March 23rd / Mawrth 23ain

Dear Parents / Carers,
The school is becoming an increasingly empty place. Five hundred crates have been packed and transported across town, as has some of the furniture we’ll be retaining. The remaining items will be taken care of between now and Easter, after which the unpacking can begin. I hope everybody has a lovely Easter and I look forward to welcoming everybody to our new home on Tuesday April 10th.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
Mae’r ysgol yn dod yn le fwyfwy gwag. Mae pum cant bocs wedi eu pacio a’u cludo ar draws y dref, fel mae rhai darnau o ddodrefn y byddwn yn eu cadw. Bydd yr eitemau sy’n weddill yn cael eu cludo hyd y Pasg, ac ar ôl hynny gall y dadbacio ddechrau. Rwy’n dymuno Pasg hyfryd i bawb ac yn edrych ymlaen at groesawu pawb i’n cartref newydd ar ddydd Mawrth Ebrill 10fed.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – Creative Dance – Our Creative Dance group has competed twice in recent weeks. Firstly in the local Eisteddfod and then the County event last night. On both occasions they were awarded a much deserved first place with a very striking and visual performance, fantastically choreographed by Mrs Lewis. They now go on to the National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells and I will share further details straight after the Easter break. Llongyfarchiadau!

Farewell Event – Thank you to the PTA for providing refreshments at our farewell event. A huge thank you also to our current pupils and staff for their work in preparing activities for all our visitors to enjoy.

Ruthin Local History Website – The Ruthin Local History Society are focusing on the history of our school in an ongoing project. Visit the following pages to see what has been completed so far.

Urdd Eisteddfod – Last Saturday’s Eisteddfod also proved to be a success, with Emma awarded 1st place on the flute. The singing party finished 2nd, Ben was 3rd for his recitation and Xander 3rd on his cornet. Our recitation group came 4th. A huge thank you and well done to all who took part.

Letters to Ghana – Our student teacher in Year 4, Miss Strong is off to Ghana over the holidays and has been helping the pupils to write letters to take over with her on her visit.

Year 3 Project
– I hope that you took advantage of the opportunity to view the fantastic opportunities that Year 3 have been provided with in their creative project with Elizabeth Jones and the wonderful work they produced, which was displayed at the event this week. They have been very enthusiastic and we look forward to seeing how the project develops across the school after Easter.

A Toast by the Governors – Once all important business had been taken care of, the Governors last week took a moment to reflect upon and toast the old school building in the final meeting before the move.

Easter Homework Projects! – There are some opportunities below of which the children can take advantage, to keep them busy during the Easter break.
1. Gabriel Goodman Story – Year 5 and 6 pupils, following their visit were given a leaflet with information about Gabriel Goodman for them to write his story, in a competition with the prize being a trip to London! The closing date is soon after Easter. The leaflet is copied below.

2. Urdd Art and Craft – Thank you for entries already sent in. Any further entries will strictly have to be sent in first thing on Tuesday 10th as they have to be registered that morning in order to be eligible. Pupils also have to be Urdd members. I have attached the syllabus.

3. Ruthin Festival Art Competition – Attached below are details of this competition celebrating 25 years of the festival.

LA Newsletter – Also below, you will see a newsletter prepared by the Local Authority, providing some information regarding the new site.

Open Day – I’m sure you are eager to take a look at the new site once it’s finished. Apparently there was an event organised by the construction company for local residents this week. Once we’re unpacked, sorted and up and running, I’ll organise an open morning for you to see our new site and building.

Reception Visit – We were finally allowed to take our Reception pupils on Wednesday and they were very excited to see the new building.

New Arrangements – Over the final weekend of the holidays, I will communicate finalised arrangements for parking, where you can drop off pupils for breakfast club, drop off points for the school day and arrangements for picking up.

Twitter – Our twitter account remains an increasingly busy place, with 130,000 views over the last 28 days.

Another Goodbye – Anne-Marie from the canteen has left us this week to have a baby. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back after her maternity leave.

…and a hello again! – With Mrs Evans leaving the school office for pastures new, you may well have noticed that we’ve welcomed Emma Taylor back into the clerical role she undertook for us previously.

A Huge Thank You – It’s been a very turbulent time of late and I pay tribute to the staff for managing the stressful exercise of moving so well, hand in hand with their other everyday duties. The pupils have been a big help and can also be praised. Finally a big thank you to all the volunteers who have given of their time and been so important in us managing to get all the work done. You know who you are!