Calling all budding poets! We have received details of this poetry competition from NACE (The National Association for Able Children in Education).
As part of the RCT initiative in raising aspirations and achievement, eleven Year 9 Y Pant students were invited to attend the RCT More Able and Talented Conference on the 3rd of December. Over 200 students took part in the event from schools in RCT and it was based at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd.
The event focused on motivating high achievers early so that they can be confident in applying to the Russell Group Universities later on in their school life. There were a wide range of workshops that took place during the day and students had the opportunity to meet other young people. James Hall, Project Manager of the charity ‘People and Work Unit’ gave a very personal account of his own experiences studying Theology at Oxford. He reminded students to work hard and try to be involved with activities and clubs inside and outside of school.
Maisie Allen, a Year 9 student, reflected “I enjoyed the Ancient Language workshop because it was interesting as we learnt how to spell our name in Hebrew. The day was enjoyable as we picked up some useful skills. The benefits of the workshops were that we got to interact with other pupils from different schools which helped us with our communication skills. “
A very successful MAAT session was held in the French department at the end of the summer term. Twelve talented linguists from Year 8 were invited to take part in a fun session of vocabulary challenge. The Year 12 Language Ambassadors played an active role in encouraging the younger students to develop their communication skills in a fun and competitive way.
Activities included a speed test translation challenge between the groups. Each team managed to gain points and win actual body Dragon body parts to begin the building task. This new body language was drilled and tested with a quick game of ‘Jacques a dit’. The ultimate challenge was to create a story and personality for the dragon, which was then recorded. Year 12 were a great help in guiding the students to create an extended and original text. A fantastic fun day with lots of language skills in use, and a creative buzz in the room. Bravo!
On Wednesday 3rd July Year six pupils from the Y Pant cluster went head to head with the year 7 debating club in an evening of parliamentary debates. In front of a packed audience of parents, Primary School Heads and staff the pupils battled out four motions including ‘This house believes Wales should be an independent country’ and ‘This house would abolish the monarchy’.
For year six the event marked the culmination of six sessions hosted by Y Pant School English Department. Each week the pupils, all nominated by their primary schools because of their excellent speaking and listening skills, learned the skills and terminology to compete in a debating style more commonly used at University level. The 18 pupils involved all took part with enthusiasm, gusto and passion and were a credit to themselves and their respective schools.
The night itself saw a fantastic turnout and the audience were not disappointed. Year 7 put up an excellent fight with the individual awards being evenly spread between year 6 and 7, but it was year six who ultimately were victorious – scooping the award for best overall team! James Watt a former pupil of Y Pant School, who embarks on his degree course at Oxford in September, himself a seasoned debater, chaired the judging panel. He was impressed at the high standard the pupils reached.
A huge well done is deserved of all the pupils who were involved! The English department look forward to welcoming the year 6 pupils onto the debate team in September. Continuing Y Pant’s long standing tradition of excellence in this field!
Year 6 Debating, a set on Flickr.
There has been a lot of activity in Y Pant in recent weeks. We have had our More Able & Talented Challenge Week which gave pupils tremendous opportunities to develop their talents still further in those fields in which they’ve excelled. This week has seen our most successful Sports Day for some time: 11 school records broken, triumph for Nerth and the sun shone! Many thanks to the PE department for their hard work and congratulations to all competitors. On Wednesday we had our Eisteddfod for Years 7 & 8, a cultural extravaganza won by Aneurin and compered by the inimitable Mr Ian Mitchell. Thanks to the Welsh department in particular for the success of this day and congratulations to all who participated. And today, we have the Speakers Trust working with Year 10 on developing public speaking skills which will make a major contribution to their WBQ.
Pupil Review Day took place yesterday. Pupils will have received important information about the progress they’ve made this year as well as the teaching groups they will be in next year. A lot of hard work goes into trying to ensure that every pupil is placed in the teaching group which is right for their educational needs but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Today we say good bye to Mr Jeff Owen (again!) and Mr Alex McShane who has done such a good job covering for Miss Sally Owen over the period of her maternity leave. We wish them both the very best for the future. Miss Owen will return to school on Monday and we look forward to welcoming her back.
Congratualtions to Niamh Tinman who has represented Wales in football at Under 16 and Under 17 level. Niamh is only 14 so clearly has a great future ahead of her in the game. Lucy Tough is 9 times British Ballroom Dancing Champion and Word Champion for her age group. Fantastic achievements by those two young ladies.
Finally, we would love to see as many of you as possible at our school fete tomorrow. There will be lots to do throughout the day and the weather is set fair!
As a school we strive to develop pupil’s abilities and confidence and one of our ways of doing this is to challenge pupils to expand their knowledge and improve on their existing skills. We devised a MAaT Challenge day identifying various pupils that we felt were More Able and Talented within our subject area.
In Art we selected pupils from years 7, 8, and 9 and following the overall theme of ‘Tân Y Ddraig’/’Dragons Fire’, using animation, we explored and experimented with a variety of media to investigate how to represent the theme.
We produced flip books, creating studies that would move using pencil and paper. We then transferred the images onto iPads using iStopMotion software to capture and create moving images. Pupils were given opportunities to view work by other animators, such as ‘Fireman Sam’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ to gain inspiration for their own short films. In pairs pupils explored and developed ideas through mind mapping and storyboards, they then used Plasticine, recycled card, computers, and various paints and materials to create their models and scenery for their animations. Using the techniques that the pupils learned about stop motion animations pupils were able to create their own short movie animations based on their designs.
In pairs, pupils were provided with modelling tools and other materials as well as an iPad with iStopMotion and iMovie software.
The overall feedback that pupils made about the session was that the exercise was interesting, experimental and enjoyable.
Pupil comments on the day:
A really fun session and I have learned a lot of new things.
Good use of technology, iPads and computers, really enjoyed this.
I thought today was very fun and would love to do it again.
It’s been an unbelievably hectic few weeks what with snow, floods and utility failures! Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding; normal service has been resumed and let’s hope that the winter has no more surprises in store…
Normal service includes, of course, reporting to parents about their children’s progress. It was great to see so many Year 7 parents last Thursday at the Parents Evening. Attendance was nearly 80% on a cold January evening, testament to the support that our pupils receive from their parents. Although I couldn’t attend the Year 9 Options Evening the previous night, my colleagues told me that turnout was excellent there also. This week, look out for Progress Reports for Years 7-10 and Full Reports for Years 11-13.
Staff and pupils leave this Friday on their way to Austria for a week’s skiing. The snow report looks fantastic and I’d just like to wish them all the very best …no broken bones please…
Congratulations to Will Taylor in Year 11 who has been offered an apprenticeship with Cardiff City FC. What an achievement and so very well deserved. Good luck, Will…it looks as if you’ll be learning your trade with a Premiership outfit next year (…and let’s hope that I haven’t jinxed the Bluebirds there!)
I’d like to give a bit of a plug to our French Department; lots of interesting things happening there, what with Lunchtime Clubs and Pen Pal programmes. I’m particularly grateful to my colleagues in that department for their commitment and hope that plenty of pupils take the opportunities presented to them.
We welcomed two new colleagues to the school in recent weeks and said a sad goodbye to a much respected colleague. Mr Alex McShane joined the Maths Department to cover Miss Sally Owen’s maternity leave while Miss Natalie Pugh joined the Learning Support Department to cover Mrs Naomi Butler’s maternity leave. We said goodbye last week to Mrs Colleen Evans who has worked as an LSA in the school for four years. She will be greatly missed and we wish her all the best for the future.
I hope everyone thoroughly enjoys their half-term holiday.
Future Footie Superstars
We proudly congratulate Iwan Price-Thomas (yr7), Will Taylor (yr11) and Bailey Owen(yr7) who have each been selected for top Football Academies this summer. Bailey will train at U12 with Swansea City Academy in centre – midfield; Will has been selected for the U16 Cardiff Football academy also at centre – midfield and Iwan, also selected for Cardiff Academy will play in Goal. The boys said that they are very excited about being selected and have been enjoying their new training regimes. Gwaith Ardderchog lads!
On Monday 12th November a small group of year nine and ten students visited the Royal Mint, Llantrisant. This unique opportunity to see designers and engineers at work is part of our More Able and Talented Art project ‘Olympic Medals’. Our students were given access to the high security library where they handled Olympic Medals and antique hand guns used to guard the original Royal Mint in London! To commemorate our visit the Mint gave every student who took part a Diamond Jubilee coin to take away with them.
“I’ve learnt how coins and medals are made and I now know the amount of time and effort that is put into making them. I have found out how they put in all the detail. I have also learnt where the Royal Mint was originated and how big the industry is. It was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget! I would love to take part again!”
Ceryn Harris, Year 9.
Thanks to all students who completed the questionnaire. It is going to take a little more time to filter through all the information on the questionnaire and provide complete feedback. I hope to do this just after the half-term break. However, I have completed some initial findings, which are both interesting and encouraging.
We will be using the Pupil Voice exercise to inform our planning in three areas: teaching and learning provision; extra-curricular enrichment opportunities; and communication to students about MAAT issues.
For example, the preferred learning experiences information will be published for the benefit of all staff and will be included in INSET sessions for new staff coming to the school. This way, we hope that you will see more of those experiences that you say are most beneficial to your learning.
Some of the concrete suggestions made – like awarding a certificate for Progress Files – will be put into practice this year. I will let you know of other practical changes produced from this Pupil Voice exercise when the full report is finished.
If you have any further comments or ideas – or if you missed completing the questionnaire due to absence and would like your views heard – please come and see me in Room 77.