The Art, English, Welsh and Spanish departments have set tasks for 6th form students to complete over the summer holidays. Students should already be aware of this but they are listed here as a reminder.
Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga. They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch. After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado. During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús. Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!
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!
Tuesday 15th July, lessons 3-4
To complement the UCAS Induction programme, a workshop, targeting the Medical students, will be run by the Head of Science, Mrs. E. Mitchell.
The workshop will address some of the current issues in medicine which will allow students the opportunity to be prepared for the university application and interview process. Students will also be given advice on suitable reading material that can be carried out in the summer holidays.
This will be run on Activities Day and so school uniform need not be worn. It is, however, advisable to let Mrs Mitchell know that you are attending the workshop in advance.
Please note the application for Oxford, Cambridge and most professional courses in medicine is the 15th of October 2014.
If you need any more help and advice please go to www.ucas.com
Year 10 students are on work related learning next week. As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate qualification they are required to carry out 30 hours of work experience or work related education. Most of the provision for this will be carried out during the following dates:-
Monday 30th June- Thursday 3rd July
|Work Placement Pupils||Non work placement pupils|
|Mon 30th June||Work Placements||RCT Careers Day x 30 pupils (bus to Pontypridd)||Careers and world of work activities x 40- 50 pupils|
|Tue 1st July||Work Placements||Young Enterprise activity for all pupils|
|Wed 2nd July||Work Placements||Anti-Racism Workshop x 40-50 pupils||RCT Careers Day x 30 pupils (bus to Pontypridd)|
|Thu 3rd July||Talk the Talk- Effective Communication Workshop||Talk the Talk- Effective Communication Workshop|
The following revision sessions will be running for year 11 and year 13 students at half-term.
|Date||AM session details||PM session details|
|Monday 26th May|
|Tuesday 27th May||Year 11 History (for those resitting German module) 9.30am – 2pm Year 13 Media Studies (Miss Umbleja) 9am – 1pmYear 13 Psychology (Miss Phillips) 10am – 2pm
Year 13 Welsh (Miss Preene)
|Year 11 (Miss Preene’s groups only) 1pm – 3pm|
|Wednesday 28th May||Year 11 Media Studies (Miss Umbleja) 9am – 1pmYear 13 English Literature (Mr Kuck) 9am – 1 pm|
|Thursday 29th May|
|Friday 30th May||Year 11 Maths (focus group only)(Miss Owen) 10am – 12|
As you may be aware, the arrangements for study leave were changed by the Welsh Government last year. This has given us the opportunity to offer pupils more revision time with their teachers leading up to their exams up to 23rd May. We hope parents and carers will work with us to ensure students’ full attendance during this important period.
Please note the following:
- If a student has no exam, they will be expected in lessons throughout the day.
- If a student has a morning exam only, they will return to lessons after a short break following the exam.
- If a student has a morning and an afternoon exam, they will be in lessons during periods 3 and 4, but will be allowed to revise for their afternoon exam during these periods.
- If a student has an afternoon exam only, they will have the choice of studying in a revision room during the morning, or revising from home. If they are going to come in they must go to the study room assigned to them where there will be supervised study.
- Students must ensure that they bring revision materials and their books for normal lessons, each day.
- After Whitsun half-term half-term, pupils only need to attend when they have an exam.
A copy of the arrangements for the period covering Monday 12th May to Friday 23rd May can be downloaded here, so that parents and carers are aware of the provision in place for year 11 students.
It is important that pupils fully adhere to school uniform rules throughout the period of the examinations and that are fully equipped with stationery for their exams. They should aim to be outside the exam hall before the published start time to ensure they are ready to begin the exams promptly.
We hope these steps will help students fulfill their potential and wish them good luck during this crucial period of their education.
The Art Department would like to invite you to their GCSE and A-Level exhibitions.
The GCSE Art Exhibition has now finished but the the A-Level Art Exhibition is on Monday 19th May 2014 (3:15pm – 5:15 pm) and the work will remain on show until 3pm on Thursday 22nd May. Please come and have a look at the excellent work on display!
Please find attached the details of the revision sessions being put on at the school during the Easter and Whitsun holiday periods.
We are extremely grateful to the large number of staff who will be coming in during their holidays to run revision sessions and would like to underline the importance of as many students attending as is possible. It is an excellent opportunity for students to receive targeted revision work. We hope you will work with us and encourage your child to attend these sessions.
We would also take this opportunity to remind parents of Year 11 students that the Welsh Government stopped the practice of issuing study leave last year. As a consequence your child should continue to attend school during the period of the bulk of their exams. We will be publishing the details of the revision programme that will operate in the school during the first two weeks of the GCSE exams, up to the Whitsun half term.
This information was sent out to all parents of pupils at Y Pant this week.
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