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.


Year 8 brave Blaenavon

As part of their Learn Smart programme, year 8 spent the day at Big Pit learning about life in our industrial past.

Daniel Schoen:

In the lamp room we were given a helmet with a torch on and a belt which included a battery for the headlight and a ventilator which was like a portable gas mask. We then stepped into the lift shaft and began our dark decent. Our guide told us that we were going down 90 metres and at one part we were going at 1 metre per second. I thought that this was fast until our guide said that we were going 3 times slower than full pace. This made me feel nervous..

Big Pit

Maia Chappell

‘the lift was really claustrophobic and when we got to the bottom a shock went through my body, it was damp, cold and miserable.’

Big Pit

Ben Crook:

I had an very eventful day and learned loads about Big Pit and the mining industry. I liked the day very much and would do it again!’

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French Pen Pals for year 8!

lettersOne of our former French A Level students Charlotte Smith is currently out on her year out working in a french school as an assistant. We have made contact to organise a penpal exchange with our Year 8 pupils studying French. Year 8 understandably are very excited to receive news from a real Frenchie in the near future!!!

It will be great to talk to them about the region and it’s culture. Year 12 are also asking to be involved. When the letters arrive via snail mail I’ll be distributing them amongst the year group. There will be a club to help the weaker students with their letters.

Cross Country

Several boys from Y Pant travelled to Trelai Park on Tuesday to take part in the South Wales Schools’ Cross Country Championships. A muddy course greeted the boys and stiff competition from across the region. The performance of the day came from Baily Owen in Year 7 seven who was competing in the Year 8 race. Baily finished 18th in a field of 264 runners. He will now represent the region at Championships in both  Builth Wells and Birmingham.

GIRLS FOOTBALL

Y Pant U14 Girl’s football team beat Cwm Rhymni 3-0 on penalties in the first stages of the Welsh Cup. Congratulations to the whole team on a fantastic game of football.   Good luck in the next round girls.

Y Pant U13 Girl’s football team beat Tonypandy  6-0 in the first round stage of the Welsh Cup. Congratulations to the whole team on a fantastic game of football. Goal scorers were Carys Wooward (2), Niamh Coates (2) and Millie Jones (2).

Team List

Lowri Smith, Kassandra Moroney, Molly Rees, Flic Bancroft, Sophia
Yilmaz, Millie Jones, Carys Woodward, Charlotte Monk, Stephanie Battista,
Olivia Enoch, Catrin jones, Ellie Buffey, Chloe Jones and Niamh Coates.