Gean Sou Mo 2014

Badminton Success

Congratulations to Gean Sou Mo from Year 10 who had a busy but successful weekend.
Gean represented Wales under 15’s in the Home Nations Quadrangular Tournament played in Cardiff. Gean took the Gold medal in the individual competition, beating the best players from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
Good luck to Gean for her next tournament at the end of May, when she will be competing in the Scottish Junior International in Glasgow.

Gean Sou Mo 2014

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National Reading and Numeracy Tests

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are today starting their National Reading and Numeracy tests.  All students in years 2 – 9 are required to do these tests in Wales as part of the drive to improve standards in Literacy and Numeracy nationally.  Students have been preparing for these tests in class over the last few weeks and no extra revision is necessary.  Any student absent for the scheduled test date will have the opportunity to sit the tests before the test window ends on Tuesday 13th May. Rest assured that all necessary provisions will be made for any students with additional learning needs. Results will be available to parents/guardians by the end of the Summer term.

The Welsh Government has issued the following information for parents and carers.

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Download the information in PDF format.

This year there will be three tests.

The Reading test is 60 minutes and the Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes.  These will be administered together as a 2 hour block and students will all sit these in the Sports Hall.  The Numerical Reasoning test involves the presentation of stimulus material via PowerPoint. It is therefore necessary to split students into smaller groups.  The timetable for all tests is below and has already been sent out to parents.

Year 7

Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests – Friday 9th May 8.35am.

Students should go to their form rooms at 8.30am to register as normal before being directed to the Sports Hall to sit the tests.

Numerical Reasoning tests – Thursday 8th May

Again, students should go to timetabled lessons as normal to register before being directed to the tests as follows:

Time

Class

                Location

Period 1

7C1

Main Hall

7C2 and 7C3

Room 68

Period 2

7B2

Main Hall

7B3

Room 68

Period 3

7A3

Main Hall

7B1

Room 68

Period 4

7A1

Main Hall

7A2

Room 68

Year 8

Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests – Thursday 8th May 11.15am.

Students should go to their lessons at 11.10am (period 3) to register as normal before being directed to the Sports Hall to sit the tests.

Numerical Reasoning tests – Friday 9th May

Again, students should go to timetabled lessons as normal to register before being directed to the tests as follows:

Time

Class

                Location

Period 1

8Y2

Main Hall

8YS

Room 68

Period 2

8X1

Main Hall

8X3

Room 68

Period 3

8X2

Main Hall

8X4

Room 68

Period 4

8Y1

Main Hall

8Y3

Room 68

Year 9

Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests – Thursday 8th May 8.35am.

Students should go to their form rooms at 8.30am to register as normal before being directed to the Sports Hall to sit the tests.

Numerical Reasoning tests – Wednesday 7th May

Again, students should go to timetabled lessons as normal to register before being directed to the tests as follows:

Time

Class

                Location

Period 1

9X3

Main Hall

9X4

Room 68

Period 2

9Y1

Main Hall

9Y2

Room 68

Period 3

9X1

Main Hall

9X2

Room 68

Period 4

9Y3

Main Hall

9YS and 9Y4

Room 68

 

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Year 11 Revision Fortnight Timetable

As you may be aware, the arrangements for study leave were changed by the Welsh Government last year. This has given us the opportunity to offer pupils more revision time with their teachers leading up to their exams up to 23rd May. We hope parents and carers will work with us to ensure students’ full attendance during this important period.

Please note the following:

  • If a student has no exam, they will be expected in lessons throughout the day.
  • If a student has a morning exam only, they will return to lessons after a short break following the exam.
  • If a student has a morning and an afternoon exam, they will be in lessons during periods 3 and 4, but will be allowed to revise for their afternoon exam during these periods.
  • If a student has an afternoon exam only, they will have the choice of studying in a revision room during the morning, or revising from home. If they are going to come in they must go to the study room assigned to them where there will be supervised study.
  • Students must ensure that they bring revision materials and their books for normal lessons, each day.
  • After Whitsun half-term half-term, pupils only need to attend when they have an exam.

A copy of the arrangements for the period covering Monday 12th May to Friday 23rd  May can be downloaded here, so that parents and carers are aware of the provision in place for year 11 students.

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Download the year 11 revision fortnight timetable in PDF format

It is important that pupils fully adhere to school uniform rules throughout the period of the examinations and that are fully equipped with stationery for their exams. They should aim to be outside the exam hall before the published start time to ensure they are ready to begin the exams promptly.

We hope these steps will help students fulfill their potential and wish them good luck during this crucial period of their education.

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Show Racism the Red Card Competition News

The R.E. department have been running a competition to highlight anti-racism through creative writing, art, dance, ICT and media approaches.We’re delighted to announce that Ania Kandasamy in year 9 has been awarded the national winning entry for her fantastic poster design. Over one thousand schools entered! She was awarded her prize at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff on 1st May. She won a kindle and other prizes. Da iawn Ania!  A display of a selection of Y Pant entries can be viewed in reception.

 

 

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GCSE and A-Level Art Exhibitions

The Art Department would like to invite you to their GCSE and A-Level exhibitions.

The GCSE Art Exhibition has now finished but the the A-Level Art Exhibition is on Monday 19th May 2014 (3:15pm – 5:15 pm) and the work will remain on show until 3pm on Thursday 22nd May.  Please come and have a look at the excellent work on display!

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NACE Cymru 2014 – Y Pant ‘Magnificent 7′

NACE Cymru 2014
Congratulations to the Y Pant ‘Magnificent 7′ who presented at this year’s Nace national Conference in St David’s hotel, Cardiff. The organisers asked that they outline ‘ what it’s like to be a MAaT learner at Y Pant’. After their presentation they received a very warm reception and masses of praise. Very many teachers expressed their desire to either teach here or to have their children come here. Y Pant was represented by the Yr8 debate team made up of Josh, Bailey and Tori, who have won many debating competitions this year. They are now very much looking forward to next year’s Rotary Club competition again having lost out to teams two years older than them! Y10 Lauren is a digital leader and has been helping us teachers by delivering training in new technologies for us. Y11 Paige and Juliet are Parliement Lords and currently undergoing UN CRC training after which they will train students and staff. Y12 Lucie-Ann has stage talent and has been performing for Y Pant from early on, going from strength to strength after overcoming stage fright!
A da iawn must also go to Y13 Ethan who after winning a photography competition was invited by the organisers to be the official photographer at the event to record proceedings! Mrs Nowell-Hughes also delivered a workshop to delegates in good teaching and learning strategies for the more able learner.
The more able and talented resources can be found  the website – you do not have to be on the MAaT register to have a go – you never know you could discover a latent talent just waiting to break out! The only way to find out is to try all the opportunities that Y Pant has to offer. Get involved in school life, meet new people and discover new possibilities!
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Easter Holiday Revision Sessions

Please find attached the details of the revision sessions being put on at the school during the Easter and Whitsun holiday periods.

We are extremely grateful to the large number of staff who will be coming in during their holidays to run revision sessions and would like to underline the importance of as many students attending as is possible. It is an excellent opportunity for students to receive targeted revision work. We hope you will work with us and encourage your child to attend these sessions.

We would also take this opportunity to remind parents of Year 11 students that the Welsh Government stopped the practice of issuing study leave last year. As a consequence your child should continue to attend school during the period of the bulk of their exams. We will be publishing the details of the revision programme that will operate in the school during the first two weeks of the GCSE exams, up to the Whitsun half term.

Download the Easter 2014 revision timetable here.

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Important Information

We are deeply saddened this week by the death of Simon Brooks, one of our year 10 students, on the morning of Tuesday 1st April.  Our thoughts and sympathy are with Simon’s family and friends.  We will be working with them over the next few days to create an appropriate and meaningful tribute to Simon.

