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 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

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

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.

February 15th 2019 Chwefror 15fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
A week to go until half term and today, the PTA have of course organised the Disco for after school. All details are once again on the attached poster. I hope we have a good turnout! The lengthening days and brighter weather are hopefully a sign that Spring draws ever nearer, which of course will mean that the amount of outdoor learning here can develop ever further.

Gyda wythnos i fynd tan hanner tymor, mae’r CRhA wedi trefnu Disco ar gyfer heno. Gobeithio bydd nifer yn mynychu’r digwyddiad! Mae’r dyddiau hirach a tywydd ffafriol yn arwydd bod y Gwanwyn ar ei ffordd. Bydd hyn yn galluogi’r plant i ddysgu tu allan fwy fwy.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Green School Status Take 5 – News that may have slipped under the radar due to the coverage of our Estyn report, is that for the 5th consecutive year, Rhos Street School has been categorised as a ‘Green School.’ The National Categorisation System has, since its inception five years ago, provided a clear structure to review how well a school performs year on year. It takes into consideration how effectively the school is led and managed, the quality of learning and teaching, and the level of support and challenge it needs to do better. Naturally, we’re proud of this ongoing achievement and recognise the contribution of everybody in the school community to the success of Rhos Street School.

Chinese New Year – Have a look in the Free Press for a lovely article on Giggles’ Chinese New Year celebrations, which involved a visit from Chinese children to help them gain a better understanding of this wonderful annual festival and become global citizens. Congratulations to Anna and her team for organising such marvellous activities in our pre-school group.

HiQ Presentation – A huge thank you to HiQ Automark, Ruthin for visiting, in order to present goodie bags to Year 1 pupils and parents. Sarah Hughes entered the class in a competition which also included a prize of £1000 Amazon vouchers for the winning school. Brilliant news!

School Council Collaboration – A really positive development this academic year has been the increased collaboration between ourselves and Pen Barras and once again this week, the two School Councils met, to discuss a range of issues.

Year 5 Art Project – This week’s creative project involved Year 5 expressing themselves through musical composition and performance and they ended the day showcasing their work in front of Year 2.

Year 2 Art Project – The morning session down at The Living Classroom, saw Blwyddyn 2 making a giant using natural materials. In the afternoon they were supported by Blwyddyn 5 in producing animations.

Twitter – As stated previously, daily tweets give an even greater picture of what goes on in and around our busy classrooms. Additional activities not mentioned in this newsletter from Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as other snippets, news and general nonsense can be found on our feed @rhosstreet. Join the hundreds who view our tweets on a daily basis. Our tweets have been collectively viewed over 80,000 times over the last 28 days. The twitter feed is also viewable on the website’s homepage.

Batman Themed Lunch – On Monday, the canteen will serve up a Batman themed lunch. See twitter for the menu.

Family Service – Next Friday will be Year 4’s Family Service. Parents and relatives welcome at 9am.

Personal Details – A county wide exercise to review personal information held by school was undertaken before Xmas. If you are yet to return the form confirming those details, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Plastic Bottle Request – Rev. Stuart is appealing for plastic bottles in order to use them for an Art Project. Could you bring some in for us to pass on to him? Any we collect will be picked up on February 22nd. Diolch yn fawr.

February 8th 2019 Chwefror 8fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Well, what a busy week it’s been as this newsletter will testify. I don’t think anybody could accuse us of taking our foot of the gas now that the Estyn report is out! We’ve received some lovely coverage in the Free Press this week and it’s lovely for the school to be the focus of such positive publicity.

Wel, am wythnos prysur y mae hi wedi bod ac mae’r cylchlythyr yma yn dyst i hynny. Dwi ddim yn meddwl bod neb yn medru ein cyhuddo o gymryd amser i orffwys gan fod yr adroddiad Estyn allan erbyn hyn! Rydym wedi derbyn sylwadau hyfryd yn y Free Press ac mae’n braf i’r ysgol gael bod yn ganolbwynt i gymaint o gyhoeddusrwydd bositif.

Your sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher

Year 5 Family Service – Myths and Legends was the theme of Year 5’s Family Service this morning and they skilfully told us tales through drama, song, recitation, using props, costumes and of course the ICT. Well done to them all – they’ve certainly worked extremely hard. Thank you to them for a fabulous service and to Mrs Davies and staff for preparing them so well. Thank you also for the parental support.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Max. Amelia, Leyla, Kian, Noah, Hakeem, Sophie, Daniel and all of Class 5. Welsh awards went to Casi, Emma, Alexa, RubyA, RubyJ, Casey and Kody. Xander received a certificate for his brass and Sophia a badge for gymnastics. Well done to them all!

Lottie the Bell Competition – Congratulations to the winners of the recent Lottie the Bell competition run by St. Peter’s Church under the coordination of Rev.Stuart. Emily was 1st and has won a trip to Loughborough, while Constance and Emma finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. What a fantastic prize!

Dydd Miwsig Cymru – Our Criw Cymraeg has this week organised that each class recognises National Welsh Music Day. This has involved all year groups watching and listening to YouTube videos of different Welsh language bands, while Year 3 have been taking part in activities involving Seren a Sbarc!

Safer Internet Activities
– This week, Safer Internet Day took place and each class has been taking part in activities that promote safe and responsible use of the internet. On Monday, Year 6 took part in some sophisticated discussions about the pros and cons of internet use. They came to some interesting conclusions!

Creative Project Year 5 – Year 5’s creative project this week, involved working on animation and poetry in a very visual and stimulating way. They are really being given the opportunity to be creative in different ways and are being posed some really interesting questions to think deeply about in their work with Elizabeth Jones.

Creative Project Year 2 – Likewise, Year 2 have also been busy with Elizabeth, exploring emotions, responding artistically to music and using colour to show their feelings. Twitter is the place to visit to see lots of photos of these fantastic activities.

Netball Tournament – In this week’s Urdd Netball Tournament, the girls gave a great account of themselves, winning two of their four matches. They were buzzing on their return to school.

Wonderland Period Photos – As part of the Wonderland project, Year 2 and 6 have been working with green screen photography to use Victorian costumes to make period photographs reflecting Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. I look forward to seeing the finished articles!

TT Rock Stars – In order to raise standards in Mathematics even higher, we have adopted a new online resource to reinforce knowledge of times tables. Our ever reliable Year 6 pupils have been busy visiting classes in order to teach the younger pupils how to use it properly. They will have log in so they can access the resource at home so your child should now be able to show you too!

PTA – Some of our pupils joined PTA Committee members in a special meeting last week, to share ideas and plan activities over the next few months. Thank you Lucy for chairing the session! Please see the PTA Newsletter for further details as well as information about the Disco, which will be held next Friday.

Urdd – We have now registered all members who have paid Urdd subscriptions and enrolled them onto the various competitions that the pupils have shown an interest in taking part. Now, everybody has to get on with the job of learning poems, scripts, musical pieces and dances! We will start work properly next week! The first round will be held on Saturday March 16th, with the County event a fortnight later for those who win through. However. dance competitions are held on a different date and the Dance Eisteddfod is on April 2nd.

Estyn Statement

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am delighted and proud to be able to present the Estyn report from our recent inspection, following its publication today. It is indeed a cause for celebration, as it has, following a rigorous, challenging and highly professional process, recognised excellent standards and leadership in a ‘high achieving’ school.

The most important task entrusted to every school, is to do its very best to support pupils in making progress and reaching high standards in line with their potential, in a safe and happy environment. With this in mind, it is such a pleasure to be able to share with you, that for the most important judgement of an Estyn report, ‘Standards’, we have received an ‘Excellent’ rating, the highest accolade that a school can be given. This judgement was based on the work produced by the pupils in their books this year and last, from talking to children about their education, observing them learning and also on the outstanding results the children have achieved over recent years across the school.

The report also states that, “Consistent teaching of good quality and strong systems for care, support and guidance, ensure that all pupils behave well, feel safe and make very good progress.”

The work of the Senior Leadership team and the Governing Body was also recognised, with ‘Leadership and Management’ at the school also adjudged to be ‘Excellent’, with the report stating that, “Leaders, teachers and Governors work together extremely well for the benefit of the pupils.”

I am immensely proud of the report, because it reflects what a fantastic job my staff at every level do here on a day to day basis. Our last inspection in 2013 noted the school’s excellent prospects for improvement and since then, we have endeavoured to meet that challenge to reach such standards in a safe and happy environment. Every member of this hardworking team has succeeded in partnership with our pupils to achieve that goal. When you take into account the additional burden and pressure of having to move and settle into a new building, in tandem with maintaining those standards we hold so dear, it makes the achievement of the staff, pupils and Governors even more remarkable.

The report recognises the strong and sustained performance of our pupils over time, highlighting the fact that ‘nearly all pupils leave the school with skills at least in line with those expected for their age and a majority leave with skills above those expected’. The pupils deserve every praise, because it is the excellent standards they display in their work, that has been the cornerstone of this wonderful report.

The school recognises the important role of parents and the school community in supporting and engaging in a positive way, so this is an accolade to be shared with all concerned and I acknowledge the crucial involvement of all our stakeholders in contributing to this great achievement.

The next challenge is maintaining these standards and in a landscape of great educational change, this is a task we meet with enthusiasm and determination, in order to continue the ongoing success of Rhos Street School.

Chair of Governors, Chris Johnson, has also made the following comment: “2018 was an exceptional year for Rhos Street School. We started with a seamless move to our new modern home and to finish with such a positive review of the school’s performance is a testament to the leadership team and the staff. This couldn’t have been achieved without their dedication and hard work. As a governor and a parent, I am immensely proud of all that the pupils and staff have achieved and I know that Ruthin can be proud to be home to an excellent school. I look forward to seeing the school strive to meet its future ambitions and the children fulfil their potential as part of a safe and happy community here at Rhos Street School.”

Electronic copies are available via email, the website and on the twitter feed. However, if you wish for a paper version, then a copy is available on request from the school office.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher