March 19th 2021 Mawrth 19eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Pupils’ Return – It’s been a while, but at last we can say that we are fully open for business once again and long may it continue! Pupils have returned to all of our classes and we have high expectations of them in terms of their effort, behaviour and engagement going forward. They’ve come back to a Junior library refreshed plus classes and corridors with fantastic, colourful rejuvenated displays. Thank you to those staff who have worked so hard on these areas. I’m very much looking forward to seeing and hearing about our pupils progressing apace with smiles on their faces, while face to face learning gets back on track at long last. Many thanks to the school community for their efforts in making it all happen as safely as possible.

Red Nose Day – One positive about not being able to get a haircut, is that it has made it easier to have a crazy hairstyle on Red Nose Day! I’ve seen all sorts of colours and styles, so thank you for supporting today! The pupils have enjoyed themselves, despite us having to restrict activities due to current guidelines.

Rugby Sessions – Mike Evans worked with Years 5 and 6 this week and next week will take sessions for Years 3 and 4. After Easter there will be a provisional schedule involving Foundation Phase classes too.

Smoke Issues – The issue of smoke affecting the locality from a business near to the Glasdir site is one that I’m sure you’re familiar with, particularly as the local press has recently covered the ongoing long-term concerns. As a school, we are passionate about the environment, fighting for sustainability, conservation and of course a clean planet, so we have been trying to get some answers ourselves. Our pupils have been and will be involved in discussions in class, have an opportunity to voice those concerns and channel them in a positive manner that we can share with DCC. We also want to support our local community in Glasdir. Hopefully, the pupils’ input as well as other consultations in the community and Local Authority, will help facilitate a positive outcome going forward.

Parking – Naturally, congestion in the car park has of course increased significantly during this week. May I please ask you all to follow all the signage regarding speeds and direction of travel, in order to ensure that everybody remains safe. Many thanks.

Congratulations! – Congratulations to the Gratton family and the Vallance family on the arrival of their new born babies! It has been lovely to hear some positive news. James and Emi-Lee have been very proud! A big welcome to their respective little sisters Sydney and Harriet!

Denbighshire Library Book Bingo – Denbigh and Ruthin Libraries are inviting primary school children to participate in #BookBingo over Easter, to promote reading and using their local library through a challenging and fun activity. This coincides with the reopening of libraries on March 29th by appointment only. Completed sheets will be entered into a draw after the April 17th closing date for a prize sponsored by Siop Clwyd, Denbigh and Siop Elfair, Ruthin. See the attachment for full details.

Music Lessons – If any pupils have been receiving remote lessons over the past term, then payment can now be made via Parent Pay.

Students of the Week – Well done to Emilia, Hugo, Drago, Neve, Thea, Hannah, Oscar, Eliza, Isaac, Maisie, Jacob, Sebastian, Isla, Nimrod, Ryan, Katelyn, Claire, Romeo, Scarlet, Leala, CharlieE, NoahG, Anna, Joey and Bhupinder on being awarded Students of the Week!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth