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All the exciting things we have to report.

It IS Rocket Science at Y Pant!

Pupils at Y Pant are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Y Pant is one of a number of schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

So far the pupils have dried the soil ready for the seeds.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience

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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Y Pant -v- Bryn Celynnog

Year 7 played their second home game Tuesday, against local rivals Bryn Celynnog. It was an extremely tight game. The first half consisted of few chances, the best of which fell to Bryn Celynnog – however the shot was dragged wide. After a half time team talk Y Pant came out very determined and began to really pressure Bryn high up the pitch. This pressure eventually worked, the ball won back by Zander L and a through ball played to Josh B who calmly finished it. The remaining time was played out in the same fashion as the first – but another victory for Year 7 and another clean sheet.

A Thriller in Treorchy

Y Pant, the reigning RCT champions won a closely fought and physical contest against bitter rivals Treorchy.

In a tight first half Y Pant went one-nil up thanks to the goal machine Iwan Jenkins. The away team continued on their pursuit for more goals and went further ahead through the goal machine.

Treorchy levelled the score with two quick goals due to schoolboy defending from Y Pant. A goal a piece from both sides locked the game into a draw and as we were heading into the dramatic penalty shoot out, a Cory Sibley wonder strike from ten yards sealed the victory for the reigining champions to the dismay of the home supporters.

Well done to the squad of players who have now reached the semi-finals of the RCT cup for the second successive year.

Scorers for Y Pant were;

Iwan Jenkins (3)

Cory Sibley (1)

Man of the Match for Y Pant was Conan Flower

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Rhodri Speaks Out Again!

Rhodri Poacher in year 13 must be getting used to the limelight now.  This week he was invited to the Welsh Government Conference to talk about his Duje of Edinburgh’s Award experience.

Stephanie Price, the DofE Director for Wales sent us this glowing report.

He did a fantastic job and was a great ambassador for the DofE. The Welsh Government conference was attended by around 100 youth work professionals including representatives from all across Wales. There were keynote speeches from The Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills , Julie James AM, Sally Holland The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Professor Graham Donaldson , the author of the new Curriculum for Schools in Wales.

Rhodri was joined by Tilly Hall, a Gold Award holder from the Vale of Glamorgan, on a young person’s panel. He addressed the whole conference talking about his DofE experiences and responded to a range of questions from the audience. Rhodri gave a very mature performance and spoke very honestly and passionately.

As is often the case at these events the young peoples’ input was the highlight of the day!

Thank you for allowing him to attend it was a pleasure to have him as part of the DofE Wales team.

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Year 10 Super Scientists

Year 10 More Able and Talented scientists have been taking part in a Science Quiz against other schools this year. One team— comprising Emily Prewett, Caitlin Langstone, Ieuan Davies and Megan Rees—have not only made it through to the quarter final but were also the top scoring team overall in the preliminary round!

Their next event is against St. lltyd’s School in Cardiff on 22nd June.

Rhodri goes for Gold – DofE News

Congratulations to our 6th form students who recently received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

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Year 12 students Hannah Mealey, Frankie Hopkins, Elysia Humphreys, Caitlin Jones, Menna Ward and Jess Windsor-Hamilton all received their Silver Awards.

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Star of the show was year 13 student Rhodri Poacher who not only became one the youngest people to receive the prestigious Gold award but also compered the whole event.  Rhodri was lucky enough to spend part of past summer in Borneo. This formed part of his DofE Gold Award which Rhodri spoke about at the ceremony.