On Wednesday 26th November a team of Year 10 and 11 girls competed in the English Speaking Union Churchill Public Speaking competition in the Training Centre Wales.
Lauren Pickens performed expertly in her role as Speaker. Lauren had 30 minutes at the start of the competition to meet the two other members of her team and brief them on the 5 minute speech she had prepared with Maddie Colcombe that analysed the impact of 24 hour news on modern day society. Several teachers from other schools congratulated Lauren on her delivery and interesting points. She was quizzed by the Questioner from the opposing team and answered questions articulately destroying any opposing arguments!
Tamsin Penberthy took charge of the difficult role of Chairperson. Her role involved leading the discussion, keeping an eye on timings and directing questions from the floor to the Guest Speaker in her team. She guided the team through proceedings smoothly and was congratulated by the judges on her performance.
Ania Kandasamy won the coveted ‘Best Questioner’ prize! A fantastic achievement for a first timer! Ania had 30 minutes at the start of the competition to meet with her Guest Speaker and quiz him on his topic – she made appropriate notes and asked pertinent questions. The judges commended her use of the word “elaborate” within her questions as this was exactly what they were looking for from the Questioners and Ania was the only one out of three to use it.
The team performed fantastically well and prepared for the competition during their own time and at break and lunch times in school. Well done girls – you are all a real credit to the school.
The year 11 mock GCSE exams will run from Monday 8th December to Thursday 18th December.
- There is no study leave for the duration of the mock exams. Lessons will run as normal.
- Pupils should attend their timetabled exams and then return to their timetabled lesson when complete.
- Pupils note that Session 3 exams begin at 1.30pm and might run over after school. You may have to make alternative transport arrangements to get home.
- All exams in the Sports Hall except for:
- Science Practical – Rooms 21, 24 & 33 .
- Art – Rooms 29 & 30
- French – Room 17
- Spanish – Rooms 64, 65 & 67.
You can download the mock exam timetable here.
Rhondda Cynon Taf have put together a package of resources that provides a free copy of Microsoft Office software for all students. Unique user codes will be distributed via registration this week. The instructions for installation can be downloaded here.
Two weeks ago, the Y Pant drama department put on a production of Macbeth at the Schools Shakespeare Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre. Today, pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are getting the chance to see this fantastic production in school. There will be a special performance at 3:30 for pupils in KS4 and KS5.
Cardiff University Curriculum Support are linking with schools and are offering a series of workshops and lectures relating to AS Level, A Level and degree level subjects.
Follow this link http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/curriculumsupport to investigate the range of subjects on offer and to register for events. Individuals can attend events once registered or if there is enough interest (eg. a full minibus) School may be able to organise transport.
Why bother? Apart from invaluable subject enrichment, attending events outside school proves you are passionate about subjects and serious about taking studies further. When applying for courses of study after yr12/13 you can expand on the experiences gained in your personal statements.
EVENT DETAILS: SATURDAY 20TH SEPT 10am – 3pm FREE ENTRY – Click here for tickets.
Find out how we are fighting cancer in Wales at the free drop-in event: Cardiff Cancer Research Open Day
- Meet our cancer scientists, doctors and nurses
- Go behind the scenes in our lab*
- Find out more about cancer research happening near you, from lab research to clinical trials with short talks, fun games and interactive demonstrations
Come along and experience our local cancer research brought to life by the researchers themselves. See how researchers in Cardiff are working together to discover and pioneer new cancer treatments.
There will be interactive activities suitable for all ages including children.
* Please note, due to health and safety reasons, minimum age for lab tour will be 13.
The Open Day includes a talk programme with short talks delivered by top researchers and clinicians, which are suitable for a public audience. The programme will be:
10:30am: ‘Personalised Medicine’ by Dr Rachel Butler, Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Head of All Wales Genetics Laboratory ‘
11:30am: ‘Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer’ by Prof Andy Sewell, Associate Director for Immunity and Infection Research Institute, Cardiff University School of Medicine
12:30pm: ‘Understanding basic cancer biology in the search for new treatments’ by Prof Alan Clarke, Director of Cancer Research UK Cardiff Centre and European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute
1:30pm: ‘Hot off the Press: New test predicts survival in blood cancer patients’ by Prof Chris Pepper, Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University School of Medicine
2:15pm: ‘Improving outcomes through clinical trials’ by Dr Richard Adams, Consultant Oncologist at Velindre NHS Trust and Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit
During the summer holidays I went to the S4 Swansea university science summer school where I participated in university-level science workshops and experiments. Initially when informed about the opportunity I was quite reluctant to enroll because I didn’t think I would enjoy it but I am so glad I did. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and has definitely motivated me to do well in my A levels so that I can go to university.
On my first full day at the summer school, I studied computing with a techno camp workshop. In teams of 4 we designed a robot from Lego NXT mind storm kits and programmed it on the computer. We competed amongst other teams to see who’s robot was superior. We had to guide our robot around mazes, park it in parking spaces etc. After that we played robot football where we had to design a robot to be a striker and defend the goals at the same time. This was turned into a competition to see who’s robot could score and defend the most amounts of goals.
After the workshop everyone was given free time and so with the friends I had made so far we explored the gigantic university campus and later walked to Swansea town centre to explore to shops. Later in the evening there was a pub quiz held by the summer school where we grouped together with teachers and answered science questions.
On the second day I studied biology where I learnt about the topic of marine biology and I had to dissect a mackerel. While dissecting this mackerel I learnt about its internal structures and their functions, I enjoyed this so much because you got to see what you were learning from a physical prospective. After that we got a tour around Swansea universities science facilities and learnt about the importance of algae, why it is grown from business and its important medical uses. We also got to see muscle filtration and hold real life marine animals such as blue lobsters.
After the workshop, the summer school then took us to the cinema that they have on campus. It was absolutely packed with people of a variety of ages. We watched an Asian cartoon film, which was similar to anime.
On the third day I studied physics and mathematics. I learnt about finding exoplanets. I found this really interesting as we got to learn about space and I actually understood it really well considering mathematics and physics are not my strong point. We had to conduct an experiment using a light sensor to detect the shadow created as our exoplanet circled our star. We did this using software on the computer, it was so interesting.
After the workshop, my friends and I went to the beach, which is directly opposite the university campus. During the week we had also met other students from Germany that were staying in the same halls of residence and so we invited them to the beach with us. We all went in the sea, played volleyball, built a campfire and sat around it until late.
On the fourth day of Swansea summer school I participated in a geography workshop where we learnt about climate change. We conducted an experiment with collecting carbon dioxide in different heats which was meant to represent the different distances away from the sun, it was really fun. Later on in the day we explored the university campus to look at the wild life, we then participated in a dendrochronological experiment where we drilled holes into trees and removed sections of the tree to analysis the patterns of tree rings to see how old the tree was, to see if it was a victim of disease or a natural disaster.
After the work shop we all headed to Mumbles beach area where we explored the natural wild life before heading to the beach to explore general marine life. As a group we then explored the beach, went in the sea and generally enjoyed ourselves.
On the last day we had a talk about UCAS applications from S4 ambassadors who are current students at Swansea Univeristy, Swansea university lectures, professors and Swansea university admissions tutors. They showed us previous examples of personal statements, what they like to see and what they expect from us. They also showed us what they don’t like to see and how to avoid it. There was then a award ceremony and students that had excelled in the individual workshops were rewarded with vouchers, certificates and clothes. There was also an award from the best tweet.
If I choose to go to Swansea University I will receive a £500 bursary just for completing the weeklong Swansea university summer school. The experience was definitely worthwhile as I got to immerse myself in the student lifestyle as well as expand my education. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is interested.
The registration structure for 6th form is compulsory for ALL students in years 12 and 13. Attendance at registration from 8:30 to 9 am is very important as it enables the school to pass on information and for 6th form students to be accurately registered. Attendance at this time is compulsory on Mondays and Thursdays for all students. All other days depends upon timetable.
Monday – Compulsory registration for ALL students
Tuesday – Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.
Wednesday – Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.
Thursday – Compulsory Assembly for ALL students (Lesser Hall)
Friday – Compulsory registration for ALL students who have lessons during periods 1 – 3.