The blog has been quiet for some time now but, as we are at the end of a long term and looking forward towards an exciting new year, I thought it a good time to re-introduce it.
In the top right hand corner of our home page you will see a tab marked ‘New School‘. We will be using this tab to communicate updates regarding the new school building in the weeks and months to come. It gives me great pleasure this week to be able to share with you the ‘fly through‘ that the architects have produced for us. I must stress that this an artist’s impression of how the new school will look but plans are extremely well-advanced and we do not anticipate major changes to the overall design. The new school will be built on the part of the school fields currently occupied by the tennis courts, rugby field and running track. The gym, sports hall and New Block will remain; everything else will either be demolished or relocated. We are extremely excited about the new building and, with work due to start in late Spring 2015, we feel that we are on the brink of a new era in the life of the school. I am pleased to be able to report that the level of consultation with the school has been extremely impressive and that staff and students have been given the opportunity to contribute their ideas.
In the New Year we will arrange a series of community evenings where people from the community which Y Pant serves will be invited into the school for a more detailed presentation of the plans. I hope to see you there!
Also elsewhere on the website you will see the fantastic news about our successful bid for a grant from the Wolfson Foundation who have very kindly agreed to fund a bid worth £25 000 to buy tablet devices for the Art and Media Studies departments. This will enable pupils to experiment with new and exciting forms of artistic and media-related technologies. Many thanks to the Wolfson Foundation and to colleagues within the school who worked so hard in drawing up the bid. I look forward to seeing the work that pupils produce.
I was extremely proud to be in attendance at the school’s carol concert in Bethel Baptist Church last week. It really was a lovely evening which celebrated Christmas whilst recognising its traditional meaning. Many thanks and congratulations to all the pupils who performed, to my colleagues in the Performing Arts department who worked so tirelessly and to Bethel Baptist for the use of such a lovely building.
Another annual festive favourite was our inter-generational Christmas Party. We are always pleased to welcome senior citizens into the school for an afternoon of music, refreshments, bingo and gifts! Our students and volunteers from the staff help out with the organisation, the serving and the clearing-up whilst our Performing Arts department arrange musical items in keeping with the season. Another lovely occasion. Many thanks in particular to Mr Abdo!
Comings and goings on the staff saw Mrs Davey return from maternity leave and Miss Morgan leave on maternity leave! Many thanks to James Jones for covering IT and welcome to Miss Coombs who will be temporarily replacing Miss Morgan in PE.
A lot of you will have read in the media about major changes planned to the curriculum in Wales. The changes at Key Stage 4 are especially substantial. Please, though, rest assured that my colleagues and I are well-advanced in our plans to adapt to these changes and we are confident that they will be accommodated to the benefit of the pupils.
One of the real joys of my week has been to be able to reward a group of pupils for their acts of kindness this term. These youngsters (listed elsewhere on the web site) are an inspiration to us all and I sincerely hope that others will follow in their footsteps and the footsteps of all who were nominated. Congratulations to each and every one of them.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout this term; I wish you all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.