Year 7 Litter Pick – we braved the Welsh summer!

We braved the wind and rain this morning and managed an hour’s litter picking on Porthcawl seafront with year 7.  The “Keep Wales Tidy” campaign kitted the pupils out with hi-vis jackets, gloves and litter pickers and we managed to pick several bin bags full.  Last week year 7 had an assembly delivered by the campaign and found out how important it is to keep our sea shores clean and litter-free.

We had hoped to have a picnic on the beach but this wasn’t to be and sadly we had to come home early.  Despite the weather the pupils had smiles on their faces and enjoyed the fresh air!

litter pick

litter pick

litter pick

litter pick

Staff Changes

At the end of term we shall bid farewell to the following staff, and extend to them our best wishes-

Mr Gareth Howells

Acting Head of English, will be leaving his post after 6 years. He will be taking up his new post as Vice Principal at Evelyn Grace School, Brixton in London.

Mr Guy Swallow

Teacher of Geography, will be leaving his post after 2 years. He will be taking up his new post as Head of Geography at Purbeck School in Dorset.

Mrs Gill Lee

Teacher of Home Economics, will be leaving her post after being with us for 3 years. She will be taking up her new post as Head Welsh Baccalaureate in Hawthorn School, Pontypridd.

Miss Jane Norton

Teacher of English, will be seconded for 2 terms to Bishop Hedley School as Head of English.

Miss Carly Smith

Teacher of Biology, will be leaving her post after being with us for a year. She will be taking up her new post in  Bristol.

Mr Adam Speight

Teacher of ICT, will be leaving his post after being with us for almost a year to take up his new post in Brislington Enterprise College, Bristol.

Miss Emma Pursey

Literacy Development Officer is leaving us after a year do a Masters in English at Swansea University.

Both Miss Rebecca Clark, teacher of English, and Mrs Jo Gold, teacher of Art, will commence maternity leave during September 2012.

At the end of term we wish both a long and happy retirement-

Mr Jeff Owen

Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School, after being with us for more than 38 years

Mrs Gail Hoare

Head of MFL, after being with us for nearly 26 years.

Mr Stuart Tucker

“I will also be retiring at the end of this term. I have enjoyed my time at Y Pant School immensely and will miss daily life at the school.  I wish Mr. Powell and the staff good luck for the future – our young people couldn’t be in better hands”

New Staff in September

Miss Ceri Richmond – Assistant Headteacher

Miss Sian Mundy – Head of Media Studies

Mrs Valle Fernandez – Part-time teacher of Spanish

Mr Rhys Foley – Teacher of Geography

Miss Victoria Knight – Teacher of Home Economics

Mr Andrew Collins – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Norton)

Miss Sarah Madden – temporary – Teacher of English (cover for Miss Clark)]

Mrs Kelly Ann Munday – part-time Teacher of English

Miss Kelly Keohane – temporary part-time Teacher of Art

Internal Staff Changes

Headteacher – Mr Mark Powell

Deputy Headteacher – Mr Andy Hurley

Head of English – Mr Joseph Kuck

2nd in English – Mrs Jen Dyson

Head of Year Teams

Year 7

Mrs Johns and Mrs Arnold

Year 8

Mr Dyson and Mrs. Davey

Year 9

Mrs Mortimer and Miss Umbelja

Year 10

Mrs Burnell and Mr Pelaez-Heras

Year 11

Miss Owen and Mr Browne

Year 12/13

Mr Sykes, Mrs Rose and Miss Buckwell

Summer 2012 Newsletter

Autumn Term 2012

There will be a staggered start to the new school year:-

Monday September 3rd           -INSET for staff.

Tuesday September 4th          – INSET for staff.

Wednesday September 5th    – Year 07 pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

Wednesday September 5th    – Year 12 pupils arrive at 10.00 a.m.

Thursday September 6th        – All pupils arrive at 8.30 a.m.

