|Nursery||Mrs Nicola Crump|
|Reception||Miss Rio Williams|
|Year 1||Miss Kayleigh Jones|
|Year 2||Miss Erin Griffiths|
|Year 3||Mrs Elinor Phelps-Jones|
|Year 4||Miss Abigail Heath|
|Year 5||Miss Kathryn Jones|
|Year 6||Mrs Oldfield|
|Melangell||Mrs Sarah Dutton – Hughes|
|Hywel||Miss Sian Davies|
Dear Parents and Carers.
The children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and learning about the joys of living in Wales today, they have also been learning about Welsh culture, food and local attractions. It has been wonderful to see many of them dressed in colours related to Wales.
Thank you for continuing to stick to the Covid rules we have in place at school. Even though things are beginning to relax and open up around us, we will continue with all of the current arrangements for the forseeble future and I will inform you if this was to change.
The weather isn’t being very kind to us at the moment and we will take every opportunity to be outdoors during the school day. Please ensure that your child brings a waterproof coat to school and that they are wearing appropriate footwear, so that they can fully access all opportunities on offer.
Please ensure that you are booking and making a selection for your child’s dinners on ParentPay. This system has been in use for a few weeks now, so please contact Mrs Williams in the school office if you are still experiencing any difficulties.
You may recall that one of our fabulous parents Eileen set up a fundraiser in memory of Mr Bettis. I am delighted to inform you that this has raised an incredible £880!!! This is such an achievement and a real testatment to how highly regarded Mr Bettis was. I will be meeting with Eileen and Mrs Bettis in the very near future to discuss how this money will be used.
Have a happy and safe weekend everyone.
Dear Parents and Carers.
This is not an easy message for me to write to you. We have debated how and when to inform you about this. As you may be aware Mr Hughes has not been in school since we returned after Easter. He has been undergoing tests and has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer, which he is now receiving treatment for. We are in regular contact with him and through his wife Mrs Dutton-Hughes, who is in school. Mr Hughes is enjoying hearing about the children’s learning and is aiming to see the children as soon as he is able to. Pupils in year 6 are currently being taught by Miss Jones and Mr Rintoul.
We appreciate this news may cause worry and upset to you and your children and we will support everyone as best we can.
As I am sure you will understand this continues to be a very challenging time for everyone in school, especially Mr Hughes and Mrs Dutton-Hughes. Please look after yourselves and us and show understanding, care and patience as much as you can.
Please take care of yourselves, enjoy the long weekend and we will see you when school reopens on Tuesday 4th May.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I write to you today, with news of great sadness and with news of incredible joy.
Earlier this week, our amazing teacher and friend Mr Darren Bettis, passed away. As you know he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last year and has battled bravely ever since. We are so immensely sad to lose such an important and loved member of our Rhosymedre family and I know that he will be very dearly missed by us all.
We will all be back together soon when the children return to school on Wednesday 14th April and in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me on email@example.com if we can support you in any way during this sad time.
Amid our sadness we are overjoyed to announce that our wonderful Mrs Pennington and her husband, welcomed their new baby son, Gruffydd, into the world yesterday. They are all doing really well and looking forward to being home together very soon.
Sending you all my love, strength and hope for the brighter days to come.
Look after yourselves,
Dear Parents and Carers.
It has been so wonderful to see all of the children back in school this week. They have settled in very well and we are all hoping for a period of rel
ative stability going forward.
Don’t forget we are having a crazy hair day tomorrow – we can’t wait to see all of the wacky and wonderful hairstyles! It is also a non-uniform day and a 50p donation would be gratefully received on behalf of Comic Relief.
The Local Authority are rolling out a new online system called Parent Pay for the payment of breakfast club and school dinners. You will have or shortly will be receiving an email directly from them with details of how you can activate your child’s account. Please action this email as soon as you receive it as this will give us sufficient time to sort out any issues. If you have not received this information by Monday 22nd March, please contact Mrs Williams in school, where she will be able to direct you . This system will mean that after Easter our school will no longer be taking any payments for breakfast club or school dinners of any sort.
We would like to remind you that we finish for the Easter holidays next Friday 26th March and the children will return on Wednesday 14th April, as the staff have two training days. So the Parent Pay system will be live by the time the children return after the Easter holidays.
Stay safe everyone,
We hope that you all keeping well! I am delighted to tell you that all Key Stage 2 pupils (Year 3 to Year 6) will be returning to school on Monday 15th March.
We can’t wait to have the whole school back together again. We will send further information early next week, with reminders about the drop off and pick up times and information about breakfast and after school clubs.
See you soon,
Dear Parents and Carers.
As you know pupils in the Foundation Phase will begin to be phased back into school starting this Friday 26th February. Wrexham schools and the Local Authority decided that a more cautious approach would be necessary, in order to assess the current circumstances and then plan given the latest data. We appreciate that this has been a difficult time for everyone and we are very excited that we can start opening school more widely again this week.
Children from Nursery to year 2 will be brought back to school in a managed and staggered way, ensuring that it is done as safely as possible. Key Stage 2 pupils will not be returning to school yet, except the children of Key Workers or those identified as vulnerable. These children will continue to attend school, as they have been during the lockdown. A provisional date has been set by the Welsh Government for all Key Stage 2 children to return from the 15th March – we will provide you with an update as soon as we’ve received further information about this.
Please note – Key worker children in the Foundation Phase will continue to attend school as they have been during lockdown and will soon be united again with their full class. Please see below for the date for each Foundation Phase class to return to school.
|Date||First day back in school (return date)|
|Friday 26th February||Nursery (Mrs Crumps class) *|
|Monday 1st March||Year 1 and Year 2 (Miss Jones and Miss Griffiths’ class)|
|Tuesday 2nd March||Reception (Mrs Pennington/Miss Williams’ class)|
*For any parent that requires Rising 4s provision as well, please contact Ms Sharon Evans directly)
To keep things as simple as possible, please stick to the previous timings for dropping off and collecting your children – even though we appreciate Key Stage 2 classes aren’t returning yet. Please see the reminder below.
|8.55 – 9.00
|Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 drop off time
*Please note breakfast club and after school club will not be running as normal for the next few weeks, this will only be for those who require it due to being a key worker. All other children must not come to school any earlier than 8.55am. More details to follow about this.
|2.50 -2.55||Families with children in Foundation Phase only (Reception to Year 2)||
Please arrive promptly to collect your children and then leave the school site immediately
|2.55-3.05||Families with children in Foundation Phase and with siblings in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to year 6)|
|3.05-3.10||Families with children in Key Stage 2 only (Year 3 to 6)
Currently these are only the children in Key Worker provision.
|*Arrangements are slightly different for our Resourced Provision children (Miss Davies and Mrs Dutton-Hughes’ class)|
Please remember that you MUST now wear a mask anywhere on the school premises, unless you are unable to due to an identified medical reason (this should not be because of a personal choice). If you are unable to wear a mask, you should wear a lanyard, which will prevent you being spoken to about this. We are still on a national lockdown, please continue to work from home if you are able to, even if your child is returning to school. Please continue to limit your contact with others and limit childcare arrangements. We still need to be very careful as this situation could very quickly change again and we do not want to be closing again, due to increased transmission numbers, until it’s holiday time.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please see the link below for a letter from the Local Authority.
Thank you for your patience. We appreciate that this is still an uncertain time and we will always try to provide you with information as soon as we are able to.
As referred to in the letter from the local authority – on return to school on Monday 22nd and after reviewing the situation, we will then be able to provide you with more information about the phasing of Foundation Phase pupils (Nursery to Year 2), back into school. The situation can
change very quickly as I’m sure you will understand and the decision made, I feel, is the right one for our schools at this time.
We will continue our key worker and vulnerable provision as usual in the first week back and staff will be in direct contact with you, by the end of this week, if that was to change. We would not expect to receive any further requests for this at this time, other than from those children/families who have been accessing this provision throughout. The Level 4 restriction to stay at home has not changed.
If you do find yourself in exceptional circumstances, which means your child cannot be safely cared for at home, please contact your teacher and I will be in contact with you after half term to discuss your request.
We have received immense support from you all during this very difficult time, of which we are very grateful and we will continue to support you all in any way that we can. Please ensure that you stick to the ‘Alert Level 4’ lockdown restrictions during the half term break, as this will be crucial in supporting the continued fall in transmission numbers.
Stay safe everyone, we send our love to you and your families and we hope that we will all be back together again soon.
Dear Parents and Carers.
We are currently reviewing the latest announcement from the Welsh Government and we will inform you as soon as we are able to with further details.
Dear Parents and Carers.
I have had the pleasure of joining some of the children on their class zoom meetings this week. I’ll be joining the other classes next week to say hello. It was so lovely to see the children and some of the parents too!! Thank you for your continued support during this time – we do appreciate that this is not easy for anyone and we are so grateful for anything that you are managing to do with your children, no matter how small.
The teachers will continue to provide activities each day for your children to access and they will be available to offer support throughout the school day hours. Please do not worry if your child is not able to complete everything, something is better than nothing. Anything that your children are able to do during this time will make their return to school a little easier for them.
Don’t forget that we are still here for you too, so please ask if there is any way that we can support you.
We have been made aware that there is an increasing problem with dog mess around the estate. Please be a responsible member of the community and make sure that you clean up after your furry friends. The children will be designing posters during the next few weeks to share this important message.
Stay safe everyone.
Dear Parents and Carers.
As you will already be aware on Monday the Welsh Government announced that all schools in Wales would move to online learning until the 18th January. Your children’s teachers already have well established procedures in place so that your child can access online learning during this time. It is vitally important for your child that you do make every effort to stay in touch with their teacher throughout this time and that you encourage your child to complete the daily activities set.
The most effective way of contacting your child’s teacher is through either Seesaw, Google classroom or email. If you are having any problems please contact them directly and they will do their very best to help you. We know that this isn’t an easy situation for anyone!
Although school is closed for normal face to face teaching, we are tasked with providing provision for children whose parents and carers are critical workers and for those who have been identified as vulnerable.
Please only use this provision as a last resort and if it is essential
The Welsh Government guidance has not changed and they state:
‘Being included on the list does not mean children of all workers in these categories can or will be able to continue to send their children to school. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child are kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.’
Your child should not attend school ‘because they want to or because it is easier’ if they can be safely cared for at home. The current situation is very serious and school should only be used if there is no other alternative, as we need to keep the numbers in school as low as we possibly can. If your child can be cared for safely at home – they should be. This may require you to work from home or change shifts, you may have another adult in your household to look after them or there is a safe care provision alternative.
For those who do require this provision please be prepared to provide evidence of your:
critical worker status, shift pattern and employer contact details
To clarify, the children attending the critical worker sessions at school will be expected to complete the same online activities for those working from home. The online provision will be the same. The difference will be who is supervising them.
Also as a reminder, please contact your child’s teacher if you require instructions for how to access the Hwb using an Xbox or PlayStation.
Remember that if your child is unwell or they / someone in their household are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, under no circumstances must they be brought to school.
We must now more than ever follow the guidance of only making essential journeys and staying at home. We will keep you informed of any further updates.
Take care and we hope that we will see you soon.
WRITTEN STATEMENT BY
THE WELSH GOVERNMENT
The situation in Wales and across the UK remains very serious. Today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed that the UK is now at the highest level of risk, Joint Biosecurity Council level 5. In the light of that decision the Welsh Government, in consultation with the WLGA and Colegau Cymru, has agreed that all schools, colleges and independent schools should move to online learning until January 18th.
As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to plan for the rest of term. This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information. Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments. On this basis Special Schools and PRU’s should remain open if possible.
We had initially given schools flexibility in the first two weeks of term to decide when to reopen based on local circumstances. But it is now clear that a national approach of online learning for the first fortnight of term is the best way forward.
We know that schools and colleges have been safe and secure environments throughout the pandemic. However, we also know that education settings being open can contribute to wider social mixing outside the school and college environment.
We are confident that schools and colleges have online learning provision in place for this immediate period. Universities in Wales have already agreed a staggered start to term. Students should not return to universities for face to face learning until they are notified that they can do so.
Wales remains in the highest level of restrictions. Everyone must stay at home.
I will continue to update members.
You teacher will keep in touch with you via Seesaw, Google Classroom or email.
Keep safe everyone,
I would like to thank you for your continued support during this very difficult term. It has been extremely challenging and we appreciate the continued impact that this situation is having on all of our lives. Unfortunately, as we start to make arrangements for the Christmas break, the situation is rapidly changing. As you will have seen in the news, a national statement has been made regarding the beginning of the new term in January.
In consideration of the rapidly changing picture, Local Authorities have been advised by the Welsh Government that a flexible approach at the beginning of the term will be necessary, particularly as it is anticipated that numbers may rise following the Christmas break. As a result, we have considered the best and safest way to put in place arrangements for the new term.
