The Year 10 Catering class have recently started their first piece of controlled assessment work. Their brief is on Afternoon Tea, as they are becoming very popular in the UK and are an excellent way for chefs to demonstrate their skills at producing baked products. Year 10 have to prepare, cook and serve four items that could be offered as part of an Afternoon Tea menu. This is an exciting and challenging task they have ahead of them. On Tuesday 23rd February, eleven Catering students visited Llanerch Vineyard to experience Afternoon Tea for themselves and get an idea of what types of products they would have to produce. Here are some quotes from the day.
We really enjoyed the trip to Llanerch Vineyard. The wide selection of beverages is an impressive display of how creative people can be to keep their customers interested, teas provided included: Earl Grey, Green Tea and Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong Tea. All the teas were served with a sand timer so that brewing time was accurate.
Thomas Meek and Cameron Bargery
The table set up looked very professional and slightly posher than I expected! We were seated and given hard cased menus so that we could choose from a selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks. We were also give jugs of ice water for the tables. I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea and I think it will influence my ideas for my coursework.
The food was served on a three tier cake stand, with savoury items on the bottom. For savoury they served sandwiches such as ham and mustard, salmon, cheese and pickle, cucumber and egg mayo. My favourite was the ham! On the middle tier there were a selection of scones and Welsh cakes, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The scones were really crumbly; however, they were not dry! On the top tier there were quartered strawberries for presentation served with lemon cake, profiteroles, hazelnut brownies and macarons. The trip has given me some good ideas for presentation.
I enjoyed the trip; my favourite was the macarons and the scones. For me this trip was very helpful for my coursework. They showed me how I can serve the food and I have a better understanding of what Afternoon tea is.
On the whole I enjoyed the food and I liked how they had timers for your tea. The whole experience for Afternoon Tea at Llanerch Vineyard was lovely and has inspired me with ideas when I do my own Afternoon Tea.
Recently we have been learning about Hindu worship and culture so we decided to make a shrine. Our shrine consisted of flowers, prayer, beads, kum kum powder, the aum symbol, insense and a Ganesh murti. We also covered our box with shiny paper.
Written and made by Isabelle Morris, Lowri Hill, Gwenllian Mellor, Heidi Thomas and Maddie Thomas
In our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy club we have joined a collaboration centre with ‘iEARN’. We have experienced many different cultures and traditions. We, along with other pupils from different years, have created amazing Christmas cards describing how we culturally and religiously celebrate Christmas in Wales.
This project has been designed to connect classrooms around the world. We have learned about different traditions and customs. For instance, we discovered that in Taiwan most of them do not celebrate Christmas with presents or time off school. They only get a present when they were younger which really surprised us and they also go to school but they do play Christmas games and some of the teachers dress up like Santa.
All of us have enjoyed this project because it’s fun, educational and interesting learning about what they do at Christmas. Also we are glad about how many Christmas cards was made by different years to send to these different schools, we had 78 handmade cards describing everyone’s experiences at Christmas to share with pupils around the world, including Taiwan, Belarus, Iran, Morocco and Russia.
As part of their ‘Tourism’ module, fifty year eight students were accompanied on an investigative field trip to Porthcawl by Mr. Swallow and a host of other excited members of staff. Although the day began in a damp and windy fashion, the weather improved and the students began the important task of collecting data along a transect through Porthcawl.
The focus of the day was to investigate the impacts of tourism on the area, both positive and negative, before investigating how the area could be redeveloped. The students generated a wide variety of ideas which will be developed further in forthcoming lessons!
The day was a great success, largely due to the excellent attitude of all students. There was even time for fish and chips and a brief game of crazy golf at lunchtime! A big thank you to all the students and staff who made the field trip memorable!
Year 13 Business Studies group recently visited local business PerkinElmer in preparation for their final examination. The research theme the students are investigating is ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’. Perkin Elmer are a global company with a factory located in Llantrisant Business Park, they manufacture scientific equipment – see www.perkinelmer.co.uk for more information about the business.
Y Pant has enjoyed strong links with the business for many years and visit on a regular basis. Jackie and Grant (Human Resources PerkinElmer) produced a presentation for year 13 students in relation to ‘CSR’ at PerkinElmer. Recent CSR developments by the business include working towards minimising waste, offering help to Japan with the recover from the recent Tsunami and investing in employee development.
Students found the presentation informative, interesting and relevant to their individual studies. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation – an opportunity that both Tom Grother and Matthew Bartlett took full advantage of!
A group of year 10 pupils (Morgan Rees, Sam Jarvis, Josh Jones, Liam Upright and Matt Naden) attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 7th April to take part in the Stock Market Challenge. Pupils worked in teams through a week of simulated trading on the stock market, making decisions under pressure, taking calculated risks and experiencing the excitement of the trading floor.
The boys competed against 16 other schools from across South East Wales, also taking part were a team of Bank Managers, a team of teachers and a team of staff from UWIC School of Management. After much trading and some fantastic team work the boys ended the weeks trading in first place having generated a portfolio value of £117,000 – this was more than second and third place added together!
Throughout the activity the team from Y Pant demonstrated excellent problem-solving, communication and analytical skills and at no stage did they panic or lose focus of the task.
As a result the team managed to win £15 vouchers for themselves and £500 for the Business Studies Department!
Twenty year 10 pupils attended UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management on 28th March to take part in a business taster day.
Pupils attended workshops on entrepreneurship and marketing as well as having an opportunity to experience careers in the finance sector. All pupils performed well throughout the day and came up with some great responses to the tasks set.
Year 13 students visited a second local business in the space of a week. This time students visited Sigma3 kitchens in Llantrisant Business Park – www.sigma3.co.uk. The company manufacture kitchens for retail throughout the UK. Students were welcomed to the business by Director Elizabeth and Brian Lakin. Students were taken on a factory tour and given a presentation explaining how the business has developed over the years – including how business managed to recover from a factory fire in 1985, marketing strategies used and operating in a tough economic climate.
Students took part in a quiz with Tom Grother winning the £10 prize for best performance. Finally the group were treated to lunch before leaving. Another worthwhile visit in preparation for the students final examination.
The decision making controlled assessment will now be completed when we return to school in January. Time will allocated for further research in the first geography lesson after the holiday. The “write up” stage will then be completed in timetabled geography lessons over the following weeks. We would encourage you to continue to carry out your research over the Christmas holiday (remember any material that you bring into school must be validated by your teacher). The Geography Department would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a successful 2011.
Mr D. Sykes, Head of Department.