Mint to Mint Challenge – all riders finish and raise lots of money!

On Saturday 13th June 2015, fourteen intrepid cyclists completed the 133 mile ‘Mint to Mint’ Challenge. Headteacher Mr Powell and fellow Y Pant teachers, Mr Pearsall (Challenge Organiser), Mr Mortimer (Route Master), Mr Mitchell (King of the Mountains), Mr Jones (Elder Statesman), Mr Pelaez (Traffic Controller) and Mr Battle (Dave Brailsford- Team Manager) were joined by cycling colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club and Ye Pirates Club (Porthcawl) for the formidable trial. Despite 5 punctures before leaving Wales and a sound drenching in Gloucestershire our intrepid crew soon picked up the pace and arrived in Birmingham in the early evening to city streets lined with jubilant well-wishers (well an old lady and a dog at the bus stop).

Ably supported by Mr Duggan, Mr Davies, Mr Abdo and Miss Purcell our cyclists were waved off from outside the Royal  Mint at 7.30 am by Kylie McKee from Velindre Cancer Care Fundraising and our benefactors Wayne and Jayne Griffiths from Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund.  Eleven hours later our remarkably fresh looking and exhilarated team were being photographed in front of the old Birmingham Mint which is now a block of elegant luxury apartments and offices.

Many thanks to all our kind supporters and sponsors. We are still collecting for Rhian Griffiths and Velindre and you can donate online at;

You may not be aware that it is National Bike Week this week. We would like our challenge to act as an inspiration for budding cyclists to take to the saddle and enjoy the health and social benefits of cycling. Knowing that we were also doing it for a very worthy and deserving cause was a real motivator during the Winter training months.

If you believe; you can achieve!!


Eisteddfod 2015

The school Eisteddfod will take place this year on Tuesday 30th June for years 7 and 8.

The following Eisteddfod competitions are running this year.  Each carries house points for the individual as well as carrying house points for the house to win.

Homework Competitions

Cymraeg Years 7 and 8

Using your art and design and IT skills coupled with a good imagination write a detailed Welsh passage about yourself in any format you wish to show how interesting a person you are. You may make this a ‘crafty’ entry, you may prepare a digital presentation, you may hand-write your entry or enter with a Word document. You may even use Publisher to prepare a colourful leaflet. Successful entries will be those whose good use of the Welsh you have learned at y Pant shines through.

The best Year 8 entry in this competition is akin to poet winning ‘The Chair’ in the National Eisteddfod. In our version the winner goes through the chairing ceremony and wins a traditionally hand carved lovespoon.

Literacy and Numeracy Competitions

These are open to any student and carry 10 house points each.  Students can choose whether to enter at Bronze, Silver or Gold level (or all three) and complete their entries by hand or on the computer.

Literacy Competitions

Can you find all the errors in this text about the Brecon Beacons Dark Skys Reserve?  Paste it all into Word and use a spellchecker by all means – but it won’t find ALL the mistakes!

Numeracy Competitions

They make coins at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant – but we don’t always just want to count them!

Design Food

Year 7 – Make a teisen lap

Year 8 – Make 6 Welsh cakes

(Recipes available from Home Economics department and will be online shortly.)

Design Technology

Yr 7 – Make a mechanical dragon.  The dragon can be made from any materials but must have one moving part.

Yr 8 – Make a model of a famous Welsh building/structure or landmark.

French Year 8

Make a poster about sports and hobbies.

(Further information is displayed around MFL area. )

Spanish Year 7

Create a poster: “Vivo o muerto”.

Science Year 7

Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Red Kites in Wales’.

Biology Year 8

Write an information leaflet entitled ‘Heart Disease in Wales’.

Chemistry Year 8

Welsh Fantasy Elements.


The ‘Show racism the Red Card Competition’ was held in March.  Here are the winners.

Year 7 Year 8
Media 1st Lois Evans
2nd Alys Cleverley
3rd Abbie Green & Serenaur Okandeji-Roberts
1st Sam Boyd & Jack King
Poster 1st Bronwen Mason
2nd Harriet Kehl
3rd Charlotte Morgan
1st Iestyn Harris
2nd Kaitlyn Lewis
3rd Kasey Fleming
T-Shirt 1st Jack Phillips
2nd Ashton Austin
3rd Mali Rhys-Thomas & Daisy Babbage
1st Emma Long & Lucy Coleman
2nd Abie Tsim
3rd Kasey Daley
Poem 1st Ffion Tynan & Sara Greaves
Malala 1st Jessica Doyle 1st Megan Kelly, Natalie Johns, Catrin Grattidge, Katie Jarman, Hannah McCann, Maia Reid, Yasmin Reid &Leah Ruggles


Stage Competitions

The following competitions will take place on the day of the Eisteddfod, Tuesday 30th June

Cymraeg Year 7

Recitation   – Lliwiau

Cymraeg Year 8

Recitation   – Bwyd


Stage –  recitation competition

French Year 8

French singing – Alouette

Spanish Year 7

Singing competition. Rap


Year 7 and year 8

‘A One Minute Advert Celebrating Wales’.

