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Music Students Raise Hundreds for Charities

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.

Scott Russell appointed Youth Inspector

Scott Russell, year 10, has recently secured the post of Youth Inspector within the youth provision of RCTCBC.  Youth Inspectors are dedicated volunteering young people, who work with other inspectors to carry out inspections in various provisions throughout RCT.  The aims of the inspections are to improve the services that are offered to young people.  Congratulations Scott, you will make and excellent Youth Inspector

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Transition Music Day

Music Events at Y Pant

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.

16th June

WMC Concert
Our latest concert at the WMC

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.

19th June

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.

26th June

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.

2nd July

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.

3rd July

BTEC Concert
The BTEC Level 3 concert in aid of Velindre hospital

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!

 

8th July

Transition Music Day
Our first Transition Music Day

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.

12th July

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.

17th July

We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!

18th July

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!

The walkers with part of their support crew.

55 miles walked in 21 hours 10 minutes!

Congratulations to Mr Pearsall, Mr Jones and Mr Mortimer who finished the epic Taff Trail walk this weekend!  They walked the entire 55 miles, from Brecon to Cardiff Bay, non-stop, in 21 hours and 10 minutes.  The trio were ably assisted by Mr Muscat, Miss Purcell and Mr Thomas who walked large parts of the distance with them.  Mr Battle, Mr Abdo, Mr Duggan and Mr Davies met the walkers at various points to provide essential refreshments.

The walkers are raising money for the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. If you would like to donate please visit:

http://www.justgiving.com/remember/26013/Rhian-Griffiths

…click on Rhian Griffiths Memorial Walk 2014 and make your required donation.
The walkers with part of their support crew.
The walkers with part of their support crew.
The 6 starters in at the beginning of the Taff Trail in Brecon.
The 6 starters in at the beginning of the Taff Trail in Brecon.
At the end of the Taff Trail in Cardiff Bay on Sunday morning.
At the end of the Taff Trail in Cardiff Bay on Sunday morning.
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Staff walking 55 MILES on the Taff Trail this weekend in Aid of Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund

This weekend some of the Y Pant will be attempting to walk the 55 mile Taff Trail (or parts thereof) from Brecon to Cardiff Bay in less than 24 hours. This will be a rather extreme and challenging walk and will be a real team effort with support drivers and walkers to enable the main effort.
We will be aiming to raise money for the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund which is a charity that is very close to our school community’s heart. There is the opportunity to donate online at:-
…click on Rhian Griffiths Memorial Walk 2014 and make your required donation.
We shall be leaving Brecon at 12 Midday on Saturday and aiming to get into Cardiff Bay by 10 am on Sunday morning. All are aiming to get personal bests for distances walked and will be a little tender on the feet on the Monday morning.
Comenius Wales 2014

Comenius Visit to Wales

The week before half term Y Pant successfully hosted 21 exchange pupils for its Comenius Project. This was the second conference held for the project and students arrived from various European countries; Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain.

The conference lasted three days and during this time all schools presented the work that they had worked on in their own countries, linked to using social media, education and being an entrepreneur. Y Pant pupils researched famous British entrepreneurs, created a video about educational apps and presented the results of an online survey. In groups, students made coins in the art department (inspired from our proximity to the Royal Mint and the online currency Bitcoin) and within mixed nationality groups, students took part in a “Dragons’ Den” styled activity in which they had to create and develop an educational app before pitching it to Mr Powell! (The winning app was called MyMusik and it helped people learn how to sing!) On the last day of the conference the students went on a cultural trip to Cardiff Castle.

Y Pant thoroughly enjoyed hosting our European Guests and we are working hard ready for the third conference in the Netherlands.

Comenius Coin

Wales

The coin commemorates the Comenius visit here at Y Pant.

The statue at the centre of the village of Llantrisant is in the centre of the coin.

Llantrisant is the location of the Royal Mint, the site where all coins here in the UK are made.

The Netherlands

Our coin is representing the typical Dutch things like the windmill and the typical old Dutch shoes. And, of course the flag of our country!

Ireland

We discussed ideas for the coin. We decided that a dragon would be a good representation of Wales. We also wanted to have an object that symbolised our country so we drew a Shamrock as well. We then decided to draw a daffodil to represent Wales.

Norway

We made this coin, and it represents our project. We have ‘The Gecko, ‘The Love Maze’, models we have made back in Norway in our Art class, and the Sandnes symbol – The Gauk. We wanted it to stand out and therefore used a lot of colours.

Spain

Our coin represents the union between all the countries that have taken part in this project and the collaboration is represented as a tree. We were thinking we wanted to represent the union of our countries.

Germany

Our coin represents our good experiences we have made here in Wales. Wales is symbolised by the Red Dragon and the pint of beer stands for Germany. The Dragon wraps around the glass symbolising us coming together. The background looks like the flag of Wales.

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Y Pant Shows Racism the Red Card

The RE department have been running a poster design competition to highlight the problems with racism.  The winning school entries (shown below) have been entered into the national “Show Racism the Red Card” competition.

We’re delighted to announce that Ania Kandasamy in year 9 has been shortlisted for a prize and has been invited to an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff on 1st May! Da iawn Ania!

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All the Y Pant winning entries.

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FREE Microsoft Training Courses

We are now able to offer official Microsoft Training Associate courses to students and staff at Y Pant.  There are a variety of courses on offer and a meeting will be held in Room 1, Wednesday lunchtime (19th February) to discuss these further.  If you are a student in years 10, 11, 12 or 13, or a member of staff and are interested, please come along.

Courses on Offer

MicrosoftTechnologyAssocWindows Operating System Fundamentals
Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Networking Fundamentals
Security Fundamentals
Software Fundamentals
Software Development Fundamentals
Windows Development Fundamentals
Web Development Fundamentals
Microsoft .NET Fundamentals
Gaming Development Fundamentals
HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
Mobile Development Fundamentals
Software Testing Fundamentals
Database Fundamentals

About the MTA

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step towards a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge.

MTA is an optional industry-recognised certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design or software development using Microsoft technologies.

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Muni Arts Centre Closure Petition – Please Sign!

You may have heard that as part of the council’s cuts there are plans to close the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd. You can read more about this on Wales Online.

This would be a huge blow, not just to the community in the local area but also to the school.  We have performed school shows at the Muni for years and it gives students really great opportunity to perform at a professional theatre rather than school hall.

You can look back at our archive of school shows here.

There is a petition on Change.org to save the Muni from these cuts. If you have ever enjoyed a school show or simply want to see this excellent local, community resource stay open, please sign it – and share it with your friends.

Sign the Muni petition
Sign the Muni petition