On Remembrance Sunday 13th November, I performed The Last Post whilst wreathes were laid in honour of those who have given their lives for our country. Even though this is the second year I have performed it was still a heartfelt experience and amazing to see how many people were there (but also very nerve-wracking to have so many people watching!) Members of the armed forces, police service, scouting and guiding laid poppy wreaths at the memorial, followed by a short service, the last post and the two minute silence. The service then continued inside the church.
Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 23rd of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Representatives from the school included members of local Air and Army Cadets, members of the School Council and Army Reservist teacher, Mr Pearsall. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer. Fellow Y Pant pupils from C Coy, R Welsh Army Cadet Force and 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour and were supervised by former pupil Flight Sergeant Sami Bryant who performed admirably in the heat whilst observing the rigours of Ramadan. The ceremony was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, Bryncelynnog School, local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.
The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from primary school pupils and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.
On Saturday June 11th seven intrepid cyclists from Y Pant (along with colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club, Porthcawl) will be taking part in the inaugural ‘Ten-Por-Car’ (Tenby to Porthcawl to Cardiff) cycle ride in aid of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Having only recently recovered from the 133 mile epic ‘Mint to Mint’ cycle challenge from 2015, our plucky saddle weary teachers have decided to throw caution, and comfort, to the wind in able to raise money for a cause that is dear to our hearts. Joining the cycling stalwarts from last year, including Headteacher Mr Powell, are newbies; Andy Gowman (Bursar) and Sam Speller (Student Teacher). We will be ably assisted by Mr Duggan and Mr Davies as support crew.
If you would like to contribute to our worthy cause please access Wayne Griffiths’ Just Giving website below.
Alternatively there will be sponsor forms doing the rounds in school. To get you in the mood there are some photos of middle aged men (and young lady…) in lycra below.
The Governing Body are seeking to appoint a casual weekend caretaker to supervise the operation of the impressive new facilities shortly to be opened at the school. Initially these consist of a 3G Artificial Turf Sports Pitch and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
In addition to a number of traditional caretaker duties the postholder will be expected to exercise high level customer care skills to provide a welcoming and helpful experience for community groups hiring the facilities.
It is important to note that the appointment is on a casual basis with hours to match bookings made by the community groups, to this extent it is anticipated that these will be influenced by the seasons of the year with more hours anticipated in the autumn/winter than the Spring/Summer.
Pay – £7.50 per hour
Closing Date: 7th December 2015
Please download a full job description and application form here.
The MFL department has reserved a tree at this year’s Llantrisant Christmas tree festival. The French Language Ambassador team have been meeting to create lovely festive craft with French greetings. We hope to have lots of linguistic decorations in French and Spanish to showcase our talent. It is a lovely annual Christmas Festival you can visit to put you in the holiday mood!
Children in Need took place on Friday and as always the Sixth Form took part in their annual fancy dress. This year, myself and another student decided to attend as bags of Jelly Beans, which gained a lot of praise on the day so I believe it was a success. Children in Need is one of the best times for the Sixth Form to get together and really contribute to the fundraising done by Y Pant every year. When I started in the Sixth Form last year, a Sixth Form Committee was set up in order to build a team that was engaged in school events and also wanted to have a strong role in the fundraising for the Year 13 Prom. The committee, for the second year, has enjoyed being a part of Children in Need and we are amazed by the incredible £2500 that Y Pant raised this year! We were overwhelmed by the response to the tuck shop this year and once again, it proved successful at both break and lunch. Additionally, the Sixth Form were involved with the running of the activities at lunch including face painting, basketball and helping out with the photo booth; all of which proved to be a lot of fun!
The Sixth Form Committee aims to organise events for the younger years of Y Pant as we have all gone through starting at comprehensive and we know that there is not a great deal of entertainment in our locality. Recently we organised a Halloween Disco for Year 7 and 8, which was held at the drama studio at the school. This was great fun and the response we had was very positive and I know that many of the students would like there to be more. Therefore, I am hoping to use the school website as a way to communicate the new events organised by the Sixth Form Committee, so keep a look out!