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National Armed Forces Day – Flag Raising

Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 23rd of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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Representatives from the school included members of local Air and Army Cadets, members of the School Council and Army Reservist teacher, Mr Pearsall. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer.  Fellow Y Pant pupils from C Coy, R Welsh Army Cadet Force and 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour and were supervised by former pupil Flight Sergeant Sami Bryant who performed admirably in the heat whilst observing the rigours of Ramadan.  The ceremony was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, Bryncelynnog School,  local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.

The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from primary school pupils and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.

IGNIT10N – this Friday in the Main Hall

IGNIT10N! is the Year 12 BTEC Music students’ final project for the year. On Friday the 24th June at 5pm in the main hall they have planned, and will be hosting a night of excellent music, showcasing a number of their own personal bands, and maybe even a teacher band!

Tickets are £3 and can be paid at the door or to one of the Music Teachers. We hope to see you there!

Here’s a sneak preview…

Y Pant pupils in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit

The weekend of 21st and 22nd May saw over ten thousand cyclists descend on Cardiff`s Civic Centre for the now annual Velothon Wales.  The vast majority of these, including two of Y Pant`s teaching staff, were there to test themselves on the demandingly hilly, yet beautiful terrain of south-east Wales. On the face of it Mr. Mitchell and Senor Pelaez were participating as part of their training routine for the upcoming challenge of cycling from Tenby, via Porthcawl, to Cardiff this weekend.  It is more likely however that they were more interested in fantasising about Tour de France victories as they cycled past the thousands upon thousands of spectators who lined the 140 kilometre route cheering them on enthusiastically!

Putting our MAMILS (Google it) to the back of our mind though Y Pant had much more to celebrate during the weekend. Two of our most talented sportspersons were in action on the Saturday. Elynor Backstedt and James Codd were taking  part in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit. This was a series of races around the Civic Centre which served as the second round of the British National Youth Circuit Series. James and Elynor are Year 9 pupils and were competing in the under 16, Youth A age group. The conditions were appalling with heavy, and at times torrential, rain throughout. The roads being so wet as well being extremely twisty meant that there were several crashes but the pace remained scarily fast.  It was amazing to see the speeds that these young riders attained, riding for over an hour at a pace that most cyclists would be unable to attain for more than a few seconds. James put in a creditable performance, keeping up with the leading group for a good time but was ultimately unsuccessful. Elynor, however came in in fourth place and sees her retain her second place in the current standings. Chapeau to both!  Why not make your way down to Cardiff next year to see for yourself? You may even catch a glimpse of Senor Pelaez in his lycra!

Mr Ian Mitchell

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Year 9 are inspired by the engineering, technology and architecture of Italy

On the 26th of April, 25 pupils and 3 teachers left, for what would turn out to be a great trip to Italy. Before we set off on our travels, we visited somewhere closer to home.  We spent the morning at Renishaw, an engineering company, specialising in many aspects of engineering such as measurement probes and 3D printing machines.  We had a tour of the facility, followed by some light refreshments, before taking part in a challenging coding activity. It got everyone thinking about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to us and how exciting engineering could be as a career.

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We then headed for the airport and after some confusion regarding liquid allowance, we finally took off.

After several hours, we reached the hotel.  Everyone was really tired and quickly fell asleep. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast to get us ready for the day ahead. First we went on a tour of the Ducati factory, followed by the museum and shop. Everyone found it really interesting to find out how they make the motorbikes and that all of the bikes were already sold.

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Next we went on a walking tour of Florence, guided by our fantastic tour guide, Mario.  We learnt so many new things about the city and the culture that we didn’t know before.  It is an amazing city with so many beautiful buildings and statues to see and amazing ice cream!

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That evening we went for food at a restaurant in the city.  Although the food and service wasn’t the best, we all had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening in Florence.

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On Thursday we started with a tour of the Pagani factory.  We were amazed by the detail put into the handmade cars, and the time spent ensuring all of the carbon fibre patterns matched up.  The basic model costs over £1,000,000 and any extras are very expensive!

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After lunch we went on a bus tour of the huge Ferrari factory complex and visited the museum.  The museum was amazing and we could have spent all day there as there was so much to see.  They even had the worlds most expensive car on show which is A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that has been sold for $52,000,000!

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A few people even went on the simulator! We spent a lot of money in the shop before leaving to go for food at the hard rock café. The food was delicious with some excellent background music, we had a great evening and bought some great merchandise to take home from our travels.

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All too soon it was time for us to leave, there was some sickness on the plane but overall it was a smooth flight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely go again, we learned so much about manufacturing and design and saw some amazing things.  Everybody on the trip was really friendly and got on really well, but we were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds.

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By Natalie Johns,  Emma Long and Abbie Tsim.

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Ten-Por-Car Cycle – raising money for Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund

On Saturday June 11th seven intrepid cyclists from Y Pant (along with colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club, Porthcawl) will be taking part in the inaugural ‘Ten-Por-Car’ (Tenby to Porthcawl to Cardiff) cycle ride in aid of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Having only recently recovered from the 133 mile epic ‘Mint to Mint’ cycle challenge from 2015, our plucky saddle weary teachers have decided to throw caution, and comfort, to the wind in able to raise money for a cause that is dear to our hearts. Joining the cycling stalwarts from last year, including Headteacher Mr Powell, are newbies; Andy Gowman (Bursar) and Sam Speller (Student Teacher). We will be ably assisted by Mr Duggan and Mr Davies as support crew.

If you would like to contribute to our worthy cause please access Wayne Griffiths’ Just Giving website below.

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Alternatively there will be sponsor forms doing the rounds in school. To get you in the mood there are some photos of middle aged men (and young lady…) in lycra below.

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Get involved – help save British bees!

This week, our thought for the week is bees.  We’ll be finding out about why bees are threatened, why this matters and what we can do about it.

Friends of the Earth are running the Great British Bee Count until 30th June.  You can download a smartphone app and take part in identifying and counting,  bees.  Click the image to download the app.

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You can also make sure you buy bee-friendly plants for your garden.

28 Great Plants for Bees

Local Beekeepers

Apparently eating local honey can help hayfever sufferers reduce their symptoms.  Tonyrefail Apiary sells local honey as does Lisvane Honey Farm in the north of Cardiff.  If you ever come across a swarm of bees – contact Bridgend Bee Keepers who will come and collect it for you.  We did this in school last year!

Avoiding Bee Stings

Obviously bees do sometimes sting, and some people can be severely allergic to bee stings.  Generally the advice given is to avoid approaching a bee hive as bees usually sting when they, or their hive is threatened.

The site beesting.co.uk advises the following to avoid getting stung:

  • don’t wear perfume or body spray with sweet, floral scents
  • don’t wear red (apparently bees can’t see red very well)
  • be careful with open drinks cans and bottles outside – a bee will be attracted to the sugar around the rim and will get scared when you go to drink from it at the same time
  • don’t walk around on grass barefooted
  • if a bee lands on you, move slowly and blow it off gently – don’t run around screaming!

 

Girls Football Squad at Cardiff City

On the 4th May the force wasn’t only strong with Star Wars fans. Y Pant Girls Football squad were in force down at Cardiff City Stadium celebrating what has been a fantastic year for girl’s football, in more ways than one.

During the 2016 football season Y Pant has achieved great success, with upwards of 20 girls in Key stage 3 regularly attending football training on a Wednesday evening.

These girls, some of whom had never kicked a football until joining school, have now gone on to achieve both team and individual success.

Girls have now gone on to join local clubs meaning they are now playing football on a weekly basis after showing a passion for football during school sessions.

Team success was also achieved with the girls 6 a side team winning the South West Region of the National Football League Competition.  This was held at Cardiff City and the girls went on to represent Cardiff City Football Club in the regional finals.

Two teams were also entered in to the RCT 5×60 football competition with one team narrowly missing out on the knock out stages on goal difference. The other team went on to winning the competition.

A good run in the Welsh Cup was also had this year with the school making history and reaching the semi final of the cup for the first time. Unfortunately we missed out in a close fought match, 2-1 to  Ysgol Glantaff.

More individual success was achieved during the season with 3 girls being invited to train with Cardiff City Football club at their girls Development Centre.

All round this has been a fantastic year for girl’s football at Y Pant with girl’s participation, pathways and also individual and team success.

The trip was a great way to end the season. During the trip to Cardiff City Stadium, the girls got a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. They also were able to participate in a football session run by Cardiff city Coaches and also try ‘street soccer’ for the first time.

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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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