Mr Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd, visited Y Pant School on Friday 6th January. A class of pupils who were studying for a module in Citizenship and Community had invited him to the school and had prepared a set of extremely challenging questions.
The pupils asked Mr Smith questions about his day to day work as an MP, his views on education in Wales and his hopes for the future. They also grilled him about his views on David Cameron’s record as Prime Minister, the Labour Party’s chances in the next General Election and his own work in our community.
Mr Smith said afterwards, ‘I was delighted to be able to visit Y Pant and meet with such an enthusiastic group of students. They really grilled me. I haven’t felt that much pressure since being interviewed last year by Jeremy Paxman!’
Pupils Craig Russell and Niall Lewis thanked Mr Smith for his visit, his help with their Citizenship module and the insight that he had given them into modern politics.
The end of term has finally arrived and Christmas is upon us!
In the spirit of the season we’ve had (to a popular and festive tune):
6000 hits on YouTube
500 zombies dancing
20 teachers miming
Mrs Codd a-laughing
7 inspectors inspecting
a new building promised
five new teachers
a hundred OAPS
Disney songs and carols
15 ESTYN judgements
computer network crashing
and a tree that fell on Mr Rees’s car….
Which only goes to show that it’s been a long and eventful term and everyone associated with the school can be proud of what we’ve achieved. The ESTYN report – a copy of which should now be with all pupils and their parents – is a fantastic reflection of the school. I hope that everyone enjoys reading it! It has given us particular pleasure to read that ESTYN consider the standards achieved by our students and the teaching they receive to be sector-leading (in other words, as good as, if not better than, anywhere in Wales). Well done and thank you to all who contributed to these judgements.
I was, sadly, unable to attend our annual Christmas Concert in Bethel Baptist Church this week but I have received glowing reports. Thanks to all those pupils who performed and helped out, to all the parents who offered their support and attendance and to my colleagues in the Music Department who worked so assiduously to make the concert such a success.
Look out for pupils’ reports today (Friday)…all pupils in the school will receive interim reports informing them and their parents about their progress in all of their subject areas.
Finally…Santa visited the sixth form, hope that he visits you all (remember: ‘He knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness’ sake’!) Have a great Christmas! Nadolig Llawen!
Pupils from year 10 and 11 entertained the 50+ Forum at Pontyclun Athletic club in what is now becoming an annual event. Becky Davies on guitar, Jackie Hopkins on piano and Sophie Thomas on vocals, started the entertainment with traditional carols. Ffion Stallworthy and Megan Brown performed a compilation of carols which they scored themselves. The girls finished by encouraging all forum members to join in with ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’.
The young people then join the forum members for lunch, where the forum chairman, Mr William Hopkins, thanked the pupils for attending and praised them for their performances and as good role models for young people today.
This means that Y Pant School is ‘sector-leading’ which, in turn, indicates that the education provided by Y Pant is amongst the best secondary education in Wales. The sub-sections of the report contain judgements on aspects of school life; we are delighted to have received nine judgements of ‘excellent’ and six of ‘good’. We are particularly proud of the fact that the following areas of excellence have been identified:
Achievement of pupils of all abilities
The ‘outstanding’ progress made by pupils in their lessons
Exceptional pupil attitudes to learning and pupil behaviour
The school’s culture as a learning community
This inspection report is the result of the hard work, talent and commitment demonstrated by everybody associated with the school and we extend our thanks to all staff, pupils, parents and governors without whom these judgements would not have been possible.
The main summary of the report:
Y Pant is an excellent school because:
pupils of all abilities achieve significantly above the expected level;
pupils make outstanding progress in their lessons and they have excellent skills to improve their own learning;
pupils’ attitude to learning and their behaviour is exceptional; and
teaching in the school is very effective and has a significant impact on the high standards pupils achieve.
Prospects for Improvement
The school’s prospects for improvement are excellent because:
the headteacher and a highly effective senior management team provide very strong leadership;
the school has robust, accurate and systematic procedures for self-evaluation which lead to well-planned actions and strategies that have had an outstanding impact on improving standards and quality;
the school uses data very effectively at whole-school and subject department levels. This has a considerable impact on raising standards;
the school has an excellent track record in making improvements; and
the school has established successfully a very strong culture as a learning community.
The 6th form enjoyed a visit from Santa at their last assembly before Christmas. However they were disappointed to hear that he could not produce A-level grades, apprenticeships and university places from his sack and they would have to continue their hard work. The mince pies and Christmas cake he did bring helped keep up energy levels for the deadlines most have this week!
On Tuesday 13th December we held the annual Christmas Concert at the Bethel Baptist Centre in Pontyclun. It was a superb evening and out congratulations and thanks go to the Music department (Mr Thomas, Mr Breeze, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Cheetham) and all the performers for their hard work.
The E3+ guitar group playing “Deck the Halls”
The school orchestra with “Winter” and “Beguine”
Lowri Ashford playing a piano solo “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence”
Amelia Green, Caitlin Roberts, Victoria Martinson and Hannah Mealey singing “The Climb”
The BTEC Vocal Ensemble singing “Gaudete”
The Level 3 BTEC Vocal Ensemble singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” from their recent charity show
Madeline Davies singing “Where Are You Christmas?”
James Davies and Jordan Bryan performing “Impossible” written by James
Lucie-Anne Davies and Emily Deaves-Small performing “Fairytale of New York”
The school choir and orchestra performing “Patapan” and “Somewhere In My Memory”
Mr Tucker gave a Christmas Bible reading and the congregation enjoyed joining in with O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
Congratulations to the boys’ key stage 4 basketball team who competed at the 5×60 RCT finals day on Wednesday 7th December.
After putting a lot of points past a variety of schools and comprehensively winning the group the team progressed through the to semi finals. A local derby against Bryncelynog was not enough to stop the Y Pant steam train and the boys progressed through to the final against Tonypandy. The final was a competitive affair that saw Y Pant take an early lead. Despite the best efforts of Tonypandy, the now vastly injured Y Pant team were too strong for their opponents and ran out comfortable victors with a final score of 22-10 being recorded.
The team now progress to the South Wales round which is held in February at the Cardiff Institute of Sport.
This Thursday and Friday (15th and 16th December) a brand new theatrical experience will be gracing Y Pant.
The Showman is a comedy thriller that is heavy in audience reaction, and is guaranteed to leave you in hysterics over its two performances. Written by Year 12 student Matthew Ingram, co-directed by himself and fellow Year 12 student Helen Needs and starring Year 12 student Jack Evans and former pupil Sean James, the plot details are being kept closely under wraps but it is definitely something that must be seen to be believed!
Two performances in July this year wowed audiences, with members describing the play as “genius”, “proper theatre” and “very good stuff”. Doors for the performance are open from 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:30pm. The show lasts for approximately one hour and tickets for the event are just £4, we are holding the play at the Drama Studio, and it would be great to see as many of you there to support us!