October 1st 2021 Hydref 1af

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Parking – A complaint has been received by Denbighshire County Council’s Traffic department in relation to parking taking place on Parc Y Dre which I have been asked to share with you. Concerns have been raised around parents of Pen Barras and Rhos Street pupils allegedly blocking drives, restricting residents from entering or leaving their properties and restricting the movements of residents/traffic entering and exiting the estate. The traffic department understands that there is nothing stopping vehicles parking along this street as there are no parking restrictions either in the form of double or single yellow lines. However, parking across driveways and turning circles is an offence and as a response to those raising concerns, the Traffic Department has reminded residents that any issues have to be reported to North Wales Police.

Chester FC Football Sessions – We were delighted to welcome back Chester FC this week, as they provided sessions for Years 3 and 4. Their ongoing support over a long period has been much appreciated and we look forward to continuing that relationship over this school year. Until half-term, they will work with Years 2, 3 and 4 so please could pupils in those classes remember their PE kits on those days. Other classes will soon have their opportunity.

Hello Yellow Week – Next week, will be a week to promote the mental health and wellbeing of our school community. Activities will take part in class and we will also raise money for the charity ‘Young Minds.’ On Friday, we ask our pupils to come to school wearing yellow and bring a £1 donation please.

Harvest Week – The following week will be ‘Harvest Week.’ Once again, we will be unable to hold our Harvest Service this year, due to Covid-19. However, class Harvest activities, will be taking place and we will collect food donations in aid of Ruthin Food Bank. Please send in any contributions of pre-packed dried foods or cans from Monday, October 11th and on the Friday we will donate what has been collected.

Twitter – Take a look at Twitter for some updates of the range of topics and activities taking place in our classes.

Academic Dates – Attached to the email is an updated list of academic dates for this year. As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday for schools in Denbighshire will be Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, school will now break up for Christmas on Tuesday 21st December.

PTA News – The PTA AGM was held this week. Lucy Purvis has stepped down as Chair, so I’d like to take the opportunity to thank her for her commitment to the role. Despite the pandemic, the PTA have certainly been busy and successful and have worked round the restrictions in a safe proactive way to provide activities that have been both fun and profitable. Emma Phipps has stepped up to take her place and I wish her well in the role and thank her also for her commitment. I will share the finalised committee with you in the near future. The PTA will hold a Halloween Disco in school time on October 22nd and the pupils are invited to come into school in Halloween costumes and pay a £1 contribution towards PTA funds.

School Menu Change – There will be a swap to the menu next week, so on Tuesday it will be fishcake, with curry now on Wednesday.

Achievers – Student of the Week awards were shared with Raphael, Isla, Sam, Eve, Oliver, Leila, Thea, Grace, Oscar, Theo, Ryan, Tommy, ThomasW, Billy and Maya. Rayne received a Welsh award, while 1st Aid Rainbow Awards went to Neve and Grace. Well done to all concerned!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth