We’re delighted to announce that King’s Camps are coming to Y Pant this summer. If you are interested in booking your child onto King’s Camps at Y Pant click here to book.
We were delighted to welcome Mr Matt Elias, Performance Director of Welsh Athletics and former Olympic 400m runner, to present the prizes on 6th April. During the evening we also enjoyed performances from Yasmin Reid, Alys Cleverley and Sara Pugh. Sara picked up her Rotary Club Young Vocalist of the Year shield as well.
A full list of prize winners can be found below.
|Design Technology (RM)||Maddie Thomas|
|Religion, Ethics & Philosophy||Katie Hardwidge|
|English||Lauren Evans & Evie Morgan|
|Design Food/Textiles||Evie Morgan|
Overall Winner – Evie Morgan – Award sponsored by: New Directions
|Design Food/Textiles||Shauna Archer|
|Design Technology (RM)||Molly Francis|
|Learning Support||Lloyd Rose|
|R E P||Riley Lloyd|
|PE (Boys)||Gethin Poacher|
|PE (Girls)||Abigail Blandford|
Overall Winner – Evan-Ray Denscombe – Award sponsored by: WH Preene & Son
|Design Food/Textiles||Jessica Doyle|
|Design Technology (RM)||Isabelle Smith|
Overall Winner – Alys Cleverley- Award sponsored by: New Directions
|Design Food/Textiles||Owen Cockburn|
|Design Technology (RM)||Phoebe Dalton|
|PE (Girls)||Millie Lewis|
|PE (Boys)||Iwan Jenkins|
|Learning Support||Chloe Dunn & Livia Baker|
Overall Winner – Livia Baker – Award sponsored by: Glamorgan Financial Services Ltd.
|Design Food/Textiles||Lydia Morgan|
|Design Technology (RM)||Catrin Gratridge|
Overall Winner – Natalie Johns – Award sponsored by: Blakemore & Son Ltd.
|Design Food/Textiles||Bethany Luckett|
|Design Technology (RM)||Ross Cooper|
|Learning Support||Tyron Rees & Callum Eades|
|PE (Boys)||Mitchell Jones|
|PE (Girls)||Elynor Backstedt|
Overall Winner – Ben Sutton – Award sponsored by: Mainline Travel
|Child Development||Caitlin Lewis|
|Design Technology||Ben Chessell|
|Health & Social Care||Chloe Whitehead|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Emilia Bolton|
|English||Emilia Bolton & Yasmin Howells|
|Business Studies||Riya Kale|
|Media Studies||Lucy Challinor|
|Physical Education||Jay Coombes|
Overall Winner – Elizabeth Samuel – Award sponsored by: Llanharan Community Charity Shop
|Child Development||Tyla Smith|
|Design Technology||Thomas Mead|
|Business Studies||Megan Austin|
|Media Studies||Liam Gilheaney|
|PE (Boys)||Ben Vowles|
|PE (Girls)||Olivia Enoch|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Georgia Harkus|
|Learning Support||Wanessa Sikorska|
Overall Winner – Robert Billingham – Award sponsored by: Llanharry Community Council
|Child Development||Neilla Jenkins|
|Design Technology||Matthew Amesbury|
|Business Studies||Stacey Bull|
|Physical Education||Brooke Powell|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Felicity Bancroft|
|Media Studies||Abi Vosper|
Overall Winner – Frankie Mitchell – Award sponsored by: Llanharry Community Council
|Child Development||Ella Cale|
|Drama||Cheyenne Rose Lewis|
|Design Technology||Christian Alford|
|Business Studies||Holly Ryan|
|Media Studies||Ethan Williams|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Christopher Sallam|
|PE (Boys)||Jack Elvis|
|PE (Girls)||Molly Rowlands|
|Learning Support||Shannon Milne|
Overall Winner – Shannon Milne – Award sponsored by: Llanharan Community Charity Shop
|Design Technology||Bethany Mason|
|Business Studies||Yung Tsui|
|Travel & Tourism||Oliver Wheeler|
|Media Studies||Caitlin Mead|
|Physical Education||MacKenzie Melody|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Lois Ferns|
Overall Winner – Jack Smith – Award sponsored by: Vale Independent Financial Advisors
|Business Studies||Jess Matthews|
|Media Studies||Thomas Prosser|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Lauren Pickens|
|Travel & Tourism||Charlotte Hamm|
Overall Winner – Megan Prewett – Award sponsored by : Llanharan Community Charity Shop
|Business Studies||Rhodri Poacher|
|Travel & Tourism||Rhodri Poacher|
|Media Studies||Amelia Green|
|Biology||Katie Crook & Juliet Johns|
Overall Winner – Juliet Johns – Award sponsored by: Vale Independent Financial Advisors
|Business Studies||Oliver Wheeler|
|Travel & Tourism||Emily Evans|
|Media Studies||Molly Robson|
Overall Winner – Molly Robson – Award sponsored by: Purolite
|Design Technology –
John Haydn Thomas Prize
|Mrs Sian Bolton||Matthew Amesbury|
|English||Rotary Club of Llantrisant||Kesia Evans|
|Spanish||Pontyclun Van Hire||Nia Daniells|
|History||Llantrisant Community Council||Kiera White|
|French||The Community Shop of Pontyclun||Megan Schoen|
|Design Technology (Food, Catering, Textiles, Child Development, Health & Social Care)||Haveli Restaurant||Neilla Jenkins|
|Information Technology||Llanharan Community Charity Shop||Kaylyn Broad|
|Computing||Llanharry Community Council||Spencer Mehta|
|Drama||Butcher’s Arms||Sarah Pugh|
|Travel & Tourism||Mainline Travel||Rhodri Poacher|
|Business Studies||Lifestyle Financial Services||Rhodri Poacher|
|Physics||Mrs Sian Bolton||Jack Smith|
|Art||Llanharan Community Charity Shop||Molly Robson|
|Psychology||The Community Shop of Pontyclun||Jack Jones|
|Media Studies||Purolite||Amelia Green|
|Physical Education||Pontyclun Van Hire||Abigail Blandford|
|Music||The Community Shop of Pontyclun||Lewis Hawkins|
|Cymraeg||Llanharry Community Council||Daniel Schoen|
|Religion, Ethics & Philosophy||Mrs Sian Bolton||Caitlin Bridges|
|Geography||Llanharan Community Charity Shop||Katie Crook|
|Biology||Finning UK Ltd.||Katie Crook & Juliet Johns|
|Chemistry||Llanharan Community Charity Shop||Juliet Johns|
|Mathematics||Pontyclun Action Group||Juliet Johns|
|Head Girl||Mrs Sian Bolton||Juliet Johns|
|Head Boy||Mrs Sian Bolton||Bob Davies|
Pupil Improvement Awards
Most Improved Pupil in Year 07 – Isaac Jenkins
Most Improved Pupil in Year 08 – George Deaves-Small
Most Improved Pupil in Year 09 – David Mudd
Most Improved Pupil in Year 10 – Vivian Ogbomor
Most Improved Pupil in Year 11 – Ryan Mo
Sponsored & Presented by County Borough Councillor Barry Stephens J.P.
Rotary Clubs’ Shield – Young Vocalist of the Year – Sarah Pugh
Rotary Clubs of Aberdare, Llantrisant and Rhondda
Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Llantrisant
John Davies Memorial Prize – Keira White
Presented to the most successful student at A Level.
Sponsored by Mrs Sian Bolton
Award for Sustained Academic Excellence – Juliet Johns
Sponsored by Mrs Sian Bolton
The Computer Shop Talbot Green Award – David Mudd
Sponsored by JC Computers
Service to the School Community Award – Solomon Bolton, Poppy Horsey & Emilia Bolton
Sponsored by Pontyclun Action Group
Award for Outstanding Resilience – Christina Chen
Sponsored by The Community Shop of Pontyclun
Rhondda Cynon Taff Positive Achievement Award 2016 – Daniel Schoen
Additional Award Sponsored by Llantrisant Community Council
Menna Burmingham Y9 has been a black belt in Taekwondo for almost two years and regularly attends tournaments across the country. She recently took part in the very busy TAGB English Championships that was held on Sunday 12th March at the Worcester Arena. Menna competed in the Girls Black Belt Patterns. This is a fiercely competitive division and Menna had to go through three rounds, each time having to deliver her intricate pattern with the same level of accuracy and composure. However, it certainly paid off in the final head-to-head round, where she gave an unbeatable performance to claim the title of English Champion for herself. (Menna’s no stranger to holding an English Patterns title though as she first lifted the trophy a couple of years ago when she was a Red Belt.)
Menna also reached the semi-final in the Girls Middleweight Black Belt Sparring event, (bronze) by combining some strong kicking with sheer skill and determination.
Her next major tournament is the Welsh Open in May. Menna is also hoping to travel to the European Championships in June which are being held in Poland.
Last week we took part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Programme and were able to take pupils on field trips all over the world – and beyond!
Google came into school for the day and brought with them 60 smartphones. Using the Google Expeditions App and cardboard Virtual Reality viewers, pupils were able to experience 360-degree tours to places as diverse as New York’s immigration centres, Barcelona, the Arctic, the Great Barrier Reef, the human respiratory system and the Moon!
Pupils were excited to experience this technology and there were many gasps of astonishment as we came face to face with a Great White Shark or experienced standing on the Great Wall of China.
Anyone wanting to try this at home needs two smartphones, or one smartphone and a tablet (one needs to act as the expedition leader) and a Google cardboard (which can be purchased for as little as £5 online). Check your smartphone can run the Google Expeditions App before purchasing! It’s fun and has some serious learning potential as well which we’ll be exploring.
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and to celebrate, our librarian Mrs Heather Johns, put on a fantastic Harry Potter themed day.
Hogwarts took over the school and our houses became Hogwarts houses for the day. We also participated in the Hogwarts Teacher Exchange Programme and welcomed Professors McGonagall, Trelawney, Umbridge & Quirrell among others to Y Pant. Pupils were challenged to find all the Hogwarts staff during the day—a hard task as some had taken Polyjuice potion and looked a lot like Y Pant teachers.
We held a Harry Potter themed bake off and were highly impressed with ALL the amazing cakes that were brought in.
Bake Off Winners and Runners Up
Some pupils took part in a quiz in the Learning Resource Centre and then hunted for the missing snitches at the end. The quiz was won by Aneurin 2 (Hufflepuff), the team comprised of, Sam F Davies, Corey Luke, Evan Marsland-Davies, Elise-Marie Shaw, and Libby Lee.
We also challenged pupils to write a review of one of the Harry Potter books or films. We had some fantastic entries (which will be displayed in the Learning Resource Centre). The winners are:
- Harriet Kehl
- Laura Mathieson
- Jay Lock
Pupils were also encouraged to sum up their favourite Harry Potter moment in 140 characters. This was won by Caitlin Richards with the following:
In the first book, Fred and George throw snowballs at the back of Quirrell’s turban, or better known, Voldemort’s face! #HarryPotter
— Y Pant School (@YPantSchool) March 4, 2017
Our 6th form open evening takes place on Thursday 16th March with talks at 4:30 and 6pm. There will also be the opportunity to visit departments.
Look out for our advert in the South Wales Echo this weekend!
Year 10 Agored Cymru pupils volunteered to serve lunch for St David’s Day at the Lanhari Senior Citizen’s Hall. Community Participation is also an element of their Welsh Baccalaureate course. There were 50 guests who tucked into a traditional meal of cawl followed by tea / coffee and welsh cakes. Pupils called the raffle and enjoyed traditional Welsh songs such as Calon Lan and Myfanwy. The photos show the pupils building rapport with the guests and posing with the Mayor of RCT Mr Rhys Lewis.
Students applying for university or college courses in 2017/18 should apply for their student finance now.
You don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college – use your preferred choice of course and change it later.
Apply now to make sure your money is ready at the start of your course. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.
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