Homework Club

Homework club restarts tonight!  New for this term we have iPads to use and library books to borrow. Homework club will also be operating during Friday lunchtimes.
We are now running a homework club for pupils in all year groups. The club is run by a member of the teaching staff and during some sessions, 6th form students will be present to assist younger pupils as well.  We are aware that not all pupils have a quiet space, or the necessary resources at home and also that some pupils want to work with their friends and get their homework finished early.
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The details are as follows:
Days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – after school and Friday lunchtimes.
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Room: Room 14, above reception.  Any pupils who cannot go upstairs due to injury or disability, please report to reception and alternative arrangements will be found.
Transport: The school minibus will be able to transport students home at 4pm and will go to Brynnau, Llanharan and Llanharry.  Spaces on the minibus are limited to 16 and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  The sign-up list for the minibus is in reception so pupils are able to reserve their seat before deciding whether to attend that night. There will be no charge for this.

Snacks: We are providing pupils who attend with a chewy bar and carton of juice or bottle of water.  Again this is currently free of charge.
Resources: Stationery is provided along with other books and resources pupils may need.  Computers are available as is a colour printer.  There are also mini iPads and library books to borrow.
Attendance at homework club is not compulsory but pupils who regularly fail to complete homework to a good standard will be encouraged to attend.

 

Christmas Assembly

The term has finished with a Christmas assembly in the sports hall.  The orchestra and percussion ensemble played beautifully and the final sing-song by the whole school really got us into the Christmas spirit.

Congratulations to the House Point winners for this term.

Padraig – Ethan Ruck (140 points)

Aneurin – Shani Williams (120 points)

Nerth – Jamie Sallam (170)

Tirion – Natalie Johns (130 points)

Key Stage 4 winner – Tom May

Key Stage 5 winner – Hywel Thomas

House Point Raffle winner – Yasmin Howells

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Currently Nerth have the highest number of house points with 9150! Da iawn Nerth!

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The school orchestra
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Percussion ensemble

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Y Pant new school fly through – get a first glimpse of what our school is going to look like!

We’re delighted to share with you this fly through of the new school buildings.

This an artist’s impression of how the new school will look but plans are extremely well-advanced and we do not anticipate major changes to the overall design.  The new school will be built on the part of the school fields currently occupied by the tennis courts, rugby field and running track.  The gym, sports hall and New Block will remain; everything else will either be demolished or relocated.

Cross Country Round-up

Cross Country Round-up

It has been a busy term for the school’s cross country runners. Pupils have been representing the school in several events across the region with many notable successes along the way.

The first event in the calendar was the Glamorgan Valleys Schools’ Cross Country Championships which took place at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend on Thursday 25th September. Boys and girls from Years 7 to 11 took part racing against pupils from 40 other schools. Top ten finishers in the boys’ Year 7 race were Cory Sibley 3rd and Seb Thomas 8th. In the Year 8/ 9 race Josh Lock finished 9th, whilst the Year 11 boys took team bronze. In the girls’ Year 10/11 race Bethan Evans finished 2nd and Naomi Reid 3rd; their performances helping to secure silver in the team competition.

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In October the South Wales Regional Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Trelai Park in Cardiff. There was stiff competition that included schools from Cardiff and the Vale.  During the girls’ races there was atrocious weather and competing became as much about completing the course as winning.

In the Year 10 race Naomi Reid finished 2nd, one second behind the winner. Bethan Evans in Year 11 also came second in her race.

On Saturday 15th November the 38th Welsh Schools Inter Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Brecon.  The event which is attended by schools from all over Wales proved very competitive.  Both Naomi and Bethan represented the school at this event with Bethan finishing 8th in the u-19 category and Naomi picking up the gold medal as she finished 1st in the u-15 race. The girls will be competing next in the Cardiff Cross Challenge on Sunday January 18th at Blackweir Fields Cardiff.

Headteacher’s Blog Christmas 2014

The blog has been quiet for some time now but, as we are at the end of a long term and looking forward towards an exciting new year, I thought it a good time to re-introduce it.

In the top right hand corner of our home page you will see a tab marked ‘New School‘.  We will be using this tab to communicate updates regarding the new school building in the weeks and months to come.  It gives me great pleasure this week to be able to share with you the ‘fly through‘ that the architects have produced for us.  I must stress that this an artist’s impression of how the new school will look but plans are extremely well-advanced and we do not anticipate major changes to the overall design.  The new school will be built on the part of the school fields currently occupied by the tennis courts, rugby field and running track.  The gym, sports hall and New Block will remain; everything else will either be demolished or relocated.  We are extremely excited about the new building and, with work due to start in late Spring 2015, we feel that we are on the brink of a new era in the life of the school.   I am pleased to be able to report that the level of consultation with the school has been extremely impressive and that staff and students have been given the opportunity to contribute their ideas.

In the New Year we will arrange a series of community evenings where people from the community which Y Pant serves will be invited into the school for a more detailed presentation of the plans.  I hope to see you there!

Also elsewhere on the website you will see the fantastic news about our successful bid for a grant from the Wolfson  Foundation who have very kindly agreed to fund a bid worth £25 000 to buy tablet devices for the Art and Media Studies departments.  This will enable pupils to experiment with new and exciting forms of artistic and media-related technologies.  Many thanks to the Wolfson Foundation and to colleagues within the school who worked so hard in drawing up the bid.   I look forward to seeing the work that pupils produce.

I was extremely proud to be in attendance at the school’s carol concert in Bethel Baptist Church last week.  It really was a lovely evening which celebrated Christmas whilst recognising its traditional meaning.  Many thanks and congratulations to all the pupils who performed, to my colleagues in the Performing Arts department who worked so tirelessly and to Bethel Baptist for the use of such a lovely building.

Another annual festive favourite was our inter-generational Christmas Party.  We are always pleased to welcome senior citizens into the school for an afternoon of music, refreshments, bingo and gifts!  Our students and volunteers from the staff help out with the organisation, the serving and the clearing-up whilst our Performing Arts department arrange musical items in keeping with the season.  Another lovely occasion.  Many thanks in particular to Mr Abdo!

Comings and goings on the staff saw Mrs Davey return from maternity leave and Miss Morgan leave on maternity leave!  Many thanks to James Jones for covering IT and welcome to Miss Coombs who will be temporarily replacing Miss Morgan in PE.

A lot of you will have read in the media about major changes planned to the curriculum in Wales.  The changes at Key Stage 4 are especially substantial.  Please, though, rest assured that my colleagues and I are well-advanced in our plans to adapt to these changes and we are confident that they will be accommodated to the benefit of the pupils.

One of the real joys of my week has been to be able to reward a group of pupils for their acts of kindness this term.  These youngsters (listed elsewhere on the web site) are an inspiration to us all and I sincerely hope that others will follow in their footsteps and the footsteps of all who were nominated.  Congratulations to each and every one of them.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout this term; I wish you all a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

6th form host an inter-generational Christmas party

Last week we welcomed some of the more senior members of our community into school for our annual inter-generational Christmas party.

This is a lovely event on our annual 6th form calendar and gives 6th form students to talk to the retired people who attend as well as serving them snacks and drinks.

Our visitors also enjoyed entertainment and a raffle.

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Art department win prestigious Wolfson Foundation grant

We are delighted that the Wolfson Foundation has awarded a grant of up to £25,000 toward the cost of IT equipment for the Art department to enable students studying GCSE and A Level Art to undertake projects as part of their studies.

 

The department will use digital cameras to record the local landscape and other stimuli which will be imported in to hand-held tablets for digital manipulation and painting using software applications. This project closely mirrors Hockney’s creative process which begins with the use of digital photography which is uploaded to a hand-held device. Using digital manipulation software, Hockney draws over the original image using various ‘brushwork’ techniques. The new media applications allow students the opportunity to apply traditional artistic techniques, such as line, tone, texture, shape and pattern, whilst using new digital media applications. The completed imagery is then either published in its digital form, or printed on a high quality printer to form a physical artefact. The use of the high definition cameras will also support students generally in their everyday art activities through recording and chronicling of the production of their practical work. The use of photography will afford students the opportunity to reflect on their work whilst producing personal and informed outcomes, another requirement of the course.

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This project was inspired by a former student, Jack Penberthy, who chose this creative process independently during his A Level studies. The image above showcases Jack’s work.

The training and introduction of the project will take place in the coming terms and will be followed up with a second wave of use by our Media Studies department. Their use of the IT equipment would be multi-faceted. Initially the use of the digital photography, and the ability manipulate the image using Fresh Paint or other photo shop software, will give access to GCSE and A Level students to produce high quality artefacts such as specialist magazine front covers. This will widen the scope of the independent opportunities they can take.

In addition to using the software in operation with the Art project, we plan to purchase film editing software to allow students to produce and edit their own film as part of the Media coursework.

We are delighted with the news of this grant award – many thanks and congratulations to the Art Department, led by Mrs Gold and to the Media Studies department, led by Miss Umbleja for their hard work in preparing the details of the project and meeting the representative from the Wolfson Foundation.