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Year 13 DT student’s work at the Welsh Innovation Awards

Congratulations to Gareth Day (Year 13 – 2013/2014) for being selected to display work at the Welsh Innovation Awards.  This prestigious event is a showcase exhibition and competition for the most innovative project work at A level and GCSE in Design & Technology.

Gareth was given the following design brief from the examination board:

Taking inspiration from an historical design movement produce a product which references the chosen style.

Below is Gareths explanation of his project:

I have always loved music so I decided to manufacture a gramophone but in the floral art nouveau styling taking inspiration from the designer Tiffany who is iconic of the style. I decided to make the amplifying horn in the shape of an aesthetically appealing flower.

My art nouveau gramophone features an in built Bluetooth speaker with an approximate range of twelve meters allowing greater versatility. The gramophone horn has been designed to look like the Tibetian Gentian flower with universal petals produced through laser cutting and forming techniques to produce the art nouveau floral style. The product contains a Tiffany inspired light section which runs off  a 12V halogen bulb which is extremely aesthetically pleasing and period to my chosen style. The gramophone base features compound mitre joints, contrasting pine segments and an art nouveau font writing of the Latin name of the flower which inspired my gramophone horn.

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You can follow the work of Design & Technology students on twitter @YPantDT.

French Cinema Club Meets Wednesdays

French Cinema Club has been a great success so far this term with 30 pupils in Year 10 settling down to watch movies. It is aimed at the French GCSE groups but if anyone has a keen interest in European films they would be more than welcome. We are currently showing L’auberge espagnole with Audrey Tatou and it’s looking to get a little bit more crazy. We meet every Wednesday at 1.30 in Room 18 and Early Lunch passes are available from Madame Rose. What better way to avoid the Winter chill when the rain and cold arrives. Bring your snacks too

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Free School Meals / Uniform

Pupils whose parents are receiving certain types of benefit are eligible for Free School Meals.  The way this works at Y Pant is that the allowance (currently £2.50 per day) is added to the pupil’s fingerprint account every day.  The money is only available for that day.  They then pay for meals in the usual way.

In addition to this, the school also makes financial provision for school uniform available to pupils claiming Free School Meals.  This is administered in school by Mrs Angela Rees who can be contacted on 01443 237701.  You can find out more about this scheme on the RCT website.

The Welsh Government also makes certain funds available to all schools to support pupils from deprived backgrounds.  We are able to use a proportion of this fund to support pupils directly and this support is offered at the school’s discretion.  Please contact Miss Lucy Bunce by calling 01443 237701; emailing lucy.bunce@ypant.co.uk or completing the form below if you would like further information.

It is important that if you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals that you make that application – this can be done online via the RCT website.  We are only able to access funds for the number of pupils we have claiming Free School Meals.

Free school meals are available to children whose parents or guardians are currently receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit – where total annual income is also less than £16,190
  • Income Support (with responsibility for children)
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (with responsibility for children)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Pupils who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School meals.
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR)).
  • Universal Credit
  • Working tax credit ‘run-on’the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working tax Credit

If you would like more information please fill out the form below.

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European Languages Day 2014

On 30th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages, a day celebrating plurilingualism and European culture.  68 pupils from year 7 came up to the languages block for a French breakfast and language quiz.  

Year 7 enjoyed listening to European music and eating their pain au chocolat whilst completing their multiple-choice quiz.  Questions included: How many languages are indigenous to Europe and in which countries is German an official language?
 
Quiz winners will be announced on Thursday!
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Comenius Conference in Holland

Four Y Pant pupils attended the third Comenius Conference in Holland, with the focus of the conference on using technology in the 21st century. Our pupils stayed with host families and attended the local school, Rijks Regionale Scholengemeenschap in Bergen op Zoom. They adapted well to life in Holland by cycling to and from school and all were amazed by the Dutch school; the facilities, the lack of school uniform, the cleanliness (lots of bins and hardly any litter!), the technology available (free WIFI!) and how well behaved all Dutch pupils were.

During the visit all pupils presented themselves and their schools, participated in a “Time Machine” activity where they compared the 1950s to the present day and the not so distant 2050s, they learned about the history of social media, they went mountain biking, designed logos for the project and visited Antwerp and Rotterdam.  Our Welsh pupils were extremely impressed by Holland and have all made friends for life.

 

 

 

 

New School Building Update

Many of you will have read in the local press the exciting news regarding our long-awaited and much-needed new school building.  We at Y Pant have been working in consultation with the Local Authority, representatives of the Welsh Government, quantity surveyors and architects for some months now in order to move forward the plans for this multi-million pound investment in our school and the local community.  Whilst I am unable to provide a great deal of specific information I can say that the project looks fantastic, progress is moving apace and that we hope to see building work begin on this site some time in late Spring.  I would like to say how grateful we are for the extent of the investment jointly shared between the Local Authority and Welsh Government.

As you will be aware, we have struggled with extremely poor accommodation for some years now and we are finally poised on the threshold of an exciting new era in the history of our school.  I look forward to bringing you more news as and when it becomes available.  Check here for regular updates!

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Superb attendance at Year 6 Open Evening

We were delighted to welcome year 6 children and their parents to school on Thursday 25th September for our Year 6 Open Evening.

The evening began with a welcome from Mr Powell followed by a tour of various departments in the school led by members of staff.  Children enjoyed all sorts of exciting activities including making their own fireworks in Science.

After the tour refreshments were served in the hall and children could enjoy a taste of school dinners – many went back for seconds they enjoyed it so much!

It was lovely to see so many smiling and excited children and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

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Y Pant Parent Newsletter – Autumn 2014

New Staff

Miss Emily Whatley 2nd in Mathematics
Mrs Lorna CranstoneMr. Craig Beckett Teacher of MathematicsTeacher of Design Technology
Ms Sarah Owen P/T Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Rachel Banner Teacher of English (maternity cover)
Miss Beth PrettyMr. James Jones Teacher of Mathematics (maternity cover)Teacher of ICT (maternity cover)
Miss Lucy Bunce Seconded to the Senior Leadership Team during the Summer Term 2014
Mrs Leigh Thomas Special Needs Support Assistant
Mrs. June Crichton Special Needs Support Assistant

Head of Progress and Assistant Head of Progress – Staff Members

Year Head of Progress Assistant Head of Progress
7 Mrs. Johns Mrs. Davies
8 Mrs. Burnell Mr. Browne
9 Miss Owen Dr. Jones
10 Mrs. Arnold Mrs. Davey
11 Mrs. Mortimer Mrs. Lloyd
12 and 13 Mrs. Nowell-Hughes Miss Purcell

School Holidays

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 4th MAY 2015

Monday 20th July will be an INSET Day. Other INSET days will be finalised in the Autumn Term.

TERMBEGINS HALF TERMSTARTS HALF TERMENDS TERMENDS
 Autumn 2014  Monday1 September  Monday27 October Friday31 October75 Friday19 DecemberDays
 Spring 2015  Monday5 January  Monday16 February  Friday20 February55 Friday27 MarchDays
 Summer 2015  Monday13 April  Monday25 May  Friday29 May65 Monday20 JulyDays

INSET

School will be closed for staff training on the following dates:-

  • Friday 3rd October
  • Monday 23rd February
  • Friday 19th June

Important Dates for your Diary

25th September Year 6 Open Evening.
23rd October Year 7 Parent Information Evening.
13th November Year 11 Parents Evening.
15th January Year 9 Parents Evening.
29th January Year 9 Options Information Evening.
5th February Year 7 Parents Evening.
26th February Year 10 Parents Evening.
12th March Year 11 Options Information Evening.
23rd April  Year 8 Parents Evening.

 

Outstanding External Examination Results

Once again I have great pride and delight in being able to report record results for the school.  At Key Stage 4, 88% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold of at least 5A*-C grades.  Even more impressively, 75% of pupils attained the Level 2 threshold including English and Maths.  To put this into context, last year only 5 schools in the whole of Wales attained higher than this and each of those are in areas of much greater social advantage than Y Pant.  Furthermore, 18% of pupils attained the new measurement of Level 2++ which is 5 A*-A including English and Maths; 25 of these pupils achieved an incredible 10 A grades or better!  We had the highest set of English and Maths results and the second highest set of Science results in the history of the school.

At Key Stage 5, 26% of results were awarded A* or A; 53% were awarded A*-B grades: both above the national Welsh average. Seven students achieved the equivalent of at least 3 A grades at A Level.  Congratulations to Jacqueline Hopkins, Arwel Poacher, Ellen Havard, Sophie Thomas, Faye Jones, Gareth Day and Alex Rogers for this impressive achievement.

These figures represent fantastic achievements on the part of the pupils and reflect upon the hard work of their teachers and the support of their parents and carers.  Congratulations and thanks to all.

Year 6 Open Evening – Thursday 25th September

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your child to Y Pant School’s Open Evening on September 25th.  This is intended mainly for parents and guardians of Year 6 pupils who are considering Y Pant as the school of choice for their children.  It is, however, also an opportunity for parents of younger children to attend if they wish.  You are all welcome.

The evening will begin at 5.45p.m with a presentation given by myself in our Sports Hall.  From 6.15p.m onwards there will be guided tours of the school for small groups where you will have the chance to visit subject areas, meet with teachers and see part of the wealth of learning activities that we provide for our pupils.

We are extremely proud of the teaching and learning that takes place in our school and of the examination results that our young people produce at all levels.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 25th and, hopefully, in the years to come.

Free School Meals

It is my understanding that we have pupils in our school who have not registered their entitlement to free school meals.  If you receive any of these benefits then you are entitled to free school meals:

  • Child Tax Credit (where total annual income is less than £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance

It is worth knowing that free school meals can save you about £500 per child per year.  Once registered for free school meals your child will also qualify for financial support towards their school uniform.  Our cashless canteen system in Y Pant guarantees anonymity for pupils on free school meals as the money is automatically added to each pupil’s account.

To apply for free school meals or to find out more please call 01443 681081 or log on to www.rctcbc.gov.uk/whyforkout.

School Uniform

School Uniform will be available to buy from the “Uniform Shop” which is open every Thursday from 3.30pm – 6pm. Please note, uniform will not routinely be available outside of these hours.

 Impromptu School Closure

Around this time of year there is always the possibility that the school might have to be closed at very short notice.  This might be as the result of inclement weather or perhaps a failure in one of the major utilities.  In the event of this happening it is important that all pupils, particularly younger pupils, understand the arrangements you have made for them.

The decision to close the school at short notice will not be taken lightly.  However, there may be times when to remain open would put at risk the health and safety of both students and staff at the school.  We will, of course, endeavour to ensure that no pupil is left in an unsafe situation.  Please check the school website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updated information.

Piercings

The school rules allow girls to wear a stud earring in each lower lobe. However, on health and safety grounds these MUST BE removed for the duration of each P.E. lesson.  Putting a plaster over a recently pierced ear is not acceptable.

Pupils, whether boys or girls, will not be allowed to attend school with a plaster covering a recent piercing.  If you must allow your child to be pierced in any way then it is important that this takes place at the beginning of a long school holiday period.  This will allow the necessary healing to take place prior to his/her return to school and thus allow your child to comply with the school rules regarding  jewellery.

Entry onto School Premises

In the interest of pupil safety parents must not transport pupils onto school premises.  In exceptional circumstances a pass will be issued by Mrs. Carter, the Headteacher’s P.A.

What’s happening this half term?

I am conscious that there are some technical difficulties with our on-line calendar at present, resulting in some events not being reported. In order to help you remain as informed as possible, please find attached the dates on the calendar up to the half term. In response to some parental requests, I have split up the calendar into Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 to help with greater clarity.
The on-line calendar will be fully operational shortly.
I hope this update helps you.
Andy Hurley
Deputy Headteacher