October 26th 2018 Hydref 26ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Well, here we are already at half term, but looking back over the eight weeks’ newsletters, tweets and all the comprehensive communications over the half term, it’s clear how busy the pupils have been, how many opportunities they’ve been given and also the extent that many of those opportunities go above and beyond those included in the normal curriculum. I am as ever grateful to the staff for providing all those wonderful opportunities, giving the pupils at Rhos Street a rich educational experience. I also speak for us all in thanking those who take their time to show their appreciation for those efforts. Have a wonderful half term and I look forward to starting the build up to Xmas after the break!

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 6 Family Service – I was extremely impressed with Year 6’s service this morning on the theme of The Victorians. They have clearly learnt and investigated the topic to a huge degree and their knowledge and understanding shone through, via their presentations. Thank you to Mr Davis for all his hard work and to the parents and relatives for their support this morning.

Pupil Led Cake Sale – We were very proud of Casey and Connie for suggesting, promoting and running a cake stall today, including running a raffle completely independently of the staff. We allowed them to go round all the classes advertising their fundraiser and they deserve praise for having the idea and for their communication of the idea to the rest of the school. Giving pupils some much needed independence like this makes my job easier!

Facebook – I’m sure I speak for many Headteachers when I air my frustrations regarding members of the school community who choose to question, criticise or air misguided, baseless opinions about school matters on social media, especially when none of those issues are actually brought to the school’s attention, thus giving us no right of reply, nor an opportunity to clarify misconceptions. Fortunately, on the whole we have a school community that is polite, respectful and uses the proper channels and such incidents are very much in the minority at Rhos Street School. However, I kindly ask all members of the school community to directly contact the school, rather than discuss school matters inappropriately on a public forum. Many thanks.

Pupil Independence and the Living Classroom Year 5 and 6 – One of the targets in the School Development Plan is to develop pupil independence. Today Years 5 and 6 were meant to visit The Living Classroom and were told numerous times by Mr. Davis and Mrs Davies to bring their own clothes. It’s been brought to my attention that some parents were unsure about these arrangements, despite the two oldest classes being clearly told. We want to continue developing their independence in future. However, if you are concerned this expectation of the older pupils to carry messages poses problems for you, let us know and we will make additional arrangements to support your child.

Anti Bullying Workshop – A worthwhile morning was spent by our school councillors at Denbigh High School in a DenbighshireCC organised workshop to help schools plan for Anti Bullying Week.

Halloween Disco – Lots of fun was to be had at the PTA Disco. A huge thank you to the committee and to all the volunteers. We raised a tidy sum, so another big thank you to the school community for their support. See the PTA message below.

Firework Photos – We’ve produced some fantastic Bonfire Night artwork for Tesco Ruthin to soon display in the lead up to Nov 5th. Please visit to take a look and if you pick up some blue tokens, we’d be grateful if you pop them in the Rhos Street PTA box and help our funding efforts!

Cross Country – The Cross Country results are in and we recognised the achievements of the following pupils:
Year 3 and 4 – Cody 2nd, Nathaniel 10th, James 20th, Olivia 4th, Connie 5th and Emily 16th.
Year 5 and 6 – Christian 8th, Morgan 9th, Georgia 7th, Sian 23rd and Faye 24th.
The Year 3 and 4 girls squad were placed 2nd overall. Well done!

Achievers – Students of the Week were Aiden, Alys, Kemal, Emilie, Molly, James and all of Year 6. Welsh awards went to Sophie, Naima, Seren, Jos, DanielW, DanielB, Cain, Melissa, Olivia and Poppy. DanielB received a swimming certificate and Ruby a cheerleading award.

Art Club – Art Club certificates were shared with all members for this half term. Thanks to Elizabeth for her work with them all. Please see the attached letter regarding art club next term.

Congratulations Mrs Lewis – We were delighted to hear this week that Mrs Lewis has given birth to a baby boy. We look forward to meeting the little man!

Best Wishes to Anna – We send our best wishes to Anna after her operation this week. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her up and about again soon.

Spot the Odd – Please see the attached poster regarding the ‘Spot the Odd’ competition – a local fundraising initiative, raising money for ‘Freya’s Freedom;’ which is a very worthwhile cause.

Information Forms – Not all information forms sent home recently have been returned. Please fill and return them along with home school agreements and ICT agreements. Many thanks.

INSET Day – Monday, November 5th is a staff training day, so please don’t send your child to school until the Tuesday.

Dance Project – After half term, Year 5 and 6 will be taking part in a dance project, which I’m sure will be a great experience for them.

PTA Message – Thank you to everyone who helped or supported the Halloween Disco last Friday. Almost £900 was raised which is fantastic! As this was the first disco in the new hall, any feedback or suggestions on how we use the space would be gratefully received – please email rhosstreetpta@gmail.com.
There are only a few days left to collect your blue Tesco tokens for the PTA. The current Bags of Help scheme ends on 31st October. It looks like it will be a close count, so every token counts!
The PTA have also applied to the Aviva Community Fund for money to buy Chromebooks. This is a public vote, so please spread the word with your family and friends and vote for us at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2475. Many thanks to everyone for your continued support of the PTA.

Twitter – Twitter will of course complement the information in this newsletter with further pictures and information. Take a look at @rhosstreet for pictures of Year 2 maths and drawing activities, Year 3 science work, Year 5 topic and Year 1 in their work outdoors.

October 19th 2018 Hydref 19eg

Shoctober – A huge thanks to Julie Starling for her time, supporting our pupils to develop their CPR skills as part of Shoctober. What a fantastic life-saving skill to learn.

Year 6 Family Service – This takes place next Friday in the hall and parents, carers and relatives are invited to join us at 9am.

PTA Halloween Disco – It’s the Disco tonight. Any cakes would be welcomed. Thanks to all concerned for their help in organising, setting up and running the show!

Body Shop – A brand new Body Shop Advent Calendar (2017 version) containing £139 worth of lovely Body Shop goodies is up for grabs. 100 chances to win it sold at a cost of £2 per chance, raising money to buy PE equipment for us at the school. There are still a few numbers left, so please see Julie Debicka on the Infant yard at pick up or at the Halloween Disco. Diolch Julie!

Twitter – See Twitter for lots of photos and news regarding the following activities: Girls’ Netball, Urdd Boys’ Football, Living Classroom, Rock Choir, Infants’ Jamboree, Shoctober, Kerbcraft and Drama Club. There will probably be more by the end of the day!

Dr. Bike – As part of our Active Journeys work with Sustrans Cymru, we will be holding a ‘Dr Bike’ day, allowing pupils to bring their bikes & give them an MOT. Pupils will be taught how to check their bikes are safe & how to fix a puncture or adjust brakes/gears. Mr Davis will run the session on Tues Nov 13th. He is looking for any parents/grandparents with some technical know-how with bicycles, who could help between 9am & 12pm. If so, please let Mr Davis know and dust off your spanners! Many thanks!

Missing Shoe – Charlie lost a shoe at the cross country. If you have found that it’s been brought home by mistake, then please pop it into the office. Thank you.

Head Lice – We have had reports in the Infants! Please check your child’s hair and treat accordingly.

Foundation Phase Yard – Could all pupils refrain from playing with equipment on the Infant yard at the end of the day and vacate the area by 3.30pm, so that it can be used by After School Club.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones
Headteacher / Pennaeth

October 12th 2018 Hydref 12fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
It was a shame the weather left us unable to attend church for our Harvest Service, but we got to see first-hand, that our hall is a great venue to hold communal events such as these, even when there are a great many of our parents and relatives attending. Thank you for your support.

Roedd yn drueni bod y tywydd wedi golygu peidio mynd i’r Eglwys ar gyfer ein Gwasanaeth Diolchgarwch, ond gwelsom bod ein neuadd yn leoliad gwych i gynnal digwyddiadau cymunedol fel y rhain, hyd yn oed pan fo llawer iawn o’n rhieni a pherthnasau yn mynychu. Diolch am eich cefnogaeth.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Harvest Service – The venue may have been different but the message was the same in a lovely service this morning. Thank you to Rev. Stuart for his contributions, to Mrs Parr for her accompaniment on the piano, to the staff for their preparations and of course to the pupils for charming us all with their songs, hymns and recitals. We will pass on all food contributions to Ruthin Food Bank and we thank you for the offerings.

Parents’ Evening – These consultations will be held next week for Reception pupils through to Year 6.

PTA Own Clothes – Monday is an own clothes day, with chocolate donations requested for the PTA Halloween Disco which is held next Friday.

Halloween Disco – If anybody is able to help on stalls next Friday, please see Lucy Purvis, Jayne Mayers or email rhosstreetpta@gmail.com. Many thanks.

Shocktober – We will hold activities on Tuesday next week, with Year 6 helping the other classes to learn CPR skills. Huge thanks to Julie Atherton for her support.

Jamboree – I hope the Infants very much enjoy their Jamboree in Brynhyfryd next Tuesday.

Cross Country – Thank you to all the pupils who took part last night in the Vale Cross Country event. We had some great results, including Kody’s second place finish. When I have all the results to hand I will share them with you and celebrate some fine achievements!

Bikeability – Bikeability lessons took place this week, with our Year 6 pupils learning some essential skills which I very much hope they remember and put into action as they use their bikes on the public highway.

Competition Winner – We were delighted to hear that Ruby had been successful in winning a Kindle Fire in the recent Open Day in Brynhyfryd for our Year 6 pupils. Mr Griffiths and Mrs Morgan-Roberts visited to present a beaming young lady with a great prize!

Nursery Activities – The Nursery children have been planting spring flowering bulbs for the outdoor classroom. They have been learning about how we grow and looking at similarities and comparisons of other things that grow as part of their topic: ‘Ourselves.’

Vale of Clwyd Netball – A group of young ladies will compete in Wednesday’s event at Denbigh High. Pob lwc!

Twitter Updates – Photos of lunchtime clubs, living classroom activities, plus other class news have been and will be posted to twitter, so please take a look.

Urdd Boys’ Football – Could all boys who have received letters regarding this event next Friday please pay their subscription fee so that they can take part. Thank you.

IQ Christmas Cards – These orders will need to be returned next week along with payment please.

Dinner Menus – A new menu in the canteen is launched after half term. Please take a look at the literature sent home.

October 5th 2018 Hydref 5ed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Autumn properly kicks in next week as we celebrate Harvest in church. We also have our Cross Country event in Llanfwrog and Year 6 will have their Bikeability sessions. Another busy week comes to an end and I know there will be lots of photos posted on twitter later, adding to the news in this letter.

Bydd yr Hydref yn cychwyn o ddifrif yr wythnos nesaf, wrth i ni ddathlu Diolchgarwch yn yr eglwys. Hefyd mae gennym y Traws Gwlad yn Llanfwrog a bydd Blwyddyn 6 yn cael eu sesiynau Bikeability. Daw wythnos brysur arall i ben a dwi’n gwybod y bydd llawer o luniau wedi eu gosod ar twitter a fydd yn ychwanegu at y newyddion yn y llythyr yma.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

School Council – Our School Council met with Pen Barras again this week. Pupils from all years contributed to discussions and suggested a poster competition promoting the positive relationship between the schools as they mix teams to play on the MUGA. Next on the agenda is reading groups and our pupils also invited PB to join them in forthcoming activities as part of Anti-Bullying week in November. Thank you to Evie and Xander for updating the whole school in today’s assembly.

Pupil Information Sheets – Schools have been instructed by Denbighshire County Council to verify all parental / child details in order to ensure all records are up to date. We are sending home sheets for you to all fill and send back to school. Your co-operation in returning them speedily will enable us to complete this task quickly. Many thanks.

Vaccination Forms – Could all consent forms for flu immunisations, be returned by next Tuesday please? Thank you.

Cross Country – This takes place next Thursday evening after school at the Tennis Club, Llanfwrog. A separate letter will provide further details.

Welcome Miss Price
– Miss Price joined us this week in Year 4. It’s been a pleasure to welcome her onto the team.

PC Heledd – PC Heledd visited all classes in the Juniors this week, in her role as School Liaison Officer.

Urdd Girls’ Football
– Our girls’ team certainly did themselves proud yesterday. The won two and drew one of their six games and played with guts and lots of effort. Their behaviour was exemplary and their enthusiasm infectious. Well done to each and every one of them.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Claire, Louis, Liam, Barkley, Illiana, Melissa, William, Teddy and RubyJ. Welsh awards went to Sophie, Cai and Alexandros. Oscar received a gymnastics certificate and Fletcher a football medal for scoring lots of goals against Wrexham, which was really pleasing for me personally!

Harvest – Once again we will be holding our Harvest Festival Service at St Peter’s Church. It will take place on Friday October 12th at 9.45am. We will be practising in church on the Thursday morning at 9.45am. On both occasions, we would be grateful of parental help in walking the children to St. Peter’s Church and back. On both mornings, we will leave school at 9.15pm. We are also collecting food donations for the Ruthin Food Bank, so would be grateful if they could be brought to school on the Thursday morning. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you are willing to help walk the children.

Parking – If you are parking in residential areas when you drop off your children, please park thoughtfully and help us keep relations positive with our new neighbours. Many thanks.

PTA Halloween Disco – Please see the attached poster regarding this forthcoming event. Thank you to Sarah Longhurst for the design!

September 27th 2018 Medi 27ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
I thought the Summer holiday flew by, but September has done exactly the same! We now rush into Autumn and you can certainly feel it in the air, despite the sunnier end to the week. We’ve had some lovely activities going on this week so look at Twitter for further news and pictures beyond those shared in this newsletter.
Roeddwn i’n meddwl bod gwyliau’r haf wedi hedfan, ond mae mis Medi wedi gwneud yr union beth! Erbyn hyn, rydyn ni’n rhuthro i mewn i’r Hydref ac yn sicr, fe allwch chi ei deimlo yn yr awyr. Mae rhai gweithgareddau hyfryd wedi mynd ymlaen yr wythnos hon, felly edrychwch ar Twitter am ragor o newyddion a lluniau y tu hwnt i’r hyn a rennir yn y cylchlythyr hwn.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Go Ride Club – We have some great extra-curricular clubs running this term and on Tuesday, Go-Ride club was launched again with Mr Davis. The children had a great time working on their cycling skills.

Governors’ Meeting – We had our first Governors meeting of the academic year this week. A new Chair was elected and I’d like to welcome Mr. Chris Johnson to his new role. I’d also like to thank outgoing Chair, Mr. Brian Hubble for his sterling and dedicated service in a period of great transition. I’m pleased he will remain a valued member of the Governing Body, despite stepping down from this role.

Safe Routes to School Consultation – As part of the recent consultation, we are eager to gather data of any traffic/road/cycling incidents, however small, that have been experienced by the school community since we have moved to the new site. Please email me brief details of date, location and the nature of the incident, so that I can compile the list and pass on to the relevant authorities. Many thanks.

PTA Newsletter – Also included this week, is a newsletter presented by the PTA, with important information about their work and of course, forthcoming events. Thanks to Chair, Lucy and Vice-Chair, Jayne for their work in putting this together.

Best Wishes to Mrs Lewis! – I am sure that those of you who have seen Mrs Lewis recently, will not be left in any doubt that she is expecting a baby pretty soon! She starts her period of maternity tomorrow and we wish her well as she embraces motherhood for the first time. Next week, we will welcome the interim Year 4 teacher Miss Price, who was appointed this week to her new role. I am sure she will be a great success and we look forward to her joining the team!

A Meeting of Minds – Before and after moving to the new site, Rhos Street pupils have pressed for closer links between ourselves and Pen Barras, notably in recent times from Reuben who is now in Year 7 and Daniel, who is currently in Year 6. We were therefore delighted, when we recently heard that Pen Barras have been of the same mind and today our two School Councils met for the first time, making plans for some exciting new initiatives. Watch this space!

National Recycling Week – It’s National Recycling Week and our classes have been discussing issues to do with recycling. Mr Davis will deliver a special assembly on the subject tomorrow, using a presentation created by Nimrod’s dad, Jozsef Vass. Thank you very much! I’m sure it will offer food for thought for our Eco-Council, indeed all our pupils!

The Living Classroom – Year 5 made a visit to Rhos Street’s Living Classroom yesterday, to harvest the apples that have ripened and are ready for picking. As you can see, they enthusiastically tasted them and kindly brought me one this morning, to have at break time. It was indeed delicious. You will get to hear a lot more about this special location, that we will be using for pupils’ outdoor learning this year!

PC Heledd – PC Heledd makes her first visit to the school next week, as part of her role as Police Liaison Officer. She will speak to all of the Juniors over the next fortnight.

Urdd Girls Football – We are hoping to submit a team to this competition next week. Please bear in mind that all interested, will need to pay the annual Urdd subscription fee that will last all academic year. Details are in the letter sent home.

eSafety – Please discuss the eSafety agreement with your child and ask them to sign and return it to school next week. The Digital Leaders have agreed its contents and have also run a competition for all pupils, details of which are included below.

Free Press Photos – The photograph of our Reception Class can be found in this week’s Free Press.

Inhalers
– If you have permitted your child to keep an inhaler in school, for safeguarding purposes, could you please ensure that his or her name is on the device.

Lost Coats – Dean has lost a couple of coats with his name on. One is a Ruthin Rovers jacket with his initials on it and also a black coat. Please pop them into the office if you come across either. Thanks.

Spot the Odd – Attached you will find a poster for ‘Spot the Odd,’ a local fundraising initiative, raising money for ‘Freya’s Freedom;’ which is a very worthwhile cause. All details are included.

September 21st 2018 Medi 21ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Digital Leaders – We have appointed Digital Leaders in each class. Today, they have met for the first time and decided upon a Pupil eSafety Agreement for every child to sign, promising to use the internet responsibly. This will be sent home next week for you to discuss with your child. The meeting was very productive, with some great contributions from them all.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Joe, Mia, Shreya, Ruby, Ruby, Jess, Lily and RubyJ. Welsh awards went to Gabby, James, Teddy and Grace. Charlie received a martial arts certificate and Tyler cricket trophies and medals.

National Recycle Week – Next week is National Recycle Week, so the classes will be highlighting this and hopefully encouraging recycling at home.

Headlice – There have been cases of headlice reported. Please check and treat your child’s hair if affected. Many thanks.

Water Bottle – Azam in Year 1 has lost his blue water bottle. If it has come home to you by mistake, please return it to Year 1. Many thanks.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

September 14th 2018 Medi 14eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
The first full week comes to an end for the pupils and I am very pleased to see how all classes have slipped seamlessly back into the groove. Our arrangements in Year 6 are working well and the Nursery Class continue to settle with very little fuss. This augurs well for a very good year indeed!

Daw yr wythnos cyfan cyntaf i’r disgyblion i ben. Mae’n bleser gweld pawb wedi dod yn ol i’r arfer yn syth. Mae trefniadau Blwyddyn 6 yn gweithio yn dda ac mae’r dosbarth Feithrin wedi setlo heb unrhyw ffws na ffwdan! Mae’n argoeli’n dda ar gyfer blwyddyn llwyddiannus!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher

Make Some Noise – The Denbighshire Music Cooperative visited to hold a special concert showcasing their lessons. Thank you to them for a lively enjoyable session which I’m sure has piqued the interest of many, where taking up music lessons is concerned.

New Staff – It’s been a pleasure to welcome new staff who will be supporting us for this academic year. Mrs. Jan Hughes has joined us to work alongside Mr. Davis, teaching our Year 6 pupils. Mrs. Shanny Parker has also come on board to support pupils in the Juniors. We hope they very much enjoy working with us this year and being valuable members of our team.

Extra Curricular Clubs – Clubs will run as follows:

Morning Assembly – Thank you to Reverend Stuart for leading our assembly this morning. He talked about building the future and gave Ffion a 30 second challenge to build a model from some Lego. The construct was called ‘Choo Choo!’

Achievers – Students of the Week were Max, Daisy, Kemal, Cadie, Maya, Alex, Charlie, Ffion and Jocelyn. Welsh awards went to Connie, Caitlin and Lily. A cricket trophy and medals went to Tyler, another triathlon trophy to Nate and a pony riding certificate and rosette to Casi.

Criw Celf – Daniel, Emma and Jocelyn took part in the ‘Criw Celf’ initiative over the Summer Holidays. This is an opportunity for talented artist to attend sessions to develop and express their skills. They received a certificate as recognition. Well done!

PTA News – The AGM took place this week. Our new Chair is Lucy Purvis, with Jayne Mayers stepping down to be Vice-Chair. Sarah Hughes becomes treasurer, with Jenny Johnson remaining as secretary. We thank the committee for their fantastic work last year and look forward to further successful activities this year. See the dates overleaf for forthcoming activities.

Tesco Bags of Help – Newyddion Da! Great news! The PTA has successfully applied to be part of the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme . You can vote with your blue tokens in the Ruthin store during September and October! Please spread the word and help us secure funding for more much needed Chrome Books!

Walk and Cycle Consultation – Staff from Denbighshire County Council’s Road Safety team will be at the school on Monday 17th September to discuss proposals to improve the walking and cycling routes on the Glasdir Link Road. Parents are invited to view plans and discuss any concerns that they have with officers between 7.45am and 9.15am and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Drop Off Zone – Please do not use the drop off zone and leave your car unattended. It can cause congestion and frustration. There are plenty of car park spaces if you need to leave your car.

Kerbcraft – The first Kerbcraft session for our Year 2 pupils is next Thursday.

Reading Challenge – We gave out many more certificates today and hope to do the same next week! Please support your child in completing the challenge.

Music Lessons – Could all pupils having music lessons remember their instruments if they are at home.

Applications for Nursery, Reception and Secondary – You will be able to apply online for Nursery and Reception places for the 2019-20 academic year from October 1st. The Nursery deadline is 22/02/19 and Reception deadline is 23/11/18, Secondary places can be applied for already, with the deadline on 9/11/18.

New Nursery – Here are our 30 Nursery pupils, at the beginning of their educational journey here at Rhos Street School! They are settling brilliantly!