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.
Year 7 played their second home game Tuesday, against local rivals Bryn Celynnog. It was an extremely tight game. The first half consisted of few chances, the best of which fell to Bryn Celynnog – however the shot was dragged wide. After a half time team talk Y Pant came out very determined and began to really pressure Bryn high up the pitch. This pressure eventually worked, the ball won back by Zander L and a through ball played to Josh B who calmly finished it. The remaining time was played out in the same fashion as the first – but another victory for Year 7 and another clean sheet.
Y Pant, the reigning RCT champions won a closely fought and physical contest against bitter rivals Treorchy.
In a tight first half Y Pant went one-nil up thanks to the goal machine Iwan Jenkins. The away team continued on their pursuit for more goals and went further ahead through the goal machine.
Treorchy levelled the score with two quick goals due to schoolboy defending from Y Pant. A goal a piece from both sides locked the game into a draw and as we were heading into the dramatic penalty shoot out, a Cory Sibley wonder strike from ten yards sealed the victory for the reigining champions to the dismay of the home supporters.
Well done to the squad of players who have now reached the semi-finals of the RCT cup for the second successive year.
Scorers for Y Pant were;
Iwan Jenkins (3)
Cory Sibley (1)
Man of the Match for Y Pant was Conan Flower
Year Eight make the last eight in National School Sevens
On Monday the 14th Y Pant Year 8 Rugby Sevens Team made the long trip to Rosslyn Park in London for the National Schools’ Sevens. With a strong team, supported by a fantastic network of parents from Pontyclun and Llantrisant, the boys went out to re-write the history books by becoming the first Y Pant team to qualify for the finals day. History was against them, as for the previous 15 years that the school has been entering this competition we have never qualified for the prestigious second day, even with the numerous Regional and Welsh players the school has produced in the past.
With that in mind and no accommodation booked for the night the boys set out to smash that record. First up was private boarding school Langley High, who were quickly dispatched 32-16. With a fine attacking edge led by fly half, Iwan Jenkins, every player either scored or was heavily involved in slick passing that opened the Langley defence time and time again.
Like any competition of this nature word travels fast and we knew that our next opponents, Caerleon Comprehensive had smashed our other pool competitors by seven tries to one. However, the boys again made quick work of their Welsh rivals winning 42-0. With an aggressive siege like defence, led by Ryan Wilkins, the boys quickly took hold of the game and dominated every aspect, especially the set piece with Ryan’s front row partners, Luke Bradwell and Dafydd Price, causing horrendous damage to the Caerleon scrum, lineout and ruck.
Finally in the groups stage was a game against Shiplake College. With frontline boys looking tired we made some much needed changes, who again did not disappoint with a massive 54-7 win. An almost flawless display allowed Conan Flower to make numerous decisive runs while Dylan Evans and Chris Samuel, the only Year 7 on the team, to get on the score sheet.
The final part of the day consisted of two knockout games to see which of the 150 schools that entered would make it through to the last eight. First was Oakham School from Rutland – another top private English school that dominated their group. Oakham who had appeared to have a big physical team were put to the sword in the most ruthless fashion with an unforgiving score sheet of 52-7. Strong showings from Iwan Jenkins, Will Porch and Gethin Smith resulted in a flawless display from the Y Pant squad. Our final match of the day was to be against Bro Myrddin, a classic West Wales team who ran the ball at every opportunity. With the support of their fantastic families the Y Pant boys started well scoring two unconverted tries. However, the West Wales team were also a physical outfit and led going into the break, 12-10. In a fast flowing highly skilful game, which did bubble over in times, it was left to the superb Will Porch to score in the corner in the final play of the game and make history for Y Pant, they had made it to the final eight.
After a long night, and potentially the worst meal and customer service in the history of capitalism, Y Pant prepared themselves for their quarterfinal against Wimbledon College, a team that had won all the tournaments they had entered this season and were yet to lose a game of sevens . With the boys looking nervous and still aching from the previous day they had a nervy unsettled start that led to them being 19-0 down going into the break. But with a big crowd watching and the cameras on them they had nothing to lose and at this point began to throw caution to the wind as they started to pass the ball and attack with more confidence and skill. Breaks from Dafyydd Price and again a strong defensive display from Ryan Wilkins led to the boys clawing themselves back into the game but, the class of Wimbledon, who went on to win the tournament, proved too much as the English side eventually came out 33-21 winners.
In what I would call a very professional performance from the boys we have high hopes for this team as they go for the Welsh 7s title next week in Llanelli. As reigning Pontypridd district champions these ‘big fish in a small pond’ are, we believe, ready to push on to bigger and better things.
I would also like to publically thank the parents that made the great effort of going up to support their boys and us as staff – and also for helping those less prepared with accommodation. Without people like Kevin Jenkins and Sam Wilkins our jobs would be substantially harder and in places impossible.
Friends of Y Pant Annual General Meeting
Thursday March 24th 5:30pm
• Chair’s Report: 2015/16
• Treasurer’s Report: 2015/16
• Appointment of Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Vice Chair for 2016/17
• Appointment of Treasurer for 2016/17
• Appointment of Secretary for 2016/17
Rhodri Poacher in year 13 must be getting used to the limelight now. This week he was invited to the Welsh Government Conference to talk about his Duje of Edinburgh’s Award experience.
Stephanie Price, the DofE Director for Wales sent us this glowing report.
He did a fantastic job and was a great ambassador for the DofE. The Welsh Government conference was attended by around 100 youth work professionals including representatives from all across Wales. There were keynote speeches from The Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills , Julie James AM, Sally Holland The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Professor Graham Donaldson , the author of the new Curriculum for Schools in Wales.
Rhodri was joined by Tilly Hall, a Gold Award holder from the Vale of Glamorgan, on a young person’s panel. He addressed the whole conference talking about his DofE experiences and responded to a range of questions from the audience. Rhodri gave a very mature performance and spoke very honestly and passionately.
As is often the case at these events the young peoples’ input was the highlight of the day!
Thank you for allowing him to attend it was a pleasure to have him as part of the DofE Wales team.