Gorffennaf 7fed / July 7th

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

End of year reports and personalised assessments have been the flavour of this week, add a sprinkle of transition meeting, a pinch of summer fair and a soupçon of stay and play event and this cooking metaphor is well and truly overdone, if not burned to a crisp… We are looking forward to the Yr. 6 leavers’ service next week and enjoying the hopefully warm weather as we inexorably head to the finish line.

Personalised Assessments
Children from Yrs. 2 to 6 have recently completed statutory Personalised Assessments. The purpose of these assessments is to find out children’s strengths and areas for improvement so that their teachers can help them develop their skills. Please see the attached guide to access the Learner Feedback, for those learners present for the assessments, from the recent Reading and Numeracy (Procedural) assessments.

Research Questionnaire Request
Dr Hanna Hopwood Griffiths, as part of research project being undertaken relating to the reading habits and digital use of primary school children, would like to gather the perspectives of parents in regard to these issues via a questionnaire. The questionnaires are bilingual and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Information regarding consent and further details about the research can be found at the start for you to read before commencing. Parent/Guardian Questionnaire: https://forms.gle/i7p38NAdBSQr9N2v8

Annual Reports to Parents / Carers
Your child’s end of year report has been sent home with them today. This year, in line with the new Curriculum for Wales, the reports are different to those you have received in previous years. The reports do not contain descriptions of the topics and learning activities the learner has undertaken, unless this is to provide context, but instead focus on the progression itself and the individual needs and support of the learner. We have endeavoured to make the reports as personalised and individual as possible and very much appreciate your time in reading and sharing them with your child. Any comments that you may have, regarding your child’s report, should be emailed to: andrew.davis@denbighsire.gov.uk and will be collated and shared with the pertinent staff members.
An appointment can be made, via the school office, should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s report with the class teacher on Monday 10th of July.

Summer Fair
A huge thank you to our, always brilliant, Rhos St PTA for organising the Summer Fair yesterday. Thank you also to the parent volunteers and staff for giving up their time and to the parents, carers, family and friends who came along to support the school and have their hard-earned money spent by their children. It was a successful and hugely enjoyable event, despite some children who were annoyingly accurate with a wet sponge! The amazing total for the day was a huge £948, which will be used very wisely enriching the experiences of the children of Rhos St.
There were some raffle prizes that remained uncollected at the end of the evening, they will be in school office to be collected at the winner’s convenience: Gin – Tickets 256-260, Sparkling -Wine Tickets 251-255, Toblerone -Tickets 156-150, Milk Tray- Tickets 261-265, Prosecco -Tickets 206-210, Personalised Poem -Tickets 101-105 and Milk Tray -Tickets 311-315.

School Uniform Recycling

We love recycling at Rhos St School and currently have a large quantity of pre-loved uniform in the foyer. I would encourage all of our families to support us in giving new life to these items, saving the planet and money at the same time. Please take any item you require; there is a jar for a small donation, should you wish, but this is not expected. Many thanks.

Yr. 6 Pupils – Outstanding Payments
Please can I request that any outstanding payments for trips, after-school club, breakfast club, music lessons and school meals are paid in full by the last day of term. Any unpaid monies may lead to school pursuing legal redress or may prevent younger siblings from accessing paid provision or undertaking residential visits in future. School administrative staff will be able to support you in setting up a payment plan, should it be required.
Dinner credits and debts will be carried forward to Ysgol Brynhyfryd. Please note that no meals will be provided at Ysgol Brynhyfryd unless there are funds in the account to cover the full amount. Many thanks.

Breakfast Club
In order to cover staffing costs the daily charge for accessing the childcare element of the Breakfast Club provision will raise to £2 per session from September. This applies to the first two children in a family and to pupils who do not qualify for free-school meals.

Williams Homes – Resurfacing Works
I have received an update from Williams Homes regarding the surfacing works that were scheduled to be undertaken on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of July. Due to ‘material issues’ the works will now take place on Monday 10th of July. Williams Homes have shared that they will keep the disruption to a minimum, and maintain the access to the schools at the busy periods at start and end of the school day. Many thanks for your support and patience in regard to these essential works.

Denbighshire Music Cooperative – School’s-Out Sessions
Don’t forget you can still book your child/ children onto Denbighshire Music Cooperative’s annual School’s Out! courses by visiting our website www.denbighshiremusic.com – be fast as there are limited spaces available!
The venues for this year are Ysgol Llywelyn, Rhyl (week 1) and Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin (week 2).
Dates: Week 1: 24th – 28th July, 2023 / Week 2: 21st – 25th August, 2023.
We can’t wait to see you all there for another Summer of fun filled sport and musical activities

Universal-Free School Meals
From the beginning of September 2023 onwards the Universal Primary Free School Meal (UPFSM) offer will be extended to include Year 3 & 4 pupils, i.e. all Reception – Year 4 children will be offered Universal Free School Meals. This is another important step in reaching the shared ambition of ensuring no child goes hungry while in school. All Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4 pupils in Denbighshire schools will be asked on a daily basis whether or not they would like to access a school meal. They will be able to opt in or out without having to pre-book and the meal will be provided free of charge. Further information on UPFSM is available on the Denbighshire website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk/education

Disabled-Access Ramp
Please can I ask parents and carers to be mindful that the disabled-access ramp is essential for some members of the school community to access the site. I fully understand that site users pushing pushchairs, bicycles and scooters also need to use the disabled-access ramp, but would politely request that the ramp is kept as clear as is practicable. Many thanks for your support.

This week’s brilliant achievers are: Stanley, Fleur, Oliver, Eliza, Verity, Drago, Isabella, Lucas, Jessica, Tahapanes. Amelia and Alys shared their concert performance certificates and Maisie, Mia and Eliza shared their football trophies. Well done to our amazing achievers this week!

Yours sincerely /Yn gywir

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth