Category Archives: News Summer 2009

News for Summer term 2008-2009

CoPE Group Re-colonise Kenfig!

Over a 3 day period in March and April this year the CoPE group volunteered their energies to work at Kenfig National Nature Reserve near Porthcawl. The team undertook several labour intensive tasks such as clearing scrub near the sand dunes to attract butterflies and bumble bees; digging holes to encourage new colonies of rabbits and also litter picking along the beach. Although the work was quite tiring the team realised their efforts would benefit both the wildlife in the area and visitors to the centre. Members of the team are: Kayleigh Cotter, Lloyd Evans, Luke Faiers, Laura Kelland, Nicole Letheby, Rebecca Llewellyn, Jordan Locke, Josh Mason, Peter Murphy, Curtis Simpkin.

GCSE and A-level Art Showcase

The Art Department at Y Pant School exhibited the work of their GCSE and A level students last week, and impressed all who visited with the originality and quality of the pieces produced by the yr 11 (16) and Yr 12 and 13 (17 and 18) year old students.

At GCSE the examination theme this year was ‘Barriers’ and the students had an 8 week preparation period to research other artists in order to inform and develop their own style and to experiment with painting and drawing techniques, different materials and styles. Their coursework folder was based around two themes – architectural forms and identity. In order to prepare their students fully for assessment, the staff immerse them in culture with visits to the Tate Modern, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery and the Pit Rivers and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. With such thorough preparation and expert guidance from the committed team of art teachers it is no wonder that last year’s GCSE class of 48 students all achieved A* to C grades. Mrs Jo Gold, the Head of Art, explained that although 60% of the subject is assessed through coursework the students have to demonstrate 100% commitment to the course and spend months brainstorming, experimenting and sketching before finally producing the end piece. ‘Many of our students willingly stay behind after school almost every night in order to complete any unfinished work. They have become perfectionists and most of them have a very professional attitude to their work. It’s really encouraging to see their level of enthusiasm and as you can see, the end product justifies their efforts.’

More information and photos can be found on the Art Department website.

At AS and A level the students’ work becomes far more personal as they develop into budding artists, experimenting with their own signature style. They have to explore different forms of media focusing on the theme of ‘Contrasts’ for their final exhibition and this theme produced some very original and fascinating displays.

Y Pant School Rugby 7s – Champions of Wales!

Y Pant School is this term celebrating the success of its Under-13 Rugby 7s team who were crowned Welsh champions on Thursday at Parc Y Scarlets.

More than 40 teams competed for the trophy over two days of gruelling competition. The Y Pant team eventually came through a challenging and nail-biting group stage on Day 1. Ten teams from all over Wales qualified for Day 2.

In the second group phase Y Pant were unbeaten in 4 games, posting an emphatic aggregate total of 122 points scored to a mere 49 conceded. The semi-final was equally convincing as Y Pant defeated Dwr-Y-Felin School 37 – 5. The final itself was a closely-fought local derby with Y Pant eventually defeating near-neighbours Cowbridge 14-10.

The successful squad of players was: James Little, Kieron Moroney, Jack Bunyan, Arwel Poacher, Morgan Raison, Lewis Morgan, Jordan Chan, Cory Stephens, Sam Prior, Ioan Williams, McCauley Burgess, Rhydian Evans

Congratulations to every one of them.

Winning Artists at Cardiff National Museum

Pupils were invited to the National Museum’s Transfiguration workshops to work with contemporary landscape artists Raphael Pepper and Dan Llewellyn-Hall. Students were encouraged to view the work of current landscape artwork that are on display within the gallery, drawing inspiration and recording their observations through new techniques introduced to them by the artists. Students work was selected for display in the National Museum.

The students involved in the workshop were : Owain Davies, Steven Chen, Denese Tan, Sion Davies, Claire Thomas, Danielle Nichols, Chris Hayes, Rhiannon Buckler, John Rogers and Nia Hassett-Rees.

Owain Davies was awarded a certificate for his work being the artist’s favourite choice of art works he was one of two that were chosen out of a sum of 84 works from the combined artwork/ panel.

Steven Chen was awarded a certificate for his work being highly commended by the artists; he was one of three that were chosen out of the 84 works from the combined artwork/panel.

A total of 4 schools were involved the workshop overall, with participation from 130 students in total.

The presentation took part on 6th June where certificates and prizes were awarded to the selected students. The Transfiguration exhibition is now open to the public and will be on display until 19th July.

Owain with his certificate in front of the exhibition
Students at the workshop in the Museum

Y Pant Strike a Pose

E3+ students from Y Pant Comprehensive School took to the catwalk last week (Wednesday 17th June), in the first ever fashion show held at the school.

The students modelled a series of clothes that illustrated everything that is great about British weather.

Focusing on Staycatians (staying at home is the new going away) – From Partying in Porthcawl to Beaching in Barry – The girls displayed casual beach or daywear that were the ‘bang on trend’ this summer.

The students or models as they now like to be known, have been working within the E3+ programmes, with Eve Tarver, a designer based in Cardiff to produce outfits from recyclable materials as part of the E3+ fashion design sessions. These creations were then modelled at the show.

The students have also worked in partnership with the local shopping centre in Talbot Green and were able to borrow outfits from the Outfit store. These clothes were then modelled alongside the student’s unique creations.

E3+ co-ordinator at Y Pant, Richard Eynon, said: “This event was incredibly successful. All the young people that were involved were absolutely thrilled that so many people came to the show. With around 100 people attending in a venue, that looked like the Milan fashion show. I would like to thank Outfit for their support, Equinox in Talbot Green, Pontyclun Rugby Club and Live Sound Services for making the event look so professional.”

Headteacher of Y Pant Comprehensive, Stuart Tucker, added: “The evening was a massive success, the whole show was run with a clear aim, to provide a professional fashion show for the young people that were involved to experience, this was certainly achieved. All the girls that modelled were confident and professional. They showed also how much they enjoyed the occasion. This is a great foundation for another show next year.”

The pupils who attended the E3+ fashion design session, have shown that with a little bit of vision and some creativity they could make phenomenal pieces of fashion from material that the majority of people would just throw away and we all know that fashion can be a throw away industry.

Store manager of Outfit, Simon Bell and Sales Manager, Chris Hayman said: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with the pupils from Y Pant school and we are pleased to support this event. Its great to see young people excited about being involved in fashion, which is good for the future of the industry both retail and design. The creativity and knowledge of the young people surprised me and again it was an absolute pleasure.”

Councillor, Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said; “The E3+ programme has had a huge impact on young peoples’ lives. They are able to take part in activities that they wouldn’t normally be able to and be involved in the outcomes of the activity. Whether it is shows like this or producing pieces of art, young people are proactively bettering themselves through the activities. It is a privilege to watch these young people learn and develop through fun and exciting opportunities.”

Page updated 26th June 2009

E3+ Launch Day

On Tuesday 30th June year 5 and 6 pupils from our feeder primary schools came up to Y Pant to try out some of the E3+ activities they could be participating in after school next year. Pupils had great fun taking part in activities as diverse as climbing, circus skills, samba drumming, basketball, tang soo do, street dance, wood burning and theatrical make-up. Councillor Eudine Hanagan came to visit the school and talked to the pupils as they waited their turn on the climbing wall.

Pupils taking part in the wood burning activity decorated a bench which will be placed eventually in the quad for pupils to use at break and lunchtimes.

E3+ has been running at Y Pant for 2 years and has proved enormously popular with pupils. The programme of activities for 2009-10 will be published shortly!

Y Pant says farewell to…

At the end of term we shall bid farewell to the following staff and extend to them our best wishes-

Ms. Helen Jones

will be leaving her post as Assistant Headteacher / Head of Middle School after being with us for nearly six years. She will be taking up her new post as Deputy Headteacher at Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd.

Miss Laura Carver

will be leaving her post as teacher of Home Economics after being with us for two years. She will be taking up her new post at Sandfields Comprehensive School.

Mr. Robert Hutt

will be retiring at the end of this term after being with us as a French teacher and Head of French for more than 27 years. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

All 18 members of the silver D of E group passed the expedition section of their award by walking 40km over 3 days whilst carrying all of their equipment which, if you know any of the group, is quite an achievment! Special mention to the team who insisted on extending their adventure by walking in the opposite direction on day 1, leg 1 for an hour before correcting themselves…and missing the ‘obvious’ left turn home on day 3. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group at Y Pant is supported by Miss Purcell and Mr Howells.