We are trying to reestablish regular routines as quickly as possible but we have decided that it would be inappropriate to hold our annual presentation evening scheduled for next Thursday 10th April.  This has been postponed until a later date which will be communicated to all as soon as possible.

A whole school means of expressing our support for Simon’s memory and his family is being planned for next week in the form of a non-uniform day and there will be opportunities for fund raising in his memory associated with this.

We realise that at this difficult time parents, carers and friends might become worried about emotional well-being of young people.  These reactions may well be part of the normal process of grief and providing young people with opportunities to share and discuss difficult feelings will be one of the best ways to support them.  When discussing the difficult issues of unexpected death, it may be helpful to focus on positive ways of managing stress and problems.  One useful message to convey is the importance of seeking adult support for ourselves but also when we feel concerned about friends.

We have been supporting young people and staff in school this week and will continue to do so.  Counselling services are available which all young people will be able to access.  RCT Youth Services are also providing extra support in the wider community for young people to be able to talk about their concerns.   As stated, Y Pant will aim to re-establish regular routines as quickly as possible whilst also recognising that some young people will be affected by this event for months to come.  If your child is currently accessing mental health service input it will be important that this information is passed on to the relevant agency.  A list of websites and possible agencies has been provided to parents and is also available here.

Please contact Miss Ceri Richmond if you require any additional information about the support in place. She will ensure that accurate and consistent information is provided when required.

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Organisations offering bereavement support

This information was sent out to all parents of pupils at Y Pant this week.

www.bereavementanddisability.org.uk

A web site for anyone who seeks information on bereavement and learning difficulties.

www.childbereavement.org.uk

Provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a child dies, or when a child is bereaved. Their dedicated Support and Information Service provides help and guidance for families and professionals.  They have a national confidential Support and Information Line (01494 568900)

www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is a federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people. It involves and is actively supported by all the major bereavement care providers in the UK.

www.cruse.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Services are free to bereaved people. The charity provides support and offers information, advice, education, and training services.

www.getconnected.org.uk

Get Connected is a free, confidential helpline for young people who know they need help but don’t know where to find it. Anyone under 25, anywhere in the UK, facing any issue can access this service.

The helpline is available by phone, email, and web-chat every day.

Call 0808 808 4994 (1pm-11pm)

Email: help@getconnected.org.uk

Web-chat is available online 7pm-10pm

www.rd4u.org.uk

RD4U is a website which aims to support young people, after the death of someone close to them.

www.tcf.org.uk

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children. They also offer support, advice and information to other relatives, friends and professionals who are helping the family.

www.winstonswish.org.uk

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people, and their families in the UK.

The Winston’s Wish range of services includes the following:

  • national helpline for anyone caring for a child coping with the serious illness or death of a family member (08452 03 04 05)
  • group work with bereaved children and their families
  • individual work with bereaved children and their families
  • range of publications, resources and educational films
  • support programme for schools
  • tailor-made training and consultancy for professionals

 Local support agencies

Cruse Bereavement Care (Merthyr Tydfil & RCT)    01685 876020

Educational and Child Psychology Service       01443 744333

Eye to Eye Youth Counselling Service (RCT schools)      01443 204551

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentations

Y Pant students recently received their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a ceremony for all students in RCT at the Park and Dare in Aberdare.
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Arwel Poacher, James Little and Sam Prior received  their Silver Award. Arwel has enrolled on to the Gold Award. Well done all!
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Rhodri Poacher worked really hard to complete Bronze Award and is keen to continue onto Silver. Well done Rhodri – pictured with the Mayor of RCT.
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Daniel Emberlin, Daniel Havard, Matthew Johnson and Katie Crook also completed their Bronze awards with Explorer Scouts – well done to them and thanks to Lesley Johnson for the photo!