There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
Rhondda Cynon Taf have put together a package of resources that provides a free copy of Microsoft Office software for all students. Unique user codes will be distributed via registration this week. The instructions for installation can be downloaded here.
Two weeks ago, the Y Pant drama department put on a production of Macbeth at the Schools Shakespeare Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre. Today, pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are getting the chance to see this fantastic production in school. There will be a special performance at 3:30 for pupils in KS4 and KS5.
On 18th November we hosted an evening in school for parents of Key Stage 3 children to find out how best to support their children with their learning.
Miss Whatley and Miss Owen took parents through some of the techniques we use at Y Pant to teach children maths and outlined the ways in which they could help improve their numeracy.
Mrs Dyson talked to parents about encouraging reading for pleasure, focusing on the needs of reluctant or struggling readers.
During the break, parents were served refreshments by Callum and Gemma representing our 6th form and also had a chance to browse a selection of books brought along by Books & Pontyclun, our new local bookshop.
There will be more information about how to help your child with their literacy and numeracy on the website soon.
The Spanish Department is really lucky to have a link with a Spanish school in Valencia thanks to a past pupil, Jacqueline Hopkins. Jackie, who achieved an A* grade at Spanish A-Level last summer, is currently working at the Valencian school as an English assistant. Over the next few weeks we are set to receive around 70 letters from Valencia. Our current Year 9 cohort will have this fantastic opportunity to make new friends and become pen pals with this Spanish school.
Fairtrade Guest speaker Muhammad Younas
Younas visited the Religious Education Department and Welsh Bacc departments today to engage pupils from Year 10, 11 and 12 in ethical thought and discussion relating to the moral implications of child labour. A typical 24 hours in the life of our pupils were analysed and discussed. Comparisons were considered with children who are forced into child labour in India and Pakistan. One example studied were the employees of a factory in Pakistan, who made the football world cup ball taking into account their wages, ages and working conditions compared to their cost of living and the constitutional law in Pakistan. Pupils developed their knowledge, understanding, discussion, thinking and empathy skills throughout the day. Solutions and strategies were discussed developing opinion and awareness of positive effects of Fair Trade on individual lives in other parts of the world as part of global citizenship and stewardship teaching. Our pupils would like to extend a thank you to Younas for his time, energy and imparting of relevant and emotive knowledge.
Tuesday 4th November 2014
8×1 performed ‘Sospan Fach’ as a classroom orchestra today. I hope you all enjoy the video!
This term the Design and Technology department has been extremely fortunate to receive donated materials from local companies. These materials will help significantly to raise the quality of pupils’ practical projects.
The department would like to thank Oakwood Furniture Manufacturers of Ynysybwl and 4Matix Limited of Pontyclun for their extremely kind contributions. Keep an eye on the D&T web site and Twitter account (@YPantDT) to see the pupils’ projects develop this year.