Category Archives: News Spring 2011

Y Pant Presents – A Smack of Jellyfish

The collaborative project between English, Media Studies and Art has now been completed and last night, Y Pant School and E3 were proud to attend an exhibition of all the pupils’ work at The Model House in Llantrisant. Parents, pupils and staff had the opportunity to see the incredible artistry and wordplay on offer and view a video of the pupils creating their collective nouns.

The commitment from pupils and staff in creating these amazing pieces of work has been considerable. Every Monday evening for ten weeks, our more able and talented pupils from English and Art have collaborated and created new collective nouns for a series of animals. They have worked with professional artists and poets to create 3D pieces of art and accompanying poetry.

The exhibition will be up in The Model House in Llantrisant for another month, so if you have the chance to go and see it please do, you will be amazed at the work which has been produced.

Y Pant Business Studies Students Visit Perkin Elmer

Year 13 Business Studies group recently visited local business PerkinElmer in preparation for their final examination. The research theme the students are investigating is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. Perkin Elmer are a global company with a factory located in Llantrisant Business Park, they manufacture scientific equipment – see for more information about the business.
Y Pant has enjoyed strong links with the business for many years and visit on a regular basis. Jackie and Grant (Human Resources PerkinElmer) produced a presentation for year 13 students in relation to ‘CSR’ at PerkinElmer. Recent CSR developments by the business include working towards minimising waste, offering help to Japan with the recover from the recent Tsunami and investing in employee development.
Students found the presentation informative, interesting and relevant to their individual studies. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation – an opportunity that both Tom Grother and Matthew Bartlett took full advantage of!

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Y Pant Team Win £500 in the Stock Market Challenge

A group of year 10 pupils (Morgan Rees, Sam Jarvis, Josh Jones, Liam Upright and Matt Naden) attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 7th April to take part in the Stock Market Challenge. Pupils worked in teams through a week of simulated trading on the stock market, making decisions under pressure, taking calculated risks and experiencing the excitement of the trading floor.

The boys competed against 16 other schools from across South East Wales, also taking part were a team of Bank Managers, a team of teachers and a team of staff from UWIC School of Management. After much trading and some fantastic team work the boys ended the weeks trading in first place having generated a portfolio value of £117,000 – this was more than second and third place added together!

Throughout the activity the team from Y Pant demonstrated excellent problem-solving, communication and analytical skills and at no stage did they panic or lose focus of the task.

As a result the team managed to win £15 vouchers for themselves and £500 for the Business Studies Department!

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y pant stock market challenge

y pant stock market challenge

y pant stock market challenge

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y pant stock market challenge

y pant stock market challenge

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Y Pant Visits UWIC Business Taster Day

Twenty year 10 pupils attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 28th March to take part in a business taster day.

Pupils attended workshops on entrepreneurship and marketing as well as having an opportunity to experience careers in the finance sector. All pupils performed well throughout the day and came up with some great responses to the tasks set.

Y Pant Business Studies Students Visit Sigma3 Kitchens

Sigma3 Kitchens logoYear 13 students visited a second local business in the space of a week. This time students visited Sigma3 kitchens in Llantrisant Business Park – The company manufacture kitchens for retail throughout the UK. Students were welcomed to the business by Director Elizabeth and Brian Lakin. Students were taken on a factory tour and given a presentation explaining how the business has developed over the years – including how business managed to recover from a factory fire in 1985, marketing strategies used and operating in a tough economic climate.
Students took part in a quiz with Tom Grother winning the £10 prize for best performance. Finally the group were treated to lunch before leaving. Another worthwhile visit in preparation for the students final examination.

All Wales Youth Cooking Event

Four year 10 pupils came runners up in an All Wales Youth Cooking Event held in Newton, Powys on Sunday 10th April 2011.  Amy Ellis, Ellie Havard, Sean Chick and Dominic Hindle won the regional heats, competing against other schools and youth organisations, to represent RCTCBC (and Y Pant School) in this annual youth event.   They competed against eight other Counties and were commended by the judges for their presentation, healthy menu choice and excellent team work.  All four are looking forward to competing next year and bringing the winning trophy home for RCT.

All Wales Cooking Competition
(L-R) Sean Chick, Amy Ellis, Ellie Havard and Dominic Hindle

Badminton Stars!

Congratulations to Gean Sou Mo and Tsung Fong Mo who this weekend took part in the Torbay Badminton Open in Torquay.  The brother and sister team showed their badminton prowess once again with Tsung Fong pictured far left finishing as U15 Singles and Doubles Champion and Gean Sou pictured second from left finishing as U13 Singles and Doubles Champion as well as the U15 Doubles Champion.  Congratulations to you both on a fantastic achievement!

Tsung Fong Mo and Gean Sou Mo at the Torbay Badminton Open

The Times Spelling Bee Y Pant Super Spellers

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On Thursday 31st of March, 4 amazing pupils Harri Lewis, me, Toby Nye, Menna Ward and Rhys Thomas went to Cine World Cinemas in Newport to compete against 10 other local schools in the Times Spelling Bee. Nervously the 4 of us got registered and went into screen 8. We sat down in the front row. 3 of us Rhys, me and Menna were called up by the team name the Beef Burgers as it brought good luck to Harri and Rhys through primary school  and it is still with them to this very day “or we wouldn’t have won” say Rhys and Harri.

At round 3 Menna was knocked out spelling impolite wrong, at round 5 I was knocked out spelling ecclesiastical wrong and finally at round 7 Rhys spelt Anaemia to win the first round for Y Pant  and the Collins Medal for being the last man standing!!!

Y Pant Spelling Bee super spellers

In round 2 Harri, Rhys and I played the quickfire round where we had to spell as many words correctly as possible  in 2 minutes. We had 11 tactical passes and two words spelt incorrectly, we spelt 16 words correctly out of the 29. It was a great experience for us all, we were really nervous but we managed to pull it off!!!

Y Pant Links with Uganda

Y Pant School has international links with Bulaago School near Mbale, Uganda. Mr Sykes will be visiting and working in Bulaago School during the Easter holidays. The link was made through an organisation known as PONT which stands for Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust. The concepts behind PONT go back as far as the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s where medics from the Pontypridd area worked in the refugee camps. The project seeks to link as many professionals and organisations in the Pontypridd area with their counterparts in Mbale as possible. Hence teachers, engineers, doctors, nurses, local authority managers and politicians visit and work with their colleagues in Uganda to improve the lives of the people in the Mbale region.  More information on this can be found on their website.

Mr Sykes will be taking some of the money raised from the selling “tuck” during breaktimes to buy material for Bulaago school. He would also like to take some gifts over for the children of Bulaago School. The children in Uganda particularly value football shirts so if you have any unwanted Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea or any other football shirts that you no longer use Mr Sykes would be very grateful for any contributions.

Mr Sykes will be taking money to buy supplies for the school but will also be taking a suitcase full of gifts for the children at the school.  They particularly like receiving football shirts.  If anyone has any new, or used but good quality football shirts please bring them into school for Mr Sykes to take with him.

You can read about Mr Sykes’s previous visit to Mbale on our website.

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