Preparations for Peter Pan

Every Monday and Friday lunchtime a dedicated group of staff and students meet in the Art Studio to create stage sets for the forthcoming production of Peter Pan.

I offered my services but seeing the high level of skill on display, decided that I’ll stick to making websites.  If the half-finished stage props are anything to go by, this is going to be a very slick production.

In collaboration with the DT department, a ships wheel, a totem pole and several mushrooms are taking shape.

Tickets will go on sale for Peter Pan soon.  Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd.

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Changes to Bus Passes

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New Style Colour Coded Bus Passes

  • Weather permitted, from 24th January 2011, the Council in partnership with the school, will be issuing colour coded, route specific, bus passes for all entitled pupils travelling on school transport.
  • The colour of the bus pass will correspond with the coloured route sign located at the front of the vehicle.

What Are The Benefits Of The New Passes?

  • Pupils will be able to easily identify the bus they should be travelling on.
  • The driver will be able to easily check that pupils are travelling on the correct bus.
  • The risk of overcrowding will be removed as pupils without the correct colour coded bus pass will not be allowed to board the vehicle.

What Does This Mean For The Pupils of Y Pant Comprehensive?

  • Pupils will be expected to carry their bus pass at all times and show it to the driver each time they board the vehicle.

What If A Pupil Forgets Their Bus Pass?

  • As of the 31st January 2011, the Council in conjunction with the school and the transport operators will be enforcing a NO PASS NO TRAVEL policy.
  • This means that any pupil trying to board without a valid pass for that vehicle will be refused transport and will need to make their own way to or from school. No exception will be made to this policy
Ikea warehouse

Year 12 ICT Trip to Ikea

On 20th January a group of 20 year 12 ICT AS students visited Ikea in Cardiff to investigate how ICT is used within the store.  We were given an extensive tour of the store by Human Resources manager Zoe Bunston.

First port of call was the shop floor where we saw a team of people from Interior Design putting the finishing touches to a room setting.  We learned how each room is given a “story” for the target market.  Every room you see in Ikea is first designed by the Interior Design department using CAD software on the computer to make sure all the furniture will be appropriately placed and will look good together on the shop floor.

We then observed one of the Ikea co-workers assisting a customer in the Home Furnishings department.  We saw how the computer system allows them to look up the details of any of the products by scanning the barcode and finding out more details including how many are in stock.

The Kitchen department is one of the most important in Ikea and here customers can use CAD software to design their own kitchens.  Students were all given 15 minutes to try out the software with assistance given by the professional kitchen designers.

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Amelia and Dan design kitchens in Ikea
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More students get stuck in to the kitchen design

After this we were taken behind the scenes to see the Graphics and Interior Design departments.  This is where all the signage for Ikea Wales is produced and where the interiors of all the rooms are designed.

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Behind the scenes in graphics

Following lunch in the Ikea restaurant we were given high-vis jackets and taken downstairs to the logistics control room.  Here we learned how Just-In-Time stock control works at Ikea and saw the hand-held computers with barcode scanners used on the forklift trucks.  We were also taken into the sectioned off area of the warehouse where customers do not normally go.

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In the warehouse where deliveries are received
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Looking at the stock control processes in the warehouse

Lastly we visited the Human Resources department and saw how they use a computer system to schedule staff rotas using data on customer numbers from previous years to help them predict required numbers of staff.

Throughout the tour Zoe helped students to understand the sort of skills Ikea looks for in its employees and asked each co-worker to explain the different jobs they had had during their time at Ikea.

This was a very insightful trip and not only gave us all a far more in-depth understanding of how large retailers use ICT, but also opened students’ eyes as to the sorts of careers  they could have and the importance of key skills in these jobs.

Many thanks to Ikea for hosting us.


Year 7 Football Success!

The year 7 boys’ football team have had a terrific season so far:

Y Pant 6-1 win against Hawthorn (Friendly)

Man of the Match: Callum Ponting.

Y Pant 5-2 win against Aberdare (Glamorgan Valleys Cup Q-F) Boys

Man of the Match: Dafydd Jones.

Y Pant 2-2 win on penalties against Cwm Rhymni

Man of the Match: Calum Ponting.

Y Pant 3-1 win against St Johns (Glamorgan Valleys Champions)

Man of the Match: Jordan Lawrence.

Next game 1st Round of the Welsh Cup against Olchfa (Swansea) Feb 1st Talbot Park 2.30pm K.O.

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Deputy Head’s Blog

After the debacle of last week’s sporting predictions (0/3!) I’ll stick to school matters from now on!

The Year 7 boys’ football team followed the success of the Year 9 girls with a cup final win of their own this week.  They now qualify for the national championship.  Well done and good luck to them.

I’d like to wish Matthew Ingram luck in his dramatic endeavours next week: his pantomime version of Jack and the Beanstalk is being performed in Garth Olwg theatre next Wednesday.  Knowing Matthew, it’s sure to be a highly inventive and funny extravaganza.  I hope it goes well.

Well done also to the sixth form students who completed their Duke of Edinburgh silver award.  This is a challenging award to achieve and their success is testament to their determination and hard work.  The crucial support of Miss Purcell should not be ignored, either.

It has been my privilege this week to have visited lessons delivered by every teacher in the school.  I have been really impressed with the attitude and behaviour of all the pupils I observed and with the high quality of the teaching: such a variety of styles and activities!  It has confirmed my belief that we have so many things to be proud of in our school.

Looking forward to the opening of the new changing rooms and the completion of a canopy over the yard to keep the rain off…

Debt – as a computer game?

There’s a lot of “stuff” out there on the internet.  ICT students should know that we generally catagorise this as information.  That is, data within a context.

Every week or so, I intend to post a link to something I’ve found on the web which presents ideas or information in a different way.  This video is brilliant. Called Debtris the maker is using data about government debt and presenting it in the form of a Tetris game.

If you have any sites you’ve come across that you’d like to share – let me know.


Trials for Volleyball Wales Junior Squads

volleyballWe have had the following information from Volleyball Wales regarding trials for the National Youth Squads:

Volleyball Wales will be holding trials for the Girls U16s and U14s Squads and the Boys U17s and U15s Squads on Saturday, 29 January 2011 in the Welsh Institute for Sports (WIS), Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, in the Jubilee Hall.

Girls U14s:                10.00 to 12.00

Girls U16s:                12.00 to 14.00

Boys U15s:                14.00 to 16.00

Boys U17s:                16.00 to 18.00

To fulfill the age criteria players will have to be below the relevant age group on the 1st of September 2010.

Players of all levels are welcome for the trial. Being able to play Volleyball will not be the deciding criteria for selection.

Click here to download the original letter from Volleyball Wales.


Congratulations yr13 – Silver at last!

After 12mths of commitment to completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, a select group of yr13 pupils have finally achieved their goal. The dirty dozen (ask them about their expedition !) are Tom Grother, Rebecca Davies, Lauren Mcarthy, Shaun Clay, Andrew Griffin, Saffi Rikh, Dan Fish, Shirley Lau, Bethan Harrison, Catrin Rees, Harriet Costello and Carys Spencer. An official RCT Award ceremony will be held later in the year at a local venue tbc.

A special mention also to the following students who have gained certification in 3 out of 4 areas of the Award – Laura Brown, Lucy Davies and Kim Hawkes. Letters of confirmation, log books and Award badges can be collected from Miss Purcell. Well done to all!

Jack and the Beanstalk

Pantomime Is Coming To Y Pant!!!

If think the panto season is over – think again! On the 25th and 26th January you will have the chance to see our own unique version of the classic fairytale Jack And The Beanstalk.

The piece has been in work since December last year, and, over the course of the year, Year 11 pupil Matthew Ingram has set to work writing, producing, directing (and practising his lines for the part of the cow!) in the first ever show to be entirely produced by pupils. Even the music has been composed by fellow Year 11 student Martha Reed.

With the support of Head of Drama, Mr O. Thomas, and Teacher of Music, Mr T Breeze, the group have had to source funding for the project by pitching to several organisations, they have had to cast the piece, find a venue, design sets, find props, rehearse the music and the play itself – a large task I’m sure you will agree!

Jack and the Beanstalk

This project is being run in conjunction with the E3+ scheme at the school, and E3+ Co-ordinator Richard Eynon, has been overseeing the whole production. The aim of this production is to raise enough money to be able to fund another show – The Magpie’s Fluke – which has been written by Year 11 student Ariane Brumwell. The profits from this pantomime will run into that production, and the profits from that production will run into the next and so forth, in order to support not only new performance talent, but new writing talent, new directing talent and new production talent – as the Youth Theatre group will only perform shows that have been written by people within the school.

You are promised a show with plenty of laughs and catchy songs, as Jack And The Beanstalk is performed at Gartholwg Lifelong Learning Centre on the 25th AND 26th January 2011. Tickets are £5 each, with no concessions. Performances will start at 6:30pm.

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Deputy Head’s Blog

After the snow, the rain… everybody in school loves a wet lunchtime and we’ve had a few this week.  Fingers crossed for dry days next week.

We are all delighted with the success of our Year 9 girls’ football team who won their semi-final match this week, 6-2 in torrential rain.  I’d like to wish the team the very best of luck in the final.

Rehearsals for the school production of Peter Pan continue apace.  I think we have a few pupils who have rather too comfortably slipped into the roles of pirates!  My colleagues in the Drama and Music departments tell me they have high hopes that this will be a real spectacle.  If it’s as good as previous productions and performances it’ll be superb; imagine if it’s even better!

It gave me real pleasure last night to be able to attend what it is hoped will be the final meeting of SOS Y Pant.  The group of people who have been active in this campaign have performed a great service for the school and their efforts have helped to preserve sixth form teaching in Y Pant for,  hopefully, the foreseeable future.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign.

Sporting predictions: Scarlets to win narrowly; Ospreys to win handsomely; Kenny Dalgleish to be sacked by Monday…