October 23rd 2020 Hydref 23ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

We reach half term with a sense of déjà-vu hanging over us. We now re-enter a period of lockdown and although school will be closed for the holiday, we will reopen for all pupils as normal on November 2nd, despite all other restrictions remaining in place for another week. I am pleased our doors will remain open following the break, so that we can continue to build the momentum established so far over the autumn term. The children continue to settle back to full time education well, following such a long spell away from the classroom. I hope the parental consultations and the preliminary information sent beforehand has been useful in enabling you to support and encourage your child to progress over the coming months. The partnership between home and school has become ever more important in these testing times. All the staff have had much to contend with as we readjust and react to ongoing demands and guidance. They are all to be congratulated for their efforts in difficult circumstances. I am as ever, very grateful to them all as I’m sure you are too. They endeavour to keep everybody safe while still educating our pupils to the customary high standards. I hope you enjoy some good quality family time over the next week and although activities away from home will be limited, I’m sure the opportunity for some rest and recuperation will be welcomed by many. Have a lovely week, please stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Rydym yn cyrraedd hanner tymor gydag ymdeimlad o déjà-vu yn hongian drosom. Rydym nawr yn ailymuno â chyfnod o gloi i lawr ac er y bydd yr ysgol ar gau ar gyfer y gwyliau, byddwn yn ailagor i’r holl ddisgyblion fel arfer ar Dachwedd 2il, er gwaethaf yr holl gyfyngiadau eraill sy’n aros yn eu lle am wythnos arall. Rwy’n falch y bydd ein drysau’n aros ar agor yn dilyn yr egwyl, fel y gallwn barhau i adeiladu’r momentwm a sefydlwyd hyd yma dros dymor yr hydref. Mae’r plant wedi parhau i ymgartrefu yn ôl i addysg amser llawn yn dda, gan ddilyn cyfnod mor hir i ffwrdd o’r ystafell ddosbarth. Rwy’n gobeithio bod yr ymgynghoriadau rhieni a’r wybodaeth ragarweiniol a anfonwyd ymlaen llaw wedi bod yn ddefnyddiol i’ch galluogi i gefnogi ac annog eich plentyn i symud ymlaen dros y misoedd nesaf. Mae’r bartneriaeth rhwng y cartref a’r ysgol wedi dod yn bwysicach fyth yn yr amseroedd cyfredol. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddwch chi’n mwynhau rhywfaint o amser teulu dros yr wythnos nesaf ac er y bydd gweithgareddau oddi cartref yn gyfyngedig, rwy’n siŵr y bydd llawer ohonoch yn croesawu’r cyfle i gael rhywfaint o orffwys ac adfer. Gobeithio y cewch wythnos hyfryd, arhoswch yn ddiogel a byddwn yn eich gweld yn fuan!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth
Free School Meals – Welsh Government has confirmed that holiday provision for families with pupils on the free school meals register will continue up to and including the Easter holidays 2021. For further information regarding eligibility, please visit https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/education-and-schools/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals.aspx

Harvest Activities – We have been unable to hold our Harvest Service this year, due to Covid-19. However, class Harvest activities, have been taking place and we collected food donations in aid of Ruthin Food Bank. Thank you for your contributions. Please visit our Twitter page for more information and photos.

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week were: Abigail, Eliza, Billy, Nimrod, Darcie, Eliza, Annabelle, Mia Rose, Joe, Ryan, Jay, Leighton, Willow, Maya and Declan.

PTA Halloween Competition – Thank you for all the entries in this competition. A winner was selected from each class and they were as follows: George Williams, Ayla Derbyshire, Henry Musgrave, Thea Littler-Healy, Sofia Argentieri, Daniel Begg, Kian Thomas and Chloe Galeandro. The entries of all pupils who submitted by yesterday’s deadline were displayed on screen in today’s assembly. Thank you to Lucy Purvis for organising the prizes plus the treat that all the pupils in the school received today from the PTA.

Hello Yellow – Thank you for your donations on Hello Yellow Day. We raised £181.77 for Young Minds UK. You can see lots of crazy pictures and videos on our Twitter feed.

Operation Bang – Please refer to the document attached to the email for information sent by North Wales Police regarding ensuring safe Halloween and Bonfire Night activities.

Year 6 Brynhyfryd Open Evening – I hope our Year 6 pupils found the Virtual Open Evening held by Ysgol Brynhyfyd last night of use.

‘Have Your Say’ Week – The first week after half term will be a citizenship week. Our pupils will be familiarised with the British parliament in Westminster, Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and also get to discuss the forthcoming Presidential Election in the USA.

Remembrance Week – During the following week we will commemorate Remembrance. We have poppies and other resources provided by The Royal British Legion, that pupils can bring a donation in exchange for. Also, the image attached to the email also highlights Remembrance activities being held at St. Peter’s Church.

Children in Need – We will be supporting this annual event once again this year. It takes place on November 13th. Details of activities will be shared straight after half term.

Covid-19 – Over the half term break, if you have any information to share regarding any Covid testing in your families, I’d be grateful if you could keep me informed by email. The school is required to react to any positive Covid-19 tests quickly and to liaise with the Test, Trace, Protect team to contact all those who subsequently need to self isolate. Your cooperation here would be appreciated.