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Information for current pupils of Y Pant

Year 9 are inspired by the engineering, technology and architecture of Italy

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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By Natalie Johns,  Emma Long and Abbie Tsim.

More pictures here:

Epic trip to Iceland!

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.

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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.

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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

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Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss

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Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests

 

Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests

These will all be sat in the Sports Hall.  The whole year group will sit the test at the same time.  Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.

The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period.  The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.

The tests will be sat as follows.

Date Session Test
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Procedural Numeracy
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 7 Reading
Wednesday 4th May Lesson 5 Year 8 Procedural Numeracy
Thursday 5th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 8 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lesson 5 Year 7 Procedural Numeracy

6th Form Options

Our 6th form Open Evening on 10th March was well attended – with a packed hall.

All the information about option columns, subject choices and details about the 6th form can be found on our dedicated website (below).

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We shared the following presentation with parents and prospective students.

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We also shared the Russell Group’s guidance on subject choices:

You can download the Informed Choices document they referred to below:

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Ski Trip 2016

The 2017 ski trip is now sold out with pupils on the reserve list.  Details for the 2018 ski trip will be out soon!

Yasmin Thomas and Tamsin Penberthy have written this fantastic account of this years trip.

On Friday 12th February, 43 eager pupils set off on a 24 hour bus journey to Altenmarkt, Austria.  After a box set of 5 Rocky films, the toilet being repeatedly blocked and hours of Mr Duggan’s snoring we finally arrived at the resort earlier than planned, thanks to our bus drivers Les and Skippy!

Snowman Jasmine and friendsWhilst most people were recovering from the long journey and having had very little sleep, year 8 and 9s were busy building a snowman outside in the sun.  After getting our skis and boots fitted in the chalet, which was a quick and easy process, we spent the rest of the day unpacking and exploring the local Austrian village of Altenmarkt.

Sunday morning was our first skiing day.  We set off up the mountain listening to Mr Duggan and Tamsin doing a duet of the famous, Sunshine Mountain.  Everybody joined in with ‘our faces all a glow.’  The more experienced skiers waved goodbye from the chairlift to the beginners who took to the snow like Bambi on ice.  Although some did not get off to the easiest start (Gilly) the rest fell in love with the sport like every pupil before them.  Both the conditions and weather were phenomenal and the food was the cherry on top of the cake.

Group one got off to shaky start, losing their instructor in the first ten minutes, their communication skills only improved from there on in.  After an eventful day, everyone began to bond as one big family!  Sunday night consisted of an intense game of bowling between pupils, followed by a well-deserved victory from the Donkey of the Day’s team: Jordan Quinn and a short trip to hospital for Alex Potter who’s first day of skiing turned out to be his last.

More crittersMonday turned out to be a snowy day making the conditions slightly more challenging, which of course the experienced skiers loved.  After exchanging the days antics on the bus journey back to resort, everyone looked forward to the ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ themed quiz that evening. This included a menu of mealworms, crickets and locus’ enjoyed by Izzy Hallett, Ben Robinson and Ben Sutton.

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By Tuesday/Wednesday the beginners were finally getting to grips with skiing, despite the snowy conditions. Tuesday evening involved a trip to the thermal baths and treating ourselves to a delicious pizza on the way home.  Wednesday evening was a night tobogganing down the Alpine slopes which was enjoyed by all.

Top group photoThursday’s skiing was in a neighbouring resort called Wagrain where the ski race took place in sunny, blue skies.  After wipe outs, a skidoo rescue and multiple snow ball fights, all the pupils completed the course and eagerly awaited to find out the rankings later on that evening. The presentation evening took place in the chalet where pupils, teachers and instructors all came together.  The awards were as followed; best boy skier went to Liam Dando, best girl skier was a joint award between Tamsin Penberthy and Yasmin Thomas and donkey of week went to a well-deserved Thomas Chudley.

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Snowman Tamsin YasminFriday, was our final day on the slopes spent in Flachauwinkl. Marc, the top group’s instructor, planned to wipe-out M-Kat (Mr Muscat) as he skied with them for the day.  Mr Muscat was a first time skier on this trip and by the end of the morning he was incapable of skiing any longer with the top group – he disgracefully had to make his decent from the slopes via a chairlift! Even though he was the youngest member of staff on the trip, he was by far the most tired at the end of the week.

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Yasmin and Tamsin on chair liftLater on that evening, we made our departure from the resort after a tasty final meal at the chalet.  Another smooth journey on the bus which left everyone fast asleep due to the action packed week.  We arrived back at school 4 o’clock the next day with everyone sad to be returning to the rain and cold weather of Wales.  This was another fantastic ski trip and we would like to thank the staff for organising and coping with us for the week.  Bring on 2017!

 

Easter and Whitsun Half Term Revision Sessions

Please find below information about the Easter and Whitsun revision sessions which the school will be offering for pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are sitting external examinations.

Our staff work extremely hard to help our students achieve the very best results and we are extremely grateful that they are volunteering, yet again, to give up part of their holiday to support students during these sessions.

Places at these sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can book slots by mailing the school on revision@ypant.co.uk

Please state your child’s name, year group and the session / sessions they wish to attend. A reply email will then be sent to confirm their place.
If at any point you find you are unable to take up the place, please contact us immediately to let us know as we anticipate waiting lists for most subject areas.

These sessions are always enormously successful, and we are certain pupils will find them extremely beneficial.

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Little Shop of Horrors – photos from the school show

Well it’s finally over.  Ten months of hard work by the pupils and staff from Performing Arts and Little Shop of Horrors played its final show to a packed audience at the Muni last night.

Cast List

Seymour Krelborn – Brandon Blackman Audrey – Maria Rowley Mr Mushnik – Dylan Bellis
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Orin Scrivello/Patrick Martin – Jack Bourton Audrey II (Voice) – Rhys Winterburn Audrey II (Puppeteer) – Rhys James
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Crystal – Jade Evans Ronette – Sarah Pugh Chiffon – Cheyenne Rose Lewis
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Customer – Natalie Johns Announcer – Mali Rhys-Thomas Wino #1 – Robert Billingham
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Wino #2 – Emily Prewett Bernstein – Harry Foster Mrs Luce – Caitlin Huckridge
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Journalist #1 – Ffion Tynan Journalist #2 – Samantha Shipman
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More Photos from the Show

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