Future Chefs Cook Up a Storm!

Monday the 5th of October saw the School heats for the Springboard Future Chef Competition. Eight year 9 pupils took part including Lydia Morgan, Olivia King, Jack King, Courtney Jones, Catrin Grattidge, Ellie Hammacott, Natalie Johns and Ellie Jenkins.

Their brief was to cook a main meal with a budget of £5. They were judged on the balance of the meal including flavours, textures and appearance by Mr Powell, Mrs Lloyd and Miss Knight.

An amazing range of meals was produced and the staff thoroughly enjoyed each one. The standard was exceptional.

Dishes produced ranged from Chilli Con Carne with Garlic Ciabatta & Chicken Tikka with Mint Yoghurt to Pesto Pasta with Bacon and Tomatoes & Garlic Salmon with Asparagus on a bed of pureed Butternut Squash.

After much deliberation the winners were announced as Ellie Jenkins for her home reared Lamb Chops in Rosemary and Red wine Jus with mashed Potato and Carrots; and Courtney Jones with her Garlic Salmon with a crispy skin and Asparagus on a bed of pureed Butternut Squash.

The pupils worked independently for an hour and produced top quality dishes. Mr Powell commented that he enjoys cooking but “I couldn’t cook like that”.

Miss Knight will be accompanying Ellie Jenkins and Courtney Jones to Bridgend College for the regional finals on the 24th November.

We wish the girls the very best of luck.

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U15 Girls Football

Congratulations to the U15 girls football team who beat Cymer in the 1st round of the Welsh School’s Cup 7-4.  Goodluck to the team who will go on to play Tonyrefail in the second round!

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The Team

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Charlotte Monk, Georgia Harkus, Stephanie Battista, Carys Woodward, Nisha Smith

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Olivia King, Ellie Jenkins, Catrin Parsons, Olivia Enoch, Catrin Jones and Ellie Buffey (not present in photo).

 

PITT RIVERS MUSEUM VISIT

Art 1 art 2 art 4 art 5On Tuesday 22nd September the Art Department took Year 11 and Year 9 students to The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world. It was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. The collection now holds over 250,000 objects from around the world. Students were able to see groups of objects such as: musical instruments, weapons, masks, textiles, jewellery, and tools to show how the same problems have been solved at different times by different peoples. The visit was made to support students’ coursework projects (Year 11 Multicultural Art Unit and Year 9 Mask Making Unit). Students used their sketchbooks and cameras to record interesting examples of objects seen.

Homework Club

Homework club restarts on Tuesday 29th September.
We run 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.
The details are as follows:
Days: Tuesday after school
Time: 2:50 to 3:50pm
Room: Room 1
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.
Attendance at homework club is not compulsory but pupils who regularly fail to complete homework to a good standard will be encouraged to attend.

 

Comenius 2013-15 – My 21st Century

Our Comenius My 21st Century project has sadly come to an end.  After trips to Ireland, Holland, Germany, Spain and Norway we have had to say our goodbyes to our European counterparts (for the time being!) after two years of working on this project.  A total of 19 pupils, from various year groups, attended these trips after showing an interest in culture, technology and making new friends.  Each Comenius Conference we attended had a different thematic area: what does social media mean to you?; technology; a multi-cultural society; entrepreneurs and educational apps; democracy; society and architecture.  A larger number of Y Pant pupils also took part in the project, some attended the Comenius club, others hosted and some completed Comenius work in their time-tabled lessons such as Art.

Highlights from the trips include: meeting the Mayor of Sant Cugat; Jess and Maria being interviewed in Holland about their style and making it into a famous magazine; being hosted by friends that you made when you hosted in Wales; riding bikes to school in Holland; using Spanish skills and language (learnt in Y Pant) to navigate yourself around Barcelona; how to take responsibility for yourself and work on basic life skills; visiting amazing cities and countries; making brand new friends!

Highlights from the project include: being part of a wonderful group of people, all sharing knowledge and culture; looking at how technology has changed our lives, for the good and for the bad; how to change your perspective; working as a group to reach a common goal; realising that just because someone is from a different country, you can still have things in common with them.
Unfortunately the Comenius project does not exist anymore but keep your eyes peeled for an Erasmus + project and remember to get involved!

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Summer Sports News

Congratulations to the Year 7, 9 and 10 rugby sevens squads who all won their age groups at the recent Pontypridd Schools’ Sevens. It has been a very successful season for rugby at Y Pant with both the Year 7 and Year 8 teams winning the 15a-side Pontypridd Schools’ League and Cup.

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Well done to Year 9 archer Cyra Rawdin-Jones who won Gold in The Welsh Field Championships in both the team and individual event. The team event is a real achievement, as the Jnr team of which she was a member beat all other teams including the senior and pro staff teams.

Y Pant’s Year 9 athletes recently travelled to Brecon to compete in the Glamorgan Valleys County competition.  Notable successes include Jay Coombes who jumped 1.54 metres to finish with Silver. Carys Woodland also picked up Silver in the Long Jump. Performance of the day came from Josh Lock who won the Long Jump with a leap of 5.74 metres. Josh is currently ranked 1st in Wales and 4th in the UK in this event. Good luck to him when he represents the County in the Welsh Championships.

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On Tuesday 30th June Year 7 athletes also took part in their Glamorgan Valleys County competition. Iwan Jenkins won the 200 metres with a time of 27.8 seconds he also came 3rd in the Long Jump. Cory Sibley also came 3rd in the 1500 metres.

Congratulations to the Year 9 girls football team who reached the final of the ‘Game On’ 5-a-side football tournament.

Well done to Cory Jenkins in Year 10 who formed part of the Welsh Trampoline Squad and represented his country in the National Trampoline Championships in Peterborough.

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Congratulations to Seb Bunyan who in September 2014 became a member of the Wales Under 14’s National Basketball Team.

In June 2015 The Wales Under 14’s Boys Team competed in the FIBA Summer Slam tournament in Stirling, Scotland, competing against Northern Ireland, Sokol Prazsky of The Czech Republic, and the host nation Scotland. Seb joined his team mates in lining up against extremely competitive opposition, with Scotland and The Czech Republic being familiar representatives in Division B, whilst Wales is currently placed in Division C.

Mission Discovery – Kings College London

On the 12th July Kiera White, and myself (Ellie Matthews) travelled to King’s College London, with 45 other students from R-CT- to complete a five day project. The project was for International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) with NASA in the hope that it would be launched onto the international space station. Unfortunately our group did not win overall but we had an amazing week!

We were introduced to Chris Barber (the founder of ISSET), Mike Foale (an astronaut), Dr Julie Keeble (a pharmacology lecturer), Sarah Murray (Assistant Chief of EVA, Robotics and Crew Systems at NASA) and Ben (our mentor).  We were put to work to create a team name and mission patch. A mission patch is a special badge designed by the crew of a space mission which is then worn by the astronauts. We voted on the best ones and our team won both votes. The final competition of the day was to try and safely land an egg after it is dropped from 30 feet above the ground using equipment such as parachutes and balloons.  The team with the egg that did not break and had the lowest expenditure won. Unfortunately our team did not win, even though our egg didn’t break. This competition was based on how NASA safely landed the Mars Rover on Mars and space craft on the moon.

On Tuesday the lectures started and the real competition began.  The first lecture was presented by Sarah on her journey to become the Assistant Chief of EVA for NASA and how her job has influenced the missions sent up to the ISS. This was followed by Mike Foales’ experiences as an astronaut and his time in the international space station. Throughout the day we really got to understand the issues of  iving in space and how difficult it is for the astronauts to adapt to the microgravity environment, this  gave us a really good place to start on our research into our experiment. When we began designing our experiment we looked at very basic ideas and built on them until we had a solid idea, it was very important for us to keep our experiment simple but relevant so it had the largest impact, increasing our chance of our experiment winning.

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Wednesday was focused on how humans react to being in a microgravity environment, the problems caused by the way fluid is redistributed around the body and how muscle and bone mass is lost when in space. This created restrictions on the experiment which were further complicated by the fact we only had a 10cmX10cmX5cm box to do the experiment in.  In the evening we had the chance to talk to and ask questions via a video link with Scott Kelly, an astronaut currently at the ISS carrying out a one year study on how space affects the body in comparison to his twin who is on earth. This was really fascinating and amazing to be a part of.

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The last two days were focused on our experiment. We had a day and a half to complete it in our groups and create a presentation. We presented in small groups to two judges and then the best experiments went into the final. In the final we presented to everybody on mission discovery and a whole panel of judges. The winning experiment will be launched onto the international space station in the next few years.

The whole week was fun filled and we would definitely do it all again. We met loads of lovely people who we had an amazing week with. If you get the opportunity to go take it and enjoy yourself because we know we did.

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