The following activities are available to access over the February Half-Term:
Monday 16th February 2015
Y Pant School
Tuesday 17th February 2015
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Cooking – ‘Come Dine with Me’
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Wednesday 18th February 2015
The Vale Resort
Thursday 19th February 2015
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. An off-site form will need to be completed and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The School’s Environment Cabinet will be conducting small, coinciding surveys around our school site on Monday February 9th. The results will be uploaded online and help to provide the RSPB with vital data to identify trends in some of our most familiar birds. If you would like to be involved then come and join us at 8.30 am on Monday in the lesser hall where will shall be dividing up the school into smaller sites to be surveyed.
I’m pleased to be able to report an excellent set of results for the Year 11 pupils who sat their Maths GCSE in November. The levels of success matched those we had at this point last year and they led to record Key Stage 4 results for the school. Keep it up Year 11!
We have also had excellent news in respect of the Welsh Government’s new school categorisation system. This is replacing the banding system which has been in place for the past few years. Y Pant has been awarded Category 1A (Green) status, the highest category available. Taking into consideration the last 3 years, Y Pant is one of only 8 schools which has always appeared in either Band 1 (2012-13) or Category Green (2014). This is tremendous credit to the hard work of the pupils, my colleagues and to the support of everyone linked to the school. Many thanks to all for their contribution to this success.
In a similar vein, Y Pant has been awarded Specialist Hub Centre status by the Central South Consortium. This means that we will provide training and the sharing of expertise with other schools: an exciting initiative which we look forward to supporting.
Many thanks to all parents who attended our Year 9 Options Evening last night. These are complicated times for pupils entering into Key Stage 4 and I hope that the information provided last night will have helped make this important decision a bit less daunting. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.
Congratulations to Mr Owen Thomas on the opening of his new play ‘Grav’. It sounds fantastic and I am looking forward to seeing it. It’s great for the school to have a professional playwright as our Head of Performing Arts. I am also pleased to report that we will be returning to the Muni later this year for our next major production. Auditions have been taking place throughout this week and I am told that the standard is incredibly high.
Back in September, Jessica and Maria (both in Year 11) represented Y Pant on the Comenius Conference in Holland.
Whilst visiting Rotterdam, Jess and Maria were approached by a famous Dutch magazine because of their cool style! They were asked about where they liked to shop and who their style influences were. Their pictures were published in the Dutch magazine recently and all their Dutch friends are now very jealous!
This week year 9 have been finding out all about the different options choices available to them in year 10. The parents’ information evening takes place on Thursday 29th January.
We have a dedicated website with ALL the information about Pathways, option subjects, the revised curriculum and the options process. You can find this by clicking the image below or by selecting GCSE Options from the Students menu above.
World Book Day is on 5th March 2015 and the book tokens have just arrived in school! These entitle you to a free World Book Day book or £1 off any other book.
We are teaming up with local bookshop Books&Pontyclun and hope to be able to have a selection of World Book Day books for you to buy in exchange for your vouchers in school. We want to make sure we get in the right number of the right books, so have a look at the descriptions of the books being published this year, then let me know using the form below, which one you like the best!
This year, World Book Day are running a fantastic competition to win up to £10,000 towards a school library. We’ll be getting a brilliant new library in the new school building, but so far don’t have many books to put in it. Can you imagine how many we could buy with £10,000?!
As a school we can only enter once, but we are going to have a competition in school to choose the best entry.
HOW TO ENTER
Your entry is your response to the statement:
WHY WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT BOOKS
You can respond in a number of different ways with your entry, and here are just some examples:
MAKE a model, a book, a video trailer
PERFORM a play, a song, a dance
WRITE a poem, a rap, a news article
CREATE a mural, a display, an artwork, a large-scale poster
… so let your creativity and imaginations run free!
In order to judge the winners in school (and we’ll see if we can put together a school prize) you need to send, or bring your entry to Miss Bunce by Monday 26th January.
Yesterday saw the launch of ‘Grav’, my latest, and certainly the most high profile play of my writing career. The launch was held at Parc Y Scarlets, home to the Scarlets rugby team, in front of 250 invited members of the press, sponsors, friends, family, players and ex-players. The launch comprised of a film on the big screen in the stadium about the play before an extract was performed pitch side in front of the assembled guests. The extract was also filmed by everyone from BBC, ITV, S4C and even Sky Sports News who are showing extracts of it today every hour! (I never thought I would have my name mentioned on Sky Sports News, as the teachers who play football with me on a Friday will gladly testify). There were lots of speeches by people including the Chief Executive of the Scarlets and lots of interviews throughout the day which showed that there is a huge interest in this play from all around the world.
‘Grav’ is a one man show performed by my friend and long-time collaborator Gareth Bale (the actor, not the footballer) about the life of Ray Gravell. If you haven’t heard of him, Ray Gravell was a Welsh Rugby International who made 23 appearances for Wales as well as 485 appearances for Llanelli RFC. He then went on to become a hugely respected actor, commentator and broadcaster as well as much loved husband and father. Tragically Ray passed away in 2007 at the age of 56 years old due to complications arising from diabetes. But, as American Baseball star Babe Ruth once said,
‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die’.
Yes, his life was comparatively short, but it was packed with drama and incident making him the ideal subject for a piece of theatre. With the blessing of his widow and his daughters as well as contributions from his friends and ex-players who played alongside him I have spent 2 years researching and writing this play. Taking on the life of a much loved figure is a huge challenge and not without risk, so I was thrilled to talk to Mari, Ray’s widow, after the performance and hear that she loved the extract and is excited to see the whole play. Three weeks today it opens in Milford Haven at the Torch Theatre, the first of 30 performances in 19 theatres right around Wales.
The launch also marked the unveiling of the official show website, www.gravcymru.co.uk which, if you’re interested, contains more details about the play, the tour dates and the man himself.
The play has been developed at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven and is being directed by their Artistic Director, Peter Doran. Tickets are available at all venues, but some are selling out quickly due to the huge interest in the man and his life. More locally it is on at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff from 9th to 11th March.
Come along and find out more about Ray Gravell, and see for yourself why ‘West is Best’