Y Pant’s bright sparks visit the British Science Festival in Swansea

More able and talented scientists visited the British Science Festival in Swansea last week and attended the fireworks lecture.

Recently I attended the fireworks trip to the Swansea museum for British science week. Before the trip most of us were confident we knew a lot about fireworks however we were thoroughly disproved. We found out about containing the gunpowder makes the bang. So if you contain gunpowder in a small paper tube and insert that into a large metal cylinder with an open top you will feel the shock wave with a loud bang when the paper explodes. My favourite firework was the sparkling fountain because it was very energetic and not to loud. On the whole it was a great trip.

Harriet Kehl, year 9

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Lauren’s summer at Aberystwyth University

aber-summer-school2During the summer of 2015, I spent 6 weeks in Aberystwyth University as a student of the Summer University Programme. For six whole weeks during the summer, I lived as a student in student accommodation and attending lectures of varying intensity to then sit and examination lesson at the end of the course. The six weeks was split up into 3 periods of two weeks. I would sit a course of my choice and core skills and they would change every two weeks. Altogether, I sat 6 modules with university standard assessments.

The first two weeks of the holiday, I studied Core Skills one, which required me to write an essay of 1000 words about the influence of popular music on Western culture. I decided to do mine on Punk as it was a very influential part of the late 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century, although less influential during the latter. I also studied a subject of my choice, which was Psychology, in which was studied about Social Psychologist and, of course, the Stanford Prison Experiment. We also looked at the Robber’s Cave experiment which saw two groups of teenage boys on a camping trip. Neither of the groups knew about the other group, and after a week of activities, the two groups were brought together. The aim was to study hostility between groups. At the end of the two weeks, we had to write an essay of 1500 words on a question we were given, so I decided to Critically Evaluate the Behavioural Approach, along with a power point presentation highlighting a topic that we feel strongly about. My presentation was on how Social Media has led to a decrease of literacy rates across England and Wales. To results were shocking. I finished the first two weeks with a 2,2 in core skills and Psychology.

The second two weeks followed a similar format to the first part of the summer. I sat through 2 hours of core skills in the morning, researching and writing a 800 word essay on the question “To learn in Welsh is a privilege! Discuss”. Many people had strong views on this subject, myself included. I decided to take a historical approach to answering this question. My second choice subject was Drama. I quite enjoyed drama and the lecturer’s name was Ritz. However, he was also a philosophy teacher so the majority of the lessons were very philosophical based, including the scripted piece we studied; Waiting for Godot. Despite this, I very much enjoyed reading the play. For the assessment at the end of the middle two weeks, we had to perform a play of our stories that we had written and hand in a journal we had been keeping of the two weeks we were in Drama. This time, I received a 2,2 for core skills but a 2,1 in Drama.

The final two weeks, the core skills essay was about a question our team devised with an accompanying presentation. My team decided to do our assignment on “The Increase OF Global Communications has brought the human race together.” Discuss!

I found this essay and research to be very interesting and I enjoyed working as part of team to come up with a final product that we were all very happy with. I am still waiting on the results of this block at this time, but I am sure I have done well. My final chosen subject was Law. I was very excited about this as I aim to become a Homicide detective. I have now decided that I am going to study Criminal Law in Aberystwyth when I leave school and this programme has helped me decide.

But it wasn’t all work. The leaders of the programme put on a range of activities every night for us, making this experience not only an educational one, but a social one as well. I have made many friends that I will keep in contact with. This was a once in a lifetime experience and if any of you get the opportunity to do this, I would highly recommend it. At the end of the summer, there was a graduation ceremony where we received certificates and have been told that we have an offer of EE to get into Aberystwyth University which has helped me out a lot.

Lauren Pickens – year 13

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Open Evening – 29th September 2016

The Headteacher & Governors are pleased to invite all interested parents and children to join us as we showcase the wealth of opportunity available at this outstanding secondary school.

As we prepare to move into our brand new facilities later this year, come and see a show case of the departments that played a part in delivering our best GCSE results ever.

Doors open at 5pm with the Headteacher’s address starting at 5:45pm.

Tours of departments will start at 6:15pm.

Best GCSE Results in the History of the School!

Y Pant pupils this morning celebrated the best set of GCSE results in the school’s history.   78% of pupils attained 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths, a figure which is 3% higher than the previous best recorded by the school.  Almost one third of all pupils registered 5 A grades or better with an amazing 21% attaining 8 A grades or better.

Noah Evans, Spencer Mehta, Ella White, Frankie Mitchell, Christina Chen, Emily McCann, Erin Roberts, Sophie Wellington, Fiona Wistow and Daniel Schoen all  achieved an extraordinary 9 A* grades or better.

Headteacher Mark Powell said, ‘This is a fantastic set of results, an extremely proud day for everyone connected with Y Pant.  The pupils in this year group have demonstrated huge commitment to their academic studies and have reaped the rewards.  They have truly been a delight to teach and deserve all the accolades that come their way.  Many congratulations to them and, on their behalf, many thanks to the teachers and support staff for their hard work and to all the parents for their continual support.’

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Important 6th form parking notice

Due to construction work for our new school building, there will be no parking facilities for the 6th form during September, October and November. Please seek alternative arrangements and we apologise for this short term inconvenience while we create your new facilities.
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Outstanding A-Level Results this year!

Students and teachers celebrated one of the school’s most successful years ever at Advanced Level with the excellent outcome of 30% of all available grades being A*/A .   An equally impressive 82% of all grades were A*-C.  Students who achieved truly outstanding performances with at least 3 A*/A grades were: Jess Collins, Katie Crook, Ellie Matthews, Lucy McCarthy,  Rachael Sinclair and Kiera White.

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Juliet Johns has secured a place at Oxford University to study Biomedical Engineering having attained an incredibly impressive 3 A* grades.

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These fantastic results were the outcome of incredibly hard work and commitment on behalf of all all the students and their teachers along with the invaluable support of their parents.  It is a proud day for the school and for the families of these young people and we wish them the very best for the future.

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Jack, Megan and Francesca in year 12 also received a clutch of A grades in their AS-level exams.

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Nia is off to Bangor to read Spanish.
Nia is off to Bangor to read Spanish.
Ellie and Jack are off to Cardiff Uni.
Ellie and Jack are off to Cardiff Uni.

Activities Day 2016

The last Tuesday of the summer term is traditionally activities day with a range of off and on-site activities.

Update – Jewellery Making

A group of year 7 and 8 girls joined Mrs Browning and Miss O’Keefe to make jewellery. The girls started the day with a paper challenge of making the most unique piece of jewellery before moving on to making friendship and beaded bracelets.

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In school we had lots of IT activities including Technocamps showing pupils how to program their Micro:Bits, chess, paper folding, drama, music, art etc.

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Mrs Johns and Mrs Arnold took a group horse riding and gave the following report:

We had a range of ability from beginner to quite experienced.

All pupils behaved excellently at all times. The staff at the centre commented on several occasions about their excellent conduct.

What was also lovely to see was the kindness shown by the more able riders in helping their less able peers gain confidence. Furthermore, they also gave help to lead pupils with less experience from another school.

They were a credit to themselves and Y Pant.

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Mrs Davey and Senora Fernandez went paintballing!

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