Gorffennaf 15fed / July 15th 2022

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The final newsletter this term, sorry it’s a monster, and time has flown. I wish our Yr.6 leavers the very, very best as they leave the familiarity of Rhos St and set sail for new adventures at secondary school. I can genuinely say that they have been ‘cursed to live in interesting times’ with events in recent years, but am incredibly proud of them all and so glad that they have got to do so many of those things that go towards making their final year at primary school so special.
I would like to thank the whole school community for their support this year and wish each and every one of you a fantastic summer.

Message from Mr. Jones
Hi Year 6. At the end of your final days in Year 6 and as pupils at Rhos Street, I just wanted to send you a few words, to wish you well as you move on to your Secondary School. Whether it is at Ysgol Brynhyfryd or elsewhere, I hope you are happy, successful and continue your educational journeys positively. These are exciting times! I have watched your development closely as individuals over those many years you’ve been at the school, only to miss out on witnessing your final two terms. It only seems like yesterday, when those of you who joined the school as toddlers at the very beginning were in Giggles and the Nursery Class! Nevertheless, I wanted to take the opportunity to send you my thoughts and good wishes. I hope you enjoyed presenting your Leavers’ Service – I’m sure it was great fun. On that note, I hope the whole school community of pupils, parents and staff have a fantastic summer, with fingers crossed for great weather!
From Mr. Bryn Jones

Your child’s end of year report has been sent home today. Please take time to read through the report and return the reply slip to your child’s class teacher. If you would like to discuss a specific issue with your child’s report then please make an appointment, via the school office, with your child’s class teacher for Monday 18th of July.

Personalised Assessments
We have just finished our two-week personalized-assessment window at school. All of the children from Yr.2 to Yr.6 have been taking the assessments online. Colleagues at Rhos St and other schools have shared how they felt that the assessments this year have been particulary challenging, so we are all extremely proud of the children for working so positively with them. We are sharing the learner feedback produced for each child through their Hwb account. Sharing the feedback online reduces our environmental impact and also offers parents additional functionality within the feedback, giving them access to examples of the questions taken by their children, which is not available on printed feedback sheets. I have included detailed instructions on accessing the learner feedback in the email to which this newsletter is attached. Learner feedback is available for the Numeracy Procedural and Reading personalised assessments. Feedback for the Numeracy Reasoning test, this year, is in the form of teacher feedback not made available by Hwb to parents.

Leavers’ Service

It was lovely to welcome parents and carers of the Yr.6 children to our first Leavers’ Service in a very long time. The Yr.6 children did themselves proud with a lovely performance with great singing and acting. Many thanks to all the parents, carers, relatives and friends who came along to support them.

Outstanding Payments
Could I request that any outstanding payments for school trips, music lessons or school dinners be made before the end of this term please. Any dinner monies left outstanding for Yr.6 pupils will be transferred to Ysgol Brynhyfryd and may mean that in Yr.7 they might not be able to receive food from the canteen until accounts are settled.

Many thanks to Arlo Jones’s parents for their kind donation of cable reels, they will be put to many and varied use in the outdoor areas. Another thank you to the parents of Maddie Thompson for the very generous donation of foundation phase gardening tools. Thanks also to Sarah Longhurst, Alys’s mum and school governor for her very kind donation of deck chairs. I get the feeling they are going to be very popular amongst both children and staff alike.

Flu Vaccination Consent
Please can all outstanding influenza vaccination forms be returned to school by Monday 18th July. Many thanks.

Uptake Questionnaire
Dear Parent/Guardian,
As part of the Co-operation Agreement, Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have recently announced the rollout plan to be allow all primary school children to have a free school meal by September 2024.
To help us plan ahead and make sure that every child who would like a free school meal can receive one, we would be grateful if you could complete the survey via the link below and let us know whether you’d like your child or children to receive free school meals under this scheme.
Please could complete a short survey by following this link: https://forms.office.com/r/9Qh57Epbqn
We would appreciate your support in completing this survey and returning by 29th July 2022.

