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The Poetry Games

Thirty-five Y Pant students are to be published in the Young Writers’ Poetry Anthology. These talented year eight and nine students will appear in the anthology which will be kept in the British Library and further libraries across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing a lasting record of their achievement.

The competition ran in October and there were thousands of entries. Successful students were praised for their perception, imagination, expression and creative use of language.  Both the competition runners and the English department were very impressed with our future Poet Laureates!

However, the competition is far from over.  Each of our students has the chance to be picked as one of the 12 finalists who will go to the grand finale – The Poetry Games Online Vote Off! Each of the 12 finalists will submit a video of themselves performing the poem and compete for the grand prize of an iPad and £1000 for our school. A list of the finalists will be released in January and hopefully, with the support of the rest of our students, we shall have a winner from Y Pant!

Congratulations go to:

poetry gamesKieran Todd

Lauren Pickens

Daniel Ranson

Lewis Roberts

Emily Roderick

Ellie Rogers

Gean Sou Mo

Lowry-Catrin Morris

Jessica Matthews

Sophie Jones

Creegan Griffiths

Ellie Harvey

Katie Burnell

Josh Ashcroft

Chloe Hopkins

James Evans

Tesni-May Anthony-Davis

Caroline Fairley

Evan Doyle

Jack Burgess

Sion Collins

Mercedes Jeffs

Harrison Jenkins

Aurora Lovell

Bethan Evans

Seren Hemburrow

Connor Dando

Abigail Donovan

Jordan Bisp

Emily Howell

Ioan Consitt

Phoebe Herbert

Morgan Cridland

Kaylyn Broad

Maia Chappell

Oxford Schools Debating – Semi-final success

After more than an hour of tedious waiting in Howell’s Girls School, in a room too small to cage a group of wound up, opinionated, teenage debaters, the highly anticipated judges of the Oxford Debate Union competition finally decided to arrive. The cancellation of one of the two debates due to the late start meant that hopeful teams had only one chance to prove themselves in hope of securing a place in the finals. Oh the pressure!

Easier said than done when you have to argue in favour of the motion: “This house would enforce 100% inheritance tax.” Inheritance tax?!  Turns out that if 100% inheritance tax was enforced, it would mean that after your death everything that you owned would go straight to the government and not to your family. How terrible would that be? Especially terrible when you only have 15 minutes to think of arguments in favour it!

But, after 15 minutes that went far too quickly, James Watt and Amy Jones (year 13); Zoe Fullbrook and Kristin Bryce (year 11) and Matthew Knight (year 13) and Martha Reed (year 12) all left to engage in battle. A verbal slaughtering of course!

We all agreed that it was an extremely interesting and exciting debate which saw Britain’s class system, work ethics and morality come under close analysis but congratulations go to Amy and James who, for the fourth year running, got through to the finals along with Howell’s Girl’s School and Monmouth School.

Celebrating Reading at Y Pant

On Wednesday 7th December we will be holding a “Celebration of Reading” at Y Pant for pupils in years 7 and 8, along with their parents and guardians starting at 5pm.

The evening will consist of a short presentation followed by guidance for parents on supporting children’s reading and an opportunity to browse recommended books.

Waterstones will be attending the evening and will be selling some of the new and exciting books aimed at children in this age group.

Below, some of our staff share their favourite books.  Add yours here – what books can you recommend to pupils at Y Pant?

Miss Norton distracted by "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Mr Thomas entertains his class reading "Danny Champion of the World" by Roald Dahl
Mr Kuck's favourite is also "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
My Dyson's favourite book is "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
Mr Howells reads his favourite book "Midnight’s Children" by Salman Rushdie

Y Pant Literacy Competition

Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Literacy week was held over the week of the 26th-30th of  September and every school in RCT was asked to run a literacy activity.  At Y Pant, we held a short story writing competition.  This was judged by published, local author, Dean Powell.  We had a number of entries, particularly from our new year 7 students.  Dean wrote all of the entrants a supportive message about their writing.  The winning story came from Hannah Wilkinson in year 12.  Hannah received a monetary prize for her intriguing, science fiction piece.  Emily Peacock, in year 10, received a gift voucher for her 2nd placed entry.  While Ahmed Abou-Koura, in year 12, received a double pass to use the leisure facilities at the Vale Hotel.  Thank-you to all of the entrants, and stay posted for future writing competitions and events……

Language Focus for the Month (October 2011)

It’s important to use English correctly when writing.  It ensures that the meaning of your work is perfectly clear.  Each month we have a language focus in school to help everyone use English correctly whenever they are writing.  If there is something you would like us to focus on in the upcoming months – leave a comment here.

This month our focus is:

There – Their – They’re

This is a commonly mistaken word.

There as in:

“The pen is over there” or “There is the book”.

Their means belonging to someone.

“Their grammar is really improving” or “Have you seen their new house?”

They’re is an abreviated form of they are.

“They’re coming on the Learn Smart trip with us”