Category Archives: News Spring 2008

News for Spring term 2008

Water Water Everywhere?

On Friday 18th January, 10 students from years 7, 8 and 9 at Y Pant traveled to the Corus Steel works in Port Talbot to take part in this years’ Learning Circles project. The theme of the day, and of the project was “Water Water Everywhere?”. They met with students from 4 other schools in their Learning Circle: Ysgol Llangafwg, Ysgol Plasmawr, Ysgol Clwydog and Porthcawl Comprehensive and took part in some tough team tasks which stretched them to the limit. The team from Y Pant excelled themselves, winning 2 out of 3 tasks!
For the next 8 weeks the team prepared a project on the subject of “Lack of Clean Drinking Water” as well as contributing to research for topics being studied by the other schools in their Learning Circle. The team were given access to a Moodle forum to discuss and share resources as well as an International Youth Forum where they hope to be able to talk to other young people who may have first hand experience of the issues involved. The participants (l to r):

Michael Gilheaney (9), Amy Jones (9), Molly Utting (7), Matthew Knight (9), Matthew Ingram (8), Martha Reed (8), Rhys Morgan (9), Helen Needs (8), Harry Flint (7) and Paul Karamura (7).

The team chose to present their final project in the form of a website. From there they have provided links to podcasts, videos, presentations and leaflets helping us all to learn about how a lack of access to clean water is a real death sentence to many millions. Everything on the website was created by members of the team and was uploaded to the iEarn website and shared with people around the world.
Their work can be seen by following this link.
The Learning Circles project is supported by iEarn (the International and Educational Resource Network) and the Water, Water Everywhere? learning circle has been sponsored by Dysg and WSSA. The students have been supported by Mrs Helen Jones and Miss Lucy Bunce.

Young Enterprise Success for the Business Studies Department

Young Enterprise Rhondda Taff Ely Area Board Final 2008

Tuesday 18th March at the Heritage Park Hotel

Y Pant students have been involved in the Young Enterprise Company Programme for the past 12 months. This has involved the pupils running their own business and dealing with both the successes and difficulties that have arisen. The running of the businesses has been overseen by Miss Jayne Gavaghan (Head of Business Studies) and Jackie Thomas (Business Advisor from Perkin Elmer).
The Area Board Final required students to :

  • design a Trade Stand to promote their product to judges and other Young Enterprise competitors,
  • Submit a Company Report with interim accounts and
  • Give a 5 minute presentation to judges, other competitors and visitors.
Schools from across RCT attended the Area Final, all entering one team each, with Y Pant entering two teams, ‘The Pink Elephants and ‘Spirit Dance Squad’.

Spirit Dance Squad’ realised early on that Alex Hessy-White as a trained dance teacher could be something to develop a business around. The group was formed and job roles were assigned according to their strengths,

  • Bethan Pritchard & Amy Davies – Managing Director,
  • Bailey Davies – Finance and Design,
  • Alix Crothers – Secretary,
  • Gemma Cooper – Dance Coach and
  • Alex Hessy-White – Head Dance Coach.
The group approached E3+ co-ordinators and as a result took part in a successful promotional day in July 2007. The girls received good responses from their year 6, 7 and 8 customers who praised their enthusiasm and level of commitment. The lessons provided much fun and proved a very profitable venture for the team (generating £1000 revenue for 6 months of trading!).
The Pink Elephants’ were very well organised straight from the start allowing them to seize an opportunity to develop a leavers DVD for year 6 students. Team members decided to develop the product with their old primary school – Pontyclun Primary. Roles were allocated as follows;

  • Charlotte Smith – Managing Director,
  • Georgina Heard – Finance Manager,
  • Tom Rowlands – ICT Manager,
  • Greg Robinson – ICT Advisor,
  • Bethan Smyth – Sales Manager,
  • Tom White & Kate Prior – Sales Advisors,
  • Lois Payne – Marketing Manager and
  • Steph Lamerton – Marketing Advisor.

The DVD proved to be a successful venture but the team refused to stop there! The Pink Elephants’ went on to create links with youth leaders at Bethal Baptist Church to help them raise the profile of their own ‘Agape Café’. The team promoted and organised a gig with huge success. A second gig was then organised proving once again that The Pink Elephants’ had winning elements. The team have future plans to organise more gigs, repeat the success of the DVD sales with a new year 6 Cohort and sit their GCSE exams in the next few months!

Area Board Final – Results

Prizes were awarded on the day for ‘Best Company Report’, ‘Best Trade Stand’ and ‘Best Presentation’.

Y Pant took away two of the three Awards;

‘Best Company Report’The Pink Elephants’

‘Best Trade Stand’ – ‘Spirit Dance Squad’

The Pink Elephants’ also progressed through to the next stage of the competition as a ‘Young Enterprise Winner’. The next stage is the Strategic Board Area Finals in May where they will meet winners from other Area Board Finals.
“The students involved have shown enthusiasm and dedication to this project and have achieved success for all their hard work. I have been really pleased with the level of commitment and the professional approach of students. I’m sure I have witnessed the first business experience of many managers and entrepreneurs of the future! Well done to all the students who have taken part.” (Miss Gavaghan)

Further information about Young Enterprise at Y Pant can be found on the Business Studies website.

Paris Trip 2008

This year, from January 30th to 3rd February, a group of students who study French travelled to Paris to practise speaking French and to get a taste of the French culture. The trip was organised by Mrs Davies and Mrs Rose who were both awesome!

We travelled to Paris by coach and Euro tunnel; firstly we had a five hour coach trip from the school to Folkestone, where we boarded the Euro tunnel. It felt really weird knowing we were hundreds of metres under the sea! We were in the Euro tunnel for about 45 minutes. When we arrived in Calais, we began another five hour journey to our hotel in Paris.

L’Hôtel

During our trip, we stayed in the Hotel Ibis; it was an amazing building with a mirrored exterior. We were all spread out over 3 of the 15 floors with three people sharing a room. The rooms were really nice with an ensuite and a TV. Best of all was the view; you could see the Eiffel Tower from many of the rooms which was spectacular at night. Breakfast was provided by the hotel and it was fantastic! We got to eat French bread, croissants & pancakes EVERY DAY!

Euro Disney

On our second day in Paris, we went to Euro Disney! It wasn’t all fun though as we ran into some trouble when we had to order our food in French! It was really fun when we got talking to a shop assistant called Pierre in one of the shops, we were practising our French on him and he was practising his English on us! Euro Disney was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!

French Tourism Conference

On our third day in Paris, we attended a conference in the centre of Paris which was ALL in French! It was all really interesting as it explored tourism in France. As it was all in French, it improved our listening skills immensely! The best speaker of that day was a representative of Thierry Mugler- creator of Angel fragrance, the tester that they passed around smelt really nice!

Landmarks of Paris

During our stay, we also managed to see most of the landmarks of Paris. We went on The Seine river cruise and we saw landmarks such as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. The cruise had a commentary as well, so we also learned about the history of the landmarks.

Another place we visited was the Louvre which is a really famous museum in Paris. We saw the Mona Lisa and The Venus De Milo. Many of us went up the Eiffel tower where the views were amazing! We could see everything, but it was very cold! We also saw the Sacré Coeur which is a very pretty church with fantastic views.

Innocent Little Things (and more)

We attended another conference on day 4, this time it was in English with 3 different speakers covering different topics. Firstly was a really intriguing presentation on World War 1 which tied in with our GCSE History course. Another presentation covered the topic of Global Warming. Our favourite speaker by far was a guy from Innocent Smoothies who gave an excellent presentation on his business and how little things make a big difference. There was also a lady who explained career opportunities abroad which helped us think about our future career prospects.

It’s not all frog’s legs…

Some people find trying new things to eat a bit scary but it is well worth it. The first two nights involved either pizza or burgers and steak and chips in “Buffalo Grill”. The following two nights were a bit more adventurous. People tried snails, onion soup and goat’s cheese salad.

The best restaurant was a small restaurant called Maison Verlain in the Latin Quarter. The food was very good and the desserts were even better! We even had entertainment from a singing guitarist who made everyone join in with “Sweet Chariot”. Heather set a napkin on fire (by accident) so Tom and Robin stamped it out. The staff were really nice about it so we gave them a BIG tip, although they weren’t so nice when a lady set fire to a towel and threw it downstairs into the kitchen!

The overall standard of the food and restaurants were very good!

When we finally had to travel back, we took the same route via the Sacré Coeur and with only a few delays made it back to school at 10:30 pm.

Overall the majority of us year 10’s favourite day was Disneyland but we also found conference 2 really fun and informative.

We had loads of fun, especially on the river cruise and REALLY want to go back next year!!

Despite a few incidents, the trip was absolutely AMAZING!

by Carys Spencer, Heather Chick, Alice Roebuck, Rebecca Davis, Liz Parker & Anwen Hamer (14/03/2008).