November 30th 2018 Tachwedd 30ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
Friday arrives and I’m relieved to be able to say that Estyn have left the building. We have undergone a systematic, rigorous and challenging process, where every aspect of our school has been scrutinised in depth. All was done however in a fair and balanced manner and I elaborate further below. Now we are free to utter the word Christmas without fear or trepidation. Events kick off tonight with the PTA Fair and I will send details out early next week of our concert arrangements. Now November comes to a close, we can look forward to a special time of year, as the excitement builds towards the big day at the end of December. I think this Christmas is one that we will make sure we really enjoy even more than we normally do! Bring it on!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Estyn Inspection – As stated above, we were grateful of the professionalism and fairness shown by the Estyn inspection team this week. Although I am not permitted to share their judgements of the school in advance of the report’s publication, I can confirm that we are very encouraged by their findings. I am tremendously proud of my senior management team, teachers, support workers and clerical staff, as well as all other staff members and adults we work so closely with, including the Governors, for their efforts, their immense team spirit and determination for us to do as well as we possibly could. I’d also like to thank the pupils for their wonderful behaviour, attitudes, efforts and standards shown this week. They deserve every praise. Finally, I’d also like to thank parents for their fab support during the week. The official report will be published on the 31st January 2019.

Achievers – Students of the week are Charlie, Kody, Declan, Emily, Holly, all of Class 3, all of Reception and Morgan. Tyler W received a ju-jitsu belt and Charlie his 7th kyu. Well done all!

Living Classroom – This week’s visit by Year 5 to the Living Classroom was an action packed session. See twitter for further photos. Thank you to the different agencies and Denbighshire Countryside Services for their involvement in the session as well.

PTA Fair – Hopefully we’ll see you later at the fair. It kicks off straight after school.

Ruthin Xmas Lights – All pupils are welcome to join us for the singalong on Ruthin Square tomorrow. We meet up at 4.15pm. See you there.

School Council – The School Council will visit County Chambers on Thursday afternoon. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the experience.

Awelon Singsong – On Saturday 8th Dec, Thr Rock Choir will sing at Awelon’s fair. I will confirm details next week.

Rotary Xmas Concert – Likewise on the 9th, in the evening, we will participate in the Rotary Xmas Concert. Details to follow.

Glan Llyn – Year 3 visit Glan Llyn on January 17th for an overnight residential. Could any outstanding balances from the trip be paid by the end of term please?

November 23rd 2018 Tachwedd 23ain

Dear Parents & Carers / Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
We reach the end of the week full of anticipation, excitement and a little trepidation at our inspection which takes place next week. It goes without saying that the efforts of everybody concerned have been noted and appreciated and now we look forward to the opportunity to showcase our school. I am confident of it being a very positive experience for all involved. Please see below for information regarding the parental meeting, which takes place on Monday evening after school.

Rydym yn cyrraedd y diwedd yr wythnos yn llawn cyffro a pheth nerfusrwydd tuag at ein arolwg, sy’n cael ei gynnal yr wythnos nesaf. Mae’n mynd heb dweud bod ymdrechion pawb dan sylw wedi cael eu nodi a’u gwerthfawrogi ac yn awr rydym yn edrych ymlaen at y cyfle i arddangos ein hysgol. Yr wyf yn hyderus y bydd yn brofiad cadarnhaol iawn i bawb dan sylw. Gweler isod am wybodaeth ynglŷn â’r cyfarfod rhieni, sy’n cael ei gynnal ar nos Lun ar ôl ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 5 Transition – Year 5 visited Brynhyfryd this week for a special day of art and technology activities. It gave them an eye opener to the opportunities they will receive when they move on to Secondary school and further visits are planned as part of the transition arrangements.

Estyn Parental meeting on Monday 3.45pm – Having filled in questionnaires previously, there is another opportunity for parents to have their say in the meeting on Monday at 3.45pm in the school hall. I hope you are able to come and meet with members of the inspection team and answer their questions. Please see the attached agenda for this meeting. A crèche has been organised in Class 2, so you may leave your child/ren with us in order for you to attend the meeting if you wish.

Nant BH – We had a large group of pupils this week enjoying the outdoor activities and taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their independence. They went gorge walking, rope climbing, walking in the snow, orienteering and had lots of fun. Thanks to Mrs Davies, Mr. Davis, Eira and Leanne for their care of the children.

PTA Xmas Fair – This takes place next Friday from 3.30-5.30pm. Today, pupils have been wearing own clothes and contributing prizes for the tombola – thank you for your support. Please see the attached poster.

Xmas Rock Choir – It’s that time of year again, where the pupils sing their Xmas songs with such enthusiasm that they drown out the dodgy guitar accompaniment! Their first gig is next Saturday afternoon on Ruthin square as the Xmas lights are turned on at 4pm. I will send a letter home early next week with details of all the performances between now and the end of term.

Governors Report to Parents – I have emailed copies of this report to you and also added it to the school website. If you require a paper copy, then please pop into the office where we will be happy to provide you with one. Guidelines state that if you wish to call a meeting to discuss its contents, then please inform the office in writing by Monday, December 3rd. Please refer to the section ‘Meeting with parents’ on page 5.

Xmas Dinner – I have included a pro forma for you to specify whether or not you wish your child to have Xmas Dinner here at the school on Wednesday, December 5th. A prompt reply would assist the canteen in organising numbers.

Students of the Week – Students of the weeke were Seren, Meredith, Jay, Shreya, Fletcher, Isaac and Evie, with Illy getting a Welsh award. Noah and Leo received medals for Conwy Fun Run.

School Council Initiative – Another School Council initiative came to fruition this week, as we welcomed some Pen Barras pupils to assist with Welsh reading in class. The sessions went very well indeed. Thank you to the School Council for introducing such a positive development of co-operation between the two schools.

Eco and School Council – It was a pleasure to welcome representatives of both the Eco and School Council to a Governors’ meeting on Tuesday evening. It was a pleasure to see and hear our pupils so confidently discussing the wide range of initiatives they’ve been introducing and working on with the other pupils in the school.

November 16th 2018 Tachwedd 16eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,
This week has been about Anti-Bullying Week and of course Children in Need. It’s been so pleasing and encouraging to see how much the pupils have been planning, organising and running activities for both initiatives. Our Criw Cymraeg have also been keen to add a bit of Welsh flavour to proceedings too.
Mae’r wythnos hon wedi bod yn ymwneud ag Wythnos Gwrth-fwlio ac wrth gwrs, Plant mewn Angen. Bu’n braf ac yn galonogol gweld faint mae’r disgyblion wedi bod yn cynllunio, trefnu a chynnal gweithgareddau ar gyfer y ddau fenter. Mae ein Criw Cymraeg hefyd wedi bod yn awyddus i ychwanegu ychydig o flas Cymreig i’r gweithgareddau hefyd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones

Anti-Bullying Week – Thank you for supporting our odd-socks day, celebrating that it’s good to be different. The School Council went round the classes sending their anti-bullying message using the acronym RESPECT, while each class also decorated cut out hands with words about how to be a good person. The School Council were also asked to judge Pen Barras’ poster competition.

Children in Need – We had some great costumes today. The children have enthusiastically embraced all the activities. Thank you for the cake donations and thank you to Miss Davies and the School Council for their work in organising. I have just about dried off after my soaking!

Dr. Bike – The Dr Bike session this week was a valuable and worthwhile activity, giving pupil bikes a health check. Thank you to Mr Davis and Governor Mr Hubble for their work.

Urdd Gala – Well done to Gabby and Nate for representing the school in the Urdd Swimming Gala this week. Nate finished third in the backstroke event so congratulations to him. Both of them swam superbly!

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Henry, Leyla, Isabella, Logan, Constance, Indi, Tyler W and Stacey.

Criw Cymraeg – Thank you to our Criw Cymraeg for their efforts in promoting Welsh at the school. Their enthusiasm is notable. They presented their bilingual Children in Need acrostic work to the rest of the school in service this morning. Thank you to Miss Price for her work with them.

School Target Summary – You will have received by email a summary of our whole school targets this year with further information on how to support your child. I hope you find it of use.

PTA – In last night’s PTA meeting, it was agreed that next Friday will be an own clothes day, where we ask for suitable donations to go into a children’s tombola. The date of the fair is 30th November from 3.30-5.30pm and the PTA asks for anyone willing to help to email rhosstreetpta@gmail.com.

Year 5 Brynhyfryd Visit – On Tuesday Year 5 will make their first transition visit to Brynhyfryd in an Art and Technology day. Normal drop off and pick up at Rhos Street.

Nant BH – From Wednesday next week, Years 5 and 6 will be at Nant BH. I hope they enjoy! Could all payments be settled please?

Twitter – Don’t forget to look at twitter for even more information regarding this week’s activities.

PE Equipment – Thank you to Julie Debicka for running the recent Body Shop raffle, which has raised money for us to purchase some PE equipment. Becky Harrison was the lucky winner!

School Punctuality and Attendance – You support in ensuring we have excellent attendance and punctuality over the coming weeks would be very much appreciated.

Christmas Concerts – This year, our first Xmas Services at the new site will be whole school events and dates are also overleaf.

Safety Around and On Site – I am receiving reports of near misses involving cyclists and pedestrians in local traffic on the roads that lead to school and am finding it highly alarming. I appeal to you all to maintain the greatest vigilance as you approach and travel on the site.

Provisional Diary dates Until the End of Term
Tue Nov 20th – Year 5 Transition in Brynhyfryd
Wed Nov 21st – Nant BH until Friday Year 5 and 6
Mon Nov 26th – Estyn Inpection starts until Thursday
Mon Nov 26th – Estyn Parental Meeting 3.45pm in the hall
Fri Nov 30th – PTA Xmas Fair 3.30pm
Sat Dec 1st – Xmas Rock Choir Sings on the square in
Ruthin 4.30pm
Thu Dec 6th – School Council Visit to County Hall
Sat Dec 8th – Xmas Rock Choir sings in Awelon
Sun Dec 9th – Xmas Rock Choir sings in Rotary Carol
Concert 6pm
Tue Dec 18th – Rhos Street Xmas Service 1.30pm
Wed Dec 19th – Rhos Street Xmas Service 1.30pm and 6pm
Thu Dec 20th – PTA Film Day
Fri Dec 21st – End of Term

PTA Aviva Grant Application – The opportunity to vote for our project closes on November 20th so please take a moment to click on the link, register and vote for the PTAs application. Many thanks.
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2475

November 9th 2018 Tachwedd 9fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Estyn Inspection – You will have received letters and emails regarding the forthcoming inspection and the questionnaire you are invited to fill online. Please be aware that you have until the 15th November to fill it. The link is in both the email and letter sent home and the passcode is 12065.

Achievers – Students of the Week are Mia-Rose, Amelia, Connor, Oliver, Arthur, Leo, Noah, Trystan, Emi-lee, Jay, Alex, Beau and Poppy. Benjamin received a Welsh award. Connie and Casey received certificates for their fundraising. Ffion had a distinction in dance and Isabella had a certificate for Funstars.

Dance Project – The New Dance Project for Years 5 and 6 this week was a huge success. I hope the many parents who came to watch enjoyed the performance.

Remembrance – We observed two minutes silence at 11am and in service this morning, Xander played The Last Post before travelling to Colwyn Bay to play the same piece at a Remembrance Ceremony for the Police. What an honour!

New Pupils – We said hello to new pupils Samadhi, Noah, Leo and Constance this week. They have all settled really well and we welcome all the families to the school community.

Go Ride Club – There will be Go Ride Club on Tuesday 13th November with the final session on Tuesday 27th November. There will be no Go Ride session on Tuesday 20th November due to the visit to Nant B.H. Times for the Go Ride sessions are as before: 3.30pm – 4.15pm. Many thanks for your continued support for this popular and fun club.

Dr Bike – As part of our work on developing sustainable transport; in association with the charity Sustrans, Mr Davis and Mr Brian Hubble will be running a Dr Bike session on Tuesday 13th November. The session will run from 9.30 am – 10.30 am and will give pupils the opportunity to bring along their bicycles and scooters to be given a full bicycle ‘M.O.T’. Mr Davis and Mr Hubble will be on hand to fix any minor bike issues and to check each bike’s safety. Pupils will be given a Bike / Scooter safety report and will be taught how to check their bike is safe before each ride. Pupils should bring their bikes to the bike rack, at the front of the school, where they will be collected for the Dr Bike session. We are looking forward to a positive activity and thank you, in advance, for your support.

PTA – There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday 15th November at 7pm in the school. All welcome!

Children in Need – This is next Friday and children can come dressed in spots and stripes for £1. We are asking for cake donations to be sold for 20p/50p and the School Council are organising various stalls with games at 50p each.

Odd Socks Tuesday – On Tuesday, pupils are encouraged to come into school in odd-socks, to promote the idea that it’s good to be different as part of Anti-Bullying Week.

Nant BH – Could all payments for Nant BH be completed via Parent Pay please?

Twitter – Have a look on twitter for some additional photos from the week’s activities.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

October 26th 2018 Hydref 26ain

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

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 19th 2018 Hydref 19eg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones
Headteacher / Pennaeth

October 12th 2018 Hydref 12fed

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

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

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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