School Term Holiday Dates for 2012/ 2013

 

TERM

BEGINS

HALF TERM

STARTS

HALF TERM

ENDS

TERM

ENDS

 Autumn 2012 

Monday

3 September

 

Monday

29 October

Friday

2 November

75

Friday

21 December

Days

 Spring 2013 

Monday

7January

 

Monday

11 February

 

Friday

15 February

50

Friday

22 March

Days

 Summer 2013 

Monday

8 April

 

Monday

27 May

 

Friday

31 May

70

Monday

22 July

Days

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 6th MAY 2013

Activities Day

Our annual Activities Day will take place on Tuesday 17th July 2012. Many off-site visits have been arranged as well as school-based events.

Examination Results

We will be open for examination results from 9.00 a.m. on the following dates:-

A/AS levels  : Thursday August 16th.

    G.C.S.E.   : Thursday August 23rd.

 

Reports for years 7, 8 and 10

Your child’s annual school report will be issued on Thursday 19th July 2012.  If you would prefer to receive end of year information through the post, then please forward:-

  • an A4 self addressed envelope with 92p postage attached per report and
  • an A4 self addressed envelope with a first class stamp attached for the results.

 Uniform

A reminder that all pupils are expected to return to school in full school uniform.  Any pupils reporting for school in September without full uniform risk being sent home to change.

End of Term

School will finish for pupils on Friday 20th July 2012 at 12.30 p.m. 

 

Young Rewired State – a free week of workshops for young coders!

Young Rewired State is an event that runs every year to support and encourage the young people who teach themselves how to code.  It’s a free event that this year takes place between 6th and 12th August.  The first few days are spent working at a local centre with mentors on a project to develop digital products, using open data.  At the end of the week everyone will head up to Birmingham for a Festival of Code!

If this sounds like the sort of thing that you might enjoy, have a look at their website, and register.  Apparently there are a few places left in Wales!

Young rewired state

“Best International Show” at Hollywood Fringe Festival win for Mr Thomas

As well as the brilliant reviews Mr Thomas’ play “Richard Parker” has received at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles, he has just been awarded “Best International Show” at the festival.  It’s an amazing – but well deserved achievement.

‘Richard Parker’ began life as a 20 minute piece in an evening of new writing called ‘Zufall’ at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. The reception was so positive that he was subsequently commissioned by 3D Theatre Company to develop the piece into an hour long show. To date the play has been performed to nearly 50 sell-out audiences across the UK including two national tours. Last August it enjoyed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it played to enthusiastic audiences and received glowing reviews that included:

“This show is bound to thoroughly amuse, startle and entertain you.” – (Broadway Baby)

 “A clever script boosted by compelling performances” – (The Scotsman)

‘I have nothing but praise for Owen Thomas’s dialogue’ (Fringe Review)

‘I really enjoyed this play, I was properly impressed’ (Steve Hall, ‘The Klang Show’, BBC3)

‘A genuinely stand-out piece of work’ (www.theatre-wales.co.uk)

Whilst in Edinburgh an American theatre producer called Michael Blaha came to watch the show. He enjoyed it so much that he invited Owen and the actors, Gareth John Bale and Alistair Sill, to take it to America. This has long been a dream of his and the play will be having its United States Premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles. The run will be a co-production between Darkman Productions (my own company) and Fringe Management (Mr Blaha’s company).

Since Owen was a kid he has been fascinated by dark stories. He grew up on a diet of Roald Dahl stories and graduated to the work of writers such as Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. ‘Richard Parker’ itself is a dark tale that explores the ideas of fate and coincidence. Two men travelling on a boat find themselves thrown together. A conversation ensues, quickly revealing the two men have some unseen links. One man believes his life is mapped out for him; the other believes that his life is random and based on chance. Over the course of the piece the two men outline their contrasting world views and find themselves each having to defend their viewpoint from attack as the play builds to an unexpectedly gruesome finale.

Owen is currently working on a few follow up ideas and hopes to have a new work in theatres near you in the not too distant future.

French Spelling Bee

Calling All Year 7

  • Are you a top speller in French?
  • Do new words fascinate you?
  • Do you dare face the word challenge?

The French department are holding a Year 7 Spelling Bee

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd July (Qualifying Round)

Final on Monday 9th July
Sign up & collect a word list from Madame Rose