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
The following letter was sent by Mr Fisher – Head of Maths to all parents and carers of year 10 students this week.
Many of you will know that GCSE Maths is changing in Wales. Our current year 10 cohort are following the new GCSE Maths specifications in which pupils sit two Maths GCSEs. These are entitled ‘GCSE Numeracy’ and ‘GCSE Maths’. GCSE Maths is similar to the current exam in many ways but GCSE Numeracy is quite different. It is essentially a test of numerical reasoning in which pupils are presented with a range of information and need to extract and use the relevant data. Pupils in year 10 have already had considerable practice in this area (using the RUCSAC technique).This exam will test the resilience of pupils as well as their mathematical knowledge and techniques.
As GCSE Numeracy is a new exam we intend to enter the entire cohort for these papers next November in order to give them an early exposure to this new exam. All pupils will then sit the other GCSE Maths exams the following summer. At that time they will also have the opportunity to retake GCSE Numeracy in order to improve their grade. Each exam will have three tiers. Higher tier will cover grades A*-C, Intermediate tier grades B-E and foundation tier grades D-G (with a C grade available for exceptional performance). There will be 2 papers in each GCSE one of which will be a non-calculator paper.
Further details will be available from your child’s subject teacher in the year 10 parents evening on February 25th. Should you have any further queries about these exams please feel free to contact me at the school, on extension 241.
In our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy club we have joined a collaboration centre with ‘iEARN’. We have experienced many different cultures and traditions. We, along with other pupils from different years, have created amazing Christmas cards describing how we culturally and religiously celebrate Christmas in Wales.
This project has been designed to connect classrooms around the world. We have learned about different traditions and customs. For instance, we discovered that in Taiwan most of them do not celebrate Christmas with presents or time off school. They only get a present when they were younger which really surprised us and they also go to school but they do play Christmas games and some of the teachers dress up like Santa.
All of us have enjoyed this project because it’s fun, educational and interesting learning about what they do at Christmas. Also we are glad about how many Christmas cards was made by different years to send to these different schools, we had 78 handmade cards describing everyone’s experiences at Christmas to share with pupils around the world, including Taiwan, Belarus, Iran, Morocco and Russia.