Mai 20fed / May 20th 2022

Mai 20fed / May 20th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

There is a definite buzz around the school at the moment as we begin to gear up for two significant events. We are making plans for our platinum jubilee celebrations, with hushed discussions about staff costumes – I know this isn’t going to end well for me! We are also busy decorating the school ready for the Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbigh and the 100 Years of the Urdd Movement celebrations. Some parents may be particularly aware of some of the bunting at the front of the building, as they had to limbo under it on Thursday morning.

Urdd Message of Peace
On Wednesday the Urdd asked schools across Wales to share their message of peace as part of a country-wide call to action. In the Urdd’s centenary year, the 2022 Peace and Goodwill Message was launched at a dedicated event in the company of the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway. Also present at the event were the students from Aberystwyth University who created this year’s message, following the partnership between the Urdd and the university.

Criw Cymraeg
The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard over the year, thinking of new ideas and creating the Welsh shop on a Wednesday lunchtime. They have also been changing children’s Welsh books and completing many other tasks in school. We have been working on our Cymraeg Campus Bronze Award and hope to achieve this soon. We have completed the different targets together. Establishing a Welsh ethos, learning about the advantages of learning Welsh, the use of incidental Welsh in the classroom, the use of incidental Welsh outside of the classroom, Welsh in assemblies, using apps and websites to enhance learning and enjoyment, enrichment activities, developing reading, using Welsh across the curriculum and developing a positive attitude towards the Welsh language and culture. Thank you for all your support. Diolch!

Update on School Attendance Guidance
Parents and carers in Denbighshire are being informed that the Welsh Government has reverted back to the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for non-school attendance (please see attached letter). Following an announcement from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Denbighshire County Council will follow the guidance to ensure young people are accessing their education. Geraint Davies, the Council’s Head of Education, said: “Denbighshire is informing parents and carers of the update from the minister for education. We are committed to ensuring school attendance, attainment and the well-being of our young people.

Urdd Eisteddfod Tickets

You can now obtain your free tickets for the Eisteddfod online (access to the Primary Show comes automatically under the Maes ticket that you order for the whole day). Tickets are available through the link below:

School Decoration
As part of the 100 years of the Urdd Movement schools in Denbighshire have been asked to decorate their grounds in suitable livery. Always mindful of our eco-credentials and our Platinum Eco-Award staff and pupils worked together to produce a wonderful Mistar Urdd to decorate our emergency evacuation gate, adjacent to the bypass. He was made of an upcycled sign and lots and lots of upcycled plastic lids. Give him a wave as you pass by. He is soon to be joined by his twin, welcoming pupils, parents and visitors to Rhos St’s main entrance.

Our inspiring achievers this week are:
Daniel, Freya, Elliot, Louis, Alex, Paige, Piper, Eira, Scarlett, Leighton, Charlotte, Trystan, and Isaac.
Welsh Awards went to:
Henry, Esme, Samuel, Eliza, Lucas, Ryan, Kalyani, Emi-Lee and Anna.
Isla shared her swimming award and Eva shared her Karate- student of the month award.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth