On Tuesday 22nd September the Art Department took Year 11 and Year 9 students to The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. The collection now holds over 250,000 objects from around the world. Students were able to see groups of objects such as: musical instruments, weapons, masks, textiles, jewellery, and tools to show how the same problems have been solved at different times by different peoples. The visit was made to support students’ coursework projects (Year 11 Multicultural Art Unit and Year 9 Mask Making Unit). Students used their sketchbooks and cameras to record interesting examples of objects seen.
Last Thursday we welcomed over 400 year 6 children, parents, carers and siblings to Y Pant for the Open Evening. There was a real buzz around the school as they visited the different departments and found out what Y Pant has to offer.
Thanks to Scott Russell in year 11 for the great pictures!
This advice from Tiger Mobiles about how to keep children safe on their mobiles is very useful.
Our Comenius My 21st Century project has sadly come to an end. After trips to Ireland, Holland, Germany, Spain and Norway we have had to say our goodbyes to our European counterparts (for the time being!) after two years of working on this project. A total of 19 pupils, from various year groups, attended these trips after showing an interest in culture, technology and making new friends. Each Comenius Conference we attended had a different thematic area: what does social media mean to you?; technology; a multi-cultural society; entrepreneurs and educational apps; democracy; society and architecture. A larger number of Y Pant pupils also took part in the project, some attended the Comenius club, others hosted and some completed Comenius work in their time-tabled lessons such as Art.
Highlights from the trips include: meeting the Mayor of Sant Cugat; Jess and Maria being interviewed in Holland about their style and making it into a famous magazine; being hosted by friends that you made when you hosted in Wales; riding bikes to school in Holland; using Spanish skills and language (learnt in Y Pant) to navigate yourself around Barcelona; how to take responsibility for yourself and work on basic life skills; visiting amazing cities and countries; making brand new friends!
Congratulations to the Year 7, 9 and 10 rugby sevens squads who all won their age groups at the recent Pontypridd Schools’ Sevens. It has been a very successful season for rugby at Y Pant with both the Year 7 and Year 8 teams winning the 15a-side Pontypridd Schools’ League and Cup.
Well done to Year 9 archer Cyra Rawdin-Jones who won Gold in The Welsh Field Championships in both the team and individual event. The team event is a real achievement, as the Jnr team of which she was a member beat all other teams including the senior and pro staff teams.
Y Pant’s Year 9 athletes recently travelled to Brecon to compete in the Glamorgan Valleys County competition. Notable successes include Jay Coombes who jumped 1.54 metres to finish with Silver. Carys Woodland also picked up Silver in the Long Jump. Performance of the day came from Josh Lock who won the Long Jump with a leap of 5.74 metres. Josh is currently ranked 1st in Wales and 4th in the UK in this event. Good luck to him when he represents the County in the Welsh Championships.
On Tuesday 30th June Year 7 athletes also took part in their Glamorgan Valleys County competition. Iwan Jenkins won the 200 metres with a time of 27.8 seconds he also came 3rd in the Long Jump. Cory Sibley also came 3rd in the 1500 metres.
Congratulations to the Year 9 girls football team who reached the final of the ‘Game On’ 5-a-side football tournament.
Well done to Cory Jenkins in Year 10 who formed part of the Welsh Trampoline Squad and represented his country in the National Trampoline Championships in Peterborough.
Congratulations to Seb Bunyan who in September 2014 became a member of the Wales Under 14’s National Basketball Team.
In June 2015 The Wales Under 14’s Boys Team competed in the FIBA Summer Slam tournament in Stirling, Scotland, competing against Northern Ireland, Sokol Prazsky of The Czech Republic, and the host nation Scotland. Seb joined his team mates in lining up against extremely competitive opposition, with Scotland and The Czech Republic being familiar representatives in Division B, whilst Wales is currently placed in Division C.
On the 12th July Kiera White, and myself (Ellie Matthews) travelled to King’s College London, with 45 other students from R-CT- to complete a five day project. The project was for International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) with NASA in the hope that it would be launched onto the international space station. Unfortunately our group did not win overall but we had an amazing week!
We were introduced to Chris Barber (the founder of ISSET), Mike Foale (an astronaut), Dr Julie Keeble (a pharmacology lecturer), Sarah Murray (Assistant Chief of EVA, Robotics and Crew Systems at NASA) and Ben (our mentor). We were put to work to create a team name and mission patch. A mission patch is a special badge designed by the crew of a space mission which is then worn by the astronauts. We voted on the best ones and our team won both votes. The final competition of the day was to try and safely land an egg after it is dropped from 30 feet above the ground using equipment such as parachutes and balloons. The team with the egg that did not break and had the lowest expenditure won. Unfortunately our team did not win, even though our egg didn’t break. This competition was based on how NASA safely landed the Mars Rover on Mars and space craft on the moon.
On Tuesday the lectures started and the real competition began. The first lecture was presented by Sarah on her journey to become the Assistant Chief of EVA for NASA and how her job has influenced the missions sent up to the ISS. This was followed by Mike Foales’ experiences as an astronaut and his time in the international space station. Throughout the day we really got to understand the issues of iving in space and how difficult it is for the astronauts to adapt to the microgravity environment, this gave us a really good place to start on our research into our experiment. When we began designing our experiment we looked at very basic ideas and built on them until we had a solid idea, it was very important for us to keep our experiment simple but relevant so it had the largest impact, increasing our chance of our experiment winning.
Wednesday was focused on how humans react to being in a microgravity environment, the problems caused by the way fluid is redistributed around the body and how muscle and bone mass is lost when in space. This created restrictions on the experiment which were further complicated by the fact we only had a 10cmX10cmX5cm box to do the experiment in. In the evening we had the chance to talk to and ask questions via a video link with Scott Kelly, an astronaut currently at the ISS carrying out a one year study on how space affects the body in comparison to his twin who is on earth. This was really fascinating and amazing to be a part of.
The last two days were focused on our experiment. We had a day and a half to complete it in our groups and create a presentation. We presented in small groups to two judges and then the best experiments went into the final. In the final we presented to everybody on mission discovery and a whole panel of judges. The winning experiment will be launched onto the international space station in the next few years.
The whole week was fun filled and we would definitely do it all again. We met loads of lovely people who we had an amazing week with. If you get the opportunity to go take it and enjoy yourself because we know we did.
Oh là là. Year 10 and 11 French GCSE students spent a busy 4 days in Paris at the end of the summer term. Pupils were keen to take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. The hot Parisien weather didn’t slow us down, and we managed to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Cœur, and relax on a scenic Seine river cruise. Our visit to the top of the Tour Montparnasse gave an amazing panoramic view over the city. Highlights also included a day out at Disneyland Paris and a visit to the Château de Versaille. A great time was had by all.