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Shenkin the Royal Regimental Goat visits Y Pant

It was a very exciting day for Y Pant School on Wednesday 25th February when we were visited by the Regimental Mascot for the Royal Regiment for Wales; Shenkin (Siencyn) the Goat. Shenkin was accompanied by Goat Major ‘Jacko’, the Regimental Bugler, WO2 John Dent Former Royal Welsh and our friends from Llanharan Royal British Legion. During assembly we were treated to a lecture on local, Welsh and British military history and demonstrations of military bugle calls. Year 7 were very excited and had many interesting questions to ask. Shenkin was also very excited but thankfully we had a dustpan and brush and mop and bucket on standby.

In the peace and quiet of his Royal Welsh trailer, Mr Pearsall was able to conduct an interview with Shenkin who always has a very busy schedule, particularly during the Six Nations Rugby Internationals. We are grateful that he found the time to answer the following questions.

Where did you live as a kid:

A farm near Hereford used for breeding the Royal Herd – now I am resident in Maindy Barracks, Cardiff.

Career:

I’ve been the regimental goat since I was 6 months old, so this has been my only job. I had to be trained not to react to loud music and bangs so they put a Walkman on my ears and played me the Spice Girls until I got used to noise… that took a couple of months.

Why you:

There’s been a regimental goat since the Crimean War, when goats were taken into war zones to be eaten. The story goes that one night, a Private Jenkins was on sentry duty in the Crimea, and put one of the goats under his coat to keep warm. Jenkins fell asleep, and the goat heard the enemy about to attack, and bleated to alert the sentry, saving the men.

After Queen Victoria heard about this, she presented a goat from the Royal Herd, and there’s been one of us here ever since.

Highlights:

  • Being chosen as regimental goat!
  • The best thing was leading the Welsh rugby team out against England at Wembley. I’ve also taken part in the World Cup and the FA Cup when it was at the Millennium Stadium.
  • I’ve had a pub named after me in Cardiff, ‘The Goat Major’.
  • I’ve also had a grogg made of me, because of my good connections with the Welsh Rugby team.
  • I’ve been in lots of magazines, like ‘GQ’ and ‘OK’! I get to model expensive clothes – my cloak costs about £4,000, and I wear about £10,000 worth of silver when I’m on parade.
  • I’ve also met and worked with the Queen, Prince Charles, Rhys Ifans, Cerys Matthews, Cliff Richard, Peter Stringfellow, Anneka Rice, Owen Thomas (the Playwright), Henry Cooper, and even Ronald McDonald!

Low points:

I can be a bit restless on parade if I’m not in the mood, but I’ve never bitten anyone yet!

Tips from the top:
Be happy in your job, and people will relate to you… It also helps if you don’t butt them.
Some poetic licence with thanks to the BBC

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

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We are a Fairtrade Achiever school. This week we start to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by thinking about the issues faced by the producers who supply our food and other goods made from things that don’t grow in this country.

Last year we learnt that bananas are the most popular and most traded fruit in the world and we eat 5 million of them every year in the UK. Shockingly many banana growers can’t even feed their own families because we are selling them too cheaply here. E.g. we pay typically 20p for an apple grown here but only 11p for a banana grown in tropical conditions! It’s the farmer who is at the losing end of supermarket price wars!

This year we’ll be thinking about…chocolate!

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We eat 11kg EACH a year and it’s not just bars of chocolate; we also have hot chocolate, chocolate face creams, bubble baths and shampoo! 90% of this chocolate is grown on small family farms.

The cocoa trees need shade – under the rainforest and are picked and processed by hand after the tree is 3 or 4 years old.

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The beans (which taste bitter) are fermented in the tropical country and shipped to more developed countries to be made into chocolate. Yes that’s right – a chocolate farmer may never have tasted his or her own product!

Some small farms have joined together in places like Ghana and the Dominican Republic to form Co-operatives. This helps them reach the Fairtrade standard which ensures that they get a fair price for their beans and a premium that they can spend on improving their communities. Los Brazos in the Dominican Republic have piped water into their homes, meaning they no longer have to walk 4KM EACH WAY to collect water from a stream. The Kuapo Kokoo Co-operative in Ghana has invested the Fairtrade premium in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living.  Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour, and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change.

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Youth Extended Provision Half-Term Activities at Y Pant

YEPS – February Half-Term Provision 2015

The following activities are available to access over the February Half-Term:

Date Activity Time Venue
Monday 16th February 2015 Extended Provision 11.00am-2.00pm Y Pant School
Tuesday 17th February 2015 Surfing 11.45am-3.00pm CIWWC-Cardiff Bay
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Cooking – ‘Come Dine with Me’ 10.00am-6.30pm Y Pant
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Driving 11.00am-2.00pm Y Pant
Wednesday 18th February 2015 Golf 10.40am-3.20pm The Vale Resort
Thursday 19th February 2015 Go-Karting 12.30pm-4.00pm Teamsport Cardiff

All activities and transport are FREE

If you would like to attend any of the activities you will need to sign up in the YEPS office.  An off-site form will need to be completed and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Spaces are limited so book ASAP!!

RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch

The School’s Environment Cabinet will be conducting small, coinciding surveys around our school site on Monday February 9th. The results will be uploaded online and help to provide the RSPB with vital data to identify trends in some of our most familiar birds. If you would like to be involved then come and join us at 8.30 am on Monday in the lesser hall where will shall be dividing up the school into smaller sites to be surveyed.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/families/children/makeanddo/do/bigcardbirdwatch.aspx

 

Year 11 pupils admired by the Dutch for their style!

Back in September, Jessica  and Maria  (both in Year 11) represented Y Pant on the Comenius Conference in Holland.
Whilst visiting Rotterdam, Jess and Maria were approached by a famous Dutch magazine because of their cool style!  They were asked about where they liked to shop and who their style influences were.  Their pictures were published in the Dutch magazine recently and all their Dutch friends are now very jealous!

Year 9 – find out everything you need to know about your options choices here!

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.

Click to visit our dedicated KS4 options site
Click to visit our dedicated KS4 options site

World Book Day 5th March 2015 – books survey and competition!

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!

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Competition

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?!

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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.