Congratulations to Gean Sou Mo from Year 10 who had a busy but successful weekend.
Gean represented Wales under 15’s in the Home Nations Quadrangular Tournament played in Cardiff. Gean took the Gold medal in the individual competition, beating the best players from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
Good luck to Gean for her next tournament at the end of May, when she will be competing in the Scottish Junior International in Glasgow.
Congratulations to 6th former Ethan Ridsdale for winning Bronze at the UK School Games in the individual Men’s foil and team events.
They had a very busy weekend with Fencing starting each day at 8:30. That meant they had to be in breakfast at 5:15 each morning.
You can read more on the Welsh Fencing website and find out more about the School Games themselves on the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games website.
Congratulations to Nerth for winning sports day!
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!
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.
On Thursday we will have a visit from paralympic Gold medal winning cyclist Mark Colbourne representing the Jamie Baulch Academy.
Pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will have a special assembly on Thursday morning to hear Mark’s paralympic story.
Several boys from Y Pant travelled to Trelai Park on Tuesday to take part in the South Wales Schools’ Cross Country Championships. A muddy course greeted the boys and stiff competition from across the region. The performance of the day came from Baily Owen in Year 7 seven who was competing in the Year 8 race. Baily finished 18th in a field of 264 runners. He will now represent the region at Championships in both Builth Wells and Birmingham.
Alex Stallworthy from Y Pant plays volleyball as outside hitter with Team South Wales. They are now the National Shield Champions 2012 and also after a fantastic season, have been promoted to the National League Division 1 which will see them playing matches across the UK against top teams such as a Portsmouth, Devon, Loughborough and Salford. Alex has also been given the role as Court Manager at this year’s Sainsbury’s UK School Games at the ExCeL London Exhibitions Centre from 6th May – 9thMay 2012
Good luck goes to Ffion Stallworthy representing Wales u16 girls and Conor Robins representing Wales u17 boys at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.
Should anyone be interested in taking up this fast moving, hard hitting, dynamic sport then the Cardiff Celts Junior Squads train on a Wednesday evening at Glamorgan Sports Park between 6 – 8pm or contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s an extremely busy time for the school as we prepare for our forthcoming inspection. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues from ESTYN to Y Pant. All parents should by now have received a questionnaire with the Head’s most recent newsletter; 25% of pupils will be chosen at random to complete a similar questionnaire in school.
Today (Friday) we welcome colleagues from our ‘family’ of similar schools. Representatives from 8 secondary schools from various parts of Wales will be attending a conference in Y Pant where we will be sharing ideas about how to provide the best possible educational experiences for our children.
Next Wednesday at 6 o’ clock there will be our annual Key Stage 4 Success Evening for parents of pupils in Year 10. Letters should arrive at your homes any day now with more details. On Thursday there will be our annual Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening where parents will get the chance to chat to their children’s form tutors about how well they’ve settled into the school (the children, not the form tutors!). I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on these evenings; they really do have an impact upon how well your child can succeed in Y Pant.
I’m delighted to report sporting success again with 2 year groups winning their cup games this week. Well done boys!
Our annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal begins in the next week, the first in our cycle of charity events co-ordinated by Dr Jones. Last year the school raised over £7000 for various charities; it’d be great to match or even surpass that figure this year.
If you missed our television stars on Wales Today this week then follow the link on the website. Mrs Hoare, Lawrence Watts and James Watt are trying not to let fame go to their heads!
Finally, last year’s blogs contained the worst sporting predictions since Alan Hansen said ‘You can’t win anything with kids’. Therefore, I’ll refrain from predicting the outcome of Wales’s World Cup game against Fiji other than to hope for the best. Cymru am byth!
A group of students in year 7 and 8 recently visited the Cardiff Disability Sports Festival. Here’s what they had to say about it:
“My favourite part of the day was cycling and playing golf because I liked playing them and it is a good exercise” (Chelsea Callaghan Y7C3).
“My favourite part of the day was when Celine, Leonie and I played wheelchair football. It was really funny”” (Ellie Jarman Y7C3).
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair football because it was fun” (Leonie Jones Y7C3)
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair football and sledge hockey. It was the best day” (Celine Myers Y7C3 )
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair rugby because the friends I met” (Jamie Gerry Y7C3)
“There were so many activities to take part in. My favourite part of the day was playing badminton. Josh, Jordan and I beat Mr Amoss. That was fun. Wheelchair football was also good because we controlled that was not easy, they were very fast” (Emily Evans Y8 Y5).
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair rugby because we smashed into others and it made me laugh. The wheel chair players were very fit and had good skills” (Nathan Hallett Y8 Y5).
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair football. It was fun and hard too. Controlling the wheelchair was not easy, they went very fast” (Sophie-Lee Lewis Y8 Y5).
“My favourite part of the day was climbing up the wall because I climbed up really fast and got very high” (Josh Watts Y8 Y5).
“My favourite part of the day was playing wheelchair football because Celine run someone over and you needed to have good control on the chair. I also enjoyed taking part in the hockey sledge because it was hard to turn and steer on the sledges” (Stephanie Coles Y8 Y5).