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July 18th / Gorffennaf 18fed

Dear Parents / Carers,

Here we are at the end of the academic year.  The end of the term has been extremely busy, perhaps the busiest it's ever been in my experience.  It's difficult among the hurly-burly and frenzy that characterises this time of year to be truly reflective of what has been achieved, but I'll give it a try!  I think everyone connected to the school should be very proud at the end of this academic year.  It is a year where we have kept the momentum going after the successes of last year's inspection.  Not only have the pupils achieved extremely high standards in their assessments, tests and day to day lessons, but they have embraced the opportunities they have been given in all manner of contexts and really made Rhos Street School stand out in all that it has done.  Through sport, performances, involvement in community activities, visits and of course through educational achievement, the pupils should be highly praised, as should all staff for providing such an effective platform for the children to demonstrate their excellence.  Everybody has worked so hard and I am extremely grateful to all members of the school community for the positive contribution they make to the continuing success of the school.  As we embark on a summer break that will no doubt fly by, I wish you all great weather and fantastic holidays, wherever you go, near or far.  When we return in September, there will be new challenges to face, as we look to extend the use of our numerous iPads, develop our virtual learning environment, as well as continue to aspire to develop literacy and numeracy.  With discussions regarding a new school taking place over the summer, we have exciting times around the corner, so look forward to the 2015-16 academic year with anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Goodbye Year 6 - We said goodbye to our Year 6 pupils today.  With so many pupils leaving, there will be a hole after they depart.  They've been a pleasure and privilege to know and they've had a really successful year in everything they have tackled.  I wish them all well in Brynhyfryd and look forward to hearing how they get on. 

Leavers' Service - Congratulations to Year 6 for their very special Leavers Service on Monday.  They succeeded in finding the balance between humiliation, humour and emotion beautifully.  Thanks also to Mr Davis, Ms Bateman and Eira for their preparations and also to the many parents for contributing to the special atmosphere.  Also, my thanks go to the PTA for donating the t-shirts for the children.

Year 2 Transition Project - On Tuesday, we held a very well attended transition morning for parents of Year 2 pupils.  They were given the opportunity to work with pupils on the iPads and take part in the type of activities their children were enjoying as part of the transition project.  Feedback was universally positive and  the pupils feel really confident now, as they prepare to make the step up to the Juniors.

Teddy Bears Picnic - We held a great event on Wednesday too, as the Early Years had a lovely afternoon at the Teddy Bears Picnic.  We welcomed lots of parents and everyone was really enthusiastic taking part in the games, sing-songs and activities.  Thanks to all the Early Years staff and Giggles for working so hard for preparing and delivering this event.

Music Mania - Mr. Phormula - In order to promote the forthcoming Music Mania event held at Rhos Street over the holidays, Years 3, 4 and 5 were treated to a performance from beatboxer Mr. Phormula.  The children were wowed by his skills!  Please refer to recent newsletters, flyers and emails regarding the forthcoming Music Mania event.

End of Year Goodbyes - The end of an academic year is often a time for goodbyes and this year is no different.  Leaving us today are three staff members.  Miss Amy Jones who teaches Year 1 is off to Qatar, where she will teach in an English school.  She has been absolutely fantastic this year and we are sorry to lose her.  Ms Bateman is also off abroad, on a special trip around the world.  She has worked with many classes over the last 4 years and we have benefited greatly from her expertise and enthusiasm, which will be missed and we wish her well on her travels.  Finally, Maureen ‘Mo' Evans, our mid-day supervisor is giving up her post after many long years.  She has cared for the children at lunchtime with diligence and again, we wish her well and are sorry she leaves us.  Additionally, Chair of Governors Julie Jarvis, now that Auben is moving on to Brynhyfryd, is relinquishing her role on the Governing Body and we thank her for the service she has given the school over the last 10 years.

Leavers' Blessing - Reverend Stuart and representatives of the Mother's Union attended our service on Monday morning and wished our Year 6 leavers well. They also presented them with a book entitled ‘It's Your Move.'

Academic Dates - Attached, you will find all the academic dates for 2015-16.

Nursery Induction - We were delighted to welcome our Nursery class for next year for a special morning of activities, giving them a taster of what's in store for them in September.

Julie Kendrick HLTA - Congratulations to Julie, who this week heard that she had passed her HLTA course, meaning she is now a qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  Well done!

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 - Mystical Maze - Llinos Davies of the Library service attended, to speak to the children about this Summer's Reading Challenge.  The children seemed very eager to take part and I certainly am hoping that they will do so too!  Each year, Rhos Street pupils are awarded medals for their efforts and I very much hope that this is the case this time around.  We have had a massive increase in participants over the last few  years and as a result we are really trying to promote it again this year.  Because literacy at present is such a priority in the school, we are stressing to the children that taking part this year is more of an expectation than a choice and hope that parental support helps us ensure that the children read over the holidays and complete the challenge.  Wouldn't it be a feather in our cap to have 100% completion!  Many thanks.

Sun Safety - We are reminding the children to protect themselves over the summer by wearing sun hats and cream.  We have also reminded them to remember caps in September as the sun will still be hot! (hopefully...)

World Cup - As you will be aware, Germany won the World Cup last Sunday.  In our competition, the Nursery Class drew the group which included Germany so they were presented with a special prize today.  Now thoughts turn to the new football season and Chester FC's inevitable domination.

Athletics T-Shirts - A huge thank you for the very kind donation of a set of t-shirts for our athletics squads from Harriet, Grace and Ruby's parents, Emma Knox and Alan Jones. The cross country and squads for the Vale of Clwyd Sports will look fantastic next year.

Missing Wellies - Billy Lewis has lost black wellies with a spider pattern on them.  Please return them if you find them. Thanks.

Ruthin Carnival - We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to have a stall at this year's Carnival.  As you know, this is a great event in town and the organisers, Ruthin Forward have generously offered our School PTA to run the food van for the day. John Jones the Butchers is very kindly donating discounted burgers and bacon for us to sell and a huge thanks to The Feathers Inn who are giving us full use of their burger catering van for the day!  It will be a great way to generate funds for the school from the wider community. Any help, even for an hour slot would be most appreciated. Please contact Ali Horrocks on 07813702829 (Raif's mum).

Foundation Phase Party - The Foundation Phase had a fantastic time on their party day on Wednesday.

Denbighshire Free Bike Hire - If you are interested in cycling, Denbighsire is offering free bike hire to get local people cycling.  See www.ridenorthwales for further details.

Reception Farm to Fork - It was the Reception Class's turn to visit Tesco as part of their Farm to Fork initiative this week.  They were given a warm welcome and had a great time.

Year 5 and 6 Walk - The Year 5 and 6 classes had a lovely local trip on their walk around the Ruthin area.  They went dipping in the river, enjoyed a packed lunch and really enjoyed themselves.  It was frustrating that I was unable to give Year 6 a good soaking in a water fight yesterday, because I was otherwise engaged...

Heartstart - This week, Year 4 were learning and practising CPR skills as part of their Heartstart sessions with Ms. Bateman.

End of Year Test Results - Sent home in an envelope today are the results of each child's National Test Results.  Included is an explanation note, as well as a sheet for each of the tests.  A standardised score is given in the Literacy test, Procedural Maths and Maths Reasoning.  Years 2 and 6 were given their results of their end of Key Stage assessments along with their report last week.

School Uniform - With a fresh start in September, may I remind and request that all pupils' school uniform conforms to the clear guidelines in the prospectus.  This includes black shoes / trainers and also jumpers and cardigans bearing the school logo.  Many thanks.

Mr. Neil Roberts Retires - It is a sad day in Ruthin today, as Neil Roberts retires as Headteacher of YsgolBorthyn.  Mr Roberts has been a magnificent servant to the town and a superb Headteacher over 33 years at both Llanbedr and Borthyn.  We have enjoyed sharing many residential visits with Borthyn under his tenure  and all of us here at Rhos Street wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement. 

Congratulations Miss Davies - This Summer, Miss Davies will tie the knot with long term partner Hywel, and we wish them both a fantastic day and lots of happiness in the future!

September! - The children will return to school on Wednesday 3rd September.  See you then!  Have a great Summer.

July 11th Gorffennaf 11fed

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are nearly there!  The light is at the end of the tunnel.  We have the Leavers Service on Monday and it always arouses suspicion when Class 6 go quiet, turn their scripts over and Mr Davis, slams shut his laptop if I walk into the classroom! The Year 6 pupils refuse to crack under my interrogation, so we’ll have to wait until Monday to see what’s in store.

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Rydym bron yno! Mae'r golau ar ddiwedd y twnel. Mae gennym y Gwasanaeth Ymadael ar ddydd Llun ac mae bob amser yn ennyn amheuaeth pan mae Dosbarth 6 yn mynd yn dawel, troi eu sgriptiau drosodd a Mr Davis yn cau ei liniadur os byddaf yn cerdded i mewn i'r ystafell ddosbarth! Mae disgyblion Blwyddyn 6 yn gwrthod ateb unrhyw gwestiwn, felly bydd rhaid i ni aros tan ddydd Llun i weld beth sydd ar y gweill.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

 Early Years Family Service - We were treated this morning to a lovely Family Service from the Early Years about mini beasts.  They spoke and sang so clearly and with such confidence.  A big thank you to Miss Madoc-Jones and all the Early Years staff for their hard work and also to the parents and relatives for their support.

 Reading Challenge Amnesty - Llinos from the library service spoke to the children Mystical Maze, this years challenge.  There are still outstanding loans of books taken out in the past, but we are holding an amnesty here at the school, so if you have any library books in your possession, then please pop them in a box in the office, no questions asked!

 The Secret Garden - Another hugely positive event, was last week’s performance of The Secret Garden at Theatr Clwyd.  The children of all three schools gave a memorable performance and I was an extremely proud Headteacher.  Again, a big thanks to Janys Chambers and her team, but also to Mr Davis who had a mammoth task co-ordinating it all and did so with his customary professionalism.

 Maths with Mr. Oakes - The pupils had their final session with our Maths aficionado, Mr Oakes this week.  His work with our MAT pupils has had a huge impact here at the school.  We have been delighted with the news that two of our pupils have achieved Level 6 in their end of Key Stage Maths assessments, which is a real feat and much deserved.

 Achievers - Students of the week included all of Nursery and Reception, Iwan, Ryan, Oliver, Laura, Leo, Sumitri, Josie, Mali, Annie, Andrew, Matthew and Catherine.  Lily and Lily had lots of gym awards, Christian had a race for life medal, Millie had a medal for running, James an RNLI award, Emma a ballet certificate.  We also recognised the Work Experience Students for their positive input this week.

 Oakes Tutors & Consultancy - Oakes Tutors & Consultancy is holding a Manga High competition over the summer holiday for Rhos Street Years 3-5 & MAT Students. On 31st August, Mr Oakes will see which students have gained the most points from winning medals on Manga High throughout August. You can use Sensei recommendations or Lesson Finder to find useful challenges. There will be prizes for the top 3 students. If you need your log-on details, see Mr Jones or your class teacher. Manga High is now easier to log-on to with the 'school ID' - this is 62846.

 PTA – The final count at the Summer Fair is £1530, which bearing in mind the weather is an amazing total!

Transition Morning – All classes had a positive transition morning, as did Year 6 with their induction at Brynhyfryd.

 Year 2 – Year 2 are looking forward to welcoming parents to hear about their transition project and also meet the staff of Year 3 in a coffee morning on Tuesday.

 Music Mania – On Monday 18-22nd August, there will be a special week of music activities here at Rhos Street, culminating in a performance at St Asaph cathedral.  It is open to all Rhos Street pupils, regardless of whether they play an instrument or not.  It also involves a trip to Chester and also secures childcare from 9-5.30pm all week.  Some flyers have been sent home with further details, but if you need one, they are in the office.  Please note that there is a further discount for Rhos Street Pupils.

 Reading Mentor Event – Jack was proud to be welcomed into County Hall to celebrate his involvement with the Reading Mentors scheme.  He had a tour of the building and enjoyed some refreshments with the bigwigs of county.

 Leavers Service – The Year 6 Leavers Service will take place on Monday afternoon at 1.30pm and in the morning, they will be presented with a book from The Mothers Union.

 Teddy Bears Picnic – On Wednesday afternoon Giggles will hold a Teddy Bears Picnic from 1pm.  It should be fun.

 July 4th / Gorffennaf 4ydd

Dear Parents / Carers,

I know I usually thank all the staff at the end of the year, but I think they deserve a special mention at the moment, as they juggle the multitude of activities that are going.  There is a real sense of urgency from everyone, as they try to get everything finished in these last few weeks. 

Annwyl Rieni / Gwarchodwyr,

Fel arfer, yr wyf yn aros tan ddiwedd blwyddyn i ddiolch i'r staff ond mae angen i mi ddweud gair ar hyn o bryd, gan eu bod mor brysur gyda'r llu o weithgareddau sy'n mynd ymlaen.  Mae brys go iawn o gwmpas y lle wrth i bawb geisio gorffen popeth yn yr wythnosau olaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

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Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Year 3 and 4 Trip - Years 3 and 4 had a great time in their trip to Bodelwyddan Castle on Monday.  They certainly had great weather for it.

Year 1 Family Service - We were treated to journey around the world from Year 1 in the Family Service this morning.  They certainly shone in every way.  My thanks go to the pupils, to the parents for their support and to Miss Jones and her staff for their hard work.

Achievers - Students of the week, included Casi, All of Year 1, Zoey, Martha, Lyndon, Leo, all of Year 4, MeganW and Lottie.  Sam and Sami were presented with football trophies, Tom a tae-kwon-do certificate and Kai, Lillie, Eira, Charlie, Sam, Siyar and Lauren were awarded Vale of Clwyd Sports certificates.

Ruthin Festival Concert - Year 5 performed fanstastically in the concert on Monday night.  The whole performance seemed to go down a storm.

Summer Reading Challenge - On Monday, Llinos from the library service will speak to the children about this year's Summer Reading Challenge and we once again look to lead the way with our levels of participation.

Reading Mentor Celebration - On Tuesday, Jack will visit County Hall to take part in a celebration of the Reading Mentoring Scheme, in which he has been involved.

Payment of Monies - Please ensure that all outstanding dinner and music debts are settled by Monday July 14th, so that we can balance all accounts.

Farm to Fork - Year 1 visited Tesco this week and learnt about where food comes from.  They also learnt about recycling and the packaging.  They tasted fruit and weighed fish.

Crossing Borders - The Secret Garden - Tonight is the big performance at Theatr Clwyd.  I hope it goes really well.  It certainly deserves to.

Industrial Action - Although there is planned industrial action, the school will remain open next Thursday.

Early Years Family Service - Parents and relatives are welcome to join with us next Friday at 9am for our Early Years Family Service.

Leavers' Service - The Year 6 leavers service will take place at 1.30pm on the final Monday of term.

Nursery Welcome Morning - It was lovely to welcome the new intake in Nursery along with their parents for our welcome morning on Monday.

Summer Fair - Despite the rain, the Summer Fair still proved to be a big success, with a big turnout and over £1000 raised.  Thanks to all involved for doing such a fantastic job in getting the stalls organised indoors.