every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6pm. Please note, uniform will not routinely be available outside of these hours.

Impromptu School Closure

Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice.  This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities.  In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.

The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly.  However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school.  We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation.  Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.

Piercings

The school rules allow girls to wear a stud earring in each lower lobe. However, on health and safety grounds these MUST BE removed for the duration of each P.E. lesson.  Putting a plaster over a recently pierced ear is not acceptable.

Pupils, whether boys or girls, will not be allowed to attend school with a plaster covering a recent piercing.  If you must allow your child to be pierced in any way then it is important that this takes place at the beginning of a long school holiday period.  This will allow the necessary healing to take place prior to his/her return to school and thus allow your child to comply with the school rules regarding  jewellery.

Entry onto School Premises

In the interest of pupil safety parents must not transport pupils onto school premises.  In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.

Privacy Notice

Please refer to this page for full information relating to our ‘Privacy Notice’.

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End of Term Newsletter

Dear Parent,

School Uniform – September 2013

Please be aware of the following amendments to our school uniform policy which will come into force from September 2013:

  • No drainpipe or drainpipe style trousers
  • No leggings or legging style trousers
  • No trousers which are tight around the ankles
  • No trousers which we deem to be too tight
  • No low waistlines
  • No denim

Thank you for your continued support in maintaining high standards of appearance in our pupils.

Attendance

According to a recent report produced by the Local Authority:

A child in RCT that has an attendance rate of 94% or above is

  • 43% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 90%
  • 321% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 80%
  • 1124% more likely to achieve 5 GCSEs including English and Maths than a child who has an attendance of 70%

 These are stark figures which make abundantly clear the critical importance of regular attendance at school.  To attain 94% attendance a pupil must have fewer than 12 days’ absence in an academic year.  Any more than that and educational progress is seriously compromised. Please take this into consideration especially in instances of planned absence such as family holidays.

On-Site Traffic Safety

The school regularly assesses the safety issues and risks associated with on-site traffic movement around the school.

Although there has not been a serious incident in this respect, the following measures remain very important:

  • Parents must not bring cars on site to drop/pick up pupils without my express permission.
  • Sixth form students are not allowed to bring motor vehicles on site beyond the car park adjacent to the bus bay.
  • Pupils should stay off the highway on the main drive at all times and follow the approved footpath routes around the school site. Despite the best efforts of colleagues to enforce these measures pupils regularly break this rule – a rule which is specifically designed to ensure the safety of all.

I ask for your help in reinforcing this important message to your children.

Pupil Safety on School Transport

There have been several instances in recent weeks of poor pupil behaviour on some of our school buses.  Please impress upon your children the importance of impeccable behaviour on school transport and the potentially catastrophic consequences of misbehaviour.

 Measles

Please see this information from the Health Board regarding an outbreak of measles in South Wales.

Have a very happy Easter.

 

Mr. M. Powell

Headteacher

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Sign up for ParentMail

We have been using ParentMail successfully in school over the past few months to send text and emails home to parents for various reasons.  It helps us to be in more direct contact with parents and also to start saving on our photocopying bill!

However there are still about 300 pupils whose parents have not signed up yet.  Please download this form, print and fill it in and return to school.  If you contact school we can send out a form for you.

Please note that even if we have your email address and mobile number already from when you registered your child, due to Data Protection legislation we cannot use this.  You MUST fill in a ParentMail form.

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December 2012 Newsletter

Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner will be served on Wednesday 12th December from 12.45 p.m. onwards in the Lesser Hall. This year, Christmas dinner needs to be ordered, in advance, prior to Wednesday 12th December. Orders to be placed with the canteen staff in the Main Hall. Pupils will be given a raffle ticket ‘receipt’ which will be entered into a prize draw on the day. Please note Christmas dinner will not be served without a raffle ticket ‘receipt’ which must be handed to the canteen staff on the day. Payment in the usual way upon receipt of the raffle ticket on the day.

Further to the above, snacks (sandwiches, burgers, pizza etc.) will be served from 12.45p.m. in the Main Hall. Kitchens will not be open during mid morning break so pupils may wish to bring a snack to school.

Pre-Ordering System in the Canteen

We would like to remind pupils and parents that a pre-ordering system is still available for students to pre-order their cold lunch. Pupils need to place their order with the canteen staff in the Main Hall. Payment to be made when placing order. Food can then be collected from the ‘salad bar’ in the Main Hall at lunchtime.