Kind Regards
Education and Children’s Services Department

Year-End Celebration Menu
The canteen has been doing us proud with their celebration menus this term and on Wednesday 20th July they are doing a Seaside Favourites special which includes fish and chips in a box and ice cream pudding – a seagull’s dream!

Summer Reading Challenge

We had a visit on Thursday morning from Roland a gentleman from Denbighshire Library Service to officially launch the Summer Reading Challenge: Gadgeteers. He shared information on the great Gadgeteers characters and also on how children can get involved with the summer reading challenge. Lots of children put up their hands to show that they wanted to take part, a really positive response.

Music Forms
Please could any forms requesting peripatetic-music provision next term be returned by Monday 18th please. Music lessons and group sizes need to be organized before September with Denbighshire Music Cooperative as changing lesson days, lesson times or group sizes is extremely complex. Many thanks.

Breakfast Club Payment
The £1 per day breakfast club charge has now been set up on Parent Pay. Pupils attending breakfast club from September will be registered and parents will be requested to pay for each day of their child’s / children’s’ attendance at the end of each week. I have been advised that we are unfortunately unable to accept Childcare Vouchers in payment for school-based provision. Parents and carers with pupils on the free-school-meals register will not be charged for the provision.

This week’s brilliant achievers are: The whole Nursery class, Thea, Louie, Aurora, Daisy, Charlie, Grace, Max, all of Yr.4, Tomos and all of Yr.6 for their brilliant leavers’ service.
Welsh awards went to Maya, Indi, all of Yr.4, Florence, Bertie, Oliver, Thea and Bethany.
Platinum Gymnastics awards were shared by Llinos and Alys. Yr.5 shared their Super Scientist award and Finley finally got his hands on his overdue kindness award, for which he kindly waited patiently!
Well done to all of our achievers!

Thank you, Yr.,6

A big thank you from me for the lovely card which was surreptitiously delivered to me at the end of service this morning from the children of Yr.6. Sharks, camping, pizza and coffee – they know me sooooo well!

Thanks again for all your support, have a fantastic summer.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Gorffennaf 8fed / July 8th 2022

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Another crazy-busy week comes to a close. Personalised assessments have been going on as well as some fantastic Science-Week activities. Add a leavers’ blessing, a hint of Laser Combat and a soupçon of Summer Fair and you have a recipe for school staff drinking a lot of red wine this evening!

Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children. Taking place annually, the Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term. The Summer Reading Challenge helps by regularly reaching over 700,000 children each year, motivating them to visit the library and keep reading during the holidays, and in turn helping them to maintain their reading skills and confidence.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, ‘Gadgeteers’, is all about science and innovation. Developed in partnership with the Science Museum Group, the Challenge will inspire children to use their curiosity and creativity to discover the science behind the everyday, and celebrates the role of the imagination in both reading and the sciences.
To join the Gadgeteers all the children need to do is read 6 library books over the summer holidays, and each time they visit the library they get fun rewards, including a medal and certificate if they complete the Challenge. It’s fun and free to take part, and we will also have some great activities in our libraries to support the Gadgeteers theme.

Personalised Assessments
We have been conducting the statutory personalized assessments this week with classes from Yr.2 to Yr. 6. Feedback on your child’s performance in the tests will be provided online from Friday 15th July and accessible through Hwb using your child’s access credentials. Online feedback reduces the environmental impact of printing large numbers of sheets, reduces costs to the school and also gives parents access to example questions to see exactly the types of question that their children have been answering. I will share specific instructions for accessing learner feedback on the 15th of July.

Science Week

A brilliant week of science activities this week, delivered by Xplore Science UK. The children had a fantastic time learning all about space, the stars and planets or building and testing solar-powered machines. Lots of great active learning went on and the opportunity to take part in activities that I’m sure the children will remember for a very long time. A big thank you to Mrs. Lewis for organsiing it all. There are lots more great pictures on our @rhosstreet Twitter account.

