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Transition Music Day

Music Events at Y Pant

There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.

16th June

WMC Concert
Our latest concert at the WMC

The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.

Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the  musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.

You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.

19th June

We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.

26th June

Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.

2nd July

The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.

3rd July

BTEC Concert
The BTEC Level 3 concert in aid of Velindre hospital

As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!

 

8th July

Transition Music Day
Our first Transition Music Day

Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.

12th July

Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.

So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.

17th July

We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!

18th July

Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.

Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!

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Emma looks forward to a summer of top Welsh swimming

Emma Williams (Year 12) is looking forward to competing in the Summer Nationals at the National Pool in Swansea in August. Emma has been swimming with Llantrisant Sharks for 9 years.  This year she has been invited to swim in four events because she is currently ranked in the top 8 in Wales in her age group for the 50m Free, 50m Butterfly and 100m Breastroke (6th)  and 50m Breaststroke (3rd).

In August 2012 and 2013 Emma won the Silver Medal in the 50m Breastroke and on both occasions she achieved a British Time qualifying for the British Nationals.

Here Emma is on the podium having received her Silver medal for the 50m Breastroke in 2013.

EmmaWilliamsSwimThanks to Helen Williams for photo and text.

 

Gean Sou Mo 2014

Badminton Success

Congratulations to Gean Sou Mo from Year 10 who had a busy but successful weekend.
Gean represented Wales under 15’s in the Home Nations Quadrangular Tournament played in Cardiff. Gean took the Gold medal in the individual competition, beating the best players from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
Good luck to Gean for her next tournament at the end of May, when she will be competing in the Scottish Junior International in Glasgow.

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Congratulations Sarah! Musicality win Sports Relief Does Glee Club 2014!

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Congratulations to Sarah Pugh in year 9. Her Glee club “Musicality” won Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2014 at the live final in Glasgow last Friday.

The feedback from the judges was fantastic and it was no surprise to anyone who watched the show when the result was announced!

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If you enjoyed watching, please make a donation to Sport Relief to support the important work they do.

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Click to donate to Sport Relief 2014

 

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Y Pant Shows Racism the Red Card

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!

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All the Y Pant winning entries.

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Support Sarah in “Sport Relief Does Glee Club” LIVE on CBBC!

Make sure your TV is tuned to the CBBC channel next Thursday 20th March at 4pm.  Sarah Pugh in year 9, and her Glee Club group “Musicality” have got through to the Sport Relief Does Glee Club semi-final which will be broadcast LIVE from Glasgow!

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The group are traveling up to Scotland next Tuesday and spend a day in the recording studio before the live semi-final on Thursday.

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The fact they have got through to the semi-final means they are already one of the top 5 Glee groups in the UK.  Their progress in the semi-final depends on the public vote, so get watching and make sure you cast your vote for “Musicality!

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English MAaT Debate 2014

Public Speaking Success!

Public Speaking Success!

This term, pupils within the English department have been competing in a range of debates and public speaking competitions. Firstly, Year 12 students Sami Bryant and Zoe Fullbrook took part in the Oxford Union Debate Competition. They had to engage in a parliamentary style debate, proposing the motion “This house would introduce term limits for democratically elected leaders”. Both Sami and Zoe prepared excellent debates and were unlucky not to make it through to the next round.

Year 8 pupils Bailey Owen, Josh Dyson and Victoria Rose formed an Y Pant team that successfully won through to the next round of the Rotary Club Youth Speaks Competition.  Mrs.  Munday helped prepare the team for their topic, which was “Magic should be taught in schools.” They eloquently proposed the validity of magic being introduced to the curriculum and all three students spoke confidently, maturely and engagingly during their heat. They were crowned worthy winners by the Rotary Club judges, with Bailey and Victoria picking up individual prizes for their contributions:

Bailey Owen: Best Chair

Victoria Rose: Best Vote of Thanks

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More Able and Talented Workshop December 2013

RCT MAaT Conference, University of Wales

As part of the RCT initiative in raising aspirations and achievement, eleven Year 9 Y Pant students were invited to attend the RCT More Able and Talented Conference on the 3rd of December. Over 200 students took part in the event from schools in RCT and it was based at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd.

The event focused on motivating high achievers early so that they can be confident in applying to the Russell Group Universities later on in their school life. There were a wide range of workshops that took place during the day and students had the opportunity to meet other young people. James Hall, Project Manager of the charity ‘People and Work Unit’ gave a very personal account of his own experiences studying Theology at Oxford. He reminded students to work hard and try to be involved with activities and clubs inside and outside of school.

Maisie Allen, a Year 9 student, reflected “I enjoyed the Ancient Language workshop because it was interesting as we learnt how to spell our name in Hebrew. The day was enjoyable as we picked up some useful skills. The benefits of the workshops were that we got to interact with other pupils from different schools which helped us with our communication skills. “

 

Sara Nowell-Hughes

MAaT Co-ordinator

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Fencing Bronze Medal for Ethan at UK School Games

Congratulations to 6th former Ethan Ridsdale for winning Bronze at the UK School Games in the individual Men’s foil and team events.

They had a very busy weekend with Fencing starting each day at 8:30. That meant they had to be in breakfast at 5:15 each morning.

You can read more on the Welsh Fencing website and find out more about the School Games themselves on the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games website.

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Twelve talented linguists from Year 8

A very successful MAAT session was held in the French department at the end of the summer term. Twelve talented linguists from Year 8 were invited to take part in a fun session of vocabulary challenge. The Year 12 Language Ambassadors played an active role in encouraging the younger students to develop their communication skills in a fun and competitive way.

Activities included a speed test translation challenge between the groups. Each team managed to gain points and win actual body Dragon body parts to begin the building task. This new body language was drilled and tested with a quick game of ‘Jacques a dit’. The ultimate challenge was to create a story and personality for the dragon, which was then recorded. Year 12 were a great help in guiding the students to create an extended and original text. A fantastic fun day with lots of language skills in use, and a creative buzz in the room. Bravo!

Madame Rose