Category Archives: News Summer 2013

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

Year 12 French trip to Paris

What a lovely way to end the term. Madame Rose and Mademoiselle O’Keefe were joined by the Year 12 French group on a fantastic trip to Paris. We stayed in a great hostel in Montmartre which had fantastic views of the Sacré Coeur.

The plan was to pack in as many things as possible, which started with a Hop on hop off bus tour of the city on the morning of arrival. We were certain the summer heat wasn’t going to slow us down. Many of the famous Parisian landmarks were spotted and photographed. Our first evening was spent at the amazing restaurant Chartiers which dates from 1888 and is steeped in atmosphere. Some of the girls were brave enough to sample snails, and the dessert menu proved very tempting.

Sunday was a day of hunting out the best spot for the Bastille celebrations later. There was an excited buzz as we strolled through the streets taking in the stunning Paris landmarks. We managed to get to the second stage of the Eiffel Tower and take in the amazing views of the Parisian skyline. After a pizza supper close to the Eiffel Tower we joined the crowds of 100,000 partygoers to be dazzled by an extravaganza of music and fireworks. It was a great experience that lasted into the early hours of the morning.

On Monday we wandered the streets of Montmartre, visiting the beautiful Sacré Coeur church and marvelling at the talent of the artists on the Place du Tertre. Our chosen film at A Level is ‘Amelie’ and it was our mission to hunt out the famous Café de Deux Moulins as featured in the film. We were lucky enough to grab a table and sample some tarte tatin there. We also discovered the greengrocers shop and its famous gnomes from the film. Our final day was just for the young at heart, a full day at Disney. By now the 6th form were experts on the metro system and eager to lead the way around the city. All in all, a great cultural experience.

Visit from Jordan

We hosted 9 students from an all boys school in Jordan. They were accompanied by their Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher. Our Parliament spent the day showing them around some lessons and chatting about their student council set up which does not exist at the moment. During lessons they joined in with Miss Richmond’s Geography class and even had a go at the Rich Tea Challenge and nibbled a map of Wales into their biscuit. They saw an ICT lesson, music, Spanish, science and home economics. They were absolutely blown away by the equipment that we have in Home Economics and science and took many photos of the Bunsen burners! The Parliament would like to thank all the teachers who hosted visitors in their lessons.

Key Stage 4 Results

I am pleased to be able to announce another record year of Key Stage 4 results here in Y Pant.  87% of our pupils achieved A*-C in 5 or more subjects, the highest in the school’s history.  66% 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 pupils 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 you all!

Mrs Caroline Davies, Pontyclun Primary

I was very sad to hear yesterday that my good friend and colleague from Pontyclun Primary School, Mrs Caroline Davies, died a few days ago while on holiday. As music coordinator at Pontyclun Primary, Caroline was a force to be reckoned with, putting on high-quality concerts and productions and sending us some of our most talented performers. She was also committed to introducing new technology to the classroom, and I collaborated with her several times on projects which bridged our two schools and brought new innovations to our teaching.

I was very taken by a number of the tributes posted by our pupils on Twitter (we have an ‘Y Pant Music’ account there), which clearly show that many ex-pupils of Caroline were well aware of what they owe her in terms of excellent teaching, happy memories, and in some cases, a continuing commitment to the performing arts at school level and beyond:


RIP Mrs Davies, a true hero has been lost from pontyclun primary xx – (Sophie Gibbon)

As I head up to London tomorrow for my NYT course I’ll be sending thanks to Mrs Davies and thoughts to her family. An amazing teacher who made every day enjoyable and inspired me to pursue theatre. Rest In Peace. – (Matthew Ingram)

Such sad news to hear @cazponty [Caroline Davies] has passed away. You were the reason I got in to acting and I owe so much to you. Thank you xx – (Sean James)


I don’t think any teacher could ask for more than that.

A Level Results

Many congratulations to the A Level Class of 2013!  Yesterday, 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!  An outstanding achievement.  These students were:

Ahmed Abou-Koura

Jack Evans

Alice Floyd

Sion Greaves

Jenny Grey

Elizabeth Hinton

Natalie Hughes

Matthew Ingram

Martha Reed

Sophie Vellam

Abbie Taylor

Helen Needs

Lauren Richards

Rebecca Rose


Natalie actually recorded 3 A* grades!  Sophie and Martha have both secured places at Oxford to study English.

I would like, once again, to congratulate all the students for their successes and I wish them all the very best for the future.

Catch Up With Year 12 Musicians on YouTube

RStudents acknowledge the applause of the audience at the WMCight at the end of last year, our Year 12 BTEC music students gave a well-received performance on the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre. The concert was streamed live on the Internet, and a number of our friends at school were able to watch it on screens and phones back at Y Pant.

Now, the Wales Millennium Centre have added the concert to their ‘catch up’ collection on YouTube. If you missed out on the original performance, take a look here!

School’s Out For Summer!

What a lovely change to have our end of term assembly outside this morning. Fantastic performances from talented students – it almost felt like a festival!

Lots of awards were given to those who have achieved the highest house points – more details on these soon.

This website is moving over to a new server sometime over the summer as our network technicians are going to be busy installing more fibre optic links throughout the school. I’ll post details of the summer opening for exam results and the timetable for the first week of term soon. Information will be posted out on Twitter regarding this as well so if you don’t already, follow @ypantschool for updates.

Have a lovely summer everyone!

end of term

Y Pant Students Perform at the Wales Millennium Centre

Students acknowledge the applause of the audience at the WMCEight Year 12 music students from Y Pant took to the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for a lunchtime concert on the 18th July. Performing a mixture of cover versions and their own compositions, the group gave an excellent performance which stopped visitors to the WMC in their tracks all over the building, and gained warm and appreciative applause. Following our tour of the Millennium Centre earlier this year, our students were keen to perform in this iconic venue, and we were very grateful when the staff agreed to book us at relatively short notice.

Jordan and Rebecca perform at the WMCSeveral members of the audience took the time to speak to us during and after the performance, with some expressing surprise that the students were from the same comprehensive school – the performances were certainly of a very professional standard, and reflect very well on the students, who have burnished the school’s reputation for excellence in the performing arts, and had an excellent experience in the process. We hope to be back on the Glanfa stage soon!