Category Archives: News Autumn 2010

News for Autumn term 2010

Jack and the Beanstalk

Pantomime Is Coming To Y Pant!!!

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!

Jack and the Beanstalk

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.


In Safe Hands with School Heartstarters

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 and websites for more information. Also check out the link to the PowerPoint presentation summarising what our pupils learned during training.

Kearn and Scott’s new friend seems quite happy…
Tonio and Huw model the latest designs in choking vest chic…

To find out more please view the attached PowerPoint.


Project Re-Design Workshops

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Click to visit the website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Six students in years 12 and 13 will be attending a prestigious workshop in Cardiff on Monday 7th March 2011.  The workshop, hosted by record-breaking round-the-world sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur focuses on the latest thinking in sustainability.  Only 6 workshops are taking place (in Glasgow, Leeds, Belfast, Oxford and Paris as well) and there will be 30 schools at each.  CircularEconomy

The students chosen to take part will have the opportunity to:

  • Work as a team on a planning exercise, to re-think and redesign how we might live and work at the end of an era of cheap energy and materials
  • Meet and question industry professionals already working in sustainability
  • Build on, and practise skills, including problem solving and critical thinking
  • Learn about ‘closed-loop’ design – a comprehensive approach to sustainability
  • Win an all-expenses paid quality work experience placement with a FTSE 100 company – each region will select a winning school
  • Winners will take part in a prestigious gala dinner with leading players in sustainability and industry, in London, in Autumn 2011

This video, from the Ellen MacArthur website, explains the closed-loop thinking behind these workshops.

What Will You Do On The Day?

Hosted by Dame Ellen MacArthur and supported by advocates in business and industry, participants will actively engage in issues, illustrated in real life case studies.

During the day students will be challenged to re-think and re-design how a town might function in 2050

Students will work together as a team with access to advocates from a cross section of industry, including energy, transport, consumer products and systems & communications, will be on hand to answer questions and act as experts.

The top six teams selected in a first stage ‘gallery’ by the students themselves will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the plenary group.

One team will win the opportunity to take part in a week long, fully funded internship in industry with one of the founding partners of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Each internship will be designed to maximise the exposure of students to real life business challenges. Following on from this will be a gala dinner, again hosted by Dame Ellen MacArthur, where teams will have the unique opportunity to meet with key players in sustainability and industry, at a prestigious venue in London.

Why should you go?

Well the obvious is that you stand a good chance of winning a week-long internship at a major company.  In this economic climate, students who have this kind of work experience behind them will stand a much better chance of getting the jobs they want after graduating from university.  The experience you’ll get at the workshop itself will also be hugely beneficial.

Clearly this sort of activity looks great in your UCAS application and gives you something else to talk about at an interview as well!

Who is going?

Amy Jones, Matthew Knight, Ryan Richi, Peter Simons, Andrew Griffin and Daniel Fish

You can find out more here.

ESU Public Speaking

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

SarahEllisEx-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.

Sarah Ellis


Sarah Ellis

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.

Sarah Ellis

Sarah Ellis


Visit to Techniquest

Year 8 Trip to Techniquest

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.

By Sam Chessell

Year 8  8Y1


Year 9 Art Trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

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!

Mrs S. Nowell-Hughes

Pitt Rivers

Pitt Rivers

Pitt Rivers




Senior Citizens Party

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party 2010

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.

Senior Citizens 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!

Senior Citizens PartyThis 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!

Senior Citizens Party

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.

Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks Competition Success

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.

Youth Speaks
Winning team: Sophie, Jackie and Brogan