Senior Citizens Party

The very successful annual Senior Citizens Party will this year take place on Friday 7th December.

Year 06 Carol Concert at Y Pant School

Year 06 pupils will be joining our Year 07 pupils for a Christmas Carol Concert at the school on Tuesday 18th December from 9.15 a.m.

Examination Dates

Year 11. Mock GCSE examinations begin on Thursday 13th December and run to Thursday 20th December 2012. Welsh Government Guidelines state that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.

Year 12/13. A/S and A2 Modular examinations January 9th – January 30th 2013. Welsh Government Guidelines state that pupils will no longer be able to take ‘study leave’. Therefore all pupils must attend their normal lessons when they are not timetabled for an examination.

Cars on School Premises

In the interest of pupil safety, parents should not transport pupils onto the premises during the course of the school day or park in the bus bay or road system. In exceptional circumstances e.g. medical condition, a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.

Fundraising

Once again thank you to all parents who have supported pupils in their fundraising efforts. The following sums were raised:

  • £3,047 was donated to Children in Need
  • £3,132 was raised for the school fund via the Sponsored Walk.
  • £250 has been raised to date re. Movember.
  • £190 was donated to the Poppy Appeal.

End of Term

On Thursday 20th December school will be closing at 12.30 p.m. for the Christmas holiday period. No lunch will be provided on this day but the canteens will be open for an extended mid morning break. Friday 21st December is an INSET day.

Spring Term 2013

School commences on Monday 7th January 2013 and, as per the PLK, we return on a Week 2.

On behalf of the staff and students I extend to you all best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mr. M. Powell
(Headteacher)

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Instrumental Lessons

musicWe are able to offer instrumental lessons in school on the following basis:

  • Pupils will receive one lesson per week in their instrument. Most teachers visit the school during normal school hours, and pupils will leave their scheduled lesson on a rotating basis. Some teachers (for example, our violin teacher) visit the school from 3pm so the lesson will take place between 3pm and 4pm.
  • Pupils will receive either:
    • one 30 minute lesson on their own (£156 per term)
    • one 30 minute lessons shared with another pupil (£78 per term)
    • New option: one 20 minute lesson on their own (£104 per term)
  • Pupils will be offered ten lessons per term.
  • The fees will be payable in advance, and must be received by the school before lessons can start. A school year consists of three terms, so this payment will entitle you to lessons from January until the end of March.
  • Please note that we cannot guarantee a shared lesson. If an odd number of pupils apply for shared lessons, or if another pupil of a similar standard is not available, we will unfortunately be unable to accommodate you. Under these circumstances, you can opt to upgrade to an individual lesson, or withdraw your interest. We do apologise for this, but hope you will understand that the school is not currently in a financial position to subsidise our instrumental provision at all.

Please could you now fill in the attached response form indicating whether you would like to proceed, and which lesson option you require, and return it, with the relevant payment, to Mrs Philippa Grant in the office. Should you have any questions, please contact either Mr Breeze at tom.breeze@ypant.co.uk (for musical questions) or Mrs Grant at philippa.grant@ypant.co.uk for queries related to payment or the administration of the provision.

Download the letter.

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RCT Attendance and Wellbeing Service

At Y Pant School, we place great emphasis on the importance of attending school everyday and we are supported by the Local Authority in ensuring that we provide the best possible opportunities for our pupils. There are already a range of school based initiatives in place which help us to promote and celebrate achievements and the Attendance and Well Being Service (AWS) also support us in our efforts for continued improvements.
Schools and parents have a legal obligation for ensuring registered pupils attend school regularly and the AWS is there to offer the appropriate support where there may be difficulties.
As part of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s drive to improve school attendance the AWS has arranged a number of activities for the remainder of the term which are aimed at raising the awareness of attendance across communities and as part of this campaign are asking schools to support them by reminding parents to actively discourage casual and unnecessary absences from school. The following activities have been arranged: -.

  • Daily Absence Response Teams (DART) deployed across school clusters
  • Joint Truancy Operations on the Valley Lines with British Transport Police
  • Supermarket Swoops across the localities
  • Retail Park patrols

DART activities are specifically designed to support schools in operating and managing their “First Day Response” procedures and will involve home visits to absent pupils, particularly if there has been no contact made to explain the absence.

I look forward to your support in achieving excellent attendance for the Christmas term which will help us to reach our school attendance target of 94% in 2013.
Yours sincerely
Mr. M. Powell (Headteacher)