UCAS Evening – Thursday June 30th 5.30pm

Dear Parent / carer,
We would like to invite you to our UCAS evening on Thursday June 30th at 5.30 pm in the main hall. During this presentation we will outline the UCAS application system and explain what you may do to support your child through the process and what we will be doing in school to ensure that they have been fully prepared to make informed decisions about their future after Y Pant.
Dear Year 11 families – we are aware that this may be premature but we know that there are some students and families that have asked for advice and guidance at this stage in the past. Therefore, if you wish to join us on this evening for an advance briefing, you would be more than welcome. There will, of course, be the same evening available to you at this time next year.

National Armed Forces Day – Flag Raising

Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 23rd of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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Representatives from the school included members of local Air and Army Cadets, members of the School Council and Army Reservist teacher, Mr Pearsall. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer.  Fellow Y Pant pupils from C Coy, R Welsh Army Cadet Force and 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour and were supervised by former pupil Flight Sergeant Sami Bryant who performed admirably in the heat whilst observing the rigours of Ramadan.  The ceremony was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, Bryncelynnog School,  local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.

The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from primary school pupils and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.

IGNIT10N – this Friday in the Main Hall

IGNIT10N! is the Year 12 BTEC Music students’ final project for the year. On Friday the 24th June at 5pm in the main hall they have planned, and will be hosting a night of excellent music, showcasing a number of their own personal bands, and maybe even a teacher band!

Tickets are £3 and can be paid at the door or to one of the Music Teachers. We hope to see you there!

Here’s a sneak preview…

Great Language Initiative

The French department recently took part in a great language initiative organised by Cardiff University Languages department. Ten Year 9 students had the opportunity to be were mentored by Sam, a final year languages student who came into school to offer mentoring sessions, looking at topics such as option choices, boosting confidence in oracy and presentations and  revision & learning strategies. All students agreed it was an interesting and useful experience. To celebrate the success of the programme, we attended an Awards ceremony held in the Languages department at the University. Its was an exciting visit as students got to experience what University life involves. Sam took us on a guided tour of the languages department, including a visit to the University library and gym. The highlight of the day was a quick Japanese taster lesson, which was great fun. The event was really well organised as part of the Welsh Government’s Global Future’s strategy promoting modern languages. There were lots of other schools involved and there was a great buzz of excitement during the day.

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(Photo by Matthew Horwood)
(Photo by Matthew Horwood)

Y Pant pupils in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit

The weekend of 21st and 22nd May saw over ten thousand cyclists descend on Cardiff`s Civic Centre for the now annual Velothon Wales.  The vast majority of these, including two of Y Pant`s teaching staff, were there to test themselves on the demandingly hilly, yet beautiful terrain of south-east Wales. On the face of it Mr. Mitchell and Senor Pelaez were participating as part of their training routine for the upcoming challenge of cycling from Tenby, via Porthcawl, to Cardiff this weekend.  It is more likely however that they were more interested in fantasising about Tour de France victories as they cycled past the thousands upon thousands of spectators who lined the 140 kilometre route cheering them on enthusiastically!

Putting our MAMILS (Google it) to the back of our mind though Y Pant had much more to celebrate during the weekend. Two of our most talented sportspersons were in action on the Saturday. Elynor Backstedt and James Codd were taking  part in the Maindy Flyers Velothon Wales Youth Circuit. This was a series of races around the Civic Centre which served as the second round of the British National Youth Circuit Series. James and Elynor are Year 9 pupils and were competing in the under 16, Youth A age group. The conditions were appalling with heavy, and at times torrential, rain throughout. The roads being so wet as well being extremely twisty meant that there were several crashes but the pace remained scarily fast.  It was amazing to see the speeds that these young riders attained, riding for over an hour at a pace that most cyclists would be unable to attain for more than a few seconds. James put in a creditable performance, keeping up with the leading group for a good time but was ultimately unsuccessful. Elynor, however came in in fourth place and sees her retain her second place in the current standings. Chapeau to both!  Why not make your way down to Cardiff next year to see for yourself? You may even catch a glimpse of Senor Pelaez in his lycra!

Mr Ian Mitchell

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Year 9 are inspired by the engineering, technology and architecture of Italy

On the 26th of April, 25 pupils and 3 teachers left, for what would turn out to be a great trip to Italy. Before we set off on our travels, we visited somewhere closer to home.  We spent the morning at Renishaw, an engineering company, specialising in many aspects of engineering such as measurement probes and 3D printing machines.  We had a tour of the facility, followed by some light refreshments, before taking part in a challenging coding activity. It got everyone thinking about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to us and how exciting engineering could be as a career.

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We then headed for the airport and after some confusion regarding liquid allowance, we finally took off.

After several hours, we reached the hotel.  Everyone was really tired and quickly fell asleep. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast to get us ready for the day ahead. First we went on a tour of the Ducati factory, followed by the museum and shop. Everyone found it really interesting to find out how they make the motorbikes and that all of the bikes were already sold.

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Next we went on a walking tour of Florence, guided by our fantastic tour guide, Mario.  We learnt so many new things about the city and the culture that we didn’t know before.  It is an amazing city with so many beautiful buildings and statues to see and amazing ice cream!

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That evening we went for food at a restaurant in the city.  Although the food and service wasn’t the best, we all had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening in Florence.

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On Thursday we started with a tour of the Pagani factory.  We were amazed by the detail put into the handmade cars, and the time spent ensuring all of the carbon fibre patterns matched up.  The basic model costs over £1,000,000 and any extras are very expensive!

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After lunch we went on a bus tour of the huge Ferrari factory complex and visited the museum.  The museum was amazing and we could have spent all day there as there was so much to see.  They even had the worlds most expensive car on show which is A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that has been sold for $52,000,000!

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A few people even went on the simulator! We spent a lot of money in the shop before leaving to go for food at the hard rock café. The food was delicious with some excellent background music, we had a great evening and bought some great merchandise to take home from our travels.

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All too soon it was time for us to leave, there was some sickness on the plane but overall it was a smooth flight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely go again, we learned so much about manufacturing and design and saw some amazing things.  Everybody on the trip was really friendly and got on really well, but we were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds.

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By Natalie Johns,  Emma Long and Abbie Tsim.

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Ten-Por-Car Cycle – raising money for Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund

On Saturday June 11th seven intrepid cyclists from Y Pant (along with colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club, Porthcawl) will be taking part in the inaugural ‘Ten-Por-Car’ (Tenby to Porthcawl to Cardiff) cycle ride in aid of the Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Having only recently recovered from the 133 mile epic ‘Mint to Mint’ cycle challenge from 2015, our plucky saddle weary teachers have decided to throw caution, and comfort, to the wind in able to raise money for a cause that is dear to our hearts. Joining the cycling stalwarts from last year, including Headteacher Mr Powell, are newbies; Andy Gowman (Bursar) and Sam Speller (Student Teacher). We will be ably assisted by Mr Duggan and Mr Davies as support crew.

If you would like to contribute to our worthy cause please access Wayne Griffiths’ Just Giving website below.

https://www.justgiving.com/wayne-griffiths9/

Alternatively there will be sponsor forms doing the rounds in school. To get you in the mood there are some photos of middle aged men (and young lady…) in lycra below.

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Get involved – help save British bees!

This week, our thought for the week is bees.  We’ll be finding out about why bees are threatened, why this matters and what we can do about it.

Friends of the Earth are running the Great British Bee Count until 30th June.  You can download a smartphone app and take part in identifying and counting,  bees.  Click the image to download the app.

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You can also make sure you buy bee-friendly plants for your garden.

28 Great Plants for Bees

Local Beekeepers

Apparently eating local honey can help hayfever sufferers reduce their symptoms.  Tonyrefail Apiary sells local honey as does Lisvane Honey Farm in the north of Cardiff.  If you ever come across a swarm of bees – contact Bridgend Bee Keepers who will come and collect it for you.  We did this in school last year!

Avoiding Bee Stings

Obviously bees do sometimes sting, and some people can be severely allergic to bee stings.  Generally the advice given is to avoid approaching a bee hive as bees usually sting when they, or their hive is threatened.

The site beesting.co.uk advises the following to avoid getting stung:

  • don’t wear perfume or body spray with sweet, floral scents
  • don’t wear red (apparently bees can’t see red very well)
  • be careful with open drinks cans and bottles outside – a bee will be attracted to the sugar around the rim and will get scared when you go to drink from it at the same time
  • don’t walk around on grass barefooted
  • if a bee lands on you, move slowly and blow it off gently – don’t run around screaming!