Category Archives: News Autumn 2008

News for Autumn term 2008-2009

New Staff at Y Pant

This September sees several new staff members starting at Y Pant. We would like to welcome the following:
Dr Lianne Jones Teacher of Physics
Mr Craig Browne Teacher of Physics
Miss Katherine Miller Teacher of ICT
Miss Rebecca Clark Teacher of English
Miss Kellyann Keohane Teacher of Art (temporary cover for Mrs Gold who is on maternity leave)
Mr Gareth Trew Teacher of Welsh (temporary cover for Mrs Arnold who is on maternity leave)
There are a number of other staff changes:
Mr Gareth Howells 2nd in English
Mrs Sara Nowell-Hughes Acting Head of Art
Miss Annie Purcell Assistant Head of Year 12/13
Miss Jayne Gavaghan Assistant Head of Year 11

“Ooh lah lah” – Y Pant celebrates European Languages Day

To celebrate European Languages Day on Friday 26th September 2008, staff and pupils dressed up and got into the spirit of things!
Staff dressed up and 6th formers Andrew Parker, Daniel Ridsdale and Richard Jones provided traditional Spanish music throughout the day.
6th formers ran a Guess the Baby competition to raise money for the Languages department.
Year 7 pupils enjoy a continental breakfast
Trés chic!

Signora Rose & Madame Davies.

Biology Sixth Form Genetics Conference

On Monday December 15th, the Biology department arranged a trip for over 50 year 12 and 13 students to the above conference, arranged by the Wales Gene Park, and held at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. The event was very well attended, with the lower levels of the hall filled with A level students , many of whom had travelled a considerable distance to attend the event.

Speakers at the event included Dr. Peter Kille of Cardiff University speaking about the Human Genome; Prof. Mike Bruford of Cardiff University speaking about Wildlife Forensics; Professor Anne Rosser speaking about Stem Cells; Prof Dennis Murphy of the University of Glamorgan speaking about GM food; Dr. John Bassett of the Forensic Science Service in Chepstow, speaking about DNA and Crime detection, and Prof. Steve Jones of UCL speaking about genes and evolution (is man just a shaved chimpanzee?!)

All topics were relevant to the A level syllabus, with some being particularly useful to students about to attend interview for university places, or considering career pathways.

On completion of the evaluation form, the department received copies of a disc on the ethics of the forensic use of bioinformation, which will be a valuable addition to our resources. Additionally, students were directed to the Wales Gene Park website, where information about the talks is available.

Our students’ behaviour was of the highest standard throughout – they were a real credit to the school. The trip passed without incident, and was much appreciated by the students. At the end of the conference [3.30pm], students were allowed some free time for Christmas shopping, returning to the bus by 5.15pm, rounding off a most enjoyable day!

Mrs Jayne Griffiths, Mrs Liz Mitchell, Mr Ian Dyson

Senedd Recognises Y Pant Student’s Outstanding Acheivement

Tom Rowlands, a sixth form student in Y Pant School, was this week invited to the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to receive an award for 100% attendance over five school years. He, along with only 25 students from schools throughout the Mid-Glamorgan area, received the award from the Deputy Minister for Education on behalf of The Education & Business Partnership.
Tom with Deputy Headteacher Mr Mark Powell at the ceremony last week
Students, their parents and representatives from their schools, met in the Senedd and enjoyed a fascinating tour of the building and insights into the workings of the Assembly Government. This was followed by the formal presentation of plaques commemorating this tremendous achievement. Proud parents, the Minister himself and the EBP representatives all agreed that these young people had demonstrated a commitment to their learning which was quite exceptional. Universities and employers alike would, in the future, view these students as having outstanding potential.

Deputy Headteacher Mark Powell said, ‘It was a real privilege to be able to be at the Senedd with Tom and his parents. He is an exceptional student who deserves every success in the future. He has made his family and his school extremely proud and we all look forward to seeing him develop still further over the coming years.’

Y Pant Success at Public Speaking Competition

On December 12th, 3 Year 10 pupils: James Watt, Michael Gilheaney and Matthew Knight took part in a schools Public Speaking Competition organised by EBP and the English Speaking Union at the QED Centre in Treforest.

10 schools took part and our team came top, winning the cup for best overall team. Matthew was the Speaker, Michael the Chairman and James the Questioner and their topic was “Voting Should Be Made Compulsory.

They now go through to the Welsh schools final at the Senedd in March.

Well done boys!

Miss E Yearsley

Senior Sensation

On Friday 12th December, Y Pant School was delighted to open its doors and welcome over 120 senior members of its community to the 2nd Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party.Organised by the 6th Form Charity Committee, chaired by Mrs J. Dyson, and E3+, run by Mrs Caroline Wool, the school’s main hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the three coach-loads of guests. They arrived at 2:30pm to be greeted by staff and pupils, all in festive spirit (and Christmas costumes!) Once seated, the senior citizens were treated to an afternoon of entertainment, provided by the pupils. The school choir opened with a selection of carols which was followed by a drama sketch written by Year 7 pupil, Will Taylor. Rhiannan Falshaw-Skelly also amazed guests with her spectacular musical talents on the violin.
Pupils from the school served a delicious buffet for the senior citizens and took the opportunity to talk to the older members of their own community. By the time the sherry and mince pies went around, everyone was in full festive flow and ready for the rest of the afternoon’s entertainment!

This took the form of a free raffle, with over 40 prizes donated from local companies and staff of Y Pant. The school would like to take this opportunity to thank The Butcher’s Arms, Crabtree and Evelyn and The Fruit Shop and all members of staff for their generous donations. The day then turned its attention to the ever-popular games of Bingo, called by Mrs Helen Jones. With two beautiful hampers filled with Christmas treats up for grabs, it was little wonder that this was a closely fought competition!

Finally, the senior citizens were surprised by a visit from Father Christmas, delivering a gift for every guest. The whole afternoon was a tremendous success and the school look forward to hosting this annual event next December.

Y Pant’s Sporting Heroes

With the 2012 Olympics in London just 4 years away there’s a very real possibility that Team GB could see 3 representatives from Y Pant. After recent championships and trials, three pupils from Year 11 are currently at the forefront of their respective sports in their age group.
Demi Brookes is the top British girl in Judo.
Tony Pace is the 2nd British boy in Boxing.
Danielle Stirratt is currently 4th in her age group in Britain for Swimming.
To say we are proud of them is a massive understatement! We hope we can continue to give them as much support with their sporting careers as possible.

Nationally Outstanding Art Results for Y Pant Students

Y Pant School celebrated this week on learning of the outstanding national success of several of their GCSE and ‘AS’ Level Art students. The examination board EDEXCEL contacted Y Pant with the news that of the 36 294 students who sat Art GCSE throughout the UK and internationally, no fewer than six Y Pant students had been listed amongst the top ten. Bethan Smyth, Lois Payne, Stephanie Lamerton, Rachel Hughes, Christopher Hayes and Bailey Davies all received commendation and congratulations from the examining body for this tremendous achievement. Furthermore, of 6 535 ‘AS’ Level Art students two Y Pant students – John Rogers and Nia Maynard – were amongst the top ten. Acting Head of Art, Mrs Sara Nowell-Hughes, expressed her pride in the ‘extremely hard work’ exhibited by each student as well as their ‘exciting and skilled work.’
view a showcase of their work here
The Managing Director of EDEXCEL, Mr Jerry Jarvis, congratulated each student, saying, ‘This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work students put into preparing for their exams.’ Mr Stuart Tucker, the Headteacher of Y Pant School, echoed this view, adding that ‘these students are not only exceptionally talented young artists but are also diligent in the ways that they make the most of their talent. They have also been fortunate to have worked with a group of committed and creative Art teachers who have helped them to realise their potential. I’m sure that they will go on to bigger and better things and perhaps their work will command prices in the future similar to Damien Hirst’s!’