Once again the YEPS team at school are running some fantastic FREE activities during the Easter holidays.
If you would like to take part, registration forms are available from reception.
The school was inspected by Estyn in January 2017 under the new pilot framework and awarded “Excellent” in all 5 categories inspected.
As such, Y Pant is one of only a few schools in Wales to have been awarded an excellent rating in all areas.
You can read the whole report here.
Some quotes from the report:
“Overall, the quality of teaching is excellent.”
“Standards of wellbeing are very high and contribute significantly to the excellent standards that pupils achieve.”
“The school has a strong sense of community and pupils feel secure and valued.”
“There is a well-established culture of high expectation in the school.”
Headteacher, Mr Mark Powell said, ‘This is a proud day for the school and every member of our school community. The fact that ESTYN has highlighted excellent practice in all of the key inspection areas is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff and pupils of the school. This level of success has not been achieved overnight but is the product of many years of conscientious endeavour directed towards giving our pupils high-quality learning experiences which set them up for life. I would like to thank everybody connected to the school for their contribution to these inspection outcomes.’
Last week we took part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme and were able to take pupils on field trips all over the world – and beyond!
Google came into school for the day and brought with them 60 smartphones. Using the Google Expeditions App and cardboard Virtual Reality viewers, pupils were able to experience 360-degree tours to places as diverse as New York’s immigration centres, Barcelona, the Arctic, the Great Barrier Reef, the human respiratory system and the Moon!
Pupils were excited to experience this technology and there were many gasps of astonishment as we came face to face with a Great White Shark or experienced standing on the Great Wall of China.
Anyone wanting to try this at home needs two smartphones, or one smartphone and a tablet (one needs to act as the expedition leader) and a Google cardboard (which can be purchased for as little as £5 online). Check your smartphone can run the Google Expeditions App before purchasing! It’s fun and has some serious learning potential as well which we’ll be exploring.
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, our librarian Mrs Heather Johns, put on a fantastic Harry Potter themed day.
Hogwarts took over the school and our houses became Hogwarts houses for the day. We also participated in the Hogwarts Teacher Exchange Programme and welcomed Professors McGonagall, Trelawney, Umbridge & Quirrell among others to Y Pant. Pupils were challenged to find all the Hogwarts staff during the day—a hard task as some had taken Polyjuice potion and looked a lot like Y Pant teachers.
We held a Harry Potter themed bake off and were highly impressed with ALL the amazing cakes that were brought in.
Some pupils took part in a quiz in the Learning Resource Centre and then hunted for the missing snitches at the end. The quiz was won by Aneurin 2 (Hufflepuff), the team comprised of, Sam F Davies, Corey Luke, Evan Marsland-Davies, Elise-Marie Shaw, and Libby Lee.
We also challenged pupils to write a review of one of the Harry Potter books or films. We had some fantastic entries (which will be displayed in the Learning Resource Centre). The winners are:
Pupils were also encouraged to sum up their favourite Harry Potter moment in 140 characters. This was won by Caitlin Richards with the following:
In the first book, Fred and George throw snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s turban, or better known, Voldemort’s face! #HarryPotter
— Y Pant School (@YPantSchool) March 4, 2017
Our 6th form open evening takes place on Thursday 16th March with talks at 4:30 and 6pm. There will also be the opportunity to visit departments.
Look out for our advert in the South Wales Echo this weekend!
Year 10 Agored Cymru pupils volunteered to serve lunch for St David’s Day at the Lanhari Senior Citizen’s Hall. Community Participation is also an element of their Welsh Baccalaureate course. There were 50 guests who tucked into a traditional meal of cawl followed by tea / coffee and welsh cakes. Pupils called the raffle and enjoyed traditional Welsh songs such as Calon Lan and Myfanwy. The photos show the pupils building rapport with the guests and posing with the Mayor of RCT Mr Rhys Lewis.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students in Year 10 for their efforts in preparing for the individual presentations in English Language. Both myself, the department and the Senior Leadership Team have been mightily impressed with the mature attitude that has been displayed. We have listened to many engaging and ambitious speeches. The pupils have done themselves proud and taken the task seriously.Well done!
Important Dates in Maths
Our current year 10 pupils will be sitting GCSE Numeracy and GCSE Maths in November 2017. The dates of the external exams are listed at the bottom. In preparation for this they will all be involved in mock exams to be held in October 2017.
Set 1 will be sitting higher tier and set 2 intermediate tier (with the option of then sitting higher tier the following summer). Set 3 will be sitting the intermediate tier and sets 4 and 5 the foundation tier (with the option of then sitting the intermediate tier the following summer). It is anticipated that the majority of pupils will re-sit these exams in the summer of 2018 in order to improve their grades. When pupils re-sit they always keep their BEST grade.
Nov 6th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator) (1¾ hours)
Nov 8th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 2 (Calculator) (1¾ hours)
Nov 10th GCSE Maths – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator)
Nov 13th GCSE Maths – Unit 2 (Calculator)
If you are a year 9 pupil – or the parent/carer of one – everything you need to know about the options process and details of the subjects on offer is now available on our dedicated website.