Yr 11 English Breakfast Revision Tuesday 9th June

Parent/guardians of year 11 pupils only

Y Pant English Department are running the last ‘Breakfast Revision Club’ from 7:50am on Tuesday 9th June. This will take place in room 68 where breakfast will be served (complementary) and last minute exam tips/techniques will be delivered for their Unit 2 exam at 8:30.

Breakfast Revision has proved to be very beneficial for the pupils prior to their previous English exams this year. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity.

Breakfast before an exam is EXTREMELY important, as your brain needs energy to work at optimal capacity”

“Make the most of the final few hours before your exam”

We wish all year 11 pupils the very best of luck in their examinations and look forward to seeing them at the revision sessions.

Y Pant English Department

Valencian Friends Reply to our yr 9 Easter Messages

9×1 and 9y1 have been busy working on their penpal letters this week.  Their Valencian friends have replied to our Easter messages and the excitement has started all over again.  We’re hoping to send our letters off this week so that our penpals will receive their correspondence before they start their summer holidays – much sooner than we do, how lucky!

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Mint-to-Mint Charity Bike Ride – Llantrisant to Birmingham in a day!

The following seven members of the teaching staff from Y Pant School will be taking part in the Mint-To-Mint cycling challenge on 13th June. Mark Powell, Bryn Jones, Mark Pearsall, Gareth Battle, Dai Mortimer, Mani Pelaez-Heras and Ian Mitchell. None of us is a spring chicken; so much so that our average age is over 45! There follows a little information about some of those participating in the ride and we hope this will spur you on to donating to the charity in the usual way by sending cash in via the pupils to any of us or by clicking on the following link and donating via the Just Giving website. https://www.justgiving.com/wayne-griffiths9/

Here are some of us at the start of our most recent training ride.

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And 90 km later still looking as fresh as daisies.

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Rider Profiles

 

MPHello there, my name is Mark Pearsall and I have had the good fortune to be a teacher at Y Pant School for nearly 15 years. I’m a comparative newcomer to the joys of cycling; only taking to the saddle on a reasonably regular basis since last November. About 2 weeks after taking to the road and having not cycled more than 15 miles I experienced a vision on a dark country lane near Porthcawl at 6 O’clock on a frosty morning. The vision informed me that I should arrange a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old mint in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The challenge should be called the ‘Mint to Mint Challenge’ and should be completed in a day by a pilgrimage of similar middle aged men in lycra who also felt the need  to affirm their status in society.   I believed that people would scoff and deride my vision but I was wrong and a number of colleagues from school and Newton Lifeguard Club in Porthcawl committed themselves to a rigorous and punishing training regime to prepare for this cycling pilgrimage to my original spawning ground.

To paraphrase the film ‘Gladiator’; “For those of you who are about to cycle- We salute you!!” Strength and honour!!

IMI`m Ian Mitchell. I`ve been the Head of Welsh here for 23 and a half years (not that I`m counting!). As an enthusiastic and, it has been suggested, even obsessive cyclist it was natural for me to be involved in this challenge. I wasn`t so much asked as told: “Yeah, Mitch will do it” is how I remember it. However, participating is a no-brainer as this charity is close to my heart, as it for so many of us here in South Wales. As someone remarked to me the other day, there are very few of us who have not been touched by the wonderful work done at Velindre. Being well past the half century in years on this planet the thought of cycling 130 miles is rather daunting and I`ve had to re-evaluate my usual cycling technique of getting to the top as quickly as possible and then blasting down the other side at breakneck speeds. I know my mountain biking buddies will scoff at that but in my mind I don`t half go fast! In fact, check me out on Strava (in the aged 50 plus category, please). A couple of the less experienced cyclists wanted to know about my cycling strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side is my body`s ability to fuel up with carbohydrates. The negative? I eat too much bread! This is why being a MAMIL is not a good thing for me. Please support our efforts in this challenge. We are going to be well out of our comfort zone and would appreciate your going over to the just giving page and donating what you can. Diolch.

MAPHello everyone.  I’m Mark Powell, the headteacher of Y Pant School.  I’ve worked here for 9 years and have been in education for nearly 25.  I can no longer deny that I am middle-aged!

On consideration of Mr Pearsall’s vision, two questions came to mind:

  1. how hard can the training be?
  2. how athletic would I look in lycra?

Answers:

  1. very
  2. not at all.

How I wish I could reverse those answers….

So, anyway, I signed up, replaced my battered old bike, donned the lycra, avoided full length mirrors and set out on the roads.  And it really isn’t just about the bike: I’ve discovered a whole new vocabulary, a world of cadence, cleats and chamois cream (don’t ask….).  But I’m thoroughly enjoying it, finding things out about myself and aching in places I had never considered before!  Most of all, I’m proud to be part of a group committed to making a contribution to such a wonderful cause.

Here we go: rolling, rolling, rolling…..

MPHHola amigos, I am Manuel Pelaez-Heras “MPH” (Fastest teacher by name). I have been teaching in the UK for the last 12 years, PE first and ALN for the last 7. I am addicted to cycling since growing up as a child in sunny Spain, too much at times. I would label myself as “The best Spanish cyclist in the school”. Mentioning cycling and challenge was the catch for me, helping Cancer research bought me straight. I have lost people I still love and I know people suffering cancer.

I know 130 miles sounds crazy-loco but it is nothing compared to the tough situation people suffering cancer get through and not to forget their families and friends.

I am looking forward to cycling with the “Y Pant Lycra Gang” (YPLG) and having an amazing experience with the thought of helping in my mind and legs.

Please, please, please support us on this challenge page and donate via the Just Giving.

Thanks, diolch, gracias.

DMHead of PE and Taff Trail Challenge finisher last year, Dai Mortimer.

 

 

 

GBHead of Geography and seasoned triathlete, Gareth Battle.

 

 

 

 

 

BJAssistant Headteacher and Taff Trail Challenge finisher, Bryn Jones.

 

Whitsun Half Term Revision Sessions

The following revision sessions will run over half-term (all English sessions in room 56)

Tuesday 26th May

  • Media Studies (A2) for year 13 with Miss Umbleja – 9am to 1pm.

Wednesday 27th May

  • Media Studies (GCSE) for year 11 with Miss Umbleja – 9am to 1pm.
  • Foundation Tier English Language revision (Focus Group and sets 3 and 4) 9am to 11am.
  • Higher Tier English Language revision (Miss. Jones’ class 11X1) 11am to 1pm.
  • English A2 for year 13 with Mr Kuck – 9am to 1pm.

Thursday 28th May

  • Higher Tier English Language revision (Mr Kuck, Miss Powell and Miss Umbleja’s classes.

Friday 29th May

  • Maths GCSE for year 11 foundation and higher tiers 10am to 1pm.

 

English ‘Breakfast Revision Club’

Parent/guardians of year 11 pupils only

Y Pant English Department are running a ‘Breakfast Revision Club’ from 7:50 on Friday 22nd May, Tuesday 2nd June and Tuesday 9th June. This will take place in room 68 where breakfast will be served (complementary) and last minute exam tips/techniques will be delivered.

Our aim is for the pupils to enter their exam at 8:30, with the brain energy and confidence needed to complete their English Literature and Language examinations.

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity.

Breakfast before an exam is EXTREMELY important, as your brain needs energy to work at optimal capacity”

“Make the most of the final few hours before your exam”

We wish all year 11 pupils the very best of luck of their examinations and look forward to seeing them at the revision sessions.

Y Pant English Department

Whitsun Half Term Extended Provision Activities

The following FREE activities are running at half-term.  There are still a few places left – sign-up quickly in the YEPS office before they all go!

Tuesday 26th May 2015 11.00am-3.00pm Surfing
Tuesday 26th May 2015 1.00pm-4.00pm Debating
Wednesday 27th May 2015 11.00am-2.00pm Extended Provision – Cooking
Wednesday 27th May 2015 11.00am-2.00pm Extended Provision – American Football
Thursday 28th May 2015 12.00pm-3.00pm Go-Karting

Summer Term Extended Provision Activities 2015

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Extended Provision – 13th April 2015-15th July 2015

Monday Lunchtime

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Volley Ball Sports Hall Year 7+ 1.10pm-2.00pm 10 wks

Monday Session 1

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Swimming Leisure Centre Year 7+ 2.50pm–4.50pm 10 wks
Badminton Leisure Centre Year 7+ 2.50pm–4.50pm 10 wks
Fitness Suite Leisure Centre Year 7+ 2.50pm-4.50pm 10 wks
Photography Rm 6 Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Chill Out Room Rm 47 Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks

Monday Session 2

Extended Provision Y Pant School Year 7 + 5.30pm–8.00pm 13 wks

Tuesday Lunchtime

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Futsal Sports Hall Year 7+ 1.10pm-2.00pm 10 wks

Tuesday  Session 1

Activity Location Age Time Duration
School Football Sports Field Year 7+ 3.00pm-4.00pm 10 wks
School Cricket Sports Field Year 7+ 3.00pm-4.00pm 10 wks
Jewellery Making TBC Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Film Making Rm 58 Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Chill Out Room Rm 47 Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks

Tuesday  Session 2

Extended Provision YG Llanhari Year 7 + 6.30pm–8.30pm 13 wks

Wednesday Lunchtime

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Fitness Sports Hall Year 7+ 1.10pm-2.00pm 10 wks

Wednesday  Session 1

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Free Running Gym Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Tennis Tennis Courts Year 7 + 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Pyropraphy (Wood Burning) Rm 30 Year 7 + 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Youth Theatre (Yr 7-9) Drama Studion Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Dance Rm 68 Year 7+ 3.00pm-4.00pm 10 wks
Information, Advice & Guidance Session Rm 45 Year 7+ 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks
Chill Out Room Rm 47 Year 7 + 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks

Wednesday  Session 2

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Youth Theatre Drama studio Year 7 + 6.00pm-8.00pm 10 wks
Extended Provision Y Pant School Year 7 + 5.30pm–8.00pm 13 wks

Thursday Lunchtime

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Running & Core Fitness (Girls) Gym Year 7 + 1.10pm-2.00pm 10 wks

Thursday  Session 1

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Golf The Vale Resort Year 7+ 3.00pm–4.45pm 10 wks
Doodlewear Lesser Hall Year 7+ 3.00pm–5.00pm 10 wks
Duke of Edinburgh Rm 54 Year 11 3.00pm–5.00pm 10 wks
Chill Out Room Rm 47 Year 7+ 3.00pm–5.00pm 10 wks

Thursday  Session 2

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Extended Provision YG Llanhari Year 7 + 6.30pm–8.30pm 13 wks

Friday Lunchtime

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Tennis Sports Hall Year 7 + 1.10pm-2.00pm 10 wks

Friday  Session 1

Activity Location Age Time Duration
Warhammer Rm 57 Year 7 + 3.00pm-5.00pm 10 wks

Friday  Session 2

Activity Location Age Time Duration
None

Year 8 pupil Lydia in the Shakespeare Performance competition

“Two households, both alike in dignity

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Those of you in Year 10 or above will be familiar with these lines from the opening of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  You may vividly remember the lessons you spent acting, reading and analysing important scenes.  You might even be heard to say that some of Shakespeare’s magnificent dialogue can sometimes be tricky to interpret on first reading, let alone deliver it to an audience.  Would you agree then, that it would be a mighty task to memorise a speech and deliver it to a panel of judges who are looking for a realistic portrayal of a Shakespearean character?

Well, Lydia Morgan in Year 8 has done exactly that!  She made it to the South Wales Regional Final of the English Speaking Union ‘Shakespeare Performance’ competition held in the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  The judges were very impressed with Lydia’s performance of Julia’s speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona in the first round and gave her a place in the Regional Final last week.  The competition involved Year 8 and 9 students from school s across Wales and the judges were looking for the best performance of Shakespeare’s work.  There were 10 competitors in total and Lydia’s performance went well!  To perform in front of an audience is always challenging but Lydia rose to the challenge and impressed judges and audience members alike.  Well done Lydia!