June 18th 2021 Mehefin 18fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Helping Your Child at Home – I have attached further information by email regarding a free online course available to all parents at the school, offering guidance and training on how to help your child to learn at home. In order to access the course for free, the code you will need to enter at the checkout is as follows: Denbighshire-05-2021 A video from Mike Gershon, the course creator and presenter, gives further information on the content and explains its benefits and can be accessed via this link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EdU9fW_eOdIwOXlIzTLWZ7g3s5kqdQMp/view?usp=sharing

Move a Marathon – Thank you for your contributions, which will go towards Air Ambulance and Young Minds. The pupils enjoyed running their communal marathons and pictures can be seen on Twitter.

Year 2 & 3 Transition – The normal transition activities are of course restricted. However, Year 2 will have some outdoor sessions with Miss Davies from Year 3 in order to give them a flavour of life in the Juniors. The first session will take place next Wednesday.

Year 6 Transition – Year 6 will be visited by staff from Brynhyfryd on Thursday morning. I am sure it will be a worthwhile exercise in supporting their transition.

Music Lessons – We would be grateful if you could settle all outstanding music lesson payments please.

New Yard – I have received further confirmation from the local authority that on Monday, work will indeed commence on the new yard.

Year 6 Class Photo – I emailed all parents in Year 6 with details on how to order the class photo earlier this week.

Menu Change – On Monday, barbecued chicken will be served instead of fish.

Students of the Week – Congratulations to Jaxson, Luna, Samual, Verity, Josh, Lucas, Max, Ruben, Ella, Leyla, Melissa, Cain, Shreya, Stacey and Chloe.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

June 11th 2021 Mehefin 11fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

I hope everybody had a lovely half term and took advantage of the good weather. I’ve been eager to see the pupils get straight back in the groove for this final half-term of the academic year. They’ve settled back into the swing of things well this week, which has been positive and reassuring.

Gobeithio cafodd bawb hanner tymor hyfryd a manteisio ar y tywydd da. Rwy’n edrych ymlaen at weld y disgyblion ail-gychwyn ar eu gwaith ysgol ar gyfer hanner tymor olaf y flwyddyn academaidd.

Giggles News – Two bits of good news from Giggles to report. Firstly, staff member Mali Walker was awarded Coleg Cambria’s Childcare Work Based Learner Award for 2021. What an achievement! Also, Giggles was awarded a five star food hygiene rating, so congratulations to Anna and her team also for that assessment!

A New Baby – Charley and Chima Hecox have welcomed a new sister into their family! Lovely news and congratulations to mum and dad!

Happy Birthday! – Cleaner Liz McLaren celebrated a big birthday this week, so we wish her many happy returns!

Good Luck Wales! – Euro 2020 starts tonight and Wales play their first game tomorrow. Fingers crossed for another strong performance in this year’s tournament. Memories of 2016’s adventure come flooding back! Cmon Cymru!

Yard Update – We have received the following update from the Design and Construction Team of Denbighshire County Council and have been informed the work will commence a week on Monday.
“The relevant agreements and issues which impacted on the start dates have now been resolved and the contractors are able to access the new playground area via the land between the estate road and the school. The works are now presently scheduled to start on the 21st June and it is anticipated that the works will take 10 weeks to complete. We will confirm these arrangements in advance of the 21st June.”

Outdoor Play Equipment – We also have a start date for the installation of the first phase of outdoor equipment, most of which will take place adjacent to the Juniors’ Yard and this will also commence on the 21st June.

Twitter – It was nice to receive updates from families on their half-term exploits and get to share them with the school community. Many thanks. Keep an eye on Twitter for news of our ongoing activities.

GCSE and A Level Results – It’s been a very strange year for students who have been preparing for GCSEs and A Levels this year and a very uncertain time, I’m sure. Normally, it’s during the summer that our ex-pupils receive their results, but this week provisional grades were shared for both GCSE and A Level pupils by Ysgol Brynhyfryd. We very much hope all the Rhos Street veterans received the grades they need to take the next step in life and we wish them all the best for the future. We always root for our ex-pupils long after they leave the building and are proud to hear of their successes.

Charlie’s Contract – One ex-pupil who I’ve mentioned of late is Charlie Caton, who has had further good news in his footballing exploits, by being awarded a two year professional contract by Shrewsbury Town. Congratulations to him once again!

Move a Marathon – Across Denbighshire, many schools are taking part in a charity event to raise money for Young Minds UK and the Welsh Air Ambulance. This is to be done in the memory of Ethan, a young man from Denbighshire who tragically lost his life in a car crash back in 2020. Therefore, on Friday pupils can come to school in their own clothes, bring a suggested donation of £1 per child into school and during the afternoon, each class will collectively run a marathon together. Thank you for your support.

Covid Concerns – I am sure you will have read about and seen the renewed concerns about the impact of the Delta Variant on the number of Covid-19 cases and we have been made aware of an increase of cases in Denbighshire of late. Once again, I am appealing for your ongoing support in ensuring that we as a school community do all we can to mitigate further risk of spreading the virus. The fact many schools have been affected once again, serves as a reminder that we all need to play our part and I’m sure I can count on everybody to do exactly that!

Students of the Week – Congratulations to Esme, Daisy, Elsie, Jude, LucasJ, Leila, Rayne, Alexander, CharlieR, Oliver, CharlieG, Daisy, Amelia, Max, Poppy, CharleyH, Ruben, Claire, Riley, Trystan, Lacey and Bhupinder. Foundation Phase Welsh awards went to Romeo and Ryan.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

May 28th 2021 Mai 28ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Half term arrives as does a half decent weather forecast! Have a lovely week and see you on Monday June 7th.

PTA Pyjama Day – Pyjamas, onesies and dressing gowns were the order of the day. See Twitter for the photos. Thank you for your contributions to PTA funds.

Ruthin Town Youth – Ruthin Town Youth Football Club, will shortly be holding training sessions for next season’s Under 12 team, made up of boys currently in Year 6. Interested pupils are very welcome to attend sessions, which have been arranged to take place at the Glasdir pitches next to Ruthin Town Football Club every Thursday evening during June. Sessions are to commence promptly at 6.30pm and completed by approximately 8.00pm, with the first one being on Thursday the 3rd of June. Rhos Street pupils don’t have to be currently playing for Ruthin Town Juniors FC to be able to attend, all new players will be very welcome. All should wear football boots, pads and bring their own drink.

Library Packs – The local libraries are encouraging pupils to visit and pick up a bag of ‘Elmer’ activities. Contact your local library to arrange an appointment.

PTA Photos – A huge thank you to Emma Phipps for her time, equipment and skills as she took the pupils’ photos on Tuesday. Thank you also to Jenny Johnson for helping things run smoothly on the day. Information will follow regarding previewing and ordering arrangements.

Year 6 Photo – On Tuesday, June 8th, Temest photography will visit to take the Year 6 class photo.

Missing Jumpers – Oliver Appleby has mislaid a few jumpers over the past term. They have his name on, so I’d be grateful if you check any you have at home to see if they can be found.

Students of the Week – Congratulations to George, Billy, Sebastian, Jacob, Eliza, Alexander, Maisie, Scarlet, Mia-Rose, Oscar, Ryan, Charley, Amelia, Isabella, Jade, Tomos, Jolie and Leo.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

May 21st 2021 Mai 21ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Ruthin Town Youth – Ruthin Town Youth Football Club, will shortly be holding training sessions for next season’s Under 12 team, made up of boys currently in Year 6. Interested pupils are very welcome to attend sessions, which have been arranged to take place at the Glasdir pitches next to Ruthin Town Football Club every Thursday evening during June. Sessions are to commence promptly at 6.30pm and completed by approximately 8.00pm, with the first one being on Thursday the 3rd of June. Rhos Street pupils don’t have to be currently playing for Ruthin Town Juniors FC to be able to attend, all new players will be very welcome. All should wear football boots, pads and bring their own drink.

Internet Safety and TikTok – Earlier this week, I emailed a document regarding the monitoring and use of social media application, Tik Tok. It provides some insight and practical tips regarding this app and more importantly how to keep children safe if they are using it.

PTA Photos – Due to Covid restrictions the PTA have kindly stepped in to organise individual and family photos of our pupils this year. On Tuesday, these will be taken by Emma Phipps and we are very grateful for her time and her photography skills. There will be no PE on Tuesday and all pupils are asked to come to school in their uniform. We have put protocols in place that ensures that Rhos Street pupils from the same household can be photographed together as well as individually. Unfortunately, in order to keep everybody safe, we are unable to include other siblings from the family who are not currently at Rhos Street School. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please let the office know in advance. Information regarding ordering electronic copies of the photographs will follow, after they have all been taken. You will be able to view proofs of all photos in each class online, before making any orders.

Garden Area – After half term, we would like to appeal for some parental help with digging out the planters, raised beds and borders in the garden area. We already have a couple of volunteers, but many hands make light work so following the holidays I will make an appeal for volunteers to spend a couple of hours over an afternoon or two to get the work done. Watch this space. We are also grateful to our Infant parents for tending to the Dandy’s Topsoil bag by the Foundation Phase entrance yesterday. They have planted strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.

PTA Pyjama Day – Next Friday, we will allow our pupils to come in pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns etc. and request a £1 contribution per pupil towards PTA funds.

Urdd Message of Peace and Goodwill – Today, the Urdd’s annual message of peace and goodwill was shared with the pupils. This year, the 99th time it has been published, the message was one promoting equality across the world, for girls, young women and female adults. There were a few online gremlins today, but the message can be viewed via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08yHmYpRIo&t=8s

Twitter – On Twitter, you’ll fine photos and details about World Bee Day activities, baking in the Infants, Japan project work, parachute activities, outdoor symmetry and greek board games. You can also see the lovely care package put together by Shanny as a gift for our brilliant, resilient team of staff. It’ll help us get through these difficult times, as we continue to deal with the Covid-19 fallout.

A Cleaning Thank You – Cleaner Sophie Green returns from her period of maternity leave on Monday, so I’d like to thank Shanny, Becky, Carly and Caolán for stepping in to keep the Foundation Phase clean in these crucial times while she’s been away. Welcome back Soph!

Students of the Week – Congratulations to our Students of the Week, Finley, Luna, Lukas, Eliza, Isla, Teddy, Eva, Alex, Piper, Belle, CharlieR, Katelyn, Max, Seren, Claire, Mia-Rose, Liam, Azam, Ethan, Alys, Tiffany, Luca and Gabby.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

May 14th 2021 Mai 14eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

With it being Mental Health Awareness Week, I took the opportunity to speak to the pupils in my weekly online message to the classes, encouraging them to find ways to express themselves in positive ways now that we are coming through the worst of the pandemic. Having spent so long under lockdown over the last twelve months having to (and in many cases, choosing to) spend so much time in front of mobile phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles, I felt that now that we come out of restrictions step by step, the opportunities are out there for them to focus on things other than screens. This will benefit their mental health, as well as foster skills of independence, resilience collaboration and self-discipline. We considered the ways in which they could express themselves creatively, such as through art, photography, music, sport and dance to try to kick the habit of on-screen reliance by taking advantages of opportunities in the community, many of which are outdoors.

Hand in hand with that message, was the visit of PC Manus Sheridan, who came and spoke to Years 5 and 6 yesterday about the importance of responsible use of the internet and we were grateful he was able to come along to share some key messages.

Getting the balance right between embracing the technological age and its benefits, while also taking advantage of the many opportunities out there in the ‘real world’ is crucial to the development of our pupils. It is important that our learners not only make the right choices, but appreciate the benefits of those choices to their overall health and wellbeing, as they make their way in life.

PTA Pyjama Day – On Friday May 28th, the day we break up for half term, we will allow our pupils to come in pyjamas, onesies, dressing gowns etc. and request a £1 contribution per pupil towards PTA funds.

Students of the Week – Well done to our Students of the Week; Cecily, Ayla, Madalyn, ArloB, Oliver, Sebastian, Scarlet, Claire, Leala, Merry, Thomas, Amelia, Ruby, Tyler and Bhupinder.

Twitter – Lots to view this week from activities across the school, including the Year 1 and 2 visit to Parc Seren to see what equipment they’d like to potentially see installed, plus photos from our visit from PC Manus and lots more!

Co-Op – Huge thanks to the Co-Op for their donation of £200 to the PTA fund for outdoor equipment. We are very grateful and were recently presented with the cheque which will of contribute towards our purchases.

Goodbye Karina – We said a sad goodbye today to lunchtime supervisor Karina, who is leaving to undertake a new role at Ruthin School. We thank Karina for her input over many years in this role and also in the past as a volunteer and of course her work on the crossing patrol. Best wishes to her and good luck! Diolch Karina!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

May 7th 2021 Mai 7fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

A shorter week, but I still have some bits and bobs to share with you, no less the news that work has finally started on the Infants field this week as the installation of protective fencing in front of the slate gabions has commenced. This is a very positive development after such a long frustrating wait.

Wythnos fyrrach, ond mae gen i ambell beth i rannu gyda chi, dim llai na’r newyddion bod gwaith wedi dechrau o’r diwedd ar gae’r Babanod yr wythnos yma, gan fod y gwaith i osod ffensys amddiffynnol o flaen y gabions llechi wedi cychwyn. Mae hwn yn ddatblygiad cadarnhaol iawn ar ôl cyfnod aros mor rhwystredig.

Parking – I have received further concerns raised regarding the use of the car park. In order to ensure a safe and orderly flow of traffic in the car park, please ensure that the following takes place on arrival and departure from school:
• When leaving the car park following drop off or pickup, please turn left at the junction in order to avoid congestion.
• Please ensure you drive through the correct gates – the IN and OUT gates are clearly marked.
• Please ensure you follow the arrows on the tarmac directing the flow of the one way system.
• Please do not park in the pick-up/drop off zone – this again causes congestion. If you need to leave your car and walk, please use a parking space.
• Please do not park on any pavements, as they again cause congestions, are obstructive and very dangerous.
Many thanks for your anticipated cooperation.

Drop Off – Some pupils are arriving at school before 8.50 and are waiting unsupervised outside the school doors. If they arrive before this time, could they please attend breakfast club via the hall door.

Book Bingo – Congratulations to Amelia for being one of the county wide winners of the Library Service’s Book Bingo initiative. Well done to all the Rhos Street pupils who took part in the scheme. Please keep using the library everybody!

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week are Ella, Eliza, Oliver, Eva, Eliza, Teddy, ArloJ, Penny, Joshua, Maisie, Henry, Poppy, Katelyn, Romeo, Amelie, Seren, Max, Joe, Brandon, Billy, Holly, Megan and Chloe. Well done to them all!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

April 30th 2021 Ebrill 30ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Holiday Project – Years 3 and 4 were beside themselves with excitement yesterday as they embarked on a make-believe aeroplane journey to Spain. Cases were packed and sunglasses donned as they went through passport control, baggage handling, had security checks, before the cabin crew showed them to their seats and performed a safety check. The runway marshalls then guided the plane before take-off and off they went to Spain! I’m sure everybody involved were very grateful of all the preparation and imagination of the Year 3 and 4 staff. Take a look at Twitter for the extensive photos!

PTA Sponsored Challenge – I normally wouldn’t single out any one child when everybody has played their part in some way, but I feel I must give Ella-May a mention as she continues to send in money she has collected via Dad’s workplace. Thank you to her and once again to everybody who contributed in any way. As I said last week, our outdoor investment is now taking shape and every penny has made a difference!

Bank Holiday – Enjoy the long weekend. May I remind you that school is not only closed for pupils on Monday, but also on Tuesday for staff training.

Parents’ Evening – During the weeks beginning May 17th and 24th there will be parental consultations taking place via telephone. On Wednesday, I will be sending a pro-forma asking you to choose from the time slots listed when you would prefer to receive a phone call to discuss your child’s progress, wellbeing and behaviour.

Students of the Week – Well done to Will, Aurora, Eve, Sylvia, Paige, OscarW, CharlieR, Lucas, Eva, Piper, Nimrod, Alex, Henry, CharlyH, Ruben, OscarH, Amelia, Ryan, Max, Evie, Henry, Mia, Barkley and Archie. Congratulations all on being awarded Student of the Week.

IMPORTANT Year 5 and 6 Letter – I have asked Year 5 and 6 pupils to bring home an important letter for parents and carers’ attention. I’m hopeful it will be shared with you voluntarily, but just in case it isn’t, you’ll know where to find it.

Another week done! Enjoy the Bank Holiday.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth