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


Contrasting Careers at a Local Event

The annual SEN “What Next?” Careers Fair held at Merthyr Leisure Centre kept the members of the yr10 and 11 CoPE group entertained this year. Demonstrated at the 20 or so stalls promoting potential training pathways were activities relating to careers in Animal Care, Hair and Beauty, Music, Catering, Art, Construction, DJing, Sport and Fitness. A celebrity surprise was the Paralympian Aled Davies who won a Gold and Bronze  medal in discus and shot put. He posed for (several) photographs and chatted to our pupils – you would not believe how heavy those medals are – they are definitely not made of chocolate…the photographs show what the pupils got involved in.


Danish Teachers Visit Y Pant

On the 22nd and 23rd October Y Pant played host to four teachers from Denmark. The trip was a follow up to the Danish visit arranged last year by NACE Cymru, which aimed to showcase the way lessons are taught in Y Pant and the variety of opportunities provided for more able and talented learners. Our visitors observed a number of lessons from a range of subjects as well as holding discussions with staff and students.

They found their visit fascinating, rewarding and enjoyable, whilst Y Pant staff were happy to once again share their good practice. It was also interesting for us to gain an insight into Danish education. Did you know, for example, that in Denmark students address staff by their first names; hardly any schools have a uniform; nearly all lessons are taught to mixed ability and there are no school inspections?

We thoroughly enjoy sharing our teaching and learning experiences with our colleagues in Denmark and look forward to future exchanges.

High Performance Computing comes to Y Pant

We had a visit today from Dr Ian Grimstead of HPC Wales.  This is a group of businesses and universities in Wales collaborating on an innovative project that gives Wales a  secure and high performance world class “supercomputer”.  The group taking part comprised the Year 10 GCSE Computing class and some keen computer scientists of the future from Year 9.

Animating as "supercomputers"
Resource sharing issues

Students found out about how supercomputers are used for a huge variety of projects from ocean current mapping, to creating the latest Pixar animations.  They also learned that supercomputers are in fact an array of many computers working together.  Students then had a go at being animating supercomputers themselves, challenged to draw as many copies of an image as they could in one minute.  Then, using the concept of workload sharing they divided up the task in different ways to investigate how the use of more “cores” increases the speed at which the tasks can be done – but that as they all tried to access the same piece of paper, resource sharing becomes an issue.

Increasing the number of "computers" leads to reduced calculation time

In fact the Y Pant students were surprisingly good at resource sharing and worked together well to reduce the time taken to do the task faster than would be expected – excellent team players!

The session was organised by Laura Roberts and Steve Hogan from Technocamps at the University of Glamorgan who hope to be able to deliver more HPC Wales sessions to other schools soon.


Y Pant Celebrates Languages Day 2012

Yet another successful Languages Day bonanza. Year 7 were invited to a sumptuous continental feast with entertainment provided by the mega talented Sarah Pugh, Jordan Bryan & Rebecca Davies. The year 8 French group performed a crazy action song which was a real crowd pleaser! The Languages staff and 6th Form were merrily dressed in their European costumes and FiFi the pink poodle made another appearance.
Year 7 poster winners were Regan Lewis, Jack Murlis and Caitlin Wilson. Thanks to all who came and supported this annual linguistic extravaganza.