April 12th 2019 Ebrill 12fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Well here we are at the end of another term full of endeavor and the end of a term that marks a full year at the new site. A lot has happened in that time! I’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone for their efforts over the term; pupils and staff alike, the PTA and to parents for their support and engagement. Let’s hope the good weather holds!

Wel dyma ni ar ddiwedd tymor arall llawn ymdrech a diwedd tymor sy’n nodi blwyddyn lawn ar y safle newydd. Mae llawer wedi digwydd yn y cyfnod hwnnw! Cymeraf y cyfle hwn i ddiolch i bawb am eu hymdrechion dros y tymor; disgyblion a staff, y CRhA ac i rieni am eu cefnogaeth a’u hymgysylltiad. Gobeithio y bydd y tywydd da yn parhau!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Creative Project – Year 5 worked with Year 4 on animations and tree growth this week. In sessions with Year 6, they showed pupils how to use creative apps on Purple Mash called 2sequence and 2quiz.

Parents’ Evening – I’m sure you found this week’s parental consultations of benefit.

Urdd Art Competition – As previously mentioned, our pupils are invited to take part in the Urdd Art Competition. They will need to be members to compete and sent in all entries to school, clearly labelled by 9am on the first morning after the Easter break. I attached a copy of the syllabus to the newsletter email last week.

Vale of Clwyd Gala – The County Gala takes place on Tuesday 30th May. Good luck to our swimming squad!

Darren Millar Visit – It was a pleasure to welcome Assembly Member for Clwyd West, Darren Millar to the school this week. He took a look round the site, had a chat with staff and pupils, while also congratulating one and all on our Estyn success.

Year 5 Theatre Clwyd Trip – On Tuesday May 30th, Year 5 will attend a performance and drama workshop at Theatre Clwyd. It is based on the Jacqueline Wilson novel ‘Wave me Goodbye,’ set in World War 2.

Maths Challenge
– The annual Year 5 Maths Challenge at Ruthin School takes place on Friday, May 3rd. It is an inter-school competition in which we have always enjoyed taking part. Good luck to our two teams!

Year 2 Family Service – Year 2 will deliver their Family Service on Friday May 3rd. Parents and relatives are of course welcome at 9am.

Year 1 Library Visit – As part of their Roald Dahl topic, Year 1 had a lovely morning visiting the library for a special storytime. Oompa Loompa was the colourful character reading! They also visited The Candy Shack, to watch candy floss and popcorn being made and had their packed lunches in the park.

Cricket Sessions – Years 5 and 6 enjoyed their Cricket Wales sessions with Rob Ward this week, developing lots of skills.

May Day Bank Holiday – This takes place on the second Monday back after Easter. May 6th.

Manchester Visit – All places have now been filled. We look forward to this trip on June 13-14th.

National Tests – The test window for the Reading and Numeracy Reasoning tests are May 7th-14th. The Procedural Maths test are now to be taken online and children will sit their test after the half term break.

Year 3 Shadow Investigations – Year 3 have been measuring, comparing and creating shadows in their outdoor Science work.

Wonderland Workshop – Poppy very much enjoyed her workshop in Denbigh as her reward for winning the smoothie competition. She was given a special insight into the forthcoming performance here at the school in the Summer term.

PTA Newsletter – See this publication for information on forthcoming activities and news. The Easter Fair was a big success so huge thanks all round!

Ruthin Forward Easter Hunt – See twitter for news on a Ruthin Forward Easter activity.

Twitter – Lots of extra news again on twitter this week, so please take a look.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Oliver, Seren, Jade, Megan, Benjamin, Constance, RubyA, DanielB and Emily. Swimming certificates went to LillyH and Jenson. Nate received 4 swimming medals, Seren and Alys gym certificates and Daniel a purple Ju Jitsu belt. Well done all!

Music Lessons – Could all music payments be settled via Parent Pay please.

Giggles Shortlisting – We were delighted to hear that Giggles has been shortlisted for an Early Years Setting of the Year award. Well deserved and good luck!

Lottie the Bell Exhibition – Take a look in the craft centre at the exhibition of the Lottie the Bell competition, where you can vote for your favourite winning design.

Defibrilator Box – Our new box has been located outside the main entrance. Thank you to Tomos and Julie for all their support. Thank you also to the Town Council for donating the box following Jessica’s appeal to them for funding.

Fundraising Page – Following Jos and Emma’s danceathon, Jos has set up a funding page. https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/rhos-street-school

Art Club – Art Club certificates were shared today with special awards to Sian and Daniel for their efforts. Well done to all. The poster for the next block of 10 weeks is attached to the newsletter email and twitter. Payment can be made in two instalments if you wish.

April 5th 2019 Ebrill 5ed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
It’s nice to see that the newsletter has a strong sporting flavour this week. It’s a sign that the spring is kicking in and facilitating those opportunities, even though today’s deluge contradicts that observation! Having said that, we’ve seen tennis, cricket, swimming and of course dance in abundance. Tonight, the PTA Fair takes place, so I look forward to seeing you later. One week to go until the Easter break!

Mae’n braf gweld bod blas chwaraeon cryf yn y cylchlythyr yr wythnos hon. Mae’n arwydd bod y gwanwyn yn dechrau ac yn hwyluso cyfleoedd, er bod y glaw trwm a fu heddiw yn gwrthddweud hynny! Wedi dweud hynny, rydym wedi gweld tenis, criced, nofio a dawns wrth gwrs. Heno, cynhelir Ffair y Rhieni, felly edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld yn nes ymlaen. Wythnos i fynd cyn y gwyliau!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – We were delighted with the performances of our pupils at the Eisteddfod and three items have won through to the national event. The dialogue, Emma on flute and Xander on brass were all victorious, so huge congratulations to them. Emi-Lee finished second as did the recitation group, so a successful day all round.

Staff Danceathon – The week began in a surreal manner with the staff doing their bit for the Danceathon, peforming the Cha Cha Slide and the Senior Leadership Team doing the Macarena. I’m not sure whether to thank Jos and Emma or expel them!

Tennis Sessions – All classes enjoyed tennis taster sessions this week. Thank you to the Tennis Club for providing them. See twitter for photos.

Swimming Gala – Our swimming squad’s efforts were noted this week, as they represented the school in the Ruthin Gala. They’ve won through to the next round at the end of the month.

Dance Eisteddfod – Our dancing group and Georgia all danced superbly in the Dance Eisteddfod this week. They were truly impressive with their routines. Thank you to Mrs Parker and Gracie for all their work preparing.

Cricket – Year 3 and 4 enjoyed and developed their cricket skills in their session this week with Rob Ward. Thanks to him for his time.

PTA Fair – Thank you for the chocolate donations for the tombola. I hope you all enjoy the Fair. Thanks as ever to our hardworking PTA for organising.

Parents’ Evening – You should have received times for next week’s consultations. Any problems, please let the school office know.

Themed Lunch – On Tuesday a Dinosaur lunch will be served. See Twitter.

Nursery Literacy – Our Nursery pupils are progressing really well. They’ve been spelling their names this week, using planx!

Urdd Art – As previously mentioned, our pupils are invited to take part in the Urdd Art Competition. They will need to be members to compete and sent in all entries to school, clearly labelled by 9am on the first morning after the Easter break. I’ve attached a copy of the syllabus to the newsletter email.

ICT Permissions Form – There are still unreturned forms which makes it problematic in allowing those pupils access to Google Classroom after Easter. I’ve also attached an electronic copy to the newsletter email for any parents who have mislaid their copy. Please ensure it is returned by the end of next week. Thank you for your co-operation.

Twitter notifications – Just a reminder that you can set up notifications alerts on your twitter account so that you can be informed when we tweet. Take a look at your twitter settings for further details.

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Arthur, Charly, Cain, Lucas, Isaac, Ben, Olivia, Faye, Deiniol and Milly. Welsh awards went to Dean, Katie, Katelyn and Thomas, while James received a swimming certificate.

Earth Hour – I hope many of you took part in Earth Hour last weekend. Thank you to those who tweeted us photos on Twitter.

Big Pedal – The Big Pedal comes to an end today. I hope it has encouraged many of you to consider making active travel a regular thing. Thanks again for the photos.

Estyn Case Study – After our inspection, we were invited to write a case study highlighting the school leaders’ strategic approach towards achieving excellent standards. It has now been published on the Estyn website.

Art Club – Art club with Elizabeth this week, involved the pupils truly becoming monsters, as they creatively experimented with silhouettes.

Digital Leaders – Our Digital Leaders met this week, to discuss the logo, how to support pupils and how we could involve parents regarding esafety at home. Thanks to Julie Debicka for her time.

After School Football Club – There will be no football held next week, but sessions resume after Easter on a Thursday evening.

Criw Cymraeg – Criw Cymraeg have met, to discuss the promotion of yard games during playtime, making instructional posters using Welsh vocabulary.

Wonderland Winner! – We had many entrants in the range of Wonderland activities and we were delighted to hear that Poppy had won the Smoothie Competition. She has been invited to a special activity in Denbigh next week.

Dog Dirt Campaign – Declan, Naima and Lily represented the school once again in a pupil consultation, as part of a local campaign to generate ideas on how to address dog mess in the local area.

Assembly Member Visit – Next week, Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar, will visit the school to congratulate us on our Estyn success.

Tempest – Any final orders for photographs will have to be received by 9am on Monday morning. Many thanks.

Microsoft – Multinational corporation Microsoft were very interested in Mikolaj’s work with Year 3 modelling the use of power point. Bill Gates’ company asked on twitter what the pupils thought of Miki’s work!

Tennis Open Day – Information regarding an Open Day at Ruthin Tennis Club is on our twitter feed, with free sessions available, to be held on April 6th.

March 29th 2019 Mawrth 29ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
One of our priorities in the School Development Plan this year has been to develop pupil voice and it’s been a delight to see the pupils take hold of the opportunities they’ve been given and really make themselves heard for the benefit of the school. In this newsletter you’ll read how our Eco-Council is influencing the development of the outdoor areas, while our Year 5 pupils have been teaching other classes in the Creative Project. We’ve also seen a completely pupil led Danceathon taking place today, so we can safely say that this priority is bearing fruit!

Un o’n blaenoriaethau eleni oedd datblygu llais y plentyn ac mae’r disgyblion yn manteisio ar y cyfleoedd. Yn y cylchlythyr hwn byddwch yn darllen sut mae ein Cyngor-Eco yn dylanwadu ar ddatblygiad yr ardaloedd tu allan, tra bod Blwyddyn 5 wedi bod yn addysgu dosbarthiadau eraill yn y Prosiect Creadigol. Rydym hefyd wedi gweld Dawnsathon, dan arweiniad disgyblion yn cael ei gynnal heddiw, felly gallwn ddweud bod y flaenoriaeth hon yn dwyn ffrwyth!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Eco-Council
– The Eco Council met with Alan Miley from Denbighshire County Council to discuss and argue the case for a garden area that more reflects their ideas and needs. They want to see it match the consultation plans they were a part of in the planning stage, so are looking for changes! Thanks for your time Mr Miley. Watch this space!

ICT Permission Forms – A letter and form requesting your permission for us to create log-ins for our pupils to use essential ICT services such as Google Classroom, in order to conform to GDPR, has been sent home. We must receive these forms in order to provide these services. If you are yet to return it, please do so. If you need another copy, let us know.

County Eisteddfod – Good luck to our competitiors in the Urdd Eisteddfod tomorrow. All the details are on the letter sent home earlier this week.

Creative Project – Blwyddyn 5 led a session with Blwyddyn 2 this week about The Seasons. They prepared their own PowerPoint to introduce the topic and engage the children. They also taught Year 3 about trees, nature and helped the younger pupils make an animation of a tree.

Cricket Sessions – You can see photos of Year 2’s cricket session this week on twitter. Next week it will be Year 3 and 4’s turn.

Mother’s Day Service – A special Mother’s Day Service, which will recognise the restoring of the bell, will take place at St. Peter’s Church on Sunday 31st March at 10.30am.

Twitter – Lots more pictures and news on twitter as ever. 112,000 views over the last month! @rhosstreet https://twitter.com/rhosstreet

Danceathon – Today, each class has taken their turn to take part in the Danceathon organized by Jos and Emma in aid of ‘Stand Up To Cancer.’ Thank you for the cake donations and a big thank you to the two girls for their maturity, for co-ordinating so well and their energy!

Earth Hour – This ecologically aware event, takes place this Saturday 8.30 – 9.30pm. We have taken part in years gone by, so please turn the lights out at home during this period and once again, tweet us your photos to share! https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour

Mother’s Day – There have been lots of Mother’s Day activities taking place this week, as twitter will testify. I hope all our Rhos Street School Mothers are suitably spoilt on Sunday!

Big Pedal – The first week of the Big Pedal comes to an end. Please make sure you register your journeys in class. Also tweet any photos of your active travel journeys to school and we’ll share them!

Giggles – We want to thank the PTA for supporting Giggles, as they have funded resources for children’s play. Giggles have purchased two ‘wiggle bikes’ for the Infants and a digital camera filled with games and image screen shots for the Juniors. Diolch yn fawr!

Giggles Survey – The Early Years Wales awards are in being held the Ruthin Castle this year. Please visit the link if you would like to give our resident wrap-around facility, Giggles a nomination! https://earlyyears.wales/awards

Tempest – Please send in any orders for photos into school by next Friday.

Year 3 Malawi Links – Blwyddyn 3 have written letters to pen pals in Malawi. Not only do they contain some lovely friendly messages, but they are really well written indeed, reflecting the excellent standards our pupils are recognised for.

Parents’ Evening – Next week, you will receive appointment times for consultations, which will take place week beginning April 8th.

PTA Easter Fair – I’ve attached and tweeted a poster with details of next Friday’s Easter Fair. It’s own clothes again on that day, with chocolate tombola donations kindly requested.

Year 1 Living Classroom Visit – Year 1 had fun in the Living Classroom this week, identifying and estimating the age of different trees, creating artwork using leaves. They had storytime, filled an empty birdfeeder, played pooh sticks and created their own Forest School names.

Dance Eisteddfod – This event takes place on Tuesday from 4.30pm. Letters have been sent home with details and I wish all our competitors good luck!

Ruthin Gala – Good luck to the swimming squad in next week’s gala!

Tennis Open Day – Information regarding an Open Day at Ruthin Tennis Club is on our twitter feed, with free sessions available, to be held on April 6th.

March 22nd 2019 Mawrth 22ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Yesterday marked a year since we closed the doors of the old site on the other side of town. Every day, when I drive past on my way to and from work, it is a constant reminder of years gone by and it is sad to see it remains empty and unused ever since the last bell rang. That year has flown and in that period we have made our new home our own, got to grips with the new site and put our stamp upon it!

Roedd ddoe yn flwyddyn ers i ni gau drysau’r hen safle ar ochr arall y dref. Bob dydd, pan fyddaf yn gyrru heibio ar fy ffordd i ngwaith ac yn ôl, mae’n atgof cyson o’r blynyddoedd a fu ac mae’n drist gweld ei fod yn parhau i fod yn wag ers i’r gloch olaf ffonio. Mae’r flwyddyn honno wedi hedfan ac yn y cyfnod hwnnw, rydym wedi gwneud ein cartref newydd ein hunain, mynd i’r afael â’r safle newydd a rhoi ein stamp arno!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 3 Family Service – Congratulations to Year 3 for a fabulous Family Service this morning. We all learned a lot about Henry VIII and enjoyed the lively presentations, songs and the lighthearted moments. Thank you to Miss Davies for drilling them so well and for the parental support.

Tempest Photos – On Monday, individual, family and Year 6 will have their photos taken. Please let us know if you do not wish for your child to have their photo taken. Families with siblings who are not at Rhos Street can have their photos taken at 8.30. Family photos including only pupils at Rhos Street will be taken during the day.

ICT Permission Forms – A letter and form requesting your permission for us to create log-ins for our pupils to use essential ICT services such as Google Classroom, in order to conform to GDPR, has been sent home. If you are yet to return it, please do so. Many thanks.

Urdd Eisteddfod – It was a source of great pride that so many RSS pupils competed last Saturday. Well done to each and every one of them. We also were well represented on the stage in the afternoon, with many pupils and groups winning through to the next round. Take a look at our twitter feed for the full set of results.

Manchester Residential Visit – Year 6 have been provided with a letter which includes details of a forthcoming overnight residential visit to Manchester. I’d be grateful of a response by the end of next week, so any remaining places can go to Year 5 pupils.

Mother’s Day Free Press Pictures – These will be published on March 27th.

Cricket – Years 1 and 2 will have a cricket taster session on Wednesday, delivered by Cricket Wales.

Creative Project – As part of their Creative Project; engaged, motivated and very mature Blwyddyn 5 pupils have been leading sessions with Pupils in Dosbarth Derbyn, based on the book, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and in Year 1 on the theme of nature. Next week, they will be teaching Years 2 and 3.

Danceathon – Details of next week’s Danceathon, organised by Jos and Emma, including the timetable have been posted to twitter.

Restoring the Bells Service – A special Mother’s Day Service, which will recognise the restoring of the bell, will take place at St. Peter’s Church on Sunday 31st March at 10.30am.

Twitter / Flickr – Photos from the Family Service, Year 4 Romans and Urdd photos will be posted later to twitter and you can also see a host of Creative Project photos as well as class activities. Foundation Phase communication sheets are also posted weekly. Eira has also updated Flickr.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Poppy, Leyla, all of Year 3, Gabby, Dean, Thomas and Emma. Emi-Lee was awarded a Rose Bud sash! Well done all!

Comic Relief – A fantastic total of £513 was collected last Friday. Well done and thank you to all concerned!

Dance Eisteddfod – This event takes place on Tuesday, April 2nd after school. We have individual disco dancers and a group disco dance taking part. Full details will be sent out next week.

PTA News – The Easter Fair will take place on April 5th from 3.30-5pm. If anybody is able to help out, please email rhosstreetpta@gmail.com. On that date, we will have a non-uniform day, with donations requested towards the chocolate tombola. Many thanks for your continued support of the PTA whose efforts are as ever appreciated.

Pancake Presentation – Isabella won her race in the recent pancake races and on Monday she was presented with a certificate from Haf Roberts.

Attendance – A mid year attendance report has been sent home. I hope you found it of use in helping you assess your child’s attendance level in relation to the expected targets set.

Cake Boxes – We have cake boxes that are yet to be claimed from Red Nose Day in the school office. Please pop by and pick them up if one of them is yours. Thank you.

Chromebooks – The PTAs kind donation of 30 chromebooks have now been set up and are in regular use in the Juniors. I am delighted to be able to tell you that the school has also been able to fund the purchase of a further 30 devices to be used in the Foundation Phase after Easter.

St. Kentigern Elf Dash – In December, the pupils took part in an Elf Dash, chasing a very dodgy Santa to raise money for St. Kentigern Hospice. This week we presented a cheque to Trefor Roberts, which was gratefully received.

Head Lice – We have had further sightings reported, so please could everybody check their child’s hair and treat accordingly please.

Themed Lunch – On Monday, there will be a Dr Seuss themed lunch. The menu can be found on twitter.

County Eisteddfod – This takes place a week tomorrow, on the 30th March. A letter with full details of timings etc. will be sent home on Monday.

Eco-Council – On Wednesday, the Eco-Council will meet with DCC rep Alan Miley, to discuss their concerns over the unfinished garden area and the snagging of external areas. I am sure they’ll make themselves heard!

March 15th 2019 Mawrth 15fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
As you’ll be aware, we’ve been trying to encourage our pupils this academic year to make their voice heard and to step forward in organising activities and also sharing their ideas. We are really seeing the pupils shining as they do so. Our School Council have been very busy organising Comic Relief, our Eco Council have been consulted with on the Community Garden. The engagement shown by nearly all of our pupils has been a pleasure to see through all the many activities we’ve seen since half term. Long may it continue!

Mae’n bleser gwylio’r plant yn awyddus i gael eu llais wedi’w chlywed. Mae’r Cyngor Ysgol wedi trefnu gweithgareddau Comic Relief ac mae’r Cyngor Eco wedi cael cyfle i rannu syniadau am yr Ardd Cymunedol. Mae ymrwymiad y plant i’r amrywiaeth o weithgareddau a fu ers hanner tymor yn bleser i’w weld.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – Good luck to our competitors tomorrow. Letters have been sent home with all details for tomorrow. Our musicians performed to the school on Monday and the other competitors had their turn this morning. I am very proud of them all and wish them well, hoping they enjoy competing.

Community Garden Consultation – Our Eco Council met with Vicky from Llanfwrog Community Garden to take part in a wider consultation on how to further develop the site. Last year, our pupils planted a plum tree there, so it was nice for them to get the chance to give further input on how they felt the site should look and how it should be used.

Big Pedal – This national initiative begins on the 25th March. It encourages active travel to school and depending on the level of engagement among our pupils, the school could win prizes. Mr Davis will speak to the pupils about it all on Monday.

Crisp Packet Recycle – The Eco Council have launched a recycling initiative, where pupils can recycle their crisp packets. A special bin has been sourced, with details on it. All crisp packets can be recycled, however popcorn bags, crisp tubes, pretzel bags or meat snack bags can not. Thank you to Megan Williams for the idea.

Year 3 Family Service – Next Friday will be Year 3’s turn to present their Family Service. Parents and relatives are welcome at 9am.

Tempest Photography – On Monday, March 25th, tempest Photography will visit to take individual, family and Class 6 photos. Please let us know if you do not wish your child to be photographed.

Danceathon – Jos and Emma have been organising a Danceathon to raise money for Cancer Research. This will take place on March 29th.

Wonderland – We had some special visitors this week and some of the Wonderland characters gave us a taster performance, as part of the Enrichfest Project taking place across the county. Pupils are also taking part in themed competitions which will whet their appetite for the pop up performance of the story which takes place after Easter.

Twitter – Take a look at Twitter for further photos and information about what has been going on in and around the school, beyond what is shared in this newsletter. The twitter feed is also on the website’s home page.

Flickr – Eira is also updating Flickr, so comprehensive galleries of our activities are uploaded on an ongoing basis.

Mothers Day Photos – The Free Press will be publishing local schools’ Mothers Day pictures on the 20th and 27th of this month, so the Rhos Street efforts will be included on one of those dates.

Comic Relief – This morning has seen the pupils take part in a range of activities, games and competitions all in the name of Comic Relief. Well done to everybody for taking part but special thanks go to Miss Davies and the School Council for their sterling efforts organising the event.

Pancake Races – Thank you to those who collected sponsor money for the Pancake Races. A total of £60 was raised towards St. Kentigerns.

Attendance – Next week, the school will send home a mid year attendance report, which will serve as a useful indicator for parents on their child’s attendance levels in relation to the expected school target.

ICT Permission Forms – A letter and form requesting your permission for us to create log-ins for our pupils to use essential ICT services such as Google Classroom, in order to conform to GDPR, was sent home last week. If you are yet to return it, please do so. Many thanks.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Oscar, Liam, Urte, Shreya, Maha, Stacey, Finley and Caitlin. A Welsh award went to Logan and a good manners certificate to Aiden. A special mention also went to Constance, who has qualified for the pony club national winter triathlon finals in Milton Keynes at the end of March.

Manchester Residential Visit – Year 6 have been provided with a letter which includes details of a forthcoming overnight residential visit to Manchester. I’d be grateful of a swift response, so any remaining places can go to Year 5 pupils.

PTA Meeting – Last night’s meeting was postponed. There will now be a meeting straight after school on Tuesday 19th March to discuss the Easter Fair.

Save a Life Cymru Video – Earlier this year, pupils filmed a video to help this initiative promote CPR. Today, our pupils were involved in filming a Welsh language version. We look forward to seeing the finished videos!

Provisional Forthcoming Dates
Mar 22 – Year 3 Family Service
Mar 25 – Individual Photographs Tempest
Mar 27 – Cricket taster session Years 1 and 2
Mar 29 – Danceathon
Mar 30 – County Eisteddfod
Apr 1 – Tennis taster sessions R through to Year 3
Apr 2 – Ruthin Swimming Gala
Apr 2 – Tennis taster sessions Year 4 through to Year 6
Apr 2 – Dance Eisteddfod
Apr 3 – Cricket taster session Years 3 and 4
Apr 5 – Easter Fair
Apr 8 – Parents Evening Week starts

March 8th 2019 Mawrth 8fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
We’ve hit the ground running this week following the half term break, with many of the seasonal activities taking place, which of course you can read more about below It’s strange to think that twelve months ago, we were beginning to sort and pack everything for the big move, but soon it’ll be the anniversary of our departure from the old building. Time, as ever, flies!

Rydym wedi cael wythnos prysur iawn yn dilyn yr egwyl hanner tymor, gyda llawer o’r gweithgareddau tymhorol yn digwydd, ac wrth gwrs gallwch ddarllen mwy amdanynt isod. Mae’n rhyfedd meddwl deuddeg mis yn ôl, yr oeddem yn dechrau trefnu a phacio popeth ar gyfer y symud mawr. Cyn bo hir fe fydd pen-blwydd ein hymadawiad o’r hen adeilad. Mae amser, fel erioed, yn hedfan!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

St. David’s Day – March 1st may well have taken place in the holidays, but we celebrated on Monday in a range of costumes. The children learned about Dewi Sant and much pride in being Welsh and from Wales was seen.

Urdd Eisteddfod – There’s been a lot of hard work this week, as the pupils practise and prepare for the Eisteddfod a week on Saturday. Full details will be sent home regarding times, schedules and locations early next week.

New Pupil – We welcomed Flynn to Year 3 this week. We hope he settles in well to our community.

Intergenerational Session – Today’s session, was unfortunately, postponed.

Pentrellyncymer – A great trip to Pentre took place this week for Year 4 with many activities taking place. They’ll have lots of great memories I’m sure. Thank you to Miss Price and Leanne, for their care of the pupils.

Wonderland – The Denbighshire Enrichfest, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ project continues. Today, Jos read out a special letter from Alice regarding a special visit next week. The pupils have also been invited to take part in a variety of competitions. Watch this space…

Save a Life Cymru – A few weeks ago, our pupils helped to make a lifesaving video and next Friday, they will complete the task again, contributing to a Welsh language version.

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief takes place next Friday, with planned activities including competitions 50p, Red / Superhero own clothes £1, cakes 20p/50p, photo booth 50p, soak Mr. Jones 50p. Donations of cakes would be appreciated.

Vale of Clwyd Football – Our footballers will attend a football festival in Brynhyfryd next Wednesday morning. Good luck to them!

Pancake Races – Well done to those pupils who took part in the pancake races. It was as ever, a lovely community event. The sponsorship money raised will go to St. Kentigerns and I’d be grateful if that could be sent in on Monday.

Danceathon – Jos wanted to raise money for Cancer Research so approached the School Council to hold a Danceathon on March 29th. Details to follow.

Twitter – As stated previously, the Foundation Phase communication sheets are now also to be found on Twitter.

Big Pedal – On the week beginning March 25th, we will be taking part in a national initiative ‘The Big Pedal,’ which encourages active travel to school. We are once again working with Sustrans and more information can be found at https://bigpedal.org.uk/

World Book Day – We had some brilliant costumes this year and I think it was certainly one of the best World Book Days we’ve seen here at the school. It’s a great way to promote a love of books and reading. Well done all!

Creative Project – This week in the Living Classroom, Years 2 and 5 collaborated together, while completing a series of challenges encouraging one another to think creatively as part of our Arts Wales Project with Elizabeth Jones. It was another enriching activity. Yesterday, Year 2 were taught to draw animal body parts and they showed a real attention to detail. See twitter for some great photos.

PTA Meeting – The next meeting is on Thursday 14th March at 7pm at the school. All welcome! Please meet in the main foyer. The focus is to organise the Easter Fair on April 5th. If you are unable to attend the meeting but can help at the fair, please email the PTA at rhosstreetpta@gmail.com.

Head Lice – We have had sightings reported in Giggles, so please could everybody check their child’s hair and treat accordingly please.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Lucas, Isabella, Kemal, Melissa, Joe, Jessica, William and Jack. Welsh awards went to Oliver, Constance, SerenB, Max, Ella and Lottie. Melissa also helped out with an art exhibition.

Drop Off Parking – Please be mindful that the drop off area in front of the school is not a parking bay and it is inconsiderate to leave your car there, stopping other cars from being able to drop off their children and drive on.

ICT Additional Services – Sent home, is a letter requesting your permission for us to create log ins for our pupils to use ICT services such as Google Classroom, in order to conform to GDPR rules. This permission is essential for our pupils to be able to access services on our new Chromebooks, through which we teach ICT at the schools. Many thanks.

Lottie the Bell – Emily, our winner from the Lottie the Bell competition, won an all-expenses paid trip to Loughborough, to see at first hand where the new bell at St. Peter’s Church was made and how. Congratulations once again!

Forthcoming Provisional Dates
Mar 13 – Vale Football
Mar 13 – Wonderland Reading
Mar 15 – Comic Relief
Mar 16 – Ruthin Eisteddfod
Mar 18 – Big Pedal
Mar 22 – Year 3 Family Service
Mar 25 – Individual Photographs Tempest
Mar 29 – Danceathon
Mar 30 – County Eisteddfod
Apr 2 – Dance Eisteddfod

February 22nd 2019 Chwefror 22ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
A refreshed newsletter layout was long overdue, so a bit of a reformat has given it a new look. The content is familiar however, as the many activities that have taken place, as well as news of the further opportunities in the offing following the break are documented below and overleaf, as well as the pictorial evidence of course. We have a fortnight in school before the Urdd Eisteddfod, so the more our competitors learn and practise over the break, the easier it will be after the holidays for them.

Roedd yn hen bryd creu fformat newydd i’r cylchlythyr, ond mae’r cynnwys yn gyfarwydd, gan fod y nifer o weithgareddau a gynhaliwyd, yn ogystal â newyddion am y nifer o gyfleoedd yn dilyn yr egwyl, wedi’u dogfennu isod a throsodd. Mae gennym bythefnos yn yr ysgol cyn yr Eisteddfod, felly y mwyaf y maent yn ei ddysgu ac yn ymarfer dros yr egwyl, y mwyaf haws y bydd hi wedi’r gwyliau iddynt.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 4 Family Service – A big thank you to Year 4 for their Family Service this morning, which was based on their class theme – The Romans. They certainly brought this topic to life through their presentations and thoroughly enjoyed preparing and performing. Thank you to Miss Price for her work in preparing the children and also a thumbs up for the fantastic parental support.

New pupil – We were delighted to welcome Charlea to our Nursery Class this week. Our youngest mainstream class, is now at full capacity!

Criw Celf – We have a number of pupils who have been accepted onto the county’s Criw Celf scheme, for able young artists to develop their skills in weekend workshops. Jos, Ruby, Emma, Shan and Daniel will attend a series of art masterclasses at various venues across the county. Classes are taken by professional artists, in a variety of mediums like drawing, inks, metalwork, and felting. Congratulations to them all for being selected.

Achievers – This week’s Students of the Week are Mia, Louis, Meredith, Lucas, Trystan, Melissa, Jenson, Ella-May, all of Year 4, Poppy and LillyJ. Welsh awards went to Daniel, Jack, Cain, Iwan and Georgia. Max also received a 5th Kyu certificate.

Chester FC – I was also delighted to hear that Kody has also been invited to play for Chester FCs U9s. As a big fan of the club myself, it’s great that so many of our boys and girls are being given these brilliant opportunities to further develop their skills.

Happy Birthday – A Happy Big Birthday to Mrs Davies today! Enjoy!!

Creative Project – There was some lovely concentration, collaboration and engagement among Blwyddyn 2 & 5 this week with Elizabeth Jones. An ambitious and successful activity took place in a hall full of pupils, as part of our Arts Council of Wales creative project.

Pancake Races – On Tuesday after the half term, it is Shrove Tuesday and the traditional pancake races will take place in St. Peter’s Church. Information and sponsor forms are to be found on twitter and in the newsletter email.

Pentrellyncymer – A busy first week back involves Year 4’s Pentrellyncymer visit. I very much they all have a wonderful time and enjoy the activities. Please pack in the presence of your child, so that they know what is in the case and where. It makes a big difference and helps their independence! Could all balances be paid via Parent Pay please.

Intergenerational Event – On the Friday morning of the first week back, we will hold an intergenerational event where some of our pupils will host some of the elderly in our community, entertain them, provide them with refreshments and also educate them on how to engage with the digital world.

PC Llinos – Our new liaison officer PC Llinos, made her first class visit to RSS today, discussing the dangers of drugs with Blwyddyn 6. She certainly gave our older pupils some important messages to think about.

Foundation Phase Communication Teddies – From this week, these useful weekly information sheets will be also shared via twitter, so you can all be sure you’re up to speed.

Kitchen Advert – Denbighshire County Council Catering Services are looking to employ a Catering Assistant for 10 hrs per week to help in the school kitchen – initially on a supply basis, but it could lead to a permanent position. The hourly rate is £8.50 per hour. Please contact Ian Kemp on 01824 712125 for further details.

Year 5 CSI Project – Year 5 visited Brynhyfryd this week as part of transition arrangements. They took part in a special CSI Ruthin project and they used scientific skills to solve a terrible crime that took place at their prospective Secondary School.

Art Club – A new block of art club sessions will begin on the first Tuesday after half term. The poster is on twitter and attached to the newsletter email.

Bee Friendly Competition – Our pupils have been taking part in Denbighshire Countryside Services’ ‘Bee Friendly’ Logo Design Competition. The aim of the ‘Bee Friendly’ Logo design competition is to create awareness about the need to protect and enhance local areas for bees and other pollinators. They’ve been making simple but eye-catching designs which if selected, will be used on all ‘Bee Friendly’ sites and publications.

PTA Disco – A big thank you to Lucy and her team for organising two successful discos last week for our Infant and Junior pupils. I think the new arrangements worked extremely well for our new site and everybody seemed to enjoy.

St. David’s Day – Although St. David’s Day will take place during the break; on the Monday we return, we invite the pupils to come in dressed for the occasion. I’m sure we’ll see national costumes, rugby, football shirts, leeks and daffodils aplenty. I’m sure everybody will look magnificent and proud to be part of our Welsh community!

World Book Day – This annual event will take place on Thursday the 7th. As is traditional, pupils can come to school dressed as a literary character, but as ever, there is no pressure to go out and buy costumes. Make it work for you!

Twitter – There’s simply not enough room nor time to include absolutely everything we do in the newsletter, so catch up with photos on all our activities on our Twitter feed, with tweets from the Nursery, Reception, Year 1, The Creative Project in Years 2 and 5, extra curricular clubs as well as Tudor work in Year 3 and Year 5’s French Day. @rhosstreet – 921 followers, 83,000 views over the last 28 days.

Happy Half Term! – Another half term flies by. A lot has been done, with a lot more to do when we return! Have a lovely week, and we’ll see you all on Monday, March the 4th by which time, Spring will be in full swing hopefully.