The carol concert was held on Wednesday 9th December at the Bethel Baptist Church in Pontyclun. It was a superb event held for the first time in collaboration with the Llantrisant Community Wind Band and Y Pant School. The Y Pant Orchestra and Y Pant Young Singers gave rousing performances – showing off weeks of hard work. Everyone who took part put on a fantastic show. Well done!
On 11th December we held our annual Christmas Party for local senior citizens. The party was organised by 6th form students in collaboration with Dr Lianne Jones, our charity co-ordinator and Mrs Caroline Wool who runs E3+ and all other community links within the school.
The guests were treated to a tea including sherry, served by 6th formers, staff and members of the year 10 COPE group. They also had a game of bingo – Tom Grother in year 12 made an excellent bingo caller – a raffle, performances from some of our talented young musicians and a visit from Father Christmas!
Congratulations to Alice Thompson who left Y Pant at the end of year 13 last summer. Not only did she get fantastic A-Level results, she also acheived the highest mark in Welsh (2nd language) A-level in all of Wales. She was presented with her certificate by Mrs. Sian Llywellyn-Jones of the WJEC exam board at Y Pant on 17th December 2009.
Early November was, as usual, a wet period in South Wales. Surprisingly though, a pair of swans have decided to take up residence on the rugby pitch. We were informed by the RSPB that they’d leave when the pitch dried out – which could have been any time up until about May judging by previous years!
We decided to have a “name the swans” competition to raise money for Children in Need, but the swans decided to fly off before Children in Need day. However it did raise a great deal of interest with students setting up a Facebook group called “Y Pant Swans” which had over 250 members!
It made a change to turn the playing fields into a nature reserve for a while, but on the whole, the PE department are pleased to have the pitch back without having to worry about hurting the swans with stray balls.
Last Thursday, our students won all three categories in the Youthspeaks competition. Our Year 11 team – Isobel Bannister, Amy Bridges and Rhiannon Falshaw-Skelly – were overall team winners and will go forward to the regional round of the competition in the new year.
Our Year 10 team – Matthew Ingram, Eloise Peacock and Martha Reed – ran them very close, with an outstanding display.
The individual awards on the night also went to Y Pant. Rhiannon Falshaw-Skelly was named Best Speaker and Matthew Ingram named Best Chairperson.
Four year 11 media studies students were given the task of creating a music video. Rhiannan Falshaw-Skelly, Megan Grace, Amy Bridges and Isobel Bannister worked hard all summer. This is their incredible take on Snow Patrol’s “Open Your Eyes”.
The work below is just a small fraction of the enormous volume of material submitted by year 11 pupils for their DiDA (Diploma in Digital Applications) last summer. These are all digital stories created in Flash. Pupils had to write a script for their interactive story then source and create all the assets themselves. Many of these stories were created with younger age groups in mind and all contain sound – so make sure the volume is turned up. The quality of work this year was incredible and we are proud to say that many of these pupils gained a DiDA at Distinction level (equivalent to 4 A* at GCSE).
Members of the Yr10 CoPE group were recently involved in 2 voluntary environmental activities for the Keep Wales Tidy Group who work with schools all over the country. The group involved themselves in 2 organised litter clearing activities, one in Cwmclydach Countryside Park and one in and around the school area. Dressed in practical plastic tabards and tooled up with the latest design in pickers, the group managed to collect 15 bin-liners full at both venues but it was noticeably the school area where there seemed to be an abundance of discarded litter! Ben Williams, RCT’s Keep Wales Tidy Group representative was impressed with the perseverance and positive nature of the group who at one venue had to battle with typically wet Welsh weather whilst getting on with their task. Miss Purcell was proud of the way the group worked together to tackle this less-than-glamorous activity. Well done everyone! The group were pleased to have had the opportunity to make a difference’ to their local areas.
Yr 10 and Yr 11 CoPE Group members attended a Careers Fair held at Llantrisant Leisure centre on Friday 2nd October. The event was organized by Careers Wales and included a variety of activities from the practical to the informative including gardening, construction, car body work, art, cookery, music and hairdressing. Stands from the service industries included South Wales Police force, the Fire service and the Army. Pupils were encouraged to participate in activities at each stand as well as acquiring information from local colleges and employers. The Police force stand was very popular due to the ‘hands on’ activities provided by the officers!
Owen Thomas, the Head of Drama here at Y Pant, has been writing plays in his spare time for the best part of a decade. Last month saw the first national tour of one of his plays, ‘Richard Parker’. The play is a dark comedy about fate and coincidence concerning two men who meet by chance on a boat. The play was performed to audiences in London, Cardiff, Swansea, Pontardawe and Milford Haven and garnered lots of positive comments. If you missed the chance to come and see the play it will be touring again in Spring 2010 prior to a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next Summer.