Deputy Head’s Blog

We are about to enter into our assessment fortnight for Years 7 and 8.  This is to help subject teachers arrive at the fullest possible understanding of how well their pupils are doing.  These assessments will play a part in determining future setting arrangements so take them seriously and prepare well!  Year 9 will have exams in the core subjects from June 21st – 24th.

The school appointed a new English teacher this week: Ms Lisa Umbleja, who has been teaching in the English department on a temporary basis, will start her permanent position in September.  Congratulations and a warm welcome to her!   In the weeks to come we will be appointing a new ICT teacher and another temporary English teacher so busy days ahead…

The exam season continues.  Most of our pupils must be exhausted by now but keep soldiering on.  You’ve got a long summer break ahead and, I’m sure, all the hard work will be worth it come that fateful Thursday in August.

I hope that everyone has a great weekend, I’m off to see The Arctic Monkeys!

Sustrans Valleys Cycling Competition

sustrans competition

Get snapping for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Sustrans is a charity that campaigns for sustainable transport.  They are most well known for promoting cycling as a way of getting about.  As well as the newly opened Church Village Bypass community route, there are several other cycle paths in the area.  This summer Sustrans are very excited to be opening some fabulous traffic-free family friendly walking and cycling paths across the south Wales valleys.

They are running a photography competition this summer:

Let your imagination run wild! Photography experience not needed, just unleash your creativity. You can snap people, scenery, wildlife, historic landmarks, your child’s first ride without stabilisers. All we ask is that you take them along the Network in the Valleys.

Finalists will be exhibited at the ever popular Big Cheese Festival at Caerphilly Castle on 30th and 31st July. Festival goers will vote for their favourite to decide the winners.

How to enter

Send all your entries to sightscameraaction@sustrans.org.uk along with your name, address, contact telephone number, the route name and/or number where your photo was taken and a photo description of no more than 100 words.

Closing date is 26th June 2011.

Deputy Head’s Blog

It’s official: Y Pant has been awarded the Eco School’s Green Flag!  This recognises the excellent work done throughout the school in respect of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.  A tremendous achievement and, once again, thanks to all who made major contributions to the application.  Look out for the flag fluttering proudly over the schools in the weeks to come.

This is the time of the year when our Art Department showcases the work of their GCSE and AS/A level students in their annual exhibitions.  On my first visit to the school, 5 years ago, I was bowled over by the quality of the art work on display throughout the school and every year the work continues to impress.  Well done to my colleagues in the Art Department and, of course, to all the pupils who have worked so hard and so creatively.

In recent weeks the teachers have been receiving some tuition in Welsh so look/listen out for more examples of Cymraeg on the corridors and yn y dosbarth.  Feel free to join in!

Hope everyone is having a great half term, particularly now that the weather has turned for the better.  Local celebrity Derek the weatherman promises a lovely weekend….enjoy it (but Years 11, 12 and 13 should enjoy it with their noses in books!)

Parental Voice

Thanks to parents who completed last year’s questionnaire. The comments and suggestions provided useful material in the planning of this year’s provision. Please feel free to contact me at the school with any ideas, queries or concerns.

NACE Challenge Award

In May we were formally notified of our successful application for the NACE Challenge Award.  This prestigious award is given to schools that provide an excellent standard of education and provision for more able and talented pupils. It addresses all elements of success and talent – not just exam results. Y Pant is only the 2nd secondary school out of 223 in Wales to receive this award. Thank you to all staff, pupils, governors and parents who took part on the audit day.

Y Pant Healthy Schools Award, Phase 2

The Healthy School’s Scheme is a partnership between Health and Education that adopts a holistic approach to health promotion in a school setting.

Last July Y Pant successfully achieved Phase 1 of the ‘Healthy School’s Award’ on behalf of the Welsh Assembly.  This academic year we hope to achieve Phase 2 of the award where the focus has been on the PSE provision at Y Pant.  Three areas of action were identified for this academic year:-

Wales Network of Healthy SchoolsTo audit the current PSE provision at Y Pant School

A working party comprised of both staff and pupils at Y Pant has been established and regular discussions are being held during student council meetings to identify where in the curriculum health promotion is being taught.  Areas of strength and areas that could be further developed were identified within the current PSE provision.

To update the current PSE provision by developing new resources for use in Key Stages 3 and 4

Public HealthNew resources have been developed for each year group on a vast range of health promotion modules.  Workbooks, PowerPoints, music and videos have all been used to support delivery and learning.

To plan a series of outside providers to deliver part of the PSE provision

Rhondda Cynon Taff Healthy SchoolsA series of outside providers has been organised and included on a PSE yearly planner to offer their expertise on a number of health promotion modules. The School Nurse and the School Police Officer take regular sessions with pupils in order to support delivery and learning along with other outside agencies such as TEDS and the theatre company ‘IS IT?’.  Members of staff have attended training and pupils are encouraged to evaluate lessons at the end of each PSE topic.

New targets will be set in the new academic year for Phase 3 of the Healthy Schools Scheme in order to continue to improve the social, physical and mental well being of the community at Y Pant.

For further information about Healthy Schools at Y Pant, please see Mrs L Mortimer.