Next Monday, 26th September, we are celebrating European Language Day!
All year 7 students are invited to our continental breakfast (muffins, croissants, juice, brioche….) at break time at MFL department. We will have French/Spanish music, quizzes, games and much more!!
To take part and avoid disappointment you need to bring £1 before Friday lunch time to either myself or senorita O’Keefe.
On the 26th of April, 25 pupils and 3 teachers left, for what would turn out to be a great trip to Italy. Before we set off on our travels, we visited somewhere closer to home. We spent the morning at Renishaw, an engineering company, specialising in many aspects of engineering such as measurement probes and 3D printing machines. We had a tour of the facility, followed by some light refreshments, before taking part in a challenging coding activity. It got everyone thinking about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to us and how exciting engineering could be as a career.
We then headed for the airport and after some confusion regarding liquid allowance, we finally took off.
After several hours, we reached the hotel. Everyone was really tired and quickly fell asleep. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast to get us ready for the day ahead. First we went on a tour of the Ducati factory, followed by the museum and shop. Everyone found it really interesting to find out how they make the motorbikes and that all of the bikes were already sold.
Next we went on a walking tour of Florence, guided by our fantastic tour guide, Mario. We learnt so many new things about the city and the culture that we didn’t know before. It is an amazing city with so many beautiful buildings and statues to see and amazing ice cream!
That evening we went for food at a restaurant in the city. Although the food and service wasn’t the best, we all had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening in Florence.
On Thursday we started with a tour of the Pagani factory. We were amazed by the detail put into the handmade cars, and the time spent ensuring all of the carbon fibre patterns matched up. The basic model costs over £1,000,000 and any extras are very expensive!
After lunch we went on a bus tour of the huge Ferrari factory complex and visited the museum. The museum was amazing and we could have spent all day there as there was so much to see. They even had the worlds most expensive car on show which is A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that has been sold for $52,000,000!
A few people even went on the simulator! We spent a lot of money in the shop before leaving to go for food at the hard rock café. The food was delicious with some excellent background music, we had a great evening and bought some great merchandise to take home from our travels.
All too soon it was time for us to leave, there was some sickness on the plane but overall it was a smooth flight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely go again, we learned so much about manufacturing and design and saw some amazing things. Everybody on the trip was really friendly and got on really well, but we were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds.
The MFL Department took 14 pupils to Cardiff City Stadium on the Friday before half term to take part in a carousel of language activities. The aim of the day was to promote modern foreign languages and boost uptake at GCSE and A-Level.
This is Henri Phillips’ report of the day:
In my opinion, the language day trip was a success and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The first activity we took part in was the STEM Language Ambassadors Problem Solving. There was a girl from New York who explained why languages were important to study alongside Science and taught us about the top 5 languages in the world (with English being third). Then we went to Routes into Language held by a Turkish man. He talked about how languages are involved in different sorts of jobs such as trading goods with other countries and even in sports. The third activity we attended was something I knew a little about: Spanish fiestas and festivales. We learnt about La Tomatina, El Encierro (the running of the bulls) and Las Fallas (a festival held in Valencia). Finally we had a tour of Cardiff City Football Stadium. Being a football fan I enjoyed this part a lot, especially asking questions and seeing the changing rooms. Out of the whole trip I enjoyed the session where I got to use my Spanish because I was able to use my knowledge to apply to the challenges set. I think the trip was a success and should be run every year and I am extremely thankful that I was chosen to go – I would love to do it all over again!
The Year 10 Catering class have recently started their first piece of controlled assessment work. Their brief is on Afternoon Tea, as they are becoming very popular in the UK and are an excellent way for chefs to demonstrate their skills at producing baked products. Year 10 have to prepare, cook and serve four items that could be offered as part of an Afternoon Tea menu. This is an exciting and challenging task they have ahead of them. On Tuesday 23rd February, eleven Catering students visited Llanerch Vineyard to experience Afternoon Tea for themselves and get an idea of what types of products they would have to produce. Here are some quotes from the day.
We really enjoyed the trip to Llanerch Vineyard. The wide selection of beverages is an impressive display of how creative people can be to keep their customers interested, teas provided included: Earl Grey, Green Tea and Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong Tea. All the teas were served with a sand timer so that brewing time was accurate.
Thomas Meek and Cameron Bargery
The table set up looked very professional and slightly posher than I expected! We were seated and given hard cased menus so that we could choose from a selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks. We were also give jugs of ice water for the tables. I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea and I think it will influence my ideas for my coursework.
The food was served on a three tier cake stand, with savoury items on the bottom. For savoury they served sandwiches such as ham and mustard, salmon, cheese and pickle, cucumber and egg mayo. My favourite was the ham! On the middle tier there were a selection of scones and Welsh cakes, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The scones were really crumbly; however, they were not dry! On the top tier there were quartered strawberries for presentation served with lemon cake, profiteroles, hazelnut brownies and macarons. The trip has given me some good ideas for presentation.
I enjoyed the trip; my favourite was the macarons and the scones. For me this trip was very helpful for my coursework. They showed me how I can serve the food and I have a better understanding of what Afternoon tea is.
On the whole I enjoyed the food and I liked how they had timers for your tea. The whole experience for Afternoon Tea at Llanerch Vineyard was lovely and has inspired me with ideas when I do my own Afternoon Tea.
Congratulations to our very talented year 12 pupils, Rhys Owen, Rhys James and Evan Doyle who performed superbly in the play ‘Citizenship’ in the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. ‘Citizenship’ shows how a young boy battles with his sexuality alongside the normal pressures of being a teenager. We are so proud of Rhys, Rhys and Evan who have demonstrated such professionalism, dedication and maturity to such a hard hitting play. Well done boys!
‘Citizenship’ is also being performed tonight (26th February) and tomorrow night (27th February) at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Sherman box office.
It’s been a busy time in the French department. On Friday 5th February five Year 9 pupils, Mason, Shani, Lauren, Cordelia and Lydia took part in Pupil Language Ambassador training organised by Route into Languages Cymru. Here are just some quotes from the day.
Last Friday we went to City Hall in Cardiff. We took part in a Language Ambassador training day. It was a very fun day learning more about languages in a variety of quizzes. We watched videos which showed us how important it is to take a language and how there is a shortage of people opting for a language in the UK. We were given leaflets and information booklets and learnt only a quarter of the world’s population speak English. We also talked about what we were going to do as language ambassadors to try and encourage more pupils to take a language. It was a great experience to go on a trip like this and I have learnt much more about languages.
I was really pleased that I was chosen to become a Language Ambassador for Y Pant. I thoroughly enjoyed the day learning about France and the French culture. I met pupils from other schools and worked with them doing activities. We learnt about how a language ambassador will support their school by arranging activities and events. We were introduced to students from universities that study French, telling us about their travels and experiences from taking French at GCSE and A levels. I am looking forward to representing my school as a language ambassador.
I think that the Language Ambassador training day was really interesting. I especially enjoyed the part where we learnt about French culture. We also completed a quiz which was fun, as we got to work with our school to answer the questions. I believe that the training day helped me and other pupils enhance our language skills and soon we will be encouraging other students to learn and take languages for their GCSEs.
Recently we have been learning about Hindu worship and culture so we decided to make a shrine. Our shrine consisted of flowers, prayer, beads, kum kum powder, the aum symbol, insense and a Ganesh murti. We also covered our box with shiny paper.
Written and made by Isabelle Morris, Lowri Hill, Gwenllian Mellor, Heidi Thomas and Maddie Thomas