February 5th 2021 Chwefror 5ed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The Welsh Minister for Education’s announcement this lunchtime, regarding the return of Foundation Phase pupils during the first week back after half term, displays some hope that we are on a pathway back to normality. It remains crucial to ensure that any return of pupils, is enacted with the safety of all in the school community as the greatest consideration. Over the next few days we will put together a plan that suits the best interests of the community of Rhos Street School and that will be shared with you next week. As yet, there is no indication as to when Junior pupils will return.

Safer Internet Day – This takes place on Tuesday and resources will be posted on Google Classroom for pupils to engage with the message of 2021, which is that we should always question the reliability of information on the internet.

Great British Birdwatch – Thank you to those of you who took part in the birdwatch. It seems many of you enjoyed spotting our feathered friends as part of our Weekly Wellbeing Activity.

PTA Sponsored Challenge – Attached to the email is further information on the PTA’s Sponsored Challenge, which invites pupils to get out and count the miles they walk, run, cycle or scooter over the next 28 days. Can they reach 50 miles and can they raise money for outdoor equipment through sponsorship? Again, any photos will be gladly shared! Thanks to Lucy Purvis for organising.

Take a Notice Journey – The above activity dovetails nicely with our Wellbeing Activity for next week, which is to go on ‘Take Notice Journeys’ using the senses to fully appreciate the outdoors. Full details will be on Google Classroom.

Junior Blogging and Showcasing – On Google Classroom there is now information regarding blogging opportunities for our pupils to share messages and ideas with one another via Purple Mash. Also, there is a Purple Mash display board, where the teachers are showcasing examples of fine work produced by the Junior pupils in their learning.

Dydd Miwsig Cymru – A link to a disco run by Glan Llyn is on Twitter. This is always a great opportunity for our pupils to have the chance to listen to pop/rock music sung in the Welsh language.

Students of the Week – Well done to the following pupils for their efforts! Drago, Billy and Isabella (Reception), CharlieG, ArloB, CharlieR, Penny, Alexander, Thea, Theo and Grace (Bl1), Romeo, Amelia and Max (Bl2), Isabella, Liam and Jade (Bl3), Sophia, Llinos, Charlotte and Thomas (Bl4), Emilie, Ben, Lacey, Finley, Kian and Ruby (Bl5) and Daniel, Xavier, James and Declan (Bl6).

National Safeguarding Concern – There have been concerns raised nationally, regarding individuals contacting parents of pupils while posing as a tutor and offering one to one tuition . Many parents inadvertently think schools are contacting them and parents are advised to not provide any details about themselves nor their child or school, but rather terminate the call and contact the school where their child is registered and notify North Wales Police on 101.

Message from Huw Hilditch Roberts

Happy New Year

As you may recall I wrote to you in December regarding the new playground at Rhos Street School. Progress remains on schedule and the procurement process for the additional school yard at Rhos Street School has been completed and the successful and unsuccessful
contractors have been notified of the outcome.

The next stage will be the completion of the contracts and agreement to access the land as these can only be arranged once a contractor has been appointed. Once this is completed works will be able to commence. As part of the procurement process there is a “standstill period” once the bidding contractors have been informed of the outcome and during this time we are unable to announce who the contractor will be or engage with them. This period ends at midnight on Monday.

However, once discussions are allowed to progress I will write to inform you of who the successful contractor is and the timescales for the commencement of works

I wish to reassure you that the statutory procurement process is nearing completion and I will share further information when I receive it next week.

Huw Hilditch-Roberts

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth