Please find below information about the Easter and Whitsun revision sessions which the school will be offering for pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are sitting external examinations.
Our staff work extremely hard to help our students achieve the very best results and we are extremely grateful that they are volunteering, yet again, to give up part of their holiday to support students during these sessions.
Places at these sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can book slots by mailing the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please state your child’s name, year group and the session / sessions they wish to attend. A reply email will then be sent to confirm their place.
If at any point you find you are unable to take up the place, please contact us immediately to let us know as we anticipate waiting lists for most subject areas.
These sessions are always enormously successful, and we are certain pupils will find them extremely beneficial.
The MFL Department took 14 pupils to Cardiff City Stadium on the Friday before half term to take part in a carousel of language activities. The aim of the day was to promote modern foreign languages and boost uptake at GCSE and A-Level.
This is Henri Phillips’ report of the day:
In my opinion, the language day trip was a success and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The first activity we took part in was the STEM Language Ambassadors Problem Solving. There was a girl from New York who explained why languages were important to study alongside Science and taught us about the top 5 languages in the world (with English being third). Then we went to Routes into Language held by a Turkish man. He talked about how languages are involved in different sorts of jobs such as trading goods with other countries and even in sports. The third activity we attended was something I knew a little about: Spanish fiestas and festivales. We learnt about La Tomatina, El Encierro (the running of the bulls) and Las Fallas (a festival held in Valencia). Finally we had a tour of Cardiff City Football Stadium. Being a football fan I enjoyed this part a lot, especially asking questions and seeing the changing rooms. Out of the whole trip I enjoyed the session where I got to use my Spanish because I was able to use my knowledge to apply to the challenges set. I think the trip was a success and should be run every year and I am extremely thankful that I was chosen to go – I would love to do it all over again!
Our annual open evening for current year 11 students (whether currently studying at YPS or elsewhere) considering continuing their studies at A Level will take place on Thursday March 10th. There will be an introductory talk by the Assistant headteacher in the main hall, at 4 pm followed by an opportunity to visit department areas.
Members of each department will be available to find out a little more about specific subjects and this year, along with the Head of 6th form, there will be a number of the current 6th form on hand to answer questions and offer advice from their perspective and experiences.
If the need should arise there will be a second showing of the introductory talk at 5.30 pm.
The Year 10 Catering class have recently started their first piece of controlled assessment work. Their brief is on Afternoon Tea, as they are becoming very popular in the UK and are an excellent way for chefs to demonstrate their skills at producing baked products. Year 10 have to prepare, cook and serve four items that could be offered as part of an Afternoon Tea menu. This is an exciting and challenging task they have ahead of them. On Tuesday 23rd February, eleven Catering students visited Llanerch Vineyard to experience Afternoon Tea for themselves and get an idea of what types of products they would have to produce. Here are some quotes from the day.
We really enjoyed the trip to Llanerch Vineyard. The wide selection of beverages is an impressive display of how creative people can be to keep their customers interested, teas provided included: Earl Grey, Green Tea and Iron Goddess of Mercy oolong Tea. All the teas were served with a sand timer so that brewing time was accurate.
Thomas Meek and Cameron Bargery
The table set up looked very professional and slightly posher than I expected! We were seated and given hard cased menus so that we could choose from a selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks. We were also give jugs of ice water for the tables. I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea and I think it will influence my ideas for my coursework.
The food was served on a three tier cake stand, with savoury items on the bottom. For savoury they served sandwiches such as ham and mustard, salmon, cheese and pickle, cucumber and egg mayo. My favourite was the ham! On the middle tier there were a selection of scones and Welsh cakes, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The scones were really crumbly; however, they were not dry! On the top tier there were quartered strawberries for presentation served with lemon cake, profiteroles, hazelnut brownies and macarons. The trip has given me some good ideas for presentation.
I enjoyed the trip; my favourite was the macarons and the scones. For me this trip was very helpful for my coursework. They showed me how I can serve the food and I have a better understanding of what Afternoon tea is.
On the whole I enjoyed the food and I liked how they had timers for your tea. The whole experience for Afternoon Tea at Llanerch Vineyard was lovely and has inspired me with ideas when I do my own Afternoon Tea.
Congratulations to our very talented year 12 pupils, Rhys Owen, Rhys James and Evan Doyle who performed superbly in the play ‘Citizenship’ in the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. ‘Citizenship’ shows how a young boy battles with his sexuality alongside the normal pressures of being a teenager. We are so proud of Rhys, Rhys and Evan who have demonstrated such professionalism, dedication and maturity to such a hard hitting play. Well done boys!
‘Citizenship’ is also being performed tonight (26th February) and tomorrow night (27th February) at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Sherman box office.
It’s been a busy time in the French department. On Friday 5th February five Year 9 pupils, Mason, Shani, Lauren, Cordelia and Lydia took part in Pupil Language Ambassador training organised by Route into Languages Cymru. Here are just some quotes from the day.
Last Friday we went to City Hall in Cardiff. We took part in a Language Ambassador training day. It was a very fun day learning more about languages in a variety of quizzes. We watched videos which showed us how important it is to take a language and how there is a shortage of people opting for a language in the UK. We were given leaflets and information booklets and learnt only a quarter of the world’s population speak English. We also talked about what we were going to do as language ambassadors to try and encourage more pupils to take a language. It was a great experience to go on a trip like this and I have learnt much more about languages.
I was really pleased that I was chosen to become a Language Ambassador for Y Pant. I thoroughly enjoyed the day learning about France and the French culture. I met pupils from other schools and worked with them doing activities. We learnt about how a language ambassador will support their school by arranging activities and events. We were introduced to students from universities that study French, telling us about their travels and experiences from taking French at GCSE and A levels. I am looking forward to representing my school as a language ambassador.
I think that the Language Ambassador training day was really interesting. I especially enjoyed the part where we learnt about French culture. We also completed a quiz which was fun, as we got to work with our school to answer the questions. I believe that the training day helped me and other pupils enhance our language skills and soon we will be encouraging other students to learn and take languages for their GCSEs.
Last summer I travelled over to Borneo to work for 4 weeks in a team building company and out door adventure centre. First I was involved in a team building exercise which I helped run. It involved 350 participants, who were professors from a university in Singapore. They had to take part in activities and assemble bicycles, with the help of me and some of my co-leaders. After the event I helped to deliver the bikes to four orphanages in the area, where we donated them, which was an incredible, eye-opening experience.
I then went on to work in the outdoor adventure centre for a week, which is located on the river Tuaran, on the border of the jungle. This was my residential for my gold DofE award. I worked on the high ropes agility course, rock climbing wall, abseiling tower, archery and on a zip line, in which I assisted and instructed clients on how to safely use these facilities.
I was also involved in a jungle refurbishment project, where I was involved in the planning and production of the new jungle camp. This included the creation of a toilet and kitchen area, produced mainly out of bamboo. I used many practical skills such as using machetes, digging toilets and building fences from bamboo. I also stayed in the jungle over night where I slept in a hammock and cooked my food over an open fire. I also saw and heard a lot of new wildlife in the jungle, which was a new experience for me.
I then went on to do my PADI open water diving course, which was a great experience. It was a four day course, which included a theory and briefing day, a practice day, 2 open water dives to below 17 feet and an exam on the last day. By passing this I can now dive anywhere in the world.