Following preliminary competitions there will be three groups from year 7 and three from year 8  performing on stage.


SOLO Year 7 – Vocal (singing) or Instrumental. Karaoke type backing tracks allowed. Following preliminary competitions there will three  performing on stage.

SOLO Year 8 – as above.

Group Year 7/8 – ensemble performance (vocal or instrumental or a combination of both). Again, backing tracks allowed and all group members MUST belong to the SAME HOUSE.

House Choir year 7 – National Anthem – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

House Choir year 8 – Sosban Fach.

(All 4 houses will take part)

6th form option choices

You can find all the information you need about option choices at the Y Pant – Bryncelynnog 6th form consortium on our dedicated website.

This is available at all times on the menu above by visiting Students –> 6th form information –> 6th form options.

There have been some small amendments to option columns this week.


Yr 11 English Breakfast Revision Tuesday 9th June

Parent/guardians of year 11 pupils only

Y Pant English Department are running the last ‘Breakfast Revision Club’ from 7:50am on Tuesday 9th June. This will take place in room 68 where breakfast will be served (complementary) and last minute exam tips/techniques will be delivered for their Unit 2 exam at 8:30.

Breakfast Revision has proved to be very beneficial for the pupils prior to their previous English exams this year. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity.

Breakfast before an exam is EXTREMELY important, as your brain needs energy to work at optimal capacity”

“Make the most of the final few hours before your exam”

We wish all year 11 pupils the very best of luck in their examinations and look forward to seeing them at the revision sessions.

Y Pant English Department

Valencian Friends Reply to our yr 9 Easter Messages

9×1 and 9y1 have been busy working on their penpal letters this week.  Their Valencian friends have replied to our Easter messages and the excitement has started all over again.  We’re hoping to send our letters off this week so that our penpals will receive their correspondence before they start their summer holidays – much sooner than we do, how lucky!

penpal work penpal work 2

penpal work 1 penpal valle

penpal group penpal 2 penpal 1

Mint-to-Mint Charity Bike Ride – Llantrisant to Birmingham in a day!

The following seven members of the teaching staff from Y Pant School will be taking part in the Mint-To-Mint cycling challenge on 13th June. Mark Powell, Bryn Jones, Mark Pearsall, Gareth Battle, Dai Mortimer, Mani Pelaez-Heras and Ian Mitchell. None of us is a spring chicken; so much so that our average age is over 45! There follows a little information about some of those participating in the ride and we hope this will spur you on to donating to the charity in the usual way by sending cash in via the pupils to any of us or by clicking on the following link and donating via the Just Giving website.

Here are some of us at the start of our most recent training ride.


And 90 km later still looking as fresh as daisies.


Rider Profiles


MPHello there, my name is Mark Pearsall and I have had the good fortune to be a teacher at Y Pant School for nearly 15 years. I’m a comparative newcomer to the joys of cycling; only taking to the saddle on a reasonably regular basis since last November. About 2 weeks after taking to the road and having not cycled more than 15 miles I experienced a vision on a dark country lane near Porthcawl at 6 O’clock on a frosty morning. The vision informed me that I should arrange a cycle ride from the Royal Mint in Llantrisant to the old mint in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. The challenge should be called the ‘Mint to Mint Challenge’ and should be completed in a day by a pilgrimage of similar middle aged men in lycra who also felt the need  to affirm their status in society.   I believed that people would scoff and deride my vision but I was wrong and a number of colleagues from school and Newton Lifeguard Club in Porthcawl committed themselves to a rigorous and punishing training regime to prepare for this cycling pilgrimage to my original spawning ground.

To paraphrase the film ‘Gladiator’; “For those of you who are about to cycle- We salute you!!” Strength and honour!!

IMI`m Ian Mitchell. I`ve been the Head of Welsh here for 23 and a half years (not that I`m counting!). As an enthusiastic and, it has been suggested, even obsessive cyclist it was natural for me to be involved in this challenge. I wasn`t so much asked as told: “Yeah, Mitch will do it” is how I remember it. However, participating is a no-brainer as this charity is close to my heart, as it for so many of us here in South Wales. As someone remarked to me the other day, there are very few of us who have not been touched by the wonderful work done at Velindre. Being well past the half century in years on this planet the thought of cycling 130 miles is rather daunting and I`ve had to re-evaluate my usual cycling technique of getting to the top as quickly as possible and then blasting down the other side at breakneck speeds. I know my mountain biking buddies will scoff at that but in my mind I don`t half go fast! In fact, check me out on Strava (in the aged 50 plus category, please). A couple of the less experienced cyclists wanted to know about my cycling strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side is my body`s ability to fuel up with carbohydrates. The negative? I eat too much bread! This is why being a MAMIL is not a good thing for me. Please support our efforts in this challenge. We are going to be well out of our comfort zone and would appreciate your going over to the just giving page and donating what you can. Diolch.

MAPHello everyone.  I’m Mark Powell, the headteacher of Y Pant School.  I’ve worked here for 9 years and have been in education for nearly 25.  I can no longer deny that I am middle-aged!

On consideration of Mr Pearsall’s vision, two questions came to mind:

  1. how hard can the training be?
  2. how athletic would I look in lycra?


  1. very
  2. not at all.

How I wish I could reverse those answers….

So, anyway, I signed up, replaced my battered old bike, donned the lycra, avoided full length mirrors and set out on the roads.  And it really isn’t just about the bike: I’ve discovered a whole new vocabulary, a world of cadence, cleats and chamois cream (don’t ask….).  But I’m thoroughly enjoying it, finding things out about myself and aching in places I had never considered before!  Most of all, I’m proud to be part of a group committed to making a contribution to such a wonderful cause.

Here we go: rolling, rolling, rolling…..

MPHHola amigos, I am Manuel Pelaez-Heras “MPH” (Fastest teacher by name). I have been teaching in the UK for the last 12 years, PE first and ALN for the last 7. I am addicted to cycling since growing up as a child in sunny Spain, too much at times. I would label myself as “The best Spanish cyclist in the school”. Mentioning cycling and challenge was the catch for me, helping Cancer research bought me straight. I have lost people I still love and I know people suffering cancer.

I know 130 miles sounds crazy-loco but it is nothing compared to the tough situation people suffering cancer get through and not to forget their families and friends.

I am looking forward to cycling with the “Y Pant Lycra Gang” (YPLG) and having an amazing experience with the thought of helping in my mind and legs.

Please, please, please support us on this challenge page and donate via the Just Giving.

Thanks, diolch, gracias.

DMHead of PE and Taff Trail Challenge finisher last year, Dai Mortimer.




GBHead of Geography and seasoned triathlete, Gareth Battle.






BJAssistant Headteacher and Taff Trail Challenge finisher, Bryn Jones.


Whitsun Half Term Revision Sessions

The following revision sessions will run over half-term (all English sessions in room 56)

Tuesday 26th May

  • Media Studies (A2) for year 13 with Miss Umbleja – 9am to 1pm.

Wednesday 27th May

  • Media Studies (GCSE) for year 11 with Miss Umbleja – 9am to 1pm.
  • Foundation Tier English Language revision (Focus Group and sets 3 and 4) 9am to 11am.
  • Higher Tier English Language revision (Miss. Jones’ class 11X1) 11am to 1pm.
  • English A2 for year 13 with Mr Kuck – 9am to 1pm.

Thursday 28th May

  • Higher Tier English Language revision (Mr Kuck, Miss Powell and Miss Umbleja’s classes.

Friday 29th May

  • Maths GCSE for year 11 foundation and higher tiers 10am to 1pm.


English ‘Breakfast Revision Club’

Parent/guardians of year 11 pupils only

Y Pant English Department are running a ‘Breakfast Revision Club’ from 7:50 on Friday 22nd May, Tuesday 2nd June and Tuesday 9th June. This will take place in room 68 where breakfast will be served (complementary) and last minute exam tips/techniques will be delivered.

Our aim is for the pupils to enter their exam at 8:30, with the brain energy and confidence needed to complete their English Literature and Language examinations.

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity.

Breakfast before an exam is EXTREMELY important, as your brain needs energy to work at optimal capacity”

“Make the most of the final few hours before your exam”

We wish all year 11 pupils the very best of luck of their examinations and look forward to seeing them at the revision sessions.

Y Pant English Department