The last Tuesday of the summer term is traditionally activities day with a range of off and on-site activities.
In school we had lots of IT activities including Technocamps showing pupils how to program their Micro:Bits, chess, paper folding, drama, music, art etc.
Mrs Johns and Mrs Arnold took a group horse riding and gave the following report:
We had a range of ability from beginner to quite experienced.
All pupils behaved excellently at all times. The staff at the centre commented on several occasions about their excellent conduct.
What was also lovely to see was the kindness shown by the more able riders in helping their less able peers gain confidence. Furthermore, they also gave help to lead pupils with less experience from another school.
Year 9 and 10 RE students went on a trip to Amsterdam from Monday 11th July to Thursday 14th July. On the Monday we set off very early from Y Pant, 3am, and we traveled to Amsterdam and Alkmaar arriving, a little tired, to explore the local area.
On the Tuesday we visited Corrie ten Boom House and Museum (www.corrietenboom.com/#_=_). The Corrie ten Boom House is usually called the Hiding Place. During World War II, this place was offered by the Ten Boom family as a hiding place for Jewish people and the resistance members. But the family was betrayed and for their crime of hiding the Jews they were imprisoned. Corrie was the only member who survived the horrific experience. Today, her house is a museum most of which recreates its 1940 appearance. We were able to go in to the hiding place which was a moving experience. In the afternoon we explored Amsterdam by travelling on a canal cruise and visited Vondelpark next to the Van Gogh Museum (www.amsterdam.info/parks/vondelpark/).
On Wednesday we traveled around Amsterdam using hire bikes and had a guided tour which was a really fun adventure! After this we went to the Jewish Quarter (http://www.jhm.nl/visit/jewish-cultural-quarter) to find out about the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands. For dinner that night we went to the Hard Rock Café.
On Thursday we visited Ann Frank’s House and Museum (http://www.annefrank.org/), there were some very steep stairs and some very saddening facts about what happened to the family. Also on the Thursday we traveled home and arrived back at Y Pant late evening.
All pupils had a great time and would like to say thanks to the RE department for giving them this opportunity.
The Spanish department recently returned from Alicante – Emilia Bolton in year 10 has written up the trip for us!
At 3.00am in the morning of Saturday 9th July, we left Y Pant and embarked on our journey to Alicante with much excitement. During the journey to Bristol, we devoured the brioche and fruit juice supplied by our teachers, Senora Fernández and Senorita O’Keefe, and arrived at the airport at around 4 o’clock in the morning. We departed Bristol at 6.15am and arrived in Alicante around 9.30am, Spanish time. On arrival we used our Spanish skills to purchase our bus tickets, which we became more accustomed with throughout our trip. After getting settled in, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach; swimming in the sea and spending time in the shade due to the high temperatures. In the evening, we explored Alicante and found an authentic Spanish restaurant, where we sampled delicious traditional food such as gazpacho, paella and natillas.
On the second day, we started our day with un desayuno sabroso which consisted of toast, Spanish breakfast muffins, juice and fruit. We then took a tram journey along the picturesque coastline to Terra Mítica, which was a Spanish theme park. During our journey, we were warned of the extensive queues in the park, yet upon arrival, we discovered the park almost empty; it was so hot that not even the Spanish could withstand the heat! Whilst in the park, we enjoyed the thrilling rides, especially the water rides as they offered us refreshment. In the evening, we relaxed, watching the final of the Euros football and eating pizza.
On the third day, we took a beautiful boat ride to the island of Tabarca, which was around 50 minutes long. Tabarca was a small, inhabited island with shimmering, clear waters and white sands. We managed to find secluded cuevas (caves) and enjoyed the day snorkelling with fish, which allowed some of us to witness marine life such as starfish and small pulpo (octopus). In the evening, we commenced a walking tour of Alicante with our guide Lori and then ascended the walk to the top of a castle in order to watch the sunset. The view was sublime and enabled us to see the whole of Alicante. Following this, we ate in a modern tapas restaurant and did some late night shopping along the port.
On our final full day, we again journeyed in the tram to Aqualandia in Benidorm. We began our trip early in order to maximise our time swimming; we thoroughly enjoyed the water park and spent most of our time in the lazy river or on water rides such as slides and rapids. The cool water offered solace from the intense heat and later that day in Alicante, we shopped for souvenirs in El Corte Inglés and ate our cena (dinner) in a quaint pizzeria.
On our final morning in Alicante, we savoured the traditional Spanish meal of churros for breakfast, which we ate con chocolate. Unfortunately, the time had arrived for us to catch the airport bus, in order to arrive at the airport promptly. Upon arriving back in Wales the weather was noticeably cooler compared to the warm climate of Alicante.
Our trip to Alicante was a wonderful experience, which enabled us to use our Spanish skills and learn many new phrases, along with experiencing the rich culture and warm hospitality that the Spaniards had to offer.
As part of Year 12’s Welsh Baccalaureate Enrichment Fortnight, students were visited by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England.
Students take part in a range of learning activities during this time and have the opportunity to engage with a number of external facilitators and subject matter experts.
It was a great honour to be addressed by Andy who took time off from his busy schedule to give a fascinating and enlightening insight into the world of finance and the global economy. He was more than happy to field questions from the inquisitive audience on a range of topics and of course Brexit was a popular choice.
Mr Pearsall and Mr Mortimer have arranged a number of enrichment activities over the 2 weeks to optimise success in the Welsh Baccalaureate and to enhance transferable and essential skills. Many thanks to Andy and his team for this rare insight and to our Sixth Form for being a receptive and inquisitive audience.
The 6th form BTEC Music students put on a fantastic concert last Friday.
The final total raised was £279.53. This is a terrific effort! The money will be split between a range of charitable organisations to be decided by the class. £50 will go to the cyclists and the Rhian Griffiths Memorial Fund.
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.
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! 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.