As you are already aware, the Ruabon Cluster of schools have INSET (Teacher training days) planned at the start of the term on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January. This means that the new term will officially begin on Wednesday 6th January where online learning only will be provided for all children at home for the remainder of that week.
Face to face provision for critical workers and children who are considered to be vulnerable will be available from Friday 8th January. However, it is understood that provision may be required for some children of frontline critical workers, which will be available if required from Wednesday 6th January. If you require a place and are unable to make alternative arrangements please contact us on Monday 4th January via Seesaw, email or Google Classroom so that we can discuss the required support and when we are in a better position to know our staffing levels at that time. Please do not make requests before this, as I will be unable to plan until I have assessed the situation when we return after Christmas.
It is intended for all pupils to be back in school for face to face learning by Monday, 11th January, 2020 if it is safe to do so. We will be reviewing our situation when we return after the Christmas holidays and I will inform you then if this is any different.
I hope that you are all able to have a safe and healthy Christmas. However during the Christmas holiday we still need to know about any positive cases. If your child tests positive after today 18th December 2020 and before 4th January 2021 please contact the Wrexham Public Protection Team directly. They will need to know the pupils name, date of birth, school attended and year group.
The email address Food&FarmingCovidfirstname.lastname@example.org and telephone number is
I appreciate that this is a very stressful and anxious time for us all and I would like to thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience. Take care of yourselves and we are hoping to see you as planned in January.
I hope this letter finds all of you well. We are all aware that these are extremely difficult times for all members of our community in Wrexham and we know that Covid-19 has impacted on many aspects of our lives.
The purpose of my letter is to inform you of the impact of Covid-19 on the end of term arrangements.
As you are aware, many pupils across schools have continued to experience disruption to their education during this time and we have seen an increase in the number of positive cases of Covid 19 amongst children and adults in Wrexham County borough. As a result, many children and young people have been required to self-isolate. I am sure that you will join me in extending thanks to all of our school staff who have worked very hard to implement rigorous and robust safety measures and to do as much as they can to provide quality learning experiences. Your continued support and understanding in this situation is greatly appreciated.
All members of the Education Community are concerned about the rise in cases and the impact this is having on children and families. It has therefore been agreed with the Local Authority that face to face learning will cease for all pupils at the end of Wednesday 16th December; and remote learning will be provided for all pupils on the 17th and 18th December. The Local Authority has also agreed that on the basis of the circumstances of some individual schools, it may be necessary to make a local decision to move to remote learning earlier than Wednesday.
Having considered all of the factors we have agreed with our governing body and local authority that face-to-face learning will cease on Wednesday 16th December when we will switch to remote learning. This means that this will be your child’s last day in the school building until we return in January. Online learning will be available for your child on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December.
The non-uniform day will be moved to Wednesday 16th December.
The local authority and our school community are absolutely committed to offering the best provision under increasingly difficult circumstances and we recognise how worrying this situation must be for you.
You will receive more detailed information from your child’s classteacher as soon as we are able to share this.
In the meantime, we have done so well to come this far without any positive cases within the school. So please keep following the guidance and you MUST wear a facemask on the school grounds, unless you are physically unable to. Keep safe and well everyone.
St. John’s Rhosymedre
Saturday 12th December 11.00am to 4.00pm
IT’S ALL FREE!!
Come and create with us!
Due to Covid restrictions the numbers are severely restricted to the number of households who can attend.
If you wish to attend, DO NOT turn up at the door, please RING Chris 07527311025 and you will be able to book your household a slot during the day. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dear Parents and Carers.
It is not very often that I feel the need to send a message such as the following. As a school we work extremely hard to sustain positive relationships with you and ensure that your child/children learn in a calm environment where they feel safe, secure, cared for and respected.
We appreciate that there are many stressors at the moment, including managing general illnesses, the restrictions and rules associated with the pandemic, job and money worries, Christmas and life in general.
We do however expect that all parents and carers communicate with staff verbally or in writing appropriately and calmly – even if you are feeling frustrated. An example of this is if your child is sent home due to sickness or diarrhoea. If this has happened your child must not return to school within 48 hours of their last bout of either. This is not our rule, it is not negotiable, but is the rule from Public Health guidelines and must be followed every time.
This is the same currently with Covid. There are very clear guidelines about the need for accessing a test or self-isolating for 10 or 14 days if you or anyone in your household display one of the 3 main symptoms or has been traced as a contact. Every school in Wales is following the same guidelines which have been written by the Welsh Government and we cannot pick and choose which ones that we would like to follow. We are also not medically trained, so in the event of your child/family member presenting with a new continuous, cough for example – we will not be able to determine the cause of that cough, even if you think that you can – you must still seek medical advice. This may then require you/your family member to access a test. If you chose not to do this, you and your household will have to self-isolate for 10 or 14 days. This may also have to happen more than once, which although very frustrating for families, because of a further period of isolation, does not mean that the guidance is different on that occasion – the same rules will still apply.
Illness symptoms are completely out of our control and we will continue to follow the guidance for everyone’s wellbeing and safety.
We are all trying our very best to support you during this difficult time and just because we are supportive, understanding and have every sympathy with your current difficulties, it does not mean that we will tolerate being verbally abused. As public sector workers, we are employed by the Government and bound by their regulations. We are also protected by the law. Just because we choose not to report incidents, this does not mean that we are not able to do so in the future. Please bear this in mind when speaking to any of the staff at school, we will not allow conversations to continue where staff are being shouted at or being verbally abused and action may be taken.
Also a reminder about the need to wear face masks – this is now compulsory and not an option, unless you have a medical condition which prevents this. The updated guidance states:
“To reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, please wear masks when visiting school, and at drop-off and collection areas. Maintaining clear social distance at the school gates will also reduce risk and set a good example to pupils.”
Please work with us, so that we can continue to do our jobs to the best of our ability and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you for your continued co-operation, support and patience during these very trying times. Please continue to follow all instructions, including the one-way system around the school grounds. Please also ensure that you do not congregate, chat and have a smoke in the area outside any of the school entrance and exit gates. When you are waiting to drop your child off and are waiting to collect them, please make sure that you are socially distanced from other families and that your child/children stay with you at all times. They must not be running around and mixing with other children and adults, but must remain with you at all times. We spend all day in school limiting the contact that your child has with other children and adults that are not in their class bubble/contact group, the benefits of which could be very quickly undone if they are allowed to mix when not under school control. When you have collected your child, please leave the school site immediately, please do not stay and chat. This is for everyone’s safety – we are not being awkward or difficult, we are just trying our very best to manage the situation at the moment.
These arrangements will be with us for the foreseeable future and everyone has a responsibility to follow the guidance and rules as closely as possible. To keep numbers as low as possible, please ensure that only one person collects your child from the school site. As much as we love to see you, this is not a family outing or a social event and should only be seen as an essential journey. The guidance is also very clear about households not mixing, which means that you should not be allowing anyone else to pick your children up unless they are part of your childcare bubble.
We also ask that from now on all parents/carers that are able to, to wear a facemask to enter the school site. This is required from entry at the main gate, until you leave the exit gate.
Due to the changing picture of Covid and in light of any updated guidance, we are continuously reviewing our procedures and we are also very conscious that we are heading into a period of changeable weather, which may begin to cause some problems, for parents/carers who are having to wait outside.
|2.45-2.55||Families with children in Foundation Phase only (Reception to Year 2)||
Please arrive promptly to collect your children and then leave the school site immediately
|3.00-3.05||Families with children in Foundation Phase and with siblings in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to year 6)|
|3.10||Families with children in Key Stage 2 only (Year 3 to 6)|
|*Arrangements are slightly different for our Resourced Provision children.
We will continuously monitor these new arrangements and alter them as necessary*
Please be patient us with us next Monday, when the collection times change so that we can support you to leave the school site as quickly and safely as possible. You can help us by wearing a facemask, by not standing near another household when waiting, by keeping your children with you at all times and maintaining a safe distance from others as you arrive and leave.
Help us to help you!
Message from our Children and Families
We are the most privileged people in the world to be so loved and cherished. It is such and honour to know you all, we have always known how special you are but this is beyond anything we would expect. We are so lucky to have such wonderful families. You have made us all sob and we feel all your love, from the bottom of our hearts thank you.
Our message to you.
Rhosymedre Community Primary School
Thank you so much for your support and patience during this time of dramatic change and uncertainty. The staff have been working incredibly hard to ensure that there is a range of activities for your child/children to access, during this period of school closure.
Please click on the Classes tab and then select your child’s class. In there you will find a range of activities for your child to access. This is not designed to replace a full days schooling, however will support you whilst your child/children are at home. These activities will be updated regularly.
Please take very good care of yourselves,
Mrs E Edwards
Rhosymedre Community Primary School
phone: 01978 812510