Y Pant School Eisteddfod 2014

We held our annual Eisteddfod for years 7 and 8 pupils on July 2nd.  Nearly 400 pupils watched or took part in a range of staged activities. In addition to the usual Welsh cultural items such as recitation and folk music we saw some superbly talented pupils singing pop and rock songs, not to mention really entertaining oh la la  versions of ‘Alouette’ in word perfect French! We were entertained by talented instrumentalists and saw a variety of individual and group dance items for the first time for some years too. Several members of staff commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendly competition they witnessed and everyone was stunned by how rousing was the closing of the Eisteddfod with the National Anthem sung by all pupils.

In the preceding weeks there had been hundreds of homework competitions ranging from amazing art and craft works being produced to outstanding written entries in several languages. The winner of the Chair this year for the most effective Welsh composition in Year Eight went to Emilia Bolton of Tirion and she was delighted to accept the prize of the Love Spoon from Mr. Powell following the chairing ceremony.

The final result, the closest for some years saw Tirion narrowly beating this year`s and last year`s runners up Nerth by only 22 points.

We have to thank Mrs. Sarah Burnell and Mr. Owen Thomas, who are both staff representatives on the School Governing body, for adjudicating on the day.

Transition Music Day

Music Events at Y Pant

There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.

16th June

WMC Concert
Our latest concert at the WMC

The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.

Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the  musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.

You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.

19th June

We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.

26th June

Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.

2nd July

The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.

3rd July

BTEC Concert
The BTEC Level 3 concert in aid of Velindre hospital

As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!


8th July

Transition Music Day
Our first Transition Music Day

Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.

12th July

Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.

So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.

17th July

We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!

18th July

Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.

Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!


Activities Day 2014

It was Activities Day in school this week!  Many pupils went out on trips but lots were in school trying out some exciting new things.

The Science department are ran a fire workshop and set fire to Mr Browne’s hands with bubbles of methane.  PLEASE DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME – THIS WAS A VERY CLOSELY SUPERVISED EXPERIMENT

(No Physics teachers were harmed in the course of this experiment).


School Equipment Orders

Sample pictures of personalised USB memory sticks.

In order to help parents get their children ready for the new school year, we are putting together packs of basic equipment which can be purchased from the school.  We are not aiming to make a profit on these packs and they are not compulsory.  You may be able to purchase some of the items more cheaply in the local area – but we feel this may save time for some parents.

Item Price
Basic school equipment pack (3 black pens, 3 blue pens, 3 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, budget maths set, clear pencil case, A4 zippa bag) £3.50
Scientific Calculator (required by set 1 year 9 and all year 10 and 11) £7.20
French Dictionary £4
Spanish Dictionary £4
Welsh Dictionary £4
8GB personalised USB memory stick (please enter all names required overleaf) £5

Although pupils can download their work via, many pupils find they prefer to use a USB memory stick to transfer work between home and school.  We will be ordering 8GB USB memory sticks which will be personalised with the pupil’s name to avoid confusion.  These come with a 10 year warranty. I appreciate that time is a little tight this term and that some pupils are out on trips during the last week of term.  Any orders received in September will be processed then, with equipment being available to pick up towards the end of September. We are making some items of stationary available to pupils to purchase at school (cash only) in a shop run by 6th form students some break and lunchtimes. This is the first year we have run such a scheme and would welcome feedback and suggestions.  If you have any questions please contact me on or via the switchboard. Forms have already gone home with all pupils but can be downloaded here as well.  Unfortunately we are unable to take online orders so the form will need to be printed off and returned to school with the payment. Download the School Equipment Order Form here in PDF format.

Equipment packs already paid for will be available to collect on the first day of term OR from the uniform shop over the summer holidays.

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YEPS – Summer Provision 2014 – All activities and transport are FREE

YEPS – Summer Provision 2014

Y Pant School


Date  Cluster Activity Time Venue
Thursday 24th July 2014 Y Pant Day Trip – British Senior Golf Open 9.30am-3.30pm The Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Wednesday 30th July 2014 Y Pant Paintballing 12.00md-4.00pm Portcawl
Thursday 31st July 2014 Y Pant Cooking – Healthy Eating 10.00am-4.00pm Y Pant School
Tuesday 5th August 2014 Y Pant Surfing 12.00md-2.30pm Cardiff Bay
Wednesday 6th August 2014 Y Pant Golf 12.00md-3.45pm The Vale Resort
Thursday 7th August 2014 Y Pant Go-Karting 10.30am-2.30pm Cardiff
Every Monday & Wednesday from the 11th August -27th August 2014 Y Pant Extended Provision (Youth Club)Incl. sporting,art and chillout activities 11.30pm-2.30pm Y Pant School

All activities and transport are FREE

If you would like to attend any of the activities you will need to sign up in the YEPS office. (old photocopying room). An off-site form will need to be completed and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Year 12 Medics Workshop

medic1 Led by Mrs. E. Mitchell, Head of Science

Tuesday 15th July, lessons 3-4

To complement the UCAS Induction programme, a workshop, targeting the Medical students, will be run by the Head of Science, Mrs. E. Mitchell.

The workshop will address some of the current issues in medicine which will allow students the opportunity to be prepared for the university application and interview process. Students will also be given advice on suitable reading material that can be carried out in the summer holidays.

This will be run on Activities Day and so school uniform need not be worn. It is, however, advisable to let Mrs Mitchell know that you are attending the workshop in advance.

