This week year 9 have been finding out all about the different options choices available to them in year 10. The parents’ information evening takes place on Thursday 29th January.
We have a dedicated website with ALL the information about Pathways, option subjects, the revised curriculum and the options process. You can find this by clicking the image below or by selecting GCSE Options from the Students menu above.
World Book Day is on 5th March 2015 and the book tokens have just arrived in school! These entitle you to a free World Book Day book or £1 off any other book.
We are teaming up with local bookshop Books&Pontyclun and hope to be able to have a selection of World Book Day books for you to buy in exchange for your vouchers in school. We want to make sure we get in the right number of the right books, so have a look at the descriptions of the books being published this year, then let me know using the form below, which one you like the best!
This year, World Book Day are running a fantastic competition to win up to £10,000 towards a school library. We’ll be getting a brilliant new library in the new school building, but so far don’t have many books to put in it. Can you imagine how many we could buy with £10,000?!
As a school we can only enter once, but we are going to have a competition in school to choose the best entry.
HOW TO ENTER
Your entry is your response to the statement:
WHY WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT BOOKS
You can respond in a number of different ways with your entry, and here are just some examples:
- MAKE a model, a book, a video trailer
- PERFORM a play, a song, a dance
- WRITE a poem, a rap, a news article
- CREATE a mural, a display, an artwork, a large-scale poster
… so let your creativity and imaginations run free!
In order to judge the winners in school (and we’ll see if we can put together a school prize) you need to send, or bring your entry to Miss Bunce by Monday 26th January.
Yesterday saw the launch of ‘Grav’, my latest, and certainly the most high profile play of my writing career. The launch was held at Parc Y Scarlets, home to the Scarlets rugby team, in front of 250 invited members of the press, sponsors, friends, family, players and ex-players. The launch comprised of a film on the big screen in the stadium about the play before an extract was performed pitch side in front of the assembled guests. The extract was also filmed by everyone from BBC, ITV, S4C and even Sky Sports News who are showing extracts of it today every hour! (I never thought I would have my name mentioned on Sky Sports News, as the teachers who play football with me on a Friday will gladly testify). There were lots of speeches by people including the Chief Executive of the Scarlets and lots of interviews throughout the day which showed that there is a huge interest in this play from all around the world.
‘Grav’ is a one man show performed by my friend and long-time collaborator Gareth Bale (the actor, not the footballer) about the life of Ray Gravell. If you haven’t heard of him, Ray Gravell was a Welsh Rugby International who made 23 appearances for Wales as well as 485 appearances for Llanelli RFC. He then went on to become a hugely respected actor, commentator and broadcaster as well as much loved husband and father. Tragically Ray passed away in 2007 at the age of 56 years old due to complications arising from diabetes. But, as American Baseball star Babe Ruth once said,
‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die’.
Yes, his life was comparatively short, but it was packed with drama and incident making him the ideal subject for a piece of theatre. With the blessing of his widow and his daughters as well as contributions from his friends and ex-players who played alongside him I have spent 2 years researching and writing this play. Taking on the life of a much loved figure is a huge challenge and not without risk, so I was thrilled to talk to Mari, Ray’s widow, after the performance and hear that she loved the extract and is excited to see the whole play. Three weeks today it opens in Milford Haven at the Torch Theatre, the first of 30 performances in 19 theatres right around Wales.
The launch also marked the unveiling of the official show website, www.gravcymru.co.uk which, if you’re interested, contains more details about the play, the tour dates and the man himself.
The play has been developed at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven and is being directed by their Artistic Director, Peter Doran. Tickets are available at all venues, but some are selling out quickly due to the huge interest in the man and his life. More locally it is on at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff from 9th to 11th March.
Come along and find out more about Ray Gravell, and see for yourself why ‘West is Best’
Mr Thomas – Head of Performing Arts
The term has finished with a Christmas assembly in the sports hall. The orchestra and percussion ensemble played beautifully and the final sing-song by the whole school really got us into the Christmas spirit.
Congratulations to the House Point winners for this term.
Padraig – Ethan Ruck (140 points)
Aneurin – Shani Williams (120 points)
Nerth – Jamie Sallam (170)
Tirion – Natalie Johns (130 points)
Key Stage 4 winner – Tom May
Key Stage 5 winner – Hywel Thomas
House Point Raffle winner – Yasmin Howells
Currently Nerth have the highest number of house points with 9150! Da iawn Nerth!
Cross Country Round-up
It has been a busy term for the school’s cross country runners. Pupils have been representing the school in several events across the region with many notable successes along the way.
The first event in the calendar was the Glamorgan Valleys Schools’ Cross Country Championships which took place at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend on Thursday 25th September. Boys and girls from Years 7 to 11 took part racing against pupils from 40 other schools. Top ten finishers in the boys’ Year 7 race were Cory Sibley 3rd and Seb Thomas 8th. In the Year 8/ 9 race Josh Lock finished 9th, whilst the Year 11 boys took team bronze. In the girls’ Year 10/11 race Bethan Evans finished 2nd and Naomi Reid 3rd; their performances helping to secure silver in the team competition.
In October the South Wales Regional Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Trelai Park in Cardiff. There was stiff competition that included schools from Cardiff and the Vale. During the girls’ races there was atrocious weather and competing became as much about completing the course as winning.
In the Year 10 race Naomi Reid finished 2nd, one second behind the winner. Bethan Evans in Year 11 also came second in her race.
On Saturday 15th November the 38th Welsh Schools Inter Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Brecon. The event which is attended by schools from all over Wales proved very competitive. Both Naomi and Bethan represented the school at this event with Bethan finishing 8th in the u-19 category and Naomi picking up the gold medal as she finished 1st in the u-15 race. The girls will be competing next in the Cardiff Cross Challenge on Sunday January 18th at Blackweir Fields Cardiff.
Last week we welcomed some of the more senior members of our community into school for our annual inter-generational Christmas party.
This is a lovely event on our annual 6th form calendar and gives 6th form students to talk to the retired people who attend as well as serving them snacks and drinks.
Our visitors also enjoyed entertainment and a raffle.
We are delighted that the Wolfson Foundation has awarded a grant of up to £25,000 toward the cost of IT equipment for the Art department to enable students studying GCSE and A Level Art to undertake projects as part of their studies.
@YPantSchool Delighted to be funding such an excellent Welsh school. Hopefully good news to ease you into the Christmas holidays!
— Wolfson Foundation (@wolfsonfdn) December 17, 2014
The department will use digital cameras to record the local landscape and other stimuli which will be imported in to hand-held tablets for digital manipulation and painting using software applications. This project closely mirrors Hockney’s creative process which begins with the use of digital photography which is uploaded to a hand-held device. Using digital manipulation software, Hockney draws over the original image using various ‘brushwork’ techniques. The new media applications allow students the opportunity to apply traditional artistic techniques, such as line, tone, texture, shape and pattern, whilst using new digital media applications. The completed imagery is then either published in its digital form, or printed on a high quality printer to form a physical artefact. The use of the high definition cameras will also support students generally in their everyday art activities through recording and chronicling of the production of their practical work. The use of photography will afford students the opportunity to reflect on their work whilst producing personal and informed outcomes, another requirement of the course.
This project was inspired by a former student, Jack Penberthy, who chose this creative process independently during his A Level studies. The image above showcases Jack’s work.
The training and introduction of the project will take place in the coming terms and will be followed up with a second wave of use by our Media Studies department. Their use of the IT equipment would be multi-faceted. Initially the use of the digital photography, and the ability manipulate the image using Fresh Paint or other photo shop software, will give access to GCSE and A Level students to produce high quality artefacts such as specialist magazine front covers. This will widen the scope of the independent opportunities they can take.
In addition to using the software in operation with the Art project, we plan to purchase film editing software to allow students to produce and edit their own film as part of the Media coursework.
We are delighted with the news of this grant award – many thanks and congratulations to the Art Department, led by Mrs Gold and to the Media Studies department, led by Miss Umbleja for their hard work in preparing the details of the project and meeting the representative from the Wolfson Foundation.
Congratulations to Cerys Martin of 7EW who won the Poem competition