February 14th 2020 Chwefror 14eg

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Half-term arrives, in between the departure of Storm Ciara and the arrival of Storm Dennis! Before we break up though, we have the PTA Valentine’s Disco and it seems that love is in the air, particularly among some of our Year 6 pupils! Maybe a bucket of cold water will be in order later! I hope all our pupils and staff have an enjoyable week and we look forward to welcoming everybody back on Monday, February 24th.

Mae hanner-tymor wedi cyrraedd, rhwng ymadawiad Storm Ciara a dyfodiad Storm Dennis! Cyn i ni dorri i fyny serch hynny, mae gennym ni Disgo Calan CrhA ac mae’n ymddangos bod cariad yn yr awyr, yn enwedig ymhlith rhai o’n disgyblion Blwyddyn 6! Efallai y bydd bwced o ddŵr oer mewn trefn yn nes ymlaen! Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd ein holl ddisgyblion a staff yn cael wythnos ddifyr ac edrychwn ymlaen at groesawu pawb yn ôl ddydd Llun, Chwefror 24ain.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 5 Family Service – Well done to Year 5 for their Family Service about the Rainforests this morning. They certainly sent a strong message for us all to think about. My thanks go to the pupils and Mrs Davies for their hard work and to parents for their support this morning.

Clothes Recycling – Our recycling has raised over £85 so far this year. If you have a clear out over half-term, then please use our collection point here by the reception.

Vale of Clwyd Football – Our footballers really gave a great account of themselves in a hard fought tournament this morning. They won three games against Pen Barras, Twm o’r Nant B and Esgob Morgan B, drew with Frongoch and lost to Esgob Morgan A and Twm o’r Nant A. Well done to them all!

Achievers – Students of the week were Piper, Jacob, Clare, Sofia, Meredith, Elliott, all of Yr 5, Tyler & Charlie. Welsh awards went to Finley, Chloe, Ffion & James. Da iawn!

Urdd Eisteddfod – Could all competitors do their level best to practice and learn their pieces so we can get them all drilled before the Eisteddfod on February 29th. They can access audio files to help them via their HwB accounts.

Visit to Richard Williams – Thank you to Richard Williams, Builders Merchant for the welcome extended to our Year 2 pupils this week. They had a brilliant time!

Message from Councillor Hilditch-Roberts
Dear Parent / Guardian, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay in delivering the additional yard for Rhos Street School, and I share your frustration regarding the recent lack of activity.
Next week, over the half term break, contractors will be on the Rhos Street School field undertaking percolation tests. These tests are necessary to ensure that the proposed drainage system for the new yard is sufficient.
Once the tests are complete we will be nearer to delivering a new yard for Rhos Street School as then we will be ready to tender the work.
Procurement by the Council is governed by detailed UK legislation, and the law requires that all council procurement and contracting is conducted transparently, fairly and in a non-discriminatory manner.
Thank you, Huw

February 7th 2020 Chwefror 7fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
February is here already, with five weeks already ticked off this term! Lots to feedback, most of which is on twitter and a busy final week awaits before half term.

Mae mis Chwefror yma yn barod, gyda phum wythnos eisoes wedi fflio y tymor hwn! Mae llawer i’w rannu, gyda’r rhan fwyaf ar twitter ac mae wythnos olaf brysur i ddod cyn hanner tymor.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

PTA Disco – This takes place next Friday after school. Please refer to the poster sent out last week. Infants first session, followed by the Juniors.

Crisp Recycling – Please encourage your child to use the crisp recycling box. You are welcome to collect them at home and bring them in also.

Vale Football – Good luck to the football squad next week in the festival at Bryhyfryd.

Urdd Netball – Well done to the Netball squad for their efforts in the Urdd Tournament yesterday.

Year 4 Family Service – Thank you to Year 4 for a well presented service based on a sporting theme. Thank you to Miss Price and Mrs Lewis for their work and to parents and relatives for their support.

Give Racism the Red Card Competition – Well done to Henry, Willow, Leyla, Indi, TylerOM, Ella May, PoppyT, Ffion and Gabby for their winning entries in this year’s Show Racism the Red Card Compeition. Good luck in the national competition!

Year 5 Family Service – Year 5 will take their turn next Friday at 9am. Parents and relatives are of course, welcome to join us.

National Categorisation 2020 – Wales’ Annual Schools Categorisation list has been published and we’re delighted and proud to retain Green status for 2020, the sixth consecutive year. This classes us as a Highly Effective School. Everybody has played their part! Hapus a balch!

Twitter – See Twitter for photos from the following activities: Nursery ICT, Urdd Netball, Welsh Language Music Day, Family Service, Y1 Diwali, Y4 Science, Y5 day out, Give Racism the Red Card, Y2 DIY, Food Hygiene workshop, plus more.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Lilly, Paige, Jacob, Mathew, Oliver, Eva-May, Jay, Rebecca, Alex and Y4. Welsh awards went to Logan, Rebecca, Casi, Caitlin-Rose, Theo, Daniel, Amelia and Ben. Other awards went to Holly and Isla for swimming, Constance for triathlon and Tyler for football.

Year 5 Day Out – Year 5 had an action packed day on Wednesday, visiting Brynhyfryd for a transition session, the Craft Centre for a browse and then a swimming session. I’m sure they slept well that night!

Outdoor Classroom – Could parents please ensure that pupils vacate the Foundation Phase Classroom by 3.30pm after school please and only play on the slide.

National Welsh Language Music Day – Lots of Welsh activities this week. See Twitter!

Safer Internet Day – This is on Tuesday, with a colouring competition planned to highlight responsible use of the Internet. Thank you to the Digital Leaders for their work leading on this.

January 31st 2020 Ionawr 31ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
There was a surreal start to the week when I was suspected of being the Hedgehog on ITV’s The Masked Singer. The pupil in question will have to wait until Hedgehog’s unveiling to see how I have been spending my Saturdays! A busy week followed, with lots on Twitter to disgest and the week ended highly positively, with many of our pupils being recognised for their excellent writing in a Rotary competition in today’s service.

Roedd dechrau swrrealaidd i’r wythnos pan oeddwn yn cael fy amau o fod y Draenog ar The Masked Singer ar ITV. Bydd yn rhaid i’r disgybl dan sylw aros nes i Hedgehog ddadorchuddio i weld sut rydw i wedi bod yn treulio bob dydd Sadwrn! Dilynodd wythnos brysur, gyda llawer ar twitter i fwynhau a daeth yr wythnos i ben yn gadarnhaol iawn gyda’n disgyblion yn cael eu cydnabod am eu hysgrifennu rhagorol mewn cystadleuaeth Rotari yn ein gwasanaeth heddiw.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Rotary Young Writers Competition – Rotary President Peter Jones and Youth Coordinator Mike Watkin Jones visited today, to first of all talk about the Rotary’s extensive work, and then present all pupils who took part in a Young Writers competition with a certificate and prizes to our winners. Leo was 3rd, Freya 2nd and Theo 1st. Thank you to Mrs Reece for her work with the children.

HwB Microsoft Products – Every child at Rhos Street has a Hwb account, accessible both at home and at school for their classwork. Pupils in schools in Wales, are able to download and install the latest Microsoft Office tools, as well as Minecraft: Education at no cost on up to 15 devices – through Hwb. https://hwb.gov.wales/microsoft

VOC Netball – Well done to our team for their unbeaten run in the inter schools Vale of Clwyd festival this week! Good luck at the Urdd netball next week!

Achievers – Students of the week were Daisy, Eliza, Seren, Tiffany, ConnieT, Freya, Cadie, Tommy, Mia and Milo. Welsh awards went to Katelyn, SerenB, Caitlin-Rose, Daniel, Indi and Kian. Gymnastics recognition went to Poppy, Sophia and Piper, while football medals were awarded to Jay and swimming awards to Jenson, Charlie and Gabby. Well done to all of them!

VOC Indoor Athletics – Our squad of Year 6 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the athletics meet at Brynhyfryd and finished third out of all schools competing.

Food Hygiene Workshops – A special performance of ‘Pirates of the Chillbean’ takes place here on Tuesday, plus some food hygiene workshops.

Year 5 Transition – Year 5 have an art and technology transition session at Brynhyfryd on Wednesday Feb 5th. Could they all be in school for 8.45 please?

Welsh Music Day – We will recognise Welsh Music Day next Friday with activities and also listen to some Welsh tunes.

Urdd – I think I have sorted out the Urdd competitors today and registered them all. I’ll go through lists with the pupils and any final additions have to be made on Monday at the latest.

Family Services – Year 4 will have their Family Service on Friday February 7th, with Year 5’s taking place the following Friday, the 14th Feb. Parents and relatives are of course warmly welcomed to join us on both occasions.

PTA Disco – The poster for the forthcoming PTA Disco on February 14th is attached.

Wellingtons – If you have any wellingtons at home that have been outgrown and are no longer needed, then if you were able to donate them to us, we’d be very grateful. They’ll come in useful for visits to the Living Classroom if not everybody has come kitted out.

HwB Permissions – We have nearly received HwB permission forms for all pupils. We need these returned to allow pupils access to important class based resources such as Google Classroom. Duplicate copies have been sent home recently, so if you have received another copy, I’d be grateful if it could be signed and returned.

Urdd Swimming – Well done to Nathaniel Grant for representing the school last weekend, all the way down in Cardiff in the National Urdd Swimming Gala. What a great experience!

Drop Off Parking – Once again, may I please ask all parents could refrain from using the drop off zone as a parking space, because it can inconvenience other vehicles. Please park in a parking space if you wish to walk pupils into school, or walk in to pick them up. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Twitter – Take a look at Twitter for photos of Year 3 project work, Vale of Clwyd netball and athletics, Nursery activities, a video from Year 4 brass lessons, Year 1 and 6 visits to the Living Classroom, Year 4 PE, Year 2 ICT and measuring tasks. There’s also a link to the gallery of photos from the Cardiff trip, which is on Flickr.

Dates up to Half Term
Tue Feb 4th – ‘Pirates of the Chillibean’ Food Hygiene Workshops
– After School Urdd Club
Wed Feb 5th – Year 5 Transition Morning in Brynhyfryd (in school for 8.45am)
– Year 6 Tag Rugby Session
Thu Feb 6th – Urdd Netball
Fri Feb 7th – Year 4 Family Service 9am
– Welsh Music day
Tue Feb 11th – Safer Internet Day
Wed Feb 12th – Welsh Silent Disco – Juniors AM
Thu Feb 13th – VOC Football AM
Fri Feb 14th – Year 5 Family Service 9am
– PTA Disco
– Half Term Begins
Mon Feb 24th – School reopens

January 21st 2020 Ionawr 21ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
An early newsletter reaches you this evening, as I’ll be otherwise disposed in Cardiff with our Year 5 & 6 pupils for the rest of the week. I hope all the children have a great time. Looking at what we have planned, it will I’m sure, prove to be an action packed trip and one which you’ll of course be able to keep an eye on via our Twitter feed. Could all pupils ensure they are in school by 7.50am, so we can get on the road. Also, please make sure that your child has a sleeping bag and also brings a packed lunch for tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather will be favourable so we can enjoy the joys of Cardiff Bay. I’m sure there will also be tweets to be seen sharing activities back here at the ranch between now and Friday.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Happy Birthday Mrs Roberts! – It was party time at lunchtime on Monday, as we celebrated Mrs Sally Roberts’ forthcoming big birthday! We had some very famous special guests join us, as Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Jason Orange dropped in for a Take That themed bash! She’ll Never Forget it…

After School Club – In order to further extend the comprehensive wraparound care available here at the school site; from February 1st, Giggles’ After School Club hours will be extended to 6pm.

Welcome Back Mrs Liddy! – It’s great to have Mrs Liddy back with us. She may be hobbling a bit and needs to sit down a bit more than before, as she continues to recuperate. Everybody’s been pleased to see her back on her feet and enjoying being with her pupils.

Urdd Own Clothes Day – On Friday this week, the children can wear red, white and green own clothes. £1 contribution requested, in aid of the Ruthin Urdd Appeal which is fundraising for May’s Eisteddfod.

Netball – Mrs Davies is organising a team to compete in the Vale of Clwyd event next Tuesday. Good luck to them all!

Clwb Cymraeg – Clwb Cymraeg’s Year 3 and 4 members have made a collage inspired by all things Welsh. Gwaith campus blant!

Vale of Clwyd Indoor Athletics – Mr Davis is organising a squad of pupils to take part in this event next Thursday. I’m sure they’ll do really well.

Year 5 Family Service – Year 5 will take their turn next Friday, January 31st and parents and relatives are warmly invited to join us at 9am.

Digital Leaders Meeting – Our Digital Leaders met today with Governor Julie Debicka to discuss the pupil ICT agreement and also competitions for Safer Internet day on February 11th.

January 17th 2020 Ionawr 17eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
A busy week comes to an end. Lots of different activities have been going on across all age groups and Twitter has documented these visits, projects and opportunities. There are lots for you to enjoy if you log in over the weekend and scroll down our feed. Remember, you can also view our tweets by going to our website, so hopefully nobody will miss out!

Daw wythnos brysur i ben. Mae llawer o weithgareddau gwahanol wedi bod yn digwydd ar draws pob grŵp oedran ac mae Twitter wedi dogfennu’r ymweliadau, y prosiectau a’r cyfleoedd hyn. Mae llawer i chi fwynhau os byddwch chi’n mewngofnodi dros y penwythnos ac yn sgrolio i lawr ein porthiant. Cofiwch, gallwch hefyd weld ein trydar trwy fynd i’n gwefan, felly gobeithio na fydd neb yn colli allan!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Glan Llyn – The pupils have been having a wonderful time at Glan Llyn this week. They’ve taken part in a range of activities, including canoeing, bushcraft, bowling and archery. What a great experience in the outdoors! See Twitter for the full story. Huge thanks to Miss Davies and Mrs Parker for their care of the children.

Urdd Own Clothes Day – On Friday next week, the children can wear red, white and green own clothes. £1 contribution requested, in aid of the Ruthin Urdd Appeal which is fundraising for May’s Eisteddfod.

PTA News – In this week’s meeting, it was agreed to hold a disco on February 14th and a Mother’s Day Fair on March 13th. Full details to follow. If you wish to be added to the PTA mailing list, let me or one of the PTA Committee know.

Twitter Photos – Photos of the foillowing activities can be viewed: Year 2 farmers auction visit, Glan Llyn, visits to the Living Classroom, Year 1 Chinese New Year, Nursery painting, Year 3 Welsh bingo, Year 4 brass lessons, Reception parachute activities, Year 2 Welsh New Year craft, and Year 5 Science.

Achievers – Students of the week were IsaacG, Oliver, Azam, Liam, Tyler, IsaacW and Leo. Tyler and Merry received Welsh awards, Ryan a swimming certificate and swimming awards went to Nate and Gabby.

Art Club – A form to register has been emailed home for a three week block of after school sessions beginning a week on Monday. Hard copies are in the office.

Cardiff Trip – I hope the pupils going to Cardiff have a brilliant time next week. See twitter for the updates!

Mrs Liddy – We look forward to welcoming Mrs Liddy back next week and thank Mrs Hughes for her fantastic work in her absence.

January 10th 2020 Ionawr 20fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
With a new year upon us, I’d like to wish you all the very best for 2020. I trust that the Christmas period was an enjoyable one for all concerned and it has been good to see the pupils back this week. They have settled well and I’m sure are ready to face the challenges of the year with resilience, positivity and endeavour. I look forward to watching them all thrive!

Gyda blwyddyn newydd wedi cyrraedd, hoffwn ddymuno’r gorau i chi i gyd ar gyfer 2020. Hyderaf fod cyfnod y Nadolig wedi bod yn llawn hwyl i bawb ac mae wedi bod yn dda gweld y disgyblion yn ôl yr wythnos hon. Maent wedi setlo’n dda ac rwy’n siŵr eu bod yn barod i wynebu heriau’r flwyddyn gyda gwytnwch, positifrwydd ac ymdrech. Edrychaf ymlaen at eu gwylio i gyd yn ffynnu!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Pantomime – The pantomime in Mold was enjoyed by all. I’d like to once again thank the PTA for their help in allowing us to provide this activity for our pupils. Their contribution is as ever, very much appreciated.

Year 6 Transition Session – Next Friday morning, Year 6 will attend Ysgol Brynhyfryd for a transition activity. I’d be grateful if all Year 6 pupils could be in school by 8.45am, so we can get them up there in good time. Many thanks.

Community Notice – As the children’s play park adjacent to Ruthin Football Club is under threat of closure, a community meeting to discuss opposing the move will be held at the football club from 5-6pm this evening. Anybody interested is invited to attend.

Over the Rainbow – The new term kicked off with a special visit from some famous characters, as an introduction to this year’s creative project based on The Wizard of Oz, in partnership with Denbighshire and Magic Light Productions.

After School Clubs – Chester FC will resume after school football sessions next week on January 16th. Art Club will resume on January 27th and the Urdd will hold a free sports club after school for four Tuesdays, beginning on January 14th. Please see the pro-formas sent home to register.

Glan Llyn – Year 3 Residential Visit. Could all consent and medical forms be returned to school as a matter of priority please? I very much hope they enjoy their visit next week.

Cardiff – Similar forms have been sent home this week for the Cardiff trip and I’d be grateful for their prompt return, as well as payment for the trip being settled via Parent Pay.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Annabelle, Jay, Charlie, Willow, Henry, Billy, Finley, Archie and Oscar. Welsh awards went to Daniel, Billy, Henry, Ella-May, James and Daniel. A gymnastics certificate went to Tiffany and a Lifeguard certificate to Ben. Well done all!

Urdd Membership – We will be organising competitors for the Urdd Eisteddfod over the next couple of weeks, so your co-operation in ensuring those wanting to take part are members would be appreciated.

Swimming – Swimming sessions resume next week on Wednesday afternoon for Year 5.

Brass Sessions – Pupils in Year 3 who received class brass lessons last term have been sent a letter inviting them to register for individual lessons. Year 4 will begin class sessions with Mr. Powell on Wednesday.

Clothes Recycling Initiative – Ffion and Morgan addressed the school in this morning’s assembly regarding a clothes recycling initiative we’ve signed up to. A letter from the Eco-Council is also being sent home with this newsletter.

Payment of Monies – I’d be grateful if all parents could make sure they are up to date with payments for dinner money, pantomime and trips via Parent Pay. Payments for this term’s music lessons will be set up soon.

PTA Meeting – A PTA meeting will be held here at the school on Tuesday at 3.30pm. All welcome!

Congratulations Becky – Congratulations to staff member Becky Harrison, for achieving HLTA (Higher Learning Teaching Assistant) status after a recent assessment. Well deserved! Llongyfarchiadau!

Provisional Diary for the Spring Term
Tuesday January 14th – Year 3 overnight residential in Glan Llyn
Tuesday January 14th – First of 4 consecutive after school Urdd sports sessions 3.15-4.15pm
Tuesday January 14th – PTA Meeting 3.30pm in school
Wednesday January 15th – Weekly swimming sessions for Year 5
Wednesday January 15th – Rugby session for Year 6
Wednesday January 15th – Weekly brass sessions start for Year 4
Friday January 17th – Year 6 transition morning in Brynhyfryd (in school by 8.45am pease)
Wednesday January 22nd – Year 5/6 three day visit to Cardiff returning Friday
Wednesday January 22nd – Rugby session for Year 3
Friday January 31st – Year 5 Family Service 9am
Tuesday February 4th – Pirates of the Chillibean Workshop
Wednesday February 5th – Year 5 transition morning in Brynhyfryd
Friday February 7th – Welsh Music day
Friday February 7th – Year 4 Family Service 9am
Friday February 14th – School closes for half-term
Monday February 24th – School reopens
Tuesday February 25th – Shrove Tuesday (probable pancake races on Ruthin square)
Saturday February 29th – Ruthin Eisteddfod – 1st round
Friday March 6th – Year 3 Family Service 9am
Tuesday March 10th – Urdd County Dance Competition
Wednesday March 11th – Urdd Sports Session for Years 3&4 am
Wednesday March 18th – Urdd Sports Session for Years 5&6 am
Saturday March 21st – County Eisteddfod – 2nd round
Monday March 23rd – Tempest Photography Visit – individual, families and Class 6
Thursday April 2nd – Year 6 Bikeability (2 days)
Friday April 3rd – School closes for Easter
Monday April 20th – Staff Training
Tuesday April 21st – School reopens

December 20th 2019 Rhagfyr 20fed

Dear Parents and Carers,
2019 is coming to an end, as is another term here at RSS. The year began positively with the publication of our Estyn report and the findings of the inspection, remain something we are extremely proud of. The year wasn’t without its challenges though, as our ongoing frustrations while we endeavoured to secure additional yard space on the new site continued. Hopefully our determination will bear fruit very soon as planning permission has now been secured. The loss of Jill was such an awful thing to have to accept and of course as a staff and community, we are still coming to terms with her death. The year ended extremely positively, however, with our successful Xmas performances in the Infants and Juniors and the Christmas spirit has been strong here, as I’m sure it is with you at home. Have a wonderful festive time. I intend to eat, drink and be merry, so I hope you all do too, while having a fantastic time with your families and friends. I hope the fortnight goes really slowly, but afterwards I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Junior Concert – The Juniors’ Concert was a triumph! Huge congratulations to the pupils and Key Stage 2 staff for their efforts. Diolch yn fawr. Thank you also to parents for their donations and ongoing support, as well as the PTA for their tireless fundraising.

Rock Choir Performances – Our Rock Choir sang so well this week. From Sunday’s Rotary Concert, through visits to the Library, Ruthin Hospital, Costa and Tescos they really shared the Christmas spirit throughout the community. Thank you to parents for supporting and for the warm welcome everywhere we went.

Xmas Singalong – We all had our traditional raucous singalong in the hall this morning. Always a highlight!

Achievers – Students of the week were Arlo, Darcie, Henry, Arthur, Logan and all of Year 2. Swimming certificates went to Daniel and Gymnastics to Eliza, Eva, Alys and Holly. Gabby received some swimming medals and Max a Karate certificate.

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

Snow – We’ve been fortunate to avoid any snow so far this winter and fingers crossed that will remain to be the case. However, as before, you are best keeping an eye on twitter when any bad weather hits in the New Year because any news will be posted there first.

PTA – At the end of the year, I’d like to thank the PTA for their efforts. Lucy and the team have worked hard and lots of great activities have taken place, raising much needed funds. We look forward to spending some money in the New Year!