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All the exciting things we have to report.

Year 8 pupil Lydia in the Shakespeare Performance competition

“Two households, both alike in dignity

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Those of you in Year 10 or above will be familiar with these lines from the opening of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  You may vividly remember the lessons you spent acting, reading and analysing important scenes.  You might even be heard to say that some of Shakespeare’s magnificent dialogue can sometimes be tricky to interpret on first reading, let alone deliver it to an audience.  Would you agree then, that it would be a mighty task to memorise a speech and deliver it to a panel of judges who are looking for a realistic portrayal of a Shakespearean character?

Well, Lydia Morgan in Year 8 has done exactly that!  She made it to the South Wales Regional Final of the English Speaking Union ‘Shakespeare Performance’ competition held in the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  The judges were very impressed with Lydia’s performance of Julia’s speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona in the first round and gave her a place in the Regional Final last week.  The competition involved Year 8 and 9 students from school s across Wales and the judges were looking for the best performance of Shakespeare’s work.  There were 10 competitors in total and Lydia’s performance went well!  To perform in front of an audience is always challenging but Lydia rose to the challenge and impressed judges and audience members alike.  Well done Lydia!

We’ve been re-accredited with the NACE Cymru Challenge Award!

We’re delighted to announce that last Friday, we were re-accredited with the NACE Challenge Award for excellence in provision for More Able and Talented pupils. 

NACE Chief Executive Rowena Gaston said:

“Y Pant School has worked hard to win the NACE Challenge Award Re-accreditation status. It has shown itself to be committed to developing a school where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be. The more able and talented children are challenged and this helps the other learners to see what can be achieved.”

The assessors spent the day in school where they observed lessons, interviewed pupils, teachers, parents and governors and looked at  pupils’ work.

They were also impressed by the impressed by strong leadership of the school and the support and challenge provided by the governors.

You can read the full press release from NACE below.

Y Pant celebrate poster exhibition at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Earlier this year a group of More Able and Talented pupils from the Art Department were involved in the design and production of a health campaign poster promoting the safe use of medicines. The project involving a number of schools in the RCT area was run by ‘Art is Community’ and sponsored by the Welsh Government. The eye catching designs were praised by the chief hospital pharmacist as a huge success at the official celebration on Wednesday 6th May. The exhibition of posters can be seen at the Hospital.

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Year 10 Business students win Stock Market Challenge

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Congratulations to year 10 students Jared Upright, Lewis Roberts, Lloyd Evans, Shaun Grainger and Brandon Webb who last week won the South Wales Stock Market Challenge at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Working in teams, their task was to manage a fund of shares and foreign currency by interpreting information and investing in the markets.  The team with the highest total fund at the closing bell of the competition were the winners.

You can read more about the event on the Cardiff Met website and on the website for the Stock Market Challenge.

Thanks to Cardiff Met for the picture and hosting the day.

Comenius – A Reflection on Norway

Last week 3 year nine pupils represented Y Pant at the Comenius Conference in Norway.  They joined 5 other European countries in the last meeting of the project, My 21st Century.  Here Riya Kale (RK) and Megan Rees (MR) discuss their visit.

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Why were you selected to go to Norway?

MR: We won a competition and the prize was to go to Norway.  We visited a town called Sandnes.

RK: Our entries were presentations about Architecture and Society.  We used the brief (a Winston Churchill quote) and interpreted it in our own way.  Therefore we focused on our family backgrounds and compared and looked at the differences to our lives in Wales especially as we are from India, Nepal and Ireland.

Can you explain the project?

RK: The project is called My 21st Century.  We presented our PowerPoint on Architecture and Society as well as our stop-motion film and our line poster about how we interpret buildings in the future.  It’s a fun, confidence building experience where you can make a bunch of new friends of all different cultures.

MR: It’s a chance to build friendships with lots of different people whilst being part of a fun and interesting project.  The other schools in the project presented work about how houses will be adapted in the future to be more eco-friendly, about how town planning will evolve and the Dutch school made videos representing how they will live in 50 years’ time.

Where did you stay?

MR: We stayed with a Norwegian host family.  Their house was different to the houses here in Wales.  It was wooden and had 3 floors.

RK: The architecture was different.  It was rare to see a brick building.  All houses were made from wood.  My host’s house was very modern.

What did you do in Norway?

RK: Apart from representing Y Pant and presenting our work, we had a range of different activities: we went sight-seeing; we went to the beach; we participated in teambuilding activities such as Irish and Catalan dancing; we went bowling; we went hiking (even though the view of the town was blocked by fog!); we visited fun interactive museums.

What was the highlight of the trip?

MR: For me it was meeting new and different people.  I also enjoyed going to the beach.

RK: Making new friends and going on the hike because I really got to know people.

What did you learn?

MR: You can have a lot in common with someone who is from a completely different background.

RK: There’s no point in being shy!  Just talk to people because you only have a limited time.

Do you have any tips for future Comenius/Erasmus + travellers?

RK: Pack suitable clothing according to activities.

MR: Relax and be yourself.  Take a plug adaptor!

Would you participate in Comenius again?

RK: Yes!  I would do Comenius again, to make new friends in a different experience and also to have the chance to meet our new found friends again.

MR: Yes, to have the chance to learn even more about other cultures.

Mint to Mint Challenge; Teachers Aim to Cycle to Birmingham in a Day!

On June 13th six intrepid cyclists from Y Pant School (including Headteacher Mr Powell) will be joined by five colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club (Porthcawl) to aim to complete the ‘Mint to Mint’ Charity Cycle Challenge’. The challenge is the brain-child of Mr Pearsall and is a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old Birmingham Mint in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. The challenge is to complete the approximate 130 miles of the journey in a day!

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Some of the riders from the first (and only!) training ride. Pictured are (l-r) Mr B. Jones, Mr Powell, Mr Pelaez-Heras, Mr Mortimer and Mr Battle.

 

The challenge is a natural successor to the Taff Trail walk from Brecon to Cardiff in a day endurance trial from 2014. The cycle ride is in support of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund which raises money for cervical cancer and other cancer research and care. If you would like to contribute to the fundraising there will sponsorship forms in school or you could visit the Just Giving site.

The challenge is in the spirit of the school’s Healthy Living ethos which advocates a healthy active lifestyle to assist with all round well-being and brain health to optimise educational success and lifelong learning. For further guidance on feeling good and living well, see the following videos:-

 
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Pontypridd District Championship Finals

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On the 15th of April the Year Seven and Eight rugby teams went to the University of South Wales playing fields in Treforest to play their respective Pontypridd District Championship Finals. On a beautiful sunny day both teams came out as convincing and well deserved winners and champions.

The Year Sevens kicked off first against Garth Olwg which was a feast of running rugby by both sides. Garth Olwg’s rugby pedigree cannot be denied as they started strongly and ran the ball from deep but it was Y Pant who scored first with Conan Flower making a smart attack up a weakly defended blind side to put Iwan Jenkins into space and score first.  Another quick fire try from Y Pant appeared to show that Year Sevens were going to win comfortably but Garth Olwg’s flair and determination resulted in a stunning fight back to put them into the lead with the half time whistle fast approaching. However, Y Pant, who entered the final undefeated, then showed their resolve to claw back into the lead and start to turn the screw.

With great performances from Iwan Jenkins, Dafydd Price and man of the match, Ryan Wilkins, the flood gates began to open for Y Pant who began to score at will. With Seb Thomas and captain, Luke Bradwell, leading the charge in the forward pack Y Pant really opened up and finished the game as 43-24 winners and champions of the Pontypridd Schools District.

The Year Eight game against local rivals Bryn Celynnog followed ten minutes later. Similar to the Year Seven team the Year Eights were determined to run the ball, but this time with an emphasis on direct running at the Bryn Celynnog central defensive line. There were a number of boys from the Year Eight team who had toured Northern Ireland a few weeks previous and these boys picked up from where they left off at Ballynahinch RFC with a professional warm up, team run and attitude. Led by Number Eight Jamie Gill the Year Eights followed the game plan and earned the right to go wide. Rhys Jones and Sam Fletcher made good early yards for Y Pant as the early pressure started to mount and big carries eventually led to Ben Robinson scoring the first of his hat-trick. After Y Pant went three tries up a moment of madness set in for tight head prop Sam Fletcher who was rightly shown red for a strike with the foot to a Bryn player in a ruck. This lifted Bryn Celynnog’s spirit who began to assault the Y Pant line from the resulting penalty. However, Y Pant did not give up. Led by arguably the forward of the match, Kyle Harris, Y Pant turned over the ball and provided some relentless attacks. From this point the game never looked in doubt with strong attacks coming from Mitchell Jones, Griff Davies and man of the match, Dylan George, who bagged five tries altogether! With a few defensive mishaps Y Pant finished the game 59-26 winners. A deserving win for a team who were also undefeated in the regular league season.

Mr Mortimer, Mr Foley and Mr McConnell could not have had enough good words to say about the boys and their attitude and commitment throughout the day and season. They did themselves and the school proud.

Well done to all involved!

Rugby Tour to Northern Ireland

During the Easter break twenty two Y Pant pupils embarked  on a rugby tour to Northern Ireland . The boys, led by Jack Little, left Wales with high hopes of a clean sweep of the Province after a convincing 41-7 win against a well drilled Porth Cawl team.

However, they were not just there to play rugby but also to experience a different culture while learning about the history of Northern Ireland – including the famous ship builders of Harland and Wolff and the more sinister history of The Troubles.

Before this could take place there was the small matter of the Cardiff Blues match at Kingspan Stadium. After a bit of negotiation of the Belfast roads by our bus drivers, who quickly became lovingly known as the ‘Chuckle Brothers’, the boys arrived in a fully packed Ravenhill where the more confident boys made their way to the front of the stand and began to sing the song of the weekend about Welsh fluffy sheep, much to the amusement of the home supporters. This did not, however, help the Blues, as they went down in an enjoyable match 36-17 to Ulster.

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After a late night dinner of traditional Irish stew the boys settled into their accommodation, where very little sleep actually happened. The cultural side of our visit was next with the boys enjoying the newly opened Titanic Centre before taking off on an open bus tour of Belfast, which included a trip up the infamous Shankill and Falls Roads. After some shopping time in Belfast and another late night the boys were up early for their first outdoor activity at Bloody Bridge River, gorge walking. Daniel Jarret-Perkins was the first brave volunteer to journey into the water, and it was only after he emerged speechless – a rare luxury for any teacher in Y Pant – that we understood how cold the river was going to be.

Unfortunately after free time in Newcastle it was time for the team quiz and forfeits. The details of this cannot be fully disclosed as, ‘what happens on tour stay on tour’ but we can reveal that Dan Mealy suffered for his bright pink suitcase, his mother bringing  him apples at the airport and for his nickname as the coco pop monster.  The last day of the trip was a well-deserved lie-in for the staff and pupils alike followed by a training session and a very wet zip line and climbing wall session at Greenhill YMCA.

Though our visit to the Titanic Quarter was interesting and our tour of Belfast was educational, our reason for being in Northern Ireland was to play rugby. It was it in our first game, on the Saturday morning, that the boys had a real education in rugby. Playing in the shadow of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral the boys played a well drilled, physical Down High School. The grammar school from the warm up had a more professional approach compared to our sleep deprived boys who from the first whistle were under massive amounts of pressure. As Y Pant was pulled left and right desperately trying to defend their line big hits from captain Jack Little, Lloyd Wilkins and Dylan George managed to keep Down High out for a while but soon the pressure was too much with the County Down school scoring twice under the posts. Y Pant did manage to put a few phases together but weak rucking never allowed the Y Pant backline to really open up. Our sole points came from the boot of man of the match Lloyd Wilkins who slotted a penalty kick with ten minutes of the first half remaining. In the second half it was very much the same story with a few brave souls putting a shift in and Down High losing their discipline to keep the score down. Though the score finished 29-3 to Down High the score was not truly reflective of the excellent performance that Down High put in against Y Pant.

This performance did not deter the boys. Many teams would have retreated into their shells, especially considering we were playing the strongest club team in Ulster, Ballynahinch RFC on the Monday night under floodlights, but this was not the case for Y Pant.

In torrential rain Y Pant went out and played the game of their lives. In a performance that would have certainly pushed Down High the whole way Y Pant were outstanding against a very big and physical Ballynahinch side. With the wind on their backs Y Pant attacked the Hinch line only ever coming inches from scoring. It was a fierce battle, the likes of Taylor Pillinger and Leon Gill repeatedly produced great tackles and made constant turn overs for the boys in blue. As the game wore on, momentum started to swing from side to side until five minutes from end of the first half when a great sweeping attack was finished off by Jeven Tiffin in the corner. With the conversion missed by Lloyd Wilkins it was up to Y Pant to do something special before the wind turned against them in the second half. Up stepped Josh Lock who caught the kick off and danced his way through the Hinch defence untouched to score under the posts leaving the game 12-0 at half time. Facing a stiff breeze which had died slightly at the start of the second half Y Pant played smart possession rugby with Mitchel Jones and Harri Evans controlling the strings. A wet ball meant scrums which the powerful Hinch pack dominated and the momentum started to swing back as the wind picked up in favour of Ballynahinch. But Y Pant stepped up another gear with Jon Saunders like a man possessed and Daniel Griffiths taking down players twice his size. With Hinch throwing everything at Y Pant, Harri Deaves-Small turned the ball over and began an attack on the break which opened up space for powerful centre Ben Robinson to smash his way through the tiring scramble defence of Ballynahinch. With each tackle and turnover being celebrated like a winning try another turnover and attack on the break led to Ben Robinson again smashing his way through the defence and racing under the posts to leave the score 26-0 to Y Pant. For the next fifteen minutes Y Pant defended  their line like they were defending the Welsh boarder. Numerous penalties led to Ballynahinch living on the Y Pant line with Jack Little on more than one occasion pushing the would-be try scorer back over the line. With man of the match Harri Deaves-Small shown yellow Y Pant hung on for a fantastic win which every single player that played should cherish. Though the game finished 26-0 this was not a true reflection of the battle that Y Pant went through to get the win. This was a hard fought battle that every single boy should be proud of.

I would like to thank the boys again for their contribution to the tour and excellent behaviour (for the most part) while out in Northern Ireland and to the parents that gave their boys a great learning experience, in both terms of rugby and education. And of course Ballynahinch Rugby Club, Down High School and Mr Foley for his excellent support and good humour.

 

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