Please note the application for Oxford, Cambridge and most professional courses in medicine is the 15th of October 2014.

If you need any more help and advice please go to

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Y Pant Newsletter – July 2014

Autumn Term 2014

There will be a staggered start to the new school year:-

Monday September 1st - INSET for staff.

Tuesday September 2nd - Year 07 pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

- Year 12 pupils arrive at 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday September 3rd - All pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

School Term Holiday Dates for 2014/ 2015

Autumn 2014
75 days
1 September
27 October
31 October
19 December
Spring 2015
55 days
5 January
16 February
20 February
27 March
Summer 2015
65 days
13 April
25 May
29 May
20 July


Monday 20th July will be an INSET Day. The dates of other INSET days will be finalised in the Autumn Term.      


Our Eisteddfod took place on Wednesday 2nd July p1-4 for years 07 and 08.

Activities Day

Our annual Activities Day will take place on Tuesday 15th July 2014. Many off-site visits have been arranged as well as school-based events.

School Fete

Y Pant’s second School Fete will be held on Saturday 12th July. All are welcome.

Examination Results

We will be open for examination results from 9.00 a.m. on the following dates:-

A/AS levels  : Thursday August 14th .

G.C.S.E.   : Thursday August 21st.

Staff Changes

At the end of this academic year, we will have said farewell to the following colleagues, and extend to them our congratulations and best wishes-

  • Mrs. Sam Shantry, teacher of Mathematics, will be leaving us at the end of term  after being with us for the past 4 years.
  • Mrs. Karine Dubois-Jones, temporary teacher of French, will be leaving towards the end of this academic year.
  • Mr. Tom Derham, ICT Technician, left us at the beginning of July to commence his new position for a company in Bridgend.
  • Mrs. Kath Davey (ICT) left us on 16th June and Mrs. Ele Jones (English), and Miss Charlene Williams (Mathematics) will also be leaving us at the end of the academic year, on a temporary basis, to commence their maternity leave.

There will be several new staff members as at September 2014:-


Miss Emily Whatley 2nd in Mathematics
Mrs Lorna Cranstone Teacher of Mathematics
Mr. Craig Beckett Teacher of Design Technology
Ms Sarah Owen P/T Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Rachel Banner Teacher of English (maternity cover)
Miss Beth Pretty Teacher of Mathematics (maternity cover)
 Mr. James Jones  Teacher of ICT (maternity cover)
 Miss Lucy Bunce  Seconded to the Senior Leadership Team during the Summer Term 2014.


Heads of Year and Assistant Head of Year Staff Members

Head of Year 07        Mrs. Johns                  Assistant Head of Year 07         Mrs. Davies

Head of Year 08        Mrs. Burnell                Assistant Head of Year 08         Mr. Browne

Head of Year 09        Miss Owen                  Assistant Head of Year 09         Dr. Jones

Head of Year 10        Mrs. Arnold                Assistant Head of Year 10         Mrs. Davey

Head of Year 11        Mrs. Mortimer            Assistant Head of Year 11         Mrs. Lloyd

Head of Year 12/13 Mrs. Nowell-Hughes  Assistant Head of Year 12/13   Miss Purcell


Your child’s annual school report will be issued on Friday 18th July 2014.  If you would prefer to receive end of year information through the post, then please forward:-

  • an A4 self addressed envelope with £1.06 postage attached per report and
  • an A4 self addressed envelope with a first class stamp attached for examination results.


The Purchase of School Uniform

Uniform may be purchased from the uniform classroom, which is room 28,  (not the Gymnasium) on the following dates:

  • Monday 14th July – 5pm-8pm
  • Tuesday 15th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Wednesday 16th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Thursday 17th July  - 5pm – 8pm


The uniform shop will also be open certain dates late August and an extra night during the first week in September. These dates will be relayed via Parent Mail and the website shortly.


School Uniform

A reminder that all pupils are expected to return to school in full school uniform.  Any pupils reporting for school in September without full uniform risk being sent home to change.  Please check PLKs or the school website for details of the school uniform.


End of  Term

School will finish for pupils on Friday 18th July 2013 at 12.30 p.m. 


I hope you will have an enjoyable Summer holiday.


Mr M Powell

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Scholastic £1 Book Sale

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Scholastic have an online sale for 5 days only.  It’s a great chance to pick up some bargain books for the summer holidays!  Scroll past the baby books at the top of the page and you’ll find lots of books for 11+.  There are some Jacqueline Wilson books, Horrible Science etc.  Minimum order is £10 and postage is £3.

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Re-arranged Year 6 visit to Y Pant

I am pleased to inform you that we have re-arranged a visit to Y Pant for Year 6 pupils on Friday 11th July, from 8.30am to 11.30am.

Unfortunately, it has to be a shortened visit due to other activities already planned for that day. However, pupils will have the opportunity to meet Form Tutors, tour the school and carry out some key administrative tasks.

Pupils should be brought to the school for an 8.30am start. We have arranged transport back to our partner primary schools. If your child comes from outside the partner primary schools, pupils would need to be collected at 11.30 from the main reception area.

Pupils currently attending Brynna Primary School are unable to come on Friday 11th July, as they have an existing school visit. We have arranged for them to come on Monday 14th July for a visit. Pupils should arrive at Y Pant at 8.30am and we will arrange for pupils to be returned to the Primary school at the end of the visit.

We look forward to seeing your children for this important transition visit.