It IS Rocket Science at Y Pant!

Pupils at Y Pant are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Y Pant is one of a number of schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

So far the pupils have dried the soil ready for the seeds.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience

Epic trip to Iceland!

By: Alex Parker, Jessica Doyle and Dylan Hamer – Year 8

Our journey started at 04:00 in the morning when we all met at the top of the drive ready for our trip to Iceland. 24 eager students and 3 tired teachers ready for an adventure!

After about an hour we got to Bristol airport. We all went to grab a quick breakfast and before we knew it we were going through security and boarding the plane. Everyone was really excited and no one seemed tired anymore … except Dr. Jones who slept all the way!

Three hours later we were in Iceland and on our way to the relaxing Blue Lagoon, with our bus driver, Paolo, at the helm. All of the group used the white silica mud on their faces during the spa experience.

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That night we went out to chase the Northern Lights, but the weather wasn’t on our side. We did stop to have a massive snow ball fight instead which was great fun and Paolo played his accordion!

The next day we went to two waterfalls. One was called Seljalandsfoss and we were able to walk behind and ended up getting soaked! The other one we climbed to the top of to get a better view. Then we went to a black pebbled beach, which was due to the volcanic activity, with very powerful and dangerous waves.  We went to a glacier which has reduced by 700m because of global warming! Our excellent tour guide, Eric, also told us about the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull as we travelled around its surrounding landscape.


The day after we went to the geyser geothermal park, which was awesome! When the biggest one, Strokkur, erupted several of us got soaked! As we walked back down we could hear the joyful accordion playing of Paolo again. Soon after, we visited the part of Iceland which was part of the North American tectonic plate. There were some beautiful views.

On Sunday we were all really sad as it was our last day. We said our last goodbyes to Eric and Paolo and set off to Keflavik airport. We all spent our remaining kroner and three hours later were back in the UK. It had been an amazing trip and we were all glad that we had gone.

During the trip, the teachers arranged a photo competition as there were so many amazing photos being taken. Here are the winners …

Alex Parker – 8DM – Snowy Landscape

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Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss

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Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests


Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests

These will all be sat in the Sports Hall.  The whole year group will sit the test at the same time.  Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.

The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period.  The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.

The tests will be sat as follows.

Date Session Test
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Procedural Numeracy
Wednesday 4th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 7 Reading
Wednesday 4th May Lesson 5 Year 8 Procedural Numeracy
Thursday 5th May Lessons 1 & 2 Year 9 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lessons 3 & 4 Year 8 Reading
Thursday 5th May Lesson 5 Year 7 Procedural Numeracy

Y Pant -v- Bryn Celynnog

Year 7 played their second home game Tuesday, against local rivals Bryn Celynnog. It was an extremely tight game. The first half consisted of few chances, the best of which fell to Bryn Celynnog – however the shot was dragged wide. After a half time team talk Y Pant came out very determined and began to really pressure Bryn high up the pitch. This pressure eventually worked, the ball won back by Zander L and a through ball played to Josh B who calmly finished it. The remaining time was played out in the same fashion as the first – but another victory for Year 7 and another clean sheet.

A Thriller in Treorchy

Y Pant, the reigning RCT champions won a closely fought and physical contest against bitter rivals Treorchy.

In a tight first half Y Pant went one-nil up thanks to the goal machine Iwan Jenkins. The away team continued on their pursuit for more goals and went further ahead through the goal machine.

Treorchy levelled the score with two quick goals due to schoolboy defending from Y Pant. A goal a piece from both sides locked the game into a draw and as we were heading into the dramatic penalty shoot out, a Cory Sibley wonder strike from ten yards sealed the victory for the reigining champions to the dismay of the home supporters.

Well done to the squad of players who have now reached the semi-finals of the RCT cup for the second successive year.

Scorers for Y Pant were;

Iwan Jenkins (3)

Cory Sibley (1)

Man of the Match for Y Pant was Conan Flower


Rosslyn Park Sevens

Year Eight make the last eight in National School Sevens

On Monday the 14th Y Pant Year 8 Rugby Sevens Team made the long trip to Rosslyn Park in London for the National Schools’ Sevens. With a strong team, supported by a fantastic network of parents from Pontyclun and Llantrisant, the boys went out to re-write the history books by becoming the first Y Pant team to qualify for the finals day. History was against them, as for the previous 15 years that the school has been entering this competition we have never qualified for the prestigious second day, even with the numerous Regional and Welsh players the school has produced in the past.

With that in mind and no accommodation booked for the night the boys set out to smash that record. First up was private boarding school Langley High, who were quickly dispatched 32-16. With a fine attacking edge led by fly half, Iwan Jenkins, every player either scored or was heavily involved in slick passing that opened the Langley defence time and time again.

Like any competition of this nature word travels fast and we knew that our next opponents, Caerleon Comprehensive had smashed our other pool competitors by seven tries to one. However, the boys again made quick work of their Welsh rivals winning 42-0. With an aggressive siege like defence, led by Ryan Wilkins, the boys quickly took hold of the game and dominated every aspect, especially the set piece with Ryan’s front row partners, Luke Bradwell and Dafydd Price, causing horrendous damage to the Caerleon scrum, lineout and ruck.

Finally in the groups stage was a game against Shiplake College. With frontline boys looking tired we made some much needed changes, who again did not disappoint with a massive 54-7 win. An almost flawless display allowed Conan Flower to make numerous decisive runs while Dylan Evans and Chris Samuel, the only Year 7 on the team, to get on the score sheet.

The final part of the day consisted of two knockout games to see which of the 150 schools that entered would make it through to the last eight. First was Oakham School from Rutland – another top private English school that dominated their group. Oakham who had appeared to have a big physical team were put to the sword in the most ruthless fashion with an unforgiving score sheet of 52-7. Strong showings from Iwan Jenkins, Will Porch and Gethin Smith resulted in a flawless display from the Y Pant squad. Our final match of the day was to be against Bro Myrddin, a classic West Wales team who ran the ball at every opportunity. With the support of their fantastic families the Y Pant boys started well scoring two unconverted tries. However, the West Wales team were also a physical outfit and led going into the break, 12-10. In a fast flowing highly skilful game, which did bubble over in times, it was left to the superb Will Porch to score in the corner in the final play of the game and make history for Y Pant, they had made it to the final eight.

After a long night, and potentially the worst meal and customer service in the history of capitalism, Y Pant prepared themselves for their quarterfinal against Wimbledon College, a team that had won all the tournaments they had entered this season and were yet to lose a game of sevens . With the boys looking nervous and still aching from the previous day they had a nervy unsettled start that led to them being 19-0 down going into the break. But with a big crowd watching and the cameras on them they had nothing to lose and at this point began to throw caution to the wind as they started to pass the ball and attack with more confidence and skill. Breaks from Dafyydd Price and again a strong defensive display from Ryan Wilkins led to the boys clawing themselves back into the game but, the class of Wimbledon, who went on to win the tournament, proved too much as the English side eventually came out 33-21 winners.

In what I would call a very professional performance from the boys we have high hopes for this team as they go for the Welsh 7s title next week in Llanelli. As reigning Pontypridd district champions these ‘big fish in a small pond’ are, we believe, ready to push on to bigger and better things.

I would also like to publically thank the parents that made the great effort of going up to support their boys and us as staff – and also for helping those less prepared with accommodation. Without people like Kevin Jenkins and Sam Wilkins our jobs would be substantially harder and in places impossible.

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Friends of Y Pant AGM 2016

Friends of Y Pant Annual General Meeting

Thursday March 24th 5:30pm


• Welcome
• Apologies
• Chair’s Report: 2015/16
• Treasurer’s Report: 2015/16
• Appointment of Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Vice Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Treasurer for 2016/17
• Appointment of Secretary for 2016/17
• Close