December 21st 2018 Rhagfyr 21ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
As I write my final newsletter of 2018, I find myself reflecting once again on what a unique and remarkable year it’s been, how much has taken place and above all how much all stakeholders of this special school have pulled together in so many ways to have made it a year to remember, a year to celebrate and a year where much has been achieved. Not only have we left an old historic building, but we’ve also made a home on the new site, while still retaining all that is dear to us. We’ve put our own stamp upon that new building and it is a welcoming environment that stimulates our pupils. Those pupils have continued to reach the highest of standards and through all of the upheaval that is no small feat. Staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that has been the case while also facilitating a smooth move. Governors’ effective input has been invaluable as has the help encouragement and support of so many parents who work in an effective respectful partnership with us. We look forward to sharing the inspection report with you at the end of January and face the future with pride, confidence and excitement! Here’s to 2019! (But hopefully the next fortnight goes really slowly!)

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Christmas Service – Our series of services this week had a lovely Xmassy atmosphere as we went old-school with a string of the more traditional carols and songs being sung with one or two surprises in between. Thank you again to the pupils for their efforts, to the staff for their preparations and of course to Mrs Parr for accompanying the children on the piano.

INSET Day – Monday January 7th is a staff training day, so please do not send your child/ren to school until Tuesday January 8th.

Snow Alert – We’ve been fortunate to avoid any snow so far this winter and fingers crossed that will remain to be the case. However, as before, you are best keeping an eye on twitter when any bad weather hits in the New Year because any news will be posted there first.

PTA – At the end of the year, I’d like to thank the PTA for their efforts. Lucy and the team have worked hard and we are delighted to have been able to place an order for a set of Chromebooks which we will receive in the New Year. The children had a film afternoon yesterday and the PTA provided refreshments and this gesture was very much appreciated.

Christmas Singalong – We all assembled in the hall today for our annual Christmas singalong. The pupils sang with enthusiasm, the staff played percussion terribly and the mistakes I made on guitar were cleverly hidden by all the noise. It was great fun!
It all became a bit of a riot in the end and frankly I didn’t care!

Rock Choir in Tesco – We received a lovely welcome in Tesco for our performance. Thank you again for the support

Santa Dash – Santa was chased by a group of elves from various classes today as we raised money for St. Kentigern hospice. Santa’s hamstring is very sore!

A Christmas Message – With all the various Christmas activities going on, despite all the hustle and bustle, there has been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here at Rhos Street School and I’m sure this is reflected in your homes, as excitement builds among the children with the big day approaching. I hope each and every one of you has a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones and that you all celebrate in style. I’d also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2019 brings luck, happiness and joy to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January, when I hope the children will be refreshed and ready to face the challenges that the New Year will bring. Have a good one! ☺

December 14th 2018 Rhagfyr 14eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
We are getting nearer and nearer to the big day. I’m sure you’ll agree it is definitely the best time of year and these final weeks in school, despite the busy hurly burly are very, very special and ones to savour. I hope you enjoy the services and the children enjoy the final week.

Rydym yn agosau at y diwrnod mawr. Rwy’n siŵr y cytunwch ei bod yr amser gorau o’r flwyddyn ac mae’r wythnosau olaf yma yn yr ysgol, er gwaethaf y prysurdeb mawr, yn arbennig iawn. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddwch chi’n mwynhau’r gwasanaethau ac mae’r plant yn mwynhau’r wythnos olaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Rock Choir Performances – The Rock Choir have been in great voice and I’d like to thank them for their commitment and enthusiasm last weekend at Awelon and at the Rotary Concert at St. Peter’s Church. Today, they sang in Costa Coffee and the wonderful, noisy reception from our ever supportive parents and relatives was very much appreciated. The complimentary hot chocolates went down a treat too! Next Thursday, they will sing in Tescos.

Christmas Service Arrangements – Children will be wearing uniform for the performances, but have been told they can add some Christmas titivation to their attire! You will have ordered your requested number of tickets and as stated previously any donations given on the afternoons and evening would be much appreciated and will go towards improving the provision of ICT at the school. On the Wednesday evening performance, we ask the children arrive at 5.30pm and go to their classes via main reception. At the end of the performances, they will all go back to class and be released to parents via the usual procedures at the end of a normal school day. Please remember that parking space has also been secured at the Farmers’ Market, as Pen Barras are also holding one of their concerts that evening. With the volume of traffic predicted on and around the site I ask you all to drive carefully and be vigilant with so many children and adults on site in the darkness.

Christmas Jumper Day – It’s always great to see the variety, colour, creativity and humour depicted in the Xmas jumpers every year and this year has been no different.

Santa Dash – Next Friday, the pupils are encouraged to dress as elves for £1 towards St. Kentigern Hospice and at playtime a special Elf / Santa run will take place on the school field. It promises to be quite a sight!

Xmas Craft – Pupils have been grabbing the opportunities to show off their creative skills through their Xmas craft activities. It’s been great to use the willow harvested from the Living Classroom being used so effectively, to make some lovely Xmas stars.

After School Club – If you have made block bookings on certain days for After School Club, could you please inform us in advance if your child will not be attending. As we are full on some days, this would free up a space for us to offer other pupils who wish to access the service. We don’t want to enter a situation where we have to charge for unfulfilled bookings so your co-operation would be appreciated.

Chester FC Achievers – Well done to Isaac, Faye, Grace, Ruby, Lottie, Seren and Connie who have made such a good impression with Chester FC in their training sessions, to have been invited to the great city to join their development centre. I hope they enjoy this fantastic opportunity!

PTA Film Afternoon – On the afternoon of Thursday Dec 20th, the PTA have organised a treat for the pupils, who will get to watch a film and also have some special refreshments in their classes.

Year 1 Competition Success – A big thank you to Sarah Yates who entered Year 1 in a competition run by HiQ and has secured some prizes and £1000 of Amazon vouchers for the school. What fantastic news and a huge thank you!

Urdd Membership – In the New Year, Urdd Eisteddfod activities will take place. The cost of membership goes up from £7 to £10 on January 10th, so please send in your payment now so you can make that saving.

Glan Llyn – Could all remaining payments via Parent Pay for Year 3’s visit to Glan Llyn be made promptly.

Pentrellyncymer – Could all pro-formas be sent back quickly, indicating interest among Year 4 pupils regarding this trip. This will allow us to firm up numbers before Xmas. Many thanks.

Music Lessons
– Could all outstanding music payments be made please via Parent Pay?

Twitter – See twitter for lots of additional photos and feedback.

December 7th 2018 Rhagfyr 7fed

Dear Parents / Carers,
With a fortnight left, we hurtle inexorably towards the end of term, hoping all the things we had in mind to get done will get completed. Looking at the twitter feed and the diary dates below, you’ll see that we are doing much in the local community during this special time of year and that the remainder of December is very much focused on Christmas activities. Better late than never eh!

End of Term Dates
Sat 8th Dec – Rock Choir sings in Awelon 2.30pm
Sun 9th Dec – Rotary Xmas Carol Concert, St. Peter’s Church 6-7pm
Fri 14th Dec – Xmas Jumper day £1
Tue 18th Dec – RSS Whole School Xmas Service 1.30pm
Wed 19th Dec – RSS Whole School Xmas Service 1.30pm & 6pm
Thu 20th Dec – Rock Choir sings in Tesco
Fri 21st Dec – Santa Dash – pupils dress as elves for St. Kentigern £1
Fri 21st Dec – Xmas Singalong and End of Term

Achievers – Students of the Week were Daniel, Llinos, Samadhi, Issy, Mia, LillyH, Nathaniel, SerenB, LillyJ and Finley. Well done to all!

Grace’s Cake Sale – We’ve had another pupil led charity drive this week, with Grace selling cakes to raise money for GPS – Gray Platelet Syndrome. Well done her for the thoughtful gesture!

Xmas Services – Please ensure your pro-formas are returned, so we can organize your tickets. As Pen Barras will holding their Year 5/6 concert at the same times on the Wednesday, we have organized additional parking at the Farmers Market.

Nightingale House – Year 6 are selling little Xmas cuddly trinkets, with proceeds going to Nightingale House. £1 each.

Rock Choir
– Please refer to the letters sent home this week regarding Saturday and Sundays’ performances.

PTA Newsletter – Please see the new PTA newsletter in the documents section.

Xmas Jumper Day – Friday 14th December is Xmas Jumper Day, where the pupils can come to school dressed in, you guessed it, Xmas jumpers! £1 contribution requested towards Save the Children.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher

November 30th 2018 Tachwedd 30ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Friday arrives and I’m relieved to be able to say that Estyn have left the building. We have undergone a systematic, rigorous and challenging process, where every aspect of our school has been scrutinised in depth. All was done however in a fair and balanced manner and I elaborate further below. Now we are free to utter the word Christmas without fear or trepidation. Events kick off tonight with the PTA Fair and I will send details out early next week of our concert arrangements. Now November comes to a close, we can look forward to a special time of year, as the excitement builds towards the big day at the end of December. I think this Christmas is one that we will make sure we really enjoy even more than we normally do! Bring it on!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Estyn Inspection – As stated above, we were grateful of the professionalism and fairness shown by the Estyn inspection team this week. Although I am not permitted to share their judgements of the school in advance of the report’s publication, I can confirm that we are very encouraged by their findings. I am tremendously proud of my senior management team, teachers, support workers and clerical staff, as well as all other staff members and adults we work so closely with, including the Governors, for their efforts, their immense team spirit and determination for us to do as well as we possibly could. I’d also like to thank the pupils for their wonderful behaviour, attitudes, efforts and standards shown this week. They deserve every praise. Finally, I’d also like to thank parents for their fab support during the week. The official report will be published on the 31st January 2019.

Achievers – Students of the week are Charlie, Kody, Declan, Emily, Holly, all of Class 3, all of Reception and Morgan. Tyler W received a ju-jitsu belt and Charlie his 7th kyu. Well done all!

Living Classroom – This week’s visit by Year 5 to the Living Classroom was an action packed session. See twitter for further photos. Thank you to the different agencies and Denbighshire Countryside Services for their involvement in the session as well.

PTA Fair – Hopefully we’ll see you later at the fair. It kicks off straight after school.

Ruthin Xmas Lights – All pupils are welcome to join us for the singalong on Ruthin Square tomorrow. We meet up at 4.15pm. See you there.

School Council – The School Council will visit County Chambers on Thursday afternoon. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the experience.

Awelon Singsong – On Saturday 8th Dec, Thr Rock Choir will sing at Awelon’s fair. I will confirm details next week.

Rotary Xmas Concert – Likewise on the 9th, in the evening, we will participate in the Rotary Xmas Concert. Details to follow.

Glan Llyn – Year 3 visit Glan Llyn on January 17th for an overnight residential. Could any outstanding balances from the trip be paid by the end of term please?

November 23rd 2018 Tachwedd 23ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
We reach the end of the week full of anticipation, excitement and a little trepidation at our inspection which takes place next week. It goes without saying that the efforts of everybody concerned have been noted and appreciated and now we look forward to the opportunity to showcase our school. I am confident of it being a very positive experience for all involved. Please see below for information regarding the parental meeting, which takes place on Monday evening after school.

Rydym yn cyrraedd y diwedd yr wythnos yn llawn cyffro a pheth nerfusrwydd tuag at ein arolwg, sy’n cael ei gynnal yr wythnos nesaf. Mae’n mynd heb dweud bod ymdrechion pawb dan sylw wedi cael eu nodi a’u gwerthfawrogi ac yn awr rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyfle i arddangos ein hysgol. Yr wyf yn hyderus y bydd yn brofiad cadarnhaol iawn i bawb dan sylw. Gweler isod am wybodaeth ynglŷn â’r cyfarfod rhieni, sy’n cael ei gynnal ar nos Lun ar ôl ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 5 Transition – Year 5 visited Brynhyfryd this week for a special day of art and technology activities. It gave them an eye opener to the opportunities they will receive when they move on to Secondary school and further visits are planned as part of the transition arrangements.

Estyn Parental meeting on Monday 3.45pm – Having filled in questionnaires previously, there is another opportunity for parents to have their say in the meeting on Monday at 3.45pm in the school hall. I hope you are able to come and meet with members of the inspection team and answer their questions. Please see the attached agenda for this meeting. A crèche has been organised in Class 2, so you may leave your child/ren with us in order for you to attend the meeting if you wish.

Nant BH – We had a large group of pupils this week enjoying the outdoor activities and taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their independence. They went gorge walking, rope climbing, walking in the snow, orienteering and had lots of fun. Thanks to Mrs Davies, Mr. Davis, Eira and Leanne for their care of the children.

PTA Xmas Fair – This takes place next Friday from 3.30-5.30pm. Today, pupils have been wearing own clothes and contributing prizes for the tombola – thank you for your support. Please see the attached poster.

Xmas Rock Choir – It’s that time of year again, where the pupils sing their Xmas songs with such enthusiasm that they drown out the dodgy guitar accompaniment! Their first gig is next Saturday afternoon on Ruthin square as the Xmas lights are turned on at 4pm. I will send a letter home early next week with details of all the performances between now and the end of term.

Governors Report to Parents – I have emailed copies of this report to you and also added it to the school website. If you require a paper copy, then please pop into the office where we will be happy to provide you with one. Guidelines state that if you wish to call a meeting to discuss its contents, then please inform the office in writing by Monday, December 3rd. Please refer to the section ‘Meeting with parents’ on page 5.

Xmas Dinner – I have included a pro forma for you to specify whether or not you wish your child to have Xmas Dinner here at the school on Wednesday, December 5th. A prompt reply would assist the canteen in organising numbers.

Students of the Week – Students of the weeke were Seren, Meredith, Jay, Shreya, Fletcher, Isaac and Evie, with Illy getting a Welsh award. Noah and Leo received medals for Conwy Fun Run.

School Council Initiative – Another School Council initiative came to fruition this week, as we welcomed some Pen Barras pupils to assist with Welsh reading in class. The sessions went very well indeed. Thank you to the School Council for introducing such a positive development of co-operation between the two schools.

Eco and School Council – It was a pleasure to welcome representatives of both the Eco and School Council to a Governors’ meeting on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure to see and hear our pupils so confidently discussing the wide range of initiatives they’ve been introducing and working on with the other pupils in the school.

November 16th 2018 Tachwedd 16eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
This week has been about Anti-Bullying Week and of course Children in Need. It’s been so pleasing and encouraging to see how much the pupils have been planning, organising and running activities for both initiatives. Our Criw Cymraeg have also been keen to add a bit of Welsh flavour to proceedings too.
Mae’r wythnos hon wedi bod yn ymwneud ag Wythnos Gwrth-fwlio ac wrth gwrs, Plant mewn Angen. Bu’n braf ac yn galonogol gweld faint mae’r disgyblion wedi bod yn cynllunio, trefnu a chynnal gweithgareddau ar gyfer y ddau fenter. Mae ein Criw Cymraeg hefyd wedi bod yn awyddus i ychwanegu ychydig o flas Cymreig i’r gweithgareddau hefyd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones

Anti-Bullying Week – Thank you for supporting our odd-socks day, celebrating that it’s good to be different. The School Council went round the classes sending their anti-bullying message using the acronym RESPECT, while each class also decorated cut out hands with words about how to be a good person. The School Council were also asked to judge Pen Barras’ poster competition.

Children in Need – We had some great costumes today. The children have enthusiastically embraced all the activities. Thank you for the cake donations and thank you to Miss Davies and the School Council for their work in organising. I have just about dried off after my soaking!

Dr. Bike – The Dr Bike session this week was a valuable and worthwhile activity, giving pupil bikes a health check. Thank you to Mr Davis and Governor Mr Hubble for their work.

Urdd Gala – Well done to Gabby and Nate for representing the school in the Urdd Swimming Gala this week. Nate finished third in the backstroke event so congratulations to him. Both of them swam superbly!

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Henry, Leyla, Isabella, Logan, Constance, Indi, Tyler W and Stacey.

Criw Cymraeg – Thank you to our Criw Cymraeg for their efforts in promoting Welsh at the school. Their enthusiasm is notable. They presented their bilingual Children in Need acrostic work to the rest of the school in service this morning. Thank you to Miss Price for her work with them.

School Target Summary – You will have received by email a summary of our whole school targets this year with further information on how to support your child. I hope you find it of use.

PTA – In last night’s PTA meeting, it was agreed that next Friday will be an own clothes day, where we ask for suitable donations to go into a children’s tombola. The date of the fair is 30th November from 3.30-5.30pm and the PTA asks for anyone willing to help to email rhosstreetpta@gmail.com.

Year 5 Brynhyfryd Visit – On Tuesday Year 5 will make their first transition visit to Brynhyfryd in an Art and Technology day. Normal drop off and pick up at Rhos Street.

Nant BH – From Wednesday next week, Years 5 and 6 will be at Nant BH. I hope they enjoy! Could all payments be settled please?

Twitter – Don’t forget to look at twitter for even more information regarding this week’s activities.

PE Equipment – Thank you to Julie Debicka for running the recent Body Shop raffle, which has raised money for us to purchase some PE equipment. Becky Harrison was the lucky winner!

School Punctuality and Attendance – You support in ensuring we have excellent attendance and punctuality over the coming weeks would be very much appreciated.

Christmas Concerts – This year, our first Xmas Services at the new site will be whole school events and dates are also overleaf.

Safety Around and On Site – I am receiving reports of near misses involving cyclists and pedestrians in local traffic on the roads that lead to school and am finding it highly alarming. I appeal to you all to maintain the greatest vigilance as you approach and travel on the site.

Provisional Diary dates Until the End of Term
Tue Nov 20th – Year 5 Transition in Brynhyfryd
Wed Nov 21st – Nant BH until Friday Year 5 and 6
Mon Nov 26th – Estyn Inpection starts until Thursday
Mon Nov 26th – Estyn Parental Meeting 3.45pm in the hall
Fri Nov 30th – PTA Xmas Fair 3.30pm
Sat Dec 1st – Xmas Rock Choir Sings on the square in
Ruthin 4.30pm
Thu Dec 6th – School Council Visit to County Hall
Sat Dec 8th – Xmas Rock Choir sings in Awelon
Sun Dec 9th – Xmas Rock Choir sings in Rotary Carol
Concert 6pm
Tue Dec 18th – Rhos Street Xmas Service 1.30pm
Wed Dec 19th – Rhos Street Xmas Service 1.30pm and 6pm
Thu Dec 20th – PTA Film Day
Fri Dec 21st – End of Term

PTA Aviva Grant Application – The opportunity to vote for our project closes on November 20th so please take a moment to click on the link, register and vote for the PTAs application. Many thanks.
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2475

November 9th 2018 Tachwedd 9fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Estyn Inspection – You will have received letters and emails regarding the forthcoming inspection and the questionnaire you are invited to fill online. Please be aware that you have until the 15th November to fill it. The link is in both the email and letter sent home and the passcode is 12065.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Mia-Rose, Amelia, Connor, Oliver, Arthur, Leo, Noah, Trystan, Emi-lee, Jay, Alex, Beau and Poppy. Benjamin received a Welsh award. Connie and Casey received certificates for their fundraising. Ffion had a distinction in dance and Isabella had a certificate for Funstars.

Dance Project – The New Dance Project for Years 5 and 6 this week was a huge success. I hope the many parents who came to watch enjoyed the performance.

Remembrance – We observed two minutes silence at 11am and in service this morning, Xander played The Last Post before travelling to Colwyn Bay to play the same piece at a Remembrance Ceremony for the Police. What an honour!

New Pupils – We said hello to new pupils Samadhi, Noah, Leo and Constance this week. They have all settled really well and we welcome all the families to the school community.

Go Ride Club – There will be Go Ride Club on Tuesday 13th November with the final session on Tuesday 27th November. There will be no Go Ride session on Tuesday 20th November due to the visit to Nant B.H. Times for the Go Ride sessions are as before: 3.30pm – 4.15pm. Many thanks for your continued support for this popular and fun club.

Dr Bike – As part of our work on developing sustainable transport; in association with the charity Sustrans, Mr Davis and Mr Brian Hubble will be running a Dr Bike session on Tuesday 13th November. The session will run from 9.30 am – 10.30 am and will give pupils the opportunity to bring along their bicycles and scooters to be given a full bicycle ‘M.O.T’. Mr Davis and Mr Hubble will be on hand to fix any minor bike issues and to check each bike’s safety. Pupils will be given a Bike / Scooter safety report and will be taught how to check their bike is safe before each ride. Pupils should bring their bikes to the bike rack, at the front of the school, where they will be collected for the Dr Bike session. We are looking forward to a positive activity and thank you, in advance, for your support.

PTA – There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday 15th November at 7pm in the school. All welcome!

Children in Need – This is next Friday and children can come dressed in spots and stripes for £1. We are asking for cake donations to be sold for 20p/50p and the School Council are organising various stalls with games at 50p each.

Odd Socks Tuesday – On Tuesday, pupils are encouraged to come into school in odd-socks, to promote the idea that it’s good to be different as part of Anti-Bullying Week.

Nant BH – Could all payments for Nant BH be completed via Parent Pay please?

Twitter – Have a look on twitter for some additional photos from the week’s activities.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth