It was another very good year at Y Pant School as students celebrated their A Level results.
26% of results were awarded A* or A for students taking courses at Y Pant; 53% were awarded A*-B grades: both above the national Welsh average.
Seven students achieved the equivalent of at least 3 A grades at A Level. Jacqueline Hopkins achieved 2 A*s, 1 Starred Distinction and an A grade. Arwel Poacher achieved 2 A*, an A grade and the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. Ellen Havard achieved 1 A*, 2 A grades and the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. Sophie Thomas achieved 1 A*, 2 As and 1 B grade. Faye Jones achieved 1A*, 1 A grade and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Gareth Day and Alex Rogers each scored 3 A grades.
We are, once again, very pleased with these strong results. As a school we are proud of the standards reached by our students and the ways in which students continue to fulfil their potential at the school.
The results handed out today are the rewards of years of hard work by these pupils and their teachers. It is a proud day for the school and a proud day for these youngsters and their families. We wish all our students the best for the future and we are thrilled that so many have successfully obtained places on their chosen university courses, apprenticeship placements or are in a strong position to make positive choices for their futures after a gap year.
Three pupils attended The Volunteers Celebration Evening 2014 at Hawthorn Leisure Centre, to receive recognition for the work they have completed with the UNCRC Young People’s Training Group. Paige Jones, Juliette Johns and Latif Bryant, have been receiving training in how to deliver The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to school staff, governors and pupils. They are the first group in RCT to receive this training and will start the delivery programme during the 2014 Autumn term.
Well done to all three, you are a credit to Y Pant School.
Scott Russell, year 10, has recently secured the post of Youth Inspector within the youth provision of RCTCBC. Youth Inspectors are dedicated volunteering young people, who work with other inspectors to carry out inspections in various provisions throughout RCT. The aims of the inspections are to improve the services that are offered to young people. Congratulations Scott, you will make and excellent Youth Inspector
Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga. They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch. After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado. During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús. Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!
We held our annual Eisteddfod for years 7 and 8 pupils on July 2nd. Nearly 400 pupils watched or took part in a range of staged activities. In addition to the usual Welsh cultural items such as recitation and folk music we saw some superbly talented pupils singing pop and rock songs, not to mention really entertaining oh la la versions of ‘Alouette’ in word perfect French! We were entertained by talented instrumentalists and saw a variety of individual and group dance items for the first time for some years too. Several members of staff commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendly competition they witnessed and everyone was stunned by how rousing was the closing of the Eisteddfod with the National Anthem sung by all pupils.
In the preceding weeks there had been hundreds of homework competitions ranging from amazing art and craft works being produced to outstanding written entries in several languages. The winner of the Chair this year for the most effective Welsh composition in Year Eight went to Emilia Bolton of Tirion and she was delighted to accept the prize of the Love Spoon from Mr. Powell following the chairing ceremony.
The final result, the closest for some years saw Tirion narrowly beating this year`s and last year`s runners up Nerth by only 22 points.
We have to thank Mrs. Sarah Burnell and Mr. Owen Thomas, who are both staff representatives on the School Governing body, for adjudicating on the day.
There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.
The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.
Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.
You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.
We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.
Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.
The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.
As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!
Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.
Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.
So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.
We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!
Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.
Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!
In order to help parents get their children ready for the new school year, we are putting together packs of basic equipment which can be purchased from the school. We are not aiming to make a profit on these packs and they are not compulsory. You may be able to purchase some of the items more cheaply in the local area – but we feel this may save time for some parents.
Basic school equipment pack (3 black pens, 3 blue pens, 3 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, budget maths set, clear pencil case, A4 zippa bag)
Scientific Calculator (required by set 1 year 9 and all year 10 and 11)
8GB personalised USB memory stick (please enter all names required overleaf)
Although pupils can download their work via reach.ypant.co.uk, many pupils find they prefer to use a USB memory stick to transfer work between home and school. We will be ordering 8GB USB memory sticks which will be personalised with the pupil’s name to avoid confusion. These come with a 10 year warranty. I appreciate that time is a little tight this term and that some pupils are out on trips during the last week of term. Any orders received in September will be processed then, with equipment being available to pick up towards the end of September. We are making some items of stationary available to pupils to purchase at school (cash only) in a shop run by 6th form students some break and lunchtimes. This is the first year we have run such a scheme and would welcome feedback and suggestions. If you have any questions please contact me on email@example.com or via the switchboard. Forms have already gone home with all pupils but can be downloaded here as well. Unfortunately we are unable to take online orders so the form will need to be printed off and returned to school with the payment. Download the School Equipment Order Form here in PDF format.
Equipment packs already paid for will be available to collect on the first day of term OR from the uniform shop over the summer holidays.
To complement the UCAS Induction programme, a workshop, targeting the Medical students, will be run by the Head of Science, Mrs. E. Mitchell.
The workshop will address some of the current issues in medicine which will allow students the opportunity to be prepared for the university application and interview process. Students will also be given advice on suitable reading material that can be carried out in the summer holidays.
This will be run on Activities Day and so school uniform need not be worn. It is, however, advisable to let Mrs Mitchell know that you are attending the workshop in advance.
Please note the application for Oxford, Cambridge and most professional courses in medicine is the 15th of October 2014.
If you need any more help and advice please go to www.ucas.com