Two weeks ago, the Y Pant drama department put on a production of Macbeth at the Schools Shakespeare Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre. Today, pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are getting the chance to see this fantastic production in school. There will be a special performance at 3:30 for pupils in KS4 and KS5.
A group of year nine pupils have worked extremely hard this week making masks. The brief was to create a mask that summarised your opinion of a multi-cultural society. The masks will be show cased at the Comenius Conference in Mainz, Germany.
On 18th November we hosted an evening in school for parents of Key Stage 3 children to find out how best to support their children with their learning.
Miss Whatley and Miss Owen took parents through some of the techniques we use at Y Pant to teach children maths and outlined the ways in which they could help improve their numeracy.
Mrs Dyson talked to parents about encouraging reading for pleasure, focusing on the needs of reluctant or struggling readers.
During the break, parents were served refreshments by Callum and Gemma representing our 6th form and also had a chance to browse a selection of books brought along by Books & Pontyclun, our new local bookshop.
There will be more information about how to help your child with their literacy and numeracy on the website soon.
The Spanish Department is really lucky to have a link with a Spanish school in Valencia thanks to a past pupil, Jacqueline Hopkins. Jackie, who achieved an A* grade at Spanish A-Level last summer, is currently working at the Valencian school as an English assistant. Over the next few weeks we are set to receive around 70 letters from Valencia. Our current Year 9 cohort will have this fantastic opportunity to make new friends and become pen pals with this Spanish school.
Younas visited the Religious Education Department and Welsh Bacc departments today to engage pupils from Year 10, 11 and 12 in ethical thought and discussion relating to the moral implications of child labour. A typical 24 hours in the life of our pupils were analysed and discussed. Comparisons were considered with children who are forced into child labour in India and Pakistan. One example studied were the employees of a factory in Pakistan, who made the football world cup ball taking into account their wages, ages and working conditions compared to their cost of living and the constitutional law in Pakistan. Pupils developed their knowledge, understanding, discussion, thinking and empathy skills throughout the day. Solutions and strategies were discussed developing opinion and awareness of positive effects of Fair Trade on individual lives in other parts of the world as part of global citizenship and stewardship teaching. Our pupils would like to extend a thank you to Younas for his time, energy and imparting of relevant and emotive knowledge.
This term the Design and Technology department has been extremely fortunate to receive donated materials from local companies. These materials will help significantly to raise the quality of pupils’ practical projects.
Year 10 GCSE Art students recently when out of school to visit two places of interest to support their current coursework project on Natural Forms. First stop was The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which is an historic botanic garden in Oxford, England. It is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Students were able to record through drawings and photography a variety of plants looking for interesting shapes, patterns and forms to influence and inform their own 3d work back in the classroom. They then walked to The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This was founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the museum counts among its most famous features the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo, and the swifts in the Museum tower. We were given a museum talk and shown examples of Artists work books using the museum subject matter.
The Yr 11 and A Level Art groups recently went to London for the day. They visited the British Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum. A Level students were able to see primary source material to support their self-initiated projects and our Yr11 students were hunting out Multicultural artefacts to support their research for their mock exam.
At the British Museum students were able to view artefacts from around the world there were displays of the largest collection of Chinese ceramics outside China, as well as objects from the Islamic world dating from the 7th century AD to the present. The museum prides itself on being ‘a museum of the world, for the world’ with galleries covering Africa, Americas, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We were unable to get around it all in the time we had but students were able to record a range of artefacts quickly before we moved on the The V&A. Over at The V&A students were able to see the largest collection of decorative arts and design, the permanent collection holds over 4.5 million objects and again students were not able to see them all in the time frame however they were able to record pieces of interest to kick-start their own ideas back in the classroom.