May 4th / Mai 4ydd

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

National Tests – With just Years 4 and 5 left to take their reading paper, the tests are nearly over. I am proud of the way the pupils showed great concentration and effort in a mature way, with little fuss and hopefully as little stress as possible. I’m sure they’ll all be relieved to get them out of the way!

Play in a Day – Year 5 had a successful day of it with Jeff, as they learnt, rehearsed, choreographed and performed a play about Ancient Greece. The whole school plus parents and relatives very much enjoyed seeing them share their work at the end of the day.

Cricket Sessions – Cricket coach for Denbighshire and Flintshire Robert Ward will be running some cricket sessions in school for some of the classes, starting next week. On Tuesday, Years 1 and 2 will have their turn.

Parent Governor Nominations – Please refer to the documentation sent home or emailed today, regarding the appointment of two Parent Governors.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

April 27th / Ebrill 27ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

It was pleasing to see so many take advantage of the opportunity to look around the school yesterday evening. After all the hard work, stress and organising over the last few weeks, I know the staff were very appreciative of the positive and supportive comments shared with them as you all walked around. I am showing a couple of parents around quickly on Tuesday at 8am, so if you were unable to make it last night and are able to come at that time, then enter main reception and I’ll be happy to include you in the tour too.

Chester FC Wildcats – Our after school club began this week. The girls had a great time and received a certificate for their efforts.

Achievers – Students of the Week included Azam, Jay, Xavier, Tilly, Daniel, Mia and Emilie. Welsh awards went to Gabby, Poppy, Lily, Alex and Matthew. Alys received a gymnastics award. Well done to all.

Guidance on Infection Control – I am once again sharing online the guidance on advising parents regarding the amount of time pupils should be kept off school for particular illnesses.

Urdd Tickets – The deadline for early bird tickets at a cheaper rate for Builth Wells is on Monday.

Play in a Day – On Wednesday, this annual activity will take place for Year 5 pupils. They will learn, choreograph, rehearse and perform a play in one day.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

April 20th / Ebrill 20fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
What a pleasure it is to see the school in action in such glorious weather. The views are stunning, the outdoor areas look bright and sunny and although external works are still titivating the landscapes it’s great to see the pupils enjoying the better weather. We’ve waited long enough for it!
Parents have also waited patiently to take a look inside our new building. Although we are still very much a work in progress, we are happy to informally open our doors on Thursday after school to allow anybody interested in the school community to come inside and take a look at our new facilities. You can enter through the hall door and have a wander round the classes where the staff will greet you and guide you. I hope you enjoy the opportunity, which runs from 3.30pm until 5pm.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Art – We had some good art results. In the Ruthin competition, Ffion and Morgan finished 2nd and 3rd respectively for their drawings, with Illy finishing 1st for her puppet and jewellery. Illy also finished 3rd for her pieces in the County event. Well done! Da iawn chi am gymeryd rhan!

Parking and Safe Travel – Thank you to the vast majority of you who are parking and travelling through the car park sensibly and thoughtfully. While there are issues for DCC to address to further facilitate a safe movement of traffic, which are in hand, I’m told; in the meantime, may I ask for everybody to take their own personal responsibilities seriously. Please park in designated spaces, not drop off zones and also most importantly I appeal to you curtail the speed of your vehicles to 5mph. Arrows are due to be painted on the tarmac indicating the flow, but please use the correct gates for entry and exit and travel in an S shape around the car park. Many thanks for your anticipated cooperation. DCC will be communicating with you all in due course.

Achievers – Students of the week were Charlie, Trystan, Ruby, Maisie, Cai, Jay, Oscar, Jocelyn and Raif. Welsh awards went to Casey, Benjamin, Grace, William, Raif and Alex. Holly received a swimming certificate and Ruby a karate blue belt. Well done to all!

Giggles – Our pre-school group Giggles has settled really well into the new premises. Gemma, our new staff member is here reading a story.

Year 3 Science – Year 3 have been investigating light in Science this week.

Football Sessions – Years 5 and 6 enjoyed sessions with the coaches from Chester FC this week. The MUGA is certainly an excellent resource for such activities. They return over the next six week to conduct sessions for all Juniors.

Sun Safety – Woolly coats, scarves and gloves can now be replaced by sun hats and cream!

New Pupils – A big welcome to Cai and Jay who have joined Years 3 and 1 respectively.

Year 3 Parents’ Evenings – Appointment times have been shared with Year 3 parents. Please wait in the foyer in reception, where your child’s work will be available to view before you see Miss Davies.

Year 3 Creative Project – This will resume with Elizabeth Jones next week. I’m sure it will continue to be a real success.

National Tests – It’s that time of year again and the test period will commence on May 2nd running until May 9th.

Year 5 Maths Challenge – This will take place on Friday next week and involve our more able Maths pupils in Year 5.

Parent Pay – If you have not yet done so, please activate your Parent Pay accounts and settle outstanding dinner monies. Many thanks.

PC Heledd – PC Heledd spoke to Year 6 this week about drugs awareness and making the right choices. Some strong messages were shared and were received and understood by all.

After School Girls’ Football Club – Chester FC are running a free after school football club for girls. It will run on Monday evenings from 3.30 until 5pm and places are limited. Please return the pro-forma if your child is interested.

Beau’s Haircut – As you’ll be aware, Beau was fundraising for The Little Princes Trust and having his hair cut. This event took place this week and I think he can rightly be very proud of his efforts!

Twitter – Our way of communicating information with you and the world on a daily basis, is through Twitter. We’re grateful for the positive feedback we receive for our use of this media and it is a great way to share and promote what we do with you. Find us by searching for @rhosstreet and see news, nonsense, photos and important information. Please encourage friends, relatives and other members of the school community to follow us!

April 13th 2018 Ebrill 13eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

It’s been a really positive first week! We are delighted that so much has fallen into place so quickly and while there is much fine tuning to do, we are already settling into our new home. The pupils have been a credit once again, adapting so well, being enthusiastic and also respectful of our new premises. Long may it continue.

Drop Offs – These arrangements have been very successful so far. Please bear in mind that Giggles’ gate, accessible via the upper path, will open at 8.30am, while the lower gate will open at 8.50am. If you arrive before then, please send your child into breakfast club. At the end of the day, the gates will be opened at 3pm for you to access the site.

Achievers – Students of the week were all of Reception, Willow, Isabella, all of Year 2, Teddy, Poppy, all of year 5 and Wil. A swimming certificate went to Holly and a football trophy to Fletcher. Seren won the Welsh award.

Assembly – Our new hall is spacious, has good acoustics, is bright and is a great environment for our assemblies.

Urdd Art – We had some good art results. In the Ruthin competition, Ffion and Morgan finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively for their drawings, with Illy fiishing 1st for her puppet and jewellery. Illy also finished 3rd for her pieces in the County event. Very well done indeed! We’ll present certificates on Monday!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

April 9th 2018 Ebrill 9fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

I hope you had a lovely Easter. We have nearly reached the big day, where we finally welcome the pupils onto the new site.

It is going to be a period of transition and change and I ask for your patience and understanding as we establish new arrangements that work for us, while ensuring pupils are safeguarded at all times. I appreciate some of the details regarding paths and entry points may be confusing with you being unfamiliar with the site. However, the information below will hopefully be of help as you cast eyes upon our new home as you first arrive. There will of course, be plenty of staff on hand to assist.

Here are the arrangements for Tuesday onwards for your attention. Please read them carefully to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible from the outset.

Parking – The car park has been completed and marked last week. Denbighshire County Council Staff will be on hand to point you in the correct direction safely. The way into the car park is via the entrance on the left, with the exit through the gate on the right.

Morning Drop Offs
Breakfast Club – Breakfast Club opens at 8am. Pupils will need to be accompanied to the door leading into the hall which is to be found directly to the left of Main Reception, where they will be registered and passed on to a staff member before entering the hall. You can access this door via the steps in front of both schools or the zig-zag path to the right of those steps.

Nursery and Giggles – Parents of pupils in Nursery and Giggles can follow the upper path running to the right of main reception and through the upper gate to where Eleri and Kelly will welcome the pupils for Nursery from 8.50am. Giggles pupils go through the same gate and then through the next blue gate to get to Giggles which is past the slide. Giggles is open from 8.30am.

All other year groups – Parents of other pupils will follow the lower path in front of the school, leading to the right hand side of the building and go through the lower gate, keep going past the steps on the left, following the path up to the next gate, where you will pass on your child to a staff member on that gate. Your child will then go onto either the Infant or Junior yard area until the bell rings. If it is raining they will go directly into class. The gate will be opened at 8.50am. Any pupils arriving before that time, will need to be taken to Breakfast Club, as per the arrangements above. Any latecomers should come into school via the main reception.

Picking Up Arrangements

11.30am Nursery Pick Up – The pick up arrangements for Nursery pupils will be the same as morning drop off, with the pupils being released though the same doors to parents and relatives at the end of the morning session. Pupils going from Nursery to Giggles will be handed over by staff inside the building.

Reception Class – At the end of the school day, parents of pupils in the Reception class, will use the gates and stairs used by Nursery parents in the morning, where the pupils will be released through the Reception cloakroom.

Years 1 and 2 – Parents of Years 1 and 2 pupils will access the site via the gate they dropped off the pupils in the morning and wait on the Infant outdoor area for the pupils to be sent home via their respective cloakrooms.

Juniors – Parents of Junior children will access the site via the gate they dropped off their pupils in the morning and wait in the Juniors’ outdoor area for them to be sent home via their respective cloakrooms. This area is to be found by following the path to the right of the gate for morning drop offs.

Enquiries – If you wish to make an enquiry in the office, you will need to follow the stairs in front of both schools or the zig-zag path to the right of those steps. Clerical staff are available from 8.45am so any messages to be passed on to school staff in the morning can be done here or via Breakfast Club staff before that time. Parents and relatives are permitted onto the site at the end of the day while picking up and staff are of course available at this time for informal chats, as we are eager to retain our open door ethos, despite the changes regarding morning drop offs.

After School Club – Pupils will be handed over from class to After School Club inside the building. The location of After School Club is the same as Giggles. Follow the path to the right of the front of the school building, go through the gate, up the stairs on the left and past the slide.

Landscaping – You will be aware on entry to the site that the external landscapes are incomplete and areas that will be grassed are yet to be seeded. Could you please encourage you children to stay on the paths at all time and not step on soiled or barked areas. Many thanks.

School Lunches / ParentPay – The electronic system in the canteen is yet to be installed as I write this. We will of course be using ParentPay as before the Easter, but there may be a period of transition as the computerised canteen system is introduced. I’ll keep you posted!

Ongoing Works – There will be ongoing works going on at the site, which will include finishing the externals and any snagging works. Be assured that the pupils will not be put in any danger or be placed in the proximity of any of these works.

School Uniform – We have approved the logo design to go on the uniform and Workplace Worksafe will soon have them in production, if they haven’t already.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

A Final Word Before We Move / Gair i Gloi Cyn Symud

Dear Parents and Relatives,

It seems a long time since May 2013, when we were informed of the proposal to build on a new site for both schools on the other side of town. Yet here we are, five years later, on the threshold of that move, with the school community bracing itself with a mixture of sadness and excitement at leaving the old behind while embracing the new.

This school is steeped in its history, with the old traditional and distinctive building being a wonderful home to over 170 years of education. Thousands of pupils and hundreds of staff have all collaborated in a positive educational environment over many generations. This longevity, is a testament to the importance of this school to the town of Ruthin over recent centuries.

The Farewell Event this week was just perfect, because it gave all our current pupils the chance to look back and look forward to the future. They sang their song with pride and it was wonderful to welcome current and old friends who made the effort to attend. It was very special to see a packed hall as a fitting finale.

While we may be moving buildings, we are and will remain the same school, with the same values, principles and aims. We have the same mission to provide opportunity, realise potential and enrich learners together and this vision will prevail and drive us forward. We will have the same pupils, same staff and same community around us, who will ensure that this is the case and the name synonymous with education in Ruthin: “Rhos Street School,” will rightly go with us. It is a brand of which we are proud and the retention of our name, reflects our wish to hold on to as much as we can from our current incarnation, while we also strive to take advantage of fantastic new facilities and resources to drive us forward into the future of an ever changing world.

Our old building will remain a cherished landmark in this town. While we acknowledge that we have to leave it behind, I cannot overstate how important it is to us, that this building is left standing long into the future and that its distinctive and historic external features, remain untouched.

As an old Chinese proverb says:
“The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home.”
We may be travelling to the other side of town, but we live on and our home is Rhos Street School.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones
Headteacher, Pennaeth

March 23rd / Mawrth 23ain

Dear Parents / Carers,
The school is becoming an increasingly empty place. Five hundred crates have been packed and transported across town, as has some of the furniture we’ll be retaining. The remaining items will be taken care of between now and Easter, after which the unpacking can begin. I hope everybody has a lovely Easter and I look forward to welcoming everybody to our new home on Tuesday April 10th.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
Mae’r ysgol yn dod yn le fwyfwy gwag. Mae pum cant bocs wedi eu pacio a’u cludo ar draws y dref, fel mae rhai darnau o ddodrefn y byddwn yn eu cadw. Bydd yr eitemau sy’n weddill yn cael eu cludo hyd y Pasg, ac ar ôl hynny gall y dadbacio ddechrau. Rwy’n dymuno Pasg hyfryd i bawb ac yn edrych ymlaen at groesawu pawb i’n cartref newydd ar ddydd Mawrth Ebrill 10fed.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – Creative Dance – Our Creative Dance group has competed twice in recent weeks. Firstly in the local Eisteddfod and then the County event last night. On both occasions they were awarded a much deserved first place with a very striking and visual performance, fantastically choreographed by Mrs Lewis. They now go on to the National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells and I will share further details straight after the Easter break. Llongyfarchiadau!

Farewell Event – Thank you to the PTA for providing refreshments at our farewell event. A huge thank you also to our current pupils and staff for their work in preparing activities for all our visitors to enjoy.

Ruthin Local History Website – The Ruthin Local History Society are focusing on the history of our school in an ongoing project. Visit the following pages to see what has been completed so far.

Urdd Eisteddfod – Last Saturday’s Eisteddfod also proved to be a success, with Emma awarded 1st place on the flute. The singing party finished 2nd, Ben was 3rd for his recitation and Xander 3rd on his cornet. Our recitation group came 4th. A huge thank you and well done to all who took part.

Letters to Ghana – Our student teacher in Year 4, Miss Strong is off to Ghana over the holidays and has been helping the pupils to write letters to take over with her on her visit.

Year 3 Project
– I hope that you took advantage of the opportunity to view the fantastic opportunities that Year 3 have been provided with in their creative project with Elizabeth Jones and the wonderful work they produced, which was displayed at the event this week. They have been very enthusiastic and we look forward to seeing how the project develops across the school after Easter.

A Toast by the Governors – Once all important business had been taken care of, the Governors last week took a moment to reflect upon and toast the old school building in the final meeting before the move.

Easter Homework Projects! – There are some opportunities below of which the children can take advantage, to keep them busy during the Easter break.
1. Gabriel Goodman Story – Year 5 and 6 pupils, following their visit were given a leaflet with information about Gabriel Goodman for them to write his story, in a competition with the prize being a trip to London! The closing date is soon after Easter. The leaflet is copied below.

2. Urdd Art and Craft – Thank you for entries already sent in. Any further entries will strictly have to be sent in first thing on Tuesday 10th as they have to be registered that morning in order to be eligible. Pupils also have to be Urdd members. I have attached the syllabus.

3. Ruthin Festival Art Competition – Attached below are details of this competition celebrating 25 years of the festival.

LA Newsletter – Also below, you will see a newsletter prepared by the Local Authority, providing some information regarding the new site.

Open Day – I’m sure you are eager to take a look at the new site once it’s finished. Apparently there was an event organised by the construction company for local residents this week. Once we’re unpacked, sorted and up and running, I’ll organise an open morning for you to see our new site and building.

Reception Visit – We were finally allowed to take our Reception pupils on Wednesday and they were very excited to see the new building.

New Arrangements – Over the final weekend of the holidays, I will communicate finalised arrangements for parking, where you can drop off pupils for breakfast club, drop off points for the school day and arrangements for picking up.

Twitter – Our twitter account remains an increasingly busy place, with 130,000 views over the last 28 days.

Another Goodbye – Anne-Marie from the canteen has left us this week to have a baby. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back after her maternity leave.

…and a hello again! – With Mrs Evans leaving the school office for pastures new, you may well have noticed that we’ve welcomed Emma Taylor back into the clerical role she undertook for us previously.

A Huge Thank You – It’s been a very turbulent time of late and I pay tribute to the staff for managing the stressful exercise of moving so well, hand in hand with their other everyday duties. The pupils have been a big help and can also be praised. Finally a big thank you to all the volunteers who have given of their time and been so important in us managing to get all the work done. You know who you are!