Hatty Keane plays for Y Pant Students

Hatty KeaneOn Tuesday 9th October the school were fortunate enough to have a visit from up and coming pop star Hatty Keane. Since her signing to BGM and Future Music in February 2011, Hatty Keane has been taking the Pop World by Storm!

Within the space of 12 months and at the tender age of 17, she has clocked up over 100 shows supporting the likes of Labrinth, Pixie Lott, Angel, Chipmunk, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, Wretch 32, Lemar, Tinchy Stryder, Katie B, Olly Murs, and Wiley.

Over the course of the summer Hatty has been all over the UK as part of her “Earthshakes” tour, stopping at OsFest, Dagenham Town Festival, Manchester Pride, Sundown Festival and The White Nights Festival in Russia supporting Pitbull. To cap an exciting year on the 22nd October her debut single, ‘No One Loves You’, will be released.

Hatty KeaneHatty arrived in school at lunchtime and started with a question and answer session with our BTEC Music students who asked all sorts of questions about what it is like to be signed to a record label and some of the practicalities of being a pop star. She then went over to the gym and treated year nine to a concert where she performed 7 songs, including her new single, and then did a signing session. The students really enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere in the gym was one of high excitement with hundreds of them leaving with a signed photograph as a reminder of the day when a pop star came to Y Pant.

One of the aims of the newly formed Performing Arts Department here at Y Pant is to demonstrate that a career in acting, singing or dancing is a viable option. We were incredibly grateful to Hatty for coming in and showing us where a combination of raw talent, dedication and hard work can take you.

Hatty may be making a return visit to the school later in the year. She set a competition on the day with the prize being an extra gig for the school who gives her the most likes on Facebook of a group photograph taken on the day. At the moment Y Pant are top of the charts, and we hope that in the next few weeks that is where Hatty finds herself as well!

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Hatty signed autographs at the end of the concert
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Students waiting for autographs
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Students crowding round Hatty for autographs

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Hatty wit our photographer, Scott Russell

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Hatty poses with the Performing Arts department

Fireworks for all at Year 6 Open Evening!

Many thanks to the parents and future pupils who came to visit us on the Year 6 Open Evening recently. The event gave a guide to the experiences pupils will be able to enjoy when they come to Y Pant. From creating fireworks in Science to paint prints in Art, pupils gained a brief glimpse into the lessons they will enjoy when they come to Y Pant. All departments showed their tremendous passion for learning and their creativity which had been identified in the Estyn Inspection last year.

Thanks to those parents and pupils who completed the feedback sheets. They will help us to refine the evening in years to come. The results of the feedback are shown below. I’d also like to thank you for the positive comments about the staff, sixth form prefects and the school in general. We look forward to teaching your children next year.

Parental responses

Which parts of the event were helpful in providing information?

Very helpful (no.) (%) Helpful (no.) % Unhelpful %
Headteacher’s Presentation

58

67%

28

33%

0

0%

Sixth Form Prefects

54

63%

32

37%

0

0%

Department Tours

80

93%

6

7%

0

0%

Prospectus and forms

55

64%

31

36%

0

0%

 

Range of subjects visited on the night.

Number

%

Too many subjects

0

0%

Right amount of subjects

79

92%

Not enough subjects

7

8%

Amount of time spent with departments

Number

%

Too much time

2

2%

Right amount of time

69

80%

Not enough time

14

16%

 

Some of your Comments

“Thanks for the friendly welcome and excellent positivity from all the staff after a long day in school! Diolch.”

“Really good idea, gave all a good insight to the school. Really impressed.”

“The evening was informative and enjoyable. A really good insight into your excellent school. Very well organised with enthusiastic staff and superb sixth formers”

“Fun, informative evening. Teachers very passionate.”

“Very informative – I want to go back 30 years!”

“I already feel confident that Y Pant is the right choice for my child.”

Pupil Feedback

Which parts of the evening did you enjoy?

Very enjoyable (no.) (%) Enjoyable (no.) % Not enjoyable %
Headteacher’s Presentation

36

51%

30

43%

4

6%

Watching/speaking to other pupils

35

51%

33

48%

1

1%

Activities in departments

70

97%

2

3%

0

0%

Prospectus and forms

18

28%

34

53%

12

19%

 

Amount of time spent with departments

Number

%

Too much time

0

0%

Right amount of time

47

69%

Not enough time

21

31%

 

Year 8 Trip to Château de la Baudonnière

At the beginning of the autumn term, 47 Year 8 Y Pant pupils went to the Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy, France to improve their French Language Skills and to have lots of fun doing new and exciting activities all through the medium of French.


Although Normandy is in the North of France, it took nearly eleven hours to get there! As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the French Animateurs and given instructions only in French! It was quite challenging as we were so tired! First of all we followed the Animateurs to our different dorms; they were mainly named after fruits: Les Oranges, les Pommes, Les Cerises, Les Ananas and Les Abeilles. We all wake up at 7.30 am and got dressed for the day ahead. Breakfast was at 8.15 am every morning and we listened as the Animateurs taught us how to say the food were eating in French as well as the utensils were using. We learned how to ask for more food and drink: “Je voudrais encore du pain s’il vous plait!” We were then told what activities we would be doing that day and what we would need to wear, all of this was done in French!

The activities we took part in throughout the week were L’escrime (fencing), L’orientation (orienteering), Parcours de santé (muddy obstacle course), Fabrication de pain (bread making), Les Exercices d’Initiative (team building), Le Français (French lessons), L’escalade (climbing wall), L’aéroballe and les petits boulots (little jobs such as feeding the pets).

We also had an activity every evening after dinner; these were a Campfire, a French version of Cobs and Robbers and a Treasure Hunt. On the last night we had a talent show with other schools and Y Pant’s own Sarah Pugh stole the show with a version of On my own from Les Misérables.

We also went out to a local market on Wednesday and then onto Le Mont Saint Michel. We had a fantastic week in France, we all had to speak lots of French and as a result our French has really improved. The food was different to what we eat at home, we even sampled snails! We would like to say thank you to our teachers Mrs Davies, Mrs Rose, Miss O’Keefe, Zoe and Matthew for an amazing experience and we’d all like to go again!

Seren Kane and Tamsin Penberthy (Year 8)

Y Pant Staff Parent Golf

On Saturday last Y Pant staff, parents and friends once again met for the autumn golfing challenge. Everyone had a wonderful day with views towards Pen y Fan from the picturesque course of Cradoc, Brecon. As always the match was treated very seriously especially as it fell on this Ryder Cup weekend. The final outcome in the main match was Mr Bryn Jones winning with a score of 34 (though the wheels fell of after the turn) and Mr Gavin Johns coming a close 12th (out of a dozen) with a score which did creep into double figures. Mr Johns’ total came as a great relief to the likes of Mr Duggan and Mr Chris Pembridge both previous “winners” of the losers trophy and dangerously close to taking it home once again. We look forward to a return in the Spring.

Y Pant School Parliament

Everyone is now in full swing writing their manifestos and canvassing for support in their campaign to become their form representative. Elections will take place in form groups by secret ballot during this week and next. Representative names to your AHoP by Friday Oct 12th. Remember there are House points for every reasonable manifesto written regardless of whether you wish to be considered for election or not.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

An outstanding display of cakes and cookies confronted the staff as they arrived for morning break on Friday along with a giant inflatable Fairtrade banana! Such a choice meant only one thing… one of everything 🙂 Ingredients used were Fairtrade as much as possible and Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar plus a few goodies were supplied by Co-op in Pontyclun.

£107 was raised by staff on the day which will be match funded by Barclay’s Bank and sent to Macmillian cancer research.

Shoebox Appeal 2012

It’s still only September and already my local shops have started to stock Christmas cards and gifts! Whilst it may be a bit too early to think about the presents that you will be opening on December 25th it’s not too early to start to think about the presents that you will give.

It’s that time of year when we at Y Pant think about giving the gift of a shoebox full of gifts to children in need in Eastern Europe…

Boy with shoebox
...to children like those in Dodeni, Romania who have to walk without any socks or shoes in the winter...
Boys from Montenegro
... to children like those who escaped the war in Kosovo and now live in a refugee camp in Montenegro next to a municipal rubbish dump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get involved in the shoebox appeal in one of the following ways:

  1. Contribute an item to your form group shoebox
  2. Donate some money so that we can buy items to fill shoeboxes
  3. Fill a shoebox of your own.
To find out more information follow the links below or see Dr Jones in room 49.

How to do a shoebox http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/how-to-pack-your-shoebox

Items that can be included http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/what-to-pack

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Blog

Arrangements and plans are currently being finalised for our Open Evening this Thursday.  I look forward to meeting as many prospective parents as possible and hope that you all have a great experience.  On that same day we will, weather permitting, be conducting our annual sponsored walk so it’s going to be an eventful week!

The regrading of English Language exam papers by the WJEC has now been completed and has resulted in 20 Y Pant students having their grade increased.  If your son or daughter is one of these 20 then you will receive an updated record of their results in the post.  From a whole school perspective, it means that 71% of last year’s cohort of pupils have attained 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, a record for the school.

You should by now have received letters about the upcoming elections to the Governing Body of the school.  If any of you would like to become a parent governor please fill in the paperwork and return it to the school.  The governors do invaluable work for the school and we are always grateful for their support and commitment.

Short and sweet this time…enjoy the rest of the week.