Medi 8fed / September 8th

It was lovely to welcome everyone back on Monday for the start of our new academic year. The warm weather was a
welcome, if a little frustrating following an indifferent August, feature of our return and has meant that the children
have had plenty of opportunities to get outside and make the most of the sunshine in their first week back. We are all
excited to get our ‘teeth’ into the new term and can’t wait for the opportunities and achievements to come.
Good school attendance is key to helping children have the best possible start in life to support and maximise their
potential learning opportunities. There is clear evidence which links educational achievement to good school
attendance. Rhos St School is determined to provide the best education to the children they serve. In recognition that
school attendance and attainment are strongly linked a robust attendance procedure has been developed to support
pupils learning. Please see the letter attached for more information on Rhos St School’s procedures for supporting
and promoting good attendance.
School Uniform / Lost Property
We have a large selection of pre-loved school uniform, recently laundered by Mrs. Liddy, available for any parents
to access at school. We have a very strong ethos of recycling at Rhos St and all pre-loved uniform items are available
free of charge, or with a 50p donation to Rhos St PTA. Before spending on new uniform please consider some of our
pre-loved items which help to save money, and the environment. We are looking into producing a Rhos St PreLoved Uniform digital-flyer in the near future which will offer parents and caers the opportunity to order some of
our pre-loved uniform. I will share more information regarding this with you in the near future.
In order to reduce the annual mountain of lost property can I please request that ALL school items are clearly
labelled with your child’s name.
Toys in School
As children settle in to the new academic year please may I request that the foundation learners do not bring any toys
into school. Toys brought to school by pupils can be an unnecessary distraction and can also cause upset if they
become lost or damaged.
Junior pupils may bring a named pencil case into school, should they wish to, but I would politely request that
foundation learners do not bring a pencil case into school with them.

Snack Money
Please can all snack money be brought into school on a Monday, in a named envelope please. Snack money can be
paid weekly at a cost of £1 per week, half-termly, termly or for the whole year:
Term ½ Termly Cost Termly Cost
Autumn Term £8 £7 £15
Spring Term £5 £5 £10
Summer Term £7 £7 £14
Yearly Cost £39
Staff News
Huge congratulations to Miss. Davies on the birth of her son Joseph on Sunday, I’m sure you will all join us in
wishing the whole family the very, very best for the future. Mother and baby are doing very well and there are lots of
staff members waiting expectantly for forthcoming cuddles with young Joseph.
Anna, our much-loved Giggles manager will be beginning her new job at Coleg Cambria very soon. A huge thank
you to her for all her hard work and for the brilliant start that she has provided for so many children in the locality
for many years. We wish her every success in her future career to which I’m sure she will bring the same dedication
and drive which has been the hallmark of her time at Giggles Daycare. I will be sharing our plans for the future of
Giggles Daycare and After-School Club very soon.
After many, many years of sterling service to the school Mrs. Reece will be retiring from Rhos St on Thursday 28th
of September. Mrs. Reece has been an integral part of Rhos St, teaching and supporting so many children over her
time here. She has had an enormous positive influence on so many young people’s lives and will be sorely missed.
We wish her the very best.
Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all the children who completed the RSS Reading Challenge sheets, set
before the summer holiday. A well-deserved prize will be winging its way to those
committed readers soon!
Foundation Phase Drop-Off
From Monday we are intending, weather permitting, for the foundation learners to go directly onto the yard after
being dropped off in a morning. We would request that parents and carers enter the site through the lower gate where
the children will be able to go directly onto the foundation learners’ yard. In the event of wet/icy weather the
children would go directly to their cloakroom and into class. Nursery parent’s drop off remains as current
arrangements as the Nursey children will be going directly into class for the time being.
Nursery Forms
Can all information forms for new Nursey pupils be returned to school as soon as possible please as the
information is required to ensure the best possible provision can be made for each child.
Medical Information Update
Please can any medical updates for your child be shared with school as soon as possible. If there has been a
change in your child’s medical condition/s or treatment please complete the brief form from the school office to
ensure that we are able to provide appropriate care.
Many I also request that any medication required by your child, including any emergency medication (Epi-Pens /
Inhalers etc) are in date, as we are not permitted to administer out-of-date medication to pupils. If your child
requires medication of any kind to be administered in school you must complete a Permission to Administer
Medication to a Pupil form, which are available from the school office as we are legally not permitted to
administer any medication without this written permission. Many thanks for your support in relation to this
extremely important matter.
Academic Year 2023-2024 Term Dates
Dates for the Diary
Mon 11th Sept PTA – AGM 3.30pm
Tue 10th Oct Harvest Service – St Peter’s Church 10.00am
Mon 16th
– Wed 18th Oct Nant BH
Fri 20th Oct Show Racism the Red Card
Mon 23rd
– Thurs 26th Oct Parents’ Evening Week
Wed 15th
– Fri 17th Nov Penrellyncymmer
Fri 24th Nov Yr. 5 Family Service 9.15am
Tues 12th Dec Christmas Concert 1.30pm & 5.30pm
Additional dates will be shared once confirmed.
Music Lessons
Following our fab Make Some Noise session, provided by Denbighshire Music
Cooperative, this week the children have had a first-class demonstration of what musical
heights can be reached through dedication and practise. Denbighshire Music Cooperative
offer a broad range of music lessons in school including: guitar, piano, voice, drums,
flute and violin. Please contact the school office as soon as possible if you are interested
in peripatetic music lessons for your child.
Following on from last year’s Rhos St Eisteddfod success we will be holding our own Rhos St
Eisteddfod again this year and will be inviting parents and carers in to the school to see the work
that the children have been doing around the Welsh language and culture. Attached to this email
is information for parents and carers who wish to join the Urdd movement for 2023-24. Urdd
membership is required for children to enter the art and craft work, CogUrdd and Urdd sports
competitions, but will not be necessary for the Rhos St Eisteddfod activities which will be an
inclusive opportunity for all of the children to take part.
Lunchtime Supervisors
We are currently looking to appoint lunchtime supervisors to our brilliant team here at
Rhos St. Please contact the school office on 01824702565 to arrange an informal chat
if you are interested. We look forward to hearing from you.
The brilliant achievers for our first week of the new term are: All of the Reception, Yr. 1 and Yr. 2 class for
settling in so well to their new classes. Daisy, Eliza, Linden and Charlie. Sophie and Dexter shared their Ready,
Steady, go – Reading Challenge certificates. Well done to our fab achievers this week!

Yours sincerely /Yn gywir
Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth