Rosslyn Park Sevens

Year Eight make the last eight in National School Sevens

On Monday the 14th Y Pant Year 8 Rugby Sevens Team made the long trip to Rosslyn Park in London for the National Schools’ Sevens. With a strong team, supported by a fantastic network of parents from Pontyclun and Llantrisant, the boys went out to re-write the history books by becoming the first Y Pant team to qualify for the finals day. History was against them, as for the previous 15 years that the school has been entering this competition we have never qualified for the prestigious second day, even with the numerous Regional and Welsh players the school has produced in the past.

With that in mind and no accommodation booked for the night the boys set out to smash that record. First up was private boarding school Langley High, who were quickly dispatched 32-16. With a fine attacking edge led by fly half, Iwan Jenkins, every player either scored or was heavily involved in slick passing that opened the Langley defence time and time again.

Like any competition of this nature word travels fast and we knew that our next opponents, Caerleon Comprehensive had smashed our other pool competitors by seven tries to one. However, the boys again made quick work of their Welsh rivals winning 42-0. With an aggressive siege like defence, led by Ryan Wilkins, the boys quickly took hold of the game and dominated every aspect, especially the set piece with Ryan’s front row partners, Luke Bradwell and Dafydd Price, causing horrendous damage to the Caerleon scrum, lineout and ruck.

Finally in the groups stage was a game against Shiplake College. With frontline boys looking tired we made some much needed changes, who again did not disappoint with a massive 54-7 win. An almost flawless display allowed Conan Flower to make numerous decisive runs while Dylan Evans and Chris Samuel, the only Year 7 on the team, to get on the score sheet.

The final part of the day consisted of two knockout games to see which of the 150 schools that entered would make it through to the last eight. First was Oakham School from Rutland – another top private English school that dominated their group. Oakham who had appeared to have a big physical team were put to the sword in the most ruthless fashion with an unforgiving score sheet of 52-7. Strong showings from Iwan Jenkins, Will Porch and Gethin Smith resulted in a flawless display from the Y Pant squad. Our final match of the day was to be against Bro Myrddin, a classic West Wales team who ran the ball at every opportunity. With the support of their fantastic families the Y Pant boys started well scoring two unconverted tries. However, the West Wales team were also a physical outfit and led going into the break, 12-10. In a fast flowing highly skilful game, which did bubble over in times, it was left to the superb Will Porch to score in the corner in the final play of the game and make history for Y Pant, they had made it to the final eight.

After a long night, and potentially the worst meal and customer service in the history of capitalism, Y Pant prepared themselves for their quarterfinal against Wimbledon College, a team that had won all the tournaments they had entered this season and were yet to lose a game of sevens . With the boys looking nervous and still aching from the previous day they had a nervy unsettled start that led to them being 19-0 down going into the break. But with a big crowd watching and the cameras on them they had nothing to lose and at this point began to throw caution to the wind as they started to pass the ball and attack with more confidence and skill. Breaks from Dafyydd Price and again a strong defensive display from Ryan Wilkins led to the boys clawing themselves back into the game but, the class of Wimbledon, who went on to win the tournament, proved too much as the English side eventually came out 33-21 winners.

In what I would call a very professional performance from the boys we have high hopes for this team as they go for the Welsh 7s title next week in Llanelli. As reigning Pontypridd district champions these ‘big fish in a small pond’ are, we believe, ready to push on to bigger and better things.

I would also like to publically thank the parents that made the great effort of going up to support their boys and us as staff – and also for helping those less prepared with accommodation. Without people like Kevin Jenkins and Sam Wilkins our jobs would be substantially harder and in places impossible.

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Friends of Y Pant AGM 2016

Friends of Y Pant Annual General Meeting

Thursday March 24th 5:30pm

Agenda

• Welcome
• Apologies
• Chair’s Report: 2015/16
• Treasurer’s Report: 2015/16
• Appointment of Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Vice Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Treasurer for 2016/17
• Appointment of Secretary for 2016/17
• Close

Rhodri Speaks Out Again!

Rhodri Poacher in year 13 must be getting used to the limelight now.  This week he was invited to the Welsh Government Conference to talk about his Duje of Edinburgh’s Award experience.

Stephanie Price, the DofE Director for Wales sent us this glowing report.

He did a fantastic job and was a great ambassador for the DofE. The Welsh Government conference was attended by around 100 youth work professionals including representatives from all across Wales. There were keynote speeches from The Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills , Julie James AM, Sally Holland The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Professor Graham Donaldson , the author of the new Curriculum for Schools in Wales.

Rhodri was joined by Tilly Hall, a Gold Award holder from the Vale of Glamorgan, on a young person’s panel. He addressed the whole conference talking about his DofE experiences and responded to a range of questions from the audience. Rhodri gave a very mature performance and spoke very honestly and passionately.

As is often the case at these events the young peoples’ input was the highlight of the day!

Thank you for allowing him to attend it was a pleasure to have him as part of the DofE Wales team.

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Year 10 Super Scientists

Year 10 More Able and Talented scientists have been taking part in a Science Quiz against other schools this year. One team— comprising Emily Prewett, Caitlin Langstone, Ieuan Davies and Megan Rees—have not only made it through to the quarter final but were also the top scoring team overall in the preliminary round!

Their next event is against St. lltyd’s School in Cardiff on 22nd June.

Rhodri goes for Gold – DofE News

Congratulations to our 6th form students who recently received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

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Year 12 students Hannah Mealey, Frankie Hopkins, Elysia Humphreys, Caitlin Jones, Menna Ward and Jess Windsor-Hamilton all received their Silver Awards.

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Star of the show was year 13 student Rhodri Poacher who not only became one the youngest people to receive the prestigious Gold award but also compered the whole event.  Rhodri was lucky enough to spend part of past summer in Borneo. This formed part of his DofE Gold Award which Rhodri spoke about at the ceremony.

 

6th Form Options

Our 6th form Open Evening on 10th March was well attended – with a packed hall.

All the information about option columns, subject choices and details about the 6th form can be found on our dedicated website (below).

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We shared the following presentation with parents and prospective students.

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We also shared the Russell Group’s guidance on subject choices:

You can download the Informed Choices document they referred to below:

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Y Pant v Hawthorn

It was the first game on the new 3G for the Y Pant’s year 7 football team and a chance to progress further into the RCT Cup.

The conditions were perfect for Y-Pant’s quick passing game, with lots of rain making the ball slip along the surface quickly.  

Y Pant started very quickly with Chris finishing off a through ball from Iestyn P.  and then grabbing another minutes later. The back four for Y Pant looked calm on the ball and dealt with Hawthorn’s attempts to counter attack. When one of these attacks finally broke through Owen Jones, who had little to do all game made a superb one on one stop.  Lewis C grabbed the 3rd before Matthew Tozer bulldozed his way through Hawthorn defence, with a few step overs before calmly rounding the keeper and slotting the ball away. The final goal was added by Chris S, who’d just come back on the field. A brilliant corner swung in was met by a fantastic header that looped into the left corner. That was a hat-rick for Chirs and 5-0 to Y Pant.

A solid back four, hard working midfield and dynamic front two made calling Man of the match a very tough decision, as all members of the squad played a key part in the victory. However MOTM goes to Iestyn Phillips for a very mature performance in midfield. Not only going forward and playing key through balls but in tracking back and helping the back four to ensure we kept our clean sheet.

Overall then a pleasing first game from the team, the work ethic and determination to win suggests a promising future ahead. Congratulations Year 7.

 

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Year 10 & Year 11 Aspiring to the Top Universities

Last week, a number of students in year 10 and 11 attended a conference in the St. David’s Hotel organised by PiXL.  Daniel Schoen in year 11 has written this review of the event.

‘Getting into the top universities’ was the main aim of the conference that I, along with a group of Year 10 and 11 students, attended on February 29th.  Establishments such as Oxford, Cambridge and King’s College appeared to me as places that were unreachable; only accessible to the social elite. Coming from a comprehensive school nestled in the country borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, even the idea of crossing the Severn Bridge to attend university seemed daunting. When I was notified about the opportunity of attending the event, I passed it off. I possessed several misconceptions about these reported ‘Russell Group Universities’, and never felt that I had an iota of chance when it came to applying for one of them.

After a short bus ride to the capital, we approached Saint David’s Hotel in all its splendour. After being presented with booklets to further enforce the information given, we were ushered into a conference room in the ‘Roald Dahl Suite’; overlooking the shimmering waters of Cardiff Bay. Our welcome was a warm one, we were invited to light refreshments before other schools arrived and the conference was upon us. As expected, many public schools arrived at the conference. It was certainly a proud moment for Y Pant, being one of the few state schools in attendance, and having a sizable group of pupils at the conference. Peter Rawling- the proclaimed Russell Group University ‘guru’- took the role as the admissions lecturer, he outlined the purpose of the conferences along with using his wealth of knowledge and experience to provide us with inspiration and advice for applying for the top universities. He then introduced us to a guest speaker, Ian McConnachie; a former student from the University of Oxford. As a former student, he was able to provide us with accounts that were engaging and was quick to dispel the notion that top universities like Oxford were reserved only for the wealthy and the upper class. He shed light upon his personal experiences while studying Maths at Oxford and also outlined information regarding Cambridge. Unfortunately, the second guest speaker was unable to attend; determined not to let these unforeseen circumstances overturn this event, Rawling spoke about competitions for applications for university and the courses available to study. He inspired us to create a portfolio in order to record our achievements and perform extra reading around subjects we were interested in, known ‘Super-Curricular activities’. It was said that these would enhance and reinforce our love for the subjects we were interested in.

Overall, despite the fact that it was slightly overwhelming at first, the conference really made me aware of the options available to me after KS5. It has inspired me to further research topics that interest me and has improved my self-esteem. I now feel that if I put the work in, I will be able to access the best possible route of education that will help me in later life. Although I am not yet certain of my future plans, the conference certainly drew me into the field of biology and I am interested in finding out more about areas of specialisation such as marine biology. My peers were also helped greatly, after attending the conference some are interested in pursuing careers in Law and in Medicine.

#WorldBookDay at Y Pant

Approximately 50 pupils participated in celebrating World Book Day with the English Department. Pupils were asked to complete the following activities:
  • Write a review for other pupils based on their favourite book
  • Guess the titles of 10 famous books
  • Write an explanation based on why they love to read
  • Design a book token
  • Write the opening sentence of a horror story

They had a great time with fun, games and snacks in the English Department at lunchtime.  Their book reviews will be very useful when we come to stock our new library.

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