Year 10 Spanish Penpal Update

Year 10’s Spanish Penpals have sent us some photos of them opening their letters.  As you can see, they look delighted!  Year 10 wrote detailed letters in Spanish about themselves and their family, using all of the vocab they had been working hard on during the last term – great revision!  We now await their next letter.  How exciting!​

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Extra-curricular Religion, Ethics & Philosophy club on a Monday lunchtime

In our Religion, Ethics and Philosophy club we have joined a collaboration centre with ‘iEARN’. We have experienced many different cultures and traditions. We, along with other pupils from different years, have created amazing Christmas cards describing how we culturally and religiously celebrate Christmas in Wales.

This project has been designed to connect classrooms around the world. We have learned about different traditions and customs. For instance, we discovered that in Taiwan most of them do not celebrate Christmas with presents or time off school. They only get a present when they were younger which really surprised us and they also go to school but they do play Christmas games and some of the teachers dress up like Santa.

All of us have enjoyed this project because it’s fun, educational and interesting learning about what they do at Christmas. Also we are glad about how many Christmas cards was made by different years to send to these different schools, we had 78 handmade cards describing everyone’s experiences at Christmas to share with pupils around the world, including Taiwan, Belarus, Iran, Morocco and Russia.

Mia Jenkins

Year 9

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Little Shop of Horrors @ the Muni – get tickets now!

We’re excited that our school show, Little Shop of Horrors, is on at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February.  Tickets are £5.50 / £7.50 and are available from  www.ticketsource.co.uk/muniartscentre or by phone on 0333 666 3366.  Click the poster below for more details or visit the show’s Facebook page.

Those of you who were at the Carol Concert will have seen a sneak preview and know what an excellent show this will be!

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New Student Newspaper – Issue 1

We are delighted to bring you issue 1 of our brand new student newsletter – The Hollow!

This has been a project undertaken entirely by students, led by Megan Billett and Liv Thomas in year 9.  The girls had the idea last year whilst working as part of the Student Support cabinet and have spent the last two terms recruiting a team and writing articles at lunchtimes.

It’s a superb newsletter, we hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to future editions!

Y10 Penpal letters

Our year 10 Spanish GCSE pupils were very excited to receive penpal letters from a school in Madrid.  We received a huge box full of letters for our 58 pupils.  Some were even lucky enough to receive gifts!  Year 10 have spent the past week drafting their responses and hopefully our letters will get to Madrid just in time for Christmas.

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Y Pant Annual Carol Service

Thanks once again to Bethal Baptist for use of the church for an evening of lively entertainment from Y Pant’s music and performing arts department. The orchestra kicked the evening off with some festive carols to get us all in the mood before we were serenaded by duets from Nancy + Sarah and Caitlyn + Mali.
The percussion group gave a very modern take on jingle bells with their colourful ‘drain pipes’ while the guitar group, led by three of our 6th form performed together for the first time in public. We were very impressed with the GCSE group who performed ‘I’m feeling good’ and the 6th form BTEC class who performed an original composition, complete with Christmas rap!
Pupils of the performing arts department gave a novel reading placed throughout the audience and also gave us a sneak preview of the talent to come in the school’s up coming performance of ‘The little shop of horrors’ scheduled for February 10-11th at the Muni Theatre. Further performances from the school choir rounded up a warm and merry evening which left us all in the festive mood.
Many thanks go to the teachers for their organisation and hard work, the peripatetic teachers who run rehearsals and to our students for their participation and dedication to Y Pant. We would also like to thank everyone who came out on a blustery, wet evening to support their efforts. Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd a blwyddyn newydd dda
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Girls’ Cardiff City Football League

On the 26th of November 2015,  5 Year 7 girls and 3 Year 8 girls made up the u13 Y Pant girls 6 a side team to represent the school in the Cardiff City National Football league competition.

The competition was split in to two groups comprising of 8 teams in each group.  Y Pant were drawn in pool 2. They began their group stages at a slow but steady pace, with an initial 1-1 draw with local rivals Porth County Comprehensive school.

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Results gradually improved throughout the day, with the girls picking up the pace of play and playing to their potential. This resulted in the girls winning the remainder of their pool games, playing some great football and scoring some fantastic goals along the way.

When all the pool games where complete,  4 teams progressed  to the knockout stages of the competition.  Whitecross (Hereford), Rhymney Comprehensive School qualified from Pool 1 and Y Pant and Porth County from pool 2 with Y Pant topping the group on goal difference.

Following these results in the Semi Final first place played second in the corresponding group.

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Whitecross beat Porth convincingly in their semi.  The Semi Final between Y Pant and Rhymney was a much tighter affair.  After the 10min game time the score was 1-1, this meant it would take penalties to separate the team.

The girls showed great nerve under extreme pressure to step up and win the penalty shoot out 2-0 which meant Y Pant were through to the final.

The final was now between Y Pant and a very strong Whitecross team having won the competition for the past 3 years and very firm favourite at the beginning of the competition. There was a huge gulf in height between the two teams, but that’s all that separated the two teams with a very well contested final which was a worthy final to such a great day.

After an end to end game with both teams giving everything they had to the cause, Y Pant came out victorious with a well worked team goal to clinch the game 1-0.

The celebrations after the games were great to see and the excitement and jubilation having won the competition were evident. What made it even more rewarding for the girls is that the hard work they have put in training on a weekly basis had paid off. With this being the first football completion a number of the girls have competed in with some of girls having only taken up football at the start of the academic year.

This team will now go on to represent Cardiff City Football club in the Area final. This will be held in Exeter University on the 14th of January 2016.  They will now compete against other finalists who will also be representing there respective Football League clubs.