February 5th 2021 Chwefror 5ed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

The Welsh Minister for Education’s announcement this lunchtime, regarding the return of Foundation Phase pupils during the first week back after half term, displays some hope that we are on a pathway back to normality. It remains crucial to ensure that any return of pupils, is enacted with the safety of all in the school community as the greatest consideration. Over the next few days we will put together a plan that suits the best interests of the community of Rhos Street School and that will be shared with you next week. As yet, there is no indication as to when Junior pupils will return.

Safer Internet Day – This takes place on Tuesday and resources will be posted on Google Classroom for pupils to engage with the message of 2021, which is that we should always question the reliability of information on the internet.

Great British Birdwatch – Thank you to those of you who took part in the birdwatch. It seems many of you enjoyed spotting our feathered friends as part of our Weekly Wellbeing Activity.

PTA Sponsored Challenge – Attached to the email is further information on the PTA’s Sponsored Challenge, which invites pupils to get out and count the miles they walk, run, cycle or scooter over the next 28 days. Can they reach 50 miles and can they raise money for outdoor equipment through sponsorship? Again, any photos will be gladly shared! Thanks to Lucy Purvis for organising.

Take a Notice Journey – The above activity dovetails nicely with our Wellbeing Activity for next week, which is to go on ‘Take Notice Journeys’ using the senses to fully appreciate the outdoors. Full details will be on Google Classroom.

Junior Blogging and Showcasing – On Google Classroom there is now information regarding blogging opportunities for our pupils to share messages and ideas with one another via Purple Mash. Also, there is a Purple Mash display board, where the teachers are showcasing examples of fine work produced by the Junior pupils in their learning.

Dydd Miwsig Cymru – A link to a disco run by Glan Llyn is on Twitter. This is always a great opportunity for our pupils to have the chance to listen to pop/rock music sung in the Welsh language.

Students of the Week – Well done to the following pupils for their efforts! Drago, Billy and Isabella (Reception), CharlieG, ArloB, CharlieR, Penny, Alexander, Thea, Theo and Grace (Bl1), Romeo, Amelia and Max (Bl2), Isabella, Liam and Jade (Bl3), Sophia, Llinos, Charlotte and Thomas (Bl4), Emilie, Ben, Lacey, Finley, Kian and Ruby (Bl5) and Daniel, Xavier, James and Declan (Bl6).

National Safeguarding Concern – There have been concerns raised nationally, regarding individuals contacting parents of pupils while posing as a tutor and offering one to one tuition . Many parents inadvertently think schools are contacting them and parents are advised to not provide any details about themselves nor their child or school, but rather terminate the call and contact the school where their child is registered and notify North Wales Police on 101.

Message from Huw Hilditch Roberts

Happy New Year

As you may recall I wrote to you in December regarding the new playground at Rhos Street School. Progress remains on schedule and the procurement process for the additional school yard at Rhos Street School has been completed and the successful and unsuccessful
contractors have been notified of the outcome.

The next stage will be the completion of the contracts and agreement to access the land as these can only be arranged once a contractor has been appointed. Once this is completed works will be able to commence. As part of the procurement process there is a “standstill period” once the bidding contractors have been informed of the outcome and during this time we are unable to announce who the contractor will be or engage with them. This period ends at midnight on Monday.

However, once discussions are allowed to progress I will write to inform you of who the successful contractor is and the timescales for the commencement of works

I wish to reassure you that the statutory procurement process is nearing completion and I will share further information when I receive it next week.

Huw Hilditch-Roberts

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 29th 2021 Ionawr 29ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

We awoke today to the news that some pupils may return to school after the half term holiday. I very much hope that this is the case and that we are in a position of safety to do so. I will of course keep you fully updated on the format that this return to face to face learning involves, as soon as I have further information.

Weekly Wellbeing Activity – Thank you for sharing your dens – please keep them coming. Next week’s activity involves the Great British Birdwatch, so please keep an eye out on Google Classroom for details next week.

Estyn – The word Estyn normally brings me out in a cold sweat, but it was a pleasure talking to them at length and in depth this week, in order to share and discuss the details of the school’s Covid response over the last 12 months and particularly our success in meeting the current challenges.

First Minister’s Competition – On Google Classroom, there is also a colouring competition run by the First Minister. Some of our pupils’ entries have been shared on Twitter already and full details have been posted to GC.

Students of the Week – Well done to Eliza and Lucas (R), Jacob, Paige, Isla, Jack, Lilly, Maisie, Belle, Daisy and Nimrod (Bl 1), Seren, Ruben, Ryan, Charly, Scarlet and Romeo (Bl 2), Leyla, Daniel, Jacob and Mia (Bl 3) Mia, Emi-lee, Billy and Jenson (Bl 4), Emily, Kaden and Finley (Bl 5) and Archie, Gabby, Logan and Leo (Bl 6) for their efforts. Keep up the good work!

Home Learning Packs – Updates to Year 1 and 2 home learning packs have been prepared and have been left outside main reception for pick up.

Music Lessons – If you wish for your child to continue receiving music lessons while school remains closed, the Denbighshire Music Co-operative are providing online lessons and you can register to receive them this way, via the following link:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ouEiaNPmIEe_X_psK1t04xa-5nJ0D4tDnTlFTuoFa4xUN0xSNU01RE43NlpLODBKVjE0OENUR0xIMCQlQCN0PWcu

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 22nd 2021 Ionawr 22ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Well, the days seem to blend into one another at the moment I’m sure you’ll agree, but having checked my phone, it tells me that it’s Friday, so newsletter time it is! Another week and another set of challenges come out of the blue I’m sure you’ll agree, with the heavy rain bringing the onset of flood in the town. I dearly hope none of you have been adversely affected and we send out our sympathies to those whose houses were damaged. We all remember 2012’s events, so we can at least be thankful we haven’t suffered on that scale in Ruthin this time.

Weekly Wellbeing Activities – Something that has brought a smile to people’s faces no doubt, has been the activities posted encouraging our pupils to get outside and be creative. I was delighted to see so many outdoor art creations last week and I’m really enjoying the Camouflage photos I’ve seen so far. I’ve shared many examples on my video message posted to Google Classroom and hope to see some more after the weekend. There is a new Weekly Wellbeing Activity scheduled to be posted by Mr Davis on Monday and I hope you all enjoy that one too.

Students of the Week – We’ve had another very industrious week on Google Classroom and not only am I extremely impressed with what I’m seeing and hearing, the teachers are also delighted with the pupils and once again wanted to recognise some of them for their endeavours. Well done to Daisy, Chima and Oliver in Reception, Eliza, Piper, Eva, ArloJ and Sebastian in Year 1, Seren, Charly, Joe and Henry in Year 2, Isabella, Milo, Leo and Kalyani in Year 3, Indi, Emily, NoahG and Fletcher in Year 4, Joey, Tiffany, Kian, Ruby and Isaac in Year 5 and Bhupinder, Dean, Olivia and Brody in Year 6.

Phone Calls – I think we have managed to contact the overwhelming majority of families by now. We will be in touch again in the near future, but in the meantime, please be assured that we are here to support and assist in overcoming any complications on a day to day basis.

Technical Support – Over the last couple of weeks, we have been going through the process of reconditioning the old set of iPad2’s we have on site. They have been wiped, removed from the school network and set up for the online learning platforms. They are old devices and have been very much superceded by newer models, so they are far from perfect and less functional than a Chromebook for the purposes of home schooling. However, we now have a very limited number available that we can loan any families who are having difficulties providing their children with a suitable device to complete their online learning. If you are encountering significant problems due to device issues, then please get in touch and we will provide you with an iPad.

Internet Access – Likewise, we have been made aware that BT will provide internet access via hotspot to families who are unable to access broadband at home. If you meet this criteria, then I can make an application on your behalf. Once again, please get in touch if you are without broadband and wish to take advantage of the offer.

Internet Safety Competition – Please see the attached poster for details of a competition run by North Wales Police which will dovetail nicely with Internet Safety Week activities.

Good News! – Congratulations to Lacey in Yr 5 and her family who have just welcomed a new baby boy into their midst. It’s wonderful to be able to share some good news in these troubled times!

Online Rugby Sessions
– Ruthin Rugby Development Officer, Mike Evans has kindly started a Youtube channel called RugbyFit. Weekly videos with Rugby drills and fitness activities will be posted. Pupils can subscribe and take part in their own time. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgQU4GK8bDknzV1WAd2FQeA

Thank You – A big thank you to Rich Craig for the job he completed on site at the school this week. We’re really grateful for his time and his work! The Year 1 pupils have been writing letters of thanks to him and to Huws Gray for the materials.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 18th 2020 Ionawr 18fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Another week in lockdown comes to an end. I hope it’s been a productive one and that you’ve all found ways to find moments of lightness among the gloom which unfortunately continues to engulf us.

Outdoor Art – A bright spot from my point of view, has been getting to see the outdoor art creations our pupils have made as part of their Weekly Wellbeing Task. It has been a pleasure to see the photographs and I have shared those that have reached me so far, in an end of week video / assembly posted to Google Classroom today. Any more efforts over the weekend and beyond will be gratefully received – it’s lovely to share what you’ve been up to with everybody.

Students of the Week – The teachers and I wanted to share the names of some pupils for their efforts this week. Samuel and Harri from Reception, Lilly, Isaac and Alex from Year 1, Claire, Ruben and Romeo from Year 2, Charles, Willow, Tommy and new pupil Evelyn from Year 3, Daniel, Alys, Cadie and Jay from Year 4, Ben, Lacey, Elliott and Barkley from Year 5 and Connie, Toby, Leo and Nate from Year 6 have all engaged really well – as have many more which could also be mentioned. Thank you for your efforts and keep it up! I’m sure I’ll get to share more names next week! The above were recognised in today’s online message.

Santes Dwynwen Competition – I have attached details of a county wide Santes Dwynwen competition to the email, in which the children can take part. Santes Dwynwen is the patron saint of Love for Wales, our St. Valentine so to speak. I explained the task briefly to them today in my message.

Christmas Card Competition – Well done to Shreya, who was selected as Rhos Street’s winner in Darren Millar’s Christmas Card competition. She has won a prize and certificate and was also recognized in the video today.

Music Lessons – If you wish for your child to continue receiving music lessons while school remains closed, the Denbighshire Music Co-operative are providing online lessons and you can register to receive them this way, via the following link:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ouEiaNPmIEe_X_psK1t04xa-5nJ0D4tDnTlFTuoFa4xUN0xSNU01RE43NlpLODBKVjE0OENUR0xIMCQlQCN0PWcu

Phone Calls – As outlined in my email to you earlier this week, you will receive phone calls over the next week, if you haven’t already as a courtesy, offering you any support and as a check that you are ok and have everything you need. I’d be grateful if you’d continue to reinforce the messages in the email you received on Tuesday with your child, to ensure they get the best out of the resources and activities we are posting.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 11th 2020 Ionawr 11fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Happy New Year! I know not much seems to have changed from the year we’ve just waved goodbye to, but I’m sure you’ll all agree we continue to live in hope that things will.

The new term has begun, with pupils learning remotely and our Key Worker provision has also reopened. We’re here, ready and available to support you in any way we can. Now that we have been able to plan for this eventuality, I’m satisfied the whole package offered by the school has a good structure which will help our pupils to be able to approach home learning with some degree of independence, with reduced need for parental input that hopefully ensures the whole process can take place in a low stress environment!

As I advised you during the initial lockdown, please just do your best amidst your own personal circumstances. All we ask is that you encourage, monitor and support your child the best you can. Our teachers have endeavoured to put together activities that are engaging and that will benefit your child rather than tick a box. If they do their best, I’m sure they will progress, but do not worry about it and let us try and support you. The most important thing is that our pupils and their families are safe and we want that to remain the case.

I have emailed links to support videos that will help our pupils access the learning platforms available, as well as the relevant web pages you need. Any further technical issues, I’m sure can be overcome if you bring them to our attention. There are also videos and information posted to Google Classroom, with instructions, advice and guidance directed towards our pupils on how to get the best out of their online learning experience. A big thank you goes out to the teachers for their diligent preparation.

Today, there has been an announcement by Welsh Government saying that in relation to arrangements for schools, online learning will continue until February 13th (the beginning of half term) unless there is a significant reduction of Covid cases by the next review of regulations on January 29th. While this information is disappointing as we all yearn to get back to normal, it does allow us to plan ahead in terms of the activities our pupils will be asked to tackle at home and strengthen the package that teachers are putting together in a meaningful way.

Please let us know how you are getting on and send some photos to us on Twitter. Let’s try to keep in touch as a community as we did in such a positive and humorous way last spring and summer.

Snow has arrived, so while it’s here, one activity that MUST be added to the suggested timetable is to go and play in the snow and also send a photo to us on Twitter! We have remained open today for our pupils of Critical Workers and vulnerable children. Once again, a big thank you to the staff concerned for their efforts while providing this support on site.

I’m hoping you’re all feeling positive despite the gloom. Please stay safe in relation to Covid, but also look out for yourselves and one another in terms of your wellbeing. Every single one of us is doing our best in a situation that has no textbook! Be kind to yourselves and fingers crossed, everything else will take care of itself. Have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

December 18th 2020 Rhagfyr 18fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

We reach the end of a year that at this time last Christmas, nobody would have anticipated was ahead of us. Now, here we are at the close of 2020 and it’s still surreal to think about the catalogue of events that took place, while still finding ourselves in a similar position to where we were back in the spring. Now we live in the hope that the onset of a vaccine, will finally see restrictions loosened and life return to some form of normality.

As Headteacher, I’m sure I speak for all of the school community in saying we can look back with a strong sense of pride, as we evaluate the positive way everybody concerned has responded to the crisis. Staff, pupils, parents and relatives have all pulled together to try to keep spirits lifted, pupils learning and more importantly, all as safe as possible.

I am forever grateful to everybody for their efforts. It truly is a privilege to lead this special school and although I am obviously biased, I do feel we are truly unique here at Rhos Street, with staff, pupils, parents and Governors who stand out and exemplify everything positive regarding providing and supporting a high quality education that is balanced and nurturing. Every child succeeds here.

Despite all the challenges of 2020, seeing the improvements our pupils have made since returning at the beginning of the autumn term, has been reassuring and uplifting. They are catching up really quickly. Many, many new pupils have joined the school community during this period across all classes and the rapid progress they have made since moving here has been equally pleasing, as has the way they have settled to The Rhos Street Way. Long may it continue!

We end the year proud of the many accomplishments, but also with the continued determination to enthusiastically meet the challenges of 2021, aiming for further success.

However, first of all, I hope everybody ensures they have a wonderful and safe Christmas. I truly hope it is filled with joy and a feeling of reward after a period of such hardship. I hope you all find a way to celebrate in style and safety. May your glasses be as full as your bellies!

Enjoy!! I think we all fully deserve to!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

A Message from the Chair of Governors
As everyone starts to look forward to Christmas, I would like to thank the entire Rhos Street School staff for their efforts to keep the school running and our children safe during this challenging term. Everyone has played a part, and I also thank parents and carers for their support of the school. I wish you all an enjoyable but safe Christmas. I hope that next year will be an easier year for us all. See you in 2021.
Chris Johnson (Chair of Governors)

PTA Thanks – A big thank you to Lucy, Jenny, Emma and Julie for their work on the PTA this term. Many activities have taken place at the end of this term, including the quiz, raffle, toilet roll competition and photos (another order will be taken in the New Year). They have added a lot of Christmas cheer to our end of year activities and I am very grateful. Remember you can pick up entry forms for the PTA Festive Hunt at the Candy Shack – a fun activity for the family over the Christmas break. The raffle made a profit of £522 which is amazing! Despite all restrictions, during this term the PTA have raised £1095 to go towards outdoor equipment, so a huge thank you to everyone for their continued support and donations.

Virtual Christmas Concert – Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received for the Christmas Video. I am delighted it went some way towards replacing the real thing!

Christmas Singalong – It has become something of a tradition to have our end of term singalong, so fortunately, Microsoft Teams facilitated the event this year and added the customary festive cheer!

Thank You Mrs. Hughes – Once again we thank Mrs. Hughes for her efforts, this time standing in for Miss Davies in Year 3. Miss Davies returned this week and it’s been great to welcome her back. I’m sure we’ll see Mrs. Hughes again very soon!

Arrangements for January – You will have seen the communication I sent out earlier from the Local Authority, regarding the arrangements for week one in January. I can confirm that Monday and Tuesday, January 4th and 5th are staff training days, so home learning will commence from Wednesday January 6th for the rest of the week, with pupils provisionally expected to return on-site from Monday January 11th. Parents of Foundation Phase pupils (Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2) can pick up work packs for their children on the Tuesday from main reception. I will of course keep you updated regarding any potential changes to the above arrangements. I am sure you have already seen, that situations can change at very short notice!

There may be provision for children of Key Workers on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and I will email on Monday, January 4th for parents to register.

I will also email you all on Monday, January 4th with any further details I have regarding home learning.

Merry Christmas and see you in 2021!! Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

December 11th 2020 Rhagfyr 11fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

It’s been lovely to welcome back Years 3 and 4 this week, following their period of self-isolation. They’ve worked hard at home but the school feels complete with them here!

Christmas Video – The video is now complete and I will soon email the link for you all to enjoy the performances. Once again, may I appeal to you not to share the link publically on social media.

Music Lessons – Could all payments for music lessons be settled on Parent Pay please? This includes settling recalculated bills from the last academic year. Many thanks.

Christmas Jumper Day – It’s been great to see the festive jumpers today. We’ve been finding out our Elf names. Mine is Twinkle Sugarkin!

Students of the Week – Students of the Week are all of the Nursery Class, Isabella, CharlieG, OscarW, JackC, CharlieR, Sebastian, Katelyn, SerenD, all of Year 3 (plus Aidan for last week!), all of Year 4 (plus Emi for last week too!), Emilie and Archie. Special mentions too for Ben for his three Blue Peter Badges and Kian for his work on RM Easimaths.

PTA Toilet Roll Competition – Thank you for the wonderful entries. I enjoyed the photos on Twitter. The winners selected were, Emilia-Grace, Luna, Isla, Joe, Isabella, Trystan, Ella May and Illy.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth