Y Pant Uniform for September 2014

Uniform may be purchased from the uniform classroom, which is room 28, (not the Gymnasium)

  • Monday 14th July – 5pm-8pm
  • Tuesday 15th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Wednesday 16th July – 5pm -8pm
  • Thursday 17th July – 5pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 27th August – 5pm – 8pm
  • Thursday 28th August – 5pm – 8pm

The school uniform shop is also open every Thursday during term time from 3:15 to 6pm from September.

Uniform prices are listed here.


6th form summer projects

The Art, English, Welsh and Spanish departments have set tasks for 6th form students to complete over the summer holidays.  Students should already be aware of this but they are listed here as a reminder.

Sixth Form Summer Projects 2014

In addition for year 12 students only, the followin RE coursework has been set:

To research individually or in pairs and produce an information leaflet on ‘Hinduism’.

You need to explore and include:

  • Front cover
  • Contents page
  • Brahman/gods/goddesses
  • India – population, politics, geography, a map
  • Key concepts/beliefs: reincarnation (samsara); dharma; karma; moksha, caste system;
  • Hinduism in Britain/Wales
  • Symbols – e.g. Aum (OM), Swastika, Conch Shell, Lotus Flower
  • Any other additional information.
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography – reference quotations/research and list books used.
  • Use ICT – Publisher/Word or hand write with pictures.

If you need any further assistance then contact me on my gmail account: donna.graves@ypant.co.uk

Scott Russell appointed Youth Inspector

Scott Russell, year 10, has recently secured the post of Youth Inspector within the youth provision of RCTCBC.  Youth Inspectors are dedicated volunteering young people, who work with other inspectors to carry out inspections in various provisions throughout RCT.  The aims of the inspections are to improve the services that are offered to young people.  Congratulations Scott, you will make and excellent Youth Inspector


Costa del Sol trip

Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga.  They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch.  After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado.  During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús.  Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!

Year 6 – School Equipment Packs

The school equipment packs ordered by year 6 parents are now available to collect from the school uniform shop.  Apologies for the delay – our suppliers ran out of stock!

USB sticks and packs for year 7 and upwards will be available at the beginning of the school year.

You cannot purchase school equipment packs at the uniform shop, only from Mr Davies using the order form provided.  The school uniform shop volunteers have very kindly agreed to hand out these packs for us.



Y Pant School Eisteddfod 2014

We held our annual Eisteddfod for years 7 and 8 pupils on July 2nd.  Nearly 400 pupils watched or took part in a range of staged activities. In addition to the usual Welsh cultural items such as recitation and folk music we saw some superbly talented pupils singing pop and rock songs, not to mention really entertaining oh la la  versions of ‘Alouette’ in word perfect French! We were entertained by talented instrumentalists and saw a variety of individual and group dance items for the first time for some years too. Several members of staff commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendly competition they witnessed and everyone was stunned by how rousing was the closing of the Eisteddfod with the National Anthem sung by all pupils.

In the preceding weeks there had been hundreds of homework competitions ranging from amazing art and craft works being produced to outstanding written entries in several languages. The winner of the Chair this year for the most effective Welsh composition in Year Eight went to Emilia Bolton of Tirion and she was delighted to accept the prize of the Love Spoon from Mr. Powell following the chairing ceremony.

The final result, the closest for some years saw Tirion narrowly beating this year`s and last year`s runners up Nerth by only 22 points.

We have to thank Mrs. Sarah Burnell and Mr. Owen Thomas, who are both staff representatives on the School Governing body, for adjudicating on the day.

Transition Music Day

Music Events at Y Pant

There may be a popular belief that school winds down as we approach the summer holidays, but if that’s true, it seems that the performing arts department missed the memo! Pupils have been showing off their talents and doing the school proud in a packed schedule of concerts and other events both in school and in the wider community.

16th June

WMC Concert
Our latest concert at the WMC

The Wales Millennium Centre was the venue for a lunchtime concert featuring a variety of music performed by pupils from Years 7-13. With many of our pupils unavailable due to exam commitments, we were thoroughly impressed with the determination shown by some new Year 7 performers who stepped up for their first solo performances on a big public stage. Well done! On a personal note, we also saw the last outing for the current incarnation of the Sixth Form Choir. Many thanks to all of you for your amazingly hard work this year – you did me proud and I’ll miss those of you going on to pastures new.

Audience members made a point of coming up and congratulating the  musicians, and I was surprised to be shaken warmly by the hand by several visitors from different parts of the USA who were amazed at the standard of performance they had witnessed. We hope to return to the WMC early next year.

You can watch the performance, courtesy of the WMC’s The Centre Connected catchup facility, by going here.

19th June

We welcomed our feeder primary schools to our contribution to the National CânSing Day for a second year. Mr Thomas gave all involved a high-energy workout for their voices, which hopefully gave plenty of inspiration for all involved.

26th June

Lucie-Anne Davies and Lowri Morris gave solo performances of the highest standard at our prize giving ceremony. The repertoire covered 18th century opera and musical theatre and really added something to this annual celebration of success. It’s fair to say that the sports hall here at Y Pant is far from an easy venue for performers, and both singers approached the challenge with a high level of professionalism, making a tricky task look easy.

2nd July

The Eisteddfod is a quintessentially Welsh event which celebrates artistic and literary endeavour across many disciplines, so it was no surprise to see musical talent strongly represented among the various competitions. The eisteddfod is a Year 7 and 8 event, so it is usually ‘one to watch’ for people looking out for the next generation of musical stars at Y Pant. We have discovered several of our best performers here, and the high standard in both solo and group competitions suggest that we can look forward to many more years of filling concert programmes, despite saying goodbye to some top-quality Year 11 and 13 musicians this summer.

3rd July

BTEC Concert
The BTEC Level 3 concert in aid of Velindre hospital

As part of their BTEC music course, a group of Year 12 students organised a charity concert at Pontyclun Athletic Club in aid of Velindre hospital, giving a platform to a large number of our young musicians (and performing themselves, of course!), and entertaining an audience large enough to require last-minute extra seating in the hall. Ex-pupils The Broadcasts kindly gave their time to end the concert with a rousing hour-long set which showed why they have been snapped up by a record label and booked for gigs all over the country, and at the end of the night everyone was astonished to find well over £1000 in the kitty to donate to a very worthy cause. Many congratulations to all involved!


8th July

Transition Music Day
Our first Transition Music Day

Many of our events are well-established parts of the school calendar, but this year saw a new addition: our first Transition Music Day. This brought together instrumentalists from our feeder primary schools, who met young musicians from Key Stage 3 at Y Pant. An intensive morning of rehearsals meant that new friends were made, and the 107 performers took to the stage after lunch to give a short concert to friends and family. We hope to see most if not all of the Year 6 pupils who attended continuing their instrumental lessons once they join us in September. Although leaving scheduled lessons once a week to have an instrumental lesson can mean having to catch up work, this is more than outweighed by the huge positive effect that learning an instrument (or singing) has been proven to have on young people’s physical and mental development. Please contact the school for further details of our instrumental/vocal provision. Our grateful thanks go to everyone at the RCT Music Service who helped make this event possible. Not only do they provide our instrumental/vocal tuition, but also organise a variety of choirs, orchestras and other groups outside of school, which are vitally important for the development of the next generation of young musicians. I cannot recommend them enough for anyone who is serious about becoming a musician.

12th July

Ex-pupil Rebecca James, now an up-and-coming singer in London, joined us to open the second Y Pant Summer Fete, and kicked off a packed programme of open-air performances. Seasoned musicians and new arrivals alike entertained the crowd all afternoon.

So, is it time for the music teachers to put the kettle on and take a well-earned rest? Not quite.

17th July

We have another Year 12-organised BTEC charity concert, this time in the main hall. Tickets available on the door, lots of excellent performers!

18th July

Our annual farewell assembly will, of course, feature some excellent musical contributions to send the school off with a smile.

Thanks to everyone for their support as always, and we look forward to another packed year in September. Have a great summer!


Activities Day 2014

It was Activities Day in school this week!  Many pupils went out on trips but lots were in school trying out some exciting new things.

The Science department are ran a fire workshop and set fire to Mr Browne’s hands with bubbles of methane.  PLEASE DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME – THIS WAS A VERY CLOSELY SUPERVISED EXPERIMENT

(No Physics teachers were harmed in the course of this experiment).