January 21st 2020 Ionawr 21ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
An early newsletter reaches you this evening, as I’ll be otherwise disposed in Cardiff with our Year 5 & 6 pupils for the rest of the week. I hope all the children have a great time. Looking at what we have planned, it will I’m sure, prove to be an action packed trip and one which you’ll of course be able to keep an eye on via our Twitter feed. Could all pupils ensure they are in school by 7.50am, so we can get on the road. Also, please make sure that your child has a sleeping bag and also brings a packed lunch for tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather will be favourable so we can enjoy the joys of Cardiff Bay. I’m sure there will also be tweets to be seen sharing activities back here at the ranch between now and Friday.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Happy Birthday Mrs Roberts! – It was party time at lunchtime on Monday, as we celebrated Mrs Sally Roberts’ forthcoming big birthday! We had some very famous special guests join us, as Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Jason Orange dropped in for a Take That themed bash! She’ll Never Forget it…

After School Club – In order to further extend the comprehensive wraparound care available here at the school site; from February 1st, Giggles’ After School Club hours will be extended to 6pm.

Welcome Back Mrs Liddy! – It’s great to have Mrs Liddy back with us. She may be hobbling a bit and needs to sit down a bit more than before, as she continues to recuperate. Everybody’s been pleased to see her back on her feet and enjoying being with her pupils.

Urdd Own Clothes Day – On Friday this week, the children can wear red, white and green own clothes. £1 contribution requested, in aid of the Ruthin Urdd Appeal which is fundraising for May’s Eisteddfod.

Netball – Mrs Davies is organising a team to compete in the Vale of Clwyd event next Tuesday. Good luck to them all!

Clwb Cymraeg – Clwb Cymraeg’s Year 3 and 4 members have made a collage inspired by all things Welsh. Gwaith campus blant!

Vale of Clwyd Indoor Athletics – Mr Davis is organising a squad of pupils to take part in this event next Thursday. I’m sure they’ll do really well.

Year 5 Family Service – Year 5 will take their turn next Friday, January 31st and parents and relatives are warmly invited to join us at 9am.

Digital Leaders Meeting – Our Digital Leaders met today with Governor Julie Debicka to discuss the pupil ICT agreement and also competitions for Safer Internet day on February 11th.

January 17th 2020 Ionawr 17eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
A busy week comes to an end. Lots of different activities have been going on across all age groups and Twitter has documented these visits, projects and opportunities. There are lots for you to enjoy if you log in over the weekend and scroll down our feed. Remember, you can also view our tweets by going to our website, so hopefully nobody will miss out!

Daw wythnos brysur i ben. Mae llawer o weithgareddau gwahanol wedi bod yn digwydd ar draws pob grŵp oedran ac mae Twitter wedi dogfennu’r ymweliadau, y prosiectau a’r cyfleoedd hyn. Mae llawer i chi fwynhau os byddwch chi’n mewngofnodi dros y penwythnos ac yn sgrolio i lawr ein porthiant. Cofiwch, gallwch hefyd weld ein trydar trwy fynd i’n gwefan, felly gobeithio na fydd neb yn colli allan!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Glan Llyn – The pupils have been having a wonderful time at Glan Llyn this week. They’ve taken part in a range of activities, including canoeing, bushcraft, bowling and archery. What a great experience in the outdoors! See Twitter for the full story. Huge thanks to Miss Davies and Mrs Parker for their care of the children.

Urdd Own Clothes Day – On Friday next week, the children can wear red, white and green own clothes. £1 contribution requested, in aid of the Ruthin Urdd Appeal which is fundraising for May’s Eisteddfod.

PTA News – In this week’s meeting, it was agreed to hold a disco on February 14th and a Mother’s Day Fair on March 13th. Full details to follow. If you wish to be added to the PTA mailing list, let me or one of the PTA Committee know.

Twitter Photos – Photos of the foillowing activities can be viewed: Year 2 farmers auction visit, Glan Llyn, visits to the Living Classroom, Year 1 Chinese New Year, Nursery painting, Year 3 Welsh bingo, Year 4 brass lessons, Reception parachute activities, Year 2 Welsh New Year craft, and Year 5 Science.

Achievers – Students of the week were IsaacG, Oliver, Azam, Liam, Tyler, IsaacW and Leo. Tyler and Merry received Welsh awards, Ryan a swimming certificate and swimming awards went to Nate and Gabby.

Art Club – A form to register has been emailed home for a three week block of after school sessions beginning a week on Monday. Hard copies are in the office.

Cardiff Trip – I hope the pupils going to Cardiff have a brilliant time next week. See twitter for the updates!

Mrs Liddy – We look forward to welcoming Mrs Liddy back next week and thank Mrs Hughes for her fantastic work in her absence.

January 10th 2020 Ionawr 20fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
With a new year upon us, I’d like to wish you all the very best for 2020. I trust that the Christmas period was an enjoyable one for all concerned and it has been good to see the pupils back this week. They have settled well and I’m sure are ready to face the challenges of the year with resilience, positivity and endeavour. I look forward to watching them all thrive!

Gyda blwyddyn newydd wedi cyrraedd, hoffwn ddymuno’r gorau i chi i gyd ar gyfer 2020. Hyderaf fod cyfnod y Nadolig wedi bod yn llawn hwyl i bawb ac mae wedi bod yn dda gweld y disgyblion yn ôl yr wythnos hon. Maent wedi setlo’n dda ac rwy’n siŵr eu bod yn barod i wynebu heriau’r flwyddyn gyda gwytnwch, positifrwydd ac ymdrech. Edrychaf ymlaen at eu gwylio i gyd yn ffynnu!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Pantomime – The pantomime in Mold was enjoyed by all. I’d like to once again thank the PTA for their help in allowing us to provide this activity for our pupils. Their contribution is as ever, very much appreciated.

Year 6 Transition Session – Next Friday morning, Year 6 will attend Ysgol Brynhyfryd for a transition activity. I’d be grateful if all Year 6 pupils could be in school by 8.45am, so we can get them up there in good time. Many thanks.

Community Notice – As the children’s play park adjacent to Ruthin Football Club is under threat of closure, a community meeting to discuss opposing the move will be held at the football club from 5-6pm this evening. Anybody interested is invited to attend.

Over the Rainbow – The new term kicked off with a special visit from some famous characters, as an introduction to this year’s creative project based on The Wizard of Oz, in partnership with Denbighshire and Magic Light Productions.

After School Clubs – Chester FC will resume after school football sessions next week on January 16th. Art Club will resume on January 27th and the Urdd will hold a free sports club after school for four Tuesdays, beginning on January 14th. Please see the pro-formas sent home to register.

Glan Llyn – Year 3 Residential Visit. Could all consent and medical forms be returned to school as a matter of priority please? I very much hope they enjoy their visit next week.

Cardiff – Similar forms have been sent home this week for the Cardiff trip and I’d be grateful for their prompt return, as well as payment for the trip being settled via Parent Pay.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Annabelle, Jay, Charlie, Willow, Henry, Billy, Finley, Archie and Oscar. Welsh awards went to Daniel, Billy, Henry, Ella-May, James and Daniel. A gymnastics certificate went to Tiffany and a Lifeguard certificate to Ben. Well done all!

Urdd Membership – We will be organising competitors for the Urdd Eisteddfod over the next couple of weeks, so your co-operation in ensuring those wanting to take part are members would be appreciated.

Swimming – Swimming sessions resume next week on Wednesday afternoon for Year 5.

Brass Sessions – Pupils in Year 3 who received class brass lessons last term have been sent a letter inviting them to register for individual lessons. Year 4 will begin class sessions with Mr. Powell on Wednesday.

Clothes Recycling Initiative – Ffion and Morgan addressed the school in this morning’s assembly regarding a clothes recycling initiative we’ve signed up to. A letter from the Eco-Council is also being sent home with this newsletter.

Payment of Monies – I’d be grateful if all parents could make sure they are up to date with payments for dinner money, pantomime and trips via Parent Pay. Payments for this term’s music lessons will be set up soon.

PTA Meeting – A PTA meeting will be held here at the school on Tuesday at 3.30pm. All welcome!

Congratulations Becky – Congratulations to staff member Becky Harrison, for achieving HLTA (Higher Learning Teaching Assistant) status after a recent assessment. Well deserved! Llongyfarchiadau!

Provisional Diary for the Spring Term
Tuesday January 14th – Year 3 overnight residential in Glan Llyn
Tuesday January 14th – First of 4 consecutive after school Urdd sports sessions 3.15-4.15pm
Tuesday January 14th – PTA Meeting 3.30pm in school
Wednesday January 15th – Weekly swimming sessions for Year 5
Wednesday January 15th – Rugby session for Year 6
Wednesday January 15th – Weekly brass sessions start for Year 4
Friday January 17th – Year 6 transition morning in Brynhyfryd (in school by 8.45am pease)
Wednesday January 22nd – Year 5/6 three day visit to Cardiff returning Friday
Wednesday January 22nd – Rugby session for Year 3
Friday January 31st – Year 5 Family Service 9am
Tuesday February 4th – Pirates of the Chillibean Workshop
Wednesday February 5th – Year 5 transition morning in Brynhyfryd
Friday February 7th – Welsh Music day
Friday February 7th – Year 4 Family Service 9am
Friday February 14th – School closes for half-term
Monday February 24th – School reopens
Tuesday February 25th – Shrove Tuesday (probable pancake races on Ruthin square)
Saturday February 29th – Ruthin Eisteddfod – 1st round
Friday March 6th – Year 3 Family Service 9am
Tuesday March 10th – Urdd County Dance Competition
Wednesday March 11th – Urdd Sports Session for Years 3&4 am
Wednesday March 18th – Urdd Sports Session for Years 5&6 am
Saturday March 21st – County Eisteddfod – 2nd round
Monday March 23rd – Tempest Photography Visit – individual, families and Class 6
Thursday April 2nd – Year 6 Bikeability (2 days)
Friday April 3rd – School closes for Easter
Monday April 20th – Staff Training
Tuesday April 21st – School reopens

December 20th 2019 Rhagfyr 20fed

Dear Parents and Carers,
2019 is coming to an end, as is another term here at RSS. The year began positively with the publication of our Estyn report and the findings of the inspection, remain something we are extremely proud of. The year wasn’t without its challenges though, as our ongoing frustrations while we endeavoured to secure additional yard space on the new site continued. Hopefully our determination will bear fruit very soon as planning permission has now been secured. The loss of Jill was such an awful thing to have to accept and of course as a staff and community, we are still coming to terms with her death. The year ended extremely positively, however, with our successful Xmas performances in the Infants and Juniors and the Christmas spirit has been strong here, as I’m sure it is with you at home. Have a wonderful festive time. I intend to eat, drink and be merry, so I hope you all do too, while having a fantastic time with your families and friends. I hope the fortnight goes really slowly, but afterwards I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Junior Concert – The Juniors’ Concert was a triumph! Huge congratulations to the pupils and Key Stage 2 staff for their efforts. Diolch yn fawr. Thank you also to parents for their donations and ongoing support, as well as the PTA for their tireless fundraising.

Rock Choir Performances – Our Rock Choir sang so well this week. From Sunday’s Rotary Concert, through visits to the Library, Ruthin Hospital, Costa and Tescos they really shared the Christmas spirit throughout the community. Thank you to parents for supporting and for the warm welcome everywhere we went.

Xmas Singalong – We all had our traditional raucous singalong in the hall this morning. Always a highlight!

Achievers – Students of the week were Arlo, Darcie, Henry, Arthur, Logan and all of Year 2. Swimming certificates went to Daniel and Gymnastics to Eliza, Eva, Alys and Holly. Gabby received some swimming medals and Max a Karate certificate.

INSET Day – Monday January 6th is a staff training day, so the children return on Tuesday 7th.

Snow – We’ve been fortunate to avoid any snow so far this winter and fingers crossed that will remain to be the case. However, as before, you are best keeping an eye on twitter when any bad weather hits in the New Year because any news will be posted there first.

PTA – At the end of the year, I’d like to thank the PTA for their efforts. Lucy and the team have worked hard and lots of great activities have taken place, raising much needed funds. We look forward to spending some money in the New Year!

December 13th 2019 Rhagfyr 13eg

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

We are getting nearer and nearer to the big day. I’m sure you’ll agree it is definitely the best time of year and these final weeks in school, despite the busy hurly burly are very, very special and ones to savour. I hope you enjoy the final concerts and the children enjoy the final week.

Rydym yn agosau at y diwrnod mawr. Rwy’n siŵr y cytunwch ei bod yr amser gorau o’r flwyddyn ac mae’r wythnosau olaf yma yn yr ysgol, er gwaethaf y prysurdeb mawr, yn arbennig iawn. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddwch chi’n mwynhau’r cyngherddau ac mae’r plant yn mwynhau’r wythnos olaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Infants’ Concert – The Infants’ Xmas Concerts this week were lovely. Thanks to pupils, parents, staff and the PTA! It was great to see the hard work of all concerned come to fruition.

Juniors’ Concert Details – On Tuesday, it’s the Juniors’ turn at 1.30pm and 6pm. No tickets are being sold, but donations are requested on the door. Please ensure your child returns to school for the evening performance as it is very disruptive to all concerned if children are missing. In order to prepare for the evening performance, could all pupils return to school from 5pm and no later than 5.30pm. There will be additional parking available at the Farmers Market if needed.

Intergenerational Work – Once again, our pupils attended Trem y Foel to take part in some inter-generational work. This time, they made Xmas Crafts! Diolch am y croeso.

Sunday’s Rotary Concert – Could those pupils who have been preparing this week to sing in the Rotary concert on Sunday, please meet outside St. Peter’s Church at 5.45pm.

Pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk, Wednesday January 8th, returning to school at 4.45pm. Please pay the requested £7.50 contribution via Parent Pay.

Free Press Piece – See the Free Press for some Christmassy photos from RSS!

Xmas Jumpers – Thank you for supporting Xmas Jumper Day!

Rock Choir in the Community – Next week we perform at: Ruthin Library on Wednesday at 10am, the Hospital at 1.30pm. On Thursday, we’ll be at Costa at 10am and Tescos at 11am.

Planting – We’ve been planting in the school’s garden area this week!

Art Club – Places are available in the final art club session on Monday.

December 6th 2019 Rhagfyr 6ed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
With two weeks left, both including the Infants and Junior Concerts respectiuvely, it’s all hands to the pump as preparations build up to the final perfomances. It always is a lovely time of year in school, despite the breakneck speed of everything as the atmosphere builds towards the big day. I hope everybody very much enjoys the concerts!

Gyda phythefnos ar ôl, yn cynnwys y Cyngherddau Babanod ac Iau yn olynnol, mae’r paratoadau yn gweld pawb yn llawn prysurdeb ar gyfer y perfformiadau. Mae’n adeg hyfryd er cyflymder popeth wrth i’r awyrgylch adeiladu fel mae’r diwrnod mawr yn nesau! Gobeithio y bydd pawb yn mwynhau y cyngherddau!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Rock Choir – Thank you to those who joined us on the square last weekend. It was a very enjoyable singalong!

The Ex-Pupil Done Good! – Congratulations to ex-pupil Charlie Caton, who was named in Shrewsbury Town’s first team squad for the first time in their EFL Cup match v Man City U21s this. We’re all proud of his ongoing success.

Remembrance – Thank you for your contributions. We collected £145 for the British Legion.

Christmas Lunch – Thank you to Lyn and her canteen staff for their work preparing a turkey dinner yesterday and indeed for their efforts throughout the year! Xmas lunch was delicious!

PTA Fair – Thank you for supporting our PTA Fair. My thanks as ever go to the committee for their efforts and time given. A profit of £666 was made, which is an impressive total!

Giggles Rating – Well done to Giggles for being awarded a 5 hygiene rating!

Xmas Jumper Day – This is next Friday with a £1 contribution requested towards Save the Children.

Achievers – Students of the week were Grace, Charlie, Rayne, Amelia, Riley, Leo, Noah, Megan, Leo and Freya. Welsh awards went to Jade and Maya. Swimming certificates went to Charlie and Isla, Gymnastics awards went to Alys, Holly and Isabella, with a certificate for bravery also going to Isabella. Well done all!

Governors’ Report to Parents – I have emailed copies of this report to you and also added it to the school website. If you require a paper copy, then please pop into the office where we will be happy to provide you with one. Guidelines state that if you wish to call a meeting to discuss its contents, then please inform the office in writing by Monday, December 16th. Please refer to the section ‘Meeting with parents’ on p5.

November 29th 2019 Tachwedd 29ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
I hope to see many of you after school today at the PTA Fair. There have been lots of preparations by members of the PTA and indeed our staff and pupils as they organise stalls, having designed and made goods to be sold as part of class financial management projects. Preparations also continue for our concerts with both Infant and Junior staff alternating between despair and delight on how things are going! I have faith!!!

Rwy’n gobeithio gweld llawer ohonoch ar ôl ysgol heddiw yn y Ffair CRhA. Bu llawer o baratoadau gan aelodau’r CRhA ac yn wir ein staff a’n disgyblion wrth iddynt drefnu stondinau, ar ôl dylunio a gwneud nwyddau i’w gwerthu fel rhan o brosiectau rheoli ariannol. Mae’r paratoadau hefyd yn parhau ar gyfer ein cyngherddau gyda staff Babanod ac Iau yn drist a hapus bob yn ail sut mae pethau’n mynd! Mae gen i ffydd !!!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Dogs Trust Visit – Key Stage 2 enjoyed a visit from the Dogs’ Trust and a strong message on how to care for our four legged friends was shared and understood.

Christmas Lunch – This will be served next Thursday and if you wish your child to have turkey and all the trimming then please inform us on Monday.

PTA Book Fair – A huge thank you to the members of the PTA for giving of their time in manning the Book Fair this week. Thank you to those of you have supported and helped to secure funds for the PTA.

Digital Leaders’ Tip of the Week – Keep your information safe!
Make sure your phone is locked. Secure your smartphone with a PIN (minimum 4 digit number), password, or fingerprint.

Rock Choir – Could all those pupils who will be singing in Ruthin tomorrow meet by the Post Office at 1.50pm please. Many thanks.

Rugby – Year 2 enjoyed a session with the local Rugby Development Officer, Emyr Gwynedd this week.

PTA Xmas Photos – Could you get your PTA Xmas Photo orders in ASAP please. The deadline is Monday!

Own Clothes – Many thanks for your donations today for the chocolate tombola!

Mrs Liddy – Mrs Liddy’s recuperation continues and her recent doctor’s appointment has confirmed everything is going to plan. She still requires rest and physio before she’ll be on her feet and we look forward to welcoming her back to the fold in 2020!