Nant BH and Pentrellyncymmer
We have had a positive response to our indication of interest letters for the two visits and are intending to go ahead with both trips. Letters with hoe information will be coming out soon. Subsequent to that, the payment will be set up Parent Pay which will allow payment to be made either in one single payment, or several installments, depending on what suits individual parents and carers.

Flu Vaccination
Letters have gone out today inviting pupils from Nursery to Yr.5 (Yr.6 pupils will be offered the vaccination at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Yr.7) to receive an Influenza vaccination on October 5th. Please complete the form, indicating your preference, and return it to school by Thursday 14th July. Many thanks.

Breakfast Club – Autumn Term
As I shared with you previously, when we return in September there will be some changes to the Breakfast Club at Rhos St. Breakfast Club will open at 8.00am and will serve breakfast until 8.30am. Breakfast Club will close its doors at 8.40am. School will open to admit pupils at 8.50am, as usual. There will be a charge of £1 per pupil, for the childcare aspect of the provision, with a maximum charge of £2 per family (irrespective of the number of siblings). Parents and carers with children qualifying for free-school meals will not be charged for attending Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club charges will be collected through Parent Pay and will be set up ready for September.

Ruthin Tennis Club – Open Day
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Ruthin Tennis Club is holding an open day on Sunday 10 July. All ages are invited to use the club courts, and the club’s coach will be running a number of free tennis classes for children and teenagers to try tennis out. To book a free place for one of the coaching sessions or to register to use the courts for free during the open day, please use this link: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/ruthinltc/Events/Event/9b8ee589-b7bf-403b-9590-da66c60ccd36

Our fabulous achievers this week are: Florence, Sam, Aurora, Verity, Nimrod, Teddy, Eliza, Lucas, Oliver, Mia-Rose, Meredith and Tyler.
Welsh awards went to: Aliza, Oscar, Jude, Charlie, Sebastian, Henry, Jade and Billy
Cadie shared her dance award and Fletcher shared his football medal. Well done to all our achievers this week!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mehefin 24ain / June 24th 2022

Mehefin 24ain / June 24th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The sunny weather seems to be deserting us for a while, let’s hope not for too long. Lots more great things going on this week, school trips away, pond making and if the muffled sounds from the hall are anything to go by, secret preparations for the Yr. 6 Leavers’ Service are afoot!

Sun Protection
Despite the sun showing its fickle side today there will, hopefully, be lots more sunny weather as the term draws to a close. Please see the following precis of our Sun Policy:
• Clothing
• We will actively encourage all pupils to wear a sunhat (ideally with a protective back flap) when playing outside.
• Pupils will wear t-shirts during PE or outdoor lessons to cover up their shoulders.
• We will encourage staff and parents/guardians to act as good role models by practicing sun safety
• Parents/guardians will be asked to ensure their children wear appropriate cover clothing during sunny periods
• Sunscreen
• The use of high factor (40+) all day sunscreen will be encouraged across the whole school day and during
outdoor school trips or visits.
• We will remind parents/guardians to provide their child(ren) with sunscreen for school trips and events.
• We WILL NOT hold a stock of sunscreen in the school.
• Foundation / Key Stage 1
• Parents/guardians will be asked to apply sunscreen to their children before they come to school.
• Parents/guardians will be asked to sign a form giving permission for their children to bring their
own sunscreen to school and apply it themselves.
• The sun cream must be labelled with the pupil’s name and will be stored in crates and kept by the class teacher.
• The crates of sunscreen will be made available to the pupils during break times and lunch times.
• Pupils will be supervised with the application of their sunscreen.
• Key Stage 2
• Parents/guardians will be asked to apply sunscreen to their children before they come to school.
• Parents/guardians will be asked to provide their child(ren) with their own sunscreen to bring to school so
that they can apply it themselves.
• The pupils will be encouraged to apply sunscreen themselves before playtimes and lunchtimes.
• Pupils will be supervised with the application of their sunscreen.

Parent Governor Applications
We are opening applications for two Parent Governors at school. I have sent out today information regarding the role of governor as well as a nomination and application form. Prospective governors are asked to complete a short personal statement in support of their application. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the role of Parent Governor with either myself or the Chair of Governors Julie Debicka, then please contact the school office.

Ruthin Carnival
Please see attached flyer for Rhos St’s plans for the Ruthin Carnival on Saturday 25th of June. Meet-up is at 10.30am next to the BP petrol station. Participants are asked to wear blue and bring blue, preferably noisy, things.

PTA – Own Clothes for Chocolate
We will be holding an own-clothes day on Friday 1st July to support the Rhos St PTA. We are requesting a donation of chocolate which will go on the Chocolate Tombola at the Summer Fair on Friday 8th of July.

Water, Water Everywhere!
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of Tony Dallolio and his team we have water in the polytunnel and Garden Area, this has proved invaluable, particularly in the recent hot weather, in keeping our garden thriving. We are hoping to add an automatic watering system in the near future to keep our much-loved plants happy over the summer holidays. Pupils worked with Mrs. Reece and Brad, from Denbighshire Countryside Services, this week to lay the liner in the pond and begin the filling process using water from our water butts. We are hoping to attract lots of wildlife to the pond and provide a habitat for local aquatic and amphibian species.

This week’s achievers are: Hannah, Finley, Emilia-Grace, Daisy, Isaac, Lola, Oscar, Jacob, Penny, the whole Yr. 3 class, Riley, Llinos and Tiffany.
Welsh awards went to: George, Ruby, Belle, Billy J, Elissa, Lily-Mae, Emily and Joe.
Mia shared her football award, Hari, Henry and Emi-Lee shared their rugby awards and Henry also shared his Race for Life award. Being Brave in your vaccination awards were shared by Maisie and Mia.
Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mehefin 17eg / June 17th 2022

Mehefin 17eg / June 17th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Lots and lots going on again this week: school trips, water talks, sports day and the Garden Area is flourishing under the expert care of Mrs. Reece and the green-fingered pupils of Rhos St. Plenty more activities and events scheduled in this hectic term. Phew!

Sports Day

It was lovely to have the opportunity on Wednesday to get back to old-school sports days. We were extremely lucky with the weather and got both the Foundation Phase and KS2 evets under our belts without a hint of rain. Many thanks to all the staff for organising the events so well and supporting the children through the highs and pressures of sports day. A big thank you also to the parents carers and relatives that came along to show their support on the day and made it such a special experience. A huge thank you also to the PTA who provided the refreshments stall and also the lollies / slushies (it was very hot) for all of the young athletes. The biggest thank you goes to all of the children for their sportsmanship and effort in all of the events.

Wizz Kids

The Reception and Yr. 1 class had a fantastic visit to Wizz Kids on Thursday. Lots of energetic fun and excitement on slides, in ball pits and climbing everything in sight. There were some very tired, but satisfied children on Thursday evening.

Ruthin School – Science and Humanities Taster Day
Yr. 5 had a brilliant time at Ruthin School on Thursday. They got to take part in lots of great activities and had a great time. Many thanks to Ruthin School for organising the transport and the event.

Garden Area
Things are developing nicely in our Garden Area with flowers and vegetables aplenty. The talented gardeners of Rhos St school are certainly showing their mettle.

ICT Migration
From Monday 20th June to Wednesday 22nd June Denbighshire ICT will be migrating all of our ICT devices onto their system. This will be a big step forward for us in terms of managing all of our devices at school, but may mean that we are unable to communicate via email during this period. The migration may also affect our telephone system for a short while, but I have been told that returning the telephone system will be a priority.

Cymraeg Campus
After a tantalising wait I can finally confirm that Rhos St has been awarded the Bronze Cymraeg Campus award. A huge thank you to Mrs. Lewis for putting together all of the evidence that we needed and also to the Criw Cymraeg for all their hard work in helping develop and support Welsh language at Rhos St. A great achievement and testament to all the hard work from staff and pupils alike in learning and using Welsh. I’m sure that this is the first of many Welsh awards to come.

It’s a Boy!
Huge congratulations to our lunchtime supervisor Vicky on the recent birth of her son Tobias. Very best wishes to the whole family.

Fund Raising
A huge thank you to all of the school community for supporting North West Cancer Research in our own-clothes day last week. We raised a fabulous £153 which will be added to the donation from our daredevil staff members Becky and Emma who will be completing their sponsored abseil down Liverpool Cathedral in the near future.

Our fab achiever this week are:
Ted, the whole Reception class for being brilliant on their trip, the whole Yr. 1 class for brilliant on the same trip, Lola, Oscar, Jacob, Leila, Lilly, Thea, Charly, Jay, Kalyani, Kamal and Beau.
Welsh awards went to:
Hiyan, Aurora, Mia-Rose, Eva-May, Cain and Miley.
Taekwondo belts went to Maddie, Eva and Emily

A special Headteacher’s Award was given to Morgan Haylock for his heartwarming sportsmanship and demonstration of the very best of values. During his race at Sports Day Morgan was just about to cross the line in first place when he noticed his friend take a fall. He instantly turned back from crossing the line and went back to help his friend. This wonderful, selfless act was noticed by the staff parents and children and gives a wonderful example of the best of values. We are so proud of him!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mehefin 10fed / June 10th 2022

Mehefin 10fed / June 10th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

A short, but always busy week draws to a close. Lots of sports-day preparations and the beginning of new, exciting themes and topics all around the school. We’ve had more great upgrades to the outside areas which have been put to full use this week. From the look of our bulging school calendar, it looks like it going to be a very busy term!

Outdoor Areas
Many thanks yet again to Tony Dallolio and Liz for all their hard work over half term laying pipe to the polytunnel. We now have access to water in the polytunnel and in the Garden Area. Thanks to Tony and Co again the Foundation Phase yard also had a great upgrade with the addition of a bike store, making it easy for the younger pupils to spin their wheels around the playground.

Nant B.H and Pentrellyncymmer Trips.
We will be communicating shortly regarding next year’s outdoor education residential visits. Years 5/6 will be offered an opportunity to visit Nant Bwlch Y Haearn and Years 3/4 will have the prospect of a stay at Pentrellyncymmer Outdoor Education Centre. The initial letter will be to ascertain the level of possible interest in the residential visits to see if they are viable. Further information on costs and payment plan structure will then follow. All previous residential visits must be paid for in full before families will be allocated places on forthcoming residential trips.

Yr 6 Swimming
The Year 6 pupils will begin their block of swimming sessions on Monday 13th June. Subsequent sessions will be on 27th June and 11th July. Pupils will need swimming kit, towel, goggles and a suitable bag. The pupils will be walking to and from Ruthin leisure center.

Sports Day
Sports day this year is scheduled for June 15th with a reserve date of June 23rd should the weather be inclement. The Foundation Phase event will be held from 9.30am and the KS2 pupils will begin their athletic activities at 1.30pm. Current Covid-19 regulations permit parents and carers to attend the event. Seating will be provided and refreshments will be available for purchase from the PTA.

Sign Language
The KS2 pupils were treated to a high-energy, fun packed sign language lesson on Thursday afternoon. Sign-language maestro Del had all the pupils and staff learning some beginner’s signs and performing two classic songs in sign language. Everyone had a fantastic time and learned lots and lots.

Ruthin Festival
Please see the attached flyer highlighting Rhos St’s plans for the Ruthin Festival on Saturday 25th of June. It looks like a fantastic opportunity for fun and excitement, not to mention making lots of noise! Pupils are asked to wear blue and bring blue things, preferably noisy blue things! Meet up is arranged at 10.30 am by the petrol station in Park Road.

Freezy Friday

Rhos St PTA will be selling end of the week freezy treats outside main reception 3pm till 3.30pm. Ice lollies 50p Ice cream £1

Donation of Computers
Many, many thanks to Kristy Roberts, from HKM Building Supplies, for the kind donation of computers to the school. We are going to have them installed in the Doughnut room for pupils to use for work and play.

PTA Photos
Emma Phipps has very kindly offered to take school photographs for us on Monday 13th. These will be offered for sale in support of the Rhos St PTA. Can all pupils come to school in school uniform on Monday please, irrespective of PE or Chester Football sessions.

Our fantastic achievers this week are: Ruby, George, Eliza, Layla, Eliza, Joe, Isabella, Thomas and Ben.
Welsh awards went to: Auraya, Nancy, Sophie, Scarlet, Lilly, Mia and Finley
Kemal, Thomas, Ethan, Finley, Rayne, Josh, Jack and Charlie showed of their football awards and Isaac and Fletcher shared their ‘Most Improved Player’ awards.
Bella and Grace shared their Taekwondo orange belts and Louie shared his Taekwondo brown-stripe grading certificate.
Well done to all of our amazing achievers!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mai 27ain / May 27th 2022

Mai 27ain / May 27th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Well half term is finally here and the last few weeks have been jam packed with activity from start to finish. It has been a genuine pleasure to see the outdoor areas developing so well and the commitment and dedication from the staff and children has been wonderful to witness. What with the Urdd 100 Yrs celebrations, Platinum Eco-Award, Bronze Cymraeg Campus assessment, not to mention the Platinum Jubilee, no wonder we’re all ready for a few days rest! I hope you all have a wonderful half term and have time to recuperate, all ready for the final push towards summer.

Breakfast Club
We have been a victim of our own success in Breakfast Club and the large number of children in the hall in a morning is, unfortunately, becoming an issue. After discussions with the Governing Body we will be changing some aspects of Breakfast Club from September 2022. From the start of the Autumn term Breakfast Club will open at 8.00am with breakfast being served from 8.00 am until 8.30 am. The doors to breakfast club will close at 8.40 am until the school opens at 8.50 am. School receives funding from Welsh Assembly Government to provide the breakfast, but there will be a daily charge of £1 per child for the childcare aspect of the provision. The funds raised will be used towards additional staffing and resources in Breakfast Club as well as being put towards funding activities, resources and educational visits for the pupils in school. Children receiving free-school meals will receive the childcare at no charge. Families with more than two children will pay a maximum of £2 per day for all of their children to attend.

Lyn Curran Retirement

Today we say a very fond farewell to Lynn Curran our school cook, cleaner and Breakfast-Club stalwart who is retiring after 36yrs dedicated service to Rhos St School. Lynn has been ensuring that the children of Rhos St are well fed for many, many years.. We ambushed Lyn in service this morning to thank her for all her hard work with some cards and gifts and flowers from the staff. The children from the Foundation Phase and Juniors presented her with hand-made cards showing their gratitude for everything she has done for us at Rhos St. Lyn will be greatly missed at school and we wish her a very long and happy retirement.

Parent Governor
We are looking to appoint a parent governor to our great team of governors at school. If you are a interested in becoming a parent governor on the governing body then please complete and return the attached nomination / application and return it to myself by Friday 10th of June. There will be a small number of paper copies available at the school office if any prospective applicants have issues with printing at home. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the post myself and / or the chair of Governors – Mrs Julie Debicka will be happy to arrange a meeting via the school office.

Tesco Tokens
We have been selected for the Tesco Community Grant – blue tokens. Rhos St Garden Area will be one of the options for your blue tokens from the first week of July to the beginning of September. Please think of us if you are in Tesco for essential supplies (red, white or rosé).

Urdd 100
Our 100 years of the Urdd movement celebrations stepped up a gear with the addition of Mr Urdd welcoming everyone to Rhos St. The Yr 1 class also had an amazing time visiting our friends at Ysgol Pen Barras to meet with Mistar Urdd and to enjoy a performance of their Urdd pieces in readiness for the Eisteddfod over the half term holiday. The Yr 1 children produced a lovely Pob Lwc poster for Pen Barras which they have very kindly displayed at the front of the school. With Covid-19 regulations relaxing me genuinely hope that this collaboration is the first of many opportunities for both schools to work closely together.

Platinum Jubilee
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at school yesterday were worthy of Her Royal Highness herself. The hall was bedecked in red, white and blue and the children looked fabulous in their 1950s outfits and royal regalia. There were drinks, goodies to eat, dancing and fantastic royal-themed games aplenty. A massive thank you to the staff who organized and managed the whole event so brilliantly.

Teacher-Training Days
Just a reminder that school will be closed on Monday 6th of June and Tuesday 7th of June due to Ruthin Cluster – primary school staff training days. School will reopen for pupils on Wednesday 8th of June.

Our fabulous, if a little distracted, achievers this week are: Chester, Ella, Will, Emiliya, Elsie, Rayne, Sebastian, Romeo, Jacob, Thomas and Maya.
Gwobr Cymraeg went to: Amelia, Thea, Lucas, Myah, Evie, Ethan and Beau. Well done to all of them!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mai 20fed / May 20th 2022

Mai 20fed / May 20th 2022
Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

There is a definite buzz around the school at the moment as we begin to gear up for two significant events. We are making plans for our platinum jubilee celebrations, with hushed discussions about staff costumes – I know this isn’t going to end well for me! We are also busy decorating the school ready for the Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbigh and the 100 Years of the Urdd Movement celebrations. Some parents may be particularly aware of some of the bunting at the front of the building, as they had to limbo under it on Thursday morning.

Urdd Message of Peace
On Wednesday the Urdd asked schools across Wales to share their message of peace as part of a country-wide call to action. In the Urdd’s centenary year, the 2022 Peace and Goodwill Message was launched at a dedicated event in the company of the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway. Also present at the event were the students from Aberystwyth University who created this year’s message, following the partnership between the Urdd and the university.

Criw Cymraeg
The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard over the year, thinking of new ideas and creating the Welsh shop on a Wednesday lunchtime. They have also been changing children’s Welsh books and completing many other tasks in school. We have been working on our Cymraeg Campus Bronze Award and hope to achieve this soon. We have completed the different targets together. Establishing a Welsh ethos, learning about the advantages of learning Welsh, the use of incidental Welsh in the classroom, the use of incidental Welsh outside of the classroom, Welsh in assemblies, using apps and websites to enhance learning and enjoyment, enrichment activities, developing reading, using Welsh across the curriculum and developing a positive attitude towards the Welsh language and culture. Thank you for all your support. Diolch!

Update on School Attendance Guidance
Parents and carers in Denbighshire are being informed that the Welsh Government has reverted back to the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for non-school attendance (please see attached letter). Following an announcement from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Denbighshire County Council will follow the guidance to ensure young people are accessing their education. Geraint Davies, the Council’s Head of Education, said: “Denbighshire is informing parents and carers of the update from the minister for education. We are committed to ensuring school attendance, attainment and the well-being of our young people.

Urdd Eisteddfod Tickets

You can now obtain your free tickets for the Eisteddfod online (access to the Primary Show comes automatically under the Maes ticket that you order for the whole day). Tickets are available through the link below:

School Decoration
As part of the 100 years of the Urdd Movement schools in Denbighshire have been asked to decorate their grounds in suitable livery. Always mindful of our eco-credentials and our Platinum Eco-Award staff and pupils worked together to produce a wonderful Mistar Urdd to decorate our emergency evacuation gate, adjacent to the bypass. He was made of an upcycled sign and lots and lots of upcycled plastic lids. Give him a wave as you pass by. He is soon to be joined by his twin, welcoming pupils, parents and visitors to Rhos St’s main entrance.

Our inspiring achievers this week are:
Daniel, Freya, Elliot, Louis, Alex, Paige, Piper, Eira, Scarlett, Leighton, Charlotte, Trystan, and Isaac.
Welsh Awards went to:
Henry, Esme, Samuel, Eliza, Lucas, Ryan, Kalyani, Emi-Lee and Anna.
Isla shared her swimming award and Eva shared her Karate- student of the month award.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Andrew Davis, Headteacher / Pennaeth