July 19th 2019 Gorffennaf 19eg

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

It’s been another positive end to the school year and I think everybody in the community can look back with satisfaction and pride on what has been achieved. My thanks go to everybody for their ongoing support and a special mention to my fantastic staff whose efforts are as ever, very much appreciated. Have a great Summer all and we look forward to the new challenges of the 2019-20 academic year.

Mae wedi bod yn ddiweddglo cadarnhaol arall i’r flwyddyn ysgol ac rwy’n credu y gall pawb yn y gymuned edrych yn ôl gyda boddhad a balchder ar yr hyn a gyflawnwyd. Hoffwn ddiolch yn fawr i bawb am eu cefnogaeth barhaus ac yn arbennig i’r staff bendigedig. Mwynhewch yr haf ac edrychwn ymlaen at heriau newydd blwyddyn academaidd 2019-20.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Goodbye Year 6 – Best wishes to our Year 6 leavers – all 35!. They treated us to a fabulous Leavers’ Service, full of humour and enthusiasm. Huge thanks to them all and to Mr. Davis for their preparations and efforts! It will be strange in September not to have them here with us, but I’m sure they’ll settle well in their new surroundings. Photos of the service will be on twitter and Flickr, including the inaugural winners of the Olivia Alkir Achievement, and Joel Darlington Sports Cups, as well as the other awards.

Year 6 Water Fight – The Year 6 water fight has now become a tradition and there was much merriment as the pupils drenched poor Mr Davis. I’m sure he gave as good as he got!

Site Works – You may well have seen over the last few months, that the site has had some external and internal works taking place. Internally, we’ve has some important snagging jobs completed and this will continue over the summer. Outside, the new seating area around the MUGA is now complete and is a great addition, while also tidying the area significantly. The garden area next to the batloft is now being completed and extended. It will be great to hand it over to the Eco-Council next year to develop its huge potential. A new gate to ease access to the shared field will be put in place and long term works to make that field fit for purpose should also begin. Work will also begin over the summer to install some additional yard space on half of the grassed area next to the Infant classes. Please bear in mind that this continues to be a long term project that requires careful planning and implementation. Nevertheless, please be assured that our continued patience on this matter (including mine) will be rewarded.

Cluster Project –It was a pleasure to welcome friends from local schools to share learning experiences. The Global Café was the RSS focus. We also listened to & learned from other schools’ financial projects.

Attendance Awards – Cerificates and chocolate were awarded to the nine pupils who achieved 100% attendance for the academic year. Well done to TylerW, Lottie, Emma, Alex, Nate, Emily, Alys, Jenson and Fletcher.

Reading Challenge – It was a pleasure to welcome Meira from the Library Service this week. She outlined what this year’s Reading Challenge involves. Space Chase is the title and they are asked to visit three times and read at least six books. Please support your child in completing the challenge this summer.

Reception Trip – The Reception Class had lots of fun down at Cae Ddol this week. Photos are on twitter

Year 2 Chess – Year 2 have really enjoyed learning how to play chess this week. I look forward to seeing many of them become grandmasters in the future!

Year 2 Bushcraft – Year 2 also had fun in their bush craft session, toasting marshmallows.

Achievers – Students of the Week included Seren, Cai, Oliver, Liam, Deiniol, Kieran, Benjamin, Thomas, Samadhi, Lilly, Hakeem and Alys. Gym certificates went to Alys, Holly, Emi-Lee, Amelia and Fletcher. Emma has achieved Grade 4 on her flute and received a certificate. Certificates were also shared with Llinos for tap dancing, and SerenB for Rookie Lifeguard.

Twitter – Take a look at twitter for further notices, pictures and news that we were unable to fit into this final newsletter.

PTA – Huge thanks to Lucy and her team for all their fundraising efforts this year with the PTA. It is very much appreciated. We also recognised the superb efforts of Jayne Mayers over the years as her time with the PTA comes to an end now Emma is moving on. Once again, a big thank you.

Musical Showcase – Thank you to our musicians and rock choir for their performances last week. It was lovely to give everybody the opportunity to show off their skills. We heard pianists, drummers, violinists, guitarists, woodwind and brass. Here’s to more musicianship next year!

Payment of Monies – Could any outstanding debts please be settled on ParentPay at your earlier conveninence.This includes dinners, trips and music lessons. Year 6 parents need to be aware that the school meals service requires us to pass any unsettled dinner debts on to Brynhyfryd.

Tennis – Free tennis sessions are available this week at Ruthin Tennis Club. See twitter for details.

Dog Dirt Campaign – Seren Haf and Daniel went to County Hall to give their input to a poster to encourage dog walkers to clear their dog’s mess.

Ruthin Flower Show – Some pupils have taken part in an art competition for Ruthin Flower Show and details regarding the show itself can be found on twitter.

Goodbye, Au Revoir and Get Well Soon! – We said some goodbyes and au revoirs this week. Mrs Hughes’ time as co-teacher of Year 6 came to an end this week. We thank her for her superb efforts and support this year. Miss Sproston goes on maternity leave and we wish her well as she expects her third child. Our long standing ICT technician Martin Davies visited for the last time today. Many thanks to him for the invaluable support and good luck in the new job! Finally, we send our very best wishes to Giggles manager Anna Edwards as she recuperates from her recent operation. Get well soon Anna!

Back to School – Although it irks me to mention the new term before the holiday has even started, may I just confirm that the school will reopen to welcome the pupils back on Wednesday, September 4th. Have a brilliant Summer!