Mawrth 15fed / March 15th

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
The penultimate Friday of the term brings us ever closer to the Easter break and, as usual, it’s been a very busy week: football tournament, active journeys, maths challenge, family service and red nose day…phew! One week to go, not that we’re counting…

Red Nose Day

An amazing turn out for our Red Nose Day at Rhos St today. All of the children looked brilliant in their clothes and costumes raising money for an excellent case. Many thanks also to the children who took part in the Junior competition, designing a unique red nose, and the Infant colouring competition.

Scarlet Fever
We have eight confirmed cases, and several cases awaiting confirmation, of Scarlet Fever / i-Gas at school currently. Please see attached information / advice on identification and appropriate action for Scarlet Fever / i- Gas.

Maths Challenge
Yesterday some of our fab mathematicians from Yrs. 5 & 6 went as far as Ruthin School to take part in the Maths Challenge. They had a brilliant time, and certainly got their thinking caps on. Well done to all of our amazing mathematicians!

Chester Football

Coach Kalvin is unfortunately not available next week for the Chester Football After-School Club. He has scheduled two additional after-school club sessions, after the Easter break, on the 11th and 18th of April.

Parental Consultations
Our parental consultation meetings are scheduled for next week. You should have received your ten-minute appointment with your child’s class teacher to give you the opportunity to view their work and discuss progress to date. The appointment will also be an opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns you may have. Teachers will be confirming medical information, held by the school, during the consultation so please have and necessary details with you for the appointment should there be an update. Yr. 4 parental consultations will be scheduled after the Easter break.

Yr. 3 Family Service
The Year 3 children did themselves proud this morning with their fantastic service all about Roal Dahl, books and the joys and benefits of reading. They spoke, recited and sang brilliantly, showing real resilience in overcoming the pesky microphone issues, and showing us all how much that they have learned about this term’s theme. A big thank you to the children for learning their lines and songs so well, to Mrs. Hughes, Miss. Pugh and the Yr. 3 team for preparing the children so well and to the parents and carers for helping to practice lines and for coming along today to support us here at school.

Vale of Clwyd Football Competition
Our football team did themselves proud on Wednesday this week, winning their group and only missing out on progressing to the next stage by 2 goals. They battled the wet and windy Welsh weather, showing real grit and determination as well as some great football skills, we are all so proud of them. Many thanks also to Leanne and Shanny, who returned from the tournament with a certain ‘windblown’ aura, for looking after the team so well during the event.

Unaffiliated Social Media
I was saddened this week to hear that some children had been upset by others’ use of social media, unaffiliated to the school. The use of unaffiliated social-media platforms is of great concern to us here at Rhos St as their misuse can often cause upset and distress which then leads to ongoing issues at school. I would request that parents and carers closely monitor their child’s social media use to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. If your child receives inappropriate messages or images through these platforms, from another pupil at school, we strongly recommend taking screen shots of the material and sharing with your child’s class teacher, who will then be able to investigate the incident and seek advice through our Police Liaison Officer, should that be necessary. Information and advice from the NSPCC on the dangers of WhatsApp, particularly for children, under the recommended-usage age of 13+, can be found by following this link:
Frequently asked questions around the use of WhatsApp can be found by following this link:
Many thanks for your help and support regarding this extremely important issue.

Dates for the Diary

18th March Parents’ Evening Week
Yr. 6 Life Saving Skills
Yr. 5 Sign Language
Yr. R Hearing Screening
Yr. 3 Author Visit
20th March Yr. 5 & 6 Banknote Presentation
21st March Yr. 6 Autism Talk
Yr. 3 Visit to Ruthin library
22nd March PTA Easter Egg Hunt!
End of Term
25th March Kick It Sports – Holiday Session
8th April Staff Training Day
10th April Language and Play Session
11th April Chester Football – After-School Club
12th April Yr. 2 Family Service
15th April Tempest Photography – Individual Photographs
18th April Chester Football – After-School Club
May 2nd Rhos St School Eisteddfod
Additional dates will be added once confirmed

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel
Our Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel has been a great success, despite the less than balmy weather this week, with lots and lots of active journeys, to and from school, taking place. Please support us if you can for the final week of the initiative making active journeys to school whether walking, wheeling, scooting, or riding.

Weekly Wellbeing
In this Big Walk and Wheel fortnight, where we all think about our impact on the world that we share, this quote is from form ex – U.S. President Barack Obama:
“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”
Barack Obama
This week’s brilliant achievers are all of the Reception class, Luna, Niamh, all of the Yr. 3 class, Emily, Morgan, Daisy, Amelia, and Leo. Our Maths Challenge superstars are Claire, Myah, Ruben, Jay, Henry and Charly. Well done to all our amazing achievers this week.