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Comenius – A Reflection on Norway

Last week 3 year nine pupils represented Y Pant at the Comenius Conference in Norway.  They joined 5 other European countries in the last meeting of the project, My 21st Century.  Here Riya Kale (RK) and Megan Rees (MR) discuss their visit.

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Why were you selected to go to Norway?

MR: We won a competition and the prize was to go to Norway.  We visited a town called Sandnes.

RK: Our entries were presentations about Architecture and Society.  We used the brief (a Winston Churchill quote) and interpreted it in our own way.  Therefore we focused on our family backgrounds and compared and looked at the differences to our lives in Wales especially as we are from India, Nepal and Ireland.

Can you explain the project?

RK: The project is called My 21st Century.  We presented our PowerPoint on Architecture and Society as well as our stop-motion film and our line poster about how we interpret buildings in the future.  It’s a fun, confidence building experience where you can make a bunch of new friends of all different cultures.

MR: It’s a chance to build friendships with lots of different people whilst being part of a fun and interesting project.  The other schools in the project presented work about how houses will be adapted in the future to be more eco-friendly, about how town planning will evolve and the Dutch school made videos representing how they will live in 50 years’ time.

Where did you stay?

MR: We stayed with a Norwegian host family.  Their house was different to the houses here in Wales.  It was wooden and had 3 floors.

RK: The architecture was different.  It was rare to see a brick building.  All houses were made from wood.  My host’s house was very modern.

What did you do in Norway?

RK: Apart from representing Y Pant and presenting our work, we had a range of different activities: we went sight-seeing; we went to the beach; we participated in teambuilding activities such as Irish and Catalan dancing; we went bowling; we went hiking (even though the view of the town was blocked by fog!); we visited fun interactive museums.

What was the highlight of the trip?

MR: For me it was meeting new and different people.  I also enjoyed going to the beach.

RK: Making new friends and going on the hike because I really got to know people.

What did you learn?

MR: You can have a lot in common with someone who is from a completely different background.

RK: There’s no point in being shy!  Just talk to people because you only have a limited time.

Do you have any tips for future Comenius/Erasmus + travellers?

RK: Pack suitable clothing according to activities.

MR: Relax and be yourself.  Take a plug adaptor!

Would you participate in Comenius again?

RK: Yes!  I would do Comenius again, to make new friends in a different experience and also to have the chance to meet our new found friends again.

MR: Yes, to have the chance to learn even more about other cultures.

Mint to Mint Challenge; Teachers Aim to Cycle to Birmingham in a Day!

On June 13th six intrepid cyclists from Y Pant School (including Headteacher Mr Powell) will be joined by five colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club (Porthcawl) to aim to complete the ‘Mint to Mint’ Charity Cycle Challenge’. The challenge is the brain-child of Mr Pearsall and is a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old Birmingham Mint in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. The challenge is to complete the approximate 130 miles of the journey in a day!

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Some of the riders from the first (and only!) training ride. Pictured are (l-r) Mr B. Jones, Mr Powell, Mr Pelaez-Heras, Mr Mortimer and Mr Battle.

 

The challenge is a natural successor to the Taff Trail walk from Brecon to Cardiff in a day endurance trial from 2014. The cycle ride is in support of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund which raises money for cervical cancer and other cancer research and care. If you would like to contribute to the fundraising there will sponsorship forms in school or you could visit the Just Giving site.

The challenge is in the spirit of the school’s Healthy Living ethos which advocates a healthy active lifestyle to assist with all round well-being and brain health to optimise educational success and lifelong learning. For further guidance on feeling good and living well, see the following videos:-


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Comenius Sneak Preview

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Year 9 pupils have been working hard making a stop-motion video ready for the next Comenius Conference in Norway.  Based on Winston Churchill’s famous quote “First we shape our buildings, then our buildings shape us”,  our pupils created miniature plasticine models of themselves before merging them into buildings.  The merging process did cause a bit of an uproar…  All miniature models were squished together in order to continue with the sequencing of the stop-motion video!  Some miniatures did have to be prised out of some very over-protective pupils!  Keep your eyes peeled for the finished video.
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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

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We are a Fairtrade Achiever school. This week we start to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by thinking about the issues faced by the producers who supply our food and other goods made from things that don’t grow in this country.

Last year we learnt that bananas are the most popular and most traded fruit in the world and we eat 5 million of them every year in the UK. Shockingly many banana growers can’t even feed their own families because we are selling them too cheaply here. E.g. we pay typically 20p for an apple grown here but only 11p for a banana grown in tropical conditions! It’s the farmer who is at the losing end of supermarket price wars!

This year we’ll be thinking about…chocolate!

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We eat 11kg EACH a year and it’s not just bars of chocolate; we also have hot chocolate, chocolate face creams, bubble baths and shampoo! 90% of this chocolate is grown on small family farms.

The cocoa trees need shade – under the rainforest and are picked and processed by hand after the tree is 3 or 4 years old.

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The beans (which taste bitter) are fermented in the tropical country and shipped to more developed countries to be made into chocolate. Yes that’s right – a chocolate farmer may never have tasted his or her own product!

Some small farms have joined together in places like Ghana and the Dominican Republic to form Co-operatives. This helps them reach the Fairtrade standard which ensures that they get a fair price for their beans and a premium that they can spend on improving their communities. Los Brazos in the Dominican Republic have piped water into their homes, meaning they no longer have to walk 4KM EACH WAY to collect water from a stream. The Kuapo Kokoo Co-operative in Ghana has invested the Fairtrade premium in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living.  Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour, and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change.

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Year 11 pupils admired by the Dutch for their style!

Back in September, Jessica  and Maria  (both in Year 11) represented Y Pant on the Comenius Conference in Holland.
Whilst visiting Rotterdam, Jess and Maria were approached by a famous Dutch magazine because of their cool style!  They were asked about where they liked to shop and who their style influences were.  Their pictures were published in the Dutch magazine recently and all their Dutch friends are now very jealous!

6th form host an inter-generational Christmas party

Last week we welcomed some of the more senior members of our community into school for our annual inter-generational Christmas party.

This is a lovely event on our annual 6th form calendar and gives 6th form students to talk to the retired people who attend as well as serving them snacks and drinks.

Our visitors also enjoyed entertainment and a raffle.

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Students take part in the Comenius Conference in Germany

Last week, Harry Bradford, Alex Davies and Mollie McFarlane attended the fourth Comenius Conference in Germany.  They stayed with pupils from the Willigis Gymnasium, Mainz.

During the visit our pupils presented themselves, our school, our country and our multi-cultural mask project.  They also worked on several activities linked to the theme of a multi-cultural society: an art project entitled “Doors into Europe”, a caricatures competition and a group discussion based on how societies and languages are changing due to foreign influences including immigration, culture, social media etc.  All pupils involved reflected well upon these questions and came up with unique and interesting responses, especially for this question – “The USA has been described as a melting pot where cultures have melted together and formed a new culture, the American one.  Others have described the USA as a salad bowl, where you can clearly see the different cultures which together make up the American society.  Which of these two terms, melting pot or salad bowl, will be the best to describe the future European society?”  Answer – “it depends on the chef!”

During the visit, our pupils were extremely lucky to attend the Mainz Carnival, also known as Mainzer Fastnacht, one of the largest carnival events in Germany.  The crowd gathered in Schillerplatz and observed the celebrations, parade and fancy dress!  Pupils also had the opportunity to visit Frankfurt and the Museum of Communication.

Our pupils had a fantastic time in Mainz and gained a wonderful life experience.

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!

Children in Need 2014

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On Friday 14th November held our annual fundraiser for Children in Need and raised over £3000!
Lots of activities took please and everything was live blogged on the day by our year 9 BBC School Report team.  You can read their reports on the School Report website.
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Mr Mitchell also took lots of photos!

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