April 5th 2019 Ebrill 5ed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
It’s nice to see that the newsletter has a strong sporting flavour this week. It’s a sign that the spring is kicking in and facilitating those opportunities, even though today’s deluge contradicts that observation! Having said that, we’ve seen tennis, cricket, swimming and of course dance in abundance. Tonight, the PTA Fair takes place, so I look forward to seeing you later. One week to go until the Easter break!

Mae’n braf gweld bod blas chwaraeon cryf yn y cylchlythyr yr wythnos hon. Mae’n arwydd bod y gwanwyn yn dechrau ac yn hwyluso cyfleoedd, er bod y glaw trwm a fu heddiw yn gwrthddweud hynny! Wedi dweud hynny, rydym wedi gweld tenis, criced, nofio a dawns wrth gwrs. Heno, cynhelir Ffair y Rhieni, felly edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld yn nes ymlaen. Wythnos i fynd cyn y gwyliau!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – We were delighted with the performances of our pupils at the Eisteddfod and three items have won through to the national event. The dialogue, Emma on flute and Xander on brass were all victorious, so huge congratulations to them. Emi-Lee finished second as did the recitation group, so a successful day all round.

Staff Danceathon – The week began in a surreal manner with the staff doing their bit for the Danceathon, peforming the Cha Cha Slide and the Senior Leadership Team doing the Macarena. I’m not sure whether to thank Jos and Emma or expel them!

Tennis Sessions – All classes enjoyed tennis taster sessions this week. Thank you to the Tennis Club for providing them. See twitter for photos.

Swimming Gala – Our swimming squad’s efforts were noted this week, as they represented the school in the Ruthin Gala. They’ve won through to the next round at the end of the month.

Dance Eisteddfod – Our dancing group and Georgia all danced superbly in the Dance Eisteddfod this week. They were truly impressive with their routines. Thank you to Mrs Parker and Gracie for all their work preparing.

Cricket – Year 3 and 4 enjoyed and developed their cricket skills in their session this week with Rob Ward. Thanks to him for his time.

PTA Fair – Thank you for the chocolate donations for the tombola. I hope you all enjoy the Fair. Thanks as ever to our hardworking PTA for organising.

Parents’ Evening – You should have received times for next week’s consultations. Any problems, please let the school office know.

Themed Lunch – On Tuesday a Dinosaur lunch will be served. See Twitter.

Nursery Literacy – Our Nursery pupils are progressing really well. They’ve been spelling their names this week, using planx!

Urdd Art – As previously mentioned, our pupils are invited to take part in the Urdd Art Competition. They will need to be members to compete and sent in all entries to school, clearly labelled by 9am on the first morning after the Easter break. I’ve attached a copy of the syllabus to the newsletter email.

ICT Permissions Form – There are still unreturned forms which makes it problematic in allowing those pupils access to Google Classroom after Easter. I’ve also attached an electronic copy to the newsletter email for any parents who have mislaid their copy. Please ensure it is returned by the end of next week. Thank you for your co-operation.

Twitter notifications – Just a reminder that you can set up notifications alerts on your twitter account so that you can be informed when we tweet. Take a look at your twitter settings for further details.

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Arthur, Charly, Cain, Lucas, Isaac, Ben, Olivia, Faye, Deiniol and Milly. Welsh awards went to Dean, Katie, Katelyn and Thomas, while James received a swimming certificate.

Earth Hour – I hope many of you took part in Earth Hour last weekend. Thank you to those who tweeted us photos on Twitter.

Big Pedal – The Big Pedal comes to an end today. I hope it has encouraged many of you to consider making active travel a regular thing. Thanks again for the photos.

Estyn Case Study – After our inspection, we were invited to write a case study highlighting the school leaders’ strategic approach towards achieving excellent standards. It has now been published on the Estyn website.

Art Club – Art club with Elizabeth this week, involved the pupils truly becoming monsters, as they creatively experimented with silhouettes.

Digital Leaders – Our Digital Leaders met this week, to discuss the logo, how to support pupils and how we could involve parents regarding esafety at home. Thanks to Julie Debicka for her time.

After School Football Club – There will be no football held next week, but sessions resume after Easter on a Thursday evening.

Criw Cymraeg – Criw Cymraeg have met, to discuss the promotion of yard games during playtime, making instructional posters using Welsh vocabulary.

Wonderland Winner! – We had many entrants in the range of Wonderland activities and we were delighted to hear that Poppy had won the Smoothie Competition. She has been invited to a special activity in Denbigh next week.

Dog Dirt Campaign – Declan, Naima and Lily represented the school once again in a pupil consultation, as part of a local campaign to generate ideas on how to address dog mess in the local area.

Assembly Member Visit – Next week, Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar, will visit the school to congratulate us on our Estyn success.

Tempest – Any final orders for photographs will have to be received by 9am on Monday morning. Many thanks.

Microsoft – Multinational corporation Microsoft were very interested in Mikolaj’s work with Year 3 modelling the use of power point. Bill Gates’ company asked on twitter what the pupils thought of Miki’s work!

Tennis Open Day – Information regarding an Open Day at Ruthin Tennis Club is on our twitter feed, with free sessions available, to be held on April 6th.