February 2nd 2018 Chwefror 2ail

Dear Parents / Carers,

The hard work of our pupils, staff, Governors, parents and community has once again been deservedly recognised this week, as the annual School Categorisation results were published. For the fourth year since its inception, we have been awarded Green status and the image below highlights what that means. We are very proud to have been able to maintain this top grading and are also eager to continue in the same vein going forward.

Website Launch – I am pleased to announce that we have a new website, which is to be found at the same web address as our previous one. Thank you to Nick Ferguson of A5PC computer services who has created a user friendly web space for you, which links well to all our online platforms. I hope you enjoy browsing its pages.

A footballing partnership – We have partnered up with Chester FC through the ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ scheme. After half term they will hold some special sessions with each class and also provide some interesting additional activities over the rest of the academic year. We look forward to working with a club which is close to my heart!

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Milo, Llinos, Mikolaj, Ruby, Kian, Urte, Katelyn, Theo and Seren. Benjamin, Emma, Lottie and Laura received Welsh awards. Alys and Maizie had gym certificates, while Daniel and James had ones for swimming.

Giggles – The children are celebrating Chinese New Year and 2018 is the year of the dog. They have been counting golden coins to match to Chinese numbers and have made decorative lanterns. We have been role-playing the zodiac animals in our masks and dancing through the Nursery to Chinese music. The children are also enjoying playing in the ‘Giggles Noodle Bar’. Next week, they’ll paint Chinese writing with fine brushes and finish off CNY with a fun filled celebration involving golden coins, oranges and fortune cookies.

Glasdir – Year One were very excited about their visit to Glasdir this week. Every day, there is something new to see there.

Urdd Eisteddfod & Art Competition – I have today been finalising Urdd entrants ahead of the deadline. We have individual recitations, group recitations, instrumentalists, a choir and a dance group, so it’ll be a busy couple of weeks preparing. The classes will also be discussing the Urdd art competition and the possibilities regarding the theme of ‘Myths and Fables.’ Please be aware that pupils will have to be Urdd members to submit entries to the art competition.

Introduction of Parent Pay – You will have no doubt seen the communication sent out earlier this week regarding our new online payment service Parent Pay, which will be launched after half term. Hopefully the leaflet will have explained everything to you. Payments for dinners, trips and music lessons from then on will need to be made via the log in you will receive next week.

Cardiff – Could all consent, health forms and balances be sent into school for this trip before half term please.

Purple Mash – As we strive to further develop the ICT skills of our pupils we have subscribed to an excellent online platform which comprehensively covers all of the areas of the new digital competency framework for our pupils. All pupils have been given an individual log in, which they can access at home and I encourage them to do so. Remember they also have a Manga High log in which is also a wonderful tool to reinforce and extend knowledge in Maths.

Rhos Street School Memories – You may well have seen on the PTA Facebook page or on Twitter our appeal for any old photos and memories that can be sent either to the office or to rssmemories@outlook.com. This is to help us hold an event on the afternoon of Monday, March 19th to say farewell to the Rhos Street site. The pupils will be taking part in some project work on the history of the school and the school community can see what they’ve been doing, while also viewing the building for one last time.

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 26th 2018 Ionawr 26eg

Dear Parents / Carers,

New Pupils – We have been delighted to welcome many new pupils this term. Lilly, Brandon, Barkley and Stacey have all settled in really well and next week we look forward to welcoming Seren and Llinos. Places are filling up fast as we near the move to Glasdir!

Breakfast Club – Thank you for your co-operation with the new arrangements for dropping off at Breakfast Club. They have worked very well and will now continue until we move to Glasdir.

Eisteddfod Pieces – Poems for respective age groups have been shared with the pupils today. I hope they make every effort to learn them and that many volunteer to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod, with the first round taking place on Saturday, February 24th at Brynhyfryd.

Glan Llyn – The visit this week was a big success. The pupils had a great ‘have a go’ attitude, their behaviour was exemplary and everybody had lots of fun. I’m sure the tweets reflected this fact. Thank you to Miss Davies and Leanne for taking such good care of them.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Joseph, Isaac, Emi-lee, Matthew, Benjamin, Georgia, Josh and all of Class 3. Welsh awards went to Class 3, William, Thomas, Sophie and Oliver. Emilee received a gym certificate, Georgia one for swimming and Alex received a triathlon award.

Football Festival – A team of footballers will compete in the festival next Thursday morning at Brynhyfryd.

Glasdir Visits – Years 5 and 1 will visit Glasdir next week on Monday and Tuesday respectively. However, for safety reasons and with many workmen on the busy site at the moment, the Nursery and Reception Class visits have been postponed until after half term.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

January 19th 2018 Ionawr 19eg

Dear Parents / Carers,

The term ahead will be extremely busy, as we juggle issues to do with the move hand in hand with all the everyday tasks involved with running a school. You will see that Denbighshire has provided a summary of arrangements regarding closing the school for pupils before the Easter break, to facilitate the move and the reasoning behind the decision, which has been taken following consultation with the Local Authority. I have also issued two other separate letters for your attention today. Please read and consider them carefully. As a final note, I hope Year 3 enjoy their visit to Glan Llyn next week.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth.

Glasdir Visits – The pupils have been afforded the opportunity to visit the new site at Glasdir and this week Year 2 and Year 6 have had a preview of what will be awaiting them after Easter. Next week, Year 3, 4 and Reception will visit on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Defibrilator – After all the great work fundraising, film making and all the media appearances last year, we were this week delighted to receive our defibrillator to serve the local community, which is currently kept in the reception area. A huge thank you to Julie Starling for her fantastic work co-ordinating all the people involved, including Achub Calon y Dyffryn.

Achievers – Our achievers were Brandon, Fletcher, Barkley, Urte, Alex and Casey. Welsh awards went to Alexandros, Indi, Darcie, Reuben, Steffi, Abbie and Nick. Gymnastics awards went to Ella-May, Daniel, Holly and Emi-Lee. Daniel also received a swimming certificate.

January 12th 2018 Ionawr 12fed

Dear Parents & Carers, Annwyl Rieni a Gwrarchodwyr,

Happy New Year to you all. The new term is quickly up and running and I trust everybody had a lovely break and enjoyed the festivities. Eyes now turn to the new challenges of 2018, with the move being at the forefront of everybody’s minds.

Contact Information – If you have had a new mobile phone for Christmas or indeed if there have been any changes to your contact information, please inform the office, so that we can update our records.

PTA Meeting – There will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday 16th at 3.30pm here at the school. All welcome.

Congratulations – Well done to Mrs. Lewis who heard before Christmas, that she has successfully completed her Masters qualification.

Glasdir Visits – There have been a number of visits scheduled over the next few weeks for our pupils to all have the opportunity to visit the Glasdir site. These will commence next week, when Year 6 visit on Wednesday and Year 2 on Friday.

Year 6 Transition – Year 6 have been invited to Brynhyfryd on Thursday morning for a History activity as part of transition arrangements.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Heateacher / Pennaeth

December 22nd 2017 Rhagfyr 22ain

Dear Parents / Carers,

A busy day, week, month, term and indeed year comes to an end where the school is concerned and I think everyone is very relieved that the finishing line has come at last. It’s at times like this when I realise what a privilege it is to be part of this school. The children and staff today sang Christmassy songs with all their hearts and I was so proud of them all in their concerts this year. Now the whole school community can look forward to a couple of weeks of festive fun with presents, lots of food and a glass or two I’m sure. There’s been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here at the school and a feeling of satisfaction after a very positive term. I’d like to thank my excellent, highly skilled staff for all they do for the pupils under their care, to the Governors for their work and commitment and to parents and relatives for your ever appreciated support. Merry Christmas to you all!

Yours stincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cinderella Rockefella – Thank you for the lovely feedback following the Juniors’ concerts this week. They were very special events which I’m sure will live long in the memory. Thank you to the pupils for their wonderful performances and to Mr. Davis’ team for their work in preparing the pupils. The PTAs efforts providing refreshments and running a raffle were also very much appreciated.

Giggles – Giggles has won £100 to spend in Hobbycraft. It is a WPPA easyfundraising competition. They’re looking forward to spending the £100 on educational goods for the children. They’re going to buy a small teepee for the children and need a few crafty bits that will replace supplies after all the Christmas craft. Easyfundraising is a super idea for non-profitable/charitable organisations and settings that struggle financially. As a team, they fundraise for any equipment/craft items that are needed.

INSET – Monday, January 8th is a staff training day, so the children will return on Tuesday the 9th.

Snow – Let’s hope any snow is restricted to the holidays, but remember if you are in any doubt regarding school closures, then as ever, twitter is the place to go in the New Year.

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!

Reading Initiative – A DCC Reading Mentor Initiative has given Andrew, Finley and Billy the opportunity to have some sessions with David Logan and they were presented with a book and certificate this week.

Achievers – Our achievers included Raif who gave a reading on behalf of the Rugby Club in St. Peter’s Church at the weekend. Katie received lifeguard certificates and badges, Faye a gymnastics certificate and Alex a taekwondo trophy and blue belt.

Art Club – Please see the letter sent home this week, in order to register your child to art club in the New Year.

Glasdir – The latest newsletter regarding the Glasdir build has been published. I have emailed out a copy and it is also downloadable from our twitter account.

Sportzone – Please see your email inbox and twitter for details of Denbighshire Leisure Services Sportzone activities in the New Year.

Urdd Netball Training – See twitter for details of netball sessions in Ruthin run by the Urdd in the New Year.

PTA – You will see the PTA has sent a note thanking you all for your contributions. I would like to thank Jayne and her team for their hard work and support. They’ve been fantastic.

PTA Fair – Despite being scaled down, the PTA Fair was a huge success. The pupils’ stalls were fantastic and their projects to develop financial education skills has taught them a lot. Thank you for supporting. It was a pleasure to welcome the school community through the doors in such good numbers and showcase the good work being done by our pupils. There was a lovely atmosphere of positivity around the whole event.

Xmas Choir – Thank you to the pupils who sang this week. They deserved the goodies and treats in Costa yesterday. They also sang wonderfully in Tesco and at the Fair.

December 15th 2017 Rhagfyr 15ed

Dear Parents / Carers,

A week to go and despite the mayhem, it is a very special time of year. The snow has of course added some additional drama to the festive period and while it was fun in lots of ways, I’d like to thank the school community for their co-operation in helping to manage the hazards involved.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Gyda wythnos i fynd, er y prysurdeb, mae’n gyfnod arbennig iawn. Mae’r eira wedi ychwanegu at y drama wrth gwrs a tra roedd yn llawer o hwyl, rwy’n ddiolchgar i bawb am eu cydweithrediad yn helpu i reoli y peryglon amrywiol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Twitter – Issues with the recent weather, highlighted further what a useful resource twitter is for sharing information. We are adding to our followers each week, so if you don’t yet follow us, please do so in order for you to be kept up to date with all activities, particularly if there is news we need to get out there as a matter of urgency. @rhosstreet

Infants’ Concert – The three performances of The Sleepy Shepherd went down a treat. Huge thanks go to the pupils for providing the entertainment. I’d also like to thank Mrs Liddy and her team of Foundation Phase staff and to the Giggles team for their hard work preparing the concerts. The final performance was particularly poignant, as it was the final Xmas concert ever to be held at the current Rhos Street site. Well done to everybody concerned.

Thank You Waterco – Chromebook Appeal – You will be aware having seen the PTAs letter this week, that they have been instrumental in raising money to buy a set of Chromebooks that will be with us in the New Year. Additionally, an appeal was made to any local businesses to sponsor a Chromebook for £200 and we were delighted to hear from Waterco, who kindly volunteered to do so. We are very grateful for this wonderful gesture and if any other local businesses want to become involved in our venture, then please do get in touch.

Juniors’ Concert Arrangements – We have a dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon, so please could you ensure that all items of costume are in school on Monday morning. The concerts once again take place at Ruthin school. The first public performance will be on Tuesday afternoon at 1.30pm. Contributions are requested on the door, with no advance tickets sold. The evening performance will begin at 6pm, but we request that the pupils arrive by 5.30pm. Parking is at a premium at the site, so if you are able to walk the children, then that would be useful. The PTA will provide refreshments and there will be a raffle, which will be drawn during the interval.

​Xmas Jumpers – Christmas Jumper Day was as colourful as ever. The contributions will go to Save the Children and seeing all the outfits has made everybody feel really Christmassy.

Christmas Choir Arrangements
– Having had a couple of recent ‘gigs’ cancelled, the Christmas Choir will sing once again next week. On Wednesday, we will take them down to Tesco at 1pm, before they sing again in the PTA Fair later the same afternoon. We have also provisionally been invited to sing in Costa at the end of next week and I will provide further details when I have them.

PTA Film Morning – On Wednesday morning, as a special treat, the PTA will hold a film morning for the pupils. Thanks once again to them for their ongoing support to the school.

Christmas Fair – On Wednesday afternoon, as you will have seen from the letter sent out this week, the Fair has been scaled down and rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon from 2.30-4pm. The pupils will be given the chance to sell their wares from their class stalls and we will hold the raffle and sing as outlined above.

Outstanding Monies – Could all outstanding dinner money and music lesson payments be settled on Monday please. Paying on Monday will assist us in completing all administrative tasks before the end of term. Many thanks.

Logo Consultation – Our pupils are being involved in a very important task at the end of this term, to help finalise the new Rhos Street Logo. You will recall that months ago, the pupils were asked to share ideas on what they thought the logo should depict and the hills, castle and church featured strongly. They are discussing their favourites from the ideas submitted and in the New Year, we will be delighted to share their final decisions with you!

Reading Club – No reading club next week.

Infant Christmas Parties – These take place on Tuesday next week!

​Xmas Lunch – The canteen was a very busy place yesterday, as scores of Xmas Dinners were served by Lyn and her team. Thank to them for the lovely meal. It was, as ever a very festive occasion!

December 8th 2017 Rhagfyr 8fed

Dear Parents,

Snow – There has been much excitement today as the snow has fallen. More is forecast and of course, we will have to see how that affects us moving into next week. Twitter will keep you updated.

Xmas Dinner – The pupils will enjoy their Christmas lunch next Thursday, 14th December. In order for the canteen to have correct numbers in advance, please inform us and pay on Monday. Many thanks.

Parking – I have been contacted by a local resident asking for parents to park respectfully outside homes around the school. Please help us maintain good relations by conforming to this request.

Christmas Choir – This weekend our choir sings again. On Saturday, could we meet at Llys Marchan for 11.55, to sing at 12pm please. Pupils can wear own clothes. On Sunday, we sing at the Rotary Concert in St. Peter’s Church. Please be there by 5.45pm in school uniform. If there are any changes to the above arrangements due to the weather, then I will update via twitter. Thank you to the pupils and parents supporting our choir.

Glasdir – Members of the School Council have visited the Glasdir site over the last week to have a sneak preview of how the building is progressing. I think they were suitably impressed!

PTA Fair – Due to the weather, we have unfortunately had to postpone the PTA Xmas Fair. We will endeavour to reschedule in some form before the end of term.

Xmas Jumper Day – As is traditional every year, we will be taking part in this event once again and next Friday, pupils can pay a pound to come to school in a Christmas Jumper. Money raised goes towards Save the Children.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth​