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News for Summer term 2008

“School’s out for summer”

It’s the last day of the school year today and also the day when we say goodbye to 5 members of staff who are off to pastures new.

Mr Matthew Dunn, 2nd in English, has been at Y Pant for 4 years. He is leaving to become Head of English at Archbishop McGrath Catholic School in Bridgend.

Mr Mark Preece has also been at Y Pant for 4 years. Mr Preece will be taking up his new post as Head of ICT at Howells School in Llandaff in September.

Mr Michael Alderton has been teaching Physics at Y Pant for a year and is now relocating to London and taking up a new post as Teacher of Science.

Ms Tanya Owen stepped in to teach Physics from February 2008 and is leaving this July.

Mr James Powell – also a Physics teacher, left Y Pant in February 2008 after 4.5 years.

All five teachers will be missed by pupils and staff alike and we wish them well in their new positions. We look forward to welcoming their replacements in September.

Have a great summer everyone!

Y Pant Summer Festival 2008

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to a festival jam packed with excitement and performances, from dancing to diablos; singing to stilts? Well, despite the weather, you came in your hundreds to see the amazing acts that Y Pant had to offer writes Siôn Greaves.year 6 choir

The day started in complete chaos. To kick off the problems, we had just discovered that the £200 drum kit had a great big hole punched through it. Not the best start as you can imagine. So in panic, a couple of phone calls were made and we discovered that Mr Thomas had already ordered new skins for the drum kit and they were due on the day. But like Mr Thomas himself, they were nowhere to be seen! The one man who had spent hours of hard work organising the festival and knew every single little detail about the arrangements had vanished. Luckily a sixth former arrived with his own drum kit after three journeys in his car; like me, his sound check had been due an hour before. At last the first problem was sorted. As the day went by, the setbacks kept piling up. But deep down we knew that all the running around, finding, travelling and screaming would all be worth the effort as the glorious thought of playing in front of hundreds kept with us and spurred us on. I couldn’t complain anyway; it was better than having lessons all day!

After the madness of rehearsals and sound checks, it was finally time for the performances. We had all put in hours of work for this one moment, our one moment of glory. It was here! With Mr Pearsall’s screaming shirt and cheesy jokes at the ready, it was Showtime.The show started with a bang as the Gene Simmons -style plastered face of Andrew Parker immediately got the crowd up from their seats and dancing to the classic sound of Robbie Williams’ masterpiece ‘Let Me Entertain You’. What a start; we could all tell that this was going to be a night to remember. Up next was a variety of songs featuring James Davies, Ed Jones, Ashley Evans and Jack Langmead. With songs such as the all-time favourite ‘Summer of ‘69’, the crowd were thoroughly entertained by the face-melting guitar solos, the heart- pounding drums and the melodic vocals. This top quality act was soon followed by a combination of rhythmic samba drumming and vibrant cheerleading. Together, they made the perfect combination of music and dance. It was obvious that both the rhythms and the routines had been polished to perfection.

As the night continued, the acts showed their brilliance in a cluster of colour and sound. We saw acts such as an air guitar medley in which George Glew and I showed our skills through music. George played a killer combination of legendary rock songs including; ‘Iron man’, Let’s Dance to Joy division’, ‘Back in Black’ and many, many more. Meanwhile, I bashed along on the thundering drums. Other acts included the circus team in which we saw an awe-inspiring display of skills; various year 12 bands, and some amazing vocal pieces. E3+’s ‘Playing in a rock band’ featured four great up and coming bands. They performed such songs as ‘My hero’ played by Minority , ‘Miss Murder’ by Bleeding Hearts, ‘Devil may cry’ by local metal band Phobia and our band (Third Hero) who had worked extremely hard on getting the song ‘ Times like These’ perfect down to the last riff. To top off the show, we were all amazed by the sound and spectacle of ‘Schools will Rock You’. Various schools united as one voice to sing a perfect blend of tracks. This really was the icing on the cake.

In the words of Mr Thomas – this festival was a success before it even started. YPF 08 showed the world what talent we have here at Y Pant and it gave us all an opportunity to express it. On behalf of everyone who performed on July the 4 th, I would like to thank the music department, everyone at e3+ and of course the audience because without these people, this show wouldn’t have been the massive success that it was.

Read more on the Rhonnda Cynon Taff Website

New Technology Trial

Pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a trial of some new learning technology at Y Pant. The pupils were each given two hours to experiment with Asus ‘eee’ laptops – tiny computers which connect to the Internet wirelessly and also run a variety of useful software packages.

In discussions with Catherine Namaani, the RCT Curriculum Advice Officer for Blended Learning, the pupils were very positive about the possibilities for using the laptops to enhance learning around the school. While pointing out the need to train staff and pupils in their use, the trial team suggested that outfitting pupils with small, portable computers such as these could transform the way people work in and around school.

Some comments from the team:

‘A brilliant tool to merge the home/school learning environment.’

‘I think that the laptop is an extremely good idea because they are easily transportable, they have a really good system on there and you can interact with other people so easily.’

Musical Performances at Art Exhibitions

Visitors to the GCSE art exhibition on Tuesday 21st May were also treated to a series of musical performances by some of our talented pupils. Performers from Years 7, 8 and 9 gave up some of their after-school time to add some atmosphere to the event, playing a variety of instruments on their own and in small groups.
Many of these young players already have an impressive number of grade exams under their belts, and in their short time at Y Pant have been seen on stage in a number of performances.
Here is a list of performers from the event:

Paul Karamura, Rebecca Davies, Zoe Bann, Martha Reed (Clarinet)

Jess Horsey (Voice)

Sophie Vellam, Jenny Grey, Jacqueline Hopkins (Piano)

Faye Jones, Rhiannon Falshaw-Skelly, Ariane Brumwell (violin)

Brogan Falshaw-Skelly (Flute)

Zoe Morgan (Cornet)

Third Hero’s Single

Y Pant band, Third Hero, have been working hard during E3 sessions after school. They have just finished their first single: Whatever Happened to Us?
Whatever Happened to Us (mp3)
Whatever Happened to Us? (WAV)
Full length copies are available to buy from Richard in the E3 office at £1 each on CD including album artwork.

Guitars: Ed Jones and George Glew

Drums: Ashley Evans

Vocals: Ed Jones with George Glew, James Davies backing.

Mixed, produced and recorded by E3+ recording your band.

The sample playing is in WAV format. If you cannot hear it, click on the mp3 version.

Year 8 Go Green

To their delight, the whole of year 8 had timetables suspended for 2 days on 3rd and 4th July 2008 to take part in an Eco-Extravaganza. The purpose of this was twofold. Firstly to undertake some research about the environment and global citizenship which will hopefully enable Y Pant to gain Eco Schools Green Flag status sometime in the near future. The second was to give pupils the opportunity to learn some new “thinking skills” and to work with people they had not worked with before.

We started the Thursday with a whole-year assembly in which Mr Harbour and Mrs Jones explained the purpose of the day. Pupils were then divided into 10 groups. Each group was given an inflatable globe and asked to note down “what does the world mean to me?”. They then took part in a carousel of activities during the day:

School survey – the whole school grounds were surveyed for litter, tree and plant species, areas where pupils liked going and where they don’t like going etc.

Water water – pupils learned how much of the world does not have access to safe water and just how much water we waste in this country, plus what we can do about it.

Fairtrade – an inspiring film was shown giving pupils a real understanding of how trade in chocolate and bananas etc. affects families in other countries. They also did a taste test on Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade chocolate.

Top Gear – green issues surrounding transport were examined and the carbon-footprint of teachers’ cars calculated.

World of Sport – a look at sport around the world, pupils learned the Haka, had a go at sumo wrestling and gladiator-style jousting.

At the end of the day pupils were again asked “what does the world mean to me?”. Their responses this time were very different, clearly reflecting what they had learned and a wider understanding of global issues.
On the Friday, each group was allocated one activity and had to spend lessons 1 – 4 carrying out further research and creating a presentation on their topic. Pupils also went outside one form at a time to help create the willow squirrel that can be seen on the entrance into the school.
After lunch, year 8 pupils assembled in the gym so that Mr Tucker, Mr Powell and Mr Harbour could come round and judge the presentations. It was obvious that everyone had worked really hard and the standard of the presentations was fantastic. After a lot of deliberation the Eco Cup for 2008 was awarded to one of the teams working on Water Water with Mr Alderton. The team saved 150 litres of water in just one day by putting “hippos” (bottles filled with water) in the toilet cisterns. If all the toilets in the school are done they estimate we’ll save over 1000 litre a day! Mrs Jones was awarded Eco-Enemy of the year for her carbon footprint!

Summer 2008 News
Departing teachers
Y Pant summer festival
New technology trial
Music and Art
Friends of Y Pant Quiz
Year 8 Police Quiz
Y Pant band releases 1st single
Year 8 Environment Day
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