Year 7 Learn Smart Litter Project

The Learn Smart Litter project was designed to complement the school’s application for the Eco-School International Green Flag. It was evident that litter was a problem within the school and could be tackled in positive and exciting way through the Learn Smart Programme. The project encouraged Year 7 pupils to carry out a body of research as well as trying to offer solutions to the problem. They would then present their findings as part of a celebration to the whole year group.

The Presentations were excellent and clearly all pupils enjoyed taking part as well as watching the activities. Each registration class were able to deliver a successful presentation and were able to get their message across about their findings. Presentations included; songs, power point presentation, fashion show, role play, displays of work and speeches.

I want to congratulate all the Year 7 pupils and the Learn Smart staff in working so hard in preparing for the day!  Diolch yn fawr!

Deputy Head’s Blog

The big news in the press at the moment is the decision by two of the teachers’ unions to vote for strike action on June 30th this year.  I’m sure that many of you will be wondering about the possible impact upon Y Pant on that day.  At the moment no decision has been made as we are not yet fully aware of the potential disruption and we will be seeking advice from the Local Authority on possible courses of action.  As soon as a decision has been made we will inform pupils, parents, colleagues etc.  Keep logging on to the website for updates.

Excellent news from the cricket pitch as our Lower School boys recorded a resounding victory against Garth Olwg.  Congratulations to the whole team and to James Bull in particular for his half-century.

A reminder that there will be exams in the core subjects for all Year 9 pupils next week.  Revise well and good luck!

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Y Pant Bowls Garth Olwg Out!

Y Pant 114-9 bt.

Garth Olwg 17 A.O

On Tuesday 14th Y Pant School Year 7/8 played Garth Olwg in their first game of the season, accompanied by Mr. Swallow. James Bull lost the toss and Y Pant were asked to bat first. Y Pant achieved a total of 114-9 off their 16 overs with James Bull leading by example scoring 50 n.o in a short amount of time.

Y Pant then bowled expertly, bowling out Garth Olwg for only 17 runs. Lewis Cartwright finished the Garth Olwg innings with a series of wickets. Joe Vellam and Andrew Chau also took wickets with a number of other bowlers chipping in as well. Bring on the next game!

By Andrew Chau

Y Pant Year 8 Visit Porthcawl

As part of their ‘Tourism’ module, fifty year eight students were accompanied on an investigative field trip to Porthcawl by Mr. Swallow and a host of other excited members of staff. Although the day began in a damp and windy fashion, the weather improved and the students began the important task of collecting data along a transect through Porthcawl.

PorthcawlJune2011

PorthcawlJune2011

The focus of the day was to investigate the impacts of tourism on the area, both positive and negative, before investigating how the area could be redeveloped. The students generated a wide variety of ideas which will be developed further in forthcoming lessons!

PorthcawlJune2011

PorthcawlJune2011

The day was a great success, largely due to the excellent attitude of all students. There was even time for fish and chips and a brief game of crazy golf at lunchtime! A big thank you to all the students and staff who made the field trip memorable!

PorthcawlJune2011

Deputy Head’s Blog

We are about to enter into our assessment fortnight for Years 7 and 8.  This is to help subject teachers arrive at the fullest possible understanding of how well their pupils are doing.  These assessments will play a part in determining future setting arrangements so take them seriously and prepare well!  Year 9 will have exams in the core subjects from June 21st – 24th.

The school appointed a new English teacher this week: Ms Lisa Umbleja, who has been teaching in the English department on a temporary basis, will start her permanent position in September.  Congratulations and a warm welcome to her!   In the weeks to come we will be appointing a new ICT teacher and another temporary English teacher so busy days ahead…

The exam season continues.  Most of our pupils must be exhausted by now but keep soldiering on.  You’ve got a long summer break ahead and, I’m sure, all the hard work will be worth it come that fateful Thursday in August.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend, I’m off to see The Arctic Monkeys!

Sustrans Valleys Cycling Competition

sustrans competition

Get snapping for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Sustrans is a charity that campaigns for sustainable transport.  They are most well known for promoting cycling as a way of getting about.  As well as the newly opened Church Village Bypass community route, there are several other cycle paths in the area.  This summer Sustrans are very excited to be opening some fabulous traffic-free family friendly walking and cycling paths across the south Wales valleys.

They are running a photography competition this summer:

Let your imagination run wild! Photography experience not needed, just unleash your creativity. You can snap people, scenery, wildlife, historic landmarks, your child’s first ride without stabilisers. All we ask is that you take them along the Network in the Valleys.

Finalists will be exhibited at the ever popular Big Cheese Festival at Caerphilly Castle on 30th and 31st July. Festival goers will vote for their favourite to decide the winners.

How to enter

Send all your entries to sightscameraaction@sustrans.org.uk along with your name, address, contact telephone number, the route name and/or number where your photo was taken and a photo description of no more than 100 words.

Closing date is 26th June 2011.

Deputy Head’s Blog

It’s official: Y Pant has been awarded the Eco School’s Green Flag!  This recognises the excellent work done throughout the school in respect of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.  A tremendous achievement and, once again, thanks to all who made major contributions to the application.  Look out for the flag fluttering proudly over the schools in the weeks to come.

This is the time of the year when our Art Department showcases the work of their GCSE and AS/A level students in their annual exhibitions.  On my first visit to the school, 5 years ago, I was bowled over by the quality of the art work on display throughout the school and every year the work continues to impress.  Well done to my colleagues in the Art Department and, of course, to all the pupils who have worked so hard and so creatively.

In recent weeks the teachers have been receiving some tuition in Welsh so look/listen out for more examples of Cymraeg on the corridors and yn y dosbarth.  Feel free to join in!

Hope everyone is having a great half term, particularly now that the weather has turned for the better.  Local celebrity Derek the weatherman promises a lovely weekend….enjoy it (but Years 11, 12 and 13 should enjoy it with their noses in books!)

Parental Voice

Thanks to parents who completed last year’s questionnaire. The comments and suggestions provided useful material in the planning of this year’s provision. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any ideas, queries or concerns.