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

April 23rd 2021 Ebrill 23ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Outdoor Resources – It was such a pleasure for me to share with our pupils in our online assembly this morning, the news that we have placed an order for the first phase of outdoor equipment. The first area that will benefit is adjacent to the Junior yards, while we wait for the Infant playground to be installed. An installation date of June has been promised for a low-level Jungle Climber, a climbing wall, a timber cabin and three benches which can also store outdoor resources. Additionally, an outdoor timber shelter has been purchased for the Infants’ outdoor classroom. Following the installation of the Infant yard, further purchases will be made for the grassed area that remains and I will update you further once those details are finalised. The wonderful contributions of the school community via the PTA activities have been very much appreciated and we’ve also built up and put aside other funds over the last couple of years to make this large investment, in order for this work to proceed. Thank you to everybody who played their part!

May Day Bank Holiday – Please be reminded that school will be closed on Monday, May 3rd for the Bank Holiday and Tuesday, May 4th for a staff training day.

Charlie Caton – We are keeping a close eye on the footballing progress of ex-pupil and son of staff member Leanne at Shrewsbury Town. He made his full league debut last weekend, coming on as a substitute for the League One club, so huge congratulations to him and his proud parents. Hopefully he will be given further opportunities before the end of the season!

Congratulations – Congratulations to Maree Morgan. Over the last couple of years, she has worked with us on a placement and is now a fully qualified counsellor, achieved with distinction. Very well deserved!

Living Classroom – With the weather being so glorious, seeing the pupils of Year 5 off trooping down to The Living Classroom for some outdoor learning was a pleasure. I am sure there will be photos on Twitter later on, highlighting what they’ve been up to!

Twitter – Take a look at Twitter to see photos of Nursery’s mini-beast artwork, Reception activities, some lovely outdoor activities in Years 1 and 2 and outdoor pictogram work in Year 3. Remember to give @rhosstreet a follow for the latest news and pictures, if you’re yet to do so already.

Students of the Week – A huge well done to our Students of the Week – Alice, HarryC, Eden, Eliza, Belle, Jacob, Leila, Maisie, Isla, Teddy, Daisy, Jay, Mia Rose, Scarlet, Amelia, Seren, Amelie, Leighton, Willow, Bella, Anna and Brodie.

Music Lessons – Bills for music lessons have now been updated on Parent Pay for our musicians. I’d also be grateful if any unpaid bills from earlier in the year could also be settled. Many thanks.

Have a lovely sunny weekend. May your barbecues sizzle!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

April 16th 2021 Ebrill 16eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The Summer Term is here and everybody is settling back to what will hopefully be a prolonged period of regular uninterrupted schooling! I think having the whole school back for a fortnight before Easter was valuable, meaning we could all carry on where we left off quickly now that we are back. I foresee an industrious period ahead for our pupils as we head towards the summer. I am sure they will respond with effort and enthusiasm to the high expectations we have of them!

Mae Tymor yr Haf yma ac mae pawb yn setlo’n ôl i’r hyn a fydd, gobeithio, yn gyfnod hir o addysg ddi-dor reolaidd! Rwy’n credu bod cael yr ysgol gyfan yn ôl am bythefnos cyn y Pasg wedi bod yn werthfawr, gan olygu y gallem i gyd gario ymlaen yn sydyn gan ein bod yn ôl. Rwy’n rhagweld cyfnod gweithgar o’n blaenau i’n disgyblion wrth i ni anelu tuag at yr haf. Rwy’n siŵr y byddant yn ymateb gydag ymdrech a brwdfrydedd i’r disgwyliadau uchel sydd gennym ohonynt!

Book Bingo – I have been asked to remind the children to return their forms/details to the Library by April 17 to be entered in the Book Bingo prize draw. It was pleasing to see many of our pupils share details of their visits to the library on Twitter over the holidays.

Parking – 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 do not park in the pick-up/drop off zone – this again causes congestion. If you need to leave your car, 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.

Congratulations to Giggles Staff – Congratulations to Gemma who won the best photographer award that she was nominated for and also to Mali for passing her childcare exam.

School Rugby Sessions – Sessions in school on Tuesdays will be as follows: April 20th – Years 1&2, April 27th – Years 3&4, May 11th – Years 5&6.

Music Lessons – Face to face music lessons have resumed this week. The timetable is the same, so please ensure your child has their music books, instruments, drumsticks etc. on the day of their lesson. Many thanks.

Missing Coat
– Ben has mislaid a ‘Fat Face’ coat. If you have seen it, please let the office know.

Students of the Week – Well done to Auraya, Nancy, Chima, Rayne, Hannah, Katelyn, Poppy, Charly, Aidan, Jenson, Luca, Miley, ConnieT and ConnieD for being awarded Student of the Week.

Holiday Absence
– Now that restrictions are being lifted, I am aware that some families are making requests for holiday absence. While I fully understand the reasons behind and potential benefits of spending a few days away following lockdown, I wanted to take the opportunity to reiterate Denbighshire Local Authority’s policy on attendance, being that any holiday absences taken will be coded as ‘unauthorised’ on the attendance register as a matter of protocol. If you wish to make a request for holiday absence, notification forms are available via the office following a discussion with myself.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

March 26th 2021 Mawrth 26ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The Easter break is upon us and after a hectic, challenging and disjointed term, it’s a real positive that we reach this point with the school fully open once again, cases reduced and hope for the future. I think that during this period of adversity, there has been much that we can look back on with satisfaction. The home learning was very positively received, the support given in the childcare provision was appreciated, the jobs completed while tidying, sorting and brightening displays were valuable and the way school has been opened safely with children settled, happy and back where they belong has been successful.

I know it’s been a rough ride but we can all hold our heads up high and that includes our school community of parents and carers who have done their best to help us keep Rhos Street learning. Thank you for everything you have done.

May I appeal to you all to continue to follow the school’s safety guidelines going forward, so that the journey back to normality can continue. Below is a message from Chris Johnson, Chair of Governors, plus an update from the Local Authority in respect of the new yard. Have a lovely Easter holiday!

Smoke Issue – It’s been pleasing to hear about the positive response from the pupils while raising their concerns about local pollution. Letters have been written, pollution poems have been crafted and pollution artwork have all communicated their thoughts and feelings very effectively.

Ruthin Rugby – I have attached a series of flyers to the email for Junior pupils to join in rugby sessions out of school. They outline details for the four age groups (Under 8, 9, 10 and 11s) that can join Ruthin Rugby Club’s sessions by contacting Mike Evans via the mobile and email details included.

School Rugby Sessions – Sessions in school after Easter will be as follows: April 13th – Reception, April 20th – Years 1&2, April 27th – Years 3&4, May 11th – Years 5&6.

Denbighshire Library Book Bingo – Denbigh and Ruthin Libraries are inviting primary school children to participate in #BookBingo over Easter, to promote reading and using their local library through a challenging and fun activity. This coincides with the reopening of libraries on March 29th by appointment only. Completed sheets will be entered into a draw after the April 17th closing date for a prize sponsored by Siop Clwyd, Denbigh and Siop Elfair, Ruthin. Further details were sent out last week.

Becky’s Wedding – Becky Harrison, Foundation Phase staff member is getting married on Saturday to her partner Barry! She was EXTREMELY excited when she told us about her news! It must be the shortest engagement ever! Congratulations Becks! We are so delighted for you! Enjoy your special day! She was treated to a socially distanced and alcohol free ‘Hen Do’ yesterday lunchtime. We’ll all raise a glass to you remotely tomorrow instead!

INSET Day – Monday April 12th is a staff training day, so we will welcome back the pupils on Tuesday 13th. I’d also like to bring to your attention that Monday May 3rd is a Bank Holiday and that the following day, Tuesday 4th May is also a staff training day, therefore closed to pupils.

Gemma’s Nomination – Some other good news, was hearing that Gemma Thomas of Giggles has been nominated for a photography award. Gemma is one of Wrexham FC’s official photographers and is a real talent at what she does. (Making Wrexham players look good is indeed a feat! ) On our Twitter feed, there is a link you can follow, if you wish to vote for her. Good luck Gemma!

Llanrhydd Street – It was the end of another era this week, as we received news of the Llanrhydd Street buildings at the old site being condemned and destroyed. An important piece of RSS history sadly disappears.

Easter Egg Hunts – Many thanks to the PTA for organising an Easter Egg Hunt for our pupils this week. Special thanks to Jodie Pike and Carolina Trigo for sorting the Juniors’ and Infants’ activities. The chocolate eggs were very much appreciated by our pupils.

Music Lessons – On site music lessons will resume after the Easter break with the same timetable as before. A letter from DMC is attached to the email. Could all unsettled bills be paid via Parent Pay please? Many thanks.

PTA Sponsored Challenge – Another huge thank you for supporting the PTA Sponsored Challenge over recent weeks. A total of £2080.89 was raised, which is an amazing feat! We look forward to seeing the outdoor developments that this sum will go towards securing, taking shape over the summer.

Earth Hour – On Saturday night at 8.30pm, it’s Earth Hour, where we’re encouraged to switch off ALL electricity for 1 hour. As in previous years, any tweets of your experiences would be welcomed!

Another Lockdown Baby! – News of another lockdown baby has reached us! Congratulations to Y6’s Logan and family on the arrival of baby brother Oran!

Lost Property – Will in Nursery has mislaid a Nike tracksuit top. It’s navy blue with a lighter blue hood with a big white tick across the chest. If your child has brought it back by mistake, please send it in after the Easter break.

Students of the Week – Well done to Isla-Rose, Harri, Samuel, Elsie, Thea, Belle, Isla, Scarlet, Amelia, Max. Leala, Milo, JacobW, Charlotte, Joey, DanCJ and Logan for being awarded Students of the Week.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones
Headteacher / Pennaeth

A Message from the Chair of Governors
As we reach the end of another challenging term for the whole Rhos Street community, I would just like to take this opportunity thank everyone at the school for their hard work adapting to the circumstances and continuing to support the children in their work at home and back in the classroom. I appreciate the efforts of staff and parents to support the children through home schooling, and as a parent, I know how important it has been for the children to be back in classroom with their teachers and friends. I am grateful to the staff for creating a safe and welcoming environment now that the children can return. I am sure staff, parents and children alike will appreciate the arrival of the Easter holiday.

With many restrictions still in place it will be a different break for everyone in many ways. Restrictions are being reduced, however it remains true that every contact with others slightly increases the risk, the more people we all meet up with the more likely it is that the infection can take hold again in our community. As a school community we need to be continue to do what is right to prevent spread, to protect families and the most vulnerable in our community, and give the best chance for our children to return after the break without further disruption.

I hope you all have a safe and very happy Easter

Chris Johnson
Chair of Governors

Yard Update Provided By The Local Authority
Progress continues to be made with the development of additional yard area at Rhos Street School. Denbighshire’s Design and Construction team have been commissioned to oversee this development and they have confirmed that the legal agreement for access to the site through the third party land is nearing completion. Once this has been completed they will be able to confirm the start date for the job. In the meantime they have been asked to progress with the contractor the installation of temporary fencing on site over the Easter break including a gated access. This will enable the field to be used by the school during the summer term whilst we await the start on site.

March 19th 2021 Mawrth 19eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Pupils’ Return – It’s been a while, but at last we can say that we are fully open for business once again and long may it continue! Pupils have returned to all of our classes and we have high expectations of them in terms of their effort, behaviour and engagement going forward. They’ve come back to a Junior library refreshed plus classes and corridors with fantastic, colourful rejuvenated displays. Thank you to those staff who have worked so hard on these areas. I’m very much looking forward to seeing and hearing about our pupils progressing apace with smiles on their faces, while face to face learning gets back on track at long last. Many thanks to the school community for their efforts in making it all happen as safely as possible.

Red Nose Day – One positive about not being able to get a haircut, is that it has made it easier to have a crazy hairstyle on Red Nose Day! I’ve seen all sorts of colours and styles, so thank you for supporting today! The pupils have enjoyed themselves, despite us having to restrict activities due to current guidelines.

Rugby Sessions – Mike Evans worked with Years 5 and 6 this week and next week will take sessions for Years 3 and 4. After Easter there will be a provisional schedule involving Foundation Phase classes too.

Smoke Issues – The issue of smoke affecting the locality from a business near to the Glasdir site is one that I’m sure you’re familiar with, particularly as the local press has recently covered the ongoing long-term concerns. As a school, we are passionate about the environment, fighting for sustainability, conservation and of course a clean planet, so we have been trying to get some answers ourselves. Our pupils have been and will be involved in discussions in class, have an opportunity to voice those concerns and channel them in a positive manner that we can share with DCC. We also want to support our local community in Glasdir. Hopefully, the pupils’ input as well as other consultations in the community and Local Authority, will help facilitate a positive outcome going forward.

Parking – Naturally, congestion in the car park has of course increased significantly during this week. May I please ask you all to follow all the signage regarding speeds and direction of travel, in order to ensure that everybody remains safe. Many thanks.

Congratulations! – Congratulations to the Gratton family and the Vallance family on the arrival of their new born babies! It has been lovely to hear some positive news. James and Emi-Lee have been very proud! A big welcome to their respective little sisters Sydney and Harriet!

Denbighshire Library Book Bingo – Denbigh and Ruthin Libraries are inviting primary school children to participate in #BookBingo over Easter, to promote reading and using their local library through a challenging and fun activity. This coincides with the reopening of libraries on March 29th by appointment only. Completed sheets will be entered into a draw after the April 17th closing date for a prize sponsored by Siop Clwyd, Denbigh and Siop Elfair, Ruthin. See the attachment for full details.

Music Lessons – If any pupils have been receiving remote lessons over the past term, then payment can now be made via Parent Pay.

Students of the Week – Well done to Emilia, Hugo, Drago, Neve, Thea, Hannah, Oscar, Eliza, Isaac, Maisie, Jacob, Sebastian, Isla, Nimrod, Ryan, Katelyn, Claire, Romeo, Scarlet, Leala, CharlieE, NoahG, Anna, Joey and Bhupinder on being awarded Students of the Week!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth