December 21st 2018 Rhagfyr 21ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
As I write my final newsletter of 2018, I find myself reflecting once again on what a unique and remarkable year it’s been, how much has taken place and above all how much all stakeholders of this special school have pulled together in so many ways to have made it a year to remember, a year to celebrate and a year where much has been achieved. Not only have we left an old historic building, but we’ve also made a home on the new site, while still retaining all that is dear to us. We’ve put our own stamp upon that new building and it is a welcoming environment that stimulates our pupils. Those pupils have continued to reach the highest of standards and through all of the upheaval that is no small feat. Staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that has been the case while also facilitating a smooth move. Governors’ effective input has been invaluable as has the help encouragement and support of so many parents who work in an effective respectful partnership with us. We look forward to sharing the inspection report with you at the end of January and face the future with pride, confidence and excitement! Here’s to 2019! (But hopefully the next fortnight goes really slowly!)

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Christmas Service – Our series of services this week had a lovely Xmassy atmosphere as we went old-school with a string of the more traditional carols and songs being sung with one or two surprises in between. Thank you again to the pupils for their efforts, to the staff for their preparations and of course to Mrs Parr for accompanying the children on the piano.

INSET Day – Monday January 7th is a staff training day, so please do not send your child/ren to school until Tuesday January 8th.

Snow Alert – We’ve been fortunate to avoid any snow so far this winter and fingers crossed that will remain to be the case. However, as before, you are best keeping an eye on twitter when any bad weather hits in the New Year because any news will be posted there first.

PTA – At the end of the year, I’d like to thank the PTA for their efforts. Lucy and the team have worked hard and we are delighted to have been able to place an order for a set of Chromebooks which we will receive in the New Year. The children had a film afternoon yesterday and the PTA provided refreshments and this gesture was very much appreciated.

Christmas Singalong – We all assembled in the hall today for our annual Christmas singalong. The pupils sang with enthusiasm, the staff played percussion terribly and the mistakes I made on guitar were cleverly hidden by all the noise. It was great fun!
It all became a bit of a riot in the end and frankly I didn’t care!

Rock Choir in Tesco – We received a lovely welcome in Tesco for our performance. Thank you again for the support

Santa Dash – Santa was chased by a group of elves from various classes today as we raised money for St. Kentigern hospice. Santa’s hamstring is very sore!

A Christmas Message – With all the various Christmas activities going on, despite all the hustle and bustle, there has been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here at Rhos Street School and I’m sure this is reflected in your homes, as excitement builds among the children with the big day approaching. I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones and that you all celebrate in style. I’d also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2019 brings luck, happiness and joy to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January, when I hope the children will be refreshed and ready to face the challenges that the New Year will bring. Have a good one! ☺