October 18th 2019 Hydref 18fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

A very difficult week for Rhos Street comes to a close, following the sad death of our colleague and friend, Jill Jackson. Despite the tragic circumstances, the reaction of the school community and the way everybody has supported one another has been notable and is something we can gain great comfort from. As I said in my letter to you all on Wednesday, her roles at the school were wide-ranging and always carried out to the highest of standards. There is now a gulf in her absence. A Book of Condolence is in the entrance area for anyone who wanted to to have a private moment and write a personal message to recognise and remember Jill. We all sympathise greatly with Jill’s family as they grieve. Any details regarding further arrangements that the family wish to share, will be done in due course. Thank you for your messages, emails and offers of help and support. They have meant a lot to us this week.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Other than recognize our achievers, and our plans for next week, I am going to wait until the next edition to share news from activities and so forth. Likewise, the twitter account will tweet as normal from Monday.

Achievers – In a poignant service this morning, all classes were recognized for their strength, sensitivity and empathy while dealing with the events of the week. Class awards were also shared with Kaden, ConnieD, ConnieT and Lily. Holly received an Over and Above award, a Welsh award went to Maizie, and a swimming award to Kian. Tiffany has also received a silver award in gymnastics.

Arrangements for Year 2 – Our very best wishes go to Mrs Liddy, who has unfortunately suffered fractures to her leg and ankle after a mishap out running at the weekend, while training to run a marathon. We hope she’s feeling better very soon as she recuperates from her operation. Mrs Jan Hughes has agreed to cover Year 2 in the interim period. Mrs Hughes is well known to the school and has worked with us for significant periods over the last three years and is highly capable. She’s been wonderful with the Year 2 pupils in what has been a difficult week. Of course, we have to also make arrangements to replace Jill in Class 2 and Jayne Mayers has been entrusted with the support role in Year 2 for the time being. Jayne has significant experience of working with Mrs Liddy, so is also highly suited to this role, due to her knowledge of the way Year 2 operates so succesfully. We also have Miss Davies, a student teacher on placement in this class, so have additional support for the pupils.

Parental Consultations – These will commence from Monday.

‘Shwmae Sumae’ – We will on Wednesday be taking part in a day of Welsh activities to promote the use of the language. More news next week.

Urdd Football – Good luck to our squad in the Urdd Football next week.

Site Update – I have received the following information regarding addressing the school field:
“The DCC Grounds Maintenance team will undertake work to improve the shared playing field surface. To take advantage of the good weather, they started Wednesday, by cutting the existing grass to expose the areas that need addressing. They will cut back the hedge between the field and the main playgrounds to avoid the need for other contractors to enter the playing field. Work will then start over the coming weeks to improve the surface of the field when high quality topsoil will be bought onto the site.“
I will as ever, endeavour to keep you updated,

October 11th 2019 Hydref 11fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Our Harvest Service was a delight to watch this morning. The children sang the songs and performed their pieces with enthusiasm and skill. A huge thank you to them and the staff for preparing them so well. As ever, our thanks go to Rev. Stuart and St Peter’s for hosting us. We’re also grateful to Buddug for the musical accompaniment and to parents for the donations to Ruthin Food Bank. As ever, thank you to the school community for their support in church.

Roedd ein Gwasanaeth Diolchgarwch yn hyfryd i’w wylio y bore yma. Canodd y plant y caneuon a pherfformio eu darnau gyda brwdfrydedd a medr. Diolch enfawr iddyn nhw a’r staff am eu paratoi mor dda. Fel erioed, diolchwn i’r Parch. Stuart a St Peter’s am ein croesawu. Rydym hefyd yn ddiolchgar i Buddug am y cyfeiliant cerddorol ac i rieni am y rhoddion i Fanc Bwyd Rhuthun. Fel erioed, diolch i gymuned yr ysgol am eu cefnogaeth yn yr eglwys.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Medical Forms
– Please return these forms so we can keep records up to date.

Music Lessons – Payments have been set up for you to settle on Parent Pay.

Free Press – See our Reception Class in the Free Press on Oct 16th.

PTA Xmas Cards
– The deadline for the return of orders is today.

Twitter – Our twitter account is now 9 years old! There are lots of tweets again to be enjoyed from the week’s activities.

Miles for refugees – Please keep recording your miles and also share your photos with us on twitter. Make sure you include @rhosstreet in your tweets so we can see them and then share with us.

Nant BH – Good luck to Years 5 and 6 on their visit to Nant BH next week.

Jamboree – I hope Years 1 and 2 enjoy their Jamboree next week.

PC Llinos – PC Llinos shared some very important messages with our Year 5 and 6 pupils in her sessions with them this week.

Parents’ Evening – Times for the Parents Evening appointments the week after next, will be shared next week.

PTA Spooky Disco – Next Friday is the disco and pupils are allowed to wear their disco costume to school and bring chocolate for the tombola for the privilege. Any help from parents with the stalls in the evening will be very much appreciated. Please let Lucy, Emma, Jenny or Julie know if you can help or leave a message in the office. Many thanks.

Thank You – A big thank you to Dylan Evans, Milo’s dad for organising the donation of a junior Preston North End kit for us to use for football matches. It is very much appreciated. See photo on Twitter.

October 4th 2019 Hydref 4ydd

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
With the Urdd Eisteddfod being held in Denbighshire next year, it was nice to kick off the first of the academic year’s activities in such a positive fashion. Girls’ football has really gone from strength to strength here at the school in the last couple of years and I hope all of our girls are inspired by our school team’s success and want to participate in this flourishing sport.

Gydag Eisteddfod yr Urdd yn cael ei gynnal yn Sir Ddinbych y flwyddyn nesaf, roedd yn braf cychwyn y weithgareddau’r cyntaf o’r flwyddyn academaidd mewn modd mor gadarnhaol. Mae pêl-droed merched yn wir wedi mynd o nerth i nerth yma yn yr ysgol dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf a gobeithio y bydd pob un o’n merched wedi’u hysbrydoli gan lwyddiant ein tîm ysgol ac eisiau cymryd rhan yn y dyfodol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Football – Our girls performed fantastically to finish second in this Denbighshire tournament. They were pipped to first place by Bryn Hedydd School in Rhyl, but they can certainly hold their heads up high and look forward to further successes no doubt. Over to you boys!

Parking – It is becoming ever clearer, that some parents from both schools are increasingly bending the rules of the car park, making the risk of an accident ever greater. Could all drivers please ensure that they:
• use the appropriate entrance / exit
• only park their car in a designated parking spot
• do not leave their car in a drop off zone or on a kerb
• do not exceed the 10mph speed limit
• do not leave children unattended in their cars
Many thanks for your co-operation.

Hedgehog Houses – Year 3 visited The Living Classroom, to build their hedgehog houses. It’s been a lovely project and we thank the Denbighshire Countryside Service with their ongoing support down at this wonderful outdoor resource at our disposal.

Chester FC After School Registration – A form is attached for you to book a place in advance for the Chester FC sessions after half term.

National Poetry Day – It was National Poetry Day yesterday and Mrs Reece has been working with the MAT group, producing some fine pieces, which have been posted to Twitter.

PTA Spooky Disco – Also attached is a poster for the forthcoming Halloween Disco. Money raised from this event will go towards funding the pantomime in January. Please may I remind you that you can pay the subsidised price of pantomime tickets on Parent Pay. £7.50 per ticket.

Art Club – The pupils very much enjoyed their first session with our new artist Honor Pedican in Art Club on Monday.

Aldi Stickers – We are really getting somewhere with our sticker collection. Thank you so much for engaging positively. We are two thirds there, with 197 stickers collected. I’m sure a final push will get us over the line!

Dance Workshop – ‘New Dance’ will visit on Monday to deliver a couple of dance sessions for interested pupils in order to advertise their club, which has been highlighted on our Twitter feed.

Dogs’ Trust Workshop – They say never work with children or animals! However, on Monday we will do both, as the Dogs Trust will visit to deliver workshops for Foundation Phase pupils. It should be an interesting afternoon!

Anti Bullying Session – On Wednesday morning, school councilors will attend an Anti-Bullying workshop to plan activities to deliver in school for Anti-Bullying week, which will be held 11-15th November.

PPTA Meeting – Our class reps attended their first PPTA meeting this week with Lucy, Jenny and Julie. Thank you for your time!

PC Llinos – PC Llinos will visit next week for the first time this year, to deliver sessions to Year 5 on anti-social behaviour, to Year 6 on child sexual exploitation and Year 4 on safe friendship.

Harvest Service – Once again we will be holding our Harvest Festival Service at St Peter’s Church. It will take place on Friday October 11th 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.

Achievers – Students of the Week were, Penny, Jack, Claire, Eva-May, Tommy, Milo, Lily-Mae, Melissa, Ruby and Gabby. Welsh awards went to Kaden, ConnieD, ConnieT, Cai, Gabby, Thomas and Alex. Certificates for football went to Brandon and Little Princess Trust to SerenB. Nate received a best in gala swimming award and Eva a football award. Well done to them all!

Run for Refugees – Please could all pupils remember to record their running, walking, cycling and swimming on their record sheet for their sponsored event. Many thanks. Tweet us your photos and we’ll share them!

Urdd Proclomation Ceremony – The Urdd Proclomation Parade, will be held tomorrow in Prestatyn and will celebrate the arrival of next year’s Eisteddfod in Denbighshire. If you want to join the parade, then it begins at 11am from Prestatyn High. Full details on twitter on what will be a great family event.

Reading Challenge – Another set of pupils received their certificates for completing the challenge!

Diary Dates
Oct 7th – Dogs Trust Workshops Foundation Phase
Oct 7th – New Dance Workshops
Oct 9th – Anti-Bullying Workshop
Oct 9th – PC Llinos sessions for Years 5 and 6
Oct 10th – Harvest Practice in church
Oct 10th – PC Llinos session for Year 4
Oct 11th – Harvest Service, St Peter’s Church 9.45am
Oct 14-16th – Nant BH Year 5 and 6
Oct 15th – Infants Jamboree, Brynhyfryd
Oct 17th – Whole school flu immunisation am
Oct 17th – Year 3 and 4 tag rugby event
Oct 18th – Own Clothes Day for PTA Chocolate Tombola
Oct 18th – PTA Spooky Disco

Cross Country – The event scheduled for October 10th has been cancelled due to the excessive rainfall.

Calling All Bakers – Keep an eye out for a special competition being introduced by Year 5 next week. Watch this space!!

September 27th 2019 Medi 27ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
The Living Classroom has been a place to be very proud of this week! First of all, it provided the harvest that produced a stupendous apple and blackberry crumble, which was enjoyed by all who tasted it, including yours truly. In addition to this, it was a place where Year 6 bonded with the Reception pupils as they took them on a tour of our special outdoor learning spot.

Mae’r Dosbarth Byw wedi bod yn le i fod yn falch iawn ohono yr wythnos hon! Yn gyntaf oll, fe ddarparodd y cynhaeaf a oedd yn cynhyrchu crymbl afal a mwyar duon hynod flasus, a fwynhawyd gan bawb a’i blasodd. Yn ogystal â hyn, roedd yn le gwnaeth Blwyddyn 6 fondio â disgyblion y Dosbarth Derbyn wrth iddynt fynd â nhw ar daith o amgylch ein man dysgu awyr agored arbennig.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, headteacher / Pennaeth

Living Classroom Tour – It was lovely to hear how the Reception and Year 6 pupils befriended one another and the photograph on twitter is an indicator of the lovely warmth that was to be seen between the oldest and youngest full time pupils. Long may it continue.

PTA Pantomime 2020 – We have booked to visit the panto again this academic year. On Wednesday, January 8th all classes from Reception to Year 6 will visit Theatre Clwyd for the annual rock and roll pantomime. The PTA have kindly offered to fund the buses and also subsidise the ticket price, so the contribution requested from parents is £7.50. This is a wonderful gesture by the PTA and I’m grateful to them for being able to keep the cost down for what should be a fantastic event for our pupils. Payment can be made via Parent Pay.

Brynhyfryd Open Evening – Year 6 pupils and parents have received notice of the Open Evening at Brynhyfryd on October 10th. Years 5 and 6 have also received letters regarding transition activities during this academic year.

Intergenerational Event – Year 6 pupils enjoyed visiting, entertaining and chatting to some elderly residents at Trem y Foel this week. They were given a great welcome, sang some songs with the elderly and shared refreshments.

Urdd Membership – It is that time of year again to join the Urdd and there will be lots going on. Forthcoming events include the girls’ and boys’ football tournaments. Mrs Lewis has already started working with the creative dancers for the Eisteddfod and there will be all manner of other competitions in that Eisteddfod, which of course is held in Denbighshire for the national event. There will also be art and craft opportunities. I have sent out a pro-forma so that we can add all interested pupils names to parent pay in order to pay for the subscription, which is £8, increasing to £10 after Christmas.

School Council Charity Initiative – Our School Council have decided on their first activity of the year and it promises to be an exciting one. They are raising money for the Red Cross to support refugees. Between 30th Sept and Oct 14th, they are encouraging pupils to complete as many miles as possible. These miles can be completed by walking, running, swimming or cycling. The fundraiser will conclude with the pupils taking part in a communal fun run on the school field. The money raised will help address those refugees affected by global humanitarian crises. Sponsor forms have been sent home today.

Medical Forms – In order to ensure that we can ensure all our records are up to date and that we can fully safeguard our pupils, please ensure that all medical forms sent home are filled and returned.

Medical Appointments – If your child has to miss part of the school day for a medical appointment, please ensure that we are provided with a copy of the appointment form or card. Many thanks.

Whole Class Brass Lessons – Year 3 have been enjoying weekly brass lessons with Mr Powell. They have been very enthusiastic and are developing some good skills already!

PTA Xmas Cards – This week, our pupils have been designing Christmas Cards (I know…) However, they have been doing so, because you can make an order for their design to be made into a set of cards for you to give when Xmas does eventually arrive (at the time of writing 89 days.) Please fill the form on the other side of the design and place in an envelope with the money for your order. Could we receive them by Monday October 7th please.

Art Club – Please ensure that forms are filled and placed in envelopes with payment for the 4 sessions on Monday. Many thanks.

PPTA Meeting
– There will be a PPTA meeting with Lucy Purvis PTA Chair next Tuesday. I’m sure the pupils will have lots of ideas!

Achievers – Students of the Week were Arlo, Penny, Charlea, Amelia, Jade, Jacob, Sofia, Charlotte, Samadhi, Ben, Olivia and SerenB. Welsh awards went to Beau, Jason and Alexandros. Beau was awarded a red Tae-kwon-do belt, Swimming medals went to Nate and Daniel and a bravery award to Isabelle.

Welsh Reading Books – Our Criw Cymraeg have organised that Welsh books have been sent home for some of our pupils to enjoy. Maybe Mum, Dad, Nain, Taid or an Uncle or Auntie could read with them and help!

Welsh Apps – On twitter you’ll see a poster with ideas for apps you can download to support your child at home in learning Welsh.

Reading Challenge – We had another big group of children receiving certificates this week. The Reading Challenge comes to an end this weekend so there’s a final chance to complete it.

Lunchtime Clubs – They will run as follows
Mon – Lego Club – Foundation Phase
Tue – Clwb Cymraeg KS2
Wed – Rock Choir
Thu – Drama Club Years 3/4

Urdd Football – Good luck to the girls in this tournament on Wednesday

Girls’ Football Taster – There will be a girls’ football taster session at Ruthin Town FC for Years 4, 5 and 6. All welcome. October 1st, 5.30-6.30pm.

FAO Nursery Parents – Please remember you must make another application for a place for your child in the Reception Class next September. This can be done from Monday with the deadline November 22nd 2019.

Next Year’s Nursery in 2020 – The application window for next year’s Nursery Class also opens Monday, with a deadline of February 21st 2020.

Urdd Proclomation Ceremony – The Urdd Proclomation Parade, will be held on October 5th in Prestatyn and will celebrate the arrival of next year’s Eisteddfod in Denbighshire.
If you want to join the parade, then it begins at 11am from Prestatyn High. Full details on twitter on what will be a great family event.

September 20th 2019 Medi 20fed

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
At the start of the year, we select our pupil groups to represent the children in different areas. Photos of School Councillors, Eco Councillors, our Criw Cymraeg and PPTFA Reps will be on twitter before the afternoon is out. I hope they gain pride from their work in the respective groups. Pupil Voice grows ever louder!!!

Ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn, rydym yn dewis ein grwpiau disgyblion i gynrychioli’r plant mewn gwahanol ardaloedd. Bydd lluniau o Gynghorwyr Ysgol, Cynghorwyr Eco, ein Criw Cymraeg a Chynrychiolwyr PPTFA ar twitter cyn i’r prynhawn orffen. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddant yn ennill balchder o’u gwaith yn y gwahanol grwpiau. Mae Llais y Plentyn i’w glywed yn uwch ac yn uwch!!!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Frogspotting – The Year 6 children were jumping for joy when they went hunting for wildlife on the school field. Their efforts were rewarded with 10 frogs, who were all carefully transported back to the tank in the year 6 classroom. The children had a fantastic time studying the frogs up close. Tilly, Ffion and Lily helped Mr Davis return them safely to their habitat at the end of the day.

Urdd Membership – It is that time of year again to join the Urdd and there will be lots going on. Forthcoming events include the girls’ and boys’ football tournaments. Mrs Lewis has already started working with the creative dancers for the Eisteddfod and there will be all manner of other competitions in that Eisteddfod, which of course is held in Denbighshire for the national event. Next week I will send out a pro-forma so that we can add all interested pupils names to parent pay in order to pay for the subscription.

Urdd Girls’ Football – The girls are sorted on parent pay and they will take part on October 2nd.

PTA – Thank you to those who attended. It was great to see such enthusiasm and ideas from all concerned. Lucy Purvis will once again Chair the PTA this year, with Emma Phipps Vice-Chair, Julie Brixey secretary and Jenny Johnson treasurer. They have lots of exciting things organized. The Halloween Disco will be held on October 18th.

Achievers – Students of the week were Charlea, Lola, Mia-Rose, Liam, Meredith, Mia, Ethan, Kian, Illy and Ffion. Swimming certificates went to Lilly and Emi-lee, Dance certificates went to Charlotte, Isabelle and Lilly and an X-ray certificate to Cadie. Donkey Derby rosettes also went to Lily and Emi-lee.

Wasp – Thank you for your co-operation, as we dealt with our little wasp problem. They certainly met their match when the pest controller visited.

Space Race – Our latest Space Racers were rewarded in today’s assembly. Well done! Keep them coming – there’s still time to finish the challenge.

Pokemon – Pokemon cards are great fun, as are football cards. They have no place in school however as it always leads to problems. Please do not allow your child to bring them in. If you find some Pokemon cards that are not your child’s, please bring them to the office. Many thanks.

Rugby World Cup Themed Lunch – See twitter for details of a Rugby World Cup lunch next Wednesday in the canteen.

Art Club – Elizabeth Jones, aka Elfin Bow isn’t able to commit the time to continue Art Club this year, which is a shame as it was always a great addition to our clubs. However, a colleague of hers, Honor Pedican has agreed to pick up the baton and details are on twitter and emailed to all families. Please return the proforma to claim your place.

Living Classroom – The first visit to the Living Classroom by Year 5, involved a litter pick and collecting the bounty that harvest brings, including apples, nuts and berries. See twitter for more photos later.

After School Clubs – Clubs are as follows:
Monday – Art (from Sept 30th)
Tuesday – Go Ride Cycling
Wednesday – Dance
Thursday – Football
Friday – Netball

Details of lunchtime clubs will go out next week.

Flu Immunisation Consent Forms – Please return these at your earliest convenience. Many thanks.

Dance Club – Mrs Lewis has already got the dancers well drilled and they are planning the creative dance entry in next year’s Eisteddfod.

NSPCC Sessions – The parental and pupils session certainly sent some clear messages on how pupils and parents can help children stay safe from the dangers of abuse. Thank you to parents for supporting our internet safety session.

Diary dates
Sept 23 – Intergenerational Session Year 6
Oct 2 – Urdd Girls Football Tournament
Oct 5 – Urdd Proclomation Session, Prestatyn
Oct 7 – Dogs’ Trust Workshops
Oct 9 – School Council Anti-Bullying Workshop
Oct 10 – Vale Cross Country
Oct 11 – Harvest Service, St Peter’s Church 9.45am
Oct 14-16 – Nant BH Years 5&6
Oct 15 – Infants Jamboree
Oct 17 – Flu Immunisations
Oct 17 – Tag Rugby Festival Years 3 and 4
Oct 21 – Parents’ evening week starts
Oct 24 – Urdd Football
Oct 25 – Half term starts

Aldi Stickers – The latest count brings us to 52. Please continue to send them in. I’m sure we can get to 300 in no time! Thank you for your support.

Congratulations Faye – Faye has been selected to represent the County’s Football Team this season. Huge congratulations!

Twitter – Photos to be posted on twitter today will be Livng Classroom Year 5, Reception in the outdoors, Year 2 project work, pupil groups, World Cup school meal details, Nursery activities, Year 3 brass and art club info. Visit @rhosstreet and give us a follow!

September 13th 2019 Medi 13eg

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
It’s notable two weeks in, how settled everybody seems in class, be they 3 or 11 years old! There is a calm, industrious feel about the place already which is very pleasing and augurs well for the year ahead. I have included provisional dates until the end of term. These are of course subject to change and additions! Please also see the attached communication from Denbighshire County Council, regarding proposed site developments.

Mae’n nodedig, pa mor sefydlog mae pawb yn ymddangos yn y dosbarth, boed nhw’n 3 neu’n 11 oed! Mae naws ddigynnwrf a diwyd am y lle sy’n braf iawn ac yn argoeli’n dda am y flwyddyn i ddod. Rwyf wedi cynnwys dyddiadau dros dro tan ddiwedd y tymor. Mae’r rhain wrth gwrs yn medru newid! Gweler hefyd y cyfathrebiad atodol gan Gyngor Sir Dinbych, ynglŷn â datblygiadau safle arfaethedig.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Make Some Noise – We welcomed a special band put together by the Denbighshire Music Cooperative this week. They played a concert with the aim of promoting music lessons. It went down a treat!

Twitter Hashtags – Our Twitter hashtags this year once again align with our priorities, but also with the development of the New Curriculum which becomes statutory in 2022. See our pinned tweet to understand what each hashtag denotes.

Aldi Stickers – Please send any stickers you are given in Aldi supermarkets into school. Collecting 300 will win us a free sports kit and also leave us in with a shout of winning £20k.

Nant BH – Forms and letters regarding Year 5 and 6’s visit to Nant BH have been sent home. Please return them promptly and also settle the balance of payment on Parent Pay. Many thanks.

Secondary Admissions – Parents of Year 6 pupils should note that the window for them to make Secondary School applications is now open. You have until November 8th.

New Nursery – It’s always a pleasure every year to see our new Nursery pupils settle really well to their surroundings and 2019 is no different. A huge welcome to them all! Great work Eleri and Kelly!

NSPCC Sessions for pupils and parents – Please see the letter sent home this week regarding the NSPCC sessions for pupils and parents on Monday.

Donkey Derby – A poster is on Twitter, with details of the Rotary’s Donkey Derby, which will be held tomorrow, September 14th at Cae Ddol.

Brass Teaching – For the next term, Class 3 will be provided with some whole class Brass Lessons on Wednesdays, courtesy of the Denbs Music Cooperative.

St Peter’s Church Thanksgiving Service – In a special Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter’s Church, it was announced that Emily’s ‘Lottie the Bell’ design, had won the public vote held at the Craft Centre. She was presented with a mug bearing her design, which is also being used on cups and badges. Well done!

Flu Vaccinations – Please ensure that consent forms are returned as promptly as possible, so that we can administer this process efficiently.

PTA AGM – This will be held next week, on Tuesday 17th September at 3.30pm here in school. All members of the school community are welcome to join us.

Intergenerational Sessions – Year 6 will take part in intergenerational sessions at Trem y Foel during this term. They’ll take part in musical activities with Bethan Antur and the elderly residents.

Asthma Inhalers – Following recent training, we have been asked to ensure that pupils do not have inhalers in school, unless accompanied by a spacer. Please ensure we have a spacer for your child if he or she is on our asthma register.

Summer Reading Challenge – More certificates and medals were shared with our deserving pupils today. Keep them coming please!!

Urdd Proclomation Ceremony – The Urdd Proclomation Parade, will be held on October 5th in Prestatyn and will celebrate the arrival of next year’s Eisteddfod in Denbighshire.

Air Ambulance Fundraiser – On our twitter feed there is a link to a fundraiser Sally Smith is running to raise money for the Air Ambulance, following the terrible local car crash in the Summer.

Achievers – Students of the Week were all of of the Reception Class, Leila, Joe, Willow, Charlie, Leyla, Samadhi, Tyler, Logan and Seren. Welsh awards went to Ruby, Leo and Amelia. Swimming awards went to Trystan and Isla, cricket awards to Alys and Fletcher, gymnastics awards to Piper and football awards to Barkley and Faye. It’s great to celebrate so much success!

After School Clubs – Clubs running next week are Netball and Dance on Wednesday, with Football on Thursday. A full schedule will be shared next week. Could all pupils coming to football on Thursday pay their £2 weekly to Chester FC in order to make the club viable and sustainable.

Violin Demo and Piano Tasters – These took place this week. Any interested pupils can let us know in the office.

Diary dates – Provisional
Sept 14 – Donkey Derby Cae Ddol from 12.30pm
Sept 16 – NSPCC visit including internet safety parental session 3.30pm
Sept 17 – PTA AGM 3.30pm
Sept 18 – Brass sessions in Year 3 start
Sept 23 – Intergenerational Session Year 6
Oct 2 – Urdd Girls Football Tournament
Oct 5 – Urdd Proclomation Procession, Prestatyn
Oct 9 – School Council Anti-Bullying Workshop
Oct 11 – Harvest Service, St Peter’s Church 9.45am
Oct 14-16 – Nant BH Years 5&6
Oct 15 – Infants Jamboree
Oct 17 – Flu Immunisations
Oct 21 – Parents’ evening week starts
Oct 24 – Urdd Football
Oct 25 – Half term starts

September 6th 2019 Medi 6ed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Here we are again, at the beginning of a new academic year. I hope you have had a good Summer and have enjoyed holidays, visits and activities. As I traditionally ask in this first newsletter, please take a moment to read the information below, to help ensure that all runs smoothly here from the outset. It is exciting to begin a new year, with lots planned, with high expectations from some fantastic opportunities.

Croeso i’r flwyddyn academaidd newydd. Mi fydd yn flwyddyn lle rwy’n siŵr y byddem i gyd yn gweithio gyda’n gilydd mewn partneriaeth er lles ein disgyblion. Gobeithio eich bod wedi mwynhau’r gwyliau. Cymerwch eiliad i ddarllen y wybodaeth isod, er mwyn helpu i sicrhau bod popeth yn rhedeg yn esmwyth o’r cychwyn cyntaf. Mae’n gyffrous cychwyn blwyddyn newydd gyda disgwyliadau uchel o gyfleoedd difyr.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Achievers – Students of the Week were Jay, Kieran, Daniel and Amelia. Flynn won a Welsh award and a karate certificate was shared with Max. Swimming certificates went to Fletcher, Mia, Darcie and Ryan, while Ben was awarded a medal and certificate for climbing Ben Nevis.

Twitter – Twitter has increasingly become one of the main modes of communicating information across the world and the school’s account @rhosstreet has become a highly useful and very popular tool to share information, photographs and particularly any updates that need to be shared urgently regarding school business. I would highly recommend, if you are not already a twitter member, that you join and follow our account, to help you keep abreast of the latest news.

Further Lines of Communication – If you wish to receive the newsletter by email, then please let us know. Parents of all Nursery pupils and new pupils should have received forms for them to specify how they would like to receive the newsletter. Remember that the school’s news and more can be found by logging on the school website at www.rhosstreetschool.co.uk, As mentioned earlier, up to date snippets and photos, as well as general nonsense can also be accessed by following our Twitter account www.twitter.com/rhosstreet. Photographs of activities can also be viewed on our Flickr page through a link on the website’s homepage. The PTA Facebook page is another source of important information. Links to all of the above can be found on the website.

Summer Reading Challenge – There are still some pupils who have not completed / started the challenge; however it’s not too late, as the initiative does not finish for a little while yet. I am very eager for all pupils to complete the challenge, so ask for your support in ensuring that this is the case. This year, medals and certificates are handed out at the library on completion of the challenge. Our first group of pupils are pictured with certificates and medals.

A Healthy School – We strive to promote healthy eating and make our school ever healthier. We do not permit children to eat crisps, sweets, chocolates or biscuits during break times. Snacks offered to them in school will be a range of healthy balanced snacks, as will be the case in Breakfast Club. Children are also encouraged to bring healthy foods in their lunchboxes. I’d be grateful for your co-operation in helping us to promote the well-being of pupils in this way.

Annual Report Feedback Sheet – If you have not yet done so, could you please fill and sign your child’s report feedback sheet and return it to school next week.

Morning Handover of Pupils – Now the full time pupils in the Foundation Phase, particularly those in the Reception Class have had this week to settle into their new surroundings, we will revert to the handover arrangements in the Summer term where pupils are passed on to staff at the gate and guided independently into the Foundation Phase play area. Please remember, the top gate is for Nursery and Giggles parents and the bottom gate for Reception upwards. Many thanks for your co-operation.

PE Kit and School Uniform – May I please remind pupils that the Rhos Street PE kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts, black/white/grey socks, ‘subtly’ coloured trainers for Juniors and pumps for Infants. Black tracksuit bottoms are permitted in colder weather. Please ensure that your child complies with this uniform. Could you also ensure that pupils’ names are written/sewn onto school uniform, so that we can return any misplaced garments to the correct owner. Finally, may I also remind pupils that jewellery and nail varnish are not permitted. Once again, I ask for parental support in ensuring that the pupils comply with these wishes. Many thanks.

Medical Information – If there is any medical information that you need to share with us regarding your child, then please do so, as a matter of urgency, so that we may update our records.

Personal Information & Contact Details – If you have recently changed your address, mobile telephone number or any other details, could you please inform us, so that we may update our records accordingly. Many thanks.

Attendance Procedures – As a school, we are committed to working with and assisting parents in promoting the regular and punctual attendance of all pupils. Denbighshire Council are committed to implementing a consistent county wide policy for attendance. Absences for sickness upwards of 10 days will trigger a support process. Absences are of course fully authorised if your child is genuinely unwell. There are also special circumstances for absence, which if appropriate, we are of course content to authorise. If your child is ill, please inform us on the day by email, or telephone call. If we have not been notified why your child is absent, for safeguarding purposes, we will telephone to confirm. Each absence needs to be explained in full; otherwise it will go on record as being unauthorised.

Denbighshire has also decided that holiday absence is no longer authorised. Unauthorised absences upwards from 5 days, will trigger a warning letter and upwards of 10 days may invoke a fixed penalty notice. If you do decide to take your child out of school, please call in the office and ask to talk to myself, so that we may discuss the request. Please see the attached Denbighshire letter.

Punctuality – As part of the ongoing priority of improving attendance, we also focus on encouraging parents to make every effort in ensuring their children are punctual and are on the yard to line up at 9am each morning. This avoids disruption to theirs and other children’s education. I hope that we can count on your support in achieving this end at the beginning of the new academic year. I also wish to clarify that in order to ensure consistency, the Denbighshire policy is that latecomers will marked late up to 9.30am. However at 9.30am, the registers close and children arriving late after this time will be marked absent on the register.

PTA AGM – This will be held on Tuesday 17th September at 3.30pm here in school. All members of the school community are welcome to join us.

Admissions – Please see the attached letter regarding admission arrangements for Nursery, Reception and Year 7. The deadlines for applications are included and may I remind Nursery parents that they must make another application this year, in order to secure a place in the Reception class for next September 2020.

Donkey Derby – A poster is on Twitter, with details of the Rotary’s Donkey Derby, which will be held on Saturday September 14th at Cae Ddol.

Giggles – Giggles Daycare is inspected by Estyn and CIW to provide quality pre-school education. There are limited play spaces available (24) Free childcare is available for 3 and 4 year olds who qualify for the governments 30 hour free funding. £20 per day 8.30-3.15pm.

After School Clubs – Next week, some of our after school clubs will restart.Dance with Mrs Lewis takes place on a Wednesdayand Football with Chester FC on Thursday. The following week will also see Netball taking place on a Wednesday after school. A full after school club programme will be shared next week.

Living Classroom – On Twitter you will find a link to a ‘County Voice’ online article about our Living Classroom.

External Works – I have requested that county provide parents with a formal update regarding the delay in completing the external landscapes and making the school field safe for pupils. I am assured it will be forthcoming.