The following activities are available to access over the February Half-Term:
Monday 16th February 2015
Y Pant School
Tuesday 17th February 2015
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Cooking – ‘Come Dine with Me’
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Wednesday 18th February 2015
The Vale Resort
Thursday 19th February 2015
All activities and transport are FREE
If you would like to attend any of the activities you will need to sign up in the YEPS office. An off-site form will need to be completed and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The School’s Environment Cabinet will be conducting small, coinciding surveys around our school site on Monday February 9th. The results will be uploaded online and help to provide the RSPB with vital data to identify trends in some of our most familiar birds. If you would like to be involved then come and join us at 8.30 am on Monday in the lesser hall where will shall be dividing up the school into smaller sites to be surveyed.
Homework club restarts tonight! New for this term we have iPads to use and library books to borrow. Homework club will also be operating during Friday lunchtimes.
We are now running a homework club for pupils in all year groups. The club is run by a member of the teaching staff and during some sessions, 6th form students will be present to assist younger pupils as well. We are aware that not all pupils have a quiet space, or the necessary resources at home and also that some pupils want to work with their friends and get their homework finished early.
The details are as follows:
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – after school and Friday lunchtimes.
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Room: Room 14, above reception. Any pupils who cannot go upstairs due to injury or disability, please report to reception and alternative arrangements will be found.
Transport: The school minibus will be able to transport students home at 4pm and will go to Brynnau, Llanharan and Llanharry. Spaces on the minibus are limited to 16 and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The sign-up list for the minibus is in reception so pupils are able to reserve their seat before deciding whether to attend that night. There will be no charge for this.
Snacks: We are providing pupils who attend with a chewy bar and carton of juice or bottle of water. Again this is currently free of charge.
Resources: Stationery is provided along with other books and resources pupils may need. Computers are available as is a colour printer. There are also mini iPads and library books to borrow.
Attendance at homework club is not compulsory but pupils who regularly fail to complete homework to a good standard will be encouraged to attend.
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.
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.