06/09/2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Changes to contact tracing and self-isolation from this September

As we return to school, there are some new arrangements in place when someone tests positive for COVID-19. These changes have been made possible by the vaccination programme and the significant reduction in numbers being hospitalised and suffering severe illness due to COVID-19 over recent months.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a PCR test, NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) will contact you, using the details provided when the PCR test was ordered. They will ask questions designed to identify recent close contacts of your child, and for contact details – if you know them – of the individual or their parent/guardian. TTP will then get in touch with these close contacts to provide instructions or advice.

Those who are under 18 or fully vaccinated are no longer required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts. But they will be contacted to let them know that they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. They will also be offered two PCR tests and provided with information and advice on how to minimise the risks of onward spread. If your child is identified as a close contact, they can still attend school unless they develop symptoms or are advised otherwise by TTP. Please continue to let us know if your child tests positive.

If a child tests positive, only a minority of their classmates will be identified as close contacts. But if there is a pattern of cases TTP may ask us to update you on the situation and remind you of key steps, including advising you to keep an eye out for new symptoms your child may develop, and to stay away from vulnerable family and friends in the short-term.

We do expect that there will be cases of COVID-19 across our community over the coming weeks, but this does not mean that COVID-19 is spreading within the school. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms. If you are in any doubt, order a PCR test for your child at www.gov.uk/get–coronavirus–test or by calling 119.

Anyone with symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or high temperature or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste – should remain in self-isolation until the test result is known. You can find the latest information on self-isolation arrangements at www.gov.wales/self–isolation.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Edwards

 

03/09/21

 

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable Summer break.  It has been so wonderful seeing our pupils in Reception to Year 6 back in school today.  Nursery pupils will begin their transition sessions in the next few weeks.

Most children were in full school uniform today and they looked incredibly smart.  We have plenty of school uniform in stock, which is available to buy at the school office.  Please ensure that you label all clothing including coats.

 

We have recently received updated Operational Guidance for schools and settings from THE Welsh Government. This details the expectations for continued Covid risk assessment procedures in schools and educational settings and the changes with test, track and trace procedures, including isolation.  The main areas are:

 

  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene ensuring appropriate ventilation measures and cleaning regimes
    • All visitors should continue to use a face covering, including parents/carers when dropping off and picking up from school.
  • One-way systems are still in operation.  Please drop off and leave the school site promptly, avoiding lingering by the school gates.
    • If you or your child have any coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change of taste or smell), you should self-isolate at home and get a test. You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  Self-isolation means that you do not leave the house. You should self-isolate straight away if you have symptoms and until you receive the results of a COVID-19 PCR test.
    • As of 7 August 2021, adults who have been fully vaccinated and received the vaccine in the UK and those under the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  You will be asked to take PCR tests on Day 2 from your last contact with the positive case (or as soon as possible) and on Day 8.  It is important that you take these tests even if you feel well, you may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Any unwell children should remain at home.  Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should remain away from school for 48 hours following the last episode.

Although bubbles are no longer expected to be maintained in schools, we will currently continue to minimise interaction with pupils from different classes.  School staff will also continue to wear face masks outside of their classroom and in communal areas, such as corridors.

We are continuing with the flexible registration times in the morning and at home time.  We will be looking to return to the normal start and finish times of the school day in the next few weeks.  We will inform you when this will change.

Please continue to use Parent Pay to pay for your child’s school dinners and that you have chosen your child’s meal.

Breakfast Club opens at 8.10am each morning – if your child arrives before 8.30am and does not receive Free School Meals, there is a £1 charge, which can be paid on arrival to Breakfast Club.

After School Club reopens on Monday 6th September and this is filling up very quickly.  We will be allocating these spaces on a first come first served basis, so please inform us if you have booked your child in and do not intend to use the space, this will then be offered to someone else.  With the club becoming very full it is unlikely that we will be able to take additional pupils at very short notice, so please ensure that you book your place as early as possible.

We will continue to monitor and review our procedures and update our risk assessments as necessary.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Edwards

22/06/2021
Dear Parents and Carers.
These last few weeks have flown by and we are now all making plans for the new acedemic year which starts in September.  On Thursday morning, the children in Nursery to Year 5 will be spending time in their new classes, with the teacher that they will be having in September.  Year 6 children have been involved in seperate transition arrangements over the last few weeks and on Thursday morning they will work with Mr Rintoul, unless other arrangements have been made by then.  The teachers will make every effort to socially distance from the children as much as they possibly can.  If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff and they will do their very best to help you.
The teachers for next year are currently as follows:
Year group Teacher
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
Many thanks,
Mrs Edwards

14/05/2021

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.

Mrs Edwards

30/04/2021

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.

 Mrs Edwards

09/04/2021

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 headteacher@rhosymedre-pri.wrexham.sch.uk 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,

Mrs Edwards

23/02/2021

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.

Time slot Arrangements

 

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!

Mrs Edwards

 

 

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.

Time Slot Arrangements

 

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!

Mrs Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Dear Parents/Carers.

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

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Rhosymedre Community Primary School
Parc Road
Rhosymedre
Wrexham

LL14 3EG

phone: 01978 812510

email:mailbox@rhosymedre-pri.wrexham.sch.uk