March 23rd / Mawrth 23ain

Dear Parents / Carers,
The school is becoming an increasingly empty place. Five hundred crates have been packed and transported across town, as has some of the furniture we’ll be retaining. The remaining items will be taken care of between now and Easter, after which the unpacking can begin. I hope everybody has a lovely Easter and I look forward to welcoming everybody to our new home on Tuesday April 10th.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
Mae’r ysgol yn dod yn le fwyfwy gwag. Mae pum cant bocs wedi eu pacio a’u cludo ar draws y dref, fel mae rhai darnau o ddodrefn y byddwn yn eu cadw. Bydd yr eitemau sy’n weddill yn cael eu cludo hyd y Pasg, ac ar ôl hynny gall y dadbacio ddechrau. Rwy’n dymuno Pasg hyfryd i bawb ac yn edrych ymlaen at groesawu pawb i’n cartref newydd ar ddydd Mawrth Ebrill 10fed.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – Creative Dance – Our Creative Dance group has competed twice in recent weeks. Firstly in the local Eisteddfod and then the County event last night. On both occasions they were awarded a much deserved first place with a very striking and visual performance, fantastically choreographed by Mrs Lewis. They now go on to the National Eisteddfod in Builth Wells and I will share further details straight after the Easter break. Llongyfarchiadau!

Farewell Event – Thank you to the PTA for providing refreshments at our farewell event. A huge thank you also to our current pupils and staff for their work in preparing activities for all our visitors to enjoy.

Ruthin Local History Website – The Ruthin Local History Society are focusing on the history of our school in an ongoing project. Visit the following pages to see what has been completed so far.

Urdd Eisteddfod – Last Saturday’s Eisteddfod also proved to be a success, with Emma awarded 1st place on the flute. The singing party finished 2nd, Ben was 3rd for his recitation and Xander 3rd on his cornet. Our recitation group came 4th. A huge thank you and well done to all who took part.

Letters to Ghana – Our student teacher in Year 4, Miss Strong is off to Ghana over the holidays and has been helping the pupils to write letters to take over with her on her visit.

Year 3 Project
– I hope that you took advantage of the opportunity to view the fantastic opportunities that Year 3 have been provided with in their creative project with Elizabeth Jones and the wonderful work they produced, which was displayed at the event this week. They have been very enthusiastic and we look forward to seeing how the project develops across the school after Easter.

A Toast by the Governors – Once all important business had been taken care of, the Governors last week took a moment to reflect upon and toast the old school building in the final meeting before the move.

Easter Homework Projects! – There are some opportunities below of which the children can take advantage, to keep them busy during the Easter break.
1. Gabriel Goodman Story – Year 5 and 6 pupils, following their visit were given a leaflet with information about Gabriel Goodman for them to write his story, in a competition with the prize being a trip to London! The closing date is soon after Easter. The leaflet is copied below.

2. Urdd Art and Craft – Thank you for entries already sent in. Any further entries will strictly have to be sent in first thing on Tuesday 10th as they have to be registered that morning in order to be eligible. Pupils also have to be Urdd members. I have attached the syllabus.

3. Ruthin Festival Art Competition – Attached below are details of this competition celebrating 25 years of the festival.

LA Newsletter – Also below, you will see a newsletter prepared by the Local Authority, providing some information regarding the new site.

Open Day – I’m sure you are eager to take a look at the new site once it’s finished. Apparently there was an event organised by the construction company for local residents this week. Once we’re unpacked, sorted and up and running, I’ll organise an open morning for you to see our new site and building.

Reception Visit – We were finally allowed to take our Reception pupils on Wednesday and they were very excited to see the new building.

New Arrangements – Over the final weekend of the holidays, I will communicate finalised arrangements for parking, where you can drop off pupils for breakfast club, drop off points for the school day and arrangements for picking up.

Twitter – Our twitter account remains an increasingly busy place, with 130,000 views over the last 28 days.

Another Goodbye – Anne-Marie from the canteen has left us this week to have a baby. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back after her maternity leave.

…and a hello again! – With Mrs Evans leaving the school office for pastures new, you may well have noticed that we’ve welcomed Emma Taylor back into the clerical role she undertook for us previously.

A Huge Thank You – It’s been a very turbulent time of late and I pay tribute to the staff for managing the stressful exercise of moving so well, hand in hand with their other everyday duties. The pupils have been a big help and can also be praised. Finally a big thank you to all the volunteers who have given of their time and been so important in us managing to get all the work done. You know who you are!

March 16th / Mawrth 16eg

Dear Parents,

We’re packing away ready to move next week. Everything is still on schedule for opening after Easter and it’s a case of all hands on deck here to ensure we can get everything we want to take with us together.

Eisteddfod – Good luck to all competitors in tomorrow’s Eisteddfod. Please refer to the letter sent home for all the details.

Urdd Art – Urdd members can enter the art competition. Could all entries be received in school on the Tuesday we return after the Easter holidays please.

Parent Pay – Could those yet to register for online payments do so immediately please. Please refer to the letter sent home with log in instructions, so that all payments can be cleared.

Goodbye Event – Although much has been packed away, our farewell event will give all the chance to see the school in action for the last time. Arrangements will be similar to the Xmas Fair, where you will be allowed to enter the building between 2.30 and 4.30. A walk around the classes will allow pupils to show activities they have been enjoying and in the hall, we will have a range of photos and items for you to view, as well as enjoy refreshments. At around 3.30pm we will say a few words and the children will sing, allowing everybody the rest of the time to chat and reminisce.

Glasdir – I have been told the Reception Class’ visit to Glasdir will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Achievers – Students of the week were newcomers Meredith, Thomas and Benjamin, as well as Charlie and Sophie. Oscar received the Welsh award.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

March 9th / Mawrth 9fed

Dear Parents / Carers,
We approach our final fortnight in this old building with a mixture of melancholy, trepidation and excitement. The place has certainly been creaking of late, as if it knows its day are numbered. While the building may change though, the school will live on!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
Rydyn ni’n cyrraedd ein pythefnos olaf yn yr hen adeilad gyda chymysgedd o deimladau. Mae’r hen le wedi blino, fel petai’n gwybod bod ei ddyddiau ar ben. Er bydd ein adeilad yn newid, mi fydd yr ysgol yn byw ymlaen!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cardiff Residential Visit – Our residential trip was well documented on twitter, but it’s safe to say we had a fantastic time and would like to thank the pupils for making it such a pleasure. The Centre was very welcoming and accommodating, the coach driver Mel was a great navigator and Mrs Davies’ and Eira’s care of the pupils was as ever, fantastic. Diolch i bawb!

Goodbye Event – We open our doors to the school community and beyond on Monday, March 19th from 2.30-4.30pm. This will give all the chance to walk through the school for the last time, to reminisce and to see what our classes have been doing as they prepare for the move.

Dance Eisteddfod – The Dance Eisteddfod will take place at 4pm on Tuesday, March 13th with the same arrangements applying from the postponed event.

County Eisteddfod – I will share details for the Eisteddfod on Saturday 17th March early next week.

Mother’s Day
– I hope the pupils make all mothers feel very special on Sunday!

St. Peter’s Church
– The Juniors will visit St. Peter’s Church on Monday, to hear all about the life of Gabriel Goodman in advance of an exciting competition they’ll be invited to take part in.

Beau’s Fundraiser
– As you’ll be aware, Beau is fundraising for The Little Princes Trust and having his hair cut. There was a lovely piece about it in the Free Press. If you wish to donate, then is the place to go. Well done Beau for your fantastic efforts!

Year 4 Family Service – The delayed Family Service from Year 4 was worth the wait, as they wowed us with all sorts of performances on the theme of Wales and St. David. Thank you to them for their work and to Mrs Lewis for her preparation. Thank you to the fantastic parental support in a poignant event – the last Family Service at the old building.

World Book Day – We saw some fabulous costumes once again this year. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile initiative! Year 4 had a great opportunity to visit Ruthin Library and hear Damien Harvey speak about his life and work as an author.

Lead Creative Schools’ Project – The Year 3 project continued, with the children developing teamwork skills making models out of cardboard. Again, our twitter feed is documenting these exciting activities so take a look to learn more!

Chester FC Partnership – Our partnership with Chester FC kicked off this week with a very interactive and enthusiastic session held in the hall for Years 3 and 4. The feedback was extremely positive from a session that very much focused on developing skills while also playing an exciting game of bench ball. The pupils were also in receipt of a free match programme and we are grateful of the kind donation. Hopefully, this kindness will be rewarded with a win for Chester against Wrexham on Sunday!

– Our Students of the Week were Mia, Cain, Elliott, Kieran, Kai, Daniel, Class 5 and Class 4. Swimming certificates were shared with Ben and Jensen. Grace and Molly received gymnastics medals. Well done to them all.

Goodbye Mrs Evans! – We bade a sad farewell to Mrs Evans today. She gives up her work in the school’s office to start a new role as an administrator in Ysgol Clywedog, one of the Secondary Schools in Wrexham. We thank her for all her work with us over the last 8 years and wish her well with her new challenge!

March 2nd / Mawrth 2ail

Dear Parents / Carers,
As you’ll be fully aware, we had to close today because of the snow. I think everybody appreciates it was a necessary step and I hope the pupils are putting the extra free time to good use, making snowmen, throwing snowballs and having a wonderful time. Apologies for the inconvenience that this inevitably causes. With the Cardiff trip next week, I wanted to get a newsletter out today and fingers crossed, the weather won’t from now on disrupt school activities and the building work going on down at Glasdir of course. Have a great weekend, keep warm and stay safe!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod – Saturday was a long but proud day as every single one of our competitors represented the school with distinction. Scroll down our feed on twitter to see the fantastic results we received. The next round is on March 17th. Dancers have different dates and when they have been rescheduled, I will let you know.

Cardiff Visit – I’m sure there is a little uneasiness among parents and pupils regarding the Cardiff trip next week. Looking ahead at the weather, I’m hoping things will clear enough to ensure that this visit for Years 5 and 6 pupils on Monday to Wednesday next week, remains unaffected. Please refer to the letters sent home this week for full details. I’ll post a copy of the letter on twitter in case it has not reached you. Please ensure your child is on the yard for 7.50am on Monday and hopefully we will have a clear undisrupted visit, because the itinerary is very interesting indeed!

Lead Creative Schools Project – Year 3 began a special project this week with Elizabeth Jones. They are taking advantage of an opportunity provided through an Arts Council of Wales grant and have this week been looking back at their memories of the school. There are lots of photos on twitter of their activities.

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.

Money Sense – The Upper Juniors as part of our aim to develop financial education skills, welcomed Mr Monks from Nat West. He ran a special Money Sense session to help them understand financial management.

Chester FC Training Sessions – We will keep an eye on the weather of course, but Years 3 and 4 will be receiving a special football session from Chester FC on Monday afternoon. Wrap up warm!

Library Visit
– Year 4 will visit Ruthin Library on Thursday morning next week to meet, question and listen to the author Damian Harvey. I’m sure it will be a fascinating experience.

Year 4 Family Service – As we had to postpone this morning’s Family Service for Year 4, we have rescheduled for next Friday at 9am. Parents and relatives welcome!

St. David’s Day – The snow didn’t deter our pupils dressing in National Costume, sports kit nor from wearing daffs and leeks yesterday. I hope you all had a lovely St. David’s Day! Cymru am byth!

February 23rd 2018 Chwefror 23ain

Dear Parents & Carers,

A positive first week closes after our half term break.  I must say that our new logo was launched on Wednesday with bated breath, as you’re never sure how these things will be received.  However, the overwhelmingly positive reaction was very welcome, reinforcing what a supportive, engaged and appreciative school community we have. It is important to recognise that important fact. It is Eisteddfod week and we will be proud of our competitors tomorrow.  We have also had further meetings this week regarding ICT and furniture at the new building.  Everything sounds very positive and exciting.  You’ll see below that we have an exceedingly busy few days next week, with lots going on.  We will also be receiving crates to begin sorting through and packing away things for transportation.  The few weeks ahead are definitely a time for everybody to have a positive, flexible mindset.  There will be challenges to face as we prepare to move and adapt afterwards in our new building, but a co-operative, supportive and positive approach from all will I’m sure, facilitate a successful move for Rhos Street School.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Logo – Our new logo has now been unveiled.  We hope you like it! Huge thanks to graphic designer Robert Davis for his work liaising with his son Mr. Davis, following all of the ideas provided by the pupils over the last few months. It’s been a truly collaborative effort!

We will adopt the logo after Easter and school jumpers sold from then on, will incorporate the new design.  However, there is no requirement for you to buy a new school jumper until it is necessary.  It is not expected, nor is there any pressure to do so.

Parent Pay – Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that the introduction of Parent Pay has been a smooth one.  If you are yet to register, then please do so at your earliest convenience.

Parents Evening – Times for next week’s parental consultations have been sent out this week.  If there are any problems with the time allocated, please get in touch with the school office.

Chromebooks – Our Chromebooks are up and running! We are also asking for businesses to consider sponsoring us. Each Chromebook costs about £200. With each Chromebook, we are buying licenses and a charging trolley to store them. In exchange for a business sponsoring a Chromebook, we will advertise the business on the Chromebook and in our newsletter. If you are interested or you know of someone who may be interested, please get in touch with the PTA (, or ask in School. Any help would be hugely appreciated and we are grateful to those who have supported us so far.

Writing Workshop – Before half term, we welcomed Mr Matthias, who delivered a creative writing workshop to some of the Year 5 and 6 children.  Earlier in the day, he learned all about how we used technology in the school and was suitably impressed with what he saw!

Chinese New Year – Thanks to Lyn and her team for providing a tasty Chinese New Year lunch this week.  It went down a treat!

Achievers – Students of the Week were Daniel, Emi-Lee, Oliver, Jos, Christian, Laura, Finlay, Emilie, Seren and Urte.  Welsh awards went to Alexander, Jack, Xander, Flo, Katie, Mia and Cain.  Xander received a brass certificate, Laura grade 1 piano, Emma grade 1 dance and Daniel a host of swimming awards. Well done to all concerned.

Premier League Primary Stars – On Monday afternoon, we welcome the coaches of esteemed local side Chester FC, who will provide some sessions for Year 5 and 6 pupils, with other sessions for other classes planned on subsequent Mondays.  This is part of the school’s involvement in the Premier League Primary Stars programme, which is an exciting initiative providing some really worthwhile opportunities for the pupils.  We are delighted to be involved in this partnership and please see the additional flier, promoting forthcoming matches involving Chester FC in their relegation battle!

Moneysense – As part of our aim to develop financial management skills among our pupils, Nat West will visit on Monday to provide Years 5 and 6 with a special MoneySense session.

Butterfly Project – On Tuesday, Reverend Stuart will visit to speak to the classes about Ruthin Town Parishes forthcoming butterfly project leading up to Easter.

Mothers Day Pictures – Next week’s Free Press will include the pupils’ Mother’s Day pictures.

Intergenerational Event – Next Wednesday, Year 6 will be taking part in a session where some of the older members of our community visit the school and share their memories of the past.  This has been organised in conjunction with Age Connects.

Year 5 Transition – On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 will visit Ysgol Brynhyfryd for an activity as part of transition arrangements before the move to secondary school in 18 months time!

Reception Class Mask Making – Before half term, the Reception Class were very creative making rather fetching masks.

Minibeast Project – Year One have embarked on a new project this term – Minibeasts!  They went on a visit to the park in order to learn more and I’m sure there are lots of very interesting activities planned for over the next few weeks!

Lead Creative Schools Project – Year 3 are involved in a special creative project over the next few weeks.  This project will then develop into a whole school effort after the Summer.  They will be working with local artist Elizabeth Jones on a project called evolve and expressing themselves artistically, while looking back at the old Rhos Street School building, before looking forward to their new home at the new Rhos Street School site.

St. David’s Day – March 1st is St. David’s Day, of course and the pupils are as ever encouraged 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 Welsh!

World Book Day – Although World Book Day is ‘officially’ also on March 1st, our usual celebration of all things fictional will take place on Friday the 2nd. 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!

Year 4 Family Service – Next Friday will see Year 4 deliver their Family Service at 9am. Parents and relatives are welcome.

February 9th 2018 Chwefror 9fed

Dear Parents / Carers,
So, half term already then. Amazing isn’t it? It’s been a short period that has once again flown and the run up to Easter will be equally brief, with lots planned as the diary dates below testify. On top of that you add the move, so I think I’ll go and sit in a dark room for a bit and get my head round it all! Have a great week and see you on the 19th!

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,
Mae’n syndod bod hanner tymor yma’n barod. Mae wedi bod yn gyfnod byr ac mi fydd yr wythnosau hyd y Pasg yr un mor sydyn, gyda llawer ar y gweill fel mae’r dyddiadau isod yn tystio. Ar ben hyn rydym yn symud i Glasdir, felly dwi’n mynd i eistedd mewn ystafell dywyll i geisio hel meddyliau! Mwynhewch yr wythnos a gwelwn ni chi gyd et oar 19eg.

Eco Planting – An exciting eco project was started last week with Year 5. Denbighshire Countryside Service manages a piece of land near the Glasdir estate for wildlife interest and in particular for two priority species, the otter and the water vole – two of the UK’s fastest declining mammals. Our pupils got to plant some trees and wildflower plugs. They will also be responsible for monitoring wildlife at the location with Go Pro cameras and other technology and a hide has been built to help with this.

Twitter – It’s been a busy week on twitter for the school with lots of updates for you to enjoy. We had 51,000 views over the last 28 days! @rhosstreet

Parent Pay – Please refer to the letter sent home to register for our new online payment service, if you have not yet done so. Please note, we will no longer be accepting cheques or cash for dinner money after half term.

Year 3 Swimming – Year 3 will be going swimming on Thursday afternoons after half-term for their block of sessions

Pancake Races – Please see the attached details and sponsor form regarding the annual Pancake Races which take place over half term. The event takes place on Ruthin Square, Tuesday, February 13th from 11.30am. Funds raised go towards Ty Croeso.

Fire Safety – Years 2 and 5 enjoyed some lively and interactive fire safety presentations this week that sent out a strong message. Thank you to the fire service for providing the sessions.

Safer Internet Day – The pupils have been undertaking activities this week to recognise Safer Internet Day. How esafe do you think you are as a parent? Find out how you score in this quiz for parents by answering 7 simple questions.
Digital Leaders have been appointed in each class and we’ll post a photo of them all next newsletter.

Achievers – Students of the Week were Aiden, Hakeem, Barkley, Beau, Stacey, James, Lily, Iwan and Andrew. Theo received a Welsh award and Katelyn a gym medal.

PTA Charity Status – Good news! The PTA is now a Registered Charity, number 1176984. We continue to raise money for Chromebooks, having already purchased 15 for use in school. We are also asking for businesses to consider sponsoring us. Each Chromebook costs about £200. With each Chromebook, we are buying licenses and a charging trolley to store them. In exchange for a business sponsoring a Chromebook, we will advertise the business on the Chromebook and in our newsletter. If you are interested or you know of someone who may be interested, please get in touch with the PTA (, or ask in School. Any help would be hugely appreciated and we are grateful to those who have supported us so far.

Provisional Diary Dates
Feb 19th – School reopens
Feb 23rd – Eco planting
Feb 24th – Urdd Eisteddfod
Feb 26th – Nat West Moneysense session for Years 5 and 6
Feb 26th – Year 5 and 6 Football Sessions with Chester FC
w/b Feb 26th – Parental consultations
Feb 27th – Rev. Stuart visit to speak about butterfly project
Feb 28th – Special Art Project for Year 3 begins
Feb 28th – Year 5 visit to Brynhyfryd
Feb 28th – Year 6 Intergenerational event with Age Connects
Mar 1st – St. David’s Day
Mar 2nd – Year 4 Family Service
Mar 5th-7th – Cardiff Trip
Mar 5th – Year 3 and 4 Football Sessions with Chester FC
Mar 8th – Year 4 Library visit to meet an author
Mar 9th – Rev Stuart takes service
Mar 12th – Juniors Visit St. Peter’s Church
Mar 12th – Year 1 and 2 Football Sessions with Chester FC
Mar 16th – Year 3 Family Service
Mar 17th – Urdd Eisteddfod
Mar 19th – Farewell Event 2.30pm
Mar 20th – Cross Country
Mar 21st – School Closes for Easter (pupils only)
Mar 22nd – Urdd County Dance Eisteddfod (from 4pm)

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

February 2nd 2018 Chwefror 2ail

Dear Parents / Carers,

The hard work of our pupils, staff, Governors, parents and community has once again been deservedly recognised this week, as the annual School Categorisation results were published. For the fourth year since its inception, we have been awarded Green status and the image below highlights what that means. We are very proud to have been able to maintain this top grading and are also eager to continue in the same vein going forward.

Website Launch – I am pleased to announce that we have a new website, which is to be found at the same web address as our previous one. Thank you to Nick Ferguson of A5PC computer services who has created a user friendly web space for you, which links well to all our online platforms. I hope you enjoy browsing its pages.

A footballing partnership – We have partnered up with Chester FC through the ‘Premier League Primary Stars’ scheme. After half term they will hold some special sessions with each class and also provide some interesting additional activities over the rest of the academic year. We look forward to working with a club which is close to my heart!

Achievers – Our Students of the Week are Milo, Llinos, Mikolaj, Ruby, Kian, Urte, Katelyn, Theo and Seren. Benjamin, Emma, Lottie and Laura received Welsh awards. Alys and Maizie had gym certificates, while Daniel and James had ones for swimming.

Giggles – The children are celebrating Chinese New Year and 2018 is the year of the dog. They have been counting golden coins to match to Chinese numbers and have made decorative lanterns. We have been role-playing the zodiac animals in our masks and dancing through the Nursery to Chinese music. The children are also enjoying playing in the ‘Giggles Noodle Bar’. Next week, they’ll paint Chinese writing with fine brushes and finish off CNY with a fun filled celebration involving golden coins, oranges and fortune cookies.

Glasdir – Year One were very excited about their visit to Glasdir this week. Every day, there is something new to see there.

Urdd Eisteddfod & Art Competition – I have today been finalising Urdd entrants ahead of the deadline. We have individual recitations, group recitations, instrumentalists, a choir and a dance group, so it’ll be a busy couple of weeks preparing. The classes will also be discussing the Urdd art competition and the possibilities regarding the theme of ‘Myths and Fables.’ Please be aware that pupils will have to be Urdd members to submit entries to the art competition.

Introduction of Parent Pay – You will have no doubt seen the communication sent out earlier this week regarding our new online payment service Parent Pay, which will be launched after half term. Hopefully the leaflet will have explained everything to you. Payments for dinners, trips and music lessons from then on will need to be made via the log in you will receive next week.

Cardiff – Could all consent, health forms and balances be sent into school for this trip before half term please.

Purple Mash – As we strive to further develop the ICT skills of our pupils we have subscribed to an excellent online platform which comprehensively covers all of the areas of the new digital competency framework for our pupils. All pupils have been given an individual log in, which they can access at home and I encourage them to do so. Remember they also have a Manga High log in which is also a wonderful tool to reinforce and extend knowledge in Maths.

Rhos Street School Memories – You may well have seen on the PTA Facebook page or on Twitter our appeal for any old photos and memories that can be sent either to the office or to This is to help us hold an event on the afternoon of Monday, March 19th to say farewell to the Rhos Street site. The pupils will be taking part in some project work on the history of the school and the school community can see what they’ve been doing, while also viewing the building for one last time.

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth