As part of Activities Week we take a group of students to Croyde Bay in Devon every year for a “Learn to Surf” camp. Isabelle Smith and Alex Parker, now in year 9, have written us a report – it sounds like they had a fantastic time!
At surfing we had great fun. We started our first lesson with a quick practice on the sand then we were ready to hit the waves! We had to wait for the lifeguards to take down the red flag because it was so misty first! The waves on the first night were great and we all stood up on our boards. That evening we had fish and chips and explored the beach and campsite. We made friends with the seagulls who seemed to like our ships and waking us up early!
The next day we had a huge breakfast and a proper awakening from the cold wetsuits! After struggling down to the beach with our boards we found some stranded jellyfish. The surf was great and the weather was lovely. We went out quite far to catch the best waves although most of us fell off that day! That night we had a BBQ and played beach volleyball and rounders.
The drive back the next day was on one of the hottest days of the year, on a bus with no air-conditioning! We all had a great time, and really enjoyed learning to surf.
During the summer of 2015, I spent 6 weeks in Aberystwyth University as a student of the Summer University Programme. For six whole weeks during the summer, I lived as a student in student accommodation and attending lectures of varying intensity to then sit and examination lesson at the end of the course. The six weeks was split up into 3 periods of two weeks. I would sit a course of my choice and core skills and they would change every two weeks. Altogether, I sat 6 modules with university standard assessments.
The first two weeks of the holiday, I studied Core Skills one, which required me to write an essay of 1000 words about the influence of popular music on Western culture. I decided to do mine on Punk as it was a very influential part of the late 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century, although less influential during the latter. I also studied a subject of my choice, which was Psychology, in which was studied about Social Psychologist and, of course, the Stanford Prison Experiment. We also looked at the Robber’s Cave experiment which saw two groups of teenage boys on a camping trip. Neither of the groups knew about the other group, and after a week of activities, the two groups were brought together. The aim was to study hostility between groups. At the end of the two weeks, we had to write an essay of 1500 words on a question we were given, so I decided to Critically Evaluate the Behavioural Approach, along with a power point presentation highlighting a topic that we feel strongly about. My presentation was on how Social Media has led to a decrease of literacy rates across England and Wales. To results were shocking. I finished the first two weeks with a 2,2 in core skills and Psychology.
The second two weeks followed a similar format to the first part of the summer. I sat through 2 hours of core skills in the morning, researching and writing a 800 word essay on the question “To learn in Welsh is a privilege! Discuss”. Many people had strong views on this subject, myself included. I decided to take a historical approach to answering this question. My second choice subject was Drama. I quite enjoyed drama and the lecturer’s name was Ritz. However, he was also a philosophy teacher so the majority of the lessons were very philosophical based, including the scripted piece we studied; Waiting for Godot. Despite this, I very much enjoyed reading the play. For the assessment at the end of the middle two weeks, we had to perform a play of our stories that we had written and hand in a journal we had been keeping of the two weeks we were in Drama. This time, I received a 2,2 for core skills but a 2,1 in Drama.
The final two weeks, the core skills essay was about a question our team devised with an accompanying presentation. My team decided to do our assignment on “The Increase OF Global Communications has brought the human race together.” Discuss!
I found this essay and research to be very interesting and I enjoyed working as part of team to come up with a final product that we were all very happy with. I am still waiting on the results of this block at this time, but I am sure I have done well. My final chosen subject was Law. I was very excited about this as I aim to become a Homicide detective. I have now decided that I am going to study Criminal Law in Aberystwyth when I leave school and this programme has helped me decide.
But it wasn’t all work. The leaders of the programme put on a range of activities every night for us, making this experience not only an educational one, but a social one as well. I have made many friends that I will keep in contact with. This was a once in a lifetime experience and if any of you get the opportunity to do this, I would highly recommend it. At the end of the summer, there was a graduation ceremony where we received certificates and have been told that we have an offer of EE to get into Aberystwyth University which has helped me out a lot.
Due to construction work for our new school building, there will be no parking facilities for the 6th form during September, October and November. Please seek alternative arrangements and we apologise for this short term inconvenience while we create your new facilities.
The Spanish department recently returned from Alicante – Emilia Bolton in year 10 has written up the trip for us!
At 3.00am in the morning of Saturday 9th July, we left Y Pant and embarked on our journey to Alicante with much excitement. During the journey to Bristol, we devoured the brioche and fruit juice supplied by our teachers, Senora Fernández and Senorita O’Keefe, and arrived at the airport at around 4 o’clock in the morning. We departed Bristol at 6.15am and arrived in Alicante around 9.30am, Spanish time. On arrival we used our Spanish skills to purchase our bus tickets, which we became more accustomed with throughout our trip. After getting settled in, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach; swimming in the sea and spending time in the shade due to the high temperatures. In the evening, we explored Alicante and found an authentic Spanish restaurant, where we sampled delicious traditional food such as gazpacho, paella and natillas.
On the second day, we started our day with un desayuno sabroso which consisted of toast, Spanish breakfast muffins, juice and fruit. We then took a tram journey along the picturesque coastline to Terra Mítica, which was a Spanish theme park. During our journey, we were warned of the extensive queues in the park, yet upon arrival, we discovered the park almost empty; it was so hot that not even the Spanish could withstand the heat! Whilst in the park, we enjoyed the thrilling rides, especially the water rides as they offered us refreshment. In the evening, we relaxed, watching the final of the Euros football and eating pizza.
On the third day, we took a beautiful boat ride to the island of Tabarca, which was around 50 minutes long. Tabarca was a small, inhabited island with shimmering, clear waters and white sands. We managed to find secluded cuevas (caves) and enjoyed the day snorkelling with fish, which allowed some of us to witness marine life such as starfish and small pulpo (octopus). In the evening, we commenced a walking tour of Alicante with our guide Lori and then ascended the walk to the top of a castle in order to watch the sunset. The view was sublime and enabled us to see the whole of Alicante. Following this, we ate in a modern tapas restaurant and did some late night shopping along the port.
On our final full day, we again journeyed in the tram to Aqualandia in Benidorm. We began our trip early in order to maximise our time swimming; we thoroughly enjoyed the water park and spent most of our time in the lazy river or on water rides such as slides and rapids. The cool water offered solace from the intense heat and later that day in Alicante, we shopped for souvenirs in El Corte Inglés and ate our cena (dinner) in a quaint pizzeria.
On our final morning in Alicante, we savoured the traditional Spanish meal of churros for breakfast, which we ate con chocolate. Unfortunately, the time had arrived for us to catch the airport bus, in order to arrive at the airport promptly. Upon arriving back in Wales the weather was noticeably cooler compared to the warm climate of Alicante.
Our trip to Alicante was a wonderful experience, which enabled us to use our Spanish skills and learn many new phrases, along with experiencing the rich culture and warm hospitality that the Spaniards had to offer.
Below are the finalised option columns and where each subject will be taught next year.
To ‘sign up’ to an AS course, all year 11 pupils have been issued with a sheet to collect signatures from the teachers of those subjects after you have seen them to have a conversation as to whether that course would be suitable for you. If you have not completed this sheet and handed it in to Miss Richmond, you will need to do this by the end of term. Forms can be obtained from main photocopying or directly from Miss Richmond.
Sign up day: August 31st 2016
After your results day the school will be open on Wednesday August 31st between 9.30am and 12.30 pm for you to come along with your results and officially sign up to your AS courses. The form you filled in with the signatures will also be available to inform us, the 6th form team, that you have seen those teachers and that they have signed you off. If you are not available on this day, you may email Miss Richmond your choices and as long as she has your teacher signature form and there are no issues with your results to gain access to that AS, then you will be signed up. We would however, encourage you to attend if you are available.
Monday September 5th
Anyone wanting to return to the 6th form at Y Pant should report to the main hall at 8.30 am on Monday morning. There is NO NEED to wear uniform as we will offer a 2-week period of grace on uniform for year 12. Those who have attended the sign up day should have their timetables ready for collection, those who did not may be delayed in gaining access to their chosen courses as their timetables are created during the morning.
As part of Year 12’s Welsh Baccalaureate Enrichment Fortnight, students were visited by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England.
Students take part in a range of learning activities during this time and have the opportunity to engage with a number of external facilitators and subject matter experts.
It was a great honour to be addressed by Andy who took time off from his busy schedule to give a fascinating and enlightening insight into the world of finance and the global economy. He was more than happy to field questions from the inquisitive audience on a range of topics and of course Brexit was a popular choice.
Mr Pearsall and Mr Mortimer have arranged a number of enrichment activities over the 2 weeks to optimise success in the Welsh Baccalaureate and to enhance transferable and essential skills. Many thanks to Andy and his team for this rare insight and to our Sixth Form for being a receptive and inquisitive audience.
On the 26th of April, 25 pupils and 3 teachers left, for what would turn out to be a great trip to Italy. Before we set off on our travels, we visited somewhere closer to home. We spent the morning at Renishaw, an engineering company, specialising in many aspects of engineering such as measurement probes and 3D printing machines. We had a tour of the facility, followed by some light refreshments, before taking part in a challenging coding activity. It got everyone thinking about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to us and how exciting engineering could be as a career.
We then headed for the airport and after some confusion regarding liquid allowance, we finally took off.
After several hours, we reached the hotel. Everyone was really tired and quickly fell asleep. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast to get us ready for the day ahead. First we went on a tour of the Ducati factory, followed by the museum and shop. Everyone found it really interesting to find out how they make the motorbikes and that all of the bikes were already sold.
Next we went on a walking tour of Florence, guided by our fantastic tour guide, Mario. We learnt so many new things about the city and the culture that we didn’t know before. It is an amazing city with so many beautiful buildings and statues to see and amazing ice cream!
That evening we went for food at a restaurant in the city. Although the food and service wasn’t the best, we all had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening in Florence.
On Thursday we started with a tour of the Pagani factory. We were amazed by the detail put into the handmade cars, and the time spent ensuring all of the carbon fibre patterns matched up. The basic model costs over £1,000,000 and any extras are very expensive!
After lunch we went on a bus tour of the huge Ferrari factory complex and visited the museum. The museum was amazing and we could have spent all day there as there was so much to see. They even had the worlds most expensive car on show which is A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that has been sold for $52,000,000!
A few people even went on the simulator! We spent a lot of money in the shop before leaving to go for food at the hard rock café. The food was delicious with some excellent background music, we had a great evening and bought some great merchandise to take home from our travels.
All too soon it was time for us to leave, there was some sickness on the plane but overall it was a smooth flight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely go again, we learned so much about manufacturing and design and saw some amazing things. Everybody on the trip was really friendly and got on really well, but we were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds.
By: Alex Parker, Jessica Doyle and Dylan Hamer – Year 8
Our journey started at 04:00 in the morning when we all met at the top of the drive ready for our trip to Iceland. 24 eager students and 3 tired teachers ready for an adventure!
After about an hour we got to Bristol airport. We all went to grab a quick breakfast and before we knew it we were going through security and boarding the plane. Everyone was really excited and no one seemed tired anymore … except Dr. Jones who slept all the way!
Three hours later we were in Iceland and on our way to the relaxing Blue Lagoon, with our bus driver, Paolo, at the helm. All of the group used the white silica mud on their faces during the spa experience.
That night we went out to chase the Northern Lights, but the weather wasn’t on our side. We did stop to have a massive snow ball fight instead which was great fun and Paolo played his accordion!
The next day we went to two waterfalls. One was called Seljalandsfoss and we were able to walk behind and ended up getting soaked! The other one we climbed to the top of to get a better view. Then we went to a black pebbled beach, which was due to the volcanic activity, with very powerful and dangerous waves. We went to a glacier which has reduced by 700m because of global warming! Our excellent tour guide, Eric, also told us about the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull as we travelled around its surrounding landscape.
The day after we went to the geyser geothermal park, which was awesome! When the biggest one, Strokkur, erupted several of us got soaked! As we walked back down we could hear the joyful accordion playing of Paolo again. Soon after, we visited the part of Iceland which was part of the North American tectonic plate. There were some beautiful views.
On Sunday we were all really sad as it was our last day. We said our last goodbyes to Eric and Paolo and set off to Keflavik airport. We all spent our remaining kroner and three hours later were back in the UK. It had been an amazing trip and we were all glad that we had gone.
During the trip, the teachers arranged a photo competition as there were so many amazing photos being taken. Here are the winners …
Alex Parker – 8DM – Snowy Landscape
Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss
Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock