The term has finished with a Christmas assembly in the sports hall. The orchestra and percussion ensemble played beautifully and the final sing-song by the whole school really got us into the Christmas spirit.
Congratulations to the House Point winners for this term.
Padraig – Ethan Ruck (140 points)
Aneurin – Shani Williams (120 points)
Nerth – Jamie Sallam (170)
Tirion – Natalie Johns (130 points)
Key Stage 4 winner – Tom May
Key Stage 5 winner – Hywel Thomas
House Point Raffle winner – Yasmin Howells
Currently Nerth have the highest number of house points with 9150! Da iawn Nerth!
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.
A long and cold Autumn Term is soon to come to a close. As predicted last week the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party was a resounding success; many thanks to Dr Liane Jones. Mrs Caroline Wool and their team for all the hard work that has gone into this event.
In recent weeks visitors to the school will have been greeted by one of our Y Pant Ambassadors. These are pupils who have volunteered as part of their CoPE qualification to help out with some aspects of school administration including meeting and greeting visitors. Each and every one of them has performed exceptionally and been a credit to themselves and the school.
We say thank you and goodbye to Miss Emma Wylie who has done an excellent job in covering Mrs Jen Dyson’s maternity leave. Mrs Dyson is returning next week. Welcome back to her!
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the carol concert next week. It’s always a truly festive event and a real showcase for the talents in the school.
On Friday 3rd December 2010, Y Pant School was delighted to open its doors and welcome over 110 senior members of its community to the 4th Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party.
The party was organised by the 6th form students in collaboration with Dr Lianne Jones, our charity co-ordinator, and Mrs Caroline Wool, School Community Development Officer. The school’s main hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the three coach-loads of guests. They arrived at 2:30pm to be greeted by staff and pupils, all in festive spirit. Once seated, the senior citizens were treated to an afternoon of entertainment, provided by the pupils. The school choir opened with a selection of carols which was followed by a singing group from our 6th Form music students.
Pupils from the school COPE group, 6th form and staff served a delicious buffet for the senior citizens and took the opportunity to talk to the older members of their own community, breaking down perceived barriers and overcoming the generation gap. By the time the sherry and mince pies went around, everyone was in full festive flow and ready for the rest of the afternoon’s entertainment!
This took the form of a free raffle, with over 50 prizes donated from local companies and staff of Y Pant. The school would like to take this opportunity to thank The Butcher’s Arms, The Traditional Toy Shop, Cradbtree &Evelyn, Pontyclun RFC, Pontyclun Athletic Club, Mainline Transport and all members of staff for their generous donations. The day then turned its attention to the ever-popular games of Bingo, called by year 11 pupil Matthew Ingram. With two beautiful hampers filled with Christmas treats up for grabs, it was little wonder that this was a closely fought competition!
Finally, the senior citizens were surprised by a visit from Father Christmas, delivering a gift for every guest. The whole afternoon was a tremendous success and the school look forward to hosting this annual event next December.
The snow went around us! Watching the news this week, it often felt as if we were the only part of the country not under several inches of snow so we were able to stay open. I appreciate that this may have been a source of some dismay for many of our pupils but no apologies I’m afraid!
The Year 11 mock GCSEs begin next week; I’d like to wish all pupils luck and urge them to take the exams extremely seriously. Preparing well for mocks gives you a head start on your revision for the final exams in the Summer. It also gives your teachers a good idea of what they need to focus on in the coming months. Work hard and then enjoy the Christmas holidays.
Speaking of Christmas, Y Pant was pleased to welcome groups of Year 6 pupils to the school yesterday to perform in our annual concert. I was not able to attend personally but I’m told that it was a fantastic show. Well done everyone. The festive theme continues today as we welcome senior citizens from the community to our annual Christmas party. This is the 4th year that we have run this event and it is always one of the highlights of the school year.
After predicting an historic victory for Wales last week I think I’ll keep my sporting opinions to myself for a while!