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.