8×1 performed ‘Sospan Fach’ as a classroom orchestra today. I hope you all enjoy the video!
This term the Design and Technology department has been extremely fortunate to receive donated materials from local companies. These materials will help significantly to raise the quality of pupils’ practical projects.
The department would like to thank Oakwood Furniture Manufacturers of Ynysybwl and 4Matix Limited of Pontyclun for their extremely kind contributions. Keep an eye on the D&T web site and Twitter account (@YPantDT) to see the pupils’ projects develop this year.
The Yr 11 and A Level Art groups recently went to London for the day. They visited the British Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. A Level students were able to see primary source material to support their self-initiated projects and our Yr11 students were hunting out Multicultural artefacts to support their research for their mock exam.
At the British Museum students were able to view artefacts from around the world there were displays of the largest collection of Chinese ceramics outside China, as well as objects from the Islamic world dating from the 7th century AD to the present. The museum prides itself on being ‘a museum of the world, for the world’ with galleries covering Africa, Americas, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We were unable to get around it all in the time we had but students were able to record a range of artefacts quickly before we moved on the The V&A. Over at The V&A students were able to see the largest collection of decorative arts and design, the permanent collection holds over 4.5 million objects and again students were not able to see them all in the time frame however they were able to record pieces of interest to kick-start their own ideas back in the classroom.
Congratulations to Gareth Day (Year 13 – 2013/2014) for being selected to display work at the Welsh Innovation Awards. This prestigious event is a showcase exhibition and competition for the most innovative project work at A level and GCSE in Design & Technology.
Gareth was given the following design brief from the examination board:
Taking inspiration from an historical design movement produce a product which references the chosen style.
Below is Gareths explanation of his project:
I have always loved music so I decided to manufacture a gramophone but in the floral art nouveau styling taking inspiration from the designer Tiffany who is iconic of the style. I decided to make the amplifying horn in the shape of an aesthetically appealing flower.
My art nouveau gramophone features an in built Bluetooth speaker with an approximate range of twelve meters allowing greater versatility. The gramophone horn has been designed to look like the Tibetian Gentian flower with universal petals produced through laser cutting and forming techniques to produce the art nouveau floral style. The product contains a Tiffany inspired light section which runs off a 12V halogen bulb which is extremely aesthetically pleasing and period to my chosen style. The gramophone base features compound mitre joints, contrasting pine segments and an art nouveau font writing of the Latin name of the flower which inspired my gramophone horn.
You can follow the work of Design & Technology students on twitter @YPantDT.
It’s judgement time as the new term French book cover competition comes to a close. The judges will decide, so watch this space for the winners.
French Cinema Club has been a great success so far this term with 30 pupils in Year 10 settling down to watch movies. It is aimed at the French GCSE groups but if anyone has a keen interest in European films they would be more than welcome. We are currently showing L’auberge espagnole with Audrey Tatou and it’s looking to get a little bit more crazy. We meet every Wednesday at 1.30 in Room 18 and Early Lunch passes are available from Madame Rose. What better way to avoid the Winter chill when the rain and cold arrives. Bring your snacks too
Many of you will remember the very successful BTEC concerts back in July. Our Year 12 students did themselves and the school proud with a pair of enjoyable evenings in aid of worthy causes.
The final figures are now in, and the combined total raised is well over £1600, an outstanding effort for a class of nine students!
Many congratulations to them, and thanks to everyone who supported the events.
Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga. They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch. After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado. During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús. Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!
There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.
The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.
Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.
You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.
We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.
Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.
The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.
As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!
Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.
Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.
So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.
We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!
Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.
Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!