Students from Y Pant School, studying COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness), attended the RCT 50+ Forum event, ‘Life Is What You Make It’ at Pontyclun Athletic Club. The aim of the event was to launch the 50+Forum website and to encourage forum members to learn and enjoy all aspects of information and communication technologies. The young people worked with groups to encourage members to use digital technology and show how it can help with their day to day life.
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.
In order to address the issue of skills shortages amongst school leavers the Welsh Assembly Government staged a free 3 day Careers Fair at the Millennium Stadium. SkillsCymru organised @100 exhibitors from major employment sectors to be present aiming specifically to provide information and taster activities for young people aged 14-19. Industries present included the Armed Forces and Emergency Services, local Universities and Tertiary colleges alongside representatives from industries such as Construction, Media and Performing Arts, Fashion, IT, Business, Catering, Sport and Healthcare. Pupils from the yr10 CoPE group attended, needing to fulfil a brief which was to involve themselves in as many taster activities as possible- as shown in the photographs. They also had to research post 16 options and collect evidence for their Wider Key Skills portfolios. Some also gained celebrity status after being pursued by journalists and featured on the BBC Wales Today news programme…
The Rainbow of Hope is a Cardiff based Charity run by Elizabeth Atkins. For the last 14 years she has been providing practical help, advice and support for homeless people, asylum seekers and those living in poverty. She accepts practical donations, clothing, blankets, books, toiletries, food etc. and distributes them to those in need.
Before Christmas the CoPE group designed and made Christmas cards to be distributed to people who are helped by the Charity and also a certificate for Rainbow of Hope to send to organisations thanking them for their contributions.
Elizabeth and her team operate a mobile soup kitchen every night in Cardiff city centre which feeds approximately 50 people. The CoPE group decided they would like to continue to offer support by preparing basic food parcels once a fortnight consisting of filled rolls and small cakes – enough to feed a homeless person for 1 night at least. This is another example of the community work which the CoPE group are involved in as part of their qualification but if anybody else is interested in supporting the charity please see Miss Purcell.
Over a 3 day period in March and April this year the CoPE group volunteered their energies to work at Kenfig National Nature Reserve near Porthcawl. The team undertook several labour intensive tasks such as clearing scrub near the sand dunes to attract butterflies and bumble bees; digging holes to encourage new colonies of rabbits and also litter picking along the beach. Although the work was quite tiring the team realised their efforts would benefit both the wildlife in the area and visitors to the centre. Members of the team are: Kayleigh Cotter, Lloyd Evans, Luke Faiers, Laura Kelland, Nicole Letheby, Rebecca Llewellyn, Jordan Locke, Josh Mason, Peter Murphy, Curtis Simpkin.
Members of the CoPE group have officially passed their CoPE+ course after 2 years of hard work. All 13 members of the group have achieved their Wider key skills at level 1 or 2 and 11 have their CoPE qualification to add to that. Pupils achieving both qualifications at level 1 and 2 now have the equivalent of 3 extra GCSEs ! Curious future CoPE pupils can look at moderated portfolios in Miss Purcell’s room and see how much hard work is involved. Well done!
The yr10 CoPE Group recently met Welsh Assembly Member Jane Davidson when she attended a meeting at Clydach Vale Country Park to discuss a proposed hydro-electric generator project. The year 10 pupils, disguised as litter pickers, waited for the meeting to end and asked for a photograph with the politician. She joked with the group and complemented them on their involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award – as Minister for the Environment she is actively involved in ensuring the maintenance of countryside areas and public footpaths – and supports the Award. The group have been asked to volunteer their time to help with the construction of an outdoor classroom at the Park and will return later in the year. The photo below, shows Lloyd Richards, Kristian Pace, Aaron Rowley Williams, Jane Davidson (AM) Keiron Letheby, Brandon Stead and Tonio Judd.
To celebrate St David’s Day Y Pant Pupils leant their support at a dinner held at Llanharan Rugby Club for local elderly community members. 130 guests, served by the yr10 Cope Group, enjoyed a hearty meal of steaming hot cawl washed down with plenty of tea and home-made Welsh Cakes. Y Pant’s junior choir took charge of after-dinner entertainment, leading the guests in singing a selection of traditional Welsh songs such as Calon Lan, Cwm Rhondda and Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Pupils were kept busy for 3 hours serving food, selling raffle tickets, mingling with guests and providing entertainment. The Mayor of Taff Ely and members of his Office spent time chatting to the pupils and commented on how pleasant it was to see teenagers so enthusiastic and keen to engage with a different generation. Resident paparazzi Mrs Caroline Wool took some great photos of the event.
The yr10 CoPE Group have been learning about the consequences of anti-social behaviours such as arson, substance abuse and car crime. They worked with a member of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Youth Team who delivered a series of interactive lessons covering thought provoking and relevant topics. One of the objectives of the scheme was for the participants to find an original way of making their peers aware of potential problems in their communities. They chose graffiti art as a medium for communication and after deciding on appropriate slogans worked with a graffiti artist to produce the boards seen in the photographs. Can you read their messages?
On 11th December we held our annual Christmas Party for local senior citizens. The party was organised by 6th form students in collaboration with Dr Lianne Jones, our charity co-ordinator and Mrs Caroline Wool who runs E3+ and all other community links within the school.
The guests were treated to a tea including sherry, served by 6th formers, staff and members of the year 10 COPE group. They also had a game of bingo – Tom Grother in year 12 made an excellent bingo caller – a raffle, performances from some of our talented young musicians and a visit from Father Christmas!