Congratulations to Jack Batacan and Seb Bunyan—year 10. They’ve both just signed for Bristol Flyers (British Basketball League team) to play in the Southwest England national league team at under 16’s. They will still play for their Welsh club Pontypridd Panthers.
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.’
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.
Juliet Johns has secured a place at Oxford University to study Biomedical Engineering having attained an incredibly impressive 3 A* grades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Davey and Senora Fernandez went paintballing!
Year 9 and 10 RE students went on a trip to Amsterdam from Monday 11th July to Thursday 14th July. On the Monday we set off very early from Y Pant, 3am, and we traveled to Amsterdam and Alkmaar arriving, a little tired, to explore the local area.
On the Tuesday we visited Corrie ten Boom House and Museum (www.corrietenboom.com/#_=_). The Corrie ten Boom House is usually called the Hiding Place. During World War II, this place was offered by the Ten Boom family as a hiding place for Jewish people and the resistance members. But the family was betrayed and for their crime of hiding the Jews they were imprisoned. Corrie was the only member who survived the horrific experience. Today, her house is a museum most of which recreates its 1940 appearance. We were able to go in to the hiding place which was a moving experience. In the afternoon we explored Amsterdam by travelling on a canal cruise and visited Vondelpark next to the Van Gogh Museum (www.amsterdam.info/parks/vondelpark/).
On Wednesday we traveled around Amsterdam using hire bikes and had a guided tour which was a really fun adventure! After this we went to the Jewish Quarter (http://www.jhm.nl/visit/jewish-cultural-quarter) to find out about the history and culture of the Jewish people in the Netherlands. For dinner that night we went to the Hard Rock Café.
On Thursday we visited Ann Frank’s House and Museum (http://www.annefrank.org/), there were some very steep stairs and some very saddening facts about what happened to the family. Also on the Thursday we traveled home and arrived back at Y Pant late evening.
All pupils had a great time and would like to say thanks to the RE department for giving them this opportunity.
Megan Austin – Year 10
The Spanish department recently returned from Alicante – Emilia Bolton in year 10 has written up the trip for us!
At 3.00am in the morning of Saturday 9th July, we left Y Pant and embarked on our journey to Alicante with much excitement. During the journey to Bristol, we devoured the brioche and fruit juice supplied by our teachers, Senora Fernández and Senorita O’Keefe, and arrived at the airport at around 4 o’clock in the morning. We departed Bristol at 6.15am and arrived in Alicante around 9.30am, Spanish time. On arrival we used our Spanish skills to purchase our bus tickets, which we became more accustomed with throughout our trip. After getting settled in, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach; swimming in the sea and spending time in the shade due to the high temperatures. In the evening, we explored Alicante and found an authentic Spanish restaurant, where we sampled delicious traditional food such as gazpacho, paella and natillas.
On the second day, we started our day with un desayuno sabroso which consisted of toast, Spanish breakfast muffins, juice and fruit. We then took a tram journey along the picturesque coastline to Terra Mítica, which was a Spanish theme park. During our journey, we were warned of the extensive queues in the park, yet upon arrival, we discovered the park almost empty; it was so hot that not even the Spanish could withstand the heat! Whilst in the park, we enjoyed the thrilling rides, especially the water rides as they offered us refreshment. In the evening, we relaxed, watching the final of the Euros football and eating pizza.
On the third day, we took a beautiful boat ride to the island of Tabarca, which was around 50 minutes long. Tabarca was a small, inhabited island with shimmering, clear waters and white sands. We managed to find secluded cuevas (caves) and enjoyed the day snorkelling with fish, which allowed some of us to witness marine life such as starfish and small pulpo (octopus). In the evening, we commenced a walking tour of Alicante with our guide Lori and then ascended the walk to the top of a castle in order to watch the sunset. The view was sublime and enabled us to see the whole of Alicante. Following this, we ate in a modern tapas restaurant and did some late night shopping along the port.
On our final full day, we again journeyed in the tram to Aqualandia in Benidorm. We began our trip early in order to maximise our time swimming; we thoroughly enjoyed the water park and spent most of our time in the lazy river or on water rides such as slides and rapids. The cool water offered solace from the intense heat and later that day in Alicante, we shopped for souvenirs in El Corte Inglés and ate our cena (dinner) in a quaint pizzeria.
On our final morning in Alicante, we savoured the traditional Spanish meal of churros for breakfast, which we ate con chocolate. Unfortunately, the time had arrived for us to catch the airport bus, in order to arrive at the airport promptly. Upon arriving back in Wales the weather was noticeably cooler compared to the warm climate of Alicante.
Our trip to Alicante was a wonderful experience, which enabled us to use our Spanish skills and learn many new phrases, along with experiencing the rich culture and warm hospitality that the Spaniards had to offer.