January 18th 2019 Ionawr 18fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
January is always considered quite a dreary month, certainly from my point of view, so when a huge white rabbit lands in the school lobby, it certainly adds a bit of much needed surrealism to proceedings! Fortunately other activities like Glan Llyn and the opportunity to make a video promoting CPR as a crucial lifesaving skill have also certainly helped to kick start the year here at Rhos Street so the first month of the year is saved!

Mae mis Ionawr bob amser yn cael ei ystyried yn fis eithaf llwm, yn sicr o’m safbwynt innau, felly pan fydd cwningen gwyn enfawr yn dod i lobi’r ysgol, mae’n sicr y bydd yn ychwanegu ychydig o syrrealiaeth. Yn ffodus, mae gweithgareddau eraill fel Glan Llyn a’r cyfle i wneud fideo sy’n hyrwyddo CPR fel sgil achub bywyd hanfodol, hefyd wedi helpu i roi sbardun i’r flwyddyn newydd yma yn Stryd y Rhos.

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, orienteering, raft building and traversing the rope course. 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.

Netball – Practice for the forthcoming Urdd Tournament will take place on Wednesdays after school from next week. Mrs Davies has organised a squad of willing participants who will need to be Urdd members in order to take part.

Footwear in School – Could I ask for your co-operation in ensuring that pupils wear all black shoes or trainers for school, as per the school uniform. Too many flashy/stripey/multi-coloured trainers have been spotted of late. Many thanks.

Contact Details – If you’ve had a new mobile number over Xmas or had a change in any contact details, please inform the office.

Headlice – Reports of headlice sightings have reached us, so please take a look at your child’s hair and treat accordingly to ensure extermination. Many thanks.

Save a Life Cymru – Our pupils have been working hard this week helping to make a video promoting the impact of CPR on survival rates in a campaign called ‘Save a Life Cymru’ involving North Wales Ambulance, Achub Calon y Dyffryn, SADS UK and the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board. Thank you for the opportunity Tomos and Julie!

Congratulations – Well done to ex-pupil Charlie Caton who has been selected to represent Wales Football Schoolboys and won his first cap this week. Mr Davis and I are arguing over which one of us can claim responsibility for his success!

Enrichfest 2019 – The school has agreed to take part in an exciting County wide arts project called Wonderland and this week were visited by the White Rabbit to deliver information about lots of competitions and activities we can take part in. Watch this space!

Transition History Workshop – As part of transition arrangements, Year 6 went to Ysgol Brynhyfryd for the morning to take part in a History workshop which focused on Ruthin Gaol.

Hello Harry! – We were delighted when Mrs Lewis visited us this week to show off her new addition to the family, Harry. The staff are now very broody, but I am doing all I can to address this worrying development!!

Twitter – Remember that twitter is regularly updated and is a rolling source of the latest information, news and feedback. If you are not yet a twitter user, then you are able to view our tweets by visiting the school website’s homepage, in order to ensure you don’t miss out! Those of you who have twitter – please be aware if you have locked accounts, the school will be unable to see any of your interactions or messages – it’s not us being rude, honestly!

Elf Dash – The money raised in the Elf Dash in December raised £135.43 towards St. Kentigerns. Many thanks!

Music Lessons – Fees for music lessons are now on Parent Pay. Please log in and look at your account in order to review and make your payments for this term’s lessons.

Frost – Mr Thomas is of course endeavouring to grit the school grounds to make it safe now the cold weather is here. However, please take care on roads approaching the site as they will remain slippery and unfortunately, potentially un-gritted.

January 11th 2019 Ionawr 11fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Happy New Year to you all! The new term is quickly up and running and I trust everybody had a lovely break and enjoyed the festivities. Eyes now turn to the new challenges of 2019!

Giggles’ CSSIW Inspection – The New Year started positively for our pre-school group as they received their inspection report which was very positive indeed. Congratulations to Anna and her team. We’re also delighted to see Anna back with us at the beginning of this new term after her recent absence.

Class 1 Request – Miss Bevan is asking if Class 1 can borrow any old toys that anybody may have that could be shown to the pupils as part of their new topic, ‘Toys Through Time.’ Examples such as a cup and ball, old teddy bears/dolls, roller skates, train sets, rocking horse, etch a sketch etc. would be ideal.

Achievers – Our first achievers for 2019 include Students of the Week, Umar, Liam, Noah, Kaden, Chloe, Constance and AlexG. Welsh awards went to Nate, AlexD, Charlie, TylerW, Nick and Oscar. Emma received a diamond Blue Peter badge.

Congratulations – We were delighted to hear that Tomos Hughes, from Achub Calon y Dyffryn had been selected for a New Year honour from the Queen. Tomos worked with us along with Julie Starling when we initially launched Shoctober at the school and helped to promote this lifesaving initiative nationally.

St. Peter’s Church Competition – Entries for the Church Bell Logo Competition promoted by Rev. Stuart before Xmas will need to be received in school by Jan14th.
After School Clubs – The latest Art Club commences next Tuesday at a cost of £6 a week for 6 weeks. Please register interest in the office and see the attached poster. Chester FC’s after school club resumes on Thursday at £2 a session.

New Pupils – We were delighted to welcome Lilly, Umar, Liam, Lucas and Chloe to Nursery, Reception, Years 1, 2 & 4 this week. I’m pleased to see they’ve settled well.

PTA Meeting – The next PTA Meeting will be held on Thursday January 17th at 7pm here at the school. All welcome!

School Dinners – The canteen has a new electronic cashless till installed in the kitchen which is now registering all school meals electronically. As per the county policy, please ensure you are not in arrears for dinners as the new system will not allow the canteen staff to serve a full dinner to any pupils with dinner debts.

Canteen Cinema Day – On Monday there will be a themed Cinema Day at lunchtime. The menu includes popcorn chicken, big-screen fries, movie mayo and pick-n-mix cakes.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones,
Headteacher / Pennaeth

December 21st 2018 Rhagfyr 21ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
As I write my final newsletter of 2018, I find myself reflecting once again on what a unique and remarkable year it’s been, how much has taken place and above all how much all stakeholders of this special school have pulled together in so many ways to have made it a year to remember, a year to celebrate and a year where much has been achieved. Not only have we left an old historic building, but we’ve also made a home on the new site, while still retaining all that is dear to us. We’ve put our own stamp upon that new building and it is a welcoming environment that stimulates our pupils. Those pupils have continued to reach the highest of standards and through all of the upheaval that is no small feat. Staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that has been the case while also facilitating a smooth move. Governors’ effective input has been invaluable as has the help encouragement and support of so many parents who work in an effective respectful partnership with us. We look forward to sharing the inspection report with you at the end of January and face the future with pride, confidence and excitement! Here’s to 2019! (But hopefully the next fortnight goes really slowly!)

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Christmas Service – Our series of services this week had a lovely Xmassy atmosphere as we went old-school with a string of the more traditional carols and songs being sung with one or two surprises in between. Thank you again to the pupils for their efforts, to the staff for their preparations and of course to Mrs Parr for accompanying the children on the piano.

INSET Day – Monday January 7th is a staff training day, so please do not send your child/ren to school until Tuesday January 8th.

Snow Alert – 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 we are delighted to have been able to place an order for a set of Chromebooks which we will receive in the New Year. The children had a film afternoon yesterday and the PTA provided refreshments and this gesture was very much appreciated.

Christmas Singalong – We all assembled in the hall today for our annual Christmas singalong. The pupils sang with enthusiasm, the staff played percussion terribly and the mistakes I made on guitar were cleverly hidden by all the noise. It was great fun!
It all became a bit of a riot in the end and frankly I didn’t care!

Rock Choir in Tesco – We received a lovely welcome in Tesco for our performance. Thank you again for the support

Santa Dash – Santa was chased by a group of elves from various classes today as we raised money for St. Kentigern hospice. Santa’s hamstring is very sore!

A Christmas Message – With all the various Christmas activities going on, despite all the hustle and bustle, there has been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here at Rhos Street School and I’m sure this is reflected in your homes, as excitement builds among the children with the big day approaching. I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones and that you all celebrate in style. I’d also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2019 brings luck, happiness and joy to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January, when I hope the children will be refreshed and ready to face the challenges that the New Year will bring. Have a good one! ☺

December 14th 2018 Rhagfyr 14eg

Dear Parents and 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 services 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 gwasanaethau ac mae’r plant yn mwynhau’r wythnos olaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Rock Choir Performances – The Rock Choir have been in great voice and I’d like to thank them for their commitment and enthusiasm last weekend at Awelon and at the Rotary Concert at St. Peter’s Church. Today, they sang in Costa Coffee and the wonderful, noisy reception from our ever supportive parents and relatives was very much appreciated. The complimentary hot chocolates went down a treat too! Next Thursday, they will sing in Tescos.

Christmas Service Arrangements – Children will be wearing uniform for the performances, but have been told they can add some Christmas titivation to their attire! You will have ordered your requested number of tickets and as stated previously any donations given on the afternoons and evening would be much appreciated and will go towards improving the provision of ICT at the school. On the Wednesday evening performance, we ask the children arrive at 5.30pm and go to their classes via main reception. At the end of the performances, they will all go back to class and be released to parents via the usual procedures at the end of a normal school day. Please remember that parking space has also been secured at the Farmers’ Market, as Pen Barras are also holding one of their concerts that evening. With the volume of traffic predicted on and around the site I ask you all to drive carefully and be vigilant with so many children and adults on site in the darkness.

Christmas Jumper Day – It’s always great to see the variety, colour, creativity and humour depicted in the Xmas jumpers every year and this year has been no different.

Santa Dash – Next Friday, the pupils are encouraged to dress as elves for £1 towards St. Kentigern Hospice and at playtime a special Elf / Santa run will take place on the school field. It promises to be quite a sight!

Xmas Craft – Pupils have been grabbing the opportunities to show off their creative skills through their Xmas craft activities. It’s been great to use the willow harvested from the Living Classroom being used so effectively, to make some lovely Xmas stars.

After School Club – If you have made block bookings on certain days for After School Club, could you please inform us in advance if your child will not be attending. As we are full on some days, this would free up a space for us to offer other pupils who wish to access the service. We don’t want to enter a situation where we have to charge for unfulfilled bookings so your co-operation would be appreciated.

Chester FC Achievers – Well done to Isaac, Faye, Grace, Ruby, Lottie, Seren and Connie who have made such a good impression with Chester FC in their training sessions, to have been invited to the great city to join their development centre. I hope they enjoy this fantastic opportunity!

PTA Film Afternoon – On the afternoon of Thursday Dec 20th, the PTA have organised a treat for the pupils, who will get to watch a film and also have some special refreshments in their classes.

Year 1 Competition Success – A big thank you to Sarah Yates who entered Year 1 in a competition run by HiQ and has secured some prizes and £1000 of Amazon vouchers for the school. What fantastic news and a huge thank you!

Urdd Membership – In the New Year, Urdd Eisteddfod activities will take place. The cost of membership goes up from £7 to £10 on January 10th, so please send in your payment now so you can make that saving.

Glan Llyn – Could all remaining payments via Parent Pay for Year 3’s visit to Glan Llyn be made promptly.

Pentrellyncymer – Could all pro-formas be sent back quickly, indicating interest among Year 4 pupils regarding this trip. This will allow us to firm up numbers before Xmas. Many thanks.

Music Lessons
– Could all outstanding music payments be made please via Parent Pay?

Twitter – See twitter for lots of additional photos and feedback.

December 7th 2018 Rhagfyr 7fed

Dear Parents / Carers,
With a fortnight left, we hurtle inexorably towards the end of term, hoping all the things we had in mind to get done will get completed. Looking at the twitter feed and the diary dates below, you’ll see that we are doing much in the local community during this special time of year and that the remainder of December is very much focused on Christmas activities. Better late than never eh!

End of Term Dates
Sat 8th Dec – Rock Choir sings in Awelon 2.30pm
Sun 9th Dec – Rotary Xmas Carol Concert, St. Peter’s Church 6-7pm
Fri 14th Dec – Xmas Jumper day £1
Tue 18th Dec – RSS Whole School Xmas Service 1.30pm
Wed 19th Dec – RSS Whole School Xmas Service 1.30pm & 6pm
Thu 20th Dec – Rock Choir sings in Tesco
Fri 21st Dec – Santa Dash – pupils dress as elves for St. Kentigern £1
Fri 21st Dec – Xmas Singalong and End of Term

Achievers – Students of the Week were Daniel, Llinos, Samadhi, Issy, Mia, LillyH, Nathaniel, SerenB, LillyJ and Finley. Well done to all!

Grace’s Cake Sale – We’ve had another pupil led charity drive this week, with Grace selling cakes to raise money for GPS – Gray Platelet Syndrome. Well done her for the thoughtful gesture!

Xmas Services – Please ensure your pro-formas are returned, so we can organize your tickets. As Pen Barras will holding their Year 5/6 concert at the same times on the Wednesday, we have organized additional parking at the Farmers Market.

Nightingale House – Year 6 are selling little Xmas cuddly trinkets, with proceeds going to Nightingale House. £1 each.

Rock Choir
– Please refer to the letters sent home this week regarding Saturday and Sundays’ performances.

PTA Newsletter – Please see the new PTA newsletter in the documents section.

Xmas Jumper Day – Friday 14th December is Xmas Jumper Day, where the pupils can come to school dressed in, you guessed it, Xmas jumpers! £1 contribution requested towards Save the Children.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher

November 30th 2018 Tachwedd 30ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Friday arrives and I’m relieved to be able to say that Estyn have left the building. We have undergone a systematic, rigorous and challenging process, where every aspect of our school has been scrutinised in depth. All was done however in a fair and balanced manner and I elaborate further below. Now we are free to utter the word Christmas without fear or trepidation. Events kick off tonight with the PTA Fair and I will send details out early next week of our concert arrangements. Now November comes to a close, we can look forward to a special time of year, as the excitement builds towards the big day at the end of December. I think this Christmas is one that we will make sure we really enjoy even more than we normally do! Bring it on!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Estyn Inspection – As stated above, we were grateful of the professionalism and fairness shown by the Estyn inspection team this week. Although I am not permitted to share their judgements of the school in advance of the report’s publication, I can confirm that we are very encouraged by their findings. I am tremendously proud of my senior management team, teachers, support workers and clerical staff, as well as all other staff members and adults we work so closely with, including the Governors, for their efforts, their immense team spirit and determination for us to do as well as we possibly could. I’d also like to thank the pupils for their wonderful behaviour, attitudes, efforts and standards shown this week. They deserve every praise. Finally, I’d also like to thank parents for their fab support during the week. The official report will be published on the 31st January 2019.

Achievers – Students of the week are Charlie, Kody, Declan, Emily, Holly, all of Class 3, all of Reception and Morgan. Tyler W received a ju-jitsu belt and Charlie his 7th kyu. Well done all!

Living Classroom – This week’s visit by Year 5 to the Living Classroom was an action packed session. See twitter for further photos. Thank you to the different agencies and Denbighshire Countryside Services for their involvement in the session as well.

PTA Fair – Hopefully we’ll see you later at the fair. It kicks off straight after school.

Ruthin Xmas Lights – All pupils are welcome to join us for the singalong on Ruthin Square tomorrow. We meet up at 4.15pm. See you there.

School Council – The School Council will visit County Chambers on Thursday afternoon. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the experience.

Awelon Singsong – On Saturday 8th Dec, Thr Rock Choir will sing at Awelon’s fair. I will confirm details next week.

Rotary Xmas Concert – Likewise on the 9th, in the evening, we will participate in the Rotary Xmas Concert. Details to follow.

Glan Llyn – Year 3 visit Glan Llyn on January 17th for an overnight residential. Could any outstanding balances from the trip be paid by the end of term please?

November 23rd 2018 Tachwedd 23ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
We reach the end of the week full of anticipation, excitement and a little trepidation at our inspection which takes place next week. It goes without saying that the efforts of everybody concerned have been noted and appreciated and now we look forward to the opportunity to showcase our school. I am confident of it being a very positive experience for all involved. Please see below for information regarding the parental meeting, which takes place on Monday evening after school.

Rydym yn cyrraedd y diwedd yr wythnos yn llawn cyffro a pheth nerfusrwydd tuag at ein arolwg, sy’n cael ei gynnal yr wythnos nesaf. Mae’n mynd heb dweud bod ymdrechion pawb dan sylw wedi cael eu nodi a’u gwerthfawrogi ac yn awr rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyfle i arddangos ein hysgol. Yr wyf yn hyderus y bydd yn brofiad cadarnhaol iawn i bawb dan sylw. Gweler isod am wybodaeth ynglŷn â’r cyfarfod rhieni, sy’n cael ei gynnal ar nos Lun ar ôl ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 5 Transition – Year 5 visited Brynhyfryd this week for a special day of art and technology activities. It gave them an eye opener to the opportunities they will receive when they move on to Secondary school and further visits are planned as part of the transition arrangements.

Estyn Parental meeting on Monday 3.45pm – Having filled in questionnaires previously, there is another opportunity for parents to have their say in the meeting on Monday at 3.45pm in the school hall. I hope you are able to come and meet with members of the inspection team and answer their questions. Please see the attached agenda for this meeting. A crèche has been organised in Class 2, so you may leave your child/ren with us in order for you to attend the meeting if you wish.

Nant BH – We had a large group of pupils this week enjoying the outdoor activities and taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their independence. They went gorge walking, rope climbing, walking in the snow, orienteering and had lots of fun. Thanks to Mrs Davies, Mr. Davis, Eira and Leanne for their care of the children.

PTA Xmas Fair – This takes place next Friday from 3.30-5.30pm. Today, pupils have been wearing own clothes and contributing prizes for the tombola – thank you for your support. Please see the attached poster.

Xmas Rock Choir – It’s that time of year again, where the pupils sing their Xmas songs with such enthusiasm that they drown out the dodgy guitar accompaniment! Their first gig is next Saturday afternoon on Ruthin square as the Xmas lights are turned on at 4pm. I will send a letter home early next week with details of all the performances between now and the end of term.

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 3rd. Please refer to the section ‘Meeting with parents’ on page 5.

Xmas Dinner – I have included a pro forma for you to specify whether or not you wish your child to have Xmas Dinner here at the school on Wednesday, December 5th. A prompt reply would assist the canteen in organising numbers.

Students of the Week – Students of the weeke were Seren, Meredith, Jay, Shreya, Fletcher, Isaac and Evie, with Illy getting a Welsh award. Noah and Leo received medals for Conwy Fun Run.

School Council Initiative – Another School Council initiative came to fruition this week, as we welcomed some Pen Barras pupils to assist with Welsh reading in class. The sessions went very well indeed. Thank you to the School Council for introducing such a positive development of co-operation between the two schools.

Eco and School Council – It was a pleasure to welcome representatives of both the Eco and School Council to a Governors’ meeting on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure to see and hear our pupils so confidently discussing the wide range of initiatives they’ve been introducing and working on with the other pupils in the school.