Category Archives: News Autumn 2015

Extra-curricular Religion, Ethics & Philosophy club on a Monday lunchtime

In our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy club we have joined a collaboration centre with ‘iEARN’. We have experienced many different cultures and traditions. We, along with other pupils from different years, have created amazing Christmas cards describing how we culturally and religiously celebrate Christmas in Wales.

This project has been designed to connect classrooms around the world. We have learned about different traditions and customs. For instance, we discovered that in Taiwan most of them do not celebrate Christmas with presents or time off school. They only get a present when they were younger which really surprised us and they also go to school but they do play Christmas games and some of the teachers dress up like Santa.

All of us have enjoyed this project because it’s fun, educational and interesting learning about what they do at Christmas. Also we are glad about how many Christmas cards was made by different years to send to these different schools, we had 78 handmade cards describing everyone’s experiences at Christmas to share with pupils around the world, including Taiwan, Belarus, Iran, Morocco and Russia.

Mia Jenkins

Year 9

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New Student Newspaper – Issue 1

We are delighted to bring you issue 1 of our brand new student newsletter – The Hollow!

This has been a project undertaken entirely by students, led by Megan Billett and Liv Thomas in year 9.  The girls had the idea last year whilst working as part of the Student Support cabinet and have spent the last two terms recruiting a team and writing articles at lunchtimes.

It’s a superb newsletter, we hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to future editions!

Y Pant Annual Carol Service

Thanks once again to Bethal Baptist for use of the church for an evening of lively entertainment from Y Pant’s music and performing arts department. The orchestra kicked the evening off with some festive carols to get us all in the mood before we were serenaded by duets from Nancy + Sarah and Caitlyn + Mali.
The percussion group gave a very modern take on jingle bells with their colourful ‘drain pipes’ while the guitar group, led by three of our 6th form performed together for the first time in public. We were very impressed with the GCSE group who performed ‘I’m feeling good’ and the 6th form BTEC class who performed an original composition, complete with Christmas rap!
Pupils of the performing arts department gave a novel reading placed throughout the audience and also gave us a sneak preview of the talent to come in the school’s up coming performance of ‘The little shop of horrors’ scheduled for February 10-11th at the Muni Theatre. Further performances from the school choir rounded up a warm and merry evening which left us all in the festive mood.
Many thanks go to the teachers for their organisation and hard work, the peripatetic teachers who run rehearsals and to our students for their participation and dedication to Y Pant. We would also like to thank everyone who came out on a blustery, wet evening to support their efforts. Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd a blwyddyn newydd dda
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Girls’ Cardiff City Football League

On the 26th of November 2015,  5 Year 7 girls and 3 Year 8 girls made up the u13 Y Pant girls 6 a side team to represent the school in the Cardiff City National Football league competition.

The competition was split in to two groups comprising of 8 teams in each group.  Y Pant were drawn in pool 2. They began their group stages at a slow but steady pace, with an initial 1-1 draw with local rivals Porth County Comprehensive school.

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Results gradually improved throughout the day, with the girls picking up the pace of play and playing to their potential. This resulted in the girls winning the remainder of their pool games, playing some great football and scoring some fantastic goals along the way.

When all the pool games where complete,  4 teams progressed  to the knockout stages of the competition.  Whitecross (Hereford), Rhymney Comprehensive School qualified from Pool 1 and Y Pant and Porth County from pool 2 with Y Pant topping the group on goal difference.

Following these results in the Semi Final first place played second in the corresponding group.

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Y Pant v Rhymney

Whitecross beat Porth convincingly in their semi.  The Semi Final between Y Pant and Rhymney was a much tighter affair.  After the 10min game time the score was 1-1, this meant it would take penalties to separate the team.

The girls showed great nerve under extreme pressure to step up and win the penalty shoot out 2-0 which meant Y Pant were through to the final.

The final was now between Y Pant and a very strong Whitecross team having won the competition for the past 3 years and very firm favourite at the beginning of the competition. There was a huge gulf in height between the two teams, but that’s all that separated the two teams with a very well contested final which was a worthy final to such a great day.

After an end to end game with both teams giving everything they had to the cause, Y Pant came out victorious with a well worked team goal to clinch the game 1-0.

The celebrations after the games were great to see and the excitement and jubilation having won the competition were evident. What made it even more rewarding for the girls is that the hard work they have put in training on a weekly basis had paid off. With this being the first football completion a number of the girls have competed in with some of girls having only taken up football at the start of the academic year.

This team will now go on to represent Cardiff City Football club in the Area final. This will be held in Exeter University on the 14th of January 2016.  They will now compete against other finalists who will also be representing there respective Football League clubs.

Job Vacancy – casual weekend caretaker

The Governing Body are seeking to appoint a casual weekend caretaker to supervise the operation of the impressive new facilities shortly to be opened at the school. Initially these consist of a 3G Artificial Turf Sports Pitch and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

In addition to a number of traditional caretaker duties the postholder will be expected to exercise high level customer care skills to provide a welcoming and helpful experience for community groups hiring the facilities.

It is important to note that the appointment is on a casual basis with hours to match bookings made by the community groups, to this extent it is anticipated that these will be influenced by the seasons of the year with more hours anticipated in the autumn/winter than the Spring/Summer.

Pay – £7.50 per hour

Closing Date: 7th December 2015

Please download a full job description and application form here.

Caretaker job description.

Application form – Casual Weekend Caretaker

 

French and Spanish at the Christmas Tree Festival

The MFL department has reserved a tree at this year’s Llantrisant Christmas tree festival. The French Language Ambassador team have been meeting to create lovely festive craft with French greetings. We hope to have lots of linguistic decorations in French and Spanish to showcase our talent. It is a lovely annual Christmas Festival you can visit to put you in the holiday mood!

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Y Pant Sixth Form Committee

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Children in Need took place on Friday and as always the Sixth Form took part in their annual fancy dress. This year, myself and another student decided to attend as bags of Jelly Beans, which gained a lot of praise on the day so I believe it was a success. Children in Need is one of the best times for the Sixth Form to get together and really contribute to the fundraising done by Y Pant every year. When I started in the Sixth Form last year, a Sixth Form Committee was set up in order to build a team that was engaged in school events and also wanted to have a strong role in the fundraising for the Year 13 Prom. The committee, for the second year, has enjoyed being a part of Children in Need and we are amazed by the incredible £2500 that Y Pant raised this year! We were overwhelmed by the response to the tuck shop this year and once again, it proved successful at both break and lunch. Additionally, the Sixth Form were involved with the running of the activities at lunch including face painting, basketball and helping out with the photo booth; all of which proved to be a lot of fun!

The Sixth Form Committee aims to organise events for the younger years of Y Pant as we have all gone through starting at comprehensive and we know that there is not a great deal of entertainment in our locality. Recently we organised a Halloween Disco for Year 7 and 8, which was held at the drama studio at the school. This was great fun and the response we had was very positive and I know that many of the students would like there to be more. Therefore, I am hoping to use the school website as a way to communicate the new events organised by the Sixth Form Committee, so keep a look out!

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Amsterdam Trip Letter

We are running a 4 day trip to Amsterdam in July 2016 (dates to be confirmed when flights released). The trip is open to pupils in years 9-12 and will cost approx. £480.  This is a great opportunity to see an important European city.  The itinerary will be confirmed but will include a cultural tour of the city incorporating Anne Frank’s house and museum.  Letters are available from Mrs Burnell or can be printed from here.

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