We held our annual Eisteddfod for years 7 and 8 pupils on June 30th. About 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. There was also a Spanish Rap! We were entertained by talented instrumentalists playing piano, violin, guitar and even a ukelele. Several members of staff commented on the lovely atmosphere of friendly competition they witnessed and it was pleasing that every pupil took part in the final competitions with each house singing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Year 7) and Sosban Fach (Year 8) in turn.
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. Many of the entries were on display in the hall and many pupils took the opportunity to have a closer look during morning break. The winner of the Chair this year for the most effective Welsh composition in Year Eight went to Lydia Morgan of Nerth and she was delighted to accept the prize of the Love Spoon from Mr. Powell following the chairing ceremony.
The final result saw Padrig comfortably beating the other houses. This was despite Tirion gaining far more points during the staged competitions. Padrig pupils must be praised for their outstanding effort in producing a huge amount of high quality homework entries.
We are also very grateful to Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Horsey, who, once again represented the School`s Governing body, for adjudicating on the day.
The homework results for various subjects follow.
Cymraeg Years 7 and 8
Using your art and design and IT skills coupled with a good imagination write a detailed Welsh passage about yourself in any format you wish to show how interesting a person you are. The best Year 8 entry in this competition is akin to poet winning ‘The Chair’ in the National Eisteddfod. In our version the winner goes through the chairing ceremony and wins a traditionally hand-carved lovespoon.
We are pleased to announce that the tender process for the new school build is complete and that the construction company Morgan Sindall will be starting our new school buildings imminently.
Morgan Sindall will be producing a monthly newsletter about the build for parents, carers and all other interested parties. The first one will be distributed before the end of the summer term.
The next 2 years will have its challenges as we seek to maintain the smooth running of the school and our high educational standards whilst having a major construction project on site. However it will also be a very exciting time as the presence of the building project will afford many educational opportunities for our pupils. Members of the Senior Leadership Team have already met with representatives of the Project Team and will be working closely with them in terms of site access, work placements and careers talks. Morgan Sindall will be employing almost 200 people on site during the project and will be looking to recruit local people. If you know of anyone looking for work please tell them to keep an eye out for vacancies.
The construction team will be on site from 27th July. Access to the school site will change significantly over that period and we, in conjunction with Morgan Sindall, will be issuing specific instructions shortly.
For the duration of the project, all information will also be available on the website.
We recently had a swarm of bees at school! Apparently this happens occasionally and swarms are generally harmless. We contacted Bridgend Bee Keepers and Graham & Paul arrived promptly to remove the swarm. The took the bees away with the view to settling them into a new hive.
Bees are vital for the pollination of crops and are under threat due to pesticides.
The following information from Bridgend Bee Keepers will be of use if you ever see a swarm in your garden.
If you see what looks like a huge cloud of bees, making a loud buzzing noise, that is a swarm. It is quite natural and swarming bees are usually harmless – but keep pets and children indoors just in case.
The swarm will eventually come to rest as a large ball of bees on a tree, bush or wall. It may go into a hole in a wall or a hollow tree.
Local Beekeepers want to know about swarms, as they collect them to make new hives – so if you see a swarm ring either:
GREG on 07896 570263 or GLYN – 07974 550438
Tell us .. where the swarm is …. how long you think it has been there … and roughly how big it is – the size of a football, or bigger, or the size of a tennis ball. Is it on a bush or high up in a tree or on a fence or has it gone into a hole in a tree or a wall? This helps us to plan what equipment we’ll need.
We will send someone round as quickly as possible to collect the swarm and remove it. If the swarm is not collected, it will probably die off, so you are doing the bees a favour by reporting them.
In the Eisteddfod, the French and Spanish departments had different competitions for making posters. In the French department they made posters about hobbies and sports; in the Spanish department they made wanted posters ‘SE BUSCA’. In joint first place in the French competition were
Lydia Morgan in the Nerth House
Bethan Hopkins in Tirion House
In joint 2nd
Caitlyn Huckridge in Padrig
Lucy coleman in Aneurin
Coming in 3rd
Yasmin Reid from Tirion
The winner for the Spanish competition was
In joint 2nd
This website post created by Holly Ryan and Shauna Pick while on work experience
6th form student Georgia Guildford has been ice skating for years and last year made the British team for the World Synchronised Skating Championships. Here’s a report on that event.
Team Spirit, British Synchronised Ice Skating Champions are back from representing Great Britain in the World Synchronised Skating Championships 2014 held in Courmayeur, Italy. Georgia Guildford (then in year 11) is the youngest member of Team Spirit.
The Team arrived in Courmeyeur on the Sunday before the actual competition as it was possible to buy ice time on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and it’s not possible to get good ice times in Cardiff; the Team currently practice for 2 hours at 12 midnight on Fridays. The team trained flat out for 3 days, and then the unofficial practices started. As always the skaters and supporters of The Wales & West Synchro Skating Club (WWSSC) left a lasting impression at every practice, the International Skating Union volunteers were joining in with the Team “sing alongs” before the team took to the ice, and the Team received so many amazing comments about how polite and friendly they were.
Katrina said “Their actual performance in the Short Program, skating to “Where Have You” by Rhianna, on Friday, was the best they had ever skated it. I was on pins, I knew they had it in them and couldn’t have been anymore prouder to see them do it at the World Championships. Their marks reflected their amazing skate, we read the PDF score sheet and had a debrief on something’s that we could tweak ready for the free the following day and they walked out the rink full off determination to skate the free even better the following day”.
In the Free Program, on Saturday, skating to “Bust Your Windows” Jazmine Sullivan, Katrina said “My god they were so confident walking out of the changing rooms, it was very unnerving seeing them with not an ounce of nerves (well if they had nerves they didn’t show it). They were so focused and determined to have a good skate. I, on the other hand, was a mess as always. Their free skate was the best I have EVER seen them skate, with just one fall (perfectly understandable when you’re skating on a blade don’t you think?) they left me drained. The crowd loved their Creative Element and they really sold it. When the marks came up we just screamed. Team Spirit had their best Technical Score, and to accomplish that at The Worlds is just amazing, finishing in First place in their group and 21st overall”.
Here’s a video of their short programme – Georgia is the one being lifted.
Representatives from Y Pant School were cordially invited by Cllr Allan Matheson, the Chair of Llantrisant Community Council, to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Centenary Gardens in Beddau on a bright, sunny morning on Thursday the 25th of June. The ceremony was part of a series of activities to recognise the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of our Armed Forces. This culminates in Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June where a series of high profile events around the United Kingdom will take place to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Representatives from the school included Army Reservists, Mr Pearsall and Miss Purcell, members of the School Council and members of local Air and Army Cadets. Air Cadet Sergeant Alex Foster was a standard bearer and fellow Y Pant pupils from 2077 (Pontyclun) Squadron, Air Training Corps provided the guard of honour at the ceremony which was also attended by the Royal British Legion, Llantrisant Community Council, local Primary Schools, the Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir and members of the local community.
The service was led by Chaplain Creighton Lewis OBE of Tabor Baptist Church ably assisted by readings from Y Pant’s Paige Jones and Cameron Docherty and hymns from Llantrisant Ladies’ Choir. Refreshments were kindly provided for all participants afterwards in Beddau Welfare Hall by the Community Council. It was a great day for all members of the community, young and old, to meet and share a common bond of wellbeing, citizenship and camaraderie.
On Saturday 13th June 2015, fourteen intrepid cyclists completed the 133 mile ‘Mint to Mint’ Challenge. Headteacher Mr Powell and fellow Y Pant teachers, Mr Pearsall (Challenge Organiser), Mr Mortimer (Route Master), Mr Mitchell (King of the Mountains), Mr Jones (Elder Statesman), Mr Pelaez (Traffic Controller) and Mr Battle (Dave Brailsford- Team Manager) were joined by cycling colleagues from Newton Lifeguard Club and Ye Pirates Club (Porthcawl) for the formidable trial. Despite 5 punctures before leaving Wales and a sound drenching in Gloucestershire our intrepid crew soon picked up the pace and arrived in Birmingham in the early evening to city streets lined with jubilant well-wishers (well an old lady and a dog at the bus stop).
Ably supported by Mr Duggan, Mr Davies, Mr Abdo and Miss Purcell our cyclists were waved off from outside the Royal Mint at 7.30 am by Kylie McKee from Velindre Cancer Care Fundraising and our benefactors Wayne and Jayne Griffiths from Rhian Griffiths Velindre Rose Tribute Fund. Eleven hours later our remarkably fresh looking and exhilarated team were being photographed in front of the old Birmingham Mint which is now a block of elegant luxury apartments and offices.
You may not be aware that it is National Bike Week this week. We would like our challenge to act as an inspiration for budding cyclists to take to the saddle and enjoy the health and social benefits of cycling. Knowing that we were also doing it for a very worthy and deserving cause was a real motivator during the Winter training months.