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Future Chefs Cook Up a Storm!

Monday the 5th of October saw the School heats for the Springboard Future Chef Competition. Eight year 9 pupils took part including Lydia Morgan, Olivia King, Jack King, Courtney Jones, Catrin Grattidge, Ellie Hammacott, Natalie Johns and Ellie Jenkins.

Their brief was to cook a main meal with a budget of £5. They were judged on the balance of the meal including flavours, textures and appearance by Mr Powell, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Knight.

An amazing range of meals was produced and the staff thoroughly enjoyed each one. The standard was exceptional.

Dishes produced ranged from Chilli Con Carne with Garlic Ciabatta & Chicken Tikka with Mint Yoghurt to Pesto Pasta with Bacon and Tomatoes & Garlic Salmon with Asparagus on a bed of pureed Butternut Squash.

After much deliberation the winners were announced as Ellie Jenkins for her home reared Lamb Chops in Rosemary and Red wine Jus with mashed Potato and Carrots; and Courtney Jones with her Garlic Salmon with a crispy skin and Asparagus on a bed of pureed Butternut Squash.

The pupils worked independently for an hour and produced top quality dishes. Mr Powell commented that he enjoys cooking but “I couldn’t cook like that”.

Miss Knight will be accompanying Ellie Jenkins and Courtney Jones to Bridgend College for the regional finals on the 24th November.

We wish the girls the very best of luck.

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Art department win prestigious Wolfson Foundation grant

We are delighted that the Wolfson Foundation has awarded a grant of up to £25,000 toward the cost of IT equipment for the Art department to enable students studying GCSE and A Level Art to undertake projects as part of their studies.


The department will use digital cameras to record the local landscape and other stimuli which will be imported in to hand-held tablets for digital manipulation and painting using software applications. This project closely mirrors Hockney’s creative process which begins with the use of digital photography which is uploaded to a hand-held device. Using digital manipulation software, Hockney draws over the original image using various ‘brushwork’ techniques. The new media applications allow students the opportunity to apply traditional artistic techniques, such as line, tone, texture, shape and pattern, whilst using new digital media applications. The completed imagery is then either published in its digital form, or printed on a high quality printer to form a physical artefact. The use of the high definition cameras will also support students generally in their everyday art activities through recording and chronicling of the production of their practical work. The use of photography will afford students the opportunity to reflect on their work whilst producing personal and informed outcomes, another requirement of the course.


This project was inspired by a former student, Jack Penberthy, who chose this creative process independently during his A Level studies. The image above showcases Jack’s work.

The training and introduction of the project will take place in the coming terms and will be followed up with a second wave of use by our Media Studies department. Their use of the IT equipment would be multi-faceted. Initially the use of the digital photography, and the ability manipulate the image using Fresh Paint or other photo shop software, will give access to GCSE and A Level students to produce high quality artefacts such as specialist magazine front covers. This will widen the scope of the independent opportunities they can take.

In addition to using the software in operation with the Art project, we plan to purchase film editing software to allow students to produce and edit their own film as part of the Media coursework.

We are delighted with the news of this grant award – many thanks and congratulations to the Art Department, led by Mrs Gold and to the Media Studies department, led by Miss Umbleja for their hard work in preparing the details of the project and meeting the representative from the Wolfson Foundation.

A Packed Programme of Festive Performances

It’s that time of year again – Christmas is approaching, and for the Performing Arts Department, that means a diary full of festive events!

We hope to bump into you at some of the following:

  • Tuesday 2nd December: Students will be performing on the Glanfa Stage at the Wales Millennium Centre at 1pm. The concert will be broadcast live on the Internet on the WMC website.
  • Wednesday 3rd December: The school brass ensemble will be performing in a concert at Llandaff Cathedral.
  • Thursday 4th December: We will be entertaining the Christmas meeting of the fifty-plus forum at Pontyclun Athletic Club.
  • Tuesday 9th December: The Pontyclun WI are hosting a group of our young singers at Pontyclun Community Centre.
  • Thursday 11th December: Our main Christmas concert is back in Bethel Baptist Church. Come along!  The concert starts at 7.00pm and there will be a range of performers from right across the school performing a variety of Christmas classics. All are very welcome.
  • Friday 12th December: We will be providing entertainment at the annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party at Y Pant.
  • Monday 15th December: We will be welcoming Year 6 musicians to perform with our Year 7 pupils at our transitional Christmas concert here in school.
  • Friday 19th December: Our musicians will send off 2014 in style with their contribution to the final assembly.

Once we have sung, played, danced and acted our way through that lot, Y Pant’s young performers will have thoroughly earned their Christmas break!

DT Department Thanks Local Businesses for Donation

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.

GCSE ART TRIP to The British Museum and The V&A

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.





Year 13 DT student’s work at the Welsh Innovation Awards

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.

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You can follow the work of Design & Technology students on twitter @YPantDT.