If think the panto season is over – think again! On the 25th and 26th January you will have the chance to see our own unique version of the classic fairytale Jack And The Beanstalk.
The piece has been in work since December last year, and, over the course of the year, Year 11 pupil Matthew Ingram has set to work writing, producing, directing (and practising his lines for the part of the cow!) in the first ever show to be entirely produced by pupils. Even the music has been composed by fellow Year 11 student Martha Reed.
With the support of Head of Drama, Mr O. Thomas, and Teacher of Music, Mr T Breeze, the group have had to source funding for the project by pitching to several organisations, they have had to cast the piece, find a venue, design sets, find props, rehearse the music and the play itself – a large task I’m sure you will agree!
This project is being run in conjunction with the E3+ scheme at the school, and E3+ Co-ordinator Richard Eynon, has been overseeing the whole production. The aim of this production is to raise enough money to be able to fund another show – The Magpie’s Fluke – which has been written by Year 11 student Ariane Brumwell. The profits from this pantomime will run into that production, and the profits from that production will run into the next and so forth, in order to support not only new performance talent, but new writing talent, new directing talent and new production talent – as the Youth Theatre group will only perform shows that have been written by people within the school.
You are promised a show with plenty of laughs and catchy songs, as Jack And The Beanstalk is performed at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre on the 25th AND 26th January 2011. Tickets are £5 each, with no concessions. Performances will start at 6:30pm.
Throughout the month of November pupils from yrs 9 10 and 11 undertook practical first aid training with Heartstart Cymru. Training was provided by members of the South Wales Ambulance Service. The main focus of the course was to give young people experience in performing basic first aid in an emergency – should the situation ever arise. The pupils learned about how to deal with a variety of different emergencies including identifyinghazards, preventing choking, dealing with severe bleeding, when to use C.P.R. and how to put a casualty into the recovery position. There are several training courses available for anybody interested in learning more about first aid or advancing existing skills. Look up www.bhf.org.uk and www.stjohnwales.co.uk websites for more information. Also check out the link to the PowerPoint presentation summarising what our pupils learned during training.
On Thursday 9th December Aaron Watt, James Duggan and Ethan Ridsadle competed for Y Pant School in the ESU (English Speaking Union) public speaking competition hosted at Y Pant School. Along with Y Pant School, Mountain Ash Comprehensive School, Treorchy Comprehensive School and Bryncelynnog School were all involved in the competition. The competition was of a very high standard and all schools performed brilliantly. On the night James Duggan won best speaker, and Aaron Watt won the best questioner. Overall, Y Pant School won the best team and now move forward to compete in the Welsh Final at Ty Howell in Cardiff Bay.
Ex-pupil Sarah Ellis visits the Art Department to talk about her 2nd Year at Swansea Metropolitan University. (Thursday 9th of December 2010)
We were delighted to invite Sarah Ellis back to the Art Department to talk to our sixth form Students about what university life is really like. Sarah is now in her second year at Swansea Metropolitan University, studying the BA Hons Fine Art (Combined Media) Degree. After her Degree Sarah wants to stay at Swansea Met. as an Artist in Residence so that she can study a Masters Degree in Fine Art.
Sarah brought along some of her work and explained how her art has developed and matured in a very personal way. Her first main project focused on the industrial landscape of Swansea’s steel works. She had an opportunity to visit the site and was able to record many studies before producing the large mixed media painting.
Her second large project was based on the local area of Pontyclun. Sarah was inspired by walking through the local woods. She collected a large amount of leaves from her own path trail and with the help of the local Girls Club, was able to stich them together in strips, before attaching them back onto the trees. The site specific piece will remain until all the leaves have fallen to the ground.
Year 8 set 1 had a visit to Techniquest in Cardiff which is a science discovery centre with a planetarium and science theatre where the children can go around and experiment with all the exhibits. With more than 120 activities to choose from and experiment with you can imagine how much fun it was. Girls and Boys had their time to go in the shop and buy and look at some of the knickknacks. We were then called into the science theatre where we were introduced by two men who explained about different elements on the periodic table and demonstrated about flammability of gases. We then had a chance to go into the café and buy some food or have a last fifteen minutes going around the exhibits. Techniquest was a fun trip with thanks to the science department.
For the first time ever, since the current teaching art staff has been at Y Pant, we decided to offer a KS3 art trip to Oxford; Pitt Rivers Museum and the Natural History Museum of Oxford. Although it was a very cold start (-7°C!), we set off early in the morning on Tuesday the 7th of December. On arrival we were given a short talk in both the museums before the students were then able to move around the exhibits and sketch out their designs. To link in with the current ‘Multi-Cultural Masks’ theme, students were encouraged to sketch out different styles to compliment their sketchbook research. Both museums offered a variety of unusual exhibits which were set in the glorious Victorian buildings. The year 9 group clearly enjoyed the day and were excellent company!
On Friday 3rd December 2010, Y Pant School was delighted to open its doors and welcome over 110 senior members of its community to the 4th Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party.
The party was organised by the 6th form students in collaboration with Dr Lianne Jones, our charity co-ordinator, and Mrs Caroline Wool, School Community Development Officer. 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. 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 singing group from our 6th Form music students.
Pupils from the school COPE group, 6th form and staff served a delicious buffet for the senior citizens and took the opportunity to talk to the older members of their own community, breaking down perceived barriers and overcoming the generation gap. 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 50 prizes donated from local companies and staff of Y Pant. The school would like to take this opportunity to thank The Butcher’s Arms, The Traditional Toy Shop, Cradbtree &Evelyn, Pontyclun RFC, Pontyclun Athletic Club, Mainline Transport and all members of staff for their generous donations. The day then turned its attention to the ever-popular games of Bingo, called by year 11 pupil Matthew Ingram. 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.
On Thursday 25th November Brogan Falshaw-Skelly, Jackie Hopkins and Sophie Thomas won the Rotary Youth Speaks Public Speaking Competition hosted at Y Pant. They beat teams from Bryn and Llanharri. They won with the motion this house believes in the existence of Santa. They were the youngest team on the day and last year Brogan’s sister Rhi won. Talk about keeping it in the family. Y Pant also had another team comprising of Eloise Peacock, Matthew Ingram and Aaron Parson. They also competed superbly. Matthew Ingram won the best chairperson for the second year running.
Now that the month of Movember is behind us you’ll be seeing some cleanly shaven, and relieved looking teachers around the school. Around 20 male teachers grew moustaches and beards for all of November in order to raise money and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.
Overall they have raised over £260 and would like to make it more. If you would like to donate please contact Mr Thomas.