Children in Need 2012 Coffee Morning

On Tuesday staff had a coffee morning in the Home Economics Department.  We enjoyed a fabulous range of home baked cakes (which made Great British Bake Off look amateur in comparison) and teas and coffees served by year 10 Home Economics students.

Butterfly cakes at the coffee morning
Butterfly cakes at the coffee morning

There was also a raffle with some fantastic prizes.  The Coffee Morning raised over £200 for Children in Need and filled us all up for the rest of the day!

Fantastic raffle prizes
Fantastic raffle prizes - all donated

Many thanks to Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Lloyd, Miss Knight and Mrs Cayford for all their hard work.

Staff enjoy the coffee morning
Staff enjoy the coffee morning

Children in Need 2012

Pudsey BearChildren in Need 2012 will take place on Friday 16th November.

In 2011 we raised £3000. In order to beat this target next Friday we need everyone in Y Pant to get involved in fundraising.

Here’s how you can get involved in raising money this year:

  • If you’re in years 7-11 wear non-school uniform and pay £1
  • If you’re in years 12-13 wear fancy dress and pay £2
  • Soak your teacher (3 sponges for £1 or 1 for 50p)
  • Enter the raffle to win 4 free tickets for a tour of the Millenium stadium or a Pudsey bear cake (20p for a ticket)
  • Buy a pudsey sticker (20p each)
  • Donate your spare change
  • Get your face painted (£1 for a small Pudsey or £2 for a full face)
  • Get sponsored for an event (download a sponsor form here or see Dr Jones in room 49). You must have the permission of your class teachers on Friday if you want to do something sponsored during the school day and please bring in all sponsor money in by Friday.
  • Visit Wonka’s tuck shop
  • Beat the goalie – 50p

 

Talented Y Pant Artists Visit the Royal Mint

On Monday 12th November a small group of year nine and ten students visited the Royal Mint, Llantrisant. This unique opportunity to see designers and engineers at work is part of our More Able and Talented Art project ‘Olympic Medals’. Our students were given access to the high security library where they handled Olympic Medals and antique hand guns used to guard the original Royal Mint in London! To commemorate our visit the Mint gave every student who took part a Diamond Jubilee coin to take away with them.

“I’ve learnt how coins and medals are made and I now know the amount of time and effort that is put into making them. I have found out how they put in all the detail. I have also learnt where the Royal Mint was originated and how big the industry is. It was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget! I would love to take part again!”

Ceryn Harris, Year 9.

Charity Football Match

charity footballNext Friday 16th of November at lunch time there will be a charity football match at 1.10 pm on the football pitch behind the sports hall. Year 12 and 13 will be playing in a football match for a friend of their called Luke Humphrey who was diagnosed with cancer last year, thankfully now the cancer has gone and Luke is on the mend and will hopefully be attending to watch the game, every person playing in the game has a sponsorship form and we are hoping to raise as much money as possible for teenage cancer and present Luke with all the money raised and he is going to donate all the money raised from this event and previous events when he finishes his treatment in seven months’ time. If you want to donate money or you have already please can you pay by next Wednesday to any of the year 13 or year 12 boys playing in the game .

Liam John, year 13

U13 and U14 Girls Football

U14 Girls Football Y Pant Beat Treorchy!

Y Pant U14 Girl’s football team continues their winning streak by beating Treorchy 6-5 after extra time! The team now proceeds to the National Stages of the Welsh Schools Football Association U14 Inter Schools Cup in January 2013. Congratulations to the whole team and a big thank you to Mr. Owen for refereeing the match.

The goals were scored by Millie Jones (1), Seren Hemburrow (1) Shannon Wiggins (2) and Kayleigh Powell (2). Good luck in the Welsh Cup girls!

U13 Girls Football  Y Pant Beat Cwm Rhymni

Y Pant U13 Girl’s football team also continues their winning streak by beating Cwm Rhymni 3-0. The team now proceeds to the National Stages of the Welsh Schools Football Association U13 Inter Schools Cup in January 2013. Congratulations to the whole team who played a fantastic game of football.  The goals were scored by Niamh Coates (2) and Carys Woodward (1). Good luck in the Welsh Cup girls!

 

 

Whole School Parliament comes to Session

All 5 Cabinets of the new School Parliament met together for the first time yesterday to get to know one another and undergo training to equip them with the tools necessary to ensure our Students’ Voice is heard. Discussions regarding what is appropriate to discuss, setting an agenda and the role and responsibilities of each representative outlined the importance of regular meetings and the communication of all discussions back down the chain, to the individual form groups.
school parliament
All students at Y Pant have the opportunity to put forward their thoughts and ideas by filling in a ‘Be Heard’ form on Edmodo and sending it, initially, to their year Council for discussion. The Year Council will then decide whether it makes the Cabinet’s Agenda.
The next Year Council meetings will be held the week beginning November the 19th – so get your ideas to your form reps!
school parliament
school parliament
school parliament

Headteacher’s Blog

Today (Thursday) sees a new venture in the life of the school.  As I write, the Main Hall is full of members of our new school parliament receiving training from Miss Richmond, Mrs Wool and Mr Muscat.  Students are members of cabinets which will have a real bearing on the life of the school.  They are also actively learning about aspects of our parliamentary democracy.  Exciting times indeed.

Also, the preparations for the school play continue apace.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the seasonal extravaganza of A Christmas Carol and have heard excellent things about the quality of rehearsals and set design.  Hope as many of you as possible can make it to The Muni at the end of this month.

I would like to call your attention to the AGM of the Friends of Y Pant to be held in the Main Hall at 6 p.m on November 27th.  The tireless work of the individuals involved in this group has made a substantial difference to school life and I am most grateful for their efforts.  They are always keen to welcome new volunteers so please feel free to conatct the school for more details (or, indeed, to attend the meeting).

It is, of course, Remembrance Sunday this weekend and Mr Pearsall has been leading extremely moving assemblies on this theme throughout the week.  It is a particularly poignant time for us as a school this year as our former pupil, Jamie Shadrake, was killed in action whilst serving in Afghanistan this summer.  It is a time for sadness, reflection but also pride in the sacrifice he and so many others have made.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Remembrance Day 2012

Mr Pearsall has been showing pupils this video in assemblies all week in the run-up to Remembrance Day.  This year we will be thinking of those that risk their lives in conflict for us more poignantly than usual.  Mr Pearsall has just returned safely from a 6 month tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the Territorial Army, but sadly a former pupil of Y Pant, Jamie Shadrake lost his life in Afghanistan in August.  Our thoughts are with his family, and all those who are affected.

Please watch, be thankful, and remember.

The soundtrack is called Dantes Prayer and is by Canadian singer songwriter Loreena McKennitt.

Yr12 / 13 Gap Year Opportunity –Transylvanian Trek

transylvanian castleAn exciting opportunity for all yr12 / 13 pupils who might like to explore a corner of Eastern Europe steeped in myth and legend; Transylvania. The 2week itinerary will include contributing to an existing project within the Roma community as well as trekking over areas of the Carpathian Mountains and exploring the cities of Brasov, Bucharest and Bran Castle – mythical home of Dracula…The trek will take place during the Summer holidays of 2013; the cost will be met by pupils personal fundraising activities – the more you raise – the less you have to fund from the piggy bank! For more detailed information a special assembly by Outlook Expeditions will be delivered on Monday 12th Nov 10.30. Any pupils in yr11 who are interested should see Miss Purcell before Monday.

transylvanian map