This Is China!!

As the temperatures drop to -5 degrees, the pupils are let off the whole school exercise. Snow and Siberian winds make going outdoors unforgiving, my face was numb from the wind today!

The motivation and determination to succeed that I see in every Chinese pupil is astounding! Since they all dream of attending a university in the West in the future, development of their English skills is very important to them. Any one of them would be extremely grateful if anyone from Y Pant would write to them (a Chinese pen-pal – between the ages of 14-17).

Look’s like Children in Need went down a storm again at Y Pant, amazing video filmed by the 6th formers, extremely funny watching teachers who taught me get involved in the antics.

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Y Pant Win Local Police Quiz!

Congratulations to the ‘Y8 Police Quiz Team’ who on Friday won the Local All Wales School Liaison Core Programme Quiz! The
pupils were asked questions about drug and substance misuse, social behaviour and the community, personal safety, ages in law and Health Challenge Wales.

The team comprised of Chloe Booth-Jones, Megan Prewitt, Olivia Thomas, Harrison Jenkins and Alex Davies will now compete in the Regional Quiz in Early December.  Congratulations team and good luck in the next round!

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‘Thriller’ to be shown on BBC Wales Today!

Following three weeks of solid work and a premiere this afternoon at the Children In Need concert, Y Pant Presents ‘Thriller’ was shown on BBC Wales Today at 6:30pm on Friday 18th November!

You can see the TV show here with an excerpt from Thriller:

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They also put a longer excerpt on their website!

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Deputy Head’s Blog

A big day in the school calendar today…Children in Need.  This is one of the charities that we support as a school and we’ve got an excellent record of raising substantial sums of money.  Hopefully we can beat our record today!  As always, the sixth formers look fantastic in their fancy dress: look out for the pictures on the website!  There’s a multi-media extravaganza planned for the Sports Hall this afternoon; I’m sure it’ll be ‘thrilling’….Look out for tv coverage this evening: we may appear!

I hope that you will have noticed the Y11 ‘mock’ exam timetable on the website today; a timely reminder that these critically important exams are nearly upon us and that all Y11 pupils should by now be revising flat out.  The results of these exams are closely analysed by the school to help us decide how to target support and guidance for pupils in the months leading to the exams in the summer.  In a similar vein, the Year11 Parents Evening next Thursday will offer an excellent opportunity for you to discuss the progress being made by your sons and daughters.

Congratulations to Natasha Vincent for her Eco Award and to the U13 girls football team for their latest success!

Finally, a reminder that the school will be closed on Wednesday November 30th due to industrial action.  Students in Years 12 & 13 whose teachers are not on strike will be expected to attend as lessons will run as normal for them.  Please bear in mind, though, that there will be no school transport that day and that the canteens will be closed.

Have a great weekend, everyone (dare I predict the Swansea v Man Utd scoreline?  I quite fancy an upset…).

U13 Girls Football – Y Pant Beat Cwm Rhymni

Y Pant U13 Girl’s football team continues their winning streak by beating Cwm Rhymni 1-0 Wednesday afternoon in the final stages of the Glamorgan Valleys Cup.  The team now proceeds to the National Stages of the Welsh Schools Football Association U13 Inter Schools Cup in January 2012. Congratulations to the whole team who played a fantastic game of football.
The goal was scored by Niamh Tinman.  Good luck in the Welsh Cup girls!

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The triumphant girls' under-13 football team.

The Team

Milly Jones, Niamh Tinman, Molly Rees, Kayleigh Powell, Maria Rowley, Melissa Smith, Megan Batacan, Felicity Bancroft,
Kassandra Moroney, Lauren Whitfield, Cheyenne Lewis, Chloe Tipples, Courtney Roberts and Lucy Tough.

Natasha Wins Another Award

natasha vincentNatasha Vincent in year 10 has won a Youth Achievement Award.

Natasha is part of the Eco club at school, and aside from the dedicated Eco projects that they carry out, Natasha recently attended the Eco residential through the project.

Natasha’s friends pulled out of the residential but Natasha still went as she knew the benefits of participating in this project far outweighed the fact that she would be on her own.  This situation didn’t last long, as she soon made friends and fitted into the group of other Eco-friendly young people.

Natasha has come back from this residential with some great ideas and strategies for projects to be implemented in the school.

Over the last three years Y Pant School has worked hard to achieve Bronze and Silver Awards for working towards promoting sustainable development, this hard work was celebrated further on the 5th May 2011 when a team of assessors visited the school to meet with the Y Pant Eco-Committee and as a result of this meeting awarded the school an International Green Flag for  outstanding work towards sustainable development.

Public Sector Employees Strike Action

On Wednesday November 30th several public sector trade unions, including teaching unions, will be conducting strike action in protest against changes in the pension scheme.

As the majority of our employees are members of these trade unions it will be impossible to open the school on that day.

Consequently, unless industrial action is withdrawn, school will be closed on Wednesday November 30th 2011.

Lessons for students in years 12 and 13 will not be taking place.