March 26th 2021 Mawrth 26ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The Easter break is upon us and after a hectic, challenging and disjointed term, it’s a real positive that we reach this point with the school fully open once again, cases reduced and hope for the future. I think that during this period of adversity, there has been much that we can look back on with satisfaction. The home learning was very positively received, the support given in the childcare provision was appreciated, the jobs completed while tidying, sorting and brightening displays were valuable and the way school has been opened safely with children settled, happy and back where they belong has been successful.

I know it’s been a rough ride but we can all hold our heads up high and that includes our school community of parents and carers who have done their best to help us keep Rhos Street learning. Thank you for everything you have done.

May I appeal to you all to continue to follow the school’s safety guidelines going forward, so that the journey back to normality can continue. Below is a message from Chris Johnson, Chair of Governors, plus an update from the Local Authority in respect of the new yard. Have a lovely Easter holiday!

Smoke Issue – It’s been pleasing to hear about the positive response from the pupils while raising their concerns about local pollution. Letters have been written, pollution poems have been crafted and pollution artwork have all communicated their thoughts and feelings very effectively.

Ruthin Rugby – I have attached a series of flyers to the email for Junior pupils to join in rugby sessions out of school. They outline details for the four age groups (Under 8, 9, 10 and 11s) that can join Ruthin Rugby Club’s sessions by contacting Mike Evans via the mobile and email details included.

School Rugby Sessions – Sessions in school after Easter will be as follows: April 13th – Reception, April 20th – Years 1&2, April 27th – Years 3&4, May 11th – Years 5&6.

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. Further details were sent out last week.

Becky’s Wedding – Becky Harrison, Foundation Phase staff member is getting married on Saturday to her partner Barry! She was EXTREMELY excited when she told us about her news! It must be the shortest engagement ever! Congratulations Becks! We are so delighted for you! Enjoy your special day! She was treated to a socially distanced and alcohol free ‘Hen Do’ yesterday lunchtime. We’ll all raise a glass to you remotely tomorrow instead!

INSET Day – Monday April 12th is a staff training day, so we will welcome back the pupils on Tuesday 13th. I’d also like to bring to your attention that Monday May 3rd is a Bank Holiday and that the following day, Tuesday 4th May is also a staff training day, therefore closed to pupils.

Gemma’s Nomination – Some other good news, was hearing that Gemma Thomas of Giggles has been nominated for a photography award. Gemma is one of Wrexham FC’s official photographers and is a real talent at what she does. (Making Wrexham players look good is indeed a feat! ) On our Twitter feed, there is a link you can follow, if you wish to vote for her. Good luck Gemma!

Llanrhydd Street – It was the end of another era this week, as we received news of the Llanrhydd Street buildings at the old site being condemned and destroyed. An important piece of RSS history sadly disappears.

Easter Egg Hunts – Many thanks to the PTA for organising an Easter Egg Hunt for our pupils this week. Special thanks to Jodie Pike and Carolina Trigo for sorting the Juniors’ and Infants’ activities. The chocolate eggs were very much appreciated by our pupils.

Music Lessons – On site music lessons will resume after the Easter break with the same timetable as before. A letter from DMC is attached to the email. Could all unsettled bills be paid via Parent Pay please? Many thanks.

PTA Sponsored Challenge – Another huge thank you for supporting the PTA Sponsored Challenge over recent weeks. A total of £2080.89 was raised, which is an amazing feat! We look forward to seeing the outdoor developments that this sum will go towards securing, taking shape over the summer.

Earth Hour – On Saturday night at 8.30pm, it’s Earth Hour, where we’re encouraged to switch off ALL electricity for 1 hour. As in previous years, any tweets of your experiences would be welcomed!

Another Lockdown Baby! – News of another lockdown baby has reached us! Congratulations to Y6’s Logan and family on the arrival of baby brother Oran!

Lost Property – Will in Nursery has mislaid a Nike tracksuit top. It’s navy blue with a lighter blue hood with a big white tick across the chest. If your child has brought it back by mistake, please send it in after the Easter break.

Students of the Week – Well done to Isla-Rose, Harri, Samuel, Elsie, Thea, Belle, Isla, Scarlet, Amelia, Max. Leala, Milo, JacobW, Charlotte, Joey, DanCJ and Logan for being awarded Students of the Week.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones
Headteacher / Pennaeth

A Message from the Chair of Governors
As we reach the end of another challenging term for the whole Rhos Street community, I would just like to take this opportunity thank everyone at the school for their hard work adapting to the circumstances and continuing to support the children in their work at home and back in the classroom. I appreciate the efforts of staff and parents to support the children through home schooling, and as a parent, I know how important it has been for the children to be back in classroom with their teachers and friends. I am grateful to the staff for creating a safe and welcoming environment now that the children can return. I am sure staff, parents and children alike will appreciate the arrival of the Easter holiday.

With many restrictions still in place it will be a different break for everyone in many ways. Restrictions are being reduced, however it remains true that every contact with others slightly increases the risk, the more people we all meet up with the more likely it is that the infection can take hold again in our community. As a school community we need to be continue to do what is right to prevent spread, to protect families and the most vulnerable in our community, and give the best chance for our children to return after the break without further disruption.

I hope you all have a safe and very happy Easter

Chris Johnson
Chair of Governors

Yard Update Provided By The Local Authority
Progress continues to be made with the development of additional yard area at Rhos Street School. Denbighshire’s Design and Construction team have been commissioned to oversee this development and they have confirmed that the legal agreement for access to the site through the third party land is nearing completion. Once this has been completed they will be able to confirm the start date for the job. In the meantime they have been asked to progress with the contractor the installation of temporary fencing on site over the Easter break including a gated access. This will enable the field to be used by the school during the summer term whilst we await the start on site.