School Uniform Shop 2017

The uniform shop will be open in school on the following dates:

  • Tuesday  July 18 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday July 19 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Thursday July 20 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday August 29 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday August 30 – 4.30pm – 8pm
  • Thursday August 31 – 4.30pm – 8pm

Please note: the shop is also open every Thursday during term time (3.00pm until 6.00pm).

Should any parent require a special order, i.e. smaller or larger size than usually stocked, then the order will need to be placed as soon as possible.

I would like to remind parents that volunteers run the uniform shop in order to keep costs of the uniform down. If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Mrs. Carter , P.A. to the Headteacher on (01443) 562250.

Languages Day

A great languages day for our primary cluster schools on June 29th. Year 6 came to visit and had a fantastic time trying out French, Spanish, German  and even Mandarin in the many language workshops. It was a great opportunity for the Year 10 French GCSE group to share their language skills, and along with Year 12 French and Yr 9 Language Ambassadors to guide the primary pupils though their language journey. 

Worried about bullying? Here’s how to bounce back.

If you are worried about bullying this online tool from Childline helps children gives children some ideas about how to cope.  One of the most important things to do is to tell someone – if we don’t know about it, we can’t stop it.  However, it can be quite difficult to pluck up the courage to tell – this tool includes some really good tips on finding the right adult to talk to and how to plan what you want to say.

https://bounce-back-from-bullying.childline.org.uk/ 

Parent Governor Vacancy

The governing body of Y Pant Comprehensive School has a vacancy for a parent governor and is looking for parents who are interested in this role.  A parent governor is a person with parental responsibility for a pupil attending the school.

The role of governor is an important one, as governing bodies are responsible for undertaking a variety of functions connected with the effective running of the school, including curriculum, budgeting and staffing matters.  You will be supported in these duties by other experienced members of the governing body, the headteacher and the Governor Support Officer. 

The Authority will provide relevant support and information.  Training is provided free of charge.  New governors are encouraged to undertake the foundation course, held at local venues, within the first year of appointment. 

The governing body works together as a group attending a minimum of three meetings per year.  As a parent governor, you will normally hold office for a period of four years, even if your child leaves the school during this time.  However, written resignations may be submitted at any time.

Becoming a governor is subject to certain regulations. Before completing the nomination form, please check that you are eligible by reading the criteria listed on the back page.  The school’s Clerk to the Governing Body will acknowledge your nomination form in due course. 

The Governing Body values your interest.  We would welcome the opportunity to answer any queries you may have, about becoming a governor, by telephone, e-mail or face-to-face at school.

Please see the attached document for more details and a nomination form.

Parent Election – Nomination Form – July 2017

Creativity Exhibition and Showcase Evening a Great Success!

On Thursday 22nd June Y Pant opened its doors to the local community and hosted an Exhibition and Showcase of the creative work undertaken by its pupils.  The evening was the brainchild of music teacher Marvin Thomas who said…

Central to the evening were the live performances.  These included vocal soloists, DJ’s, rock bands, a ukulele group and performances from the cast of “Oliver!”, our school show which takes place on 10th and 11th July.  The musical numbers took place all over the school including the canteen and the open courtyard which created a lovely atmosphere for the 200 or so visitors.  In addition to these A-level Drama students performed short extracts from their exam pieces and A-level Media students revealed their exam show reels in the lecture theatre.

Whilst not being entertained, visitors enjoyed browsing the excellent Art exhibition in the covered courtyard, seeing cookery demonstrations, reading stories and poems, visiting the Learning Resource Centre and listening to pupils discuss their experience at the Hay Festival.  Welsh Baccalaureate students presented their standpoints on global issues and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group talked about their experiences and sold raffle tickets to help fund their expeditions.

The raffle prizes were donated by local companies and members of staff – we’re very grateful for all donations.   The raffle raised £196! The prizes were won by:

Prize Kindly Donated By Winner
Two tickets to a Cardiff City FC home game Cardiff City FC Mrs Cranstone
Two tickets to any Cardiff Blues home game Cardiff Blues Ceri Matthew
Two day passes to Miskin Manor Spa Miskin Manor Spa Mrs Berry
Two day passes to Miskin Manor Spa Miskin Manor Spa Mrs Nowell-Hughes
Family ticket to the school production of Oliver! Y Pant School Mr and Mrs Gate
Family ticket to the school production of Oliver! Y Pant School Liz Hammacott
House of Commons bottle of wine Chris Elmore MP Mrs Kelly
1.5l bottle of red wine   Mrs Gold
Free MOT at Maynard’s Motor Services Maynard’s Motor Services Mr Wildy
Vase   Mrs Davey
Vase   Mrs Padfield
Rice Bowls   Sarah Harris
Cat scratcher   Gruff Thomas
Bath and Shower oils   Sian Hopkins
Car valet set Halfords, Llantrisant Mr Abdo
Decorative plate Butcher’s Arms Gallery Rachel Hammacott
Necklace Butcher’s Arms Gallery Amanda Jenkins
Two glasses Butcher’s Arms Gallery Mrs Rose
Sterling Silver Necklace   Mrs Parker
Lavender Plant The Flower Pot Mrs Thomas
Treaclemoon Bath Set   Lia Nadimi
Enchanted Grace Bath and Perfume Set   Grace Powell

The DT department showcased some of the excellent projects students have undertaken this year and drew crowds with their 3D printing demonstration.  Y Pant scientists discussed the design of the experiment for the NASA Mission Discovery competition and displayed their winning entry for the Royal Horticultural Society garden design competition and took visitors up to the rooftop classroom.

For many in the local community, this was an excellent opportunity to see our new £24 million building which the school moved into in January and which provided the perfect backdrop for such a creative evening.  

Thanks very much to all the staff and pupils who worked hard all evening, and to everyone who came to visit.

Welcome back – yr 12

Welcome back everyone! I know that you have all worked very hard this year and deserve a well-earned break in the summer holidays. Now the exams are out of the way we need to concentrate on starting the A2 course and getting back into the routine of school life.

It is important to remember that you cannot drop any AS subjects at this stage until you have had your grades in the summer. We believe that once you have had your results you are able to make informed and important decisions about your future choices. You can make this decision on the first day back in September but we will also be running a Sixth Form Open Morning, in the summer break, to allow you an opportunity to drop in and discuss your options with staff.

The summer term holds some very important events in Sixth Form such as the nominations for the Sixth Form leadership roles, UCAS Induction including a trip to the USW and the Welsh Baccalaureate Fortnight. Further details of these events will be shared with you on the web site and Gmail.

This term we will be offering substantial support in your careers choices. I would highly recommend that you visit the UCAS web site www.ucas.com to start looking at subject and university options to kick start the research. Another good web site is www.prospects.ac.uk that helps you look at the types of jobs that you can consider. Here are some other suggested web sites that may benefit you: www.ukcoursefinder.co.ukwww.hotcourses.com www.bestuniforme.com

Scott Gwynne, the Careers Adviser, is also available every week and will arrange a meeting with you if you contact him on scott.gwynne@careerswales.com

The structure of the day will vary this term. There will only be compulsory registration (8.30am-8.50am) during the Welsh Baccalaureate fortnight from the 3rd of July – 14th of July. The timetable will collapse during the fortnight to accommodate a wide range of activities, however P5 and 6 lessons will continue as normal.

In addition to this Sixth Form Assembly will continue every Friday and is compulsory for all to attend. I would like to continue with the successful use of communication through gmail and encourage you to check your mail on a daily basis so that you can be updated with news. Please also continue to use the sign in and out system as a way of ensuring your safety in the school.

Furthermore, we have some very important whole school events taking place this term and I would like to encourage you all to support them. We will need assistance with the Lower School Sponsored Walk and suggest that this may be an excellent opportunity to start fundraising for the Prom next year. The school Eisteddfod, the Creative Arts Evening and the school production of Oliver are just some of the important events that require help and support from Sixth Formers. You have helped to establish an excellent sense of community within the school and I know that this will continue throughout your time in Y Pant.

Finally, Dr Caulfield and I will be running a Sixth Form Clinic every morning in the Sixth Form Area this term. If you have any queries or problems, please come and see us or Gmail us, as we are here to help.

 

Busta Rhymes

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Young Writers Busta Rhymes competition and Y Pant pupils have made a significant contribution to this prestigious event!  The competition aims to find exceptional young poets and this year it received in excess of 6,000 entries.  Y Pant pupils from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 took part and submitted their poems to the selection panel.  The competition organisers were particularly impressed with their poems and wrote to us expressing their delight that the work of a large number of pupils from Y Pant had been selected for publication.  Fantastic news!  The judges were so impressed by the standard of poems penned by our pupils that 31 have been chosen for publication in this year’s volume of Poets from Northern Ireland & Wales.  Choosing which poems are going to be published is essentially subjective and editors’ preferences do come into it but the judges were impressed by the perception, imagination, expression, creativity and original use of language in our pupils’ work.  The collection of poems will be published on 30th June and available to buy online and in all good bookshops!

Key Stage 3 Assessment Period

The annual Assessment Period for Key Stage 3 students will run from Tuesday 13th to Friday 23rd June. Details of assessment content for each subject can be found in Table 2 below.

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Year 7 and 8All exams will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Fortnight.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Year 9 :  Most exams will take place in the Main Hall or the Sports Hall (see Table 1 below for details which may be subject to change). This will be a useful experience for students in preparation for GCSE and other external examinations they will sit next year.

Table 1: Year 9 Exam Timetable – Main Hall or Sports Hall

Date Subject Band Time Venue Duration  
Tues 13th June English X 8.50 Main Hall 1.5 hours Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Y 11.10
Wed 14thJune History All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Thu 15th June Geography All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Fri 16th June Welsh All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Mon 19th June REP All Pupils 1.30 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber
Tues 20th  June Biology All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Wed 21st  June Chemistry X 8.50 Main Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator
Y 11.10
Thurs 22nd June Physics All Pupils 8.50 Sports Hall 1 hour Black pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, calculator

Some assessments for Year 9 will take place during normal timetabled lessons within the Assessment Period.  Pupils will be informed of the exact date and period by their subject teachers.

Table 2: Assessment Content

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exam – assessed during the course of the year. Tonal A5 study of mask.

This will assess the composition and the accuracy of proportion and perspective. We will also look at the successful application of tone, shape, pattern, texture and detail.

Pupils could try carrying out direct observations based on the relevant themes to help prepare for the test.

 
DT No exams  – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

 
Drama Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers). Assessment will take place in end of year practical: 2 hours across 2 lessons (this may fall outside assessment fortnight: students will be told by their class teachers).  
English (1hr) Narrative: Choice of two titles.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons. Pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being able to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

(1hr) Narrative: The Injured Soldier story.

Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling/ punctuation/ grammar and story planning revision.

 

(1.5hr) Series of Fiction Reading Comprehension Tasks and 1 x Non Fiction Writing task: Pupils will complete preparation work/revision work prior to the exams in their English lessons and pupils will be encouraged to consolidate their revision over half term with parents being encouraged to help their child by doing some general spelling, punctuation and grammar

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

French   No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.  
Geography The exam will last 50 minutes and take place during one lesson in the assessment fortnight. We will let pupils know the date before they break up for Whitsun. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year. The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

 

The exam will last one hour. Pupils will need to revise all the work they have covered this year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

History 1 hour exam completed in assessment fortnight, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall. 1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

 

1 hour exam, based on the whole year’s work. The focus will be on factual recall.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Food and Textiles

No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.

 

ICT Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks Assessed through classwork – through a range of key tasks
Maths 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons. 1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

1.5 hour exam in Maths based on the whole year’s work and spread over 2 lessons.

 

Music No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year. No exams – assessed during the course of the year.
PSE No exams. No exams. No exams.
REP No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.

 

No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. 1 hour exam based upon Year 9 work on Christian beliefs.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Science

 

 

 

 

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Characteristics of Living Things and Habitats.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Starting Science; Solids, Liquids and Gases; Acids and Alkalis.

 

Skills: 1-hour exam based on this year’s work – variables, tables, graphs, analysis of data, balanced and unbalanced forces.

 

Exams will take place in the classroom during assessment fortnight.

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Cells, Reproduction and Variation.

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Elements and Compounds; Separating Mixtures; The first part of Reactivity of Metals (their teacher will clarify this further if necessary).

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work.  Assessment based on the topic of Electricity and Energy.

 

*Three separate exams in the Sports/Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Biology: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Diet, Digestion, Respiration and Breathing.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

 

Chemistry: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Topics covered are: Chemical reactions 1; Chemical reactions 2; Environmental Chemistry

*Exam in the Main Hall – see Table 1

 

Physics: 1 hour exam based on this year’s work. Assessment based on the topic of Sound and Light.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1

Spanish No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year. No exams – pupils are assessed at the end of each module throughout the year.
Welsh Assessment will be during one lesson and will be based on all topics covered across the year. Assessment will be completed in the class and will be based on all topics covered across the year.

 

Assessment will be completed in the Sports Hall and will be based on all the topics covered across the year.

*Exam in the Sports Hall – see Table 1