On the 4th May the force wasn’t only strong with Star Wars fans. Y Pant Girls Football squad were in force down at Cardiff City Stadium celebrating what has been a fantastic year for girl’s football, in more ways than one.
During the 2016 football season Y Pant has achieved great success, with upwards of 20 girls in Key stage 3 regularly attending football training on a Wednesday evening.
These girls, some of whom had never kicked a football until joining school, have now gone on to achieve both team and individual success.
Girls have now gone on to join local clubs meaning they are now playing football on a weekly basis after showing a passion for football during school sessions.
Team success was also achieved with the girls 6 a side team winning the South West Region of the National Football League Competition. This was held at Cardiff City and the girls went on to represent Cardiff City Football Club in the regional finals.
Two teams were also entered in to the RCT 5×60 football competition with one team narrowly missing out on the knock out stages on goal difference. The other team went on to winning the competition.
A good run in the Welsh Cup was also had this year with the school making history and reaching the semi final of the cup for the first time. Unfortunately we missed out in a close fought match, 2-1 to Ysgol Glantaff.
More individual success was achieved during the season with 3 girls being invited to train with Cardiff City Football club at their girls Development Centre.
All round this has been a fantastic year for girl’s football at Y Pant with girl’s participation, pathways and also individual and team success.
The trip was a great way to end the season. During the trip to Cardiff City Stadium, the girls got a behind the scenes tour of the stadium. They also were able to participate in a football session run by Cardiff city Coaches and also try ‘street soccer’ for the first time.
Pupils at Y Pant are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Y Pant is one of a number of schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The pupils won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians. The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates. Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.
So far the pupils have dried the soil ready for the seeds.
Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience
By: Alex Parker, Jessica Doyle and Dylan Hamer – Year 8
Our journey started at 04:00 in the morning when we all met at the top of the drive ready for our trip to Iceland. 24 eager students and 3 tired teachers ready for an adventure!
After about an hour we got to Bristol airport. We all went to grab a quick breakfast and before we knew it we were going through security and boarding the plane. Everyone was really excited and no one seemed tired anymore … except Dr. Jones who slept all the way!
Three hours later we were in Iceland and on our way to the relaxing Blue Lagoon, with our bus driver, Paolo, at the helm. All of the group used the white silica mud on their faces during the spa experience.
That night we went out to chase the Northern Lights, but the weather wasn’t on our side. We did stop to have a massive snow ball fight instead which was great fun and Paolo played his accordion!
The next day we went to two waterfalls. One was called Seljalandsfoss and we were able to walk behind and ended up getting soaked! The other one we climbed to the top of to get a better view. Then we went to a black pebbled beach, which was due to the volcanic activity, with very powerful and dangerous waves. We went to a glacier which has reduced by 700m because of global warming! Our excellent tour guide, Eric, also told us about the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull as we travelled around its surrounding landscape.
The day after we went to the geyser geothermal park, which was awesome! When the biggest one, Strokkur, erupted several of us got soaked! As we walked back down we could hear the joyful accordion playing of Paolo again. Soon after, we visited the part of Iceland which was part of the North American tectonic plate. There were some beautiful views.
On Sunday we were all really sad as it was our last day. We said our last goodbyes to Eric and Paolo and set off to Keflavik airport. We all spent our remaining kroner and three hours later were back in the UK. It had been an amazing trip and we were all glad that we had gone.
During the trip, the teachers arranged a photo competition as there were so many amazing photos being taken. Here are the winners …
Alex Parker – 8DM – Snowy Landscape
Owen Cockburn – 8DM – Gulfoss
Special mention – Lauren McKean – Blue Lagoon Volcanic Rock
Please come and support a good cause this Friday by attending the Y Pant All Stars vs Morgan Sindall Charity Football match Friday 29th April kick off 3:30pm see flyer for full details.
Reading and Numerical Procedures Tests
These will all be sat in the Sports Hall. The whole year group will sit the test at the same time. Children entitled to extra time will sit the test in a separate room.
The Reading test is 60 minutes with a 20 minute preparation period. The Numerical Procedures test is 30 minutes with a 10 minute preparation period.
The tests will be sat as follows.
|Wednesday 4th May||Lessons 1 & 2||Year 9 Procedural Numeracy|
|Wednesday 4th May||Lessons 3 & 4||Year 7 Reading|
|Wednesday 4th May||Lesson 5||Year 8 Procedural Numeracy|
|Thursday 5th May||Lessons 1 & 2||Year 9 Reading|
|Thursday 5th May||Lessons 3 & 4||Year 8 Reading|
|Thursday 5th May||Lesson 5||Year 7 Procedural Numeracy|
The latest issue of Morgan Sindall’s newsletter is now out.
The student newspaper group completed the 2nd issue of The Hollow before Easter. Here it is!
You can read the first issue here.