Ionawr 19eg / January 19th

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The many threats of impending-snowy doom fortunately did not come to fruition this week, and apart from some breaks and lunchtimes spent indoors it has been a productive and positive week with lots and lots going on. We are really excited about our trip to Chester Zoo on Thursday, and enjoyed the welcome return of Kick It Sports, Chester Football and Mr. Oakes, who used to work with us here in Rhos St, working with the Yr. 6 class on mathematical codes.

Update Contact & Medical Information
Can I please request that parents and carers update any contact details with us, if required, as it is extremely important that we hold the most up to date contact information for each pupil. May I also request that any medical information, food intolerances / dietary requirements or allergy information are updated with us in school, including informing us if medication is no longer required, to ensure that we are able to offer the best care that we can in school. Contact information can be updated by emailing myself, or by contacting the school office. Medical information can be updated by completing the, very short, medical form, also available in the school office. Many thanks.

Chester Zoo Visit
The excitement is building for our forthcoming trip to Chester Zoo on Thursday. The long-range forecast is now for possibly unsettled weather so we are requesting that children wear appropriate warm / waterproof clothing, comfortable shoes, school jumper, and also bring a small backpack / rucksack for their drink and packed lunch. It is intended that the visit will be within the school day, with the expectation that we will return to school by 3.15pm. Due to the time available at the zoo there will not be time allocated to visit the shop, so your child will not require any money for the visit. Many thanks again to the always brilliant PTA for funding the transport, by Voel coaches, for our exciting visit.

Snack Money
Can I politely request that all snack money, including any outstanding, is paid, on a Monday if possible and in a named envelope please. Snack money can be paid weekly at £1 per-week, half-termly at £5, for this half-term, or termly at £10. Many thanks.

Dates for the Diary
Here are some updated key dates for this half-term’s diary, additional dates will be added once confirmed.

22nd January Kick It Sports
24th January Yr. 6 Swimming
25th January Chester Zoo Visit
26th January Indoor Athletics
29th January Kick It Sports
Yr. 5 Arts and Crafts Transition Project
31st January Yr. 6 Swimming
1st February Chester Football
2nd February Yr. 5 Family Service
5th February Kick It Sports
6th February Safer-Internet Day
7th February Indoor Athletics Final
Yr. 6 Swimming
PC Llinos Yrs. 3 & 5
8th February Yr. 4 Family Service
Yr. 3 First Experience in Music session
Chester Football
9th February PTA – Wear What You Love Day
Close for Half Term
21st February Netball Festival
Additional dates will be added once confirmed

Yr. 6 Humanities Transition Event
The Yr. 6 children had a great experience at Ysgol Brynhyfryd this morning working on history and religion, values and ethics activities. You will be unsurprised to hear that their behaviour and attitude was excellent.

Codes with Mr. Oakes
It was lovely to welcome Dominic Oakes back to Rhos St yesterday who came in to do some work in developing the mathematicians of the future with the Yr. 6 class. They had their maths skills put well and truly through their paces making and breaking codes.

Chester Football

Kalvin from Chester FC made a welcome return to Rhos St yesterday, working with the Yrs. R and 3 classes in the afternoon and with the Junior footballers after school. We are extremely grateful to Chester FC, who offer our afternoon football sessions free of charge.

Cornel Cymraeg
In this week’s Welsh corner, we have Yr. 4, who have been playing ‘Guess Who?’ in Welsh. All of the Junior children will be following in their footsteps in the near future, playing many of the classic board games using the Welsh language. We will be sharing some vocabulary cards in the near future so that families can play their favourite board games together while practising their Welsh language skills.

Weekly Wellbeing
On the week that brought us ‘Blue Monday’ here is a fantastic quote about resilience by Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Nelson Mandela
This week’s brilliant achievers are: Flynn, Evie, Ellie, Amelia, Omran, Oliver, Summer and Adriel.
All of Yr. 6 for their fantastic engagement and behaviour at the Humanities Transition event and all of Yr. 4 for their great efforts in learning their parts for the Yr. 4 family service. Well done to all our fantastic achievers.

Yours sincerely /Yn gywir

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth