December 1st 2017 Rhagfyr1af

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rieni,

Pentrellyncymer – The kids were brilliant in Pentrellyncymer and deserve huge praise, as do Mrs Lewis and Leanne for the fantastic pastoral care of every single one of them. A big thank you too to the education centre once again for the wonderful experiences.​

Achievers – Students of the Week were Liam, Jensen, Tiffany, Leo, Alexandros, Katie and all of Year 5. Welsh awards went to Xavier and Lily. Swimming certificates were shared with Daniel and Holly.

Rugby – Thank you to Rugby Development Officer Emyr Gwynedd, for the special session with Year 6 this week. He will run a session with Years 2 and 3 next week.

Family Service – A big thank you to Year 5 for their very enjoyable Family Service this morning. They shared a very strong message about the benefits of a positive growth mindset. Thanks also to Mrs Davies for her hard work preparing the children and parents for their support today.

PTA – A big thank you to everyone for the donations towards the Christmas Fair which is next Friday, 8th December, from 3.30-6pm. Free entry and everyone welcome! If anyone can help with the Fair, please email Please get your Christmas Family Photo orders in ASAP. As well as prints, you can receive your photo by email. And finally, keep your bids coming in for the Silent Auction. There are some great items on the list, so grab yourself a bargain! See the attached poster regarding the fair.

Xmas Choir – We sing tomorrow in Ruthin and will be grateful for the attendance of your child. Could we meet at 3.45pm outside the church. Christmassy clothes encouraged! Many thanks.

Thank You – Thank you to the PTA who have funded the repair of some iPad screens as well as cases for every one of them.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

November 24th 2017 Tachwedd24ain

Dear Parents / Carers,

Black Friday is here, so I’m sure Xmas shopping is at the forefront of most thoughts at the moment. The Xmas cogs are turning here in school, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Year 4 have their visit to Pentre next week and Year 5 had a great day in Brynhyfryd, so there’s been excitement all round!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Mae ‘Black Friday’ yma, felly bydd siopa ‘Dolig yn flaenllaw ar feddyliau. Mae olwynion Nadoligaidd yn troi yma yn yr ysgol ac mae tripiau Blwyddyn 4 i Bentre a Blwyddyn 5 i Frynhyfryd wedi ychwanegu at y cynnwrf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Road Safety Week – It’s Road Safety Week and our JRSOs have been very proactive in running a special survey among the children.

Cross Country – The Cross Country has been rearranged for next Tuesday afternoon from 1.15pm. The venue will again be by the Tennis Club.

PTA Own Clothes Day – The PTA are inviting all to wear their own clothes next Friday in exchange for a donation to the chocolate tombola stall, which will be open for business at the PTA Fair a fortnight today.

​Operation Xmas Child – Some of our School Councillors took the Operation Christmas Child boxes, which were passed on for transportation last week. A big thank you to them for coordinating this activity.

​Prospectus – Our School Prospectus has been tweaked and updated once again and is available via a link on twitter or from the downloads section on the website. Thanks once again to Jayne Mayers for her work on this impressive document.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Charlie, Lilly, Beau, Kaden, Daniel, Ffion, TylerW, Iwan, Billy and Molly. Welsh Awards went to Alex and Caitlin. Cadie had a Rainbows certificate and Molly gymnastics awards. Finally, Kian received a Karate certificate and belt. Well done to all of them!

​Giggles – If you quote Giggles at then you’ll be able to raise money for our pre-school group via your Xmas shopping. Thank you.

Health and Safety Issues – A couple of issues have been brought to my attention. Firstly, can I ask parents not to use the staff car park to drop off the children in the mornings as Pen Barras children access the canteens before school and the increased traffic adds the risk to their welfare. Additionally, could all Infant pupils be walked into the building and upstairs to attend Breakfast Club. Many thanks.

Xmas Choir – Please refer to the letter sent out this week for details of our choir performance in the run up to Xmas. The more the merrier!

Pentrellyncymer – Good luck to Year 4 in Pentre next week. Fingers are crossed for dry weather. Keep an eye on twitter for updates!

Cardiff Trip – Letters have been sent home regarding the 2018 Cardiff visit for Year 6. Please send in the reply slip and deposit as soon as possible if interested.

Year 5 Family Service – Next Friday, will see Year 5 deliver their Family Service at 9am. Parents and relatives welcome.

​Entrepeneurship – Each class has been planning and costing a financial project to make a profit. The entrepreneurs in Year 4 have had a special production line running this week, preparing goods to be put on sale in the PTA Xmas Fair on December 8th. I look forward to see what each class has to sell on the day!

PTA Xmas Photos – Please see the attached poster for details of the PTA Xmas Photos which are available for you to view and order.

Brynhyfryd Year 5 Transition Visit – Year 5 had a great day yesterday at the art and technology departments of Ysgol Brynhyfryd in a transition project which has been launched by the Secondary School in conjunction with the Feeder Primaries. They said, “Thank you very much to you, your staff and students. The pupils were fantastic and were a credit to your school and I hope they enjoyed the activities.” We are grateful to Ysgol Brynhyfryd for providing this opportunity.

Glasdir Visit – The School Council have received a formal invitation from the Charman of the County Council to visit the Glasdir site next Friday.

Medical Forms – It would be much appreciated if you could ensure the speedy return of any medical forms you have been asked to return to school. We need to collate all the relevant data, even if your child has no medical needs. Your co-operation would be very much appreciated.

Lost Property – Ella has lost a plastic bag with a pair of jeans ripped at the knee inside plus a t-shirt. If anybody has it or knows where it is, please pass it on to us.

PTA Xmas Competition – Please also see the attached poster, regarding the competition to design the cover of the Juniors Xmas Concert programme.

November 17th 2017 Tachwedd 17eg

Dear Parents / Carers,

The preparations are afoot for Christmas and I have included a list of dates for your attention below. I’m sure it will prove to be an exciting and magical period once again. There are of course other activities planned for the five remaining weeks in school before we break up and those are also noted. The best and busiest time of year is upon us once again!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Mae paratoadau Nadolig wedi cychwyn a rwyf wedi cynnwys rhestr o ddyddiadau er mwyn eich sylw. Dwi’n siwr y bydd yn amser cyffrous a hudol unwaith eto. Wrth gwrs, mae gweithgareddau eraill wedi’w trefnu ac mae rheini wedi’w nodi hefyd. Mae’r amser gorau a prysuraf o’r flwyddyn wedi cyrraedd unwaith eto!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

​Children in Need – The school has been a colourful, spotty and stripy place today as part of Children in Need. Thank you for the cake donations and also thank you to the School Council for organising all the activities. I’m sure a healthy sum of money has been raised.

Urdd Membership – It is time for pupils to pay Urdd membership, if they wish to take advantage of the reduced rate. Pupils who send in the subscription fee before December 1st will pay the cheaper rate of £7 for the academic year. Mrs Lewis has sent a letter to choir and dance group members today to request those pupils’ payments. Other Eisteddfod activities will commence early in the New Year.

Year 5 Family Service – Year 5’s Family Service will now be held on December 1st at 9am. Parents and relatives welcome.

Anti Bullying Week – This national initiative takes place this week and the school council have been instrumental in organising and delivering activities to Infants and Juniors today. Again, a huge thank you to them and Miss Davies for their work. They have also filmed a special video with a strong anti-bullying message which was shared with the school in today’s assembly. It was very impressive.

Christmas Rock Choir – We are going to be singing carols and songs in the run up to Christmas once again. I hope we will have an enthusiastic group of singers once again and dates for the various activities are noted below.

Thank You – A huge thank you to Chester Football Club for the kind donation of a box of match programmes for us to share with the children. What a great club!

Year 5 Transition Activity – Please see the letter sent home regarding next week’s transition activity. Year 5 pupils will require a packed lunch on that day.

​Achievers – Students of the Week were Alfred, Jacob, Charlotte, Megan, Ben, Connie, Casi, Sophie and Finlay. Welsh awards went to Leo, Deiniol and Billy.

Provisional Diary Dates

Nov 22nd – Yr 2 Traffic Survey

Nov 23rd – Yr 5 Transition activity in Brynhyfryd – all day (packed lunch)

Nov 27-29th – Pentrellyncymer for Year 4

Dec 1st – PTA Own Clothes day – bring chocolate for the Xmas Fair

Dec 1st – Year 5 Family Service

Dec 2nd – Rock Choir sings in Ruthin for lights switch on

Dec 8th – PTA Xmas Fair

Dec 9th – Rock Choir sings in Llys Marchan

Dec 10th – Rock Choir sings in Ruthin Rotary Concert

Dec 11th – Infants’ Xmas Concert Dress Rehearsal 1.30pm

Dec 12th – Infants’ Xmas Concert 1.30pm

Dec 12th – PC Heledd, Yr 5 and 6

Dec 13th – Infants’ Xmas Concert 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Dec 14th – Xmas Dinner

Dec 18th – Juniors’ Xmas Concert Dress Rehearsal pm

Dec 19th – Juniors’ Xmas Concert 1.30pm and 6pm

Dec 20th – PTA Film Day

Dec 20th – Rock Choir sings in Tesco PM

Dec 22nd – End of Term

November 10th 2017 Tachwedd 10 fed

Nant BH – The children are having a fantastic time and will no doubt regale many stories of their adventures on their return. They’ve been climbing, canoeing and walking gorges as well as orienteering and problem solving. They’ve been brilliant, as have the staff taking care of them, so thanks to Mrs Davies, Eira, and our student Mr. Jones.

Kerbcraft – The Year 2 pupils have been learning all about road safety in recent weeks in their annual Kerbcraft sessions. Thank you to Becky for her work.

Art Club – Just a reminder that this term’s Art Club block finishes at the earlier time of 4.30pm.

Urdd Membership – It is time for pupils to pay Urdd membership, if they wish to take advantage of the reduced rate. Pupils who send in the subscription fee before December will pay the cheaper rate of £7 for the academic year. Mrs Lewis will send a letter to choir and dance group members next week to request those pupils’ payments. Other Eisteddfod activities will commence early in the New Year.

Children in Need – Next Friday is Children in Need, so pupils can wear spots / stripes / own clothes for £1 and also buy cakes. As ever, your cake donations would be gratefully received.

Anti-Bullying Week – Next week, this national initiative takes place and the School Council have organized activities for Infants and Juniors.

PTA Meeting – A PTA Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday next week, 7pm in Wetherspoons. All welcome!

Pentrellyncymer Forms – Please ensure these are returned and balances paid. We go two weeks on Monday!

Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Could these be sent in to school early next week please. Many thanks.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

​October 27th 2017 Hydref 27ain

Dear Parents / Carers,

Here we are 8 weeks in already and half term is here. I hope all have a great week and we will all returned recharged ready for a very busy half term. I’m sure I can hear sleigh bells in the distance!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Dyma ni ar ol wyth wythnos yn barod am hanner tymor. Gobeithio y cewch wythnos llawn hwyl a bydd pawb yn llawn egni ac yn barod am hanner tymor prysur. Clywaf glychau yn canu dros y gorwel dwi’n siwr!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

​Shoctober – Our Shoctober day on Monday was a great success, raising nearly £400 towards our defibrillator. During the day Years 4, 5 and 6 were trained in CPR and the work by everybody involved over the last few weeks has made many heads turn. Well done all! Thank you to Tomos and the Achub Calon y Dyffryn team.

Operation Christmas Child – You will have received a letter this week from the School Council’s Chairperson, Ruby Mann regarding their wish to take part in this year’s Operation Christmas Child initiative. This is one we have supported many times in the past and we ask that all boxes are sent to school by November 14th.

Administration of Medicine – As a result of a new Managing Healthcare policy introduced by Denbighshire County Council for schools to adopt, a new medication form has been developed that must be filled if you wish the school to administer any medication for your child. A copy is now available on the website’s downloads section for you to print and fill in the details. I’m afraid we will not be able to administer any medicine, unless the form has been filled.

​Cycle Experience – Year 6 received their cycling certificates following the Bikeability training that took place last week.

INSET Day – Monday Nov 6th is a staff training day, so the children return on Tuesday 7th.

​Football – Our football squad gave a fine account of themselves in the recent Urdd and Vale events. Their efforts, teamwork and sportsmanship did not go unnoticed.

Class 6 Cake Activity – As part of our Numeracy work, Year 6 have been learning about measuring and using different scales with Miss Jones. They measured out ingredients to make chocolate-chip scones, followed the recipe themselves and Mrs Curran baked them in the canteen. At the end of the day, the pupils and some lucky teachers, enjoyed the benefits of their accurate measuring. They were there one minute and scone the next!

School Council – Our School Council spent a very informative afternoon visiting County Chambers in Ruthin and were given the opportunity to ask questions, as well as learn about the work of the local councillor.

Halloween Disco – Thanks to the PTA for organising a very successful disco which made over £800 profit. Thanks to all that helped and to the Candy Shack for the candyfloss machine!

PTA Auction – This event has now been postponed until the New Year.

Giggles – Giggles have had Diwali celebration parties! They had so much fun dancing, dressing up, tasting food and many other activities. The children went outside to scatter colours onto Rangoli patterns. They made Diya lamps and decorated special initial stones. The children really enjoyed having their hands painted in henna patterns.A Happy Diwali to all.

Achievers – Mia, Kemal, Emilie, Maizie, Kody, Oliver, William, RubyJ and Raif were Students of the Week, with Urte, Evie and Casi getting Welsh awards.

October 20th 2017 Hydref 20th

Dear Parents,

A quick catch up this week with a full newsletter when we break up next Friday.

Cycling – Cycling Experience lessons went well this week. The certificates will be shared next week.

Family Service – Thank you to Year 6 for their bike themed Family Service. It was enjoyed by all, including a healthy compliment of parents and relatives. Thanks to

Mr Davis for his work.

Urdd Football – Our footballers gave a fine battling account of themselves yesterday in the Urdd tournament, winning one, drawing one and losing two. Their effort and commitment did not go unnoticed and augurs well for another tournament next Wednesday.

Disco – I hope all enjoy the Halloween Disco tonight.

Shoctober – This fundraiser for our defibrillator takes place on Monday. Own clothes for a £1. Cakes for sale and the pupils can also soak me for 50p.

School Council – Our School Council will visit County Chambers next week to learn more about the work that goes on there.

Year 1 Superhero Day – Next Friday, 27th October will see Year 1 enjoy a Superhero Party, so they can dress up as their favourite superhero. Any food donations would be gratefully received.

Nant BH and Pentrellyncymer – Could all outstanding monies and forms for these trips be sent in on Monday please. Many thanks.

October 13th / Hydref 13eg

Dear Parents / Carers,

The weather may have put paid to the cross country, but did not deter us as we walked to church today for our Harvest service. It’s always so positive walking up en masse to church and be welcomed so warmly by so many of the school community.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Er fod y tywydd wedi dod a’r traws gwlad i ben, doedd y glaw ddim wedi ein rhwystro ar ein taith i’r eglwys heddiw. Mae wastad yn bositif gweld yr ysgol yn cerdded gyda’u gilydd drwy Rhuthun a cael croeso mawr yn yr eglwys.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

​Harvest – We had a lovely service this morning in St. Peter’s Church, with all classes performing items of charm and quality. The staff’s hard work in preparing the pupils was rewarded. Thank you for the donations to the Ruthin food bank and for the help walking the children to and from church.

​Jamboree – The Foundation Phase had a great time at the Jamboree earlier this week, singing a series of Welsh songs with all the local schools in attendance.

​Anti-Bullying Workshop – Some members of our School Council got to visit Denbigh High this week and take part in a special anti-bullying workshop. They now have ideas regarding what type of activities they could lead during anti-bullying week which takes place later this term.

​Superhero Headquarters – Class 1’s Superhero Headquarters looks like a great place to try out your superpowers!

​Last Week’s Achievers – Last week’s Students of the Week were Tommy, Cadie, Alex, Miklaj, Jess, James, RubyM and Katie. Welsh awards went to Dean, Seren, Jos, Wil and Ella. Leo had a Ju Jitsu award, Illiana a swimming award, Xander a certificate for Grade 4 cornet and Raif, Matthew and Reuben were recognised for their NE Wales rugby selection.

​Green Flag – Our old tattered flag has been lowered and the new flag recognising the renewal of our Eco-Schools status has replaced it. Thanks again to Kenny Atherton for doing the honours.

​Nursery Biscuits – The Nursery Class have been making biscuits as part of their ‘myself’ project.

Shoctober – On the 23rd October, we will be holding our Shoctober event to raise money for a defibrillator. On that day, pupils can pay a £1 to wear own clothes, can buy cakes and also soak me if they wish (but will have to pay 50p for the privilege!)

£1 Coins – As the old pound coin will no longer be legal tender, from now on we will be unable to accept them in the office.

Cross Country – This week’s event was scuppered by the weather. It will hopefully be rescheduled for after half term.

Parents’ Evening – You should have received appointment times for the parental consultations next week.

Cycle Experience – Year 6 will take their cycling proficiency course next week. I’m sure the sessions will be of great benefit.

Year 6 Family Service – This will be held on Wednesday at 9am. Parents and relatives welcome.

Year 5 Family Service – The original date for Year 5’s Family Service has been put back to November 17th.

Urdd Football – Details have been sent out to interested pupils for this event which takes place next week.

Halloween Disco – Please refer to last week’s newsletter for the poster including details of next Friday’s event.

Dance Lessons – There will be no more dance lessons held on a Friday after school and October 13th will be the last after school dance session with Mrs Lewis.

From the start of next term, it will take place on Wednesday lunchtimes starting on November 8th. Children can wear their P.E. kits and will dance bare foot. If any new dancers would like to join they are welcome to start dance next term (Year 3 and up).