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July News / Newyddion Gorffennaf Print
Written by Susan Roberts   

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July 18th Gorffennaf 18fed

A Final Note of Thanks...

It seems a long time now since I informed you that I was moving on to a new school in Llandudno. Although I am extremely excited and looking forward to the new challenges ahead, I have been dreading this day, because I will be saying goodbye to so many pupils, colleagues, parents and Governors, many of whom I would now consider to be good friends.

I could never be more grateful to Ysgol Gellifor, in the first instance, for offering me my first Headship and then to Ysgol Bryn Clwyd also for giving me an amazing opportunity to pilot federation within Denbighshire. It has been a period of my life that I have cherished and has been the most rewarding six years of my career so far. I have received the support of a committed, hardworking and highly skilled staff, of Governors eager to do the best for their school, of parents who want the best for their children and of wonderful pupils who have been an absolute pleasure to teach, drive and motivate. Thank you all for the good wishes, cards and the gifts that you contributed towards. It was a lovely gesture that was greatly appreciated.

Dear Parents,

As we reach the end of term, the children I'm sure are all looking forward to the prospect of six weeks with no lessons! Although looking ahead to September and new challenges and opportunities is an exciting prospect too! In the meantime I would like to wish you all a fantastic summer holiday! Pupils from Years 2-6 will be bringing home their National test results with the newsletter.

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i ddiwedd y tymor agosau rydw i'n siwr bod y plant i gyd yn edrych ymlaen at chwech wythnos heb wersi! Er hynny, mae edrych ymlaen at fis Medi a'r sialensau a'r cyfleoedd newydd i ddod yn gyffrous hefyd! Yn y cyfamser hoffwn i ddymuno gwyliau gwych i bawb!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Summer Fayre - A big thank you to our PTA for organising a great Summer Fayre and to all the staff and parents who helped to run stalls. It was so nice to see so many of our pupils both past and present there! We raised a fantastic £638.

Church Service - We began our final day of the academic year at Llangynhafal Church, where the Year 6 leavers received their blessing and had the opportunity to reflect on another year gone by. Thank you to all those who attended a very special Leavers' Service this morning. Many thanks to Rev. Philip for leading the service. All the leavers will receive a DVD of memories. Thank you Mr Monteiro! A special thank you to the P.T.A. for supplying t-shirts and gifts.

Baking for the Fayre - The Infants were hard at work baking fairy cakes for the Summer Fayre on Wednesday.  There was lots of measuring and mixing going on and the finished cakes were delicious and sold out in no time at all!  Thank you Mrs Boardman for all of your help!

Britland Award (Infants) - Congratulations to Lillie who was awarded the Infant Cup for her entry in the annual prose and poetry competition.

Year 6 Leavers' Trip - Byron, Cai, Tam, Lauren and Heidi had a fun day out in Llandudno on Tuesday with Auntie Jill and Mr Monteiro.  The sun was shining and they enjoyed a boat trip round the Orme, ice creams on the pier, Punch and Judy and a toboggan run down the Orme!

Britland Award (Juniors) - Congratulations to Bella who was awarded the Junior Cup for their entries in the annual prose and poetry competition.

The Leavers' Show - A great show was put on by our Year 6 pupils on Thursday afternoon.  It was quite a job to put on a leavers' show with only 5 pupils but the children did it really well with some great songs and it was nice to hear their memories and thoughts!  Mr Monteiro has made a DVD for each Year 6 with the show and the slideshow from the Church Service today.

Bikeability Training - It's all about Year 6! On top of an already busy week Year 6 completed their Bikeability training too!  The instructors were very pleased with their maturity on the road and they have all achieved their Stage 2 for cycling proficiency - certificates will be delivered to Brynhyfryd in September.                                                

Summer Disco and Film Night - Great fun was had at the summer disco on Thursday evening and the Infants enjoyed their film night watching The Lego Movie!  Thank you to the PTA for all of their hard work and for organising all of the fantastic events that have been held this year.

Community WW1 Centenary Chapel Service - There will be a short service on August 3rd at 3pm at Gellifor Chapel with tea and cakes in recognition of the WW1 Centenary, this is open to the community and it would be great if you could attend with your child / children.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Eileigh, Lily, Emma and Evie.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Joe and Oliver.

Times Tables Award Well done to Georgina for completing your times tables chart and knowing your times tables to 12!

End of Year Trophies!  Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils for being awarded the Endeavour Shield and to Heidi for winning the Spirit of Sport award and to our Pupil of the Year Tam.

July 11th / Gorffennaf 11eg

Dear Parents,

End of term is approaching and it has been a very busy week at school. I hope as many of you as possible will join us for the Leavers' Concert on Thursday at 1.30pm and then the Leavers' Service at 9.15am at Llangynhafal Church on Friday.

On Monday, I am pleased to announce, the Governing Body appointed a new member of staff to our team - Miss Jennifer Lodge who will be joining us to teach Years 1 and 2 in September.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd y tymor yn agosáu ac mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol! Rwy'n gobeithio y bydd cymaint ohonoch ag sy'n bosibl yn ymuno â ni ar gyfer cyngerdd y disgyblion sy'n gadael ddydd Iau am 1.30pm ac yna eu gwasanaeth am 9.15am yn Eglwys Llangynhafal fore Gwener.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

School Reports and Parents' Evening - Your child will be bringing home their end of year report today. I'd be grateful if you could fill the feedback sheet and return it to school next week. Thank you! If you feel that you need to discuss the report further with your child's class teacher, then please inform us on Monday so that we may arrange a time for next Tuesday 15th July after school.

ActiveMark - I am pleased to inform you that this week Gellifor was accredited with ActiveMark.  Mr Monteiro prepared and submitted a portfolio outlining our strengths in the areas of physical education and pupil health and well being.  We are one of only 100 schools across Wales who achieved this in 2014 and it is great to have the endorsement of Sport Wales for our provision of PE. 

Find Arthur Appeal - Mrs Brookes Jones has organised a fundraiser today in order to contribute towards the funds being raised for the search for Arthur. A big thank you for the fantastic response of cake and monetary donations. We've raised £190.00!!

Gymnastics Showcase - Last weekend pupils from Ysgol Gellifor performed at Ysgol Brynhyfryd as part of a showcase celebrating all aspects of Ruthin & Denbigh Gymnastic Club.  It was a very busy weekend with over 130 gymnasts taking part on the final day.  A big thank you to Miss Tami for all of her work organising the event and supporting our gymnasts who did a fantastic job.

All about us! - On transition day the Infants spent time getting to know their new rooms and talking to each other during circle time.  They also wrote about themselves ready for September for their new teacher Miss Lodge.  They had lots of stories including ‘Share a Shell' and they did some great paintings of the story.

Magic! - Years 3 & 4 spent their transition day as witches and wizards!  They wrote spells, designed magical items and created their own potions!  Years 5 & 6 studied density and carried out their own science investigations into density towers.  They also had a go at solving algebra and created their first display work for September.

Leavers' Disco / Movie Night - On Thursday 17th July at 5:30pm there will be a Leavers' disco in the hall for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and a free movie night for pupils in the Infants to end at 7pm.

Bikeability Training - Year 6 will be completing bikeability training on Wednesday and Thursday mornings next week - please make sure that they bring their bikes to school and that you have checked them against the safety document you have been given.

Leavers' Play and Church Service - The Year 6 leavers' play will be held at 1:30pm next Thursday in the hall and we will be having a leavers' service at Llangynhafal Church next Friday at 9.15am, I hope you are able to attend either or both of these events.

Summer Party Menu - Auntie Selina will be serving a Summer Party Menu including sandwiches, sausage rolls, vegetable sticks, cake and ice cream next Friday, the last day of term. If you wish your child to have lunch on that day please forward the money to school on Monday morning.

Outstanding Monies - Please can you ensure that all outstanding dinner monies (including next week) are paid in full on Monday morning so that Auntie Shelley can balance the books with me for the end of the term.

Techniquest Maths Workshop - The Foundation Phase enjoyed a Maths workshop delivered by Techniquest on Monday.

Work Experience Students - A big thank you to Peter, Lucy, Rosie, Shanon and Sophie who've spent the week with us on work experience!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Rufus, Mabel, Poppy, and Lewis

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Isabella and Arran

Positive Points - Well done to Byron for getting your Silver award and to Nathan for getting your Bronze award.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Alia for getting platinum, Heidi, Jake, Steffan and Seren for getting Gold and to Bella, Neisha, Maisie, Deri, William, Liam R, Lilly and Lucy for getting your Spelling Bee.

Times Tables Awards - Well done to Anouska for getting your bronze award and to William for getting your gold award.  And a big well done to Ceiran for getting a record 25 tests correct.

July 4th / Gorffennaf 4ydd

Dear Parents,

End of term is approaching and it has been a very busy week at school. We have also started the process of appointing a new full time teacher for the Foundation Phase for September. The formal interviews will be held on Monday and I will keep you updated.

Next week promises to be busy too with the pupils having their ‘moving up' day on Wednesday and our new Nursery pupils visiting us on Tuesday afternoon. An enjoyable week to look forward to!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd y tymor yn agosau ac mae wedi bodyn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol! Bydd yr wythnos nesaf yn addo bod yn brysur gyda'r disgyblion yn cael eu diwrnod 'symud I fyny' ar ddydd Mercher ac mae ein disgyblion Meithrin newydd yn ymweld â ni ar brynhawndydd Iau. Bydd yn wythnos bleserus i edrych ymlaen ato!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Dipyn o Sioe! - I was really proud of those Year 5 & 6 pupils who were able to make the show on Monday evening at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.  They have worked hard over the last few weeks on their performance and they did a great job on the stage.  Thank you to all of those parents who brought their children along to support the event.

The Eco Trophy went to... - On Friday afternoon in a special Eco assembly I had the difficult job of selecting a class to receive the Eco trophy.Every class had spent the day learning about the importance of saving energy and how to do this and the pupils did a great job of giving short presentations in front of the school on what they had learnt.  The Eco trophy went to the Infants this year as Years 1 and 2 showed their very colourful wind catchers to the school, talking about the importance of using wind for energy whilst Reception talked about the windmills they had made in class to look at wind speed - Well done Infants!

Blue Planet - The Infant pupils had a fabulous time on Tuesday at the Blue Planet. They saw sharks, lots of fish, an octopus as well as lots of snakes and spiders. The highlight of the day was watching the divers feeding the stingray. The children behaved impeccably and the staff were very proud!

Pentrellyncymer - A great time was had by all those in Years 3 & 4 during their stay at Pentrellyncymer.  The children took part in rock climbing, canoeing and orienteering as well as going on hikes across the countryside with some problem solving on the way.  The children also enjoyed going into the woods for ‘survival training' where they made fires and shelters.  The children were a pleasure to take and the staff at Pentrellyncymer commented on how well all of our pupils took part in the activities. A big thank you to Mrs Brookes Jones, Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill!

Year 6 Leavers' Trip - Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill will be accompanying our Year 6 pupils on a day out to Llandudno on Tuesday 15th July as their time at Gellifor comes to an end.  They can come in their own clothes and will need packed lunches and a little spending money.

Transition Day - We will be holding our Transition Day on Wednesday 9th July. Year 6 will be attending Ysgol Brynhyfryd all day and all other pupils will be spending the day in their new class. The Nursery pupils are invited to spend the whole day in the Reception class and a free school dinner will be provided for them on that day.Our new Nursery pupils will be joining us for the afternoon on Tuesday 8th July.

Football - A big well done to our two football teams who entered the Ruthin tournament, both the joint Gellifor and Bryn Clwyd Year 5&6 team and the Year 4 and under team made it to the semi-finals. A big thank you to both Mr Bradford and Mr Jones for coaching and taking the teams.

Photographs - All orders for the whole school group photograph needs to be in school on Monday morning. Thank you.

Britland Award - The Britland Award for Poetry and Prose will have the theme of ‘Summertime' this year. We ask for all entries to be in by Monday 14th July so the cups may be awarded at the Leavers' Service on the Thursday. Thank you.

PTA Summer Fayre - The PTA Summer Fayre will be held on Wednesday 16th July!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Byron, William, Daisy and Amelia.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Evie and Sam.

June 27th / Mehefin 27ain

Dear Parents,

It has been yet another action packed week with an exciting ECO day being held today and the school was awash with green. There are so many exciting things happening in the next few weeks starting with Years 5&6 taking part in Dipyn o Sioe at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Monday.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos llawn gweithgareddau eto gyda diwrnod ECO cyffrous heddiw ac mae'r ysgol yn fôr o wyrdd. Mae cymaint o bethau cyffrous yn digwydd yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Transition Day - We will be holding our Transition Day on Wednesday 9th July. Year 6 will be attending Ysgol Brynhyfryd all day and all other pupils will be spending the day in their new class. The Nursery pupils are invited to spend the whole day in the Reception class and a free school dinner will be provided for them on that day.

Eco Day - Today children across the school have been completing energy saving Eco activities in class.  Years 5 and 6 have been making energy saving toys, whilst Years 3 and 4 composed their own energy saving song! The Infants have worked on lots of different activities including an energy saving scavenger hunt, building wind mills and wind catchers.  Well done to the Eco Committee who have raised just over £100 for next year's Eco Committee to spend on energy saving resources for the school!

Reading Challenge - Llinos from the library visited us on Wednesday to talk to the whole school about this year's reading challenge!  The themeis ‘Mythical Maze' and, this year, there is even an official app!  I hope as many pupils as possible will participate in the summer reading challenge as it is always great to see so many pupils with medals when we return to school in September.

World Cuisine - This week Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed cooking foods from around the world. They made Pain au Chocolate, Fajitas, Pao de Queijo, stir fry and scones with jam and cream! We had a lovely time and enjoyed the tasting session outside in the sunshine. A big thank you to our Head Chef, Mrs Boardman!

Celt Day! - Dosbarth 2 took a trip back in time on Wednesday, when they visited the remains of a Celtic Hill fort at Moel-y-Gaer in Bodfari. The children dressed for the occasion by donning the traditional Celtic warrior uniform, face paint and spiked hair to scare off any enemies! Joining them was Fiona Gale, an archaeologist from Denbighshire County Council, who kindly spent the morning with them re-telling stories and facts from the past. A huge thank you also to Mrs McGregor who made the trip possible and also bought the children ice lollies! It was a brilliant day and the children were engaged throughout. Well done warriors!

Goodbye Mr Henley - The pupils in Years 5 and 6 said farewell to Mr Henley this week as he completed his teaching placement. We wish him all the best for his future career.

Infants -Blue Planet Aquarium - Tuesday 1st July - The Infants will be leaving school at 9am prompt. Pupils should wear full school uniform and they may bring a maximum of £2 spending money in a named envelope. They need a packed lunch in a plastic bag and a drink in a plastic bottle (no fizzy drinks please), so that everything can be then thrown away. Thank you.

Year 5  "Meet the Farmer" - Year 5 pupils spent an interesting afternoon interviewing two local farmers, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Whittingham, about changes in farming over the last century. Questions were asked about dairy farming, hill sheep farming and crop production.  Mr. Whittingham also told the children an entertaining story about buying a "Muscovy drake" from Rufus and James' grandad!

Vale of Clwyd - A very successful day was had on Monday, when a group of our Junior children competed in the Vale of Clwyd Athletics at Brynhyfryd School. The children participated in running, jumping and throwing events. Children from Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 worked very hard in all the events and made us all extremely proud! Overall, we came 2nd in our group - so a huge well done and thank you to all that took part.

Thank You! - Thank you to Mr Hughes for clearing away our old DT shed which is to be replaced by a new shed for the PTA and thank you to Paul and Gary Evans for disposing of all the wood and wastage.

Pentrellyncymer - We hope Years 3 and 4 have a wonderful time at Pentrellyncymer from Monday to Wednesday next week!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Seren, Ben, Joe and Lily.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Steffan, Daisy and Byron.

Positive Points - Well done to William, Olivia, Tam, Seren and Eileigh for getting their bronze award and to Alun, Cai and James for getting their silver awards.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Tommy and Georg for getting silver, to Heidi for her gold award and to Lewis for getting his platinum.

Times Tables Awards - Well done Will for getting your platinum award.

June 20th / Mehefin 20ain

Dear Parents,

The end of term is creeping up on us! Staff are busy writing end of term reports, Year 6 are busy preparing for secondary school and of course the Year 6 leavers' concert is well under way! Thank you all for your support at Sports Day today. I'm very proud of the pupils' good behaviour and sportsmanship on the day.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd y tymor yn agosau! Mae'r staff yn brysur yn paratoi adroddiadau, mae Blwyddyn 6 yn paratoi ar gyfer yr ysgol uwchradd ac wrth gwrs, rydym yn brysur yn ymarfer at ein perfformiad diwedd y flwyddyn! Diolch i chi gyd am eich cefnogaeth yn ein Mabolgampau'r heddiw. Rwy'n falch iawn o ymddygiad da'r plant a'u chwarae teg ar y diwrnod hefyd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports Day! - Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Sports Day this morning. There was glorious sunshine and it was a very busy morning with the children taking part in lots of different events. I would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Brookes Jones for organising the morning and to Miss Tami for working with the Cheerleaders on their performance. Thank you to all the staff, helpers and PTA for all their hard work. This year it was the children in ‘Arthur' who lifted the sports day trophy - a big well done to all!

Guitar Showcase - Mr Thomas and our guitarists - Olivia, Iestyn, Maisie and James gave a small guitar concert to the school on Thursday. They played chords and finger styles showing how they are reading both tabs and notes!  The children have worked very hard over the year and it was great to see how well they are progressing.

Nice Weather for an Ice Cream! - After learning about Italy being famous for ice cream, as part of their Around the World topic, the Infants spent Wednesday morning visiting Harry's Mum at her new Chilly Cow ice cream enterprise in Llanychan. The children saw ice cream being made and they even had a few free samples along the way! Thank you very much Mrs Taylor!

Tennis Coaching - Coaches from Ruthin Tennis Club came to the school this week, teaching our pupils the basics of tennis as well as how to serve and volley the ball!  Ruthin Tennis Club now offer parent and child sessions as part of their Keep Fit Programme and are keen to welcome players or learners of any ability!

Saturday Football Tournament - Good luck to our football team who are going to be playing in Ruthin on Saturday as part of a football tournament.  We are entering a Year 5 & 6 team as well as a Year 4 and under team, players from Ysgol Bryn Clwyd will also be joining us! Thanks to Christian Bradford and Jason Jones.

Eco Day - Next Friday the whole school will be taking part in an energy awareness Eco Day!  Our Eco Committee have planned a day of energy related activities to help make our pupils more aware of ways to save energy and to help our school reduce its carbon footprint.  Pupils will need to come to school dressed in green and pay a £1 contribution which the Eco Committee will use to purchase energy saving products for the school!

Year 6 - Children who are moving up to Ysgol Brynhyfryd this year should ensure they have a full PE kit in school with them on Tuesday 24th June for their transition afternoon. The event will take place during school hours and children will be back in school for normal home time.

World Cup Fever - To join in with the World Cup fever, next Monday, Auntie Selina will be serving an ‘English' meal of fish, chips and peas followed by Victoria sponge!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Aled, Helydd, Lauren and Maisie for all of your hard work in school.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Daniel and Oliver for all of the Welsh you have been using in class and around the school.

June 13th / Mehefin 13eg

Dear Parents,

The organised chaos of a typical summer term has set in this week with different shows in production, end of year events, school trips and a range of transition opportunities to organise - school is certainly a very busy place!

Don't forget that the children have drawn pictures for Father's Day which appear in this week's ‘Free Press'.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae yna gymaint o bethau i'w drefnu y tymor yma gyda sioe wahanol yn cael ei ymarfer, ddigwyddiadau diwedd y flwyddyn, tripiau ysgol a chyfleoedd pontio - mae'n sicr bod yr ysgol yn lle prysur iawn!

Peidiwch ag anghofio bod y plant wedi tynnu lluniau ar gyfer Sul y Tadau sy'n ymddangos yn y 'Free Press' yr wythnos yma!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports Day - Sports Day will now be held next Friday 20th June at 9.15am... weather permitting!!!

Diary Dates

Wednesday 18th June - Years 1/2 Ice Cream Trip

Friday 20th June - Sports Day 9.15am

Tuesday 24th June - Sports afternoon at Brynhyfryd for Year 6 children moving up.

Monday 30th June - Dipyn Bach o Sioe (Dosbarth Iau @ Brynhyfryd)

Monday 30th June - Wednesday 2nd July Years 3 and 4 Pentrellyncymer

Tuesday 1st July - Infant trip to Blue Planet

Tuesday 8th July - New Nursery Induction afternoon

Wednesday 9th July - Brynhyfryd Transition Day & whole school moving up day

Friday 11th July - End of year reports

Wednesday 16th July - PTA Summer Fayre

Thursday 17th July - Year 6 Leavers' Performance 1.15pm

                                   Leavers' Disco / Infant Film Night

Friday 18th July - Leavers' Service

                             School closes for summer

PC Debbie - PC Debbie visited the Juniors on Thursday.  She spoke to Years 3 and 4 about the harmful chemicals and toxins found in cigarettes after which the pupils designed their own posters for a stop smoking campaign.  Years 5 and 6 discussed anti social behaviour and the way in which our actions can affect others.

Booking a flight - Pupils in the Reception classroom have had their own airport to man this week!  The children have been learning about travel as part of their Around the World topic and when playing in the airport the pupils have used passports, money, tickets and globes to book their own flights!

The Minotaur - Years 5 and 6 had a great time at Theatre Clwyd on Wednesday.  The pupils took part in a drama workshop which they performed today in assembly telling the story of Icarus as well as watching a one hour play on the Minotaur after which the children could ask questions to the actors.

Welcome - A warm welcome to Abigail and Lillie who have joined us this week and who have settled into their new classes very well with Mrs Brookes Jones and Mrs Crooks.

Tennis Anyone? - Next Thursday we will be visited by coaches from Ruthin Tennis Club who are going to get the pupils from Years 1 to 6 involved in some training sessions. Can you please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school on that day.

Year 6 Transition Dates -  Pupils moving up to Ysgol Brynhyfryd - Tuesday 24th June - sports afternoon Wednesday 9th July - full day at Brynhyfryd.

Tempest Photographs - If you wish to purchase individual / family photographs please send in the order form together with full payment in the envelope provided on Monday, 16th June. Orders will be sent off later that day. Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Abigail, Georgina, Seren and Daniel.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Jessica, Edward and Jake.

Positive Points - Well done to Tommy, Lucy, Sian, and Charlotte for getting their bronze award.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Ben for getting his bronze award.  To Elspeth, William H and Rab for getting their gold award and to Isabella and Maisie for getting platinum.

Times Tables - Well done Deri for getting the bronze award.

June 6th / Mehefin 6ed

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our final half term of the school year. As you can see from our diary dates it is going to be a very busy time!

Annwyl Rieni,

Croeso yn ôl at hanner tymor olaf y flwyddyn ysgol. Fel y gwelwch o'r dyddiadau yn y dyddiadur, mae'n mynd i fod yn gyfnod prysur iawn!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Football Club Coaching - A big thank you to Eileigh and Ceiran's Dad who has given up some of his Wednesday afternoons to come along and help Mr Monteiro and the football club train for an upcoming tournament on Saturday 21st June in Ruthin.  Good luck to all of the children who have been selected to play.

PTA News - The P.T.A. are organising refreshments, for purchase, at our Sports Day next Tuesday morning and are asking for donations of fairy cakes and help on the day please!

The Summer Fayre will be held on Wednesday 16th July! We are still looking for a volunteer to take over the role of Treasurer for the next school year!

Years 5 and 6 Trip to Theatre Clwyd Wednesday, 11th June - Please complete and sign the Form C, sent home with your child today, and return it to school on Monday.

Cabinet of Curiosities - Mrs Brookes Jones and Auntie Jill took Years 3 & 4 to Ruthin Craft Centre on Thursday to take part in a hands on activity to create their own curious object with Mai Thomas. Their creations are on display in the craft centre throughout June and July.

World Cup! - The final topic of the year for Years 1 and 2 is the World Cup. The pupils will be learning all about the host country Brazil and about many of the different countries competing. The pupils will be using lots of maths relating to the topic and will even be cooking different dishes from around the world!

70 Year Anniversary of D-Day - To commemorate 70 years since the D-Day landings both of our Junior classes have been learning about this historic event.  Years 5 and 6 used the national archives to complete a mini investigation into the success of the landings whilst Years 3 & 4 looked at the five beaches invaded by the allies.

Music Tuition - All of the Junior pupils have been given a letter today with information on music tuition which is offered to all pupils who may be interested in learning to play an instrument from September.  Please feel free to drop in and discuss any queries you might have with Mrs Jones.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th June - Sports Day 9.15am

Wednesday 11th June - Year 5/6 Trip to Theatre Clwyd

Wednesday 18th June - Years 1/2 Ice Cream Trip

Tuesday 24th June - Sports afternoon at Brynhyfryd for Year 6 children moving up.

Monday 30th June - Dipyn Bach o Sioe (Dosbarth Iau @ Brynhyfryd)

Monday 30th June - Wednesday 2nd July Years 3 and 4 Pentrellyncymer

Tuesday 1st July - Infant trip to Blue Planet

Tuesday 8th July - New Nursery Induction afternoon

Wednesday 9th July - Brynhyfryd Transition Day & whole school moving up day

Friday 11th July - End of year reports

Wednesday 16th July - PTA Summer Fayre

Thursday 17th July - Year 6 Leavers' Performance 1.15pm

                                   Leavers' Disco / Infant Film Night

Friday 18th July - Leavers' Service & school closes for summer.

Fathers' Day  - All children have completed drawings for Fathers' Day which will be featured in the ‘Free Press' newspaper next week (11th June). Limited copies will be available to purchase in school on a first come first served basis.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Heidi, Solomon, Lilly and Adam

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Amy, Megan Connie and Nadia.

Positive Points - Well done to Alia, Lucy, Georg, Will H and Tommy for getting their bronze awards. 

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Steffan and Gabriel for getting their bronze spelling awards, to Mabel and Rafael for getting the gold award and to Eva and Aled for getting the platinum award.

May 23rd / Mai 23ain

Dear Parents,

This has been an unusual week for me as I begin to pass the reigns of both schools to Mrs Harding who will be the new Headteacher from September. Although I have felt sentimental about the process, seeing both schools together playing football on Wednesday made me very proud of all that we have achieved. I'd like to wish you all a happy half-term break and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 2nd June.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae hyn wedi bod yn wythnos anarferol i mi gan fy mod yn dechrau trosglwyddo gwaith y ddwy ysgol i Mrs Harding, y Pennaeth newydd o fis Medi. Er fy mod wedi teimlo'n sentimental am y broses, roedd gweld y ddwy ysgol yn chwarae pêl-droed gyda'i gilydd ar ddydd Mercher yn gwneud i mi deimlo'n falch iawn o bopeth yr ydym wedi ei gyflawni. Hoffwn ddymuno gwyliau hanner tymor hapus i chi ac rydym yn edrych ymlaen at eich croesawu yn ôl i'r ysgol ar ddydd Llun, 2il Mehefin.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Inter School Football! - On Wednesday the members of the Gellifor Football team went to visit the members of Ysgol Bryn Clwyd's football team for a joint training session with Mr Jason Jones.  It was a nice sunny afternoon and the children had good fun learning new skills and playing some friendly matches.

Well done Dancers! - Georgina, Lauren, Elspeth, Amy and Keri all took part in the Denbighshire Performing Arts Championship. Well done girls!

Miss Tami's Bear Hunt - The Reception pupils enjoyed a bear hunt with Miss Tami this afternoon!!

Sunflowers - Years 1 & 2 have been learning all about Vincent Van Gogh this week and they have produced some beautiful art work of Van Gogh's Sunflowers as well as writing about the artist and planting sunflowers of their own.

Rosh Hashanah - Dosbarth 2 have been studying multi-faith festivals in R.E. with Auntie Jill.  This week they found out all about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), and why Jewish families put a pomegranate on their table.  The children enjoyed tasting apples dipped in honey and fresh "Challah" bread - a round plaited loaf representing the circle of life. (Interesting fact:  A pomegranate has 613 seeds and there are 613 Laws in the Jewish Torah.)

Urdd Eisteddfod - We all wish Georgina good luck at the National Urdd Eisteddfod next week!  

Infant Trip - On Tuesday 1st July the Infants (Reception, Years 1 &2) will be visiting the Blue Planet Aquarium as their end of year trip.  The cost will be £9 per child payable by Friday 13th June. Further details to follow.

Tempest Photography - Tempest Photography will be visiting the school on Friday 6th June at 9am to take individual and group photographs. Please fill in the slip sent home with your child today and return it to school on Monday 2nd June if you want individual or family group photographs taken.

Year 5 & 6 Dipyn o Sioe - Years 5 & 6 are working hard on learning their vocal parts for an upcoming performance at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on the Monday 30th June.  Further details will follow with the next newsletter.

Ice Cream Tuesday - Every Tuesday, for the month of June, Auntie Selina will have a variety of ice creams as desserts for pupils on cinio!

Sports Day - Mrs Brookes-Jones is busy organising Sports Day for 9.15am on Tuesday 10th June... weather permitting!! We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Seren, Neisha, Sam T and Daisy.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Iestyn, Tommy, Heledd and Seren.

Positive Points - Well done to Maisie for getting your gold award, to Alun, Georgina, Jake, Iestyn, James, Lauren, Heidi and Byron for getting their bronze awards.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Georgina, Georg, Byron and Heidi for getting their silver award, to Steffan and Emma for getting their Gold award and to Olivia and Katy for getting their platinum awards.

May 16th / Mai 16eg

Dear Parents,

At the end of another busy week it is hard to believe that we break up for half term again next Friday. The test period has now ended and rehearsals have begun for ‘Dipyn o Sioe' with Mrs Watkins.

The process of appointing a new Headteacher also continues into next week and I will keep you informed as information arises.

Annwyl Rieni,

Ar ddiwedd wythnos brysur arall, mae'n anodd credu y bydd yr ysgol yn cau ar gyfer yr hanner tymor eto, dydd Gwener nesaf. Mae'r cyfnod profion bellach wedi dod i ben ac ymarferion wedi dechrau ar gyfer 'Dipyn o Sioe' gyda Mrs Watkins.

Mae'r broses o benodi Pennaeth newydd hefyd yn parhau'r wythnos nesaf a byddaf yn rhoi gwybod i chi am unrhyw wybodaeth newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Greek Construction - Years 5 and 6 worked with Mr Henley this week on the first phase of building their own Greek Temple!  Some maths skills were needed by the pupils to make sure that the model would be a 1:100 scale of an actual Greek Temple before the pillars and roof could be measured and cut, the roof was then covered with papier-mâché.  Years 5 and 6 will now be working on painting their model and designing a class frieze to decorate the finished temple.

Your PTA Needs You! - The PTA are very keen to ensure we have a new team ready and in place to take over the roles of PTA Chair, Secretary and Treasurer at the start of the new academic year! The PTA work incredibly hard raising money for all those extras that enhance the education that we can offer at Ysgol Gellifor. The present team have done a fantastic job and would like the chance to pass on their experiences to a new team of Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, during what is left of the summer term. We will be holding a meeting on Thursday, 5th June at 5.30pm, at the school, to organise the summer term events. We are encouraging as many of you as possible to attend and become involved with this most valued committee!

Sailing to France - Reception have been learning all about France and as part of their science work with Mrs Robson they have been designing boats that will float!  The children had lots of fun designing and making their boats in pairs and then seeing if they would float across their ready-made channel!

Year 3 & 4's Marvellous Medicine - This week Dosbarth 2 have had lots of fun, they have been busy making their own Marvellous Medicines! After finishing their class book, George's Marvellous Medicine, they collected ingredients from around the home to try and recreate the liquid! Anti-freeze, liquid paraffin and flea powder for dogs were just a few of their ingredients! BEWARE PARENTS - Do not try this at home!!

Guitar and Flute players needed! - I paid a visit to Mrs Jones's music club after school on Wednesday and it was great to see the pupils working with Mrs Jones and Mr Monteiro to improve their guitar and flute playing.  There are plenty of spaces for those children looking to get some extra practise with their instruments.

Cluster Concert Rehearsals - Years 5 and 6 were joined by pupils from Ysgol Bryn Clwyd today to start rehearsing for a singing concert to be held during the summer term at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.  The performance will be made up of pupils from across the primary schools in the cluster and it creates a great atmosphere hearing all of these pupils singing together.

Tempest Photography - Just to inform you that Tempest Photography will be visiting the school to take individual and group photographs on the morning of Friday, 6th June.

Sports Day - We have provisionally organised Sports Day for 9.15am on Tuesday 10th June... weather permitting!!

Pentrellyncymer - Just a reminder that the £50 deposits for the Year 3&4 trip are due in by Friday 23rd May.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Iestyn, Deri, Olivia and Jessica!

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Adam and Frank!

May 9th / Mai 9fed

Dear Parents,

We are now halfway through the national testing period and we could not be prouder of the children! They are all working so hard that the visit from the theatre company was a well deserved treat this week.

Just to keep you updated about the new Headteacher appointment, the interview process will be taking place over the next ten days.

Annwyl Rieni,

Yr ydym hanner ffordd drwy gyfnod y profion cenedlaethol erbyn hyn ac ni allem fod mwy balch o'r plant! Maent i gyd yn gweithio mor galed ac yn haeddu'r ymweliad gan y cwmni theatr yr wythnos yma.

Er mwyn roi gwybod i chi am y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf ynglyn â penodi Pennaeth newydd, bydd y broses gyfweld yn cael ei gynnal yn ystod y 10 diwrnod nesaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

The Sword in the Stone - On Thursday morning the pupils of both Ysgol Gellifor and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd enjoyed an excellent performance by the Image Musical Theatre Company of The Sword in the Stone. Please forward any remaining donations of £2 to school by Monday. Thank you.

Infant Orienteering - Miss Tami has been teaching the Infants all about orienteering this half term.  On Wednesday she took the pupils in Reception on a bear hunt!  They found out all about map orientation and followed the clues around the school grounds to find the bear! It was lots of fun plus being taught an important skillat the same time!

Around the World! - The pupils in Years 1 and 2 have been using globes and atlases this week to carry out some investigative work about the continents of the world.  They've discovered lots of fun facts and where to find the different continents!

Football Coaching - The Juniors have been braving it in all weather conditions to complete their football training with Wrexham coaches Gethin and Roger.  The children have enjoyed learning lots of new skills and training exercises as well as taking part in lots of mini matches.  They have two more training sessions left and then an opportunity to play a mini game at Wrexham Football Club during half time of one of their upcoming matches!   

Pentrellyncymer - Further to Mrs Brookes Jones' letter regarding the opportunity for Years 3&4 to attend an outdoor residential course at Pentrellyncymer between Monday 30th June and Wednesday 2nd July, I can now inform you that the total cost will be £140 per pupil. Thank you to those who have already paid the £50 deposit and I would be grateful if you could confirm whether your child will be attending by Monday 12th May (£50 deposits by 23rd May please), so that any available places can be offered to Years 5&6.

Tempest Photography - Just to inform you that Tempest Photography will be visiting the school to take individual and group photographs on the morning of Friday, 6th June.

Sports Day - We have provisionally organised Sports Day for 9.15am on Tuesday 10th June... weather permitting!!

Years 3&4 Trip to Ruthin Craft Centre - Years 3&4 will be taking part in a workshop, ‘Cabinet of Curiosity' on Thursday, 5th June.

Years 5&6 Trip to Theatre Clwyd  - As part of their theme on Ancient Civilizations Years 5&6 will be visiting Theatre Clwyd in Mold on Wednesday 11th June to see a performance of Minotaur; "a modern day war story with Greek mythology to create a gripping high stakes adventure for ages 8-14."

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau James, Tommy, Arran a Solomon.

Dewi Ddraig - Da iawn Steffan a Poppy.

May 2nd / Mai 2ail

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to an action packed summer term! I hope you all had an enjoyable break and took full advantage of the lovely weather. It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement that I look ahead to my final term with you all but with so many wonderful events ahead I know it will be a memorable one.

Annwyl Rieni,

Croeso'n ôl i dymor yr haf llawn gweithgareddau! Yr wyf yn gobeithio eich bod wedi cael gwyliau pleserus ac wedi mwynhau'r tywydd hyfryd. Mae gyda chymysgedd o dristwch a chyffro yr wyf yn edrych ymlaen at fy nhymor olaf gyda chigyd, ond gyda chymaint o ddigwyddiadau gwych i ddod, rwyf yn gwybod y bydd yn un cofiadwy.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Eco Competition

The Eco Committee spoke in assembly today about their action plan to help make sure the school is saving energy through water, oil and electricity.  They have also given out Eco activity booklets with a competition in them to win £1000 towards a holiday for having the best ideas for how and why to protect the planet.  They are also asking for any donations of garden ornaments / bird feeders / plants etc to help when they start renovating our allotment area! 

National Tests in Reading and Numeracy - Over the next two weeks pupils across Wales from Years 2 to 9 will be sitting National tests in Reading and Numeracy. Pupils at Ysgol Gellifor will be completing these tests on Wednesday and Friday of next week and the following Monday.  The tests are pupil friendly and completed in the classroom. I have sent home an information booklet for parents with today's newsletter.

Dipyn o Sioe! - This term Years 5&6 will be having regular workshops with music specialist Eleri Watkin. A music event has been arranged at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Monday 30th June which will involve all local primary schools and pupils from Brynhyfryd too! Our children will be learning the same songs as those in other primary schools in order to come together as a choir at the event. Parents are of course invited to watch the final performance which will take place in the evening on that day. More details to follow closer to the time.

Themed School Lunches - Auntie Selina will be serving up some themed historical feasts next week on Wednesday (Roman) and Thursday (Medieval).

Data Handling - The Reception pupils had a fun time watching their broad beans grow over Easter!  They have recorded the heights and drawn pictures of them in their booklets.  The children then ordered the beans in height and Nadia's bean was the tallest measuring thirty centimetres!

New Themes! - The start of a new term means that the pupils across the school will be starting work on their new themes.  Years 5 and 6 are now looking at Ancient Civilizations, including the Ancient Greeks and the Indus Valley Civilisation and Years 3 and 4 will be learning about the different countries in Europe.

New Baby Congratulations! - We were all delighted to hear that Auntie Shelley's new grandson, Harri, arrived safely on Easter Monday.  We wish all the family the very best for the future.

Welcome Mr Henley - Mr Henley will be working with Mr Monteiro this term to complete his final

placement for his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  He will be teaching lessons to Years 5 and 6 on their theme of Ancient Civilisations.

Clubs - All clubs will resume at their usual times next week, along with the football training for Juniors with Wrexham FC coach, Matthew, on Thursday afternoons for those pupils who have signed up.  Chess club will not be running this term as Mr Henley will be holding an animation club, which he is offering to Years 5&6, on Fridays. Mrs Jones' Music club will be aimed at those who play flutes and guitars and finishes at 4:15pm.

Sword in the Stone - We are very lucky to have the Image Musical Theatre Company coming to give a performance of ‘Sword in the Stone' for both schools next Thursday morning at Llandyrnog Village Hall.  We would be very grateful for a contribution of £2 per pupil towards the cost of this performance. The pupils will be watching the performance at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on Thursday 8th May at 9 a.m. Llandyrnog Village Hall will hopefully be able to accommodate the large scenery the actors need to perform!  If it is possible could you please transport your child to Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on this day at 8.50 a.m.  Children in Breakfast Club will be transported by minibus and must arrive by 8.30 a.m.  We will be finished and back to school by dinner time so please pick up your child as usual from Ysgol Gellifor.   

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Lucy, Keri, Emma and Nadia.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Daisy, Mabel and Ben.

Times Table Award - Well done to Maisie, Liam and Tommy for getting their gold awards.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Ceiran and William for their silver awards, well done Anouska for getting gold and well done to Lilly for getting her platinum award.

April 11th Ebrill 11fed

Dear Parents,

We have reached the end of a very busy term culminating in a very eventful week with the Easter Fun Run on Sunday and our Easter Service this morning. I would like to thank all the staff for their commitment and dedication throughout this busy term and I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all when we re-open on Tuesday 29th April.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydym wedi cyrraedd diwedd tymor prysur iawn gydag wythnos yn llawn gweithgaredd, gyda Ras Hwyl y Pasg ddydd Sul a Gwasanaeth y Pasg y bore yma. Hoffwn ddiolch i'r holl staff am eu hymrwymiad a'u hymroddiad drwy'r tymor prysur a hoffwn ddymuno Pasg Hapus i chi i gyd ac edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld i gyd pan fyddwn yn ail-agor ddydd Mawrth 29ain Ebrill.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Easter Cake Competition - Well done Anna and Heidi for your amazing Easter cake designs and a BIG thank you to Mrs Boardmanfor baking the two winning cakes. Anna and Heidi's cakes will be on sale in the Sugar Plum Tea Rooms fromTuesday 15th April and the girls had one made specially for each of them - yum!

Baking in the mobile! - It was aprons at the ready again for Dosbarth 2 this week! They have been busy baking Simnel cakes with the guidance of Mrs. Boardman. A delicious smell wafted through the mobile all day! The children also had the opportunity to decorate Easter eggsusing sugar paste! What a double delight!

Getting Ready for Easter - The Infants have been busy getting ready for Easter by making Easter cards and Easter baskets!

Infant Swimming - Years 1 and 2 will be swimming on Fridays after Easter. Please ensure they have a swimming kit and towel with them.

More Baking! - It feels like cooking has very much been the theme this week!  Mr Monteiro's class completed their DT work this week with the baking of their cookies and biscuits after lots of planning and preparation!  The children produced a wide variety of biscuits from sugar coated snowflakes to carrot flavoured cookies! It was great to see so many creative ideas.   

Easter Church Service - Well done to all of the children for their performances during the Easter Church Service this morning and thank you to Rev. Philip for leading the service and to all of those who could join us. 

PTA Easter Fun Run - Thank you to all of you who took part in the Easter fun run last Sunday. We had over 100 runners and the weather just about held!  Thank you to all of those who helped organise the event. A fantastic £417 was raised. Thank you to the PTA for all their hard work.

PTA Film Night! - Seventy pupils joined us for our viewing of ‘Frozen' last night! All adorned in their onesies and equipped with blankets and pillows! They enjoyed hotdogs and popcorn and a great evening was had by all! Once again, a big thank you to the PTA for organising the event, which raised an amazing £210!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Rafael, Evie, Liam and Iestyn.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Anna, Adam and Lucy.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Alia, Tam, Heidi, Lauren, Charlotte, Byron J for getting their gold award and to Eileigh, Nathan and Keri for getting their silver award.

Times Table Award - Well done to William

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Alia and James for getting gold and to William for getting platinum.

April 4th / Ebrill 4ydd

Dear Parents,

As the end of another term approaches we can reflect on yet another busy week!  This weekend I hope you will all be donning your trainers to support our Easter Fun Run and I look forward to seeing the Community at this event.  

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i'r gwyliau hanner tymor agosau gallwn edrych yn ol eto ar wythnos brysur arall! Y penwythnos hwn gobeithio y byddwch i gyd yn gwisgo eich sgidiau rhedeg i gefnogi ein Ras Hwyl y Pasg - rydw i'n edrych ymlaen at weld y gymuned i gyd yn y digwyddiad hwn.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

PTA Easter Fun Run - I am looking forward to Sunday's annual Easter Fun Run and crossing my fingers that we have a nice sunny morning!  We're going to start the run at 10:30am, there will be refreshments and, of course, lots of Easter Eggs!!

Year 5 & 6 in Print - At the beginning of the school year pupils in Mr Monteiro's class visited Ruthin Gaol as part of a language project with our local schools.  The children produced both written and illustrative work and some of these pieces have been printed and collated with other schools' work into a short booklet. The pupils have seen this booklet in class and you can order a copy for £6. Orders and payment must be received by Wednesday 9th April.

Urdd Eisteddfod - Well done to the pupils who performed last Saturday at Ysgol Glan Clwyd at the Urdd Eisteddfod. The pupils have worked so hard over the last few months and I was very proud of them all! Congratulations to Georgina who got through the National Urdd Eisteddfod in May!

Ode to an Octopus! - Years 1 and 2 have been learning about Octopuses this week after discussing the differences between fiction and non-fiction writing.  The pupils have learnt lots of facts and used books, videos and the internet to help them with their research.  Mrs Crooks is now working with them to use their information to write a report - did you know octopuses have three hearts? Two pump blood through each of the two gills, while the third pumps blood through the body!

Radical Rotations! - This week, Years 3 & 4 have been busy with their Maths! They have been investigating symmetrical patterns by reflecting and rotating different shapes. They have created their own rotational symmetry patterns - a fun and exciting lesson that resulted in amazing designs that the children should be very proud of! Sensational Symmetrical patterns all of you!  

Pyjama Movie Night - Just a reminder about our upcoming movie night next Thursday starting at 5.30pm in school.  We will be showing Disney's latest film ‘Frozen'. Pupils can come wearing their pyjamas or onesies and they can bring along a pillow and a blanket if they would like.  Entry will be £3 and there will be popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.

Easter Church Service - Next Friday the pupils will be attending a church service at Llangynhafal Church.  The Easter service will be led by Reverend Philip with each class performing a short piece.  If you could drop pupils at the church for 9:00am this would be greatly appreciated and of course parents and family are welcome to stay!

Training Day - Please be aware that Monday 28th April is a staff training day, all pupils are back in school on Tuesday 29th April.

Music Club - There will be no music club next week. After the Easter holidays she is inviting our flute and guitar players to come and play together in some fun after school sessions (Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:15pm)

Easter Lunch - Next Thursday, 10th April, Auntie Selina will be serving a special Easter lunch. On the menu will be fillet of chicken with sage and onion stuffing, gravy, creamed/roast potatoes with fresh carrots and broccoli and Easter cake for dessert.

Parents' Evening - Wednesday 9th April

Parents' Evening slips have been handed out to your child today. If you have any problems please speak to their class teacher.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Sian, William, Frank a Poppy

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Amy, Befan a Arran

Positive Points - Congratulations to Olivia, Georg and Alun

Times Table Award - Well done to Neisha.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Oliver, Manon, Aled, Connie and Eva.

March 28th / Mawrth 28ain

Dear Parents,

I would like to say how proud I am of all those pupils who have been busy preparing this week for the County Eisteddfod and I'd like to wish all our competitors the best of luck tomorrow at Ysgol Glan Clwyd. A big thank you to everyone for their hard work and effort in preparing for the competitions and, as always, for the fantastic support from parents.

The first stage of appointing a new Headteacher for September has commenced. We will keep you informed of any developments.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydw i'n falch iawn o'r plant sydd wedi bod yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer Eisteddfod y Sir a hoffwn dymuno pob lwc i bawb sy'n cystadlu yn Ysgol Glan Clwyd yfory. Diolch yn fawr i bawb am eu gwaith called wrth baratoi ar gyfer y cystadlaethau a, fel bob amser, am y gefnogaeth wych gan rieni.

Mae'r cam cyntaf o benodi Pennaeth newydd ar gyfer mis Medi wedi dechrau. Byddwn yn rhoi gwybod i chi am unrhyw ddatblygiadau.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Bronze Ambassadors - Congratulations to our four new Bronze Ambassadors; Cai, Lauren, Nathan and Keri.  The Bronze Ambassadors scheme is open to Year 5 and 6 pupils and is aimed to encourage pupils to have a more active lifestyle.  The job of our Bronze Ambassadors will be to promote sport and exercise at Ysgol Gellifor and I know they already have lots of good ideas of how to do this!

Disco Dancing! - I was very proud of our Disco Dancers who performed on Wednesday evening at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in the County Urdd Dancing Competition. They came a very respectable second place and were a credit to the school. Well done girls!

Magic Beans! - The Reception class will be putting their measuring skills to the test!  They have been planting beans with Mrs Jones after listening to the story Jack and the Beanstalk.  When they grow they will be measuring how tall they are.  Whose will be the tallest?  Whose will grow the fastest?  During the Easter holidays the children will be able to take their beans home to record their growth!

A Sweet Treat - This week, Dosbarth 2 had a real treat! On Wednesday, they began their busy preparations for Mother's Day. Mrs. Boardman shared her amazing confectionary skills with the class as they began making their beautiful gifts for their Mums! Without giving too much away, the children worked on their sugar paste creations following Mrs. Boardman's instructions and expertise. I think there will be some very proud and happy Mums on Sunday!  A huge thank you to Mrs. Boardman for all her hard work. 

Easter Cake Competition - Just a reminder for those pupils who want to enter the Easter cake competition, you need to hand in your cake design by Wednesday April 2nd in order for the winning cake to be baked and then put on sale in the Sugar Plum Tearoom in Rhewl.

Eisteddfod Sir, Ysgol Glan Clwyd - The pupils have been busy with their preparations for the County Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday. Details of competition times have been sent home separately to all competitors and I will meet the pupils at the main entrance at 8.10am. Pob lwc!

Pyjama Movie Night - The PTA have organised a pyjama movie night for Thursday 10th April.  They will be showing Disney's latest film ‘Frozen' which will start at 5.30pm.  Children can come wearing their pyjamas or onesies and they can bring along a pillow and a blanket if they would like.  Entry will be £3 and there will be popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.  I hope lots of you can make it, it will be lots of fun!

Easter Fun Run - Just a reminder that the PTA will be holding the Easter Fun Run on Sunday 6th April at 10:30am I hope that you can make it and look forward to seeing you all there.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Nathan, William Eva a Daisy H.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Bella, Daniel a Oliver.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Alun, Sian, Jake, Seren and Amy.

Times Table Award - Well done to Ceiran, Rab and Lucy.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Alun, James, Jake, Tam, Lucy, Deri, Isabella, Anna and Rafael.

March 21st / Mawrth 21ain

 

Dear Parents,

Another week flies by and I have a lot of news to share with you again. It has been a very busy week at school! On Tuesday, Year 6 had their first taster session at Brynhyfryd and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a drama workshop as well as having a tour around the site.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wythnos arall wedi hedfan heibio ac mae gennyf lawer o newyddion i'w rannu eto. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol! Ar ddydd Mawrth, cafodd Blwyddyn 6 eu sesiwn gyntaf ym Mrynhyfryd ac wedi mwynhau cymryd rhan mewn gweithdy drama yn ogystal â chael taith o amgylch y safle.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports Relief - The children and staff looked great today dressed as their sporting heroes to help raise £100 for Sports Relief.  In assembly and in class the pupils talked about who their sporting heroes are and why.  Over in Mr Monteiro's class the applicants for Bronze Ambassadors went through a mini interview with Mr Ellis from Ysgol Dinas Bran, the four pupils selected will be informed next week and they will then go about promoting sport and exercise across our school.

Goodbye! - A big thank you to Mr Harding and Mr Blythin for their hard work during their teaching placements. We wish them every success for the future.

Ruthin Castle - On Thursday all of the pupils from the Foundation Phase visited Ruthin Castle. They had a tour around the castle grounds. They saw the dungeons, the portcullis, the moat and the  peacocks! They then had a medieval banquet of soup, bread, fruit, Welsh cakes and strawberry ice-cream. They found a knight in shining armour and watched a medieval lady spinning wool. They had a lovely day out!

A Royal Visit - On Tuesday Years 1 and 2 were visited by Queen Elizabeth I who came to speak to the class and answer questions about her life. It was a great role play activity organised by Mr Harding and a BIG thank you to Auntie Jill for being such a great sport and for knighting Sir Richard Harding!

Taste Test -It's a hard life!! Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been sampling different biscuits during their Design and Technology lesson in preparation for designing and making their own biscuits at the end of the term.  The pupils had to create and then score onto their own evaluation table noting down the appearance, texture, added ingredients and most importantly... taste!

PTA Fundraising Tree - You may have noticed our fundraising tree, beautifully designed and made by Mrs Rachel Ashby. Every year the PTA aims to fundraise approximately £3000 which is spent on many different things to benefit the pupils across the school.  Keep your eye on the squirrel to see how close the PTA are to reaching their target.  The next fundraising event is the Easter Fun Run on Sunday 6th April, please come along to support your school!

Free Press -Pupils from Ysgol Gellifor were given the opportunity to send a special Mothers' Day message via the Free Press and next week, limited copies will be available at the school on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to purchase a copy, please send 60p (this is the usual price of the Free Press) into school and we will then be able to keep a percentage of this money in school funds.

Strike Action - Ysgol Gellifor will remain open next Wednesday regardless of potential strike action.

Cinema Favourites! - Auntie Selina will be serving a special lunch next week to celebrate Cinema favourites! On Monday, lunch will be a ‘Lilo & Stitch' duo (fish and chicken goujons in a wrap) with ‘Ralph's Wreck it' wedges and ‘Minion' beans with ‘Ice Age' ice cream tub for dessert. On Friday they will be served a ‘Monster Burger & Inc' relish, Woody's chips and Sully's salad followed by a pic & mix selection of cakes!

Urdd Disco Dancing - The Urdd Disco Dancing competition will be taking place on Wednesday 26th March at 4.30pm at Ysgol Brynhyfryd. We ask that the girls taking part, stay after school to change into their costumes before being transported to Ruthin.

George's Marvellous Medicine - Years 3 and 4 have been busy with their class book, George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, this term. The children have been working hard writing their own dialogue based on the scene where George makes a new medicine for Grandma. In pairs, they worked with Mr. Blythin to write their own 2 minute dialogue to act out in front of an audience. Lots of hard work and fun was had by all and we have even spotted a few Kate Winslets and Colin Firths along the way! Well done Dosbarth 2 for all your great acting!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Charlotte, Anouska, Gabriel a Heledd.

Positive Points - Da iawn Georgina, Byron, Iestyn, Rab, Lewis, Deri, Ceiran, Neisha, Isabella a Steffan.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau Maisie, Sam a Joe.

Times Table Award - Well done to Lilly.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Liam, Olivia, Emma, Lewis, Charlotte, Seren, Georgina and Georg.

March 14th / Mawrth 14fed

Dear Parents,

It has been a very exciting and rewarding week at Ysgol Gellifor beginning on Saturday with our fantastic success at the Ruthin Cylch of the Urdd Eisteddfod, followed by our great success at the Swimming Gala on Thursday. We were extremely proud of each and every pupil. My thanks go to the staff and also to all the parents whose support is invaluable.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos gyffrous iawn a gwerth chweil yn Ysgol Gellifor, gan dechrau ddydd Sadwrn gyda‘n llwyddiant wych yn yr Eisteddfod yr Urdd, Cylch Rhuthun, ac yna ein llwyddiant mawr yn y Gala Nofio ar ddydd Iau. Rydym yn hynod o falch o bob disgybl. Hoffwn ddiolch i'r staff a hefyd i'r holl rieni am eich cefnogaeth.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Eisteddfod Results - I was extremely proud of all of our pupils who attended the Eisteddfod on Saturday.  The children have put so much effort into their recitations and the disco dancing over the last few weeks and we had some great results. The children were a credit to the school and I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who came to support.

Recitation Yr 2 and Under

1st  Anna Roberts

2nd Olivia Keefe

Recitation Yr 3/4

2nd Manon Boas

Recitation Yr 5/6

3rd Amy Weyman

Group Recitation

1st Ysgol Gellifor

Woodwind

1st Georgina Vaarkamp

Disco Dancing

1st Ysgol Gellifor

Individual Disco Dancing

1st Lauren Jones

2nd Maisie Evans

3rd Amy Weyman

Art Competitions

1st Louis Ashby

2nd Lauren Jones

1st Ysgol Gellifor (Yr 2 and under)

All of the children who were place 1st or 2nd go through to the County Eisteddfod on Saturday 29th March. Disco Dancers go through to the County competition on Wed 26th March.

Urdd Swimming Gala - Congratulations to our amazing swimming team!! Mrs Brookes Jones and Mr Harding accompanied our team of swimmers to the Vale of Clwyd swimming gala final on Thursday. In the individual races, Tam, Steffan, William S, Neisha and Charlotte came 1st and  Maisie came 2nd in her race. In the team events, the boys came 1st in both the medley and the freestyle and the girls came 1st in the freestyle and 2nd in the medley. Well done to them all!

Drumming! - Reception have been making some great looking drums in class and on Monday Mr Temple made a special visit to the school to show the children how to play them.  They also practised a few rhythmic patterns on the Bongo drum!  He surprised them with a set of drumsticks each.  Thank you Mr Temple!

Build me a boat! - This week Mrs Brookes Jones' class have been investigating forces in water. Using different materials pupils looked at density and buoyancy in different objects and the time it takes different objects to sink.  The children also had to predict and carry out investigations into how weight and shape can affect buoyancy.  They did this by making different shaped boats from plasticine and seeing how many objects their boats could hold.

Bronze Ambassadors - On Tuesday Years 5 and 6 were visited by Mr Jack Ellis a representative of the Bronze Ambassadors scheme being introduced to Wales.  The scheme encourages pupils to become role models for sport and to encourage others to take part in more physical activities.  Mr Ellis and Mr Monteiro will be interviewing pupils from Years 5 and 6 next week to select our four Bronze Ambassadors.

Year 6 Literacy Transition Project - Year 6 will be spending Tuesday morning at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in the John Ambrose Theatre to attend the launch of the English Transition Project.

Foundation Phase Trip - A quick reminder that on Thursday March 20th the Foundation Phase pupils will be travelling to Ruthin Castle to take part in a Medieval Day, where they will experience Medieval life. Pupils do not need to bring a packed lunch as they will be partaking in a medieval banquet in the castle's banqueting hall. The cost for the whole day, including lunch will be £8 per pupil. We would be grateful if you could send payment in a clearly labelled envelope by Monday 17th March. Thank you.

PTA Meeting - There will be a PTA meeting held at the school on Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm to discuss forthcoming fundraising events, in particular, the Easter Fun Run on Sunday 6th April.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us for the meeting! Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Georg, James, Befan a Daniel.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith -  Da iawn Georgina, Ben, Owen a Evie.

Positive Points - Well done to Keri, Georg, Eileigh, James, Amy, Charlotte and Alia

Times Table Award -   Congratulations to Liam, Elspeth and William H.

Spelling Award - Well done to Edward, Seren, Bella, William S, Steffan and Frank.

March 7th / Mawrth 7fed

Dear Parents,

An extremely busy week has started this half term off well for all of us here in school. In addition to an action packed week, many of the children have been practising hard for the Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday. We wish them every success and I am very proud of them all for the enthusiasm they have shown.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydym wedi dechrau'r hanner tymor yma gydag wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol. Yn ogystal ag wythnos llawn gweithgareddau, mae llawer o'r plant wedi bod yn ymarfer yn galed ar gyfer Eisteddfod yr Urdd ar ddydd Sadwrn. Rydym yn dymuno pob llwyddiant iddynt ac yr wyf yn filch iawn ohonyn nhw i gyd am y brwdfrydedd meant wedi'i ddangos.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

World Book Day

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day with the children and staff all dressing up as their favourite book characters. We discussed their choices and shared some of the stories too.

St. David's Day Celebrations

Despite not being in school for March 1st, many of the children came to school dressed in traditional costumes on Monday and participated in a lovely St. David's service.

Years 3&4

This week Dosbarth 2 have been busy using papier mache, mod roc and paints to create their fantastic jigsaw entry for the Eisteddfod - Pob Lwc Pawb!  Their theme was wonders and they have created a jigsaw containing the seven wonders of Wales.

Years 5&6

The pupils in years 5 and 6 have been giving individual presentations this week which they have prepared over the half term.  They were asked to speak to the class for two minutes in the role of a person who has accomplished something great.  There have been talks from Martin Luther King, Anne Boleyn, Albert Einstein and many more!  

Infant Trip to Ruthin Castle

On Thursday March 20th the Foundation Phase pupils will be travelling to Ruthin Castle to take part in a Medieval Day, where they will experience Medieval life. Pupils do not need to bring a packed lunch as they will be partaking in a medieval banquet in the castle's banqueting hall. The cost for the whole day, including lunch will be £8 per pupil. We would be grateful if you could send payment in a clearly labelled envelope by Friday 14th March. Thank you.

PTA Meeting

There will be a PTA meeting held at the school on Wednesday 19th March at 5.30pm to discuss forthcoming fundraising events, in particular, the Easter Fun Run on Sunday 6th April.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us for the meeting! Thank you.

Swimming Gala

The Swimming Gala will be held on Thursday March 13th. Mrs Brookes will be informing those pupils who are taking part.

Seren Yr Wythnos

Llongyfarchiadau Alia, Ceiran, Joe a Sam.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith

Da iawn I Olivia, Megan, Aled a Nadia.

Times Table Award

Congratulations to Heidi. 

Spelling Award 

Well done Cai, Liam, Rab, Amy, Maisie and Lilly.

 February 21st / Chwefror 21ain

Dear Parents,

We've arrived at the end of what I can only describe as another eventful and fulfilling half term at Ysgol Gellifor. Thank you for your good wishes on my appointment as Headteacher in Llandudno in September.  The thought of leaving Ysgol Gellifor and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd is extremely difficult but this is an opportunity that I feel I must grasp at this point in my career. Rest assured, I will make sure you are fully informed of all developments with the appointment of the new Headteacher.

I wish you all an enjoyable half term break and I look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 3rd March.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydyn ni wedi cyrraedd diwedd hanner tymor brysur arall yn Ysgol Gellifor.

Gobeithio y byddwch yn mwynhau'r hanner tymor ac edrychaf ymlaen I groesawu'r plant yn ôl ar ddydd Llun 3ydd Mawrth.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

St. David's Day Celebrations - On the first day back after the half term break, we will be celebrating St. David's Day.  The children may come dressed in traditional Welsh costume and Auntie Selina is preparing a traditional Welsh lunch of lamb and leek pie, potato, carrots and swede followed by Snowdonia pudding.  We will be taking part in a St. David's Day Assembly and the children will complete lots of activities based around the story of St. David.

 Ti a Fi - Auntie Carys would like to remind all parents with pre-school children that a Mother and Toddler group is held every Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 2.30pm in the Community Hall.  If you would like to take your child along there is an opportunity for them to play and socialise with other children and for parents to have a cup of tea and a chat.  So come along, it's great fun!

Den Building - The children in Years 1 and 2 have been outside this week building dens.  Not only were they to build a den but also make it waterproof by using waterproof materials.  There was much excitement and some very interesting ideas.  The children tested their den by allowing Mrs Weyman to pour water on the top whilst they sat underneath.  It proved to be a very exciting investigation with some very interesting conclusions!

Trip to Bodelwyddan - Year 5 and 6 had lots of fun on Wednesday visiting the World War I practise trenches at Boddelwyddan Castle.  They saw, first-hand, the layout of the trenches and they marked the distance of no mans land before re-enacting their own battle.  They also ran messages through the trenches and used clip boards and paper to make notes from the information points around the grounds.

Science - Forces and Friction - Years 3&4 have been studying the topic of Forces and Friction and have been busy making their own newton meters out of cardboard, elastic and paper clips. The children worked very hard and they tested out their newton meters on different objects around the classroom.

World Book Day - On Thursday 6th March the children will be able to dress up as any character from a book.  Your child will be coming home with a token towards the purchase of a book to celebrate this day.  Hopefully we will see the children and staff dressed up as all sorts of characters from their favourite books!

Urdd Disco Dancing Practice - There will be an extra practice for the Urdd disco dancers with Miss Lloyd on Thursday 27th (during the half term break). Please could the children bring a water bottle and suitable clothing. Thank you.

Group Recitation - Mr Monteiro has sent a CD of the group recitation for the children to practise over the half term break.

Request from Auntie Jill - Auntie Jill is asking for any old jigsaw puzzles preferably the ones with missing pieces... Please send them in with the children on the first day back after half term.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Georgina, Amy, William, Katy and Nadia

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Da iawn Heidi, Katy and Jessica.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Lily, Amy, Iestyn, Sian, Charlotte, Heidi, Seren, Lauren, Georgina, Tam, Jake, Byron and Nathan

Times Table Award - Well done to Tommy

Spelling Award - Well done to Rafael, Iestyn, Nathan, Bella, Amelia, William and Katy.

February 14th / Chwefror 14eg

Dear Parents,

With the weather turning really wintry this week, we were very lucky not to have had any disruptions in school: I do hope that everyone did finally get the power back on and that the weekend does not bring more chaos. Preparations for the Urdd Eisteddfod are well under way. Look out for extra practice times in this week's newsletter.

Annwyl Rieni,

Gyda'r tywydd yn troi yn wir aeafol yr wythnos hon, rydym yn lwcus iawn nad ydym wedi caelunrhyw amhariadau yn yr ysgol: Yr wyf yn gobeithio bod pawb wedi cael eu trydan yn ôl ac nad yw'r penwythnos yn dod â mwy o anhrefn.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Art and Craft Competition - There are many categories in the art, craft and design section including drawing, painting, weaving, collage, photography and computer graphics. The theme for this year is Wonders and this can be interpreted literally or in an abstract way. The work will be judged at the end of the first week back after half term, so I'd be grateful to receive all entries by Monday March 3rd. I hope the children who wish to take part very much enjoy doing so.

Urdd Eisteddfod - Mrs Weyman will be holding an after school Urdd practice for the disco dancers. Could all children in the disco dancing team stay behind until 4 p.m. on Thursday next week. Thank you.

Childline Years 5 and 6  - On Monday the Upper Juniors were visited by a Childline officer who spoke to them about different ways to stay safe and where they can seek help if they ever feel uncomfortable. They met Buddy who told them about things that are not OK.

Welsh Reading - The children in Reception used the interactive whiteboard to read their ‘Sam a Sion' reading books in Welsh. They are all doing extremely well and can do it all by themselves. After this they put Welsh sentences back together and made new ones of their own. Mrs Crooks was very proud of them all. Well done children!

Jack and Beanstalk - The children in the Early Years will be performing their creative dance for the school next week. Please could you ensure your child has their costume in school by Wednesday. The children know which characters they are performing which are, Jack, the beanstalk, a magic man (just a hat please) and a giant (mask).

Design & Technology - Mr Monteiro's class have been busy baking bread this week following their design brief to make a bread roll for a wedding. The children came up with a variety of designs and were able to measure the quantities of ingredients to make their dough. The pupils evaluated their work well and scored top marks taste!!

Bodelwyddan Castle - Years 5 & 6 will be travelling on the school mini buses to Bodelwyddan Castle on Wednesday morning to visit the WW1 training trenches having just finished their class book War Game. Pupils will need waterproofs and wellies in a carrier bag they will be back in school in time for lunch. The trip costs £1.

Baby Boom! - Aunty Jill was delighted to hear that she has another grandchild. Her new granddaughter, Teleri, was born on Tuesday weighing a very respectable 8lbs 14oz. We wish all the family the very best for the future.

Great Websites - Mrs Weyman is very keen for the children to improve their Welsh further with BBC Cymru learning. The website address is http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/primary/. There are lots of fun activities with the Bobinogs and Astro Antics for KS. 2. Pob Lwc!

Junk for the Infants - Mr Harding is designing and making castles with the children next week. Could you please send your child into school with any junk cardboard you may have around the house. For example: newspapers, kitchen rolls, cereal boxes and yogurt pots.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Steffan, Liam R, Seren and Daisy S.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau Georgina, William H, Rafael ac Evie.

Positive Points - Well done to Amy, Alia, William S and Neisha.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Seren, Tommy, Anouska, James T, Deri, Neisha and Lucy.

Congratulations to Neisha who appeared in the paper recently for her success in the Triathlon with Pony Club.

February 7th / Chwefror 7fed

Dear Parents,

We all returned safely on Friday from our trip to Cardiff and everyone has been hearing all about our marvellous adventures; the Millennium Stadium was a particular highlight! We had a fantastic time and Mr Monteiro, Miss Leuty and I were very proud of all the children.

Annwyl Rieni,

Dychwelodd pawb yn ddiogel ar ddydd Gwener ar ôl ein hymweliad i Gaerdydd ac mae pawb wedi bod yn clywed popeth am ein hanturiaethau rhyfeddol; roedd Stadiwm y Mileniwm yn uchafbwynt arbennig! Cawsom amser gwych ac roedd Mr Monteiro, Miss Leuty a finnau yn falch iawn o'r plant i gyd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cardiff Trip - A great time was had by all on our trip to Cardiff! Our visit included a guided tour of the National Assembly, where the children debated in the chambers, a tour of the Millennium Centre, a visit to Techniquest, a tour of the Millennium Stadium, a trip to Big Pit, a visit to St Fagans National History Museum of Wales and even a shopping trip into Cardiff and an evening bowling!  A massive thank you to Mr Monteiro and Miss Leuty for accompanying myself and the pupils on a very enjoyable trip!

Castles - Pupils in Year 2 have been studying castles with Mr Harding. They were looking at the different roles of people living and working within the castle walls. The pupils dressed up and then in groups recreated their own costumes.

Design & Technology - Years 5&6 have been using salt dough to test their different designs for a bread roll to be served at a wedding. Next week they will be baking tasty bread using their own final design.

PC Debbie - PC Debbie came to talk to pupils in Years 5&6 about Drug and Alcohol Abuse

ECO Committee - The ECO Committee have purchased a variety of tools for the school ECO garden.

School Council Visit - This week members of the School Council attended a special meeting at the Chambers at Denbighshire County Council. The meeting was chaired by Cllr. Raymond Bartley and the children were given the opportunity to ask local council members about their jobs and how they could help finance new school projects.

Dinner Money - Auntie Shelley is spending an increasing amount of time every week preparing invoices for outstanding dinner money. Please can you ensure that dinner money for the week ahead is paid on Monday morning. This is in line with Denbighshire County Council requirements. Thank you for your cooperation.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Byron, Megan, Anna and Adam.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith  - Da iawn Georgina, Liam, Emma a Arran.

Positive Points - Llongyfarchiadau Megan a Liam

Spelling Award - Well done to Heidi P, Megan, Liam, Heidi L, Hattie, Isabella, and Manon.

January 17th / Ionawr 17eg

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine once again. We have a busy few weeks ahead starting with PC Debbie visiting all the classes, Years 5&6 visiting Cardiff and a Brynhyfryd Cluster event, ‘Reasoning in Mathematicsl' for Year 2. We will also be busy preparing for the first round of the Urdd Eisteddfod to be held at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on March 8th.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd yn ei anterth erbyn hyn a'r plant yn setlo i mewn i'r drefn newydd unwaith eto. Mae gennym rai wythnosau prysur o'n blaenau, gan ddechrau gyda PC Debbie yn ymweld â'r dosbarthiadau i gyd, Blynyddoedd 5 a 6 yn ymweld â Chaerdydd a digwyddiad Clwstwr Brynhyfryd, 'Rhesymu yn Mathemateg' ar gyfer Blwyddyn 2. Byddwn hefyd yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer rownd gyntaf Eisteddfod yr Urdd i'w gynnal yn Ysgol Brynhyfryd ar Fawrth 8fed.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Ruthin Swimming Club Gala - Congratulations to Maisie, Neisha and William for competing in the Ruthin Swimming Club Gala. Maisie won the cup for 1st place in backstroke and Neisha broke a record in the individual medley.

Nursery - Mr Hughes has kindly constructed a ‘Castle' role play area in the Infant classroom and the Nursery children have been busy preparing and painting it today!

Mr Hughes has kindly constructed a ‘Castle' role play area in the Infant classroom and the Nursery children have been busy preparing and painting it today!

Mr Hughes has kindly constructed a ‘Castle' role play area in the Infant classroom and the Nursery children have been busy preparing and painting it today!

Boomwhackers! - Year 2 have been busy learning to keep a steady beat with tuned plastic tubes called Boomwhackers! The tubes come in different colours and each colour will sound a different note. The pupils have been really developing their concentration skills to know when it was their turn to play!

Science - Light and Shadows - Mrs Brookes Jones' class have been working on the theme of Light and Shadows. This week the pupils were investigating materials to find out which ones were transparent, opaque or translucent.

Sgwad Sgwennu - Welsh Writing Squad - Cai and Lauren will be joining other pupils from the Ruthin cluster to take part in the first session of the Welsh Writing Squad - Sgwad Sgwennu on Thursday.

Cardiff Trip Years 5&6 - Just a reminder that the pupils in Years 5&6 are off to Cardiff for a three day residential course on Wednesday 29th January and they will return on Friday 31st January. A letter with more information will be sent out on Monday. All deposits of £40 have been paid and we would be grateful if the remaining £100 could be paid by Friday 24th January. Thank you.

Family Information Services Questionnaire  - Please find attached a Parental Questionnaire from the Family Information Service in Denbighshire. The intention is to ensure that parents are able to access childcare locally that meets their needs. We would be very grateful if you could spare two minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire and then return it to school - many thanks.

Breaking News... - As we go to print we've just heard the good news that Auntie Shelley's new Grandson, Hugo has arrived safely into the world. It's been a busy week with Auntie Jill's new Grandson, Henry also being born this week! Congratulations and best wishes to both families!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Tam, Lucy, Louis and Heledd

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith -  Llongyfarchiadau Anna a Daisy.

Times Table Award - Da iawn Neisha, Megan a Maisie.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Keri, Anna, Spencer, Lewis, Lilly, William S, Isabella, William H, Amelia and Eva.

January 10th /Ionawr 10fed

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! I trust you had a peaceful break and enjoyed the festivities over the holiday. The school has soon got back into the swing of things and I'm sure you all have too. This is a seven week half term which will see us preparing for the Urdd Eisteddfod and making use of the Urdd accommodation in Cardiff with Years 5 & 6. I look forward to sharing all our news with you in this newsletter, throughout the coming year.

Annwyl Rieni,

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd! Gobeithio eich bod wedi cael seibiant tawel ac wedi mwynhau'r dathliadau dros yr Wyl.  Bydd yr hanner tymor yma yn ein gweld ynparatoi ar gyfer Eisteddfod yr Urdd gyda Blynyddoedd 5 a 6 yn defnyddio llety'r Urdd yng Nghaerdydd hefyd. Rwy'n edrych ymlaen at rannu ein holl newyddion gyda chi yn y newyddlen hon, drwy gydol y flwyddyn newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Thank You PTA - A big thank you to all of the members of the PTA who helped organise a great end of year Christmas party.  The children were treated to a show and had a visit from Santa along with lots of snacks and drinks.  Thanks to the PTA for all their hard work. It is greatly appreciated by the staff and children.

Clubs -  All Clubs will resume next week.

Mon                 3.10 - 4pm                  Dance

Tue                  3.15 - 4.30pm             Music Club

Wed                 3.15 - 4.15pm             Gymnastics

Thu                  3.15 - 4pm                  Football     

                        3.15 - 4pm                  Art Club                                      

Friday              3.15 - 4pm                  Chess Club

New Topic - Castles

The children in the Early Years are learning all about castles this half term.  They will be building, drawing and investigating all areas of this topic. The knights, dragons and princess stories will no doubt keep them busy in lots of different ways.  It sounds like great fun!

Key Fobs - Reception

Please help your child by reading, writing and spelling their key words with them.  They need to be in their school bag every day.  Thank you.

Healthy Schools Award - Phase 3

Mrs Paula Roberts, Denbighshire's Healthy Schools Coordinator joined us for assembly this morning, to present us with our third Healthy Schools Award.

Well done to the Healthy Schools Committee and to Mrs Brookes-Jones for all their hard work in achieving this award.

Gymnastics Awards - Congratulations to all the Gymnasts who received medals for their commitment and determination in Gymnastics  Club. Well done children!

Recorders  - Mrs Jones is trying to track down her recorders, please could you check if one of them could have gone home with your child.  Thank you.

Cardiff Trip - Years 5&6 - Just a reminder that the pupils in Years 5&6 are off to Cardiff for a three day residential course on Wednesday 29th January and they will return on Friday 31st January. All deposits of £40 have been paid and we would be grateful if the remaining £100 could be paid by Friday 24th January. Thank you.

Urdd Eisteddfod - We will soon be starting to prepare the pupils for the Urdd Eisteddfod. The date of the Cylch Eisteddfod is Saturday 8th March and will be held at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

December 20th / Rhagfyr 20ain

Dear Parents,

I'd like to send out a very special Christmas message to you all! Thanks to the staff for their hard work and dedication, not only during Christmas, but also throughout a very busy year. There's been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here and a great feeling of community.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas with your families and wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2014 brings good luck and happiness to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January when I hope the children will be ready to face the exciting new challenges that the New Year will bring.

Annwyl Rieni,

Hoffwn i yrru neges arbennig i bawb! Diolch i'r staff i gyd am eu gwaith caled gyda gweithgareddau'r Nadolig a thrwy gydol y flwyddyn. Mae yna awyrgylch Nadoligaidd hyfryd wedi bod yma a theimlad cymunedol braf.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I bawb - pob lwc a hapusrwydd i chi yn 2014! Edrychaf ymlaen at weld pawb eto ym mis Ionawr a gobeithio y bydd y plant yn barod am sialensau cyffrous y Flwyddyn Newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Meithrin Performance - I was very lucky on Tuesday morning to watch Meithrin perform their Christmas Nativity. They were all wonderful and sang beautifully. Da iawn Meithrin!

Lots of fun at the Panto! - The whole school enjoyed a trip to the pantomime to see Aladdin. It was lovely to see the children totally immersed in the entertainment and the staff commented on how well behaved they all were.

Christmas Carol Service - Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning at Capel Gellifor for our Christmas Carol Service. Following a frantic few weeks of concerts and festive fun it was lovely to finish off the term with a special carol service. Well done to all those who read. As always, a big thank you to Rev. Philip for joining us.

Community Carol Service - Thank you to all those families who joined Mr Monteiro, Ms Bateman and myself for the Community Carol Service at Llangynhafal Church last Sunday. It was a wonderful community gathering and the children performed beautifully.

Christmas Dinner - Auntie Selina did us proud on Thursday with a fine Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Mr Gwilym Evans, Chair of Governors and Mrs Sandy Mayall, Vice Chair joined us for lunch. Our thanks to the kitchen staff for all their hard work.

Holiday Dates - Just a reminder that Monday 6th January is an INSET day and the pupils will be returning to school on Tuesday 7th January.

Ysgol Gellifor PTA - Once again a big ‘thank you' to the PTA for organising all the wonderful events over this busy term. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to raising extra funds for the benefit of all the pupils is greatly appreciated.

Christmas Party - As we go to press all the pupils are looking forward to having a wonderful time at the Christmas party. They will be treated to lots of fun and games, a few surprises and hopefully Santa may even make an appearance! We'll let you know how it went in the first newsletter of 2014!

Cardiff Trip - Years 5&6 - Just a reminder that the pupils in Years 5&6 are off to Cardiff for a three day residential course on Wednesday 29th January and they will return on Friday 31st January. All deposits of £40 have been paid and we would be grateful if the remaining £100 could be paid by Friday 24th January. Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Nathan, Liam, Olivia and Evie.

Positive Points - Well done to Isobel for achieving her Silver Award and to Lauren for achieving her Diamond Award.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Steffan.

Tocyn Iaith Award - Llongyfarchiadau Byron.

December 13th / Rhagfyr 13fed

Dear Parents,

What a treat this week has been with all the Christmas Concerts. The children have worked so hard learning their lines and songs and have taken part with real enthusiasm.  Thank you to all the parents and grandparents for attending and providing such fantastic costumes, the staff for their hard work and to the children who gave their all!

Annwyl Rieni,

Am bleser mae wythnos yma wedi bod gyda'r holl gyngherddau Nadolig. Mae'r plant wedi gweithio mor galed yn dysgu eu llinellau a'r caneuon ac wedi cymryd rhan gyda brwdfrydedd go iawn. Diolch yn fawr i'r holl rieni a neiniau a theidiau am ddod i'r cyngherddau ag am darparu gwisgoedd fendigedig, i'r staff am ei gwaith caled ac i'r plant am wneud eu gorau glas.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Lost in Art Project - The children's work from Years 5 and 6 is currently on display to the public, in Ruthin Craft Centre, until the beginning of February. Please take the time to go and view this work it is excellent!

Prickly Hay -  The Infants looked wonderful in their Nativity costumes this year.  They performed ‘Prickly Hay' with real gusto and enthusiasm.  In class they have been working on ‘The Snowman' and have produced some excellent work in literacy, sequencing the story and writing their own version Well done children!

Stargazers - The concert was a real triumph with a more traditional theme this year.  Fantastic performance children!

A massive thank you to the P.T.A. for all of their hard work during the productions.  If you have not already bought raffle tickets, calendars and Infant christmas cards please see any member of the P.T.A. or staff.  Copies of both Christmas concerts can be purchase from Mr Monteiro at a cost of £3 each.

Luigi's Pizza Café - The children in the Lower Juniors opened a pizza café this week to calculate bills and give change to customers to apply their Maths skills.  Well done!

Lost in Art Project

The children's work from Years 5 and 6 is currently on display to the public, in Ruthin Craft Centre, until the beginning of February. Please take the time to go and view this work it is excellent!

Aladdin - Rhyl Pavillion Theatre

We will be travelling to the Rhyl Pavillion Theatre on Tuesday, 17th December to watch the pantomime.

(Oh Yes we will!)  Following the performance, we will return to school by approximately 4.20 p.m.  Unfortunately, due to Health and Safety and logistics, we will not be able to drop off any children on the route home.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.   

Christmas Service - Capel Gellifor 

This years' Christmas Service will begin at 9.15a.m. on Friday, 20th December.  Please ensure that your child is in the Chapel at 9 a.m.  Any children who attend breakfast club on that day will be walked up by the staff.  Following the service we will all walk back to school together.   

Christmas and Party Lunches  On Thursday Auntie Selina will be serving up a delicious traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings.  On Friday party food will be served, both at a cost of £1.90 each. If you wish your child to stay to lunch on one or both days please forward the money to school by Monday morning.  Thank you.

Christmas Party - Once again, the P.T.A. are organising a wonderful Christmas party on Friday, 20th December.  Your child may come dressed in party clothes to both the Chapel and afternoon party.  Hopefully, if they have all been very good, Father Christmas will also be in attendance. Ho Ho Ho!

Seren Yr Wythnos

Congratulations to Rufus, Lewis, Mabel and Poppy.

Positive Points 

Well done to Sian, Neisha, Heidi, Hattie, Ceiran, Byron and Georgina.

Spelling Award

Congratulations to Emma, Will H, Hattie

Times Table Award Well done to Elspeth.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith

Da iawn Sam T, Adam, Olivia H a Bella.

November 29th / Tachwedd 29ain

Dear Parents,

It's that time of year again when everyone is reaching for their winter coat, hat and gloves. It has been yet another busy week here at Ysgol Gellifor with some of the children off to the Craft Centre, some off to Tesco and with all the excitement that is growing in the preparation for the Christmas Festivities there is a real buzz around the school!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r amser wedi dod unwaith eto i bawb wisgo eu cotiau, hetiau, sgarff a menig. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yma yn Ysgol Gellifor, gyda rhai o'r plant i ffwrdd i'r Ganolfan Grefftau, rhai i ffwrdd i Tesco ac efo'r holl gyffro sydd yn tyfu wrth baratoi ar gyfer y Dathliadau'r Nadolig mae yna deimlad braf yn yr ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Swimming Gala Final - We have now had confirmation that both Neisha and Maisie are through to the finals of the Urdd Swimming Gala which will take place in Cardiff in January.  Congratulations to the girls and we wish them both the best of luck!

Tesco Trip - The children in Years 3 and 4 travelled to Ruthin on Thursday as part of their Money Week venture.  They are preparing a fundraising afternoon tea for their parents. All the children were given the opportunity to budget and purchase enough items with their money.  Well done children!

Sudoku - The children in the Early Years have been busy working out Sudoku problems and solving them. 

Christmas Buzz - There is definitely a buzz around the school as preparations for the forthcoming festivities begin with the Christmas Concert rehearsals and the arrival of the traditional Christmas tree.

Lost in Art Project - Pupils from Year 5 and 6 visited Ruthin Craft Centre on Monday to take part in the Lost in Art project being run there.  The pupils worked in a supervised setting with dementia patients on a variety of different art activities.  Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill accompanied the pupils and commented on the exceptional behaviour of the children and their natural empathy.

PTA  - A quick reminder from the P.T.A. about using the Easyfundraising website.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make money for the school whilst Christmas shopping in the comfort of your home.  Please try your best to use this and companies will donate money to either Cylch Meithrin or Ysgol Gellifor.  P.T.A. are asking for donations of raffle prizes for the Christmas Fayre. A leaflet with more information has been sent home with this newsletter.  Thank you.  

Lost in Art Project -The children who took part in the Lost in Art Project will be travelling to Ruthin Craft Centre on Monday 9th December for a private viewing of their work between 2 and 3p.m.  This will be on display for a few months so as to give plenty of time for parents to see what a wonderful experience this project was for the pupils, both creatively and for their personal and social development. 

Pantomime - Tuesday 17th December - A reminder that £7 per child is due for payment by next Friday 6th December.  Thank You.

Christmas Lunch - A reminder that Christmas Lunch will be served on Thursday 19th December.  If your child does not usually have lunch on a Thursday but wants Christmas lunch please forward £1.90 in a clearly marked envelope next Monday.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Keri, Rafael, Owen and William Harper.

Positive Points - Well done to Byron.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau James, Bella, Isabella and Oliver.

Times Table Award - Congratulations to William S.

Spelling Award - Well done to Ceiran, Maisie and Manon for gaining their spelling award this week.

November 22nd / Tachwedd 22ain

Dear Parents,

At this time of year it's easy to get wrapped up in Christmas planning and exciting times, which is why it's so wonderful that we managed to raise

£187.60 for ‘Children in Need' last week. We are a small school but the amount you raised shows that we really do extend our family ethos to the wider community, thank you. May I ask that as the weather turns wintery children bring a warm coat and hat/gloves to school.

Annwyl Rieni,

Ar yr adeg hon o'r flwyddyn, mae'n hawdd colli ein hunain gyda chynllunio i'r Nadolig a dyna pam ei bod mor wych ein bod wedi llwyddo i godi £187.60 ar gyfer 'Plant mewn Angen' yr wythnos diwethaf. Er ein bod yn ysgol fach, roedd y swm a godwyd gennych yn dangos ein bod yn wir yn ymestyn ein hethos teulu i'r gymuned ehangach, diolch yn fawr i chi. Gai ofyn i chi, fel mae'r tywydd yn troi'n aeafol, bod y plant yn dod â chot gynnes a het / menig i'r ysgol.

 Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Pantomime - On Tuesday 17th December we will be travelling to the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl to watch Aladdin.  Once again, the P.T.A. has very kindly offered to pay for the cost of the coach, so we will be able to keep the cost to £7 per child, which includes a lolly in the interval.  Please forward the money to school in a clearly marked envelope by Friday 6th December. 

Urdd Swimming Gala - Congratulations to the children who competed in the Urdd Swimming Gala on Tuesday.  The children were a credit to the school! Winners of their heats were Tam, Steffan, Maisie and Neisha and we wait with baited breath to see if they have qualified for the National Final in Cardiff. 

All Aboard the Helicopter! - Years One and Two visited the Police Helicopter Station last Monday.  P.C. Jen told them all about her important job and they were all able to sit in the helicopter and take charge of the big screen. 

Tesco and Santa - The children have been busy in the Nursery creating a unique Rudolph to pull Santa's sleigh.  Tesco are displaying this until Christmas so remember to have look. It's amazing!

Lost in Art Project - The children were visited by Cheryl Williams, of the Alzheimers Society, who talked to them about dementia.  Some of the pupils will be visiting Ruthin Craft Centre on Monday to work on an Art Project with people with Alzheimers.

Art Club - Well done to members of Art club who have made some fantastic pictures and frames! 

Christmas Fayre - The P.T.A. will be holding their annual Christmas Fayre on Thursday 5th December after school.  Donations of raffle prizes and tombola etc will be gratefully received.  If you are able to help on a stall please see a member of the P.T.A. Father Christmas will once again be in his grotto and a fun afternoon will be had by all! So come along and join the festive fun!

Christmas Lunch - Aunty Selina will be serving up a delicious traditional Christmas lunch on Thursday 19th December.  The cost is £1.90 per pupil and if your child does not usually have a lunch on a Thursday, but would like a Christmas lunch, please forward £1.90 to school by Monday 2nd December so that Aunty Selina can place her order.  Thank you.

Christmas Dates for your Diary

Thursday 5th December    Christmas Fayre

Tuesday 10th December    Infant Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal 2 p.m. Performance 6 p.m.

Thursday 12th December  Junior Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal 2 p.m. Performance 6 p.m.

Tuesday 17th December    Christmas Pantomime

Thursday 19th December  Christmas Lunch

Friday 20th December       Christmas Service at Gellifor Chapel 9.15 a.m.

Friday 20th December       Gellifor Christmas Party

Seren Yr Wythnos - Llongyfarchiadau Heidi L, Lauren, Neisha, Befan a Solomon.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Lilly, Amy, Tam, Liam, Iestyn and Byron.   

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau i Daisy a Sam T.

Times Table Award - Congratulations to William H.

Spelling Award - Well done to Alia, Rab, William S and Heidi P.

November 15th / Tachwedd 15fed

Dear Parents,

We had a very successful evening at Llandyrnog Eisteddfod, with excellent results.  The children looked very smart in their uniforms, adorned with a poppy. The confidence shown by all the pupils was something to be applauded and it was fantastic to see such a range of children, from Reception to Year 6, standing on that stage in front of a large audience and doing so well.  The playground was awash with colour this morning with the pupils and staff dressed in spotty clothes for ‘Children in Need'. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this fantastic fundraiser!

Annwyl Rieni,

Fe gawson ni noson lwyddiannus iawn yn Eisteddfod Llandyrnog, gyda chanlyniadau bendigedig a'r plant yn edrych yn smart iawn yn eu gwisg ysgol ac yn gwisgo pabi. Roedd yr hyder a ddangoswyd gan y holl ddisgyblion yn rhywbeth i'w gymeradwyo ac roedd yn wych gweld cymaint o blant, o'r Dosbarth Derbyn i Flwyddyn 6, yn sefyll ar y llwyfan o flaen cynulleidfa fawr ac yn gwneud mor dda. Roedd yna fôr o liw ar iard yr ysgol y bore ‘ma, gyda'r plant a'r staff yn gwisgo dillad smotiog ar gyfer ‘Plant Mewn Angen'. Diolch i bawb am helpu i godi arian!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Estyn Visit  - Today we welcomed Rebecca Lawton from Estyn to our school. Ysgol Gellifor and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd have been highlighted for good professional practice in relation to classroom observations and Mrs Lawton came to find out about our work.  We are extremely proud that we have been noted in this area and hope that her observations about our team will benefit other schools through her report. 

Llandyrnog Eisteddfod Success!

Individual Recitation Yr 2 and under:

1st Eva

2nd Tilly

3rd Olivia and Isabella

Individual Recitation Yr 3/4

2nd Manon Boas

3rd Lilly and Anouska

Individual Recitation Yr 5/6

1st  Amy

2nd  Keri  

3rd  Rufus

Writing Yr 6 and Under

1st  Amy

2nd  Heidi

Art and Graphics Competitions

Llongyfarchiadau i Daisy, Liam, Anouska and Lauren.

Children in Need! - We were seeing spots before our eyes today as all the children came in covered in spots.  No, they did not have chicken pox it was Children in Need Day.  A lot of money was raised today and our thanks go to you for all your donations. We will let you know the total raised next week. 

Finance Week in the Infants - The Foundation Phase children have been very busy this week working out how much money they need to buy two more ipads.  Year Two calculated the amount needed and all of the children have been producing Christmas Cards to sell to the parents to fundraise for the ipads.  Thank you to Mrs Boardman and Mrs Hewitt who talked to all the children about their businesses. The children were given the opportunity to design a cake and find out about osteopathy.  Well Done All!

Finance Week in the Juniors - It was a real world of work week in the Juniors as they had the opportunity to learn all about several occupations and were visited by an accountant, a science equipment specialist, a radiotherapist, an archaeologist and a tree surgeon. Thank you to Mrs Harding, Mr Jackson, Dr Vaarkamp, Mrs Gavin and Mr Weyman.

Hockey - The children in Years 3 and 4 took part in a hockey session to enhance their skills in this area of the curriculum.

Urdd Swimming Gala - Some of the Junior children will be competing in the

Urdd Swimming Gala on Tuesday 19th November. 

PTA Bags2School - This is an excellent fundraising opportunity for our school. The bags can be filled with any items for re-use such as adults' and children's clothing, bedding, soft toys, paired shoes, hats, belts and handbags. All the bags are weighed and the more we collect the bigger benefit to the school. Bags will be collected from school next Thursday, November 21st, in the morning, so please bring them to school by 9am at the latest.  More bags are available from school on request.

Cardiff Trip Deposit - If you have not already done so, could you please forward the £40 deposit to school by Friday 22nd November.  Thank you.

Helicopter Trip Yrs1&2 - The children in Years One and Two will be visiting the Police Helicopter Unit on Monday 18th November in Rhuddlan. They will be given a guided tour and the opportunity to see inside a helicopter. 

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Byron, Elspeth, Gabriel and Lola.

Positive Points -  Well done to James, William H, Anouska, Lilly and Lewis.

Dewi Ddraig a Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau i Aaron, Isabella a Lilly.

Times Table Award - Congratulations to Maisie

October 18th / Hydref 18fed

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that there is only a week left to go until half term. Time is rushing by and dare I mention that the staff have already started selecting Christmas songs! We've had dreadful problems with our Internet over the last week but I'm glad to say it seems to be back working again now! Hopefully you'll receive your electronic copies of the newsletter today!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'n anodd credu mai dim ond wythnos sydd ar ôl cyn yr hanner tymor. Mae'r amser yn rhuthro ymlaen a fentraf sôn bod y staff eisoes wedi dechrau dewis caneuon Nadolig! Rydym wedi cael problemau erchyll gyda'n Rhyngrwyd dros yr wythnos diwethaf, ond rwy'n falch i ddweud ei fod yn ôl bellach! Gobeithio y byddwch yn derbyn eich copïau electronig o'r cylchlythyr heddiw!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Harvest Thanksgiving Service - On Wednesday 23rd October the children will be taking part in the Harvest Service in the School Hall.  Everyone is welcome to join us at 2 p.m.  This year we are collecting non perishable food products to help with the Denbigh Food Bank.  If you would like to make a donation of food products please ensure that they are in school by Wednesday.

The Reading Challenge - Congratulations to all the children who completed the library Reading Challenge this year.  As you can see from the picture the children in Ysgol Gellifor have all worked extremely hard throughout their summer holidays to improve their reading skills this year.  Fantastic effort children!

P.T.A. Cheese and Wine Evening - A big well done to the P.T.A. for organising a successful cheese and wine evening.  A good night was had by all with two new committee members coming on board, Mike Whitley as Vice Chair and Sandy Jones is Vice Secretary.

Well Done Rafa! - Congratulations to Rafa who recently rode the 10km Minotaur Mountain Bike Trail at Coed y Brenin.

Welsh Group Reading - The children in the Infants have been reading a number of Welsh books this half term.  Learning about the weather, seasons and people through the medium of Welsh.  Mrs Weyman is very impressed with the Infants standard of reading and their use of Welsh.

The Planets - During their Science lesson this week Class Two investigated which planet took the longest to orbit the Sun.  They had previously created their own planets in an Art lesson and used these to re-enact the movement in our Solar System.  After predicting, the children had the opportunity to discuss their findings. The lesson was "Out of this World!"

1st Llandyrnog Brownies - Autumn Fayre - On Saturday 19th October the Brownies will be holding a Fayre in Llangynhafal Community Centre to raise money for the R.S.P.C.A. from 9.30 a.m. until 12 p.m.  There will be an opportunity to visit a variety of stalls, partake in refreshments and a raffle.  Everyone is welcome!

Football Festival - The children in the football team will be travelling to Denbigh High School on Monday 21st October to take part in the final competition for the Vale of Clwyd Football Tournament.  They will require a school football kit, shin pads, football boots, light raincoat, healthy snack and a bottle of water.  Thank you.

P.T.A. All Saints Disco - On Thursday 24th October the P.T.A. are holding their annual All Saints disco at 6 p.m. until 7.30 p.m..  It will be a spooky affair with refreshments and the children can take part in the design a pumpkin or mask competition for 50p. A paper plate has been sent home with this newsletter. If anyone would like to donate cakes for the evening please bring them along to Class One.

Urdd Membership Reminder - Just a quick reminder that all payments for Urdd membership need to be paid by Friday 25th October to get membership at the reduced rate of £6.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Maisie, Rufus, Spencer and Joe.

Positive Points -   Well done to Manon, Deri, Alun, Byron, Tommy, Ben, Anouska, Will S, Liam, James, Nathan, Jake, Tam and Steffan.

Dewi Ddraig and Tocyn Iaith - Llongyfarchiadau i Poppy, Oliver J, William and Heidi.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos -  The winner this week is Lilly.

Spellings Award - Well done to Hattie, Liam, Lauren and Heidi.

Achievers are now being congratulated in their classrooms.  A big well done to them all!

October 4th / Hydref 4ydd

Dear Parents,

There's been a definite autumnal feel this week as we enter into October. The sounds of the ‘Jamboree' songs are ringing out from the Infant class and the Juniors appear to be seeing stars!

The Juniors had a fantastic time at Spaceport on Monday and it was a great opportunity for them to enhance their learning about Earth and Space this term.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r Hydref wedi cyrraedd - y mis a'r tymor! Mae'r Dosbarth Babanod yn brysur yn dysgu caneuon i'r 'Jambori' ac mae'n debyg bod yr Adran Iau yn gweld sêr!

Roedd gan yr Adran Iau amser gwych yn Spaceport ddydd Llun, ac roedd yn gyfle gwych iddyn nhw i wella eu dysgu am y Ddaear a'r Gofod y tymor hwn.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Netball Fun Festival - The children in the netball team will be travelling to Ysgol Frongoch on Thursday 10th October by 9.15 a.m.  Mrs Brookes-Jones has informed the children who are taking part.  They will require a school netball kit, trainers, light waterproof, water bottle and a healthy snack.  All children taking part need to be in school by 8.45 a.m.  Thank you.

The Big Breakfast - On Wednesday 9th October the children will be treated to a big breakfast meal at lunchtime.  This will comprise of sausages, bacon, scrambled egg and hash browns, followed by yoghurt and muesli.  If your child would like to have lunch on that day, please ensure you post £1.90 in an envelope clearly labelled with your child's name and post in the black box on Monday morning. Thank you.

Llongyfarchiadau! - Congratulations to Adie Griffin and Frances Mills for completing a Foundation Phase Classroom Welsh course. To Mr Monteiro for completing a course in Extending Welsh Language in Years 5 and 6 and to Mrs Weyman for gaining a  Diploma in Teaching Welsh as a Second Language and aDistinction in Speaking and Writing Welsh from the W.J.E.C.

Dinosaurs Galore - The pupils have been busy in the Early Years making their own dinosaurs.  They cut and glued the faces and included teeth!  They are on display in the ‘Dinosaur Dig' area in the classroom.

Nursery Autumn Walk - Nursery have been on an Autumn walk this week, looking at all the changes around them.  Well Done children!

Spaceport - The children in the Juniors travelled to Wallasey to visit Spaceport as part of their topic work.  Hattie in Mrs Brookes-Jones' class reported, ‘We saw a Dr. Who Exhibition and went under the dome, it was great fun!'  Whilst Amy in Mr Monteiro's class reported that, ‘the simulator was really cool and we set off a rocket.  In the dome we could see stars and planets.'

Diary Dates

Thursday 10th October      Netball Fun Festival - Ysgol Fron Goch 9.15am

Monday 14th October        Jamboree at Ysgol Brynhyfryd  - Reception and Years 1&2.

Friday 18th October           Football Festival - Denbigh High 1pm 

Monday 21st October         Football Festival - Denbigh High 1pm     

Monday 21st October        Parents Evening

Tuesday 22nd October       Parents Evening

Wednesday 23rd October  Harvest Festival

Thursday 24th October      PTA Halloween Disco

Friday 25th  October          School finishes for half term break

Monday 4th November       Back to School

Tuesday 5th November      Bonfire Display

Friday 8th November         Llandyrnog Eisteddfod

Tuesday 10th December    Infant Christmas Dress Rehearsal and Concert

Thursday 12th December  Junior Christmas Dress Rehearsal and Concert

Tuesday 17th December    Pantomime

Thursday 19th December  Christmas Dinner

Friday 20th December       Gellifor Christmas Service and Party

Dinner Monies - Please could all dinner monies be sent into school on a Monday morning irrespective of whether your child has one or more dinners.  Aunty Shelley is spending a considerable proportion of her day sorting out bills for dinner monies on a Friday.  Thank you.

eptember 27th / Medi 27ain

Dear Parents,

It's been a busy week at school! The Upper Juniors had a fantastic time at Ruthin Gaol yesterday and the Infants have just arrived back from the Jurassic Jury Music Festival at St. Asaph.  You can see from the newsletter lots of activities the pupils have been working on this week. A big thank you to all those who joined us for the P.T.A. meeting on Monday evening!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol. Roedd gan Bl. 5&6 amser gwych yng Ngharchar Rhuthun ddoe a Babanod newydd gyrraedd yn ôl o Ŵyl Gerdd ‘Jurassis Jury' yn Llanelwy. Gallwch weld o'r cylchlythyr lawer o'r gweithgareddau mae'r disgyblion wedi bod yn gweithio arnynt hwy'r wythnos hon. Diolch yn fawr i bawb a ymunodd â ni ar gyfer cyfarfod y Gymdeithas Rhieni ac Athrawon nos Llun!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Football Tournament - The football team did us proud at the local tournament held at Denbigh High School on Tuesday.

Cross Country Success! - Mrs Brookes Jones was very proud of the Cross Country team who did extremely well on Wednesday afternoon. Children who qualify for the next round are Neisha (1st), Heidi (2nd) Charlotte, Megan, William S and William H.  Mrs Brookes-Jones was very impressed by all the children who ran. 

Jurassic Jury Music Festival - There was a lot of roaring and stomping coming from the Infants following their visit to St. Asaph Cathedral this morning.  The children were treated to a dinosaur extravaganza set to music.  There was an opportunity for the pupils to listen to brass instruments and guess their names.  Mrs Weyman and Mrs Crooks were very impressed with their guesses!

Literacy Project - Ruthin Gaol - Years 5&6 have spent two days this week, with Janys Chambers, as part of a Literacy project. They visited Ruthin Gaol learning about the history of the building and many of the prisoners. In the classroom they have been writing poems and diary entries to be included in a book of pupils' work from the Ruthin Cluster of schools.

PTA Meeting - Thanks to those who attended the PTA meeting on Monday evening.

A new committee has been elected:

Chair: Ellie Harper (Wil & Daisy's Mum)

Secretary: Rachel Ashby (Louis' Mum)

Treasurer: Tina Hewett (Katy & James' Mum)

Vice Treasurer: Andrea Stone (Wil, Isabella & Daisy's Mum)

We are still in need of a Vice Chair and Vice Secretary! So please let us know if you are interested!

Events organised so far...

A Meet & Greet Cheese & Wine Social Evening - An opportunity for all, especially new parents, to come and meet everyone at an informal social evening. The date and location will be confirmed next week.

Halloween Disco - Thursday 24th October

Bonfire Display - Tuesday 5th November

Thank you to the Brownies! - A big thank you to the Brownies for doing a great job of litter picking on the school grounds on Monday!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Alun, Ben, Frank and Heledd.

Positive Points -   Well done to Byron, Amy and Charlotte for gaining their Bronze Award.

Dewi Ddraig - Da iawn i Evie ac Isabella.

September 13th / Medi 13eg

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine. It's so encouraging every day to see everyone so busy and enjoying all the exciting activities and lessons!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd wedi hen ddechrau erbyn hyn ac mae'r plant yn bwrw iddi o ddifri gyda'r drefn newydd. Mae mor galonogol bob dydd i weld pawb mor brysur ac yn mwynhau'r holl weithgareddau a gwersi cyffrous!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Mrs Crooks and Miss Leuty - A warm welcome to Mrs Crooks and Miss Leuty who have joined our Foundation Phase team this year!

Minibus Contributions - I'm sure you will agree we are very lucky to have the ownership of two mini buses to allow us to take our pupils to various off site events.  Consequently, I now wish to make the annual request for minibus donations, which will be essential for their funding this year. The amount we request has remained unchanged for several years at £15 per child, which I'm sure you'll agree, represents great value bearing in mind both the fuel price rises in the last couple of years. For parents with two or more pupils we request a reduced payment of £12.50 per child. Cheques can be sent to school in the usual way, payable to Ysgol Gellifor-Minibus Account.

Home/ School Agreement  and Internet/Email Preference Forms - Please return your forms to the school as soon as possible. Please note your child is also required to sign the home/school agreement.  Thank you.

Outdoor Learning - The children in the Early Years were busy in the outdoor learning area this week.  As you can see from the picture the Reception pupils were having lots of fun pegging out the washing.  Excellent for their fine motor skills! 

Years 3&4 - As part of the Junior ‘Space' theme Years 3&4 used their art lesson to study Eduard Ender's painting from 1855 of Emperor Rudolph surrounded by astronomy instruments. The pupils drew their own silhouettes and filled them with their favourite things.

School Uniform and P.E. Kit - May I please remind pupils that Gellifor's PE kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts, plain socks and trainers.  Black tracksuit bottoms are permitted in colder weather. Please could you also ensure that pupils' names are written/sewn onto school uniform, so that we can return any misplaced garments to the correct owner. Thank you.

Mrs Brookes Jones' class will be having P.E. on Thursday and Friday from next week.

Summer Reading Challenge - I was pleased to hear that many pupils have attended the local library to take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge, ‘Creepy House'. There are still some pupils who have not completed or started the challenge. It's not too late, as the initiative does not finish until the end of September. I am very keen for all pupils to complete the challenge, so ask for parental support in ensuring all of our pupils receive a medal. 

Attendance Procedures - Just a reminder of our procedures if your child is absent from school. If your child is ill, please inform us on the day by email, or telephone call. If we have not been notified why your child is absent, for safeguarding purposes, we will telephone to confirm.  Each absence needs to be explained otherwise it will go on record as being unauthorised.  May I also ask for your co-operation in ensuring your child arrives at school punctually. Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Jake, Lilly, Amelia and Daisy S.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for Show Jumping, to Lauren, Heidi, Amy and Maisie for Gymnastics, to Lilly for Ballet, to Rab for Cubs, to Lewis for Beavers and to Amy for the Times Tables Award.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Mabel and Megan for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Iestyn, Rufus, Hattie, Neisha, Maisie, Rab and William S.

September 6th / Medi 6ed

Dear Parents,

I trust you all had a lovely summer break and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the pupils at the start of this exciting new academic year.

Well, we've been back a week and already the summer seems a distant memory. It has been nice to welcome everyone back, including our new full time Reception pupils.

Annwyl Rieni,

Gobeithio y cawsoch chi doriad gwert chweil dros yr haf a hoffwn i gymryd cyfle hwn i groesawu'r disgyblion i gyd ar ddechrau'r flwyddyn academaidd gyffrous hon.  

Ar ol wythnos yn ol, mae'r haf yn teimlo yn bell yn ol yn barod. Mae'n bleser croesawu pawb yn ol, yn cynnwys ein disgyblion newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Early Years Information - A warm welcome to all our Reception children on the first day of their full time education.  Just a few reminders for the forthcoming year.  As a healthy school we promote healthy eating. If your child requires a snack at break time they may bring in a piece of fruit to eat in school. 

Wellies - All children in the Infants will require a pair of wellingtons and a coat for outdoor learning.  Please ensure their clean wellies are kept in a clearly labelled bag in school on their coat pegs. Thank you.

P.E. Bags - P.E. will be on Wednesdays and Fridays and all children need to have a P.E. bag with trainers, white t-shirt and black shorts clearly labelled inside. 

Headphones Reminder - For health and safety reasons we would be grateful if you could provide a pair of headphones for your child, which are compatible for computer use.

Junior P.E Days -

Pupils will need their full P.E kit on these days:

Mrs Brookes Jones' Class - Tuesday and Friday

Mr Monteiro's Class - Thursday and Friday (swimming)

Reading Challenge! - Don't forget the Summer Reading Challenge - Creepy House comes to an end in a few weeks!  We can't wait to find out how many children have been keeping up with their reading skills over the holiday and who will receive a medal and certificate!

After School Clubs

Monday             Dance Club

Tuesday            Wind Band

Wednesday        Cheerleading/Gymnastics Club

                        Football Club

Thursday           Art Club

Friday               Chess Club

Clubs will commence week beginning 16th September

** Gymnastics Club begins on Wed 11th**

Achievers - Congratulations to Lauren, William S, William H, Isabella and Daisy for show jumping, to Olivia for facing the Great White Shark Challenge, to Frank for climbing Snowdon and to Amy for her success in the Llandyrnog Flower Show.

 

July 19th / Gorffennaf 19eg

Dear Parents,

As the end of term approaches, the children I'm sure are all looking forward to the prospect of six weeks with no lessons! Although looking ahead to September and new challenges and opportunities is an exciting prospect too! In the meantime I would like to wish you all a fantastic summer holiday!

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i ddiwedd y tymor agosau rydw i'n siwr bod y plant i gyd yn edrych ymlaen at chwech wythnos heb wersi! Er hynny, mae edrych ymlaen at fis Medi a'r sialensau a'r cyfleoedd newydd i ddod yn gyffrous hefyd! Yn y cyfamser hoffwn i ddymuno gwyliau gwych i bawb!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

A Final Thank You - Here we are at the end of another academic year. It has been an extremely busy year at Ysgol Gellifor, where both the pupils and school have achieved much. None of the school's achievement would have been possible without everyone connected to the school being so committed and determined to do the best for the pupils here. I would like to thank all the parents for being so supportive of the school's activities, the children for grabbing opportunities offered to them and of course the hardworking staff, who are constantly willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best for our pupils. All that is left for me to do is to wish you and your children a wonderful, relaxing summer holiday.

Goodbye Year 6 - We say goodbye to a fantastic Year 6. Mr Monteiro says they have been a pleasure to teach! They should be very proud of the successes they have achieved during their time at Gellifor. I wish all twelve of them good luck in their respective high schools. We all look forward to hearing how they get on.

Goodbye Miss Elen! - It's not just our Year 6 pupils who are leaving us today, Miss Elen has just completed her 23rd year at Ysgol Gellifor! We wish her well for her new venture in her family business and we will all miss her very much! Pob Hwyl Miss Elen!

Leavers' Church Service - We began our final day of the academic year at Llangynhafal Church, where the Year 6 leavers received their blessing and had the opportunity to reflect on another year gone by. Thank you to all those who attended a very special Leavers' Service at Llangynhafal Church this morning. Many thanks to Rev Philip for leading the service. All the leavers will receive a DVD of memories. Thank you Mr Monteiro! A special thank you to the P.T.A for supplying t-shirts and gifts. 

Britland Award - Congratulations to Manon who was awarded the Infant Cup and to Georgina who was awarded the Junior Cup for their entries in the annual prose and poetry competition, which was judged by Mrs Britland this week. Mrs Britland was very impressed with the standard of work produced by the pupils and commended them all for their hard work and effort.

Big Day Out - Year 6 had a fabulous day out and about on their Leavers' trip. They battled to save the earth when playing Quasar Laser, scored a few strikes at ten pin bowling and visited the shops at Cheshire Oaks. A big thank you to Mr Monteiro, and Auntie Jill.

Teddy Bears' Picnic - Thank you to all parents who joined us at the picnic this week.  It was a lovely afternoon and the sun was shining. The children had fun and everybody enjoyed the lovely cakes made by all of the Early Years children in Ysgol Bryn Clwyd and Ysgol Gellifor. 

Leavers' Concert - Year 6 gave a great leavers' performance and I'm sure those of you who attended enjoyed the concert. I would like to give a special thank you to Mr Monteiro and Aunty Jill for all their hard work. Congratulations to all of the Year 6 pupils who were awarded shields, trophies and medals for various achievements!

I.C.T. and Earphones - For hygiene reasons we are requesting that all children bring their own set of ear phones (computer ready) for the new September term.  The teachers will store them at school and request that you label them clearly with your child's name. This can be achieved by placing a sticker around the cable.  Thank you.

PTA - A big thank you to the PTA for all their hard work with fundraising over the last academic year! The Juniors had lots of fun at the Masquerade Ball and the Infants enjoyed their film and hotdogs!

Summer Reading Challenge - Hopefully all the children will be given the opportunity to take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge.  It is a spooky experience this year with lots of interesting stickers to collect.  Although it is not for the faint hearted we have sent home a leaflet with the newsletter this week. 

July 12th / Gorffennaf 12eg

Dear Parents,

End of term is approaching and it has been a very busy week at school. 

I hope as many of you as possible will join us for the Leavers' Concert on Thursday at 2pm and then the Leavers' Service at 9.15 am at Llangynhafal Church on Friday.

End of year reports are being sent home with the newsletter. I'd be grateful if you could fill the feedback sheet and return it to school next week. Thank you!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd y tymor yn agosáu ac mae wedi bodyn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol!

Rwy'n gobeithio y bydd cymaint ohonoch ag sy'n bosibl yn ymuno â ni ar gyfer cyngerdd y disgyblion sy'n gadael ddydd Iau am 2pm ac yna eu gwasanaeth am 9.15am yn Eglwys Llangynhafal fore Gwener.

Mae'r adroddiadau'n cael eu dosbarthu gyda'r cylchlythyr hwn. Byddwn yn ddiolchgar pe gallech lenwi'r daflen adborth a'i dychwelyd i'r ysgol yr wythnos nesaf. Diolch i chi!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cylch Meithrin - Mudiad Meithrin are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can join a small team of three to help guide the development of children two and a half years old to school age. If you are interested in applying and can speak Welsh please enquire in Meithrin as the closing date is 19th July.

A Royal Meeting - Georgina was chosen to represent the Brownies to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall recently.

Guide Dogs Visit - The children had a real treat this week as we were visited by Eric and Brenda Greave and their guide dog Emi.

The Unicorn's Challenge - The Reception and Year 1 pupils were very busy on induction day playing a variety of Maths games, which they will be playing through the summer holidays.  They have also brought home an exciting maths magazine and are finishing writing their own story. Da iawn! Visit http://www.poridrwystori.org.uk/

Pirate Day in Class 2! - There was talk of treasure chest and pirate adventures on induction day as Mrs Brookes-Jones' class swashbuckled their way through an exciting pirate adventure. Ahoy there! Mr Monteiro's class were extremely busy being spies using invisible ink to write secret messages to each other.  The mind boggles!

Summer Reading Challenge - The children were visited by Llinos Davies on Tuesday to talk about this year's Summer Reading Challenge.  It is a spooky experience this year with lots of interesting stickers to collect.  Although it is not for the faint hearted I am sure the children in Gellifor are not afraid of hard work.  So have a go this year!

Church Service - All children will need to be taken up to the church on Friday 19th July by 9a.m. to take part in the Leavers' Church Service.  Thank you.

Brynhyfryd Students - A big thank you from all the staff to the Ysgol Brynhyfryd pupils who worked hard during their work experience week. 

Infant Teddy Bear's Tea Party Reminder - On Tuesday 16th July at 2 pm we are holding a Teddy Bear's Tea Party on the school field in Llandyrnog. We have been working together with Ysgol Bryn Clwyd to organise a fun afternoon of songs, games and tasty treats! All Infant children from both schools and their families are invited but the most important guests are the teddy bears.  Could any parents attending please collect their child from Ysgol Gellifor at 1.45pm and transport them straight to Ysgol Bryn Clwyd.  All children will need to be collected by their parents at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd at 3.10 p.m. (3 p.m. for Nursery parents).  After school club children will be taken by to school in the minibus.  Thank you!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Heidi, Hattie, Isabella and Aled

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for showjumping, to Charlotte, Eva and Anna for gymnastics, to Anouska for Karate, to Lauren, Maisie, Hattie and Olivia for Brownies and to Deri for taking part in a show.

Positive Points - Well done to Byron J.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Liam, Lilly, Bella and Olivia.

Dewi Draig - Well done to Liam and Connie for being awarded Dewi Draig this week.

Cheerleading Success - Congratulations to Lauren, Amy, Georgina, Maisie, Olivia H, Isobel, Keri, Heidi, Hattie, Anouska, Tilly, Amelia, Connie, Eva, Henny, Anna, Olivia K and Katy for gaining their awards in Cheerleading. Go Girls!

 July 5th /Gorffennaf 5ed

Dear Parents,

It has been yet another action packed week with an exciting ECO day being held today and the school was awash with green. Next week promises to be busy too with the pupils having their ‘moving up' day on Wednesday and our new Nursery pupils visiting us on Thursday afternoon. An enjoyable week to look forward to!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos llawn gweithgareddau eto gyda diwrnod ECO cyffrous heddiw ac mae'r ysgol yn fôr o wyrdd. Bydd yr wythnos nesaf yn addo bod yn brysur gyda'r disgyblion yn cael eu diwrnod 'symud i fyny' ar ddydd Mercher ac mae ein disgyblion Meithrin newydd yn ymweld â ni ar brynhawn dydd Iau. Bydd yn wythnos bleserus i edrych ymlaen ato!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Eco Day - The ECO committee organised a fun packed day of activities, which included orienteering, problem solving challenges, an ECO quiz, making bird feeders, painting scarecrows and trees and giving our ECO garden a fresh, new look. A big thank you to the ECO Committee and Mr Monteiro who have worked hard to put today's activities together.

ECO Trophy - A big thank you to Poppy's Dad for designing and making a fantastic ECO trophy from recycled materials for us! Congratulations to this year's winning team - ‘Save Waste'.

Nursery Activities - The Nursery pupils took part in lots of outside activities this week. They problem solved by using logs to make a balance and they enhanced their physical development by using hoops, hurdles and beanbags.

Healthy Meal Competition - As Maisie and Charlotte won our Junior Healthy Meal competition, we invited their Mums to join us to sample their meal. Mr and Mrs G. Evans also joined us to sample the meal. Many thanks to Auntie Selina for cooking the delicious meal and to Mrs Brookes-Jones for organizing the competition and working so hard in her role as Healthy Schools Coordinator.

Healthy Schools Award - We welcomed Suzi Lochead and Janet Evans to join us for our healthy lunch and to meet with the Healthy Schools Council. We are proud to announce we were awarded Phase 3 of the Healthy Schools Award.

Community Treasure Hunt - Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Community Treasure Hunt. The total raised was £277.

Infant Teddy Bear's Tea Party Reminder - On Tuesday 16th July at 2 pm we are holding a Teddy Bear's Tea Party on the school field in Llandyrnog. We have been working together with Ysgol Bryn Clwyd to organise a fun afternoon of songs, games and tasty treats! All Infant children from both schools and their families are invited but the most important guests are the teddy bears! Please also bring a picnic blanket with you, food will be provided by both schools. Come along for a great afternoon!

Moving Up Day - Wednesday 10th July is moving up day. All the pupils will move up to their new class and spend the day with their new teacher. Additionally, Nursery children, who will be Reception children for the day, are entitled to a free school meal.

**Year 6**

Brynhyfryd Transition Day - Year 6 pupils will make their own way to Brynhyfryd for the day on Wednesday 10th July. They are welcome to use the Brynhyfryd school bus. They need to wear their Gellifor school uniform and take lunch money or a packed lunch.

Leavers' Trip - Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill will be taking Year 6 off to Cheshire Oaks on Friday 12th July.

Leavers' Concert - To be held on Thursday 18th July at 2pm

Leavers' Ball - To be held on Thursday 18th July at 6pm

Leavers' Church Service - At Llangynhafal Church on Friday 19th July at 9.15am

June 28th / Mehefin 28ain

Dear Parents,

The end of the summer term is one of the busiest times in the school calendar but it is also the time we notice how quickly our pupils are maturing. Year 6 have begun their transition to high school and all the children are pulling together to produce their end of year show. I must also congratulate our Quiz Cymraeg team on their performance this week.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd tymor yr haf yn un o'r adegau prysuraf yng nghalendr yr ysgol ac mae hefyd yn amser rydym yn sylwi pa mor gyflym mae ein disgyblion yn tyfu. Mae Blwyddyn 6 wedi dechrau eu trosglwyddo i'r ysgol uwchradd ac mae'r holl blant yn gweithio gyda'i gilydd I greu sioe ar ddiwedd y flwyddyn. Rhaid i mi hefyd longyfarch ein tîm Cwis Cymraeg ar  ei perfformiad yr wythnos yma.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Quiz Cymraeg

I was incredibly proud of our two Quiz Cymraeg teams this week! Ysgol Gellifor won the drama competition with their performance of Uncl Em yn yr Eisteddfod and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd won the overall Ruthin area competition. Bryn Clwyd go forward to compete in the final at Theatre Twm o'r Nant next week!

Colwyn Bay Zoo Trip

The children in the Infants had a wonderful day at the zoo on Wednesday.  The weather stayed fine and everyone enjoyed seeing the different animals.  The Sumatran Tiger was the highlight for Years 1 and 2 as he was having a bad day and was roaring at the children! 

Roman Proclamations!

Mrs Brookes Jones' class have been busy this week making Roman proclamations. Some of the pupils based their ideas on the role of Emperor Caesar while others based their work on the role of Emperor Nero. The proclamations from both Emperors were read out to a captive audience in our own special Coliseum... in the classroom!

P.T.A. Request

The P.T.A. would like to ask if any parents have any lockable cash tins to donate that they no longer need. They would be ideal for keeping cash in during events. Thank you!

Infant Parents - Save the date!

On Tuesday 16th July at 2 pm we are holding a Teddy Bear's Tea Party on the school field in Llandyrnog. We have been working together with Ysgol Bryn Clwyd to organise a fun afternoon of songs, games and tasty treats! All Infant children from both schools and their families are invited but the most important guests are the teddy bears! Please also bring a picnic blanket with you, food will be provided by both schools. Come along for a great afternoon!

Seren Yr Wythnos

Congratulations to Heidi, Tommy and Tilly.

Achievers

Congratulations to Eva, Amy, Maisie and Hattie for Gymnastics, to Neisha for running the Race for Life, to Deri and Anouska for competing in the 5 aside football, to Anna for swimming and to Georgina who has been chosen to represent the Brownies to meet Prince Charles next week.

Positive Points

Well done to Nathan, Steffan and Amy.

Spelling Awards

Well done to William and Hattie.

Dewi Draig

Well done to Megan and Amelia for being awarded Dewi Draig this week.

June 21st / Mehefin 21ain

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware the proposals for our local schools have been released this week and we are pleased to confirm we have been given the opportunity to build on our strengths, with the support of Denbighshire County Council, to move forward with the Federation and our commitment to bilingualism.

Annwyl Rieni,

Fel y byddwch yn ymwybodol, mae'r cynigion ar gyfer ein hysgolion lleol wedi cael eu rhyddhau'r wythnos yma ac rydym yn falch o gadarnhau ein bod wedi cael y cyfle i adeiladu ar ein cryfderau, gyda chefnogaeth Cyngor Sir Ddinbych, i symud ymlaen gyda'r Ffederasiwn a'n hymrwymiad I ddwyieithrwydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Summer Fair - Thank you to all those who attended the Summer Fair on Thursday.  Mr Monteiro and I both had a real soaking but it was worth it as a fantastic £540 was raised! A big thank you to the PTA for all their hard work in preparing for this event and all the other fundraising events over the year.

Family Service - Mrs Brookes Jones, Auntie Jill and all the pupils prepared a lovely family service for us on the Story of Noah (with a twist!). The children revelled in dressing up for their performance and playing percussion instruments to create the sound effects A big thank you to all those parents who were able to join us for the service.

Healthy Meal Competition - As Manon and Lilly won our Infant Healthy Meal competition, we invited their Mums to join us to sample their meal. Many thanks to Auntie Selina for cooking the delicious meal and to Mrs Brookes-Jones for organizing the competition.

Eco Challenge Day - On Monday members of our Eco Committee visited the Alwen Centre near the Brenig Reservoir for an Eco Challenge event hosted by Dwr Cymru.  The pupils took part in different challenges to get them thinking about the principles of being an Eco School.  The committee are now putting the final touches to their plans for a whole school Eco Day on Friday 5th July.

Brass Lessons - We enjoyed a visit from Heather Powell this week who gave a  demonstration of the different types of instruments the pupils may  be interested in learning to play.  If your child has expressed an interest in learning to play an instrument please contact the school.

Quiz Cymraeg - Our Quiz Cymraeg team will be competing in the annual quiz on Tuesday,  which we are hosting at Ysgol Gellifor this year. Pob lwc to all the team!

Llangynhafal Community Treasure Hunt - A reminder to please join the community for a Walking Treasure Hunt on Friday 28th June.

Infant Trip (Nursery to Year 2) - The Infants will be visiting the Welsh Mountain Zoo on Wednesday 26th June. We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning by the end of the school day. Please forward any outstanding money and Form C's to school on Monday morning. Pupils will be required to wear school uniform, bring a packed lunch and to wear suitable coats and footwear for the weather.

Vale of Clwyd Sports - Mrs Brookes Jones will be taking some of the Junior children to the Vale of Clwyd Athletics at Denbigh High School on Thursday 27th June.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Ceiran, Seren, Owen and Nicholas.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for show jumping and Iestyn, Sam B and Rufus for Rugby.

Positive Points - Well done to Georgina, Millie, Lauren, Heidi, Joe, Josh, Tam, Jake, Byron J, Ceiran, Neisha, James T, Liam, Keri and Will H.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Mabel, Befan, Katy, Eva, Lewis, James T and Steffan J.

Dewi Draig - Well done to Lilly and Megan for being awarded Dewi Draig this week.

June 14th / Mehefin 14eg

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for your support at Sports Day this week. I'm very proud of the children's good behaviour and sportsmanship on the day. There are so many exciting things happening in the next few weeks, please make sure you have all the dates on this newsletter in your diary.

Annwyl Rieni,

Diolch i chi gyd am eich cefnogaeth yn ein Mabolgampau'r wythnos yma.  Rwy'n falch iawn o ymddygiad da'r plant a'u chwarae teg ar y diwrnod hefyd. Mae cymaint o bethau cyffrous yn digwydd yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf, gwnewch yn siŵr bod gennych yr holl ddyddiadau ar y cylchlythyr hwn yn eich dyddiadur.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports Day - Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our sports day last Wednesday.  It was a busy morning with the children taking part in lots of different events.  I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Brookes Jones for organising the morning and to Miss Tami for working with the children on their presentations.  This year it was the children in ‘Arthur' who lifted the sports day trophy - a big well done to all!

Diary Dates

Monday June 17th - ECO Challenge

Wednesday June 19th - Brynhyfryd P.E. Transition

Thursday June 20th  - Summer Fair

Tuesday June 25th - Cwis Cymraeg

Wednesday June 26th - Infant Trip

Friday  June 28th - Community Treasure Hunt

Friday July 5th - ECO Day

Wednesday July 10th - Transition day for all classes

Thursday July 18th- Leavers' Show 2pm and Gelleavers' Prom (more info to follow)

Friday July 19th - Leavers' Church Service 9.15am

The Camera Obscura - Mr Monteiro's class have been making their own Victorian camera obscuras this week to investigate the properties of light.  The children were able to observe how light travels and they learnt that by forcing light through their pin hole cameras they were able to view images upside down!

PTA Summer Fair - I hope you will all be able to attend our Summer Fair straight after school on Thursday. Lots of stalls, games and activities will be going on and lots of fun will be had by all! I know that the PTA are still looking for volunteers to run stalls.  Please complete the boards outside school if you can help and please send in to school any donations of bottles, toys, books, toiletries, bric a brac etc and any cakes on the day of the fair. Thank you.

Swimming - Years 1 and 2 will be starting swimming next Friday as part of their PE lessons.  Please ensure that they have their swimming kit and a towel with them on Friday.

Eco Schools Challenge - Mr Monteiro will be taking the Years 4, 5 & 6 members of the Eco Committee to The Alwen Centre on Monday for a day of Eco tips and activities - we are hoping that they will be coming back to school with lots of ideas for our own Eco Day.

Ysgol Brynhyfryd Induction Afternoon - Next Wednesday afternoon those year 6 pupils who will be going to Ysgol Brynhyfryd next year will be attending a PE induction afternoon.   We will transport the children to Brynhyfryd after lunch. If you wish to collect your child from Brynhyfryd at the end of the school day please inform Mr Monteiro, if not the children will return to school on the mini bus for 3:15pm.

Infant Trip (Nursery to Year 2) - The Welsh Mountain Zoo - The Infants will be visiting the Welsh Mountain Zoo on Wednesday 26th June. We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning by the end of the school day. We would be grateful if you could make a contribution of £11 (to include entrance fee, coach and a small gift) by Friday 21st June. Pupils will be required to wear school uniform, bring a packed lunch and to wear suitable coats and footwear for the weather. A Form C will be sent home on Monday for you to complete. No pocket money will be required.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Tam, William, Frank and Manon

Achievers - Congratulations to Frank for swimming, Heidi and Katy for show jumping, Lauren for her Brownie badge, Megan for dancing and Joe for football.

Positive Points - Well done to Imogen, Cai, Byron, Josh, Georg, Charlotte, William, Olivia and Seren for Bronze, Jamie, Sian and Lauren for Silver and Matthew and Georgina for Gold.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Ceri and Ceiran.

Dewi Draig - Well done to Oliver and Steffan for being awarded Dewi Draig this week.

June 7th / Mehefin 7fed

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the last half term of the school year. It's been lovely to see the sunshine this week and the children have enjoyed playing on the school field. Hopefully the weather will continue to be kind to us next week for Sports Day! I hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us at 9.15am on Wednesday 12th June. A variety of athletic events will be taking place and hopefully an enjoyable morning will be had by all.

Annwyl Rieni,

Croeso yn ôl i hanner tymor olaf y flwyddyn Addysgol. Mae wedi bod yn hyfryd gweld yr haul yr wythnos hon ac mae'r plant wedi mwynhau chwarae ar gae'r ysgol. Gobeithio bydd y tywydd yn parhau i fod yn garedig i ni'r wythnos nesaf ar gyfer ein Mabolgampau! Yr wyf yn gobeithio y bydd llawer ohonoch yn gallu ymuno â ni am 9.15yb ddydd Mercher 12fed o Fehefin. Bydd amrywiaeth o ddigwyddiadau athletaidd yn cael eu cynnal a gobeithio y bydd yn fore pleserus i bawb.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

P.T.A. - The P.T.A. will be holding a meeting next Monday at 7pm at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog to discuss the end of term activities.  Obviously they need as many people to come who can help with ideas so please join us!

Healthy Schools Competition - It has been a very busy week for the Healthy Schools Committee.  They set a competition to design a healthy meal for Aunty Selina to cook for lunch.  Well done to the winners who are Charlotte, Maisie, Lilly  and Manon. Thank you to Freya and Heidi for coordinating this competition.

Reception Autobiographies - The children in Mrs Jones' class are working hard on their Pori Drwy Stories.  Please help your child to write a really short biography about themselves. For example, ‘ My name is Jac, I am five years old and my favourite colour is green.'  Mrs Jones will be working on these next week.  Thank you!

Road Safety Presentation - On Monday, we joined Junior pupils from Ysgol Bryn Clwyd, Ysgol Llanbedr and Ysgol Bro Famau for a Tiny Giants Road Safety Presentation at Llandyrnog Village Hall. They taught the children all about the importance of keeping safe on the roads.

Llangynhafal Community Treasure Hunt - Please join the community for a Walking Treasure Hunt on Friday 28th June. See attached flier.

Music Tuition - If your child is in the Juniors next year and wishes to learn to play the guitar, clarinet, flute or a brass instrument,  please see Mrs Jones for further information. Monday 17th June is the closing date.

Manon at the Urdd - Congratulations to Manon for competing at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Pembrokeshire last week! I was very proud of her!

Junior Road Safety Conference - Our Junior Road Safety Officers, Adam and Megan, attended a conference at the Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan on Tuesday and took part in lots of safety related activities.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Jake, Amy, Megan and Megan M.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi, Charlotte, William S, Hattie, Lilly and Lauren.

Positive Points - Well done to Jamie, Anouska, James, Rufus, Eileigh, Bella, Heidi, Thomas and Joe.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Charlotte, James, Isobel, Jake, Joe, Byron, Freya, Heidi, Steffan, Eileigh, Seren, Millie, Matthew, Neisha and Deri.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Katy and Rafael for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

May 24th / Mai 24ain

Dear Parents,The first half of the Summer Term has gone

The first half of the Summer Term has gone by in a flash! It's amazing to think of all the exciting experiences the children have had in just seven weeks and there are seven more action-packed weeks to come after half-term. Please enjoy your break and I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 3rd June.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae hanner cyntaf Tymor yr Haf wedi mynd heibio mewn fflach! Mae'n anhygoel i feddwl am yr holl brofiadau cyffrous mae'r plant wedi cael mewn dim ond saith wythnos ac mae llawer mwy o ddigwyddiadau i ddod ar ôl hanner tymor. Mwynhewch y gwyliau ac edrychaf ymlaen at eich croesawu yn ôl i'r ysgol ar ddydd Llun, Mehefin 3ydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod - Pob lwc i Manon! Good luck to Manon who will be competing at the National Urdd Eisteddfod on Monday!

Art Club - Mrs Brookes Jones gave the pupils in Art Club the challenge of creating their own cuddly toy! The children delicately sewed and stitched the edging and decorated their toys with buttons and bows! As you can see from the photograph the children worked really hard with some amazing results.

Pori Drwy Stori - We are very proud of the Reception pupils who have all completed the Pori Drwy Stori Rhyme Challenge. They needed to learn five English and five Welsh rhymes. They performed in Assembly this morning and were brilliant!

Environmental Artist - On Tuesday the Juniors were visited by a local artist, Tim Pugh who shared some of his environmental artwork with the pupils. The Upper Juniors created collages using natural materials obtained from the school grounds. The Lower Juniors designed symmetrical or concentric patterns using sweets.

Parking - Please may I remind you to be respectful of where you park your vehicle when dropping off and picking up your children. I have had several complaints from the community in the last few weeks. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We feel strongly that this situation should not escalate.

Healthy Schools - Design a Healthy Meal Competition for the Juniors

Please find attached an entry form for a Healthy Living Day Competition organised by the Healthy Schools Council. The pupils are asked to create a healthy meal (main course and pudding). Entries are to be returned to school by Thursday 6th June and the winning meal will be cooked by Auntie Selina.

Sports Day - We will be holding an early Sports Day this year to try and ensure that the weather doesn't stop us in our tracks!! Sports Day will be held (weather permitting) on the morning of Wednesday, 12th June. More details to follow.

Welsh Club - There will be no Welsh Club for parents after school on Thursday 6th June.

PTA Summer Fair - The Summer Fair will be held after school on Thursday 20th June. More details to follow.

Walking Treasure Hunt - Llangynhafal Community Centre Committee will be holding a Walking Treasure Hunt around the village on Friday 28th June followed by a buffet in the Community Hall. More details to follow.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Georgina, Rufus and Mabel.

Achievers - Congratulations to Lauren for Brownies and Connie for Gymnastics.

Positive Points - Well done to Sian, Freya, Megan, Joe, Georgina, Matthew, Millie, Adam, Heidi, William, Rab, William, Maisie, Eilieigh, Isobel, Rufus and Alia.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Amy, Elspeth, Sam, Steffan, Adam, Maisie, Henny and Manon.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Deri and Solomon for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

May 17th / Mai 17eg

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week at school as the half term approaches. The National Literacy and Numeracy Tests have all been completed and you may have noticed the Year 6 pupils out on the local roads this week as they followed their Cycle Experience course. I'm sure you'll all join me in congratulating Auntie Sue and her husband on the birth of their new baby son, Jac Wyn Thomas!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol wrth i'r hanner tymor agosau. Mae'r Profion Llythrennedd a Rhifedd Cenedlaethol i gyd wedi eu cwblhau ac efallai eich bod wedi sylwi ar ddisgyblion Blwyddyn 6 allan ar y ffyrdd lleol yr wythnos hon wrth iddynt ddilyn eu cwrs Profiad Seiclo.
Rwy'n siŵr y byddwch i gyd yn ymuno â mi i longyfarch Anti Sue a'i gŵr ar enedigaeth eu babi newydd, Jac Wyn Thomas!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Super Ambassadors' Event - Lauren, Tam and Auntie Jill attended an Ambassadors' Event on Thursday. They met with Keith Towler, the Children's Commissioner for Wales and other Ambassadors from schools all over North Wales and took part in workshops and activities linked to the Ambassadors' scheme.

Welcome Baby Jac! - Baby Jac was born on Tuesday 14th May and weighed 6lbs 12½oz. Congratulations to all the family and we look forward to Auntie Sue and Jac visiting us in the next few weeks.

Reception Science - The Reception class have been studying materials in science. They have started an investigation and made a teepee. Next week, the pupils are going to test the materials to see which is the most waterproof.

Year 6 - Cycling Experience - From Monday to Thursday the Year 6 pupils followed a Cycle Experience course, which has educated them on the safest way to ride the local roads and the application of the Highway Code. They will all be presented with Bikeability Certificates in due course.

Assembly - We had some wonderful musical pieces played for us at assembly today. Mrs Jones and the recorder group played three pieces and Mabel played the piano for us. Lauren and Tam told us about their day with the Children's Commissioner and the Healthy Schools Council gave details about a competition they are running.

Sunday School - St. Peter's Church, Llanbedr invite children to join their new Sunday School at 11am every Sunday in Llanbedr Community Hall. After a few initial hiccups the Sunday School is now successfully ‘up and running'!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Megan, Nathan, Befan and Harry.

Achievers - Congratulations to Neisha and William for their success in the Triathlon, to Steffan, Sam and Anna for swimming and to Ceiran and William for football.

Positive Points - Well done to Lauren and Byron.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Owen and Edward.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Isabella and Tilly for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

May 10th / Mai 10fed

Dear Parents,

In between testing this week the children have been active in many different ways.The football team had the best of the weather and did us proud on Tuesday and the whole school got involved in the performance of ‘Tom's Midnight Garden' with the Image Musical Theatre Company.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rhwng y profion yr wythnos yma mae'r plant wedi bod yn weithgar mewn nifer o wahanol ffyrdd. Cafodd y tîm pêl-droed y gorau o'r tywydd ar ddydd Mawrth ac roeddwn ni yn falch iawn ohonynt ac roedd yr ysgol gyfan yn cymryd rhan yn y perfformiad ‘Tom's Midnight Garden' gyda chwmni theatr gerddorol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cycle Experience - Just a reminder that children taking part in the Cycle Experience should bring their bicycle, helmet and suitable waterproof jacket and sensible shoes, to school with them from Monday to Thursday next week.

Tom's Midnight Garden - The Image Musical Theatre Company gave a wonderful performance of ‘Tom's Midnight Garden' to pupils from both Ysgol Gellifor and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on Thursday.

Sorting Minibeasts - Years 1 and 2 have been working extremely hard to use their thinking skills in science through the topic of ‘Minibeasts'. The pupils worked as a team to sort minibeasts using two sets of criteria that they had decided on themselves. The pupils will now sort the minibeasts individually in their books using different methods. 

SNAG - School Nutrition Action Group - Our Healthy Schools Council met with Ian Kemp and Suzie Lockhead (Denbighshire County Council) to discuss promoting school dinners. The pupils have created questionnaires that all the children in the school have completed to find out their different opinions. It was discovered that the pupils particularly enjoyed the salad bar offered but were not so keen on using the plastic flight trays. They discussed the menu and different ways to inform pupils and parents of the daily menus. I will keep you updated with any progress.

Welsh Club -  Parents have been busy in Welsh Club over the last two weeks. They have been learning how to talk about the weather, the time of day and how they are, in order to have a conversation in Welsh with their children.  They have all worked extremely hard and according to Mrs Weyman all deserve a Seren Y Wythnos.  Da Iawn chi!

Clwb Sgwrs - Next week the Welsh Learners Chat Club will be held in Llangynhafal Community Hall on Thursday evening from 7-9p.m. 

Welsh Books -  It was lovely to hear the children in Mrs Brookes-Jones class reading Welsh books to Years 1 and 2.  They had written their books about the topic ‘Y Wyliau' (holidays) and coped very well with the past tense.  Very impressed children!

Rural Schools Football Tournament - Well done to the football team who did us proud on Tuesday reaching the final of the rural schools football tournament.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Heidi, Eileigh, Lucy and Connie.

Achievers - Congratulations to Steffan and Millie for competing in a Swimathon.

Positive Points - Well done to Thomas, Heidi, Iestyn, Elspeth, Neisha, Amy and Hattie.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Isabella, Heidi, Alia and William.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Katy and Aled for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

May 3rd May / Mai 3ydd

Dear Parents,

Another week flies by and I have a lot of news to share with you again. At last we have some sunny weather and the children are taking full advantage of playing on the school field.

Don't forget that school will be closed next Monday, May 6th for the May Day Bank Holiday so enjoy the long weekend.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wythnos arall wedi hedfan heibio ac mae gennyf lawer o newyddion i'w rannu eto. O'r diwedd mae'r disgyblion yn gallu mwynhau'r tywydd braf wrth chwarae ar gae'r ysgol!

Cofiwch y bydd ysgol ar gau Dydd Llun nesaf, Mai 6ed ar gyfer Gŵyl y Banc Calan Mai, felly mwynhewch y penwythnos hir.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

PTA Newsletter - Please find attached a copy of the first Gellifor PTA Newsletter. A big thank you for all the wonderful work going on to support the school.  *PTA Summer Fayre Thursday 20th June *

Tom's Midnight Garden - We are very lucky to have the Image Musical Theatre Company coming to give a performance of ‘Tom's Midnight Garden' for both schools next Thursday morning at Llandyrnog Village Hall. We would be very grateful for a contribution of £2 towards the cost of this performance. The pupils will be watching the performance at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on Thursday 9th May at 9a.m. Llandyrnog Village Hall will hopefully be able to accommodate the large scenery the actors need to perform!  If it is possible could you please transport your child to Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on this day at 8.50 a.m.  Children in Breakfast Club will be transported by minibus and must arrive by 8.30 a.m.  We will be finished and back to school by dinner time so please pick up your child as usual from Ysgol Gellifor.

Football Tournament - The football team will be taking part in a rural school football tournament in Rhewl on Tuesday 7th May at 2.45pm. The team will be transported on the minibus and will return to school at 4.30pm.

National Reading and Numeracy Tests - As you may be aware all pupils in Years 2-6 will be tested in the new Welsh Government National Reading and Numeracy Tests. The tests will take place between 8th and 22nd May.

Planting Crops! - The Reception pupils were once again busy digging and planting their crops.  Pictured are some of the children hard at work with Mr Temple in the school garden.

Nursery - The children in the nursery have experienced the Computer suite for the first time this week.  They have been developing their IT skills and mastering the mouse!

Science - Mr Monteiro's class have been carrying out their own science investigations this week. They investigated with light and shadow with some specially made shadow puppets (thank you Auntie Jill!).  The pupils chose to look at the effects of distance from a light source on shadows cast and the distance between objects and the distance between shadows.  The pupils worked very hard at their investigations.

A Message From Rev. Philip - This coming Sunday the 5th of May is the Family Service at Llanbedr Church and it is the beginning of the Diocesan Year of Pilgrimage. There is a special Pilgrims Staff that is being brought from the Monmouth Diocese. It just so happens to be passing St Peter's Llanbedr's Gates at around 12.00pm in a Coach pulled by four horses as it makes its way to St Asaph Cathedral. It is thought that it will be a memorable spectacle for the children to see. The service starts at 11.00am and it is intended to finish before 12.00 noon so that they can wave at the dignitaries as they pass the gates of the Church. They will go on to Llangynhafal Church for refreshments and the horses will be rested at the farm opposite at around 12.30 until 1.30pm. They will then set out for the Cathedral via Llandyrnog, Denbigh and Trefnant.

Cycle Experience Forms - Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to take part in the Cycle Experience on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th May. **Please return the Registration Forms by Tuesday 7th May**

Water Safety - Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a lesson on personal safety around water. They looked at risks by the sea and rivers and Mr Griffiths demonstrated how to save a person in water and what they would need to do to rescue someone and keep themselves safe.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Lauren, Bella, Anna and Tilly.

Achievers - Congratulations to Elspeth for rugby, Heidi for show jumping, Steffan for swimming and William for competing in an aquathlon.

Positive Points - Well done to Millie, Georgina, Adam and Matthew.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Olivia, Liam, William and Rab.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Lucy and Olivia for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

April 26th / Ebrill 26ain

Dear Parents,

It's been lovely to see the children enjoying the sunshine at break times this week, with only a few ‘April showers' to contend with!

It was fantastic to hear so many of our pupils practising their Welsh skills in assembly this morning. Da iawn blant!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn hyfryd gweld y plant yn mwynhau'r heulwen ar adegau egwyl yr wythnos hon, gyda dim ond ychydig o 'gawodydd Ebrill'!

Roedd yn wych clywed cymaint o'n disgyblion yn ymarfer eu sgiliau Cymraeg yn y gwasanaeth y bore yma.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cycle Experience - Please find attached information and a permission slip for children in Year 6 to take part in the Cycle Experience. Please pay close attention to the safety requirements for your child's bicycle. If the instructor is not happy that all criteria are met, he will not allow your child to take part. Bicycles, helmets and suitable clothing should be in school on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th May. Please return the Registration Forms by Tuesday 7th May.

Crime Investigation Day! - On Monday Years 3 and 4 experienced a C.S.I. day with Mr Neil Monteiro (Maybe you can guess whose brother that is!!)  A crime scene was set up in Class 2 and the pupils spent the day examining the evidence.  They took finger prints, questioned suspects, investigated fibres from around the scene and even measured blood splatters, which of course was a mixture of syrup, cornflour and food colouring...  After extensive detective work the children were able to identify the culprit, ‘the chocolate thief' as Aunty Jill (who'd have thought it...) Many of the staff are still in shock after the horrifying discovery. 

Years 1 and 2 - Years 1 and 2 have been searching for minibeasts in different environments around the school.  They have been creating their own minibeasts using a variety of different materials too!

Reception Gardening - The weather was warm enough this week to see many children venturing out armed with a spade and wellies.  The children have been able to start digging up their eco garden patch and planting new seeds and small plants. 

Art Club - Visit to the Craft Centre - A big thank you to Mrs Brookes-Jones and Auntie Jill for taking the members of Art Club to the Craft Centre after school on Wednesday.

Everyone enjoyed seeing the wonderful world of Rodney Pephe, the creator of Huxley Pig. He creates the objects for animation first before writing the stories.

Tempest Photographs - If you require orders please return the envelope, enclosing payment, to school by Friday 3rd May.

Welsh Club - Unfortunately there was a little bit of a mix up this week over times and meetings. We apologise for any inconvenience and I will try to clarify the situation!

Clwb Sgwrs is a developing fluency in the Welsh language club, which is held between 7pm and 9pm every four weeks. The meetings for the rest of this term will be held on Thursday 16th May, Thursday 13th June and Thursday 11th July in Llangynhafal Community Hall.

Our School Welsh Club is for parents and grandparents who would like to support their child to learn to speak Welsh. This club is held after school from 3.15pm until 4pm on Thursdays.

Sgwad Sgwennu - Congratulations to Millie and Joe who this week received their certificates from the Welsh Writing Squad.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Matthew, Rab, Sam and Seren.

Achievers - Congratulations to Jamie and Thomas for rugby.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Iestyn, Lucy, Lilly, Mabel and Henny

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Lilly and Connie for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

Congratulations to Lucy's Dad for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in just over 4 hours!

April 19th / Ebrill 19eg

Dear Parents,

Mr Urdd joined us for assembly this morning to present Gellifor with the shield for Welsh second language. Well done to everyone who took part in the Urdd this year!

There are many exciting initiatives over the next few weeks, including water safety training and the Cycle Experience, which I'm sure the children will enjoy.

Annwyl Rieni,

Ymunodd Mr Urdd ni ar gyfer gwasanaeth y bore ‘ma i gyflwyno Gellifor gyda tharian ar gyfer Cymraeg ail iaith. Da iawn i bawb a gymerodd ran yn yr Urdd eleni!

Mae mentrau cyffrous dros yr wythnosau nesaf, gan gynnwys hyfforddiant diogelwch dŵr a Phrofiad Beicio, ac rwy'n siŵr y bydd y plant yn mwynhau.  

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

French Day - The children looked wonderful in their red, white and blue this week.  There were lots of French activities and Lisa Boas read some French songs and stories in the infants.  We were all very proud of their dance performance in the afternoon and we need to say a big thank you to Miss Tami for preparing the children so well. 

On Wednesday Mr Monteiro's class experienced a French food tasting treat.  The pupils tried lots of different French foods then looked at how to critique food as well as how to graph the data from their food tasting scores.  Mr Monteiro taught the pupils how to calculate exchange rates, looking at the Euro and Pound. 

P.C. Chris visit - The Infants were treated to a visit by P.C. Chris this week to talk about emergency procedures.  Through role play they were very good at demonstrating when and how to phone 999. P.C. Chris was very impressed!

Welsh Club for Parents - On Thursday April 25th Mrs Weyman will be holding her first Welsh Learners' club for parents who want to help their children with Welsh.  It will be an opportunity to learn about what your child is studying in Welsh in school and to develop your own skills in order to help your child enhance their Welsh in the home.  Everyone is welcome and it should be a lot of fun!

Netball - Netball club will be running as usual on Thursday after school between 3.15 p.m. and 4 p.m.  All junior girls are welcome to join Mrs Brookes-Jones.

School Meals - Denbighshire school meals have been working hard to create a new website. The

site includes information about the foods that they use and the most current school menus. The website address is: http://www.denbighshireschoolmeals.co.uk/

Auntie Selina displays the menu for the following week, from Friday afternoon, in the kitchen window. Auntie Shelley, once again, requests that dinner money for the week ahead is paid for on a Monday morning. This is in line with D.C.C. policy and is important because Auntie Shelley is not in school every day to collect money.

School Photographs - Tempest Photography will be visiting the school at 9am on  Wednesday 24th April to take individual and family groups. If you wish to have your child / children photographed please fill in the attached form and return to school on Monday. Thank you.

Clwb Sgwrs - Clwb Sgwrs seems to have got off to a flying start with lots of the Community

coming along to take part in Welsh activities and time for a chat and cup of tea ‘yn Gymraeg wrth gwrs'.  Mrs Weyman would like to thank Llangynhafal Community Committee for free use of the hall. 

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Alun, James, Liam and Oliver.

Positive Points - Well done to Heidi.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Hattie and Rufus.

Reading Awards - Well done to Anna.

Achievers - Congratulations Lauren for her Brownie Badges, to Heidi for gymnastics and to Sian, Lauren, Georg and Thomas for their Urdd Art

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Gabriel and Seren for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week

April 12th / Ebrill 12fed

Dear Parents,

I'm sure you'll all agree that Easter already seems a distant memory! I'd like to welcome you all back to the new term, which will hopefully bring with it some much needed sunshine! We have a busy term ahead with lots of activities and educational experiences for the children.

I'd like to wish Auntie Sue all the best for the future as she is leaving us today to go on maternity leave. I'll let you know when the baby arrives in May.

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i'r Pasg ddiflannu i'r cof yn barod, hoffwn groesawu pawb yn ôl i dymor

newydd a fydd, gobeithio, yn dod â rhywfaint o haul i ni!! Mae gennym dymor prysur o'n Blaenau gyda llawer o weithgareddau a phrofiadau addysgol ar gyfer y plant.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

French Day - Next week the children will be taking part in a French experience, following their topic work on France during the Spring Term.  They will be treated to a day of French activities and they will be performing their French dances that have been rehearsing with Miss Tami. The pupils may wear either traditional French costume, a beret and scarf or the colours of the French flag.   Ooh Lah Lah!! It looks like a fun day for all.

Clwb Sgwrs - A new club is starting for Adult Welsh Learners to improve their fluency.  They will be meeting on Thursday 18th April between 7-9pm for a chat and a cup of tea.  Everyone is welcome to come along, both learners and fluent Welsh speakers in the Community. It will be held in Llangynhafal Community Hall. For further information please see Mrs Weyman.

Newcomers! - A warm welcome to Daniel and Megan who have joined the Infants this week.  They looked very smart in their new uniforms and we wish them well.

Infant News - The Nursery pupils have been busy making a house from 2D shapes and enjoying the nice weather in the Early Years outdoor area.   

Nant B. H. - The pupils in Years 3 and 4 were absolutely fantastic during their three days at Nant B. H. They took part in canoeing, mountain climbing and orienteering. They enjoyed themselves in the snow as you can see from the picture above! They were extremely busy and very bleary eyed on their return! A big thank you to Mrs Brookes-Jones, Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill for taking the children and looking after them so well!

Road Safety Competition Results - Thank you to Megan and Adam for organising a successful road safety competition on keeping safe by wearing a seatbelt in the car.  Congratulations to Frank, Befan and Steffan.

Tesco Easter Display - Everyone worked really hard on their Easter creative work which was displayed in Tesco over the Easter holiday. I hope you had the chance to view their work.

Measles Outbreak - Please see the attached letter from Public Health Wales regarding the outbreak of Measles in Wales.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Sian, Megan, Amelia and to all of Years 3&4.

Positive Points - Well done to Byron, Jamie, Neisha and Hattie.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Neisha.

Reading Awards - Well done to Rafael, Oliver, Megan and Tilly.

Achievers - Congratulations to Lucy, Emma and Oliver for swimming, to Lauren, Hattie, Isobel, Connie and Henny for gymnastics, to Heidi for show jumping.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Isabella and Frank for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

March 22nd / Mawrth 22ain

Dear Parents,

We have reached the end of a very busy term culminating in a very eventful week with the County Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday, the Easter Fun Run on Sunday, our Easter Service this morning and a very busy Science week!

I would like to thank all the staff for their commitment and dedication through this busy term particularly to both Mrs Crooks who has done a wonderful job teaching Years 1&2 and to Mr Monteiro for his role as Assistant Head this term while Mrs Weyman has been on her Welsh Sabbatical. I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all when we re-open on Tuesday 9th April.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydym wedi cyrraedd diwedd tymor prysur iawn gydag wythnos yn llawn gweithgaredd, gydag Eisteddfod Sir yr Urdd ddydd Sadwrn, Ras Hwyl y Pasg ddydd Sul a Gwasanaeth y Pasg y bore yma.

Hoffwn ddiolch i'r holl staff am eu hymrwymiad a'u hymroddiad drwy'r tymor prysur a hoffwn ddymuno Pasg Hapus i chi i gyd ac edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld i gyd pan fyddwn yn ailagor ddydd Mawrth 9fed Ebrill.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Success at the Urdd Eisteddfod - Congratulations to all who took part in the County Eisteddfod on Saturday and to the Disco Dancers on Wednesday. The children were a credit to the school and these were the results of the pupils who were staged:

Individual Recitation Years 3/4 3rd Maisie

Individual Recitation Under 7 1st Manon

Band 1st Ysgol Gellifor

Cerdd Dant 3rd Ysgol Gellifor

Both Manon and the Band will be representing Denbighshire at the National Eisteddfod in Pembrokeshire during the Whit Half Term. Ysgol Gellifor won the County Urdd Shield for most successful school competing in Welsh as a second language! I am very proud of them all!

Glan Llyn - Year 5 & 6 had a great time in Glan Llyn, taking part in lots of outdoor activities, including canoeing, climbing and completing the high ropes course.

Infant Techniquest - During our Science day the Infants used some maths skills to plan a birthday party, looking at time and graphs. They also looked at friction, working with different surfaces to find the one with least resistance. They worked with different materials to experiment with push, pull and twist.

Junior Techniquest - The Juniors had great fun on Monday taking part in their own class experiments as well as the activities provided by Techniquest. The Juniors covered principles regarding forces and engineering as well as some fun experiments involving solids, liquids and gases.

Fun Run - A big thank you to Miss Tami and the PTA for all of your hard work on Sunday for the Easter Bunny Fun run, it was a great day and we had a very good turn out.

Easter Service - Thank you to those who were able to attend our Easter Service this morning. With all the disruption with the weather we were glad we'd decided not to go up to the church! Pupils from across the school took part in songs, poems and readings and Rev. Philip taught us a new action song that was lots of fun!

Easter Holidays - The pupils return to school on Tuesday, 9th April. Please remember that all those pupils visiting Nant B.H. after Easter need to be in school by 9.30am on Monday 8th April, which is an INSET day.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Freya, Alia, Sam and Harry.

Achievers - Congratulations to the Cheerleaders who successfully gained their certificates and to those who achieved positive point certificates! Silver spelling awards went to Eileigh and Keri, Gold spelling awards went to Katy and Befan and a Platinum award to Isabella!

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Lucy and Connie for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

March 15th / Mawrth 15eg

Dear Parents,

I would like to say how proud I am of all those pupils who have been busy preparing this week for the County Eisteddfod and I'd like to wish all our competitors the best of luck tomorrow at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.

A big thank you to everyone for their hard work and effort in preparing for the competitions and, as always, for the fantastic support from parents.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydw i'n falch iawn o'r plant sydd wedi bod yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer Eisteddfod y Sir a hoffwn dymuno pob lwc i bawb sy'n cystadlu yn Ysgol Glan Clwyd yfory.

Diolch yn fawr i bawb am eu gwaith caled wrth baratoi ar gyfer y cystadlaethau a, fel bob amser, am y gefnogaeth wych gan rieni.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Vale of Clwyd Swimming Gala Finals - Congratulations to the Girls' team who came first and the Boys' team who came second at the Swimming Gala!

Mad Science Company - The Juniors were visited by Solar Sue on Monday from the Mad Science Company.  They looked at experiments involving combustion, kinetic energy, electrical currents and chemiluminescence!!  The Mad Science Company are offering a seven week after school club for the summer term, information and cost details have been sent home with your child following Monday's demonstration.  Please return the form to school by the end of next week if your child has expressed an interest in this club.

Science Shadows - The Infants have been taking advantage of the sunshine, to carry out some investigative work for their science topic; Light and Shadows.  They have been discussing the different types of light sources and have looked at how shadows are formed.  When outdoors the pupils were to draw around their partner's shadow noting its shape and size.

Collecting Data - Mrs Brookes-Jones' class have been collecting data and recording it onto charts.  They have been looking at the different types of charts needed depending on the data they have collected.  This time they investigated what their favourite flavour crisps were - but decided to display their results using a bar chart with a difference... themselves.

Urdd Eisteddfod - Good luck to all of our pupils who will be competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod this Saturday at St Asaph.  Our Disco Dancers will be competing at the Urdd County Dance competition on Wednesday, March 20th at 4.30pm at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

Easter Bunny Fun Run - Just a reminder that we will be holding the Easter Fun Run this Sunday at 10:30am I hope that you can make it and look forward to seeing you all there.

Easter Service - Next Friday we will be holding an Easter Service at Llangynhafal Church at 9:15am which you are more than welcome to attend.  If possible please drop your child off at church for approximately 9am to save on the number of journeys needed between school and church.

Science and Engineering Week - To mark the beginning of Science and Engineering week we will be having a science day next Monday.  Staff from Techniquest will be visiting the school to carry out workshops and science performances throughout the day and the class teachers have organised some hands on science activities of their own!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Liam, Louis, Amelia and all of Mr Monteiro's Class.

Positive Points - Well done to Tam, Heidi, Alun, Imogen, Steffan, Alia and Adam.

Spelling Awards - Spelling awards this week went to Maisie, Deri and Ben.

Achievers - Congratulations to Amy and Heidi for Gymnastics and to Amelia for swimming 200m. Well done to Lewis and Rafael for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

March 8th / Mawrth 8fed

Dear Parents,

It has been a very exciting and rewarding week at Ysgol Gellifor beginning on Saturday with our fantastic success at the Eisteddfod, followed by a wonderful three days at Glan Llyn with Years 5&6 who behaved impeccably and took on the challenges and activities with enthusiasm. A big thank you to Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos gyffrous iawn a gwerth chweil yn Ysgol Gellifor, gan dechrau ddydd Sadwrn gyda‘n llwyddiant wych yn yr Eisteddfod, ac yna tridiau gwych yng Nglan Llyn I flynyddoedd 5 a 6. Roedd eu hymddygiad yn berffaith ac fe wnaethon nhw wynebu'r sialensau a'r gweithgareddau gyda brwdfrydedd. Diolch mawr i Mr Monteiro a Anti Jill.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod Results

Congratulations to all who took part in the Cylch Eisteddfod last Saturday. The children were a credit to the school and I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who came to support.

Recitation Yr 2 and Under

1st Manon Boas

3rd Isabella Stone

Recitation Yr 3/4

1st Maisie Evans

3rd Amy Weyman

Recitation Yr 5/6

3rd Nicholas Harding

Band

1st Ysgol Gellifor         

Cerdd Dant

1st Ysgol Gellifor

Disco Dancing

1st Ysgol Gellifor

Individual Disco Dancing

2nd Maisie Evans

3rd Amy Weyman

All of the children who were place 1st or 2nd go through to the County Eisteddfod on Saturday 16th March. Disco Dancers go through to the County competition on Wed 20th March.

Infants - Reception and Nursery have been practising their exploring skills using the Easi-Scope microscopes. They have collected objects from around the classroom and tried zooming in on themselves and their clothing. They have also been capturing images on the screen to look at in more detail.

Juniors - On Wednesday afternoon, while the Upper Juniors were in Glan Llyn with Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill, the lower Juniors experienced a fun afternoon of P.E. activities. They had a session of tennis with a tennis coach from Ruthin Tennis Club and a session of French dance with Miss Tami.

PTA Film Night - A film night will be held in school on 15th March at 5.30pm. 
PTA Easter Fun Run - The Easter Bunny Fun Run will be held on Sunday 17
th March at 10.30am. Please see attached entry form.

World Book day - We will be celebrating World Book Day on Monday. We are looking forward to seeing everyone dressed as a character from a book and we ask all the pupils to bring their favourite book to school. A scholastic brochure and World Book Day tokens (one for each pupil) have been sent home today with this newsletter. If you would like to place an order please forward the completed order form together with full payment to school by Friday 15th March.

Easter Service - Just a reminder that we will be holding our Easter Service at Llangynhafal Church at 9.15am on Friday, 22nd March.

Easter Holidays - The pupils break up for Easter on Friday, 22nd March and return to school on Tuesday, 9th April. Please remember that all those pupils visiting Nant B.H. after Easter need to be in school by 9.45am on Monday 8th April, which is an INSET day.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to James, Tommy and Rafael.

Positive Points - Well done to Nathan, Iestyn, Elspeth and William for achieving Bronze and to Lauren for achieving Silver.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Elspeth and Sam.

Reading Awards - Well done to Connie, Frank, Solomon, Harry, Seren, Amelia, Aled and Emma.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos - Well done to Emma and Ben for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week.

March 1st / Mawrth 1af

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see the pupils perform in our St. David's Day concert today and I would like to say how proud I am of all those pupils who have been busy preparing this week for the Urdd Eisteddfod. I have seen dedication and commitment from pupils who have decided they would like to take part. I would like to wish good luck to all those competing on Saturday but most of all I would like them to enjoy the experience and have fun.

Annwyl Rieni,

Roedd o'n hyfryd weld y disgyblion yn perfformio mewn cyngerdd Dydd Gŵyl Dewi heddiw. Rydw i'n falch iawn o'r plant sydd wedi bod yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer yr Eisteddfod. Mae'r rhai sydd wedi penderfynu cystadlu wedi bod yn ymroddedig iawn yn ymarfer. Pob lwc iddyn nhw a gobeithio y byddant yn mwynhau'r profiad a chael hwyl wrth gystadlu.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Hapus! -  All of our pupils looked very smart today dressed in traditional Welsh costume.  If you were able to attend our St David's Day concert I hope that you enjoyed it.  The children worked hard learning the songs and class performances and it was an opportunity for the pupils taking part in the Eisteddfod this Saturday to show how much effort they have put into their individual performances.

The Great Fire of London - London's Burning! Years 1 and 2 have completed some great work on their theme of The Great Fire of London.  They have written diary entries from September 2nd 1666.  They have created art work, used the computers to find information and they have been looking at the diary entries written by Samuel Pepys during the great fire.

French Lessons - The Juniors have been visited by Mr Jones this week who is completing his training to be a secondary school linguistics teacher.  He has been working with the pupils in both our Junior classes and even taught a few French lessons!  Mr Jones will be running the Great Manchester 10k in May to support Guide Dogs for the Blind. He has an online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/francogallois and I am sure he would appreciate any donation you would be able to make for this worthwhile cause.

Netball Festival - On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Brookes-Jones took our netball team to Ysgol Frongoch to take part in a schools' netball festival.  Imogen, Millie, Sian, Lauren, Megan, Heidi, Amy & Eileigh were a credit to the school, working well as a team and Mrs Brookes-Jones commended them on their sportsmanship.                     

Easter Bunny Fun Run - A definite date for your diary!  The Easter fun run will be taking place on Sunday 17th March.  A leaflet will follow shortly from our PTA with more information.

Parents' Evening - We will be holding a parents' evening on Monday 18th March for any parents wishing to meet with their child's teacher.  More information to follow shortly.

World Book Day - As it is World Book Day on 7th March when Years 5&6 are at Glan Llyn, we have decided to celebrate on Monday, 11th March instead. We ask that the pupils dress as a character from a book and bring their favourite book to school.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Josh, William, Steffan and Tilly

Positive Points - Well done to Charlotte, Millie, Imogen, Nicholas, Matthew, Megan, Thomas, Sian and Georgina for getting your Bronze awards.

Spellings - Well done Byron, Matthew, Adam, Seren, Alia, Lucy and Sam for your spelling awards.

Achievers - Congratulations to Lauren, Heidi, Millie, Imogen, Megan, Sian, Eileigh and Amy for taking part in the netball festival.

Dewi Ddraig - Well done to Katy & Frank for using your Welsh!

February 1st / Chwefror 1af

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, Denbighshire County Council Education Department has announced a review of the provision of primary education and will be focusing on eleven primary schools within the Ruthin area at this point.

The Review will focus on the following objectives:

•·         Ensuring the sustainability of high quality education provision.

•·         Improving the quality of school buildings and facilities.

•·         Providing the right number of places, of the right type in the right location.

At present Ysgol Gellifor is included in the eleven schools but, as we are already federated with Ysgol Bryn Clwyd, we feel strongly that the two schools should be reviewed together at the same time to strengthen our ongoing commitment to modernising education.

The Informal Consultation Period of the Ruthin Review will commence on the 4th of February 2013 and end on the 22nd of March 2013. You will receive information and a questionnaire from Denbighshire County Council in the post at the beginning of next week and will be invited to a meeting, with representatives, to view your opinions and ask questions, on Tuesday 26th February at 6pm in the Community Hall at Gellifor.

Please take time to complete and return this important questionnaire as we strongly feel your opinions about what the school offers in terms of educational experiences, wrap around care, after school activities etc. will have a significant impact.

When the review is completed, we are confident it will confirm that the education and provision in both our federated schools is of an excellent standard and vital to our communities.

Yours sincerely

Susan H. Roberts     Gwilym C. Evans

Headteacher           Chair of Governors

Congratulations Steffan! - Steffan came a fantastic 6th place in the Urdd National Swimming Gala in Cardiff on Saturday! We are all very proud of him!

PC Chris - PC Chris came in to school this week to visit the Infants. He spoke of the importance of rules and knowing what is right and wrong.  The children listened very well and were able to tell PC Chris which rules should be followed and when these rules are needed.

Juniors - The Juniors have been very artistic!  Mr Monteiro's class have been completing their Environmental art for the Urdd.  Whilst Auntie Jill has been working with Years 3 & 4 to create love spoons in celebration of St Dwynwen's Day.

Chinese New Year - Next Friday, we will be celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Snake and the children will be taking part in activities to celebrate and learn all about this tradition. This will be a non uniform day and pupils may dress up in traditional Chinese costume or wear red and Auntie Selina will be serving up a special Chinese meal to celebrate next Wednesday. It will be an exciting day for all year groups and we hope that the children learn a lot from this experience.

Cross Country - Our Cross Country team travelled to The Meadows in Prestatyn today, with Mrs Brookes Jones, for the Vale of Clwyd Cross Country Finals. All our runners did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them all!

Smokebugs - On Thursday the Juniors were visited by the Smokebugs Club!  This is a club established by the Welsh Government to make young people aware of the importance of staying smoke free.  If your child has expressed an interest in joining the Smokebugs Club they can join online and will be sent a magazine every three months.

Group Class Photographs - Tempest Photography will be visiting school on Thursday, 7th February to take group class photographs.  Please ensure that your child is wearing full school uniform - i.e. white shirt and tie, red jumper/cardigan, black/grey skirt/trousers and dark plain socks/tights. Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos

Congratulations to Eva, Solomon, Tam & Keri

Positive Points

Adam & Lauren have achieved their Bronze awards

Spelling Awards

Well done to Owen Deri, Edward, Manon, Katy, Isabella, William, Olivia, Isobel & William

Achievers

Congratulations to Hattie for reaching Scarlet level at gymnastics.  Well Done Deri for sponsoring a guide dog

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos

Well done to Olivia and Oliver for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week and to Ben for answering last week's question correctly. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is:

What is the name of the village at the foot of Snowdon?

 January 25th / Ionawr 25ain

Dear Parents,

Despite the bitterly cold wintery spell, where we've all had to wrap up warm, it has been another busy week at Ysgol Gellifor. We will soon be starting to prepare the pupils for the Urdd Eisteddfod and I am hopeful that the Urdd competitions will once more be embraced with enthusiasm and excitement.

Annwyl Rieni,

Er gwaethaf y cyfnod gaeafol oer, lle rydym i gyd wedi gwisgo'n gynnes, mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur arall yn Ysgol Gellifor. Byddwn yn dechrau paratoi'r disgyblion ar gyfer Eisteddfod yr Urdd cyn bo hir ac rwy'n obeithiol y byddwn unwaith eto yn cystadlu gyda brwdfrydedd a chyffro.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Nursery Class - This week the Nursery pupils have been having fun playing along to songs using different musical instruments and trying to follow a beat.

Mr Monteiro's Class - In Mr Monteiro's Science lessons the children have been learning about the Circulatory System. This week they calculated their lung capacity using plastic bottles, water and siphoning tubes!

Infants - Years 1 and 2 have finished their ‘Winter' display, the children completed their own wintery scenes using tissue paper and coloured card.  They then went on to talk about the seasons and completed written work on what they had learned about the season of winter.  Now they are busy completing work on London as they go on to learn about the Great Fire of London.

Juniors - The Juniors are being visited by coaches from the Dragon Sports Team this term.  Mrs Brookes-Jones' class will be having coaching sessions on hockey every Monday whilst Mr Monteiro's class will be on the field playing Rugby on Fridays.  Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school on the appropriate day.

Healthy Schools - As a healthy school you will be aware that we promote healthy eating throughout the day.  We ensure that at break time children are encouraged to bring in fruit to eat. As part of our healthy schools initiative we encourage a healthy school lunchbox.  Please discourage your child to bring in sweets. In particular, we ask you not to include any nuts due to some pupils having a nut allergy.  We also request that pupils only bring in water (in a clear bottle) for break times.

PC Chris Visits the Juniors - PC Chris visited the Junior classes on Wednesday and talked on the topics of Bullying and Anti Social Behaviour.

Reception - Please can Reception children bring in a picture or photo of their parents or grandparents, preferably playing with their favourite toy, for our Topic this term.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Bradley, Seren, Gabriel and Aled

Spelling Awards - Well done to Hattie, Amy, Ceiran and Rufus.

Achievers - Congratulations to Imogen for achieving her Grade 2 in clarinet, to Neisha for winning the U9s backstroke in swimming, to Charlotte for being chosen for the North East Wales Gymnastics Squad and to Thomas for being chosen for the North East Wales Rugby Squad.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos - Well done to Isabella and Megan for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week and to Anouska for answering last week's question correctly. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is: What is the Welsh name for Mount Snowdon? Nicholas was our Detectif Cymraeg this week and identified Lucy to receive a certificate.

January 18th / Ionawr 18eg

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine once again. We have a busy few weeks ahead starting with PC Chris visiting all the classes, a Smokebugs presentation for the Juniors, the Infants visiting Techniquest and a Brynhyfryd Cluster event, ‘Diwrnod Hwyl a Gwyl' for Years 4 and 5. We will also be busy preparing for the first round of the Urdd Eisteddfod to be held at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on March 2nd.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd yn ei anterth erbyn hyn a'r plant yn setlo i mewn i'r drefn newydd unwaith eto. Mae gennym rai wythnosau prysur o'n blaenau, gan ddechrau gyda PC Chris yn ymweld â'r dosbarthiadau i gyd, cyflwyniad Bygiau Baco ar gyfer yr Adran Iau, y Babanod yn ymweld â Techniquest a digwyddiad Clwstwr Brynhyfryd, 'Diwrnod Hwyl a Gwyl' ar gyfer Blynyddoedd 4 a 5. Byddwn hefyd yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer rownd gyntaf Eisteddfod yr Urdd i'w gynnal yn Ysgol Brynhyfryd ar Fawrth 2ail.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Nursery - The Nursery pupils have enjoyed reading ‘Kip's Blue  Balloon' and  have been completing both dance and creative work on this.  Here they are painting their own blue balloons!

Music Club - The Music Club has started rehearsing their piece, ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.' for the upcoming Urdd Eisteddfod. Please note that children taking part in any Eisteddfod competitions need to be members of the Urdd. If you are unsure whether your child has joined this academic year, please check with Auntie Shelley. Membership is £6.50.

Reception Class - Mrs Jones has been downloading some reading apps for our new iPads!  The Reception class have been completing shared reading as well as planning and recording their own stories using the Collins Big Cat Reading apps.  The pupils have many different stories to look at including; The Night, The Bike Ride and The World.

Mr Monteiro's Class - Mr Monteiro's class were visited this week by Mrs Evans from the Athrawon Bro Team. She worked with the class on how to correctly use the first and third person when giving personal details in Welsh.  The pupils will now be using these patterns to read Welsh letters and be able to report on what people have written about themselves. 

Reception Class - Visit to Techniquest - On Wednesday 6th February Mrs Jones will be taking the Reception pupils for a visit to Techniquest, Wrexham.  The children will take part in the Humpty Dumpty workshop, exploring Forces and other scientific principles.  The cost for this trip will be £5, which can be brought to school in an envelope with your child's name on it as soon as possible.  The children will need a packed lunch, a drink and a coat. School uniform should be worn please.

Scholastic Book Club - A Scholastic Book Club brochure has been sent home with this newsletter. If you wish to place an order please return the order form and full payment to school by next Friday, 25th January.

Sgwad Sgwennu - Welsh Writing Squad - Millie and Joe will be joining other pupils from the Ruthin cluster to take part in the first session of the Welsh Writing Squad - Sgwad Sgwennu on Tuesday.

Glan Llyn Reminder Years 5 and 6 - To reserve a place at this year's outdoor adventure course at Glan Llyn please send in a deposit of £20 to school by Monday, January 21st.

RSPB - Big Garden Birdwatch - For any of our pupils who are budding bird watchers!  Over the weekend of Jan 26th - 27th the RSPB are holding their annual Big Garden Birdwatch.  You can register on the RSPB website and download a counting sheet, you will have to keep track of the birds that you see in your garden over one hour.  

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Connie, Edward, Iestyn, Millie & Freya.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi Palin for coming second in show jumping.  Deri for achieving Stage 2 for swimming and Sam for achieving Stage 1.

Spelling Awards - Well Done Ceri & Eileigh for gaining their Bronze awards.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos - Well done to Deri & Tilly for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week and to Rab for Cwestiwn yr Wythnos. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is: Which is the longest river within the borders of Wales?

January 11th / Ionawr 11eg

Dear Parents

Happy New Year to you all! I trust you had a peaceful break and enjoyed the festivities over the Holiday. The school has soon got back into the swing of things and I'm sure you all have too.

I hope you like the new Newsletter format for the New Year... Mr Monteiro has been busy on the new design!

I've heard from Mrs Weyman and she's really enjoying her course and already learning lots of Welsh! I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs Crooks who has enjoyed her first week and has assured me she will be returning on Monday!

Annwyl Rieni,

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd! Gobeithio eich bod wedi cael seibiant tawel ac wedi mwynhau'r dathliadau dros yr Wyl. Mae'r gwaith yn yr ysgol wedi ail-gychwyn yn syth ac rwy'n siŵr bod yr un peth yn wir i bawb ohonoch chi hefyd.
Rwy'n gobeithio y byddwch yn hoffi fformat newydd y cylchlythyr ar gyfer y flwyddyn newydd... Mae Mr Monteiro wedi bod yn brysur ar y dyluniad newydd!
Rydw i wedi clywed gan Mrs Weyman ac mae hi'n mwynhau ei chwrs, ac eisoes wedi dysgu llawer o Gymraeg! Hoffwn estyn croeso cynnes i Mrs Crooks sydd wedi mwynhau ei hwythnos gyntaf ac wedi fy sicrhau y bydd hi yn ei hol ddydd Llun!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Thank You PTA - A big thank you to all of the members of the PTA who helped organise a great end of year Christmas party.  The children were treated to a magic show with mice, guinea pigs and a rabbit!!  As well as having a visit from Santa along with lots of snacks and drinks.  Thanks to the PTA for all their hard work. It is greatly appreciated by the staff and children.

Clubs - All Clubs will resume next week with the exception of Art Club which will start the week after. Any child who is interested in playing in a percussion ensemble for the upcoming Urdd are encouraged to come along to the Music Club.

Mon                 3.10 - 4pm                  Dance

Tue                  3.15 - 4.30pm             Music Club

Wed               12.30 - 1pm                  Recorders-intermediates

            3.15 - 4pm                  Art Club

Thu                12.30 - pm                     Recorders-beginners

                        3.15 - 4pm                  Football     

                        3.15 - 4pm                  Netball                                      

Friday              3.15 - 4pm                  Film Club (Yrs 3+4)                                       

                        3.15 - 4.15pm             Gymnastics

Thank You Letters to Santa - The children in reception have been talking a lot about Christmas and the importance of saying thank you.  They have planned and written thank you letters to Santa, making sure they had illustrated them too.  They went straight up on the wall as Mrs Jones is very proud of the hard work they are putting into writing words.

Erupting Volcanoes! - Years 3 & 4 have been setting off their volcanoes, which they constructed just before the winter break. After studying Mount Vesuvius the children used modrock to build up their volcanoes and by applying a bit of science they re-enacted the Pompeii Eruption by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate soda - Great Fun!

Glan Llyn - Pupils in Years 5 and 6 will have an opportunity to attend an outdoor adventure course at Glan Llyn between Wednesday, 6th March and Friday, 8th March. This is a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to experience activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and raft building. The Urdd Centre is situated in Bala overlooking Llyn Tegid and has its own swimming pool and bowling alley. Mr Monteiro and Auntie Jill will be accompanying the children and the pupils will have the chance to mix with their peers from local primary schools. I really hope the children will take full advantage of this opportunity. The cost of the residential course is £110 which includes accommodation, meals, transport and all the activities. A deposit of £20 per pupil is requested by Monday 21st January to reserve a place.

Urdd Eisteddfod - We will soon be starting to prepare the pupils for the Urdd Eisteddfod. The date of the Cylch Eisteddfod is Saturday 2nd March and will be held at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

Dinner Menu - Please find attached an up to date school lunch menu. This week has been Week 2. Week beginning 21st January (Week 1 of the menu) will be an ‘Around the World' themed week and Auntie Selina will display this special menu in the kitchen window.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Steffan, Hattie, Henny and Olivia.

Achievers - Congratulations to Lauren and Maisie for Gymnastics, Heidi for Show Jumping, and to Thomas for Rugby.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos - Well done to Liam and Amelia for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is:

A large number of towns in Wales start with ‘Llan'. What does ‘Llan' mean?

December 21st / Rhagfyr 21ain

Dear Parents,

I'd like to send out a very special Christmas message to you all! Thanks to the staff for their hard work and dedication, not only during Christmas, but also throughout a very busy year. There's been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here and a great feeling of community.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas with your families and wish everyone a Happy NewYear and hope that 2013 brings good luck and happiness to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January when I hope the children will be ready to face the exciting new challenges that the New Year will bring.

Annwyl Rieni,

Hoffwn i yrru neges arbennig i bawb! Diolch i'r staff i gyd am eu gwaith caled gyda gweithgareddau'r Nadolig a thrwy gydol y flwyddyn. Mae yna awyrgylch Nadoligaidd

hyfryd wedi bod yma a theimlad cymunedol braf. Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i

bawb - pob lwc a hapusrwydd i chi yn 2013! Edrychaf ymlaen at weld pawb eto ym mis Ionawr a gobeithio y bydd y plant yn barod am sialensau cyffrous y Flwyddyn Newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Infant Christmas Concert - The Infants' performance of ‘Born In a Barn' was wonderful and a delight to watch this week. It was greatly appreciated by the audiences and all of the children were brilliant - acting and singing so well and looking fantastic in their costumes! A big thank you to Mrs Weyman for directing the play and to all the Infant staff for all their hard work in preparing the children for the performances and making all the props.

Junior Christmas Concert - The Juniors have worked extremely hard on their performance of ‘The Sound of Music' and we are very proud of them all especially as many of the cast were suffering with coughs and sneezes! My thanks go to Mr Monteiro and Mrs Brookes Jones for all their hard work in preparing the children for the performances, to Mrs Dowell for writing the script, to Mrs Sennet for her help with the music and to Auntie Jill for the scenery.

A DVD of both performances will be available to purchase in the New Year for £3.

Christmas Carol Service - Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday afternoon at Capel Gellifor for our Christmas Carol Service. Following a frantic week of concerts and festive fun some very bleary eyed staff and Year 6 pupils gave the readings and the musicians accompanied the carol singing. Thank you to Mrs Jones and Mr Temple for their hard work in preparing the musicians and for their dedication throughout this year!

Christmas Party - As we go to press all the pupils are looking forward to having a wonderful time at the Christmas party. They will be treated to lots of fun and games, a few surprises and hopefully Santa may even make an appearance! We'll let you know how it went in the first newsletter of 2013!

Holiday Dates - Just a reminder that Monday 7th January is an INSET day and the pupils will be returning to school on Tuesday 8th January.

Ysgol Gellifor PTA - Once again a big ‘thank you' to the PTA for organising all the wonderful events over this busy term. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to raising extra funds for the benefit of all the pupils is greatly appreciated.

Lots of fun at the Panto! - The whole school enjoyed a trip to the pantomime to see Sleeping Beauty. It was lovely to see the children totally immersed in the entertainment and the staff commented on how well behaved they all were.

Success at the PTA Christmas Fair! - We had a very successful PTA Christmas Fayre last Friday and I'd like to thank all the members of the PTA who worked so hard in preparing and manning stalls. A total of £430 was raised, which is a fantastic amount! I'd also like to praise the children for their excellent entrepreneurial skills!

Achievers -  Congratulations to Steffan for completing the Santa Fun Run in Llandudno.

Positive Points - Well done to Adam, Heidi, Byron, Alun, Isobel and a big congratulations to Thomas for achieving his Platinum Award.

Spelling Award - Well done to Neisha.

December 14th / Rhagfyr 14eg

Dear Parents,

The wintry weather arrived this week with a real chill in the air! Christmas is definitely on the way at Ysgol Gellifor as Tuesday saw the first of the festivities with our School Governors joining us for Christmas dinner. A wonderful meal was prepared by Auntie Selina for our school community! Preparations are gathering momentum for our Christmas concerts and the Christmas Church Service next week!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tywydd gaeafol wedi cyrraedd yr wythnos yma! Mae'r Nadolig ar y ffordd yn bendant yn Ysgol Gellifor - gwelwyd y cyntaf o'r dathliadau ddydd Mawrth gyda'n Llywodraethwyr Ysgol yn ymuno â ni ar gyfer cinio Nadolig. Cafodd pryd o fwyd hyfryd ei baratoi gan Anti Selina i dros gant o aelodau o gymuned yr ysgol! Mae paratoadau yn casglu momentwm ar gyfer ein cyngherddau Nadolig a'r Gwasanaeth Eglwys Nadolig wythnos nesaf!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Infants Visit Santa at Loggerheads - On Wednesday the children visited Santa's Grotto. They sang some Christmas songs with him and went on a woodland walk with his elf to find woodland treasures. The children watched Christmas trees being cut for decoration and they hunted for clues to find Santa through the forest and were very excited to find him. It was a delight to see the children so excited and thrilled by the experience even though it was a very cold winter's day.

Promoting Bilingualism - I am very pleased to inform you that, as part of our ongoing positive approach to bilingualism, Mrs Weyman has been accepted to attend a Welsh sabbatical for ten weeks during the spring term. This will not only enhance Mrs Weyman's ability to speak Welsh but will also benefit and encourage our pupils to become bilingual too. During her absence we are very lucky to have Mrs Karen Crooks join our team. Mrs Crooks has got to know Years 1 and 2 very well over the last few weeks and is looking forward to teaching them in the New Year. Mr Monteiro will be taking over Mrs Weyman's duties as Assistant Headteacher during her absence and I wish all three the best in this positive opportunity to further their professional development.

Dinner Money - Could you please send any outstanding dinner money and next week's dinner money on Monday morning so Auntie Shelley can balance the books for Denbighshire County Council.

Christmas Dinner - Auntie Selina did us proud on Tuesday with a fine Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.Our thanks to the kitchen staff for all their hard work.

Christmas Time - There's a festive atmosphere around the school as everyone is busy preparing for Christmas. On the last day of term the pupils may come to school in their party outfits ready for the PTA Christmas party in the afternoon.

Christmas Dates

14th Dec - Christmas Fayre 3.15pm

17th Dec - Pantomime

18th Dec - Infant Dress Rehearsal 2pm

               Infant Concert 6pm

19th Dec - Junior Dress Rehearsal 1.30pm

               Junior Concert 6.30pm

20th Dec - Christmas Service 2.15pm

               Capel Gellifor

21st Dec - PTA Christmas Party 1pm

Clubs - There will be no clubs after school next week due to the busy schedule.

Meithrin - I was very lucky on Wednesday morning to watch Meithrin perform their Christmas Nativity. They were all wonderful and sang beautifully.

PTA Christmas Fayre - I hope you will all be able to join us after school today for the PTA Christmas Fayre.

Pantomime - Just a reminder that pupils will be attending ‘Sleeping Beauty' Panto on Monday 17th December in Rhyl Pavilion Theatre. They will be travelling by coach or minibus and I anticipate a late finish. Could you please pick up your child at 4.30 p.m. from the school. After School Club will run as normal. Please send in any outstanding payment of £7 on Monday morning. Thank you.

P.T.A Christmas Raffle and Calendars - Please can I remind you to send in your raffle ticket stubs and payment as soon as possible as the raffle will be drawn on Thursday. More tickets are available from the school. Please return your pro forma and payment for calendars on Monday so that orders can be processed and sent home with your child by the end of term.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Lauren, Elspeth, Ben and Emma.

Spelling Award - Well done to Steffan, Jake, Maisie, Iestyn and Lucy.

Achievers - Congratulations to Katy and Maisie for swimming, Hattie, Amy, Maisie, Neisha, Elspeth and Heidi for gymnastics and to Anouska for Karate.

Positive Points - Well done to Cai, Matthew, Megan, Lauren, Steffan, Jake and Millie.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos -  Congratulations to Rab who was chosen from the box for successfully answering the question of the week. Well done to Edward for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is: ‘How high is Mount Snowdon in m or ft?'

December 7th / Rhagfyr 7fed

Dear Parents,

I know it is definitely the start of the Christmas period this week as I have received a letter from Santa! He has invited the Infants to see him and the elves next week at Loggerheads.

There has been a real buzz around the school this week as the children completed their TASC activities with great success.  Well done to everyone!

Annwyl Rieni,

Rwy'n gwybod yn bendant ei fod yn dechrau'r cyfnod y Nadolig yr wythnos hon gan fy mod wedi derbyn llythyr gan Siôn Corn! Mae wedi ein gwahodd ni i weld ef a'r corachod yr wythnos nesaf yn Loggerheads.

Roedd yna deimlad cyffrous o gwmpas yr ysgol yr wythnos hon wrth i'r plant gwblhau eu gweithgareddau TASC gyda llwyddiant mawr. Da iawn i bawb!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Gymnastics Christmas Show - Last night many of us were delighted by the talented members of the Gymnastics Club. Miss Tami has worked extremely hard on preparing the children for a wonderful display with a Christmas theme. We thank her very much for all her hard work. Well done everyone! Congratulations to all of the girls for achieving their bronze, silver or gold bench awards and to Anouska for gaining the medal for Most Improved Gymnast.

Lantern Parade - I'd like to thank you for your support last Friday at the Lantern Parade. There was a lovely Christmas atmosphere.

Change of Date - Our Christmas Service will now be held at Capel Gellifor on THURSDAY 20th DECEMBER at 2.15p.m. not Friday 21st as previously stated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Author Visit - Jack Trelawny - Jack Trelawny visited the Junior classes today giving them tips and strategies for creative writing. He talked to them about his series of Kernowland books, which some pupils purchased and had signed. Jack said he was very impressed with the questions that were posed to him and he hopes the children enjoy his stories.

TASC Week - All the children worked extremely hard on their TASC projects this week. Each class presented their Christmas games to everyone in Assembly this morning.

P.T.A News - The calendars are ready for printing and will be available for sale at the Christmas Fayre and on the Christmas Show nights.  The Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 14th December at 3.15 p.m.  Some of the children will be running stalls.  Father Christmas will be making a star appearance and many other game stalls and activities will be available on the night.   The P.T.A. would like donations of Christmas decorations, cakes and bottles for the tombola as well as bric a brac. There will be no Film Club or After School Club that night. Thank you.

Cwestiwn Yr Wythnos -  Congratulations to Hattie who was chosen from the box for successfully answering the question of the week. Well done to Gabriel and Amelia for being awarded Dewi Ddraig this week. This week's Cwestiwn yr Wythnos is: ‘When was the National Assembly for Wales established?'

Pantomime - On 17th December we will be going to the Pavillion Theatre to watch ‘Sleeping Beauty'.  We will be returning to school between 4.15 and 4.30 approximately.  Some children are yet to pay £7.00 so please send to school in the usual way as soon as possible.  Once again a big thank you to the P.T.A for subsidising the trip by paying the full cost of the coach. 

Christmas Dinner - Mrs Humphreys will be using her culinary skills and cooking a traditional Christmas Lunch next Tuesday 11th December for pupils, staff and Governors. 

Preparation for the Christmas Concerts! - The children are busy practising their lines for the Christmas Shows.  Please could you ensure your child brings in their costume in a clearly marked carrier bag or on a hanger by Wednesday 12th December.  Thank you.

Gellifor Community Carol Service - The Annual Community Carol Service will be held in Gellifor Chapel on 9th December at 6:00pm.  Please can those pupils taking part meet Mrs Weyman and myself in the Chapel at 5.50pm dressed in school uniform. Thank you.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for Show Jumping and to Charlotte and William for Gymnastics.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Joe, Amy, Owen and Harry.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Sian and Rab.

Spelling Awards - Well done to Imogen, Thomas, Megan, Rab, Katy, Louis, Mabel, Lucy, Isabella, Ben, Befan, Sam B, Sam T, Lilly, Deri, Liam and Eva.

November 30th / Tachwedd 30ain

Dear Parents,

With all the excitement that is growing in the preparation for the Christmas Festivities there is a real buzz around the school! Preparations are gathering momentum for our Christmas concerts and the pupils are all busy learning words for songs or practising their speaking parts. We are also looking forward to celebrating the start of the festive activities tonight in Ruthin, when Years 3 and 4 take part in a Lantern lit parade.

Annwyl Rieni,

Gyda'r holl gyffro sydd yn tyfu wrth baratoi ar gyfer y Dathliadau'r Nadolig mae yna deimlad braf yn yr ysgol!Mae paratoadau yn casglu momentwm ar gyfer ein cyngerddau Nadolig ac mae'r disgyblion i gyd yn brysur yn dysgu geiriau ar gyfer caneuon neu ymarfer eu rhannau siarad. Rydym hefyd yn edrych ymlaen at ddathlu cychwyn y gweithgareddau Nadolig heno yn Rhuthun, pan fydd disgyblion Bl. 3 and 4 yn cymryd rhan mewn gorymdaith lusernau.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Lantern Making - This evening sees the switch on of the Ruthin Christmas lights. To celebrate the start of the festive period, Years 3 and 4 will be taking part in a Lantern lit parade. Each child has made a lantern with Auntie Jill ready for the parade.

The details are as follows;

Assemble at Ruthin Gaol 5.30pm

Procession to the top of town begins 5.45pm

Activities begin 6pm

Activities end 6.40pm

Roads in the area will be closed between 5.30pm and 7pm for safety but the usual car parks will be open.  There will also be a Christmas market and Santa's Grotto between 4.30pm and 8pm.

Mr Monteiro's Class - Mr Monteiro's class have been busy selecting educational apps and downloading and synching them onto our new iPads.

Gellifor Community Events - This Sunday there is a special Celtic Eucharist in Llangynhafal Church at 11:00am, everyone welcome. The Annual Community Carol Service will be held in Gellifor Chapel on 9th December at 6:00pm.   

Author Visit - Jack Trelawny - Years 3 - 6 will be meeting the author, Jack Trelawny who will be visiting the school on December 7th. Please find attached a leaflet explaining about the visit and about opportunities for book signing.

Nursery - Our Nursery pupils have been working on the story of Sleeping Beauty and have been busy using printing techniques to make the castle.

Road Safety Competition - Our Road Safety officers, Adam and Megan have been busy organising two Road Safety competitions. The Infants have a Lollipop Lady colouring competition and the Juniors have been asked to design a poster on the theme:Be Safe, Be Seen / Bydd Ddiogel, Bydd Weledol.

Can Sing - The children in Years 5 and 6 travelled to Ysgol Brynhyfryd to take part in a ‘Can Sing' activity with Mrs Jones. They were also treated to a performance of the Brynhyfryd Jazz Band.

Infant Rehearsals - Christmas concert rehearsals are well under way. The Infants are practising Born in a Barn and they are busy learning their lines.

Urdd Swimming Gala - Our swimmers performed extremely well in the Urdd Swimming Gala last week. It is a highly competitive competition and, although we had many winners in the races, only the fastest in each competition go through to the National which will be held in Cardiff.  Well done to all who competed and congratulations to Steffan who will be representing Denbighshire taking part in the National Finals at the beginning of the New Year. 

December Reminders

 6th Dec - Gymnastics Display 5.30pm

 7th Dec - Author Visit

 9th Dec - Community Carol Service

11th Dec - Christmas Dinner (£1.90)

12th Dec - Infants Loggerheads Trip (£4.50)

14th Dec - Christmas Fayre 3.15pm

17th Dec - Pantomime (£7.00)

18th Dec - Infant Dress Rehearsal 2pm

                Infant Concert 6pm

19th Dec - Junior Dress Rehearsal 1.30pm

               Junior Concert 6.30pm

21st Dec - Christmas Service 9.15am

21st Dec - PTA Christmas Party 1pm

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for show jumping and to Matthew for his performances in Scrooge.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Georgina, Bella, Lucy, Isabella and Connie.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Imogen, Freya, Josh, Eileigh, Amy, Ceiran, Iestyn, James and Heidi.

Spelling Award - Well done to William.

November 23rd / Tachwedd 23ain

Dear Parents,

It has been yet another busy week here at Ysgol Gellifor with field and sporting activities such as the Urdd Swimming Gala and a Football Tournament. With all the excitement that is growing in the preparation for the Christmas Festivities there is a real buzz around the school! 

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos  brysur iawn yma yn Ysgol Gellifor, gyda'r maes chwaraeon a gweithgareddau fel y Gala Nofio'r Urdd a'r Twrnament Pel Droed. Gyda'r holl gyffro sydd yn tyfu wrth baratoi ar gyfer y Dathliadau'r Nadolig mae yna deimlad braf yn yr ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Swimming Gala - Mrs Brookes-Jones was very proud of the Swimming Team who competed at the Urdd Swimming Gala on Tuesday. The pupils swam extremely well and we are awaiting the results from the Urdd to see if anyone has reached the final.

Ruthin Lantern Parade - Next Friday sees the switch on of the Ruthin Christmas lights. To celebrate the start of the festive period, Years 3 and 4 will be taking part in a Lantern lit parade on Friday, 30th November. Each child will be making a lantern for the parade in school on Monday.  It should be a really festive evening getting us all in the right spirit for the following weeks.  The details are as follows;

Assemble at Ruthin Gaol 5.30pm

Procession to the top of town begins 5.45pm

Activities begin 6pm

Activities end 6.40pm

Roads in the area will be closed between 5.30pm and 7pm for safety but the usual car parks will be open.  There will also be a Christmas market and Santa's Grotto between 4.30pm and 8pm.

Football Tournament - Congratulations to the football team who were the runners up in the Rural Football Tournament held in Rhewl on Tuesday afternoon. It was organised by Wrexham Football Coach, Matthew Jones.

PTA - Christmas Fair to be held on the 14th December at 3.15pm - As you can appreciate it's a very busy time for the PTA at the moment during the run up to Christmas. The Committee are asking for your help and support by bringing in to school any of the following items...

•·         Donations for the Christmas raffle.

•·         Donation for the Bric a Brac stall.

•·         Donations of bottles (anything from bubble bath to bottles of wine) for the Tombola.

Please see a member of the PTA if you are available to help out on the night.

Roman Amphitheatres - Dosbarth 2 have been busy with Auntie Jill working on their Roman theme by producing hand made Roman Amphitheatres.  After looking at the life of a Gladiator the children were able to create their own performances of ‘Gladiator versus Lion' in front of their hand drawn crowds.

Music Club - Mrs Jones and Mr Temple were very pleased with how well the pupils have worked together to perform some new concert pieces during Music Club.

Reception Class -  The Reception class were busy counting pigs in the messy play gloop activity to enhance their number skills.

Pantomime - On Monday, December 17th, the children from Reception up to Year 6 will be visiting the Rhyl Pavilion to see ‘Sleeping Beauty,' Pantomime.  The cost of the trip is £7 which includes an ice lolly in the interval.  We are hoping that the travelling costs will, once again, be subsidised by the P.T.A to keep the costs affordable.  Please send in payments in a clearly marked envelope labelled ‘Pantomime'.  Thank you.

Infant Trip to Loggerheads - Reception, Years 1 and 2 will be travelling to Loggerheads on Wednesday 12th December.  It will be a chance for them to meet Father Christmas himself and take part in Forest school Christmas activities.  We would be grateful for a donation of £4.50 per child and please send it to school in a clearly marked envelope.

Author Visit - Jack Trelawny - Years 5 and 6 will be meeting the author, Jack Trelawny who will be visiting the school on December 7th.

Christmas Dinner - On Tuesday 11th December the children, staff and Governors will be enjoying Christmas dinner at Ysgol Gellifor.  Please ensure that if your child is staying for dinner on this day but does not usually have lunch on a Tuesday, that you send payment of £1.90 in a clearly marked envelope in the black box next Monday morning so that Aunty Selina can order the correct size of Turkey.  Thank you.

Achievers - Well done to Steffan and Freya for swimming and to Lauren and Amy for achieving Brownie badges

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Byron, Rab, Katy and Tilly.

Positive Points - Well done to Thomas, Georgina and Jamie.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Freya, Georgina and Olivia.

November 16th / Tachwedd 16eg

Dear Parents,

We had a very successful evening at the Llandyrnog Eisteddfod, with excellentresults. The children looked very smart in their uniforms, adorned with a poppy. The confidence shown by all the pupils was something to be applauded and it was fantastic to see such a range of children, from Reception to Year 6, standing on that stage in front of a large audience and doing so well. The playground was awash with colour this morning with the pupils and staff dressed in spotty clothes for ‘Children in Need'. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this fantastic fundraiser!

Annwyl Rieni,

Fe gawson ni noson lwyddiannus iawn yn Eisteddfod Llandyrnog, gyda chanlyniadau bendigedig a'r plant yn edrych yn smart iawn yn eu gwisg ysgol ac yn gwisgo pabi. Roedd yr hyder a ddangoswyd gan y holl ddisgyblion yn rhywbeth i'w gymeradwyo ac roedd yn wych gweld cymaint o blant, o'r Dosbarth Derbyn I Flwyddyn 6, yn sefyll ar y llwyfan o flaen cynulleidfa fawr ac yn gwneud mor dda. Roedd yna fôr o liw ar iard yr ysgol y bore ‘ma, gyda'r plant a'r staff yn gwisgo dillad smotiog ar gyfer ‘Plant Mewn Angen'. Diolch i bawb am helpu i godi arian!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Llandyrnog Results

Individual Recitation Yr 2 and under:

1st Isabella Stone

2nd Manon Boas

3rd Spencer Jones

4th Olivia Keefe and Mabel McGregor

Individual Recitation Yr 3 and 4

1st Amy Weyman

2nd Isobel Rogerson

3rd Rufus Lloyd

Individual Recitation Yr 6 and Under

3rd Millie Collins

Writing Yr 6 and Under

1st Imogen Ramasseur Marsden

3rd Matthew Hill and Freya Jones

Art Yr 3 and 4

2nd Seren Burkey

3rd Maisie Evans, Iestyn Gadd and Hattie Croft

Graphics Yr 2 and under

2nd Deri Hughes

3rd Ben Harrison

Graphics Year 6 and Under

2nd Millie Collins

Congratulations to all who took part in the Llandyrnog Eisteddfod. Mrs Weyman and I were very proud of them all on Friday night.

Operation Christmas Child - Thank you to all those pupils who created a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child.

P.T.A - There will be a meeting for the P.T.A this Monday to organise the Christmas Fundraisers and activities for the children. It will be held in the Kinmel Arms and will begin at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome at this extremely busy time.

Children in Need - We all thought we were feeling unwell today as we were seeing spots before our eyes. Well done to everyone for raising a massive £214.25 and to the School Council for all their hard work with the competitions.

Children in Need Competition Winners - Well done to the four pupils who won the two competitions organised by the School Council. The Infants designed a Pudsey Mask and the Juniors designed a paper aeroplane to carry a paper Pudsey across the playground!

Wizarding Activities in Class Two - Mrs Brookes-Jones' class were extremely busy making potions this week by measuring in millilitres. They were given a task to make different potions using a number of different quantities.

Pantomime! - On Monday December 17th, the children from Reception up to Year 6 will be visiting the Rhyl Pavilion to see ‘Sleeping Beauty,' Pantomime. The cost of the trip is £7 which includes an ice lolly in the interval. We are hoping that the travelling costs will, once again, be subsidised by the P.T.A to keep the costs affordable. Please send in payments in a clearly marked envelope labelled ‘Pantomime'. Thank you.

Christmas Dinner - On Tuesday 11th December the children, staff and Governors will be enjoying Christmas dinner at Ysgol Gellifor. Please ensure that if your child is staying for dinner on this day but does not usually have lunch on a Tuesday, that you send payment of £1.90 in a clearly marked envelope in the black box next Monday morning so that Aunty Selina can order the correct size of Turkey. Thank you.

Gymnastic Christmas Show - The children are extremely busy in gymnastics at present practising for their Christmas Show. There is a slight change to the date of the event which will now be performed at 6pm on 6th December in Llangynhafal Community Hall.

Our New iPads Have Arrived! - A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to our sponsored walk in October. We managed to raise an amazing £1112.70!!! towards the purchase of our new iPads! They will be a fantastic asset to our pupils.

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for pony jumping and to Eva for winning Dewi Ddraig this week.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Lauren, Megan, Maisie, Anna and Solomon.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Adam, Rufus, Tam, William, Anouska and Liam.

Recorder Group Play in Assembly - Mrs Jones's Recorder group played beautifully in Assembly this morning!

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Rufus, Heidi, Neisha, Ceiran, Elspeth, Alia, Seren, Hattie and Maisie.

November 9th / Tachwedd 9fed

Dear Parents,

Thank you for supporting the PTA Bonfire last Friday night. It was a very successful event and I'm sure those of you who did attend enjoyed the fireworks.  Many people, too numerous to name, worked extremely hard to make sure the event was a success and I'd like to offer thanks to the members of the PTA for organising and manning the stalls, to the Kinmel Arms for hosting the event and special thanks to David Weyman, Paul Evans, Andy Marsden, and John Palin for their efforts in setting up and also for their work with the fireworks.

Annwyl Rieni,

Diolch am gefnogi'r Noson Tân Gwyllt neithiwr - digwyddiad llwyddiannus arall ac roedd yn olygfa oedd yn werth ei gweld. Cyfrannodd llawer o bobl at y llwyddiant a hoffwn ddiolch yn arbennig i aelodau'r pwyllgor am y stondinau, i'r Kinmel Arms, ac i David Weyman, Paul Evans, Andy Marsden and John Palin am eu gwaith trefnu a'r gwaith hefo'r tân gwyllt.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Children in Need - On Friday 16th November the children will be taking part in fundraising for Children in Need.  As Pudsey is extremely spotty we are asking that the children wear as many spots as they can for a donation of £1.  We are also asking for donations of spotty cakes to sell at breaktime to enhance the contribution to this worthy cause.  Our School Council has organised a Junior and Infant competition. Each competition template can be collected from a member of the School Council for 50p. The Infants are being asked to decorate a Pudsey mask and the Juniors to design and make a paper aeroplane to carry a paper Pudsey across the playground.

P.T.A Bonfire Thanks! - The night was a huge success and went off with a bang! The fireworks were sensational and a massive £1067 was raised by the P.T.A. A massive thank you to everyone involved!

Llandyrnog Eisteddfod - Good Luck! - Good luck to all the children competing tonight.  The Eisteddfod starts at 5pm and we would be grateful if the pupils taking part could arrive at the foyer at Llandyrnog Village Hall by 4.50pm in school uniform.

Netballers and Footballers all Change! - As we are having a new music club on Tuesday evenings netball and football practice will be held on a Thursday evening starting from next week from 3.15pm - 4pm.

Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan Purse - Please see the leaflet sent home with this newsletter and if you'd like to take part please bring your filled boxes to school by Friday 16th November.  Thank You!

New! Music Club starts next Tuesday 3.15pm - 4.30pm - It is open to any instrumentalist in the Juniors please let Mrs Jones know if you are interested before Tuesday.  Recorders, brass, wind and guitars are welcome with refreshments costing 50p a week.

The Mystery of the Missing Trousers! -  It has always mystified me the way boys can go into a room to get changed and never come out with the right clothes.  Well this is the case of the strange disappearance of a pair of trousers which disappeared following a football training session before half term.  Please could you all look for them as they have ‘Tommy' written in them and Mrs Williams would be grateful for your help.

Foundation Phase Fireworks - Reception have been busy collecting data about fireworks by counting the different colours they made.  Then they made a graph using pegs and a peg board. Clever children!

Bonfire Pictures - There was definitely a theme of colour and light in the Early Years classroom this week as Mrs Weyman's class discovered all about light and colour and created their own bonfire night!  

Fairtrade Presentation - On Tuesday Mr Monteiro's class were visited by pupils from Ysgol Brynhyfryd's Sixth Form for an interactive presentation on Fair Trade.  The pupils discussed the distribution of wealth for farmers in other countries and they completed different activities in and out of the classroom all to address issues of Fair Trade.

Infant Trip to Loggerheads  - Yes it's that time of year again when I am going to mention the C word in November. Reception, Year One and Two will be travelling to Loggerheads on Wednesday 12th December.  It will be a chance for them to meet Father Christmas himself and take part in Forest school Christmas activities.  We would be grateful for a donation of £4.50 per child and please send it to school in a clearly marked envelope.

Women's Refuge Collection - If anyone has any unwanted new/nearly new clothes and toiletries for the Women's Refuge and, blankets and warm clothing for the Night Shelter in Rhyl, please bring them to the Community Centre, Gellifor on 17th November from 9:30am to 12 noon.  A representative from the Community Council will pass the items on to where they will be very much appreciated!

Scholastic Book Club - The Scholastic Brochure has been sent home with this newsletter.  If you wish to place an order please send the completed order form and full payment to school by Friday 16th November. This will be the last order before Christmas and if it's for your own children please ensure you state this on the order so that Aunty Shelley can be discreet.  Thank you.

Achievers - Well done to Elspeth, Emma and Eva for gymnastics, to Amy, Connie and Lauren for Tri Sports, to Eileigh for swimming, to Hattie for sponsoring a tiger and to Nicholas and Maisie for taking part in the Spooktacular Event.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Jamie, James, Rufus, Steffan and Megan.

Positive Points - Well done to Charlotte, Heidi, Nicholas, Bradley, Byron, Alun and Georg.

October 25th / Hydref 25ain

Dear Parents,

Many of you joined us for our Harvest Festival yesterday and I would like to thank the children for performing so well. Thank you for all your kind contributions for Denbigh Food Bank.

I would also like to thank you all for attending Parents' Evening this week, I feel it is a valuable opportunity to discuss your child's progress. The children are excited at the prospect of our Halloween Disco this evening and I'm sure lots of fun will be had by all! I wish you all an enjoyable half term break and I look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 5th November.

Annwyl Rieni,

Daeth llawer ohonoch i'r Wyl Ddiolchgarwch ddoe a hoffwn ddiolch i'r plant am berfformio cystal. Diolch am eich cyfraniadau caredig at Denbigh Food Bank.

Diolch i bawb hefyd am ddod i'r Noson Rhieni yr wythnos hon - roedd yn gyfle da i drafod datblygiad eich plentyn. Mae'r plant yn edrych ymlaen at ein Disgo Calan Gaeaf heno ac rwy'n sicr y caiff pawb hwyl! Gobeithio y byddwch yn mwynhau'r hanner tymor ac edrychaf ymlaen i groesawu'r plant yn ôl ddydd Llun yr 5ed o Tachwedd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Halloween Disco - Don't forget tonight is the Halloween disco from 6pm until 7.30pm so come dressed in your best witches, ghoul or zombie costumes. Entrance fee is £1 and remember your pumpkins for the competition. Hot dogs, sweets, cakes and refreshments will be available to tantalise the most ghoulish palette. So come along for a spooky night of fun!

Harvest Festival -  Well done to all the children for working hard with their Harvest pieces this year. Thank you to those who joined us for our Harvest  service at Capel Gellifor.

P.T.A.  Bonfire Night - Please come along and support the PTA for the Bonfire Night celebrations at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog on Friday 2nd  November at 6pm with fireworks from 6.30pm.  Entrance on the night will be £2 for an adult and £1 for a child.

Llandyrnog Eisteddfod - The children have been very busy preparing for Llandyrnog Eisteddfod on Friday 9th November at 5pm. They have been practising recitation and have produced excellent art and ICT work. The organisers have brought the learners competition forward to the start of the evening with results being given straight away.

Criw Celf - Art Masterclass - Millie is one of only four Year 6 pupils in Denbighshire this year to be chosen to join  Criw Celf. They had their first masterclass of the academic year last Saturday, with Michael Brennand-Wood at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Fun at the Jambori with Martyn Geraint! - On Tuesday Years 1 and 2 had a great

afternoon at Ysgol Brynhyfryd singing Welsh songs at the Jambori with Martyn Geraint!

Activities for Reception - Mrs Jones has set up a wonderful resource for the Reception Class to use during the holiday time and weekends to practise their skills across the curriculum.Feel free to access the interactive activities at tesiboard.

www.iboard.co.uk/teacher/gelliformrsj

Dates for your Diary

25/10/12 - Break up for half-term

26/10/12 - Staff Training Day

5/11/12 - School re-opens

17/12/12 - Pantomime

18/12/12 - Infant Christmas Concert

19/12/12 - Junior Christmas Concert

21/12/10 - Break up for Christmas

Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge - Congratulations to the impressive number of pupils who completed the Story Lab Reading Challenge at the Library over the summer holidays. They received their medals on Tuesday and were highly praised for their excellent participation in the challenge this year.

Urdd Football /Netball Festival - Mr Monteiro and Mrs Brookes Jones were very proud of our football and netball teams who gave a fantastic performance in their group against the big schools. Well done!

Achievers - Well done to Henny for achieving the most Welsh stickers. 

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Nicholas, Eileigh, Spencer and Amelia.

Positive Points - Well done to Joe, Matthew, Millie, Nathan, Maisie, Isabella, Keri, Seren, Elspeth and Olivia.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Joe, Adam, Amy, Neisha and and Liam.

October 19th / Hydref 19eg

Dear Parents,

There's a definite autumnal feel this week as we approach the half term break. Everyone has been busy in school with Years 1 and 2 off to the Jambori next week and pupils busy preparing for our Harvest Festival. I hope as many of you as possible will join us on Wednesday October 24th, at Capel Gellifor. The service will begin at 9.15am. We are asking for pupils to bring in donations for ‘Denbigh Food Bank'.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r Hydref wedi cyrraedd - y mis a'r tymor! Mae pawb wedi bod yn brysur yn yr ysgol gyda Bl. 1 a 2 i ffwrdd i'r Jambori wythnos nesaf ac mae'r disgyblion yn brysur yn paratoi at yr Wyl Ddiolchgarwch. Rwy'n gobeithio y bydd nifer ohonoch yn ymuno â ni ar ddydd Mercher 24 Hydref, yn Capel Gellifor. Bydd y gwasanaeth yn dechrau am 9:15. Rydym yn gofyn i ddisgyblion ddod â rhoddion ar gyfer ‘Denbigh Food Bank'

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Harvest Celebrations - We are requesting food donations of tins and packets for Harvest this year to support the ‘Denbigh Food Bank'. Everything must be in tins / packets with a long sell by date (no fresh food). Please can we ask that any donations are brought to school from Monday morning to Wednesday morning. Thank you!

Nursery Harvest Wreaths - The Nursery have been making Harvest wreaths and learning about autumn colours with Miss Adie and Auntie Fran.

Halloween Disco - On Thursday 25th October our Halloween disco will take place in the Community Hall between 6pm and 7.30pm. Please feel free to dress up for the occasion. We are sending home paper plates for each child to illustrate in a Halloween theme in any way they desire for a competition. Entry to this competition is 50p, please can they be returned to school with their name clearly marked on the back by Thursday. There will be games and activities to take part in and don't forget to bring your pumpkins along to be judged. The P.T.A would be very grateful for any donations of cakes which can be brought into school at the end of the day for Meithrin's Cake stall. Admission will be £1.

P.T.A. Bonfire Night - The PTA have been busy organising this year's Bonfire Night Display, which will be held at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog on Friday 2nd November at 6pm with fireworks from 6.30pm. A Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children) is available to purchase for £5 at school. Entrance on the night will be £2 for an adult and £1 for a child. Mr Monteiro's Class - Mr Monteiro's class have been making the finishing touches to the mountain boots that they have been making during their Design and Technology lessons. Pupils have been identifying the features of hiking boots and then applying some these features to their own designs.

The Wish Campaign Cylch Meithrin Gellifor - Cylch Meithrin Gellifor have been accepted to collect tokens for the WISH Campaign 2012 in the Daily Post. Tokens are printed every day until 19th November, Please please collect all you can. The more tokens we get the more money we have donated. Tokens can be dropped off at the hall to Auntie Nerys any morning or pop them in the post box in school in a clearly labelled envelope to Meithrin WISH. Thank you for your support.

Mrs Weyman's Class - Ben brought in a snake skin this week so Years 1 and 2 have been busy learning about snakes and creating their own.

Urdd Football/Netball Tournament - On Saturday 20th October there will be a football and netball tournament at Ysgol Fron Goch/Twm o'r Nant. Please ensure all children competing arrive by 8.45a.m. and meet Mrs Brookes-Jones and Mr Monteiro on the netball courts. Please ensure your child has full kit, trainers or football boots, shin pads (boys only), water bottle and a water proof coat.

PNC Conference - Mrs Weyman and I were asked to present at the Primary National Cymru Conference in South Wales on Wednesday on Planning for Challenge in Numeracy. We represented Denbighshire and it was wonderful to talk about our fantastic pupils and share the excellent practice at Ysgol Gellifor.

Jambori - The children in Years 1&2 will be going to Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Tuesday 23rd October to take part in the Urdd Jambori. The pupils have been making hats ready for the event and learning lots of new songs.

Parents' Evening -  We will be holding a Parents' evening on Monday 22nd and Tue 23rd October for you to meet with your child's teacher to discuss how they have settled into the new school year. Please find attached confirmation of the day and time you requested.

Achievers - Well done to Sian for adopting a Panda, Thomas, Rufus and Elspeth for rugby, Heidi for show jumping and to Ben for achieving the most Welsh stickers.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Freya, Anouska, Olivia and Oliver.

Positive Points - Well done to Thomas, Imogen, Megan, Lauren, Jake, Steffan, James, Georgina, William S, Amy and Neisha.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Millie, Matthew, Rab and Iestyn.

October 12th / Hydref 12eg

Dear Parents,

It's been a busy week at school with everyone preparing for Harvest. You can see from the newsletter lots of activities the pupils have been working on in classes this week. A big thank you to all those who joined us for the P.T.A. meeting on Wednesday evening! It was a great success!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol gyda phawb yn paratoi ar gyfer y Cynhaeaf. Gallwch weld o'r cylchlythyr lawer o'r gweithgareddau mae'r disgyblion wedi bod yn gweithio arnyn nhw yn y dosbarthiadau yr wythnos hon. Diolch yn fawr i bawb a ymunodd â ni ar gyfer cyfarfod y Gymdeithas Rhieni ac Athrawon nos Fercher! Roedd yn llwyddiant mawr!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Family Learning Session - It was lovely to see so many parents joining Mrs Weyman and Mrs Brookes-Jones for the family learning session.  The parents played learning games and were given suggestions on how to help their child at home in literacy.

Nursery - The Nursery pupils have been busy making bird feeders with Miss Adie and Auntie Fran.

P.T.A. - A Great Turn Out! - The P.T.A. meeting at the Kinmel Arms was very well attended on Wednesday. It was lovely to see so many new faces and people willing to commit themselves to such a worthy cause. Thank you!

P.T.A. Calendars - In preparation for photographing your children for the calendar we are requesting that you provide an item representing the month of their birthday, e.g. a Christmas hat for December, a tennis racket for June or a daffodil for March. The more fun the better so we welcome lots of creative ideas to help us make a really exciting calendar this year. Please put any items in a labelled carrier bag and send into school by next Friday.

Halloween Disco - On Thursday 25th October our Halloween disco will take place in the Community Hall. Please feel free to dress up for the occasion. There will be games and activities to take part in and don't forget to bring your pumpkins along to be judged. The P.T.A would be very grateful for any donations of cakes which can be brought into school at the end of the day for Meithrin's Cake stall. Admission on the night will be £1.

P.T.A.  Bonfire Night - The PTA have been busy organising this year's Bonfire Night Display, which will be held at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog on Friday 2nd  November at 6pm with fireworks from 6.30pm.  A Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children) will be available to purchase for £5 at school from Monday. Please complete the attached pro forma and return to school in a clearly marked envelope ‘PTA Bonfire Tickets'. Entrance on the night will be £2 for an adult and £1 for a child.

Mrs Brookes Jones' Class - The pupils in Class 2 have been busy studying mountain ranges. During their investigations they have been looking at the major mountain ranges around the world and their tallest mountain. Each group focused on one continent and have created their own fantastic 3D mountain range, showing valleys, ridges and glaciers.

Mrs Jones' Class - For the last two weeks the Reception class have been creating Autumn themed craft work on leaves with Miss Elen.  They have been painting trees, printing leaf patterns and making leaf rubbings with crayons.

Mrs Weyman's Class - Years 1 and 2 are learning all about animals this term so they have been very busy making animal masks in their creative lessons.

Mr Monteiro's Class - Pupils in Mr Monteiro's class spent their humanities lesson this week, working in pairs, researching animals that live in mountain habitats. They shared their findings with the rest of the class and created ‘Our Big Book of Mountain Animals'. Remember to look out for it at Parents' Evening!

Jambori - The children in Years 1&2 will be going to Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Tuesday 23rd October to take part in the Urdd Jambori.

Urdd Football/Netball Tournament - On Saturday 20th October there will be a football and netball tournament at Ysgol Frongoch. All children taking part will need to be a member of the Urdd. The teams will be confirmed next week and kit given out to the children taking part.

Harvest Festival - On Wednesday October 24th, we will celebrate Harvest at Capel Gellifor. This service will begin at 9.15am and parents, relatives and the local community are once again invited to attend.

Achievers - Congratulations to Charlotte and Lauren for gymnastics, to Connie for swimming and to Deri for achieving the most Welsh stickers this week.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Byron, Nathan, Manon and Aled.

Positive Points - Well done to Freya, Alia, Hattie, Heidi and Ceiran.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Jake, Steffan and William for achieving their Bronze Spelling Award.

October 5th / Hydref 5ed

Dear Parents,

There's been a definite autumnal feel this week as we enter into October.

What a great day for our sponsored walk, Monday turned out to be! The Juniors had a fantastic time up Moel Famau and the Infants enjoyed a morning walk along Fairy Glen. A big thank you to Mrs Jones for planning the routes.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r Hydref wedi cyrraedd - y mis a'r tymor!

Cawsom ddiwrnod gwych ar gyfer ein taith noddedig ddyd Llun, gyda'r plant iau yn mwynhau Moel Famau a'r babanod yn cerdded ar hyd y ‘Fairy Glen'. Diolch yn fawr iawn i Mrs Jones am lunio'r teithiau.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Gellifor PTA - The PTA will be holding a meeting at the Kinmel Arms on Wednesday 10th October at 7pm to discuss this year's Halloween Disco and Bonfire. New parents and familiar faces will be welcomed with open arms.  So please come along and support us! I am pleased to inform you that we now have a Treasurer to join our new committee. Below is the new elected committee for this year:

Chair: Melanie Roberts (Neisha's Mum Yr3)

Secretary: Ellie Harper (William and Daisy's Mum Yr3 and Nursery)

Treasurer: Tina Hewett (Katy's Mum Yr1)

Halloween Disco - On Thursday 25th October our Halloween disco will take place in the Community Hall. Please feel free to dress up for the occasion. There will be games and activities to take part in and don't forget to bring your pumpkins along to be judged. The P.T.A would be very grateful for any donations of cakes which can be brought into school at the end of the day. Admission on the night will be £1 per child.

P.T.A Bonfire Night - Arrangements for Bonfire Night are well under way! The PTA have been busy organising this year's Bonfire Night Display, which will be held at the Kinmel Arms, Llandyrnog on Friday 2nd  November.

Parents' Evening - We will be holding a Parents' evening on Mon 22nd and Tue 23rd  October for you to meet with your child's teacher to discuss how they have settled into the new school year. There will be an opportunity to view school work and discuss targets.

Harvest - On Wednesday October 24th, we will celebrate Harvest at Capel Gellifor. This service will begin at 9.15am and parents, relatives and the local community are once again invited to attend.

Family Learning Session - Mrs Weyman and Mrs Brookes-Jones will be holding a family learning session for children in Years One and Two.  Parents of these year groups are invited to a session which focuses on helping your child with literacy and numeracy at home.  Everyone is welcome from Mums and Dads to Grandparents.  So come along and learn some tips to support our learning community.

Recorder Boppers - It was a fantastic start to our new beginner recorder group. Nineteen children from Year 1 up took part in their first recorder session during Thursday lunchtime.  They have already learnt the notes A and C and played along to ‘Get Rapping'. Well done to all of you and thank you to Mrs Jones' helpers Georgina, Hattie, Heidi and Maisie.

Football Festival -  Weather permitting, the first football festival will be held next Thursday afternoon at Ysgol Frongoch.  The squad is yet to be picked, but Mr Monteiro will confirm names early next week.

Cylch Meithrin Gellifor - Cylch Meithrin Gellifor have been accepted to collect tokens for the WISH Campaign 2012 in the Daily Post. Tokens are printed every day until 19th November, Please please collect all you can. The more tokens we get the more money we have donated. Tokens can be dropped off at the hall to Auntie Nerys any morning or pop them in the post box in school in a clearly labelled envelope to Meithrin WISH. Thank you for your support.

Sponsored Walk - After such a fantastic Sponsored Techno Walk on Monday we are anticipating lots of pennies towards the purchase of IT equipment for our school.

Thank you to all those who have already brought their sponsor money in. Support so far has been wonderful.

Achievers - Congratulations to Deri and James for swimming, to Olivia for adopting a Snow Leopard at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, to Nicholas for performing at Rhyl Pavilion and  to Anna and Mabel for achieving the most Welsh stickers this week.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Georgina, Heidi, Ben and Rafael.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Adam and Thomas for achieving their Bronze Award.

September 28th / Medi 28ain

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine. It has also been a week of elections with all our School Councillors being elected.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd wedi hen ddechrau erbyn hyn ac mae'r plant yn bwrw iddi o ddifri gyda'r drefn newydd. Mae hefyd wedi bod yn wythnos etholiadau wrth i holl aelodau cyngor yr ysgol gael eu dewis.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Breakfast Club - Help Please! -  Due to the popularity of our Breakfast Club we are seeking another new member of staff to help Auntie Tracey and Auntie Sara each morning. This Welsh Assembly Government Initiative is a great asset for the pupils and many of you make use of this facility. We would be very grateful for someone to come forward to take on this funded job between 8am and 9am each day. Please contact me at the school for more information.

School Elections! - Our school council representatives have been elected for this academic year. They will play an important role in voicing the opinions of their peers about various initiatives to drive the school forward.

School Council - Our new School Councillors are Bradley, Megan, Cai, Lauren, Iestyn, Amy, Ceiran and Neisha

ECO Committee - Our ECO Committee members are Matthew, Millie, Byron, Heidi, Byron D.J, Charlotte, William and Maisie.

Healthy School Committee - Our Healthy School Committee members are Nicholas, Freya, Tam, Heidi, Jake, Isobel, William and Hattie.

Road Safety Officers - Adam and Megan have been elected as our Junior Road Safety Officers.

Recorder Roadshow - Hattie, Maisie, Heidi and Georgina took part in the Aspire & Inspire Piers Adams Recorder Roadshow on Thursday at St. Asaph Cathedral. They attended a workshop with other schools, including Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Wednesday afternoon and learnt all about the different recorders and the harpsichord. Mrs Jones was very proud of them all!

Recorder Boppers - For beginners from Year 1 recorder lessons start next Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm. Please let Mrs Jones know if your child is interested.

Welcome to our New Cook - A warm welcome to Selina Humphreys who has been appointed our new school cook.

Recorder Roadshow - Hattie, Maisie, Heidi and Georgina took part in the Aspire & Inspire Piers Adams Recorder Roadshow on Thursday at St. Asaph Cathedral. They attended a workshop with other schools, including Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Wednesday afternoon and learnt all about the different recorders and the harpsichord. Mrs Jones was very proud of them all!

Recorder Boppers - For beginners from Year 1 recorder lessons start next Thursday lunchtime at 12.30pm. Please let Mrs Jones know if your child is interested.

A Warm Welcome! - A warm welcome to two new pupils this week, Jamie (Year 6) and Isobel (Year 4).

 ‘Techno' Sponsored Walk - Hopefully the ‘Techno' sponsored walk will take place on Monday. The weather forecast is for nice dry weather tomorrow but possibly turning wet on Sunday. Therefore, we will not be able to assess the conditions until Monday morning, so please send your children to school prepared for the walk.

Infants - Warm clothes, waterproof coat and wellies in a bag. Infants will be back in school in time for lunch.

Juniors - Warm clothes, waterproof coat and sturdy footwear (change of footwear for when we return). They will also require a packed lunch and drink as we will not be returning in time for lunch.

Urdd Membership 2011-12 - I would like to encourage all pupils to join the Urdd movement this year. I hope the pupils have the enthusiasm to join once again, so that they can enter the art, music, sports and other contests that occur throughout the year. Last year a number of children competed in numerous competitions such as the local and National Eisteddfods, football, netball and swimming. This year, membership will cost £6.00 per child (if payment is received before October 26th) or £16.50 for a family with 3 or more children. After this date, membership will cost £6.50 per child. Please send this money in to school in the envelope sent out last week, cheques payable to Ysgol Gellifor. Diolch.

Minibus Contributions (Reception to Year 6) - Just a reminder that minibus contributions of £15 for a single child or £12.50 for more than one child are payable as soon as possible. Please note that Nursery pupils are not required to make a contribution.

Home School Agreement and Internet Forms - Please forward these forms to school as soon as possible if you haven't already done so. Thank you.

Harvest Service - Our Harvest Service will be held on Wednesday 24th October at 9.15am. Details to follow.

Orienteering Festival Postponed! - Unfortunately the Orienteering Festival for Years 5&6 had to be cancelled this week due to the weather. Hopefully we will be informed of the new date shortly.

Gymnastics Club - There are two spaces available at Gym Club, which is held after school on Fridays for pupils who are in Years 1 to 6. If you are interested, please contact Miss Tami at the school for further details.

Achievers - Well done to Heidi for show jumping.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Alun, Isobel, Lewis and Seren.

September 21st / Medi 21ain

Dear Parents,

Another busy week has flown by at Ysgol Gellifor! It's so encouraging every day to see everyone so busy and enjoying all the exciting activities and lessons!

The support of parents and the wider community is really important to Ysgol Gellifor and I'd like to offer thanks to the members of the PTA committee for all their hard work last year!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wythnos brysur arall wedi hedfan heibio yn Ysgol Gellifor! Mae mor galonogol bob dydd i weld pawb mor brysur ac yn mwynhau'r holl weithgareddau a gwersi cyffrous!

Mae cefnogaeth rhieni a'r gymuned ehangach yn bwysig iawn i Ysgol Gellifor a hoffwn ddiolch yn arbennig i aelodau'r PTA am eu gwaith caled flwyddyn ddiwethaf!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

PTA Meeting - Thanks to those who attended the PTA meeting on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately we were a little disappointed with the attendance and we really hope more of you will get involved. A new committee has been elected:

Chair : Melanie Roberts

Secretary : Ellie Harper

We do have a Vice Committee ready to take over the roles next year! However, we are still in need of a treasurer for this year. Please can anyone interested contact Mel, Ellie or myself as soon as possible as we need to organise the Halloween Disco and Bonfire Night and can not do this without new signatories.

Vale of Clwyd Cross Country - The weather was kind on Wednesday to the Cross Country runners for a change this year. They achieved high standards in the Vale of Clwyd Competition. Well done to all who competed and in particular, to Neisha who received a medal for 2nd place in the Lower Junior race. Neisha, Heidi, Charlotte, Alia, William and Joe have all qualified for the finals.

Denbighshire Orienteering Festival - Pupils in Years 5 and 6 will be attending the Orienteering Festival at Bodelwyddan Castle on Wednesday, 26th September. They will have the opportunity to improve map reading skills, fitness, special awareness, route planning and logistic skills. They will leave after lunch and will be back in school by normal home time. Pupils should wear their school jumpers, appropriate trousers or joggers (no jeans please) and appropriate footwear and waterproof coats.

‘Techno' Sponsored Walk, Monday, 1st October, 2012 - Sent home with the newsletter today is a letter and sponsor form to explain all about our planned ‘Techno' Sponsored Walk. As you will see we have decided to raise money to purchase iPads and other ICT equipment for our school. Thank you in advance for your support

Class One - Noah's Ark - The children in Years 1 and 2 have been learning all about the floods and how animals were saved from it.  The children have painted an ark and used collage materials to construct a rainbow.  They painted their own animals during a creative development session.

Painting in the Nursery - The Nursery children have been busy painting picture frames for their ‘Ourselves' display and decorating their names.

Gymnastics Club - There are still spaces available at Gym Club, which is held after school on Fridays for pupils who are in Years 1 to 6. If you are interested, please contact Miss Tami at the school for further details.

Breakfast Club - Please can I remind you that there is a charge of 50p a day or £2 a week for those pupils who attend Breakfast Club. Thank you.

Reading Challenge - There are still some pupils who have not completed the reading challenge! Don't forget it comes to an end very soon but you still have time to pop down to the library!  We are keen for all pupils to complete the challenge, so we ask for your support to ensure we see lots of Gellifor pupils receiving a medal for their efforts.

Minibus - Just a reminder that minibus contributions of £15 for a single child or £12.50 for more than one child are payable as soon as possible. Please note that Nursery pupils are not required to make a contribution.

Reception P.E - In order that the children in Reception enjoy a full Physical Development session could you please dress them in polo shirts on a Friday only.  This will enable quick changes in order to maximise the children's learning experience.

Achievers - Well done to Emma and Amelia for swimming, to William for competing in a Decathlon and to Neisha for her medal in Cross Country.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Heidi, Ceiran, Deri and Frank.

Positive Points - Well done to Millie and Iestyn who have already achieved their Bronze Award for Positive Points.

September 14th / Medi 14eg

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine. It's so encouraging every day to see everyone so busy and enjoying all the exciting activities and lessons!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd wedi hen ddechrau erbyn hyn ac mae'r plant yn bwrw iddi o ddifri gyda'r drefn newydd. Mae mor galonogol bob dydd i weld pawb mor brysur ac yn mwynhau'r holl weithgareddau a gwersi cyffrous!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Welcome to Nursery - It was lovely to see all of the Nursery group together for the first time today.  They have all settled in really well

Football - Well done to the footballers for their determination and enthusiasm on Friday evening at the Llandyrnog Football Tournament.  They worked extremely hard and worked well as a team. Mrs Weyman was very proud of all of them. Thank you to the parents who turned up to support this event!

Congratulations Auntie Fran - Congratulations to Auntie Fran who ran the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon last weekend.

Parents and Teachers' Association 2012-13  - The Annual General Meeting of the PTA will be held on Tuesday evening in the Community Hall at 6.30p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is solely to elect a new committee and to plan the activities run by the PTA over the Autumn term.  We are in great need of new faces to help out, so if you are willing to offer assistance in any capacity however small, then we would be delighted to see you on Tuesday night.  New parents or familiar faces will be welcomed with open arms.  So please come along, your school needs you!

Vale of Clwyd Cross Country - On Wednesday 19th September some of the Junior children will be taking part in the Vale of Clwyd Cross Country competition.  They will be taken to Ysgol Fron Goch straight after school in the minibus (unless otherwise transported by parents).  Everyone is welcome to join them and they should get a red t-shirt with the school number on from Mrs Brookes-Jones.  Please ensure that your children are picked up at about 4.30pm from Denbigh.  After school club children will be travelling back in the mini-bus. 

Safety Alert ! - May I, once again, request your co-operation in ensuring the safety of your children by parking responsibly outside the school.  Please do not park on the verges opposite the school or block driveways for access for emergency vehicles.  I would be grateful if you could collect your child from the school gate. I am sure you will agree that Health and Safety is paramount at these busy times of the day.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Denbighshire Orienteering Festival - Pupils in Years 5 and 6 will be attending the Orienteering Festival at Bodelwyddan Castle on Wednesday, 26th September. They will have the opportunity to improve map reading skills, fitness, special awareness, route planning and logistic skills. They will leave after lunch and will be back in school by normal home time.

Daily Post ‘Wish' Campaign - The Daily Post are launching a Wish campaign

which will provide funding for schools to pay for new equipment or trips away. All you need to do is collect the Wish tokens which will appear everyday in the Daily Post for 7 weeks from Tuesday, October 2nd. The school has registered for a share of the £25,000 fund and we would be very grateful for all your tokens. Thank you.

Topics this Term - The Foundation Phase pupils are learning all about themselves and other living things. The Junior classes are studying the Romans and Mighty Mountains.

Scholastic Books - Please see the leaflet sent home with this newsletter.  If you would like to place an order please return with remittance by Friday 21st September.

Minibus Contributions - I'm sure you will agree we are very lucky to have the ownership of two mini buses to allow us to take our pupils to various off site events.  Consequently, I now wish to make the annual request for minibus donations, which will be essential for their funding this year. The amount we request has remained unchanged for several years at £15 per child, which I'm sure you'll agree, represents great value bearing in mind both the fuel price rises in the last year. For parents with two or more pupils we request a reduced payment of £12.50 per child. Cheques can be sent to school in the usual way, payable to Ysgol Gellifor-Minibus Account.

Home/ School Agreement  and Internet/Email Preference Forms - Please return your forms to the school as soon as possible. Please note your child is also required to sign the home/school agreement.  Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Adam, Olivia H, Lilly and Olivia J.

Achievers - Well done to Frank and Lucy for swimming, to Heidi and Neisha for their success at the Llandyrnog Horse Show, to Lauren and Amy for their badges in Brownies, to Joe and Josh for football and to Joe and Gabriel for rugby.

September 7th / Medi 7fed

Dear Parents,

I trust you all had a lovely summer break and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the pupils at the start of this exciting new academic year.

Well, we've been back a week and already the summer seems a distant memory. It has been nice to welcome everyone back, including our new pupils of whom you can read about below.

Annwyl Rieni,

Gobeithio y cawsoch chi doriad gwert chweil dros yr haf a hoffwn i gymryd cyfle hwn i groesawu'r disgyblion i gyd ar ddechrau'r flwyddyn academaidd gyffrous hon.

Ar ol wythnos yn ol, mae'r haf yn teimlo yn bell yn ol yn barod. Mae'n bleser croesawu pawb yn ol, yn cynnwys ein disgyblion newydd, a fedrwch ddarllen mwy amdanynt isod.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

The Story Lab Reading Challenge - Don't forget the Summer Reading Challenge -Story Lab comes to an end in a few weeks!  We can't wait to find out how many children have been keeping up with their reading skills over the holiday and who will receive a medal and certificate!

After School Clubs

Mon      3.15 - 4.00  Dance

Tues      3.15 - 4.00  Netball Club

              3.15 - 4.00  Football

Wed       3.15 - 4.00  Art Club   

Thur       3.15 - 5.00  Wind Band

(Wind Band will not be starting until October)                 

Fri         3.15 - 4.00  Debate Club (Year 6)

             3.15 - 4.15  Gym Club

P.E Days - Children will need their full P.E kit on these days:

Under 7s - P.E bag to be left on their peg for a full half term. 

Mrs Brookes Jones' Class - Wednesday and Thursday

Mr Monteiro's Class - Wednesday and Friday(swimming)

A Warm Welcome! - We would like to give our new Nursery pupils a warm welcome this week! Nadia, Poppy, Daisy H, Daisy S, Jessica, Evie, Heledd, Arran, Lola, Adam and Joe are all settling in very well.

Welcome to Reception - Our Reception pupils have started their full time education here at the school and I'm sure you'll agree, they look very smart in their new uniforms.  We hope they will really enjoy their first term in the Under 7s.

Football in Llandyrnog - It is an early start for the footballers this year as they are competing in the Llandyrnog Football Club fundraiser tonight.  Mrs Weyman would like to meet the boys on the tennis court at Cae Nant field at 4.50 p.m.  She really hopes that Mr Monteiro has prepared them well over last year! They will need to be in full football kit and trainers as they are playing on astro turf.  Don't forget to bring your shin pads and a bottle of water. Good Luck!

A Few Rules Re-enforced - At the beginning of this new school year, I have re-enforced the following rules to the children:

Only fruit is to be eaten during break times as we strive to promote healthy eating. Pupils are also encouraged to bring healthy foods in their lunchboxes to reflect the attempts made our school cook to give the children a healthy lunch.

Now that the summer term is over, a tie and a shirt are to be worn each day along with black shoes and either black or grey socks (or white for the girls). The children are looking extremely smart in their new uniforms. Could you also, please make sure that all items of clothing have your child's name clearly marked.

Busy in the Infants - We are really pleased with the new layout in the Infants.  All the building work was carried out very efficiently over the summer and a big thank you to Mr Hughes for all his hard work painting the classrooms!

Thank you to Mrs McCulloch too for making a fantastic topic bag full of games and puppets for the Foundation Phase pupils.

Dates for your Diary

25/10/12 - Break up for half term

26/10/12 - Staff training Day

 5/11/12 - Return to school

17/12/12 - Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

21/12/10 - Break up for Christmas

Dinner Money - Just a reminder that dinner money has remained at £1.90 per day payable in advance on a Monday morning.  Please place the labelled envelope/container in the black box first thing on a Monday morning. This applies to all money and forms that need to be returned to school. Thank you.

Wrexham Football Coach - We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity for the children to be coached by a trainer from Wrexham Football Club.  The slips went out yesterday and if you would like your child to take part then please return the slip to school by Monday10th September with payment.

Achievers - Congratulations to Frank and James for swimming, to William S. for triathlon, to William H. for his success in his first dressage competition and to Heidi for her success in show jumping.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Lauren, Liam and William H.

July 18th / Gorffennaf 18eg

Dear Parents,

As the end of term approaches, the children I'm sure are all looking forward to the prospect of seven weeks with no lessons! Although looking ahead to September and new challenges and opportunities is an exciting prospect too! In the meantime I would like to wish you all a fantastic summer holiday!

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i ddiwedd y tymor agosau rydw i'n siwr bod y plant i gyd yn edrych ymlaen at saith wythnos heb wersi! Er hynny, mae edrych ymlaen at fis Medi a'r sialensau a'r cyfleoedd newydd i ddod yn gyffrous hefyd! Yn y cyfamser hoffwn i ddymuno gwyliau gwych I bawb!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Leavers' Concert - Year 6 gave a great leavers' performance and I'm sure those of you who attended enjoyed the concert. I would like to give a special thank you to Mr Monteiro, Aunty Sue and Aunty Jill for all their hard work for the play. Well done to all the Year 6 pupils for their hard work and the fun we had preparing for this special afternoon. Congratulations to all of the Year 6 pupils who were awarded shields, trophies and medals for various achievements!

Goodbye Year 6 -  We say goodbye to a fantastic Year 6. Mr Monteiro says they have been a pleasure to teach! They should be very proud of the successes they have achieved during their time at Gellifor. I wish eleven of them good luck in Ysgol Brynhyfryd and Bella at Rydal and we all look forward to hearing how they get on. Thank you to all those who attended a very special Leavers' Service at Llangynhafal Church this morning. Many thanks to Rev Philip for leading the service. All the leavers will receive a DVD of memories. Thank you Mr Monteiro!

Big Day Out - Year 6 had a fabulous day out and about on their Leavers' trip. They battled to save the earth when playing Quasar Laser, scored a few strikes at ten pin bowling and visited the shops at Cheshire Oaks. A big thank you to Mr Monteiro, Aunty Sue and Aunty Jill.

New Term Reminder - The children will return to school on Tuesday, September 4th.

Summer Reading - I am eager for the children to remain focused on the basic skills over the holiday. This summer's reading challenge is ‘Story Lab' and we are encouraging all the pupils to get involved. You can join in at either Ruthin or Denbigh Library.

Urdd Athletics - Congratulations to Heidi who came 4th in the Urdd Athletics in Eirias Park!

Thank You PTA - A big thank you to the PTA for all their hard work with fundraising over the last academic year! The Juniors had lots of fun at the Masquerade Ball and the Infants enjoyed their film and hotdogs!

Britland Award - Congratulations to Rab who was awarded the Infant Cup and to Murray who was awarded the Junior Cup for their entries in the annual prose and poetry competition, which was judged by Mrs Britland this week. Mrs Britland was very impressed with the standard of work produced by the pupils and commended them all for their hard work and effort.

A Final Thank You - Here we are at the end of another academic year. It has been an extremely busy year at Ysgol Gellifor, where both the pupils and school have achieved much. None of the school's achievement would have been possible without everyone connected to the school being so committed and determined to do the best for the pupils here. I would like to thank all the parents for being so supportive of the school's activities, the children for grabbing opportunities offered to them and of course the hardworking staff, who are constantly willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best for our pupils. All that is left for me to do is to wish you and your children a wonderful, relaxing summer holiday.

Swimming Awards - Well done to all the pupils in the Infants who achieved their swimming certificates.

Catch Up Certificates - Well done to Alia, Seren and Byron for achieving their Catch Up Certificates.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Nicholas, Heidi, Elspeth and Owen.

Positive Points - Well done to Connor for achieving his Bronze Award.

Spelling Awards - Congratulations to Steffan, Georgina and Amy for gaining their Gold Award and to Harriet for gaining her Platinum Award.

July 13th / Gorffennaf 13eg

Dear Parents,

The last full week has come to an end. It has been a hectic week with a Lego project, a guitar showcase and one of our pupils, Harry Legg, performing at St. Asaph Cathedral for Prince Charles. I hope as many of you as possible will join us for the Leavers' Concert on Tuesday at 1.30 pm and then the Leavers' Service at 9.15 am at Llangynhafal Church on Wednesday. There will be a brief newsletter to round off the academic year on Wednesday.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r wythnos lawn olaf wedi dod i ben. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur gyda phrosiect Lego, perfformiad gitâr ac un o'n disgyblion, Harry Legg, yn perfformio yn Eglwys Gadeiriol Llanelwy ar gyfer y Tywysog Charles. Rwy'n gobeithio y bydd cymaint ohonoch ag sy'n bosibl yn ymuno â ni ar gyfer cyngerdd y disgyblion sy'n gadael ddydd Mawrth am 1.30pm ac yna eu gwasanaeth am 9.15am yn Eglwys Llangynhafal fore Mercher.
Bydd cylchlythyr byr i orffen y flwyddyn
academaidd ddydd Mercher.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Summer Reading Challenge - I can't believe it's that time of year again when we are now thinking about the Summer Reading Challenge!  Llinos Davies of the Library service attended school to speak to the children about this Summer's Reading Challenge.  The aim of the challenge is for the children to read six books from their library during the summer holidays. Everyone who signs up for the Summer Reading Challenge can keep track of the books they read and receive encouragement to keep reading all summer long.  So come on let's be the first school to have everyone receive a reading medal in the Autumn Term. 

Summer Fayre - A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to support the school on what can only be described as a wet and miserable Friday evening!  Despite the rain there was a great turn out and over £400 was raised and will go towards resources for your children.  A massive thank you to all the P.T.A for their hard work.

Year 5/6 LEGO Project - The children in Mr Monteiro's class were very busy this week making a lego replica of the school.  There was frantic measuring and scaling of the model and all the children worked extremely hard. 

Year 6 Leavers' Trip - Year 6 have spent the day at Cheshire Oaks today for their final leavers' trip. They have been to Lazer Quest and then went bowling at the Cheshire Oaks Leisure Complex and had the chance to visit the shops.

Gelleavers' Masquerade Ball - Tonight, is the night when all of the juniors will be looking their very best as they take part in the Gelleavers' Masquerade Ball. It starts at 6 p.m. and we hope they can all join us for a fun evening.

Infant Film Night - The P.T.A will also be holding a film night for the Infants tonight.  The cost is £3.50 and popcorn and juice will be supplied.  This evening is only open to Reception, Year1 and Year2. The P.T.A will be showing the film, ‘Despicable Me'.

Guitar Showcase We were all a little sad on Wednesday as Mr Luke said his final goodbye to us.  Mr Luke finished on a high with a fantastic performance by his guitar pupils.

SPORTS DAY!!!! - As you are aware we have had to cancel our Olympic Sport Day twice this year, which has been very disappointing!! The diary has been packed with various events and the wet weather relentless! The weekend is not looking good so we have made the decision not to hold it on Monday morning. Unfortunately we are not able to officially offer another time before the end of term.  We will keep an eye on the weather and may take the children out for a less formal Sports Day.

Nursery Visit - Mrs Weyman and Miss Adie welcomed the new Nursery pupils on a visit to find out more about the Foundation Phase.  All of the children had an opportunity to meet Miss Adie and play whilst Mrs Weyman kept the parents busy with a presentation of the Foundation Phase and what it entails. 

Infant Sports Activities - All the Infants took part in outdoor activities when the weather has permitted!! A treasure hunt and sports activities were enjoyed by all!

Cheerleading - Congratulations to Megan, Sarah, Lauren, Heidi, Keri, Eileigh, Olivia, Anouska, Elspeth, Hattie, Maisie and Heidi for achieving their Cheerleading certificates.

Dates for Diaries

King Midas - Year 6 Leavers' Concert - The Leavers' Concert and Annual End of Term Presentation will be held at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday 17th July.

Year 6 Leavers' Service - Please join us Llangynhafal Church at 9.15a.m. on Wednesday 18th July

End of term - The pupils will break for the summer holidays on Wednesday 18th July.

New Academic Year - Pupils return to school on Tuesday 4th September.

Achievers - Congratulations to Olivia for trampolining and to Anouska for achieving her green belt in karate.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Steffan.

Spelling Award - Congratulations to Rufus and Olivia for achieving their bronze award and to Lauren and Eileigh for achieving their silver award.

July 6th / Gorffennf 6ed

Dear Parents,

End of term is approaching and it has been a very busy week at school. The Summer Fayre takes place tonight, despite the weather and I hope you can all make it, so that everyone who has worked so hard in organising the event, is rewarded with a big crowd!

End of year reports are being sent home with the newsletter. I'd be grateful if you could fill the feedback sheet and return it to school next week. Thank you!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae diwedd y tymor yn agosáu ac mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur yn yr ysgol! Bydd y Ffair Haf yn cael ei gynnal heno er gwaethaf y tywydd, ac rwy'n gobeithio y gallwch chi gyd ddod er mwyn i bawb sydd wedi gweithio mor galed I drefnu'r digwyddiad, yn cael eu gwobrwyo gyda thyrfa fawr o bobl!

Mae'r adroddiadau'n cael eu dosbarthu gyda'r cylchlythyr hwn. Byddwn yn ddiolchgar pe gallech lenwi'r daflen adborth a'i dychwelyd i'r ysgol yr wythnos nesaf. Diolch i chi!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Reception Summer Trip - On Tuesday the children in Reception visited the Alyn Water Country Park.    The children took part in lots of Forest School Activities and had a fun time on the huge trim trail.  Mrs Jones was very impressed by the horse racing activity where they had to make sounds to re- enact a fraught horse race. Thank you to Mr Temple, Mr Hughes and Mrs Evans for accompanying Mrs Jones and the pupils.

Induction Day - It was an extremely busy day on Wednesday as Year 6 spent the day at their new Secondary school and the pupils here spent the day in their new classes. All of the children appeared extremely happy in their new environments and there was a real buzz around the school. There were lots of creative activities going on with Mrs Jones, and in Mrs Weyman's class passports into the next year group were being made. In Mrs Brookes-Jones' class the pupils were designing a T-shirt and there was a treasure hunt going on and in Mr Monteiro's class a lava lamp was being constructed. 

End of Year Reports - End of year reports are being sent home with the newsletter. I'd be grateful if you could fill the feedback sheet and return it to school next week. You may keep your copy of the report. Junior pupils are also requested to give their opinion on the feedback sheet.  If, having read your child's report, you feel that you wish to discuss it further, then please inform us on Monday, so that we may arrange an appointment with your class teacher for after school on Tuesday. 

Tesco Vouchers - A fantastic effort was made by everyone this year. Over 15000 vouchers were collected and have been sent off with our order for Literacy and Numeracy resources.  Thanks to everyone who supported this initiative!

Thesps Assembly - Vania and Stuart joined our assembly this morning to talk to the children about a new Drama School which has opened in Ruthin.  Shortly they will be taking part in a musical night at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl. Anyone can join between the ages 7-11.  Please see attached leaflet. 

P.T.A - I hope you will all be joining us for the P.T.A. Summer Fayre this evening, the emphasis being on the fayre and not the summer as we suspect it might be a little damper than usual!! There will be lots of activities and fun going on with treasure maps, hot dogs, guess the baby, tombola etc.  Don't miss out because it's going to be a fun night.  The Fayre starts at 5.30 p.m. and it's a really lovely opportunity to meet up with everyone before the end of term. 

Dylan wins Art Award - Pictured is the internationally acclaimed North Wales bird artist, Eric Peake presenting Dylan with his artwork and certificate for his depiction of a large bird. Well done Dylan!

Gelleavers' Masquerade Ball - This is a P.T.A event which is open to Juniors only.  All Juniors have been given a mask to prepare for the ball on Friday 13th July.  They can adapt their masks to make them as elaborate as they wish or they can even wear their own if they already have one. 

Infant Summer Film Night - On the same evening, Friday 13th the P.T.A will also be holding a film night for the Infants.  The cost is £3.50 and popcorn and juice will be supplied.  This evening is only open to Reception, Year1 and Year2. The P.T.A will be showing the film, ‘Despicable Me'.  I hope all of the children enjoy both of these special events. 

Outstanding Payments - So that we can close our accounts before the end of term, please send any outstanding dinner, trip or music tuition monies to school on Monday morning. Thank you.

Sports Day Change of Date - As you are probably aware the weather has not been kind to us and as a consequence we have had to postpone our Sports Day event.  We have set a provisional date of Wednesday 10th July and fingers crossed it should begin at 9.15 a.m. prompt.

School Holiday and Training Days for 2012/13 - Please find attached the School Holiday and Training Days for the next academic year.

Achievers -   Well done to Ben and Edward for swimming, Joshua and Joseph for football and to Byron for growing the tallest sunflower in Class 2.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Adam, Tam, Hattie and Steffan.

June 22nd / June22ain

Dear Parents,

Some very bleary-eyed Year 2 pupils arrived back from Infant Camp on Thursday afternoon. They'd had a fantastic time at Ty Clwyd and Greenwood Forest Park. Thanks go to Mrs Weyman, Auntie Fran, Auntie Sue and Miss Bateman for taking the children to camp and looking after them so well.

We are also very proud to have been recognised this week for all our fantastic ECO work, and have been awarded Green Flag status!

Annwyl Rieni,

Cyrhaeddod disgyblion Blwyddyn 2 yn ôl yn flinedig iawn o'r Gwersyll Babanod brynhawn dydd Iau. Cawsant amser gwych yn Nhŷ Clwyd a Gelli Gyffwrdd. Diolch i Mrs Weyman, Anti Fran, Anti Sue a Miss Bateman am fynd â'r plant i'r gwersyll a gofalu amdanyn nhw mor dda.
Rydym hefyd yn hynod falch ein bod wedi cael cydnabyddiaeth yr wythnos hon am ein holl waith ECO gwych, ac wedi ennill statws Baner Werdd!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Infant Camp - The Infants had a great time at Summer Camp.  The highlight was Greenwood Forest Park where they had the chance to ride on the Green Dragon Coaster, the Great Green Run and to ride on the Jungle Boats while being chased by crocodiles! They had a visit to McDonalds and enjoyed the Muppets Movie!

The pupils all behaved impeccably and Mrs Weyman awarded all of them Seren yr Wythnos this week for being so good!

Green Flag Award! - Well done to the ECO Committee and Mr Monteiro for all their hard work and for being awarded the Green Flag for Ysgol Gellifor!

Urdd Athletics - Well done to Heidi for achieving first place in the 400m race at the Urdd Athletics held in Denbigh High School last Wednesday. We are all very proud of her.

Olympic Puppet Show - All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Olympic themed puppet show.

Pop Proms Concert - A reminder that the children in Years 5&6 are all attending the Pop Proms Transition Concert on Monday and need to be at Ysgol Brynhyfryd by 5.30pm in readiness for the two performances. Everyone is welcome and we hope you will be able to join all the parents from the Ruthin cluster of primary schools to enjoy the finale, which the pupils have all worked hard on over the last few weeks. Please can I remind you that pupils need to wear a plain T-shirt and black trousers. Thank you.

TASC Project - Years 5&6 have been busy working on TASC projects this week. Their theme was the Olympics and everything from new ‘Energy Bars' complete with advertising campaigns to scale model Olympic Stadiums were designed. The children worked extremely hard!

Sport4All - Congratulations to Years 3&4 for winning the Sports 4 All trophy.

Reception and Year 6 Group Photos - If you wish to purchase a group photograph please forward the form and payment to school on Monday morning. Thank you.

INSET Day -  Just a reminder that Friday 29th June is an INSET day and school will be closed for pupils.

Year 6 P.E. Transition Afternoon - A reminder that the Year 6 pupils will need their P.E. kit next Tuesday for the Induction afternoon at Ysgol Brynhyfryd. They will be transported to and from Brynhyfryd in the minibus. Please let me know if you would prefer to collect your child from Ysgol Brynhyfryd at the end of the school day.

Annual Governors' Report to Parents - Please see the attached letter and annual report from the Federated Governing Body.

P.T.A. - The Summer Fayre is going to be held on the 6th July and the PTA would be very grateful for offers of help in manning stalls. Please contact Miss Adie.

Achievers - Congratulations to Joseph for football and to Amy for being the ECO monitor for Class 2 who achieved the energy certificate this week.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Thomas, Georgina and Befan.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Oliver and Matthew.

June 15th / June 15eg

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the last half term of the school year. Another busy week as you can see from the newsletter!

The half term holiday was very eventful too with a beautiful day for our community Jubilee event and Millie live on television performing at the National Urdd Eisteddfod!

Annwyl Rieni,

Croeso nôl i hanner tymor olaf y flwyddyn yn yr ysgol. Wythnos brysur arall, fel y gallwch weld o'r cylchlythyr!
Roedd y gwyliau hanner tymor yn brysur iawn hefyd gyda diwrnod hyfryd ar gyfer ein dathliad Jiwbilî cymunedol. a Millie yn fyw ar y teledu yn perfformio yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - It was lovely to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the sunshine on Monday afternoon last week.  There was a wonderful community atmosphere and the children thoroughly enjoyed the Jubilee activities. 

Urdd Eisteddfod Success! - Congratulations to both Sarah and Mille for competing at the National Eisteddfod in Caernarfon over the half term break.  Both have worked extremely hard on their pieces and deserve praise for all their hard work and effort.  Well done to Millie for reaching the stage and achieving 3rd place with her recitation.  I hope everyone had the chance to watch her on S4C!

Zumba! - Please join us tonight in the hall for a Zumba taster session with Adriana. It is at a reduced, bargain rate of £3.50 and all proceeds will go to Gellifor PTA.

Infant Camp - The children in Years 1 and 2 will be travelling to Llanfairtalhaearn next Wednesday to attend Infant Camp.  Mrs Weyman assures me that the weather is going to be nice and that she has sent out a camp list earlier in the week.  Your children will require a packed lunch on Wednesday and need to be in school at 9 a.m. prompt.  Any contributions of cakes for the children to enjoy will be gratefully accepted on the day. If you require your tin back please mark it with your child's name and, if you have not already done so, please ensure you have filled in your Form C and paid all monies by Monday morning.  Thank you.

Party in the Park - The Cheerleading team took part in Party in the Park in Llanddulas over the half term break.  Well done to all of the girls and a big thank you to Miss Tami.

Junior Road Safety Conference - Our Junior Road Safety Officers, Megan and Dylan,attended a conference at the Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan on Tuesday and took part in lots of safety related activities.

Bikeability - The children in Year 6 who took part in the Bikeability Safety course before the half term break were awarded their certificates today.  Well done to all!

Class 2 Rugby -  Years 3 and 4 braved the elements this week to play rugby.  Although they were a little drenched they really enjoyed being coached by an ex professional player.

Year 3 and 4 Animal Trail - The children in the infants were lucky to find a nice day this week to complete the Years 3 and 4 Animal Puzzle Trail.  A massive well done to all of these children for all their hard work as the infants really enjoyed this activity.    

Year 2 - Please could Year 2 bring in wellies and gardening gloves on Monday as they will be outside planting. 

School Photographs - The photograph order is being picked up Monday morning so if you have an order please ensure that is in school first thing.

Reception Outing - The children in Reception will be going on their annual school trip to Alyn Waters Country Park to participate in Forest School Activities.   The children will be going on Tuesday 3rd July and the cost of the trip is £5 per child.  Please complete the Form C attached and return this with your contribution in a clearly marked envelope with your child's name and post it in the black box.  Thank you. 

INSET Day -Just a reminder that Friday 29th June is an INSET day and school will be closed for pupils.

Windband - Thank you to all those who attended the Wind Band performance on Thursday. The children gave a great performance and I particularly enjoyed the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy'.  Our thanks go to Mr Temple and Mrs Jones for all their hard work with the children, this year.    

Achievers - Congratulations to Heidi for show jumping, Ceiran for football and Nicholas for his jubilee medal.

Seren Y Wythnos - Well done to Nicholas, Nathan, Elspeth, Tommy and Isabella.

Congratulations to all those pupils who achieved Positive Point Certificates and Spelling Awards.

June 1st / Mehefin 1af

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week at school as the half term approaches.

Sarah and Millie are competing at the National Urdd Eisteddfod and I will be meeting them on Monday and Tuesday at the Eisteddfod field in Caernarfon. I'm sure you will join me in wishing them good luck as they represent our school and county at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Hopefully, you will be able to join our Community Jubilee celebrations, which are being held on the school field on Monday.

Enjoy the half term break and I look forward to seeing you all when we re-open on Monday 11th June.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol wrth i'r hanner tymor agosau.
Bydd Sarah a Millie yn cystadlu yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd a byddaf yn eu cyfarfod ddydd Llun a dydd Mawrth ar faes yr Eisteddfod yng Nghaernarfon. Rwy'n siŵr y byddwch yn ymuno â mi i ddymuno pob lwc iddynt gan eu bod yn cynrychioli ein ysgol a'r sir yn Eisteddfod yr Urdd.
Gobeithio y byddwch yn gallu ymuno ein Dathliadau Jiwbilî cymunedol , sydd yn cael eu cynnal ar gae'r ysgol ddydd Llun.
Mwynhewch y gwyliau hanner tymor ac edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld i gyd pan fyddwn yn ail-agor ddydd Llun 11 Mehefin.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Jubilee Celebrations - All the pupils and staff came to school dressed in red, white and blue today to coincide with the celebrations.

During assembly all the pupils were presented with a commemorative Diamond Jubilee coin.

Please join our Community Jubilee celebrations between 2pm and 6pm on Monday 4th June on the school field.

There will be a bouncy castle, sports and games, a bling and buy stall, music and lots more. Come along, bring your own picnic and join in the celebration.

Dates For Your Diary

Monday 11th June - School Re-opens

Thursday 14th June - Wind Band Concert

Thursday 21st June - Olympic Puppet Show

Monday 25th June - Pop Proms Concert (Years 5/6)

Tuesday 26th June - Welsh Quiz / PE Transition afternoon for Year 6

Friday 29th June - INSET DAY (school closed for pupils)

Wednesday 4th July - Induction Day

Thursday 5th July - Sports Day

Tuesday 17th July - Leavers' Concert

Wednesday 18th July - Leavers' Service / End of term

Wooden Spoons - Year 5 presented Year 2 with wooden spoons they have designed as part of their Victorian topic.

Olympic Torch - The pupils in Year 2 have been designing and making their own unique Olympic torches to commemorate the Olympic torch being carried around Wales this week.

Animal Trail - Years 3&4 have been busy this week creating an animal puzzle trail for the Infants.

Cheerleading - Ysgol Gellifor Cheerleading Team will be performing at ‘Party in the Park' in Llanddulas on Saturday 2nd June. Good luck to them all and a big thank you to Miss Tami for organising this.

Junior Road Safety Officers - Our Junior Road Safety Officers, Megan and Dylan, will be attending a conference at the Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan on Tuesday 12th June.

Tempest Photographs - Please return photograph envelopes and payment to school by Friday 15th June.

Windband Performance - The last Wind Band of the school year will be held on Thursday 14th June.

Following this rehearsal the pupils will be performing in a short concert, playing their favourite pieces from throughout the year. You are all welcome to join us for the concert in the hall to see our wonderful musical talent.

Class 2 - Sunflowers - Just a reminder from Auntie Jill that Class 2 need to return their sunflowers and a cane to school after the half term break.

Years 3 and 4 Cricket - Luke Davies, the Cricket Development Officer from Denbighshire County Council joined Years 3&4 on Monday morning for an exciting cricket taster session.

Achievers - Congratulations to Thomas and Elspeth for Rugby, to Charlotte and Lauren for gymnastics, to Ben and Frank for swimming and to Heidi for show jumping.

Positive Points - Well done to Joe, Murray, Ben, Sarah and Megan.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Oliver, Cai, William and Tommy.

May 25th / Mai 25ain

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week at school as the half term approaches. At last we have some summer weather and the children are taking full advantage of playing on the school field. We have lots to look forward to with the Community Jubilee celebrations being held on the field on Monday 4th June. Please see the attached flyer.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol wrth i'r hanner tymor agosau. O'r diwedd mae'r disgyblion yn gallu mwynhau'r tywydd braf tra'n chwarae ar gae yr ysgol! Mae gennym lawer i edrych ymlaen ato gyda dathliadau cymunedol y Jiwbili yn cael eu cynnal ar y cae ddydd Llun Mehefin 4ydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

The Community Mural - This week saw the arrival of the children's clay work, which is a depiction of their community. It has been displayed on the outside wall by the entrance gate.  It was very exciting for the children to see which part each and everyone had played to create such a masterpiece.  There is lots of detail so if you have not had chance to look at it yet allow yourself some time!!  A big thank you to Mr Dalrymple who worked so hard with the children.

Children's Commissioner for Wales - Ben, Murray and I attended an Ambassadors' Event on Wednesday. We met with Keith Towler, the Children's Commissioner for Wales and other Ambassadors from schools all over North Wales and took part in workshops and activities linked to the Ambassadors' scheme.

Cycling Proficiency - What lovely weather the children had this week to complete their Bikeability Award.  All the children worked extremely hard in very hot conditions and were successful in achieving their awards. 

Infant Summer Camp - The children in Years 1 and 2 will be going to Summer Camp this year on 20th and 21st June. The cost of the trip is £30, please could you send in the outstanding balance by Friday 1st June. 

Clocaenog Forest - Years 3 and 4 visited Clocaenog Forest on Thursday to take part in an animal puzzle trail.  The children used their orienteering skills to find different wooden animals in the forest.  To extend the children further Class 2 are in the process of creating a puzzle trail for the Infants to use. 

Nantclwyd Y Dre Project - The children in Years 3 and 4 had a wonderful time this week with Janyce Chambers working on their creative skills. The children took part in drama activities re-enacting stories from the 17th century.  They took photographs of different objects in the house and used a variety of materials to re-create them. 

Ruthin Rovers Champions - A big congratulations to two of our pupils, William and Ceiran this week, for their hard work during a season with the Under 7's at Ruthin Rovers.  The children received medals for their achievements in football at Wrexham Football Club and gained an opportunity to play football at the Racecourse

Piano / Singing Lessons - Chris and Vicky Sennett (Dip. RSAMD. PGCE) are friendly, sympathetic and experienced teachers of piano and singing and have some vacancies for pupils at all levels. CRB Checked. Lessons can be taken in Llandyrnog after school hours. Lessons in a central location in Ruthin also available. Aural preparation and theory lessons also offered.  Accompaniment for strings, brass and wind examinations can be arranged. Pupils can be prepared for grade examinations or assessments with ABRSM, Trinity College etc. if wished. (100% success rate to date!). All ages welcome - it's never too late to start!  For further information please phone Chris and Vicky on 01824 709847

Forest School Music - Years 1 and 2 listened to the sounds of nature and used their music lesson to work in the Forest School Area this week. 

Years 3 and 4 Cricket - The children in Years 3 and 4 will be treated to cricket coaching.  Please ensure that your child has their trainers and kit in school on Monday.  As the weather seems to be improving sun cream, a sun hat and a bottle of water would also be very useful for all the pupils.  Thank you.

Windband - There will be no Wind Band or Art Club next week as teachers are on training courses.

Gymnastics - Ysgol Gellifor Cheerleading Team have been invited to perform at ‘Party in the Park' in Llanddulas on Saturday 2nd June. Please can you return the pro forma by Monday if your child can attend.

Achievers - Congratulations to Joe, William and Ceiran for football, to Frank, Heidi and Lucy for swimming and to Heidi for gymnastics.

Positive Points - Well done to Nicholas, Harry, Imogen, Morgan, Emily and Connor.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Joe, Lauren, Anouska and Mabel.

 May 18th / Mai 18eg

Dear Parents,

Another week flies by and I have a lot of news to share with you again. It has been a very busy week at school as the half term approaches and the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Caernarfon!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wythnos arall wedi hedfan heibio ac mae gennyf lawer o newyddion i'w rannu eto. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yn yr ysgol wrth i'r hanner tymor ar Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yr Urdd yn Caernarfon nesau!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Cross Country - Congratulations to Heidi who came a fantastic 9th in the Urdd Cross Country National Championships on Saturday 12th May in Aberystwyth.

Dangerpoint - The children had a wonderful day in Dangerpoint this week and discovered an awful lot about safety.  They found out about using the Highway Code, train safety, internet safety, how to keep safe when playing on the beach and being safe in the home.  All of the children were brilliant and many asked extremely astute questions!

Cricket Coaching - Years 5 and 6 were on the yard on Monday morning playing cricket.  The coach gave them a few pointers and all of the children benefited from the experience.

Cycling Proficiency Year 6 - Next week Year 6 will be taking part in Bikeability Training.  Please ensure that you have filled in the consent form given to your child earlier this week or your child will not be able to take part.  Also please make the necessary checks e.g. brakes, lights and tyres and ensure that your child has a correctly fitted helmet and a waterproof coat. Thank you.

Music Lessons 2012 -2013 - If your child would like to learn to play an instrument next year please ensure you have filled in the form and sent it back to school with the £20 deposit by the end of next week.  Thank you.

Nantclwyd Y Dre Project -    Pupils in Years 3 and 4 are taking part in a project along with five other schools.  Together the schools will be creating a guide book for children for Nantclwyd Y Dre house in Ruthin.  This morning the children took part in activities with Janys Chambers where they were given a brief history of the house. Over the two day sessions the children will be taking part in art, drama, report writing amongst other things. Next Tuesday Years 3 and 4 will need to come to school in old clothes to take part in the art and drama part of the sessions.

Working with Clay - The children in Years 5 and 6 have been very busy this week making models out of clay.  Fantastic creations!  

Clocaenog Forest Visit Years 3 and 4 - On Thursday 24th May the children in Mrs Brookes Jones' class will be given the opportunity to visit Clocaenog Forest School.  They will be taking part in animal puzzle trail which includes Mathematics and Art activities.  The children will need to come to school in old clothes and bring a pair of wellington boots in a plastic bag.  We will be leaving school promptly at 9 a.m. so please ensure your child arrives in plenty of time. They will be returning to school in time for lunch so no packed lunch is necessary.

Diamond Jubliee Celebration Party - Auntie Jane, our new cook, is hosting a celebration party for the Queen's Jubilee at lunchtime on Tuesday 29th May.  If your child would like to have a scrumptious party lunch on that day please let Auntie Shelley know by Monday 21st May so that Auntie Jane knows how many to cater for. The cost is £1.90.

Healthy Schools - As part of our healthy schools initiative we encourage a healthy lunchbox.  Please discourage your child to bring in sweets or nuts (due to some pupils having a nut allergy).  We also request that pupils only bring in water (in a clear bottle) for break times.

Cylch Meithrin - A warm welcome to the new Cylch Meithrin team headed by Auntie Nerys.

Don't forget Ti a Fi (Mothers and Toddlers) runs on a Tuesday afternoon. If you know of anyone interested in joining Meithrin or Ti a Fi please contact us at the school.

Achievers - Congratulations to Anouska, Eva and Connie for swimming, to Thomas for completing an assault course, to Cai for Cycling and to Heidi for Cross Country.

Positive Points - Well done to Dylan, Matthew, Adam, Megan, Joe, Thomas and Freya.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Millie, Charlotte, Hattie and Deri.

Spelling Awards - The bronze award goes to Keri and Byron and the silver award to Amy, Sian, Harriet and Georgina.

May 11th / Mai 11eg

Dear Parents,

With the Bank Holiday Monday it has been a shorter week but still very busy and eventful. It was lovely to have both schools together enjoying a wonderful performance of ‘Stig of the Dump' on Thursday morning. Years 5 and 6 also returned in the afternoon to join the Juniors at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd for our first session of ‘Pop Proms'.

Annwyl Rieni,

Gyda Gŵyl y Banc ddydd Llun mae wedi bod yn wythnos fyr ond eto yn brysur iawn. Roedd yn hyfryd cael y ddwy ysgol at ei gilydd yn mwynhau perfformiad gwych o 'Stig y Domen' ar fore dydd Iau. Dychwelodd Blynyddoedd 5 a 6 unwaith eto yn y prynhawn i ymuno â'r Adran Iau yn Ysgol Bryn Clwyd ar gyfer ein sesiwn gyntaf o 'Promiau Pop'.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Stig of the Dump - We were very lucky to have the Image Musical Theatre Company coming to give a performance of ‘Stig of the Dump' for both schools on Thursday morning.

The children had a wonderful time at the performance. Not only were they given the opportunity to watch a storybook come to life but also take part in the show.  They joined in with the songs and some children even got to perform with the actors. The show was entertaining and educational at the same time and was thoroughly enjoyed by all! James L, Eva, Louis and James T were the budding actors from Gellifor!

Pop Proms - As part of their transition to Ysgol Brynhyfryd Years 5 and 6 will be performing in a Pop Proms Concert on Monday 25th June. They will be rehearsing on a number of dates throughout May and June and the first rehearsal took place today.

Brass Lessons - Brass lessons will be taking place on Monday and Thursday next week so please could all the children remember to bring their brass instruments to school on those days.

Dangerpoint - On Monday 14th May Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be visiting Dangerpoint in Talacre to learn all about aspects of safety before they start a Heartstart course.  Heartstart focuses on children being paramount in saving lives and teaches children how they can help in an emergency situation.  Please ensure that you have filled in the relevant form C sent out on Thursday and that your child arrives prompt in school at 8.55 a.m. on Monday morning.  They will need a coat and suitable footwear and a packed lunch and they will be returning back at school by 3.10 p.m.

Healthy Schools - Fruit and Water Bottles - Just a quick reminder that as part of our healthy schools intiative, all children are encouraged to bring in a bottle of water and a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks for breaktime.  We are aiming to gain another Healthy Schools Award which focuses on children eating part of their five a day in school and being aware of the need to eat a healthy diet.  We have seen a lot of children already taking part and we hope this has a very positive effect on their learning. 

Healthy Schools - Fruit and Water Bottles - Just a quick reminder that as part of our healthy schools intiative, all children are encouraged to bring in a bottle of water and a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks for breaktime.  We are aiming to gain another Healthy Schools Award which focuses on children eating part of their five a day in school and being aware of the need to eat a healthy diet.  We have seen a lot of children already taking part and we hope this has a very positive effect on their learning. 

24 Game Tournament - On Wednesday Emily, Murray, Ben and Dylan travelled to Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl to take part in a mathematics tournament.  Congratulations to the four of them as they all worked really hard and did themselves proud.  Many thanks to Mrs Hughes for helping out with the transport and scores.

Instrumental Tuition

September 2012- July 2013 - Instrumental tuition is available for any child who is in Years 3 - 6 from September 2012.  We have provision for the tuition of flute, clarinet, violin, brass (cornet, trumpet, horn and baritone/euphonium) and guitars.  Other instruments may be available on request.  Please return the forms to school by 29th May.

Piano Tuition - Chris and Vicky Sennett (Dip. RSAMD. PGCE) are friendly, sympathetic and experienced teachers of piano and singing and have some vacancies for pupils at all levels.

Lessons may take place at Ysgol Gellifor or Ysgol Bryn Clwyd after school.

Aural preparation and theory lessons also offered.  Accompaniment for strings, brass and wind examinations can be arranged. Pupils can be prepared for grade examinations or assessments with ABRSM, Trinity College etc. if wished. (100% success rate to date!). All ages welcome - it's never too late to start!  For futher information please phone Chris and Vicky on 01824 709847

Tesco Vouchers - Well done to everybody who is busy collecting Tesco vouchers. A massive 11686 vouchers were collected last year and we are hoping to break the school record this year, so keep up the good work! This scheme allows us to purchase valuable resources for the next school year.  Thank you!

Achievers - Well done to Olivia for skiing.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Megan, Georg, James and Henny.

Positive Points - Well done to Oliver, Joshua and Bradley.

May 4th / Mai 4ydd

Dear Parents,

Well, I hope there's a change in the weather ready for the Bank Holiday weekend! It's been a busy week with a visit from a prospective Olympic athlete who worked with the children on our Sports 4 All day! We also had a visit from teachers from Carreghofa Primary School in Powys on Thursday, who came to discuss and observe good practice.

Don't forget that school will be closed next Monday, May 7th for the May Day Bank Holiday so enjoy the long weekend.

Annwyl Rieni,

Wel, gobeithio bod y tywydd yn gwella ar gyfer penwythnos Gŵyl y Banc! Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur gydag ymweliad gan athletwr Olympaidd a fu'n gweithio gyda'r plant ar ein dydd ‘Sports 4 All'! Rydym hefyd wedi cael ymweliad gan athrawon o Ysgol Gynradd Carreghwfa ym Mhowys ddydd Iau, a ddaeth i drafod ac i arsylwi arfer da.

Cofiwch y bydd ysgol ar gau Dydd Llun nesaf, Mai 7fed ar gyfer Gwyl y Banc Calan Mai, felly mwynhewch y penwythnos hir.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports 4 All - On Wednesday, Rob Mitchell a local athlete who is competing to qualify for the high jump at the Olympics joined us to complete four sports activities.  The children completed four minutes of exercise and were congratulated for their efforts.  They all took part in an assembly which looked at the life of an athlete competing for a place in the Olympics.  We raised a fantastic £498, which will be shared between the Sports 4 All Project and ourselves. The money raised for school will be used to purchase play ground equipment for the pupils to use at break times. Thank you all for your support.

Music Lessons - The Juniors and Year 2 are invited to renew or take up instrument lessons.  Please see the form sent home with your child and return them by 24th May.  Thank you.

Stig of the Dump Performance -  All of the children will be watching the performance at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on Thursday 10th May at 9a.m. Llandyrnog Village Hall will hopefully be able to accommodate the large scenery the actors need to perform!  If it is possible could you please transport your child to Ysgol Bryn Clwyd on this day at 8.50 a.m.  Children in Breakfast Club will be transported by minibus and must arrive by 8.30 a.m.  We will be finished and back to school by dinner time so please pick up your child as usual from Ysgol Gellifor.

Cycling Proficiency - The Year 6 pupils will have the opportunity to take part in this cycling experience from Monday 21st May to Thursday 24th May and are required to bring in their bicycles and helmets to school, having been fully checked, the day before.  Please ensure that you fill in the relevant safety and consent forms that will be sent out next week.  Thank you.

Pop Proms - As part of their transition to Ysgol Brynhyfryd Years 5 and 6 will be performing in a Pop Proms Concert on Monday 25th June.  They will be rehearsing on a number of dates throughout May and June. The first rehearsal will be taking place on Wednesday 9th May so please make sure your child brings their instrument to school on this day. The instrumentalists are Sarah, Harry, Imogen and Emily.

Clean Mud Modelling - The Reception and Year One children were modelling with mud this week and came out really clean!  They were using soap and paper to make a pulp and made a model from it. 

Piano Tuition - Chris and Vicky Sennett (Dip. RSAMD. PGCE) are friendly, sympathetic and experienced teachers of piano and singing and have some vacancies for pupils at all levels.

Lessons may take place at Ysgol Gellifor or Ysgol Bryn Clwyd after school.

Aural preparation and theory lessons also offered.  Accompaniment for strings, brass and wind examinations can be arranged. Pupils can be prepared for grade examinations or assessments with ABRSM, Trinity College etc. if wished. (100% success rate to date!). All ages welcome - it's never too late to start!  For futher information please phone Chris and Vicky on 01824 709847

Breakfast Club - Please can I, once again, request that your child is registered to attend Breakfast Club on specific days. We need to ensure our staffing ratios are correct for health and safety reasons. Children not attending breakfast must only be dropped off after 8.45 a.m. as they need to supervised by staff on the yard.  Thank you.

Swimmers - Congratulations to all the children who achieved their level 3 or level 5 School Swimming Awards.

Achievers - Congratulations to Murray and Joseph for football, Elspeth for gymnastics and to Freya's Mum (Katy) who ran the London Marathon.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Imogen, Byron, Iestyn, Olivia, Heidi and Eva.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Connor, Murray, Emily, Millie, Megan and Ben.

April 27th / Ebrill 27ain

Dear Parents,

I'm sure you'll all agree that Easter already seems a distant memory! The weather has been quite wet and miserable this week but this hasn't dampened our spirits as we've all been busy working on our Olympic themes across the school!

We have a busy term ahead and please note that half term will be the week beginning 4th June and the pupils will return to school on Monday 11th June.

The INSET (Staff Training) Day has now been confirmed as 29th June (not 1st June as previously stated) so there will be no school for pupils on that day. The school closes for the summer holidays on Wednesday 18th July.

Annwyl Rieni,

Wrth i'r Pasg ddiflannu i'r cof mae'r tywydd wedi bod yn eithaf gwlyb a diflas yr wythnos hon ond dydy hyn ddim wedi effeithio ar ein hysbryd fel yr ydym i gyd wedi bod yn brysur yn gweithio ar ein themâu Olympaidd ar draws yr ysgol!

Mae gennym dymor prysur o'n blaenau a nodwch y bydd hanner tymor yn cychwyn ar 4ydd Mehefin a bydd y disgyblion yn dychwelyd i'r ysgol ar ddydd Llun

11eg Mehefin. Mae'r HMS (Diwrnod Hyfforddiant Staff) bellach wedi cael ei gadarnhau fel 29ain Mehefin (nid 1af Mehefin fely nodwyd yn flaenorol) felly fydd ysgol ar gau i'r ddisgyblion ar y diwrnod hwnnw. Mae'r ysgol yn cau ar gyfer gwyliau'r haf ar ddydd Mercher 18fed Gorffennaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

P.C. Chris - On Thursday the Infants had a visit from P.C. Chris. Years 1 and 2 learned all about emergency situations and people who help us.  They watched and discussed a presentation of a small child phoning for help from the police. The Reception pupils also discussed emergencies and 999 through a story book. 

Planting Sunflower Seeds - Years 3&4 have been very busy planting sunflower seeds with Auntie Jill this morning. The race is on to see who can grow the tallest sunflower.

Stig of the Dump Performance - Unfortunately we were unable to watch a performance of ‘Stig of the Dump' this week due to a slight technical hitch, as they say in the performing arts!!! Actually the fantastic scenery wouldn't fit in the school hall! We have re-scheduled and the performance will take place at Llandyrnog Village Hall on Thursday 10th May.

Jubilee Celebrations! - Llangynhafal Community Centre Committee are organising a Jubilee Party on the playing field on Monday 4th June.  A time to commemorate 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, celebrating our heritage and remembering times gone by.  There will be music, games and lots of fun. So come along and bring a picnic and be part of the community celebrations on this special day.

Infant Camp - The children in Years 1 and 2 will be going to summer camp with Mrs Weyman on Wednesday 20th until Thursday 21st June. The trip will cost £30 and will include accommodation at Ty Clwyd, Llanfair T. H, a trip to Greenwood Park, McDonalds and food for their stay.  If you would like your child to attend please send in a deposit of £10 in a clearly marked envelope as soon as possible. Thank you.                                  

Swimming Gala Success! - Well done to the Gellifor boys' swimming team! Ben, Adam, Joseph and Tam who came second overall in the Vale of Clwyd Swimming Gala.

P.E.Kit- Sports for All! - The children have received sponsor forms to raise money for Sports equipment for playtimes and to help an athlete train for the Olympics.  All the children have been practising their four exercises and will need to have their P.E. kits in school on Wednesday 2nd May.  The children will not only get fit but the majority of the money raised will go towards footballs, skipping ropes aimed at getting the children active at playtime.

Maths Day - Pupils from Year 5 were joining over 100 pupils competing from all over county in a Maths Day at Ruthin School today. There will be lots of mathematical challenges including an indoor orienteering task, and prizes will be awarded throughout the day. The winning school at the end of day will be awarded a laptop as their prize!

Childline - The pupils in Years 5&6 will have an assembly from ‘Childline' next Thursday morning - please see attached letter.

Fire Safety Assembly - Bethan Williams from the Fire Service joined us this morning for assembly to talk to the children about the importance of fire safety.

Welcome - A warm welcome to Manon who joined Year 1 on Monday.

Achievers - Congratulations to Emily for achieving a pass with distinction for her recorder playing, to Megan for competing in a Tetrathlon and to Lewis for rugby!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Emily, Keri, Steffan and Manon.

April 20th / Ebrill 20ain

Dear Parents,

I'd like to welcome you all back to the new term and a warm welcome to our new pupils, Bella and Solomon.

I want to thank you all for your wonderful support with the fundraising for our work in Nepal. Mrs Dowell and I had an amazing opportunity to visit Jalashwary School and Sonrisa Orphanage and we plan to share our experiences with you soon.

Annwyl Rieni,

Hoffwn croesawu chi gyd yn ôl i'r tymor newydd a chroeso cynnes hefyd i Bella a Solomon.

Hoffwn ddiolch i chi gyd am eich cefnogaeth wych gyda'r codi arian ar gyfer ein gwaith yn Nepal. Cafodd Mrs Dowell a finnau gyfle anhygoel i ymweld â Ysgol Jalashwary a Sonrisa Orphanage ac rydym yn bwriadu rhannu ein profiadau gyda chi yn fuan.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Trip to Nant B.H. - The weather did not dampen the pupils' spirits at all in Nant B.H this week.  They were absolutely brilliant and took part in canoeing, gorge walking, mountain climbing and hiking.  They were extremely busy and very bleary eyed on their return!

Poor Mrs Brookes Jones was unwell so I joined the children Monday evening still not having unpacked my suitcase from my trek through the Himalayas but I thoroughly enjoyed being at Nant with this group of very well behaved pupils!!  A big thank you to Auntie Jill and Mr Monteiro for their support and we hope Mrs Brookes-Jones will get better very soon! 

School Council - Our School Councils from both schools visited the Council Chambers in Ruthin with Cllr. Gwilym Evans yesterday afternoon.

Stig of the Dump Performance - We are very lucky to have the Image Musical Theatre Company coming to give a performance of ‘Stig of the Dump' for both schools next Wednesday afternoon at Llandyrnog Village Hall. We would be grateful for a contribution of £2 towards the cost of this performance.

Breakfast Club - Please can I, once again, request that your child is registered to attend Breakfast Club on specific days. We need to ensure our staffing ratios are correct for health and safety reasons. Thank you.

Eco Day - We had a wonderful end to the term with an Eco Day which involved group activities such as planting, making paper and recycling amongst others.  A great day was had by all.  Many thanks to Miss Adie for all her hard work in organising the event.

Freya's Charity Project

ACE - Animal care Egypt

During the last week before the Easter holidays Freya in Year 5 organised an auction of 20 of her Teddies for charity.  The Charity is ‘ACE' Animal Care Egypt, a Charity Freya has become familiar with through the Pony Club, specifically redesigning harnesses for working donkeys and ponies.  Thank you to pupils and staff at Ysgol Gellifor Freya has raised £62 for ‘ACE', this will save the lives of many donkeys and ponies.  Thank you for your support.

Years 5&6 - Science at Brynhyfryd - Pupils in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a very loud and exciting Chemistry Show at Ysgol Brynhyfryd on Thursday morning.

Welcome to our New Pupils - It was lovely to greet two new pupils to Gellifor this week.  Isabella has joined Year 2 and Solomon has started in our Nursery.

A Warm Welcome to Student Teachers - It was lovely to welcome two new staff members to our team. Miss Bateman will be working with Mrs Weyman and Miss Littlewood will be working with Mr Monteiro.

Achievers - Congratulations to Deri and Ben for swimming and to Neisha, Hattie, Heidi and Maisie for gymnastics and to Matthew for achieving his silver award in Rookie Lifeguarding.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done Joshua, Dominic, Bella and Sam.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Sarah.

March 30th / Mawrth 30ain

Dear Parents,

We have reached the end of a very busy term culminating in a very eventful week with the County Urdd Eisteddfod on Saturday, the Easter Fun Run on Sunday, our Easter Service this morning, a wonderful ECO day today and Mrs Dowell and me flying off to Nepal this evening!

I would like to thank all the staff for their commitment and dedication through this busy term and I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all when we re-open on Tuesday 17th April.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydym wedi cyrraedd diwedd tymor prysur iawn gydag wythnos yn llawn gweithgaredd, gydag Eisteddfod Sir yr Urdd ddydd Sadwrn, Ras Hwyl y Pasg ddydd Sul, Gwasanaeth y Pasg y bore yma, diwrnod ECO gwych heddiw a bydd Mrs Dowell a finnau'n hedfan i Nepal heno!
Hoffwn ddiolch i'r holl staff am eu hymrwymiad a'u hymroddiad drwy'r tymor prysur a hoffwn ddymuno Pasg Hapus i chi i gyd ac edrychaf ymlaen at eich gweld i gyd pan fyddwn yn ail-agor ddydd Mawrth 17 Ebrill.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Easter Bunny Fun Run / Easter Fayre - A big well done to everyone who turned out for the Easter Fun Run on a glorious Sunday morning! We had an amazing 140 competitors! A fantastic £500 was raised! Thank you to Auntie Fran and Miss Tami who organised the event and to the PTA who helped make this event a success by arranging a wonderful Easter Fayre to run concurrently.

ECO Day - The pupils have had a fun filled ECO day today organised by the Groundwork Team. A big thank you to Miss Adie for her work on this project!

The pupils have all had a go gardening, paper making, designing coaster mosaics and plant pots plus lots of games and helping to build our new story chair!

Success at the Urdd Eisteddfod -

Congratulations to all who took part in the County Eisteddfod on Saturday. The children

were a credit to the school and these were the results of the pupils who were staged:

Ymgom                                  2nd

Group Recitation                     2nd

Individual Recitation Years 5/6 1st Millie

Individual Recitation Under 7   4th Liam

Woodwind                             1st Sarah

                                            3rd Emily

Both Millie and Sarah will be representing Denbighshire at the National Eisteddfod

in Caernarfon during the Whit Half Term.

Well done to all those who competed and thank you to Mrs Weyman and Mrs Hughes for all their support in preparing the children.

Fun in the Sunshine - This week's lovely sunshine has meant the pupils could enjoy the new Trim Trail on the school field!

Easter Service - There was a lovely spring feeling to the Easter service this morning. Rev. Phillip took the service in the hall and the children sang, played instruments and staff told the Easter Story. Many thanks to Rev.Phillip.

Infant P.E - The children in Year 2 will be going swimming the first part of the Summer Term. Please ensure they have their swimming kit with them on a Friday, starting the second week back.  Years 3 and 4 will be completing their swimming sessions on the first Friday back due to the ECO day.

Nant B.H. - Please remember that all those pupils visiting Nant B.H. after Easter need to be in school by 9.45am on Monday 16th April. This is an INSET day.

Thank you Mr Kellett! - Mr Kellett will not be with us for a short time after Easter but we look forward to him returning later on in the year. As a token of our appreciation we gave Mr Kellett a gardening hamper so he will be kept busy over Easter!

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Freya, Byron, Maisie and Louis.

Happy Easter Everyone!

March 23rd / Mawrth 23ain

Dear Parents,

I would like to say how proud I am of all those pupils who have been busy preparing this week for the County Eisteddfod and I'd like to wish all our competitors the best of luck tomorrow at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.

A big thank you to everyone for their hard work and effort in preparing for the competitions and, as always, for the fantastic support from parents.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydw i'n falch iawn o'r plant sydd wedi bod yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer Eisteddfod y Sir a hoffwn dymuno pob lwc i bawb sy'n cystadlu yn Ysgol Glan Clwyd yfory.

Diolch yn fawr i bawb am eu gwaith caled wrth baratoi ar gyfer y cystadlaethau a, fel bob amser, am y gefnogaeth wych gan rieni.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Sports Relief - Everyone turned up in their best sporting gear today and we were all busy with some form of physical activity throughout the day.  A sight to see was the whole school dancing on the yard to the Get Up and Go CD while some of the Juniors have been swimming and they have all had their running shoes on, completing a team mile! Congratulations to the winning team - Oliver, Josh, Amy and Charlotte!

We have raised a fantastic £108.50 today for Sports Relief!

Sponsored Readathon - Please can I thank everyone who has brought in their sponsor money so far! I am extremely grateful and the money raised is increasing daily!! 80% of the proceeds will be going to Jalashwary School and 20% for new purchases for our school library.

Please can I ask that any remaining sponsor money is brought in on Monday so that I can change the funds into travellers' cheques ready for my trip next Friday. Thank you.

Eisteddfod Urdd Times - Saturday 24th March - Could everybody taking part in the Group Recitation, Ymgom and Individual Recitation at the Urdd Eisteddfod this Saturday please meet at Ysgol Glan Clwyd at 8.15am for the prelims.  The Woodwind Competition is straight to stage at 8.30am. Any one coming 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the prelims will be staged in the afternoon.  The staged County Eisteddfod starts at 1.00pm.

Maths Workshop - Dylan, Emily, Ben and Murray attended a Maths Workshop at Ysgol Brynhyfryd last week, working on maths puzzles and investigations with pupils from local schools.

PTA Easter Fun Run - Our annual Easter Fun Run will be held on Sunday 25th March.  If you would like to join us please be at school by 10 a.m. to register!

The race will start promptly at 10.30 a.m.  

This year we will also be holding an Easter Fayre running concurrently in the hall so why not pop in to join our Easter celebrations.

Don't forget the clocks go forward one hour on Sunday morning!!!

Eisteddfod Art Success! - Megan Roberts was awarded third place in the recent Eisteddfod for her colour prints. Well Done Megan!

Church service -   Our Easter service will be held in the school hall this year at 9.15 a.m. on Friday 30th March. We invite all parents to join us and Rev. Phillip at this very special time of year.

Inset Day - Monday 16th of April is an INSET day and there will be no school for pupils on this day. We break up for the Easter holidays on Friday 30th March and pupils return to school on Tuesday 17th April.

Nant B.H. - Junior pupils who are attending the Outdoor Education Residential trip from 16th - 18th April at Nant B.H. need to be in school on Monday 16th April (INSET Day) at 9.45am.

Please ensure all payments are received in full by Thursday 29th March. Thank you.

School Council Visit - Our School Council will be visiting the Council Chambers in Ruthin with Mr. Monteiro and Cllr. Gwilym Evans on Thursday 19th April.

Achievers - Well done to Steffan for swimming.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Ben, Iestyn, Ceiran and Steffan.

Positive Points - Well done to Megan R, Morgan, Emily, Jordan, Ben and Megan E.

March 16 / Mawrth 16

Dear Parents,

It has been a very exciting and rewarding week at Ysgol Gellifor beginning on Saturday with our success at the Eisteddfod, followed by a Mystery of Dragon Castle performance and workshops on Tuesday, then two visits from Techniquest Glyndwr on Wednesday and Thursday! A big thank you to everyone who supported our Trishaw Challenge last Friday!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos gyffrous iawn a gwerth chweil yn Ysgol Gellifor, gan dechrau ddydd Sadwrn gyda‘n llwyddiant yn yr Eisteddfod, wedi'i ddilyn gan berfformiad a gweithdai Mystery of Dragon Castle ddydd Mawrth, a wedyn dau ymweliad gan Techniquest Glyndwr ddydd Mercher a dydd Iau! Diolch yn fawr i bawb a gefnogodd ein Her Trishaw ddydd Gwener diwethaf.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Urdd Eisteddfod Results - Congratulations to all who took part in the Cylch Eisteddfod last Saturday. The children were a credit to the school and I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who came to support and a special thank you to Mrs Weyman and Mrs Hughes for all their hard work.

Recitation Yr 2 and Under

1st Liam D-Jones

3rd William Harper

Recitation Yr 3/4

2nd Keri Evans

3rd Sian Evans

Recitation Yr 5/6

1st Millie Collins

2nd Megan Evans

Group Recitation

1st Ysgol Gellifor (Millie, Megan E, Sarah, Megan R, Murray, Oliver, Matthew, Adam and Nicholas)

Dialogue

2nd Ysgol Gellifor (Megan E, Murrary, Ben W and Millie)

Woodwind

1st Emily

2nd Sarah

All of the children who were place 1st or 2nd

go through to the County Eisteddfod on

Saturday 24th March.

Read-a-thon - The children are really throwing themselves into the Readathon at the moment with lots of reading enjoyment going on as well as some fantastic fundraising. Some children have already made it to their second bookmark! We have a further week to read and then it will require lots of mathematical skill as pupils tot up the amount going to the very worthy causes, Jalashwary School and the Ysgol Gellifor library. Keep up the good reading children!

Please note that all the Readathon sponsor money needs to be in school by Wednesday 28th March in order for me to purchase travellers' cheques to take to Nepal on the Friday. Thank you so much for your support!

The Mystery of Dragon Castle - The whole school was treated to a fun packed day on Tuesday on a spooky theme. They started with a full length performance of a castle adventure with science sleuths and questions being set. The children took part in workshops in the afternoon and all of them were very aware of how to prepare food safely and how to store it by the end of the day. All the pupils enjoyed the activities learning about the four Cs of food hygiene through drama activities.

Science Workshop - All of the Juniors took part in a workshop on Tuesday about a solar car adventure.

Out of the Toybox - The Infants were learning their science through a toy box presentation this week. The performance by Techniquest really made them think about all of the Physical Processes, in particular materials and forces.

Tennis Workshop - On Thursday the Juniors were able to work with a tennis coach, teaching them the necessary skills to be the next Andy Murray!

‘Tri-Shorn' Challenge - Thank you for all your sponsorship and support last Friday as I cycled 11 miles pulling Mrs Dowell in the Trishaw! A big thank you to our support team on the day... Jeff, Katy, Tina, Vicky and Rob! I also have to thank Mr Hughes, Mike Parker and Jeff Lewis for fixing my numerous punctures last week!!! We have raised over £1000 so far for Jalashwary School in Nepal. Connor's name was drawn from the hat to cut the first of Mrs Dowell's ponytails off!!

Achievers - Well done to Anouska for Karate, Murray for football and Oliver for swimming.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Emily, Jake, Tommy and Lucy.

Positive Points - Well done to Freya and Matthew.

Spelling Bronze Award - Congratulations to Steffan, Iestyn, Lauren, Georg, Eileigh, Georgina and Sian.

......And Auntie Jill is 21 again tomorrow!!!!

March 9th / Mawrth 9fed

Dear Parents,

I would like to say how proud I am of all those pupils who have been busy preparing this week for the Eisteddfod on Saturday. I have seen dedication and commitment from pupils who have decided they would like to take part. I would like to wish good luck to all those competing on Saturday but most of all I would like them to enjoy the experience and have fun.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydw i'n falch iawn o'r plant sydd wedi bod yn brysur yn paratoi ar gyfer yr Eisteddfod ddydd Sadwrn. Mae'r rhai sydd wedi penderfynu cystadlu wedi bod yn ymroddedig iawn yn ymarfer. Pob lwc iddyn nhw a gobeithio y byddant yn mwynhau'r profiad a chael hwyl wrth gystadlu.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Tri-Shorn Challenge! - In my madness I have been giving pupils rides in the trishaw this week in preparation for our challenge today!

I will update you next week with photographs of the ride and Mrs Dowell's new haircut! I will let you know how much money we have raised for out partner school in Nepal! That's presuming and hoping I make it!!!

A Big Thank You! - Our best wishes and good luck for the future go to our two students, Miss Gray and Miss Walsh who have completed their teaching experience here at Ysgol Gellifor.

Parents Evenings - Please ensure that you send your preference slip back to school on Monday. Please note that Nursery Parents are not required to attend but if you have any concerns please see the relevant member of staff.

Urdd Eisteddfod - Saturday 10th March

Prelims

Year 5 and 6                  Roli a'r Troli                   8.30 - 9.45a.m.              Room C2

Year 2 and Under           Amser Gwely                 9.45-12.00noon            Room C2

Year 3 and 4                  Fy Ngol Gyntaf               10.00-12.00 noon          The old canteen

Please ensure you are at Ysgol Brynhyfryd 15mins before the prelim is about to start.

The Eisteddfod itself will be taking place in the main hall at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in the afternoon. It is very difficult to estimate timings but I would be grateful if all the pupils competing in the Ymgom would meet me at 1pm and the pupils competing in the Group Recitation and Woodwind competitions would meet me at 1.45pm by the main entrance. Thank you.

Years 3&4 Building Pyramids! - Years 3 and 4 have been busy studying their topic this term of Ancient Egypt. They were very interested to find out how the Great Pyramids of Giza were built and how long it took. So, they decided to build their own (a little smaller though!).

Through maths the pupils have worked out just how many blocks or sugar cubes they would need for each Pyramid. 140 in total!!

After School Club - Pupils who attend After School Club have been busy planting hedges as part of our ECO project.

Jalashwary School - Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising! We hope everyone is busy completing the Readathon Challenge and filling in their bookmarks! Mrs Dowell is having her hair cut short by one lucky pupil today and will be celebrating her 50th birthday on Saturday too!

Frog Hopping! - The pupils have been very interested in what's going on in the school pond this week! We have lots of frogs that the pupils have been caring for.

Year 5 & 6 Assembly Line! - In Design and Technology Years 5 & 6 have been investigating and then designing wallets and purses.  They are now measuring, cutting and sewing different types of material to create their finished product.  Their completed wallet or purse should fasten and include compartments. 

Achievers - Well done to Maisie for gymnastics, Anouska for Karate and to Ben for swimming.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Millie, Sian, Liam and Katy.

Positive Points - Well done to Dylan, Joshua, Harry, Imogen, Sarah, Lauren and Georgina for achieving their Positive Point Bronze Award.

March 2nd / Marth 2il

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see signs of spring this week and the children looking so smart in traditional Welsh costume. It has been an enjoyable week with lots of activities going on. The Wind Band played in our St. David's Day assembly and the pupils have been busy with preparations for the Eisteddfod! It was great to see the array of colourful costumes to celebrate World Book Day.

Annwyl Rieni,

Roedd yn hyfryd i weld arwyddion y gwanwyn yr wythnos hon, ac roedd y plant yn edrych mor smart mewn gwisg draddodiadol Gymreig. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos bleserus gyda llawer o weithgareddau yn digwydd. Chwaraeodd ein Band Chwyth yn ein gwasanaeth Dydd Gŵyl Dewi, ac mae'r disgyblion wedi bod yn brysur gyda'r paratoadau ar gyfer yr Eisteddfod! Roedd yn wych i weld amrywiaeth o wisgoedd lliwgar i ddathlu Diwrnod y Llyfr.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

World Book Day - The children came to school dressed as their favourite book character today and there will be prizes for the most creative

costumes - the names of the winners will be announced in next week's newsletter! Thank you for your continued support in providing such wonderful costumes for the children to wear. It stimulated a lot of conversations about our favourite stories!

Urdd Eisteddfod 2012 - Saturday 10th March

Next Saturday some pupils will be taking part in the Regional Eisteddfod in Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin. The children will need to wear full school uniform, black shoes not trainers and bring something quiet to occupy themselves as it will probably be a long day! The prelims will take place in the morning and we will inform you of times next week as soon as we are informed by the Urdd Office.

Clay Collage - All the classes have been working hard with Mr Dalrymple to create our new clay collage for the front of the school.

St David's Day/World Book Day - We celebrated 2 days of reading in English and Cymraeg this week. On St. David's Day the children listened to some traditional Welsh stories and Councillor Gwilym Evans read to the pupils and Mrs Glenys Evans told them the story of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

Reception - Healthy Eating Talk - The school nurse came to talk about healthy eating and washing hands to our Reception pupils.

Meithrin Sponsored Bike Ride - The weather was lovely for Meithrin's sponsored bike ride on Thursday.

Dates for Diary - March

March 10th Urdd Eisteddfod

March 13th Mystery of Dragon Castle

March 14th Solar Car Science KS2

March 15th Toy Box Science Foundation Phase

March 19th / 20th Parents' Evening (details to follow)

March 24th County Urdd Eisteddfod

March 25th Easter Bunny Fun Run

March 29th Easter Church Service

March 30th ECO Day and end of term

Readathon - Today the children have been given their bookmarks to begin the Readathon Challenge. If your child completes a book over the weekend please don't forget to sign the bookmark. Thank you.

Parents' Evening - We will be holding Parents' Evenings for you to come to view your child's work and discuss progress with your child's teacher on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March. Further details to follow next week.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Thomas, Georgina, Neisha and Henny

Positive Points - Well done to Emily, Thomas, Dylan, Joshua, Lauren and Heidi.

Spelling Award - Well done to Morgan, Amy and Harriet for achieving their bronze spelling award.

February 24th / Chwefror 24ain

Dear Parents,

It's been another busy week at Ysgol Gellifor, with the launch of our new reading initiative! We have lots of various activities going on and I'd like to encourage everyone to share their joy of reading with our pupils. Pupils have been busy preparing pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and today we are hosting our Wind Band Play Day and have a range of talented young musicians performing this evening.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur arall yn Ysgol Gellifor, gyda lansiad ein cynllun darllen newydd! Mae gennym lawer o weithgareddau amrywiol yn digwydd a hoffwn annog pawb i rannu'r mwynhad o ddarllen gyda'r disgyblion. Bu'r disgyblion yn brysur yn paratoi crempogau ddydd Mawrth, a heddiw rydym yn cynnal Diwrnod Chwarae Band Chwyth ac mae gennym nifer o gerddorion ifanc dawnus yn perfformio heno.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Jalashwary School, Nepal - For over 10 years our school has had an association with Jalashwary School in rural Nepal and in 2004 Ysgol Gellifor was instrumental in helping to fund the new school building. Now we would like to help build upon our previous support and forge links for our pupils and also provide resources for the pupils at Jalashwary School. As part of our fund raising efforts to support our partner school Mrs Dowell and I will be taking part in a Tri - Shorn challenge on 9th March and are seeking your support. We have acquired a Tri-shaw and I will be riding from Llandyrnog to Ruthin via Gellifor. This is an estimated distance of 7 miles and, as I will be carrying Mrs Dowell, I would like this mammoth effort to be rewarded by raising lots of money!  For her part, Mrs Dowell is having her hair cut ... by children! We will both be travelling to Nepal during the Easter Holidays, visiting the school, taking the money raised with us and ensuring it is spent in the best way possible.Please consider supporting us, by sending donations to school in a clearly marked envelope and on behalf of the children of Jalashwary ... thank you!

World Book Event - Next week we will have a two day event to celebrate Reading.   As World Book Day falls on Thursday 1st March the children will listen to traditional Welsh tales and be given the opportunity to take part in our St. David's Day assembly. We will also be having a cake day to raise money for Marie Curie.  On the 2nd they will be able to dress up as characters from books and there will be prizes for the most imaginative and inventive costumes.  Three further competitions will take place and children will be able to bring in a bookmark they have designed, a 500 word story or a picture book they have created to take part.  There will be winners for both infant and junior entries.  it will also be the start of the Ysgol Gellifor Read-a-thon which will be taking place from World Book Day for four weeks.  80% of the money raised will go to Jalashwary School in Nepal and 20% will go towards reading books for the children here at Ysgol Gellifor.  Please see attached leaflet and sponsor form. 

Pancake Day - There was much tossing of pancakes and laughter in Ysgol Gellifor on Tuesday as the children found out all about Shrove Tuesday and its meaning.  Many of the classes designed healthy pancakes............ I'm not convinced as Mrs Weyman was sure she saw evidence of chocolate and syrup around some mouths!

Windband Play Day - A big thank you to Mrs Jones who has had a range of talented young musicians from schools around the area join us for a Wind Band Play Day. They will be performing in a concert this evening at Llandyrnog Village Hall at 6pm. There will be no Wind Band practice next Thursday.

Topics in School - As anyone who has visited the infant department over the last four weeks has probably noticed, space is their topic this term, it was no surprise to see the infants busy making space pictures this week.  Class two are working on their Egypt topic and in their maths sessions working out the number of sugar cubes to build a large pyramid.  Quite a challenge! Whilst Years 5 and 6 have been researching the lives of fictional and non-fictional characters and presenting them to the class in the role of their chosen character. Next week we have local artist, Neil Dalrymple working with us to produce a fantastic new mural, in clay for the school.

Girlguiding Thinking Day - As part of Thinking Day on Wednesday 22nd February we supported theGirl Guiding association and gave pupils the opportunity to come to school in their Brownie Uniform.

Scholastic Book Club - If you want to order from the scholastic book club brochure sent home with your child on Tuesday, please return the form with full payment and your £1 book day voucher (for books £2.99 and over) by Friday 2nd March.  Thank you.

Seren Yr Wythnos -Congratulations to Bella, Eileigh, Ben and Sam.

Positive Points - Well done to Murray, Oliver, Nicholas and Bradley

Achievers - Congratulations to Ben, Neisha, Maisie and Eva for swimming.

Feruary 10th / Chwefror 10fed

Dear Parents,

We've arrived at the end of what I can only describe as another eventful and fulfilling half term at Ysgol Gellifor.

We had a fantastic time on our trip to Cardiff. Mr Monteiro, Auntie Sue and I were very proud of all the children!

I wish you all an enjoyable half term break and I look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 20th February.

Annwyl Rieni,

Rydyn ni wedi cyrraedd diwedd hanner tymor brysur arall yn Ysgol Gellifor.

Cawsom amser gwych ar ein trip i Gaerdydd. Roedd Mr Monteiro, Auntie Sue a finnau yn falch iawn o'r plant i gyd!

Gobeithio y byddwch yn mwynhau'r hanner tymor ac edrychaf ymlaen i groesawu'r plant yn ôl ar ddydd Llun 20ain Chwefror.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Cardiff Trip - A great time was had by all on our trip to Cardiff! Our visit included a guided tour of the National Assembly, where the children debated in the chambers, a tour of the Millennium Centre, a visit to Techniquest, a tour of the Millennium Stadium, a trip down the mine at Big Pit, a visit to St Fagans National History Museum of Wales and even a trip to the cinema to watch Monsters in Paris 3D. Mr Monteiro has been busy preparing a DVD of the trip for all the pupils to share the experience with their families. We ask for a small donation of £3 to cover the cost of the DVDs. Thank you.

Years 3 &4 Ruthin Craft Centre - The children in the lower juniors travelled to the Craft Centre in Ruthin this week to learn about impressions in clay.  They investigated materials in nature and made stunning impressions in clay.  All of the children worked extremely hard and Aunty Jill was very impressed by their hard work.  Although at one point they thought there were ghosts in the building as they were covered in clay dust.  Well Done!

County Cross Country - Congratulations to Heidi and Harriet who ran in the final of the County Cross Country this week. They travelled to Blessed Edward Jones High School playing field in Rhyl and  both worked extremely hard to complete the gruelling course. Heidi finished in 7th place which is quite an achievement.  They were both awarded certificates in assembly this morning.  Well Done!

Years 3&4 - Trip to Nant Bwlch Yr Haearn - After the Easter break Years 3 and 4 will have the opportunity to attend a three day residential trip to Nant Bwlch Y Haearn Outdoor Education Centre. They will have the opportunity to experience gorge walking, orienteering and rock climbing. The trip will be from Monday 16th April - Wednesday 18th April. More details to follow after half term.

PTA - Film Night - The children were treated to the film, ‘The Lion King' on Tuesday evening and all appeared to enjoy the event. The evening raised £100 towards P.T.A. funds for the school. 

Wind Band Play Day - There will be a Wind Band Play Day on Friday, 24th February for the talented musicians in our school.  It will be held at Ysgol Bryn Clwyd and there will be a performance for parents at the end of the day. 

Warm Clothing - There has been a real chill in the air this week. Hopefully things will warm up after half term but if not please ensure that your child brings a warm coat to school every day.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Joe, Steffan, Rab and Lewis.

Positive Points - Well done to Connor and Amy.

Achievers - Congratulations to Hattie for achieving Bronze in Gymnastics. A massive well done to Harriet and Heidi for their achievements in the Cross Country this week.

February 3rd / Chwefror 3ydd

Dear Parents,

It has been an exciting week here at Ysgol Gellifor with a lots going on! The Infants travelled to Llandyrnog on Thursday for a Space Workshop with Techniquest Glyndwr and we had great success at the Cross Country on Wednesday.

Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 are excited at the prospect of our residential trip to Cardiff and need to be up bright and early on Monday to meet at school at 6am!!

Annwyl Rieni,

Top of Form

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos gyffrous yma yn Ysgol Gellifor gyda llawer yn digwydd! Aeth y babanod i Landyrnog ddydd Iau er mwyn cael Gweithdy Gofod gyda Techniquest Glyndwr, ac fe gawsom lwyddiant mawr yn y Rasus Traws-gwlad ddydd Mercher.
Mae disgyblion Blynyddoedd 4, 5 a 6 yn edrych ymlaen at ein taith breswyl i Gaerdydd ac mae angen iddyn nhw fod wedi codi'n cynnar ddydd Llun i gyfarfod yn yr ysgol am 6 o'r gloch!!

 Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Space Dome - The children in the infants were very starry eyed on Thursday as they were treated to a Space Dome interactive activity by Techniquest Glyndwr.  They were able to watch the stars and planets as they were sent through outer space to observe and investigate the Solar System.

P.T.A Film Night - On Tuesday 7th February there will be a Film night held at school to raise money for the P.T.A.   All the children who are not going to Cardiff are invited to join the P.T.A. to watch ‘The Lion King' and there will be hot dogs and treats to buy on the night.  See attached flier.

Cardiff Arrangements - We are off to Cardiff on Monday 6th February and returning on Wednesday 8th February. The children will need a packed lunch for Monday for the journey. A reminder that the children need to be in Ysgol Gellifor by 6.00am prompt. We will be returning at approximately 7pm on Wednesday - please can you ensure I have an up to date mobile phone number and I'll text everyone if there is any delay or alteration to the arrival time.

P.C.Chris - P.C. Chris visited the Juniors on Thursday and Years 3 and 4 were put through their paces on what they should do to prevent bullying and how to deal with a bully.  Years 5 and 6 were taught about anti social behaviour and how they should behave outside of school.  

Craft Centre - All Year 3 pupils and those Junior pupils who are not on the Cardiff trip will be visiting Ruthin Craft Centre for a Clay Workshop on Wednesday morning, 8th February. The cost is £3 per pupil, payable on Monday morning please.

Half Term - Just a reminder that we break up for the half term holiday on Friday 10th February and return to school on Monday 20th February.

Urdd Membership - Please ensure, that if your child is entering any Urdd competition this year, that they have paid their Urdd fees of £6.50. Thank you.

Mistar Urdd's 90th Birthday -  Last Friday it was Mistar Urdd's 90th birthday and the school marked the day by wearing red, white and green.  There were Urdd colouring competitions as well as Welsh jambori sessions.  £70 was raised towards the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Cross Country Success! - Although a very cold day on Wednesday the children warmed up enough to achieve high standards in the Vale of Clwyd Cross Country competition.  Well done to all who competed and in particular, to Heidi who received a medal for 1st place in the Lower Junior race, Tam, Murray and Harriet who all qualified for the final next week.

Urdd Art Competition - There are many categories in the art, craft and design section including drawing, painting, weaving, collage, photography and computer graphics. The theme for this year is Movement, Excitement and Celebration and this can be interpreted literally or in an abstract way. The work will be judged during the third week back after half term, so I'd be grateful to receive all entries by Friday 2nd of March. I hope the children who wish to take part very much enjoy doing so. See Mrs Weyman or myself for further details if your child is interested in entering.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Megan, Seren, Heidi and Spencer

Achievers  - Congratulations to Ben for his swimming at the Urdd in Cardiff, to Heidi for Show Jumping and Hattie for Gymnastics. Congratulations to the Cross Country Team!

Positive Points - Well done to Harriet.

January 27th / Ionawr 27ain

Dear Parents,

We celebrated the Chinese New Year this week, as you can see, with lots of fun activities. The pupils were also treated to a fantastic Road Safety workshop called ‘Jugglestruck'.

Today we joined in with Mr Urdd's 90th birthday celebrations with many other schools across Wales.

Annwyl Rieni,

Fe wnaethon ni ddathlu Blwyddyn Newydd y Tsieineaid yr wythnos hon, fel y gwelwch, gyda llawer o weithgareddau llawn hwyl. Cafodd y disgyblion weithdy gwych hefyd o'r enw 'Jugglestruck' am Ddiogelwch ar y Ffyrdd.

Heddiw fe wnaethon ni ymuno â dathliadau pen-blwydd Mr Urdd yn 90 oed gydag ysgolion eraill ledled Cymru.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Chinese New Year - Everyone was saying ‘Kung Hei Fat Choy' at school on Monday. The children took part in a Chinese New Year celebrations, completed Chinese activities and sampled foods from the Orient. The school was awash with the colour red and thank you to Mr Kellett for cooking a spectacular Chinese lunch. The Infants made dragon masks as it is the Year of the Dragon and Years 3 and 4 made Chinese lanterns and lucky red money envelopes!

Jugglestruck Road Safety Show - Our pupils were awed by a show combining magic, juggling, balloon modelling and... roadsafety!! The importance of The Green Cross Code message ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think' was delivered to the whole school. This excellent presentation was part of a nationwide campaign by the Road Safety Office to spread awareness of dangers on the road.

Sgwad Sgwennu / Welsh Writing Squad - Megan and Sarah travelled to Ysgol Borthyn to join other pupils from the Ruthin cluster to take part in the first session of the Welsh Writing Squad - Sgwad Sgwennu.

Urdd Membership - If your child is going to take part in the Urdd Eisteddfod this year, and has not already joined please, ensure that the membership fee of £6.50 is paid by Friday 3rd February. Thank you.

Nursery Dance - Nursery were chasing imaginary balloons around the hall with Miss Adie and Auntie Sara as part of their creative dance lesson.

Urdd Swimming Gala - Good luck to Ben who is competing in the Urdd National Swimming Gala Finals at Cardiff International Pool tomorrow.

Cardiff Residential Trip - Just a reminder to those pupils who are travelling to Cardif to please return the Medical Form, Form C and any outstanding payments by next Monday 30th January. Thank you.

Rec and Yrs 1&2 Techniquest Space Dome - As part of their topic on Space, Reception, Years 1 and 2 will be taken to Llandyrnog Village Hall next Thursday afternoon. Techniquest are bringing a Space Dome and presenting an exciting workshop for the pupils. We are subsidising the event but we do ask for a donation of £3 towards the cost. Thank you.

Cross Country - The Cross Country competition will be taking place at Ysgol Fron Goch at 3.45pm on Wednesday 1st Feb. Mrs Brookes Jones has informed those pupils taking part.

Art Club will be cancelled next Wednesday due to the Cross Country Event.

P.T.A Request - If you have any second hand uniform items that you don't want, please pass it on to Mrs Legg who is busy collecting them for a fundraiser. Thank you.

Achievers - Congratulations to Neisha for show jumping and to Anouska for gymnastics.

Positive Points - Well done to Millie and Ben.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Murray, James, William H. and Deri.

January 20th / Ionawr 20ain

Dear Parents,

It has been another busy week at Ysgol Gellifor. We started with a two day ‘Thinking Skills' event on Monday involving all the pupils and this morning the Junior classes presented a Dance Showcase.

We will soon be starting to prepare the pupils for the Urdd Eisteddfod and I am hopeful that the Urdd competitions will once more be embraced with enthusiasm and excitement.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur arall yn Ysgol Gellifor. Dechreuodd yr wythnos gyda gweithgareddau 'Sgiliau Meddwl' i'r holl ddisgyblion ac y bore yma cyflwynodd y dosbarthiadau iau Arddangosfa Ddawns.
Byddwn yn dechrau paratoi'r disgyblion ar gyfer Eisteddfod yr Urdd cyn bo hir ac rwy'n obeithiol y byddwn unwaith eto yn cystadlu gyda brwdfrydedd a chyffro.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Thinking Skills Day - The pupils were really challenged this week as they were put through their paces during thinking skills sessions. They had to balance penguins onto a wobbly island as a team and complete a variety of puzzles, one of which had 70,000 different possibilities!  All of the children worked extremely hard and many of the staff were challenged too!  Oh dear!!!

Urdd Eisteddfod 2012 - Preparations have begun in school towards our involvement in this year's Urdd Eisteddfod.  We are eager that all pupils learn the individual recitation for their particular year group as part of their Welsh second language studies and any interested pupils, will be encouraged to compete individually in the Eisteddfod itself. There will be several other competitions for our talented pupils to participate in, which include group recitation, dialogue, cerdd dant, musical instrument and disco dancing.

Dates are as follows;

District Eisteddfod: Ysgol Brynhyfryd - Saturday March 10th

County Dance Eisteddfod: Ysgol Brynhyfryd - Friday March 16th

County Eisteddfod: Ysgol Glan Clwyd - Saturday March 24th

Urdd National Eisteddfod: Caernarfon - W/B June 4th

Wind Band - The Wind Band have been working hard on a number of new pieces over the last two weeks. Mrs Jones is very proud of their hard work!

Criw Celf - Congratulations to the three pupils who attended the first Criw Celf Art Masterclass session at Bodelwyddan Castle on Saturday. They had a great day!

Junior Dance Success! - A big thank you to Miss Tami for all her hard work last term whilst working with the Juniors on their creative dance project. Their performance in assembly today was outstanding!

School Council Meeting - Cllr. Gwilym Evans attended the School Council meeting with the pupils on Thursday afternoon.

Breakfast Club - Thank you to all those who returned the Breakfast Club attendance sheets. We now have 29 pupils registered. If your child is not registered can you please inform Auntie Tracey on Monday so that we can arrange the appropriate staffing ratios.

In the interest of Health and Safety can we please request that you do not drop your child off at Breakfast Club before 8a.m. and that you pay Breakfast Club fees (50p a day or £2 a week) for the week ahead on a Monday morning.

Chinese New Year - Monday 23rd January is the start of the Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of the Dragon. The children will be taking part in activities to celebrate and learn all about this tradition. The pupils may dress up in traditional Chinese costume or wear red and Mr Kellett will be doing us proud, serving up a Chinese meal. It will be an exciting day for all year groups and we hope that the children learn a lot from this experience.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Morgan, Harriet, William and Mabel. Well done to Emily for performing a solo on the recorder during assembly.

January 13th / Ionawr 13eg

Dear Parents,

The new term is in full swing by now and the children are settling in to their new routine once again. We have a busy few weeks ahead starting with a ‘Thinking Skills' day on Monday involving all the pupils!

It has been drawn to my attention that local pedestrians are becoming concerned about the speed that cars are travelling in and around the village. Please may I ask for your consideration in this matter and may I also ask you to be mindful of where you park your cars. Thank you for your understanding as the health and safety of our pupils is of paramount importance.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r tymor newydd ynei anterth erbyn hyn ac mae'r plant yn bwrw iddi o ddifri gyda'r drefn newydd unwaith eto.

Mae gennym rai wythnosau prysur o'n blaenau gan gychwyn gyda diwrnod 'Sgiliau Meddwl' ddydd Llun yn cynnwys yr holl ddisgyblion!
Rydw i wedi cael ar ddeall bod cerddwyr lleol yn pryderu am gyflymder rhai ceir wrth iddyn nhw deithio o amgylch y pentref. Os gwelwch yn dda ga i ofyn i chi fod yn ofalus yn hynny o beth, a hefyd ga i ofyn i chi gymryd gofal wrth ddewis rhywle i barcio eich car. Diolch am eich dealltwriaeth - mae iechyd a diogelwch ein disgyblion yn hynod o bwysig i ni.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

P.C.Chris - The infants had a visit from P.C. Chris on Thursday and all of them were able to say what they thought was the right and wrong way to behave.  They talked about their own classroom rules and how to behave in the community in which they live. It was so good to know we have children who know right from wrong, Mrs Weyman, Mrs Jones and Miss Adie are very proud!

Scholastic Book Club - Please find attached a Scholastic Book Club brochure. If you wish to place an order please return the order form and full payment to school by next Friday, 20th January.

Infants Techniquest Event - As the topic in the Infants is ‘Space' Mrs Weyman and Mrs Jones have requested Techniquest to provide a ‘Spacedrome' event in school.  Reception, Year One and Two will be taking part in a space afternoon and learning all about the milky-way through an interactive performance.  We are subsidising the event but we do ask for a donation of £3 towards the cost.  Please put your donation in a clearly marked envelope and placed in the black box to cover the cost of this exciting experience.

Cardiff Trip -  We are off to Cardiff on Monday 6th February and returning on Wednesday 8th February. Mr Monteiro, Auntie Sue and I will be accompanying the pupils on this exciting trip to our capital city! Just a reminder that the next payment for the Cardiff trip was due today and the final instalment is due on Friday 27th January. The total cost for the trip is £110.

Welcome - A warm welcome to the students from Bangor University who are teaching in the Under 7's.  They will be with us until March and we hope they have an enjoyable experience.  Miss Walsh is working with Mrs Jones and Miss Gray with Mrs Weyman.

Thinking Skills Event - Monday 16th January

On Monday 16th January all of the children will be taking part in a Thinking Skills Event in Ysgol Bryn Clwyd that we have organised for all of the schools in the Brynhyfryd Cluster. Please note that all of the pupils in the Juniors will be late back from school on this day. The pupils will be arriving back at 3.30 p.m. as they are taking part in the final session of the day. 

Calling all parents!  If you want to take part in this fantastic event with your children you are invited to join us on Tuesday 17th January in the School Hall at 3.30 p.m.

You will be able to take part with your child in a Happy Puzzle Company afternoon as part of our Thinking Skills Event.  Please see attached a voucher to use for a free Thinkathon book with any purchase over £5.  Please come along and see some of the brilliant games and ideas to aid your children in their learning!   

Achievers - Well done to Ben for gaining two trophies in a karate competition and to Maisie, Heidi and Hattie for gymnastics.

Seren Y Wythnos - Congratulations to Nicholas, Millie, Amy, Charlotte, Hattie and Befan.

January 6th /Ionawr 6ed

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all! I trust you had a peaceful break and enjoyed the festivities over the Holiday. The school has soon got back into the swing of things and I'm sure you all have too.

It has already been extremely busy as we have had eight new children arrive to join our school community.  We have had some success with pupils receiving notification that they will be taking part in an Art Masterclass.  Congratulations to all those who competed for a place and were successful!

Annwyl Rieni,

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd! Gobeithio eich bod wedi cael cyfnod hamddenol dros y gwyliau ac wedi mwynhau'r dathliadau. Rydyn ni wedi dychwelyd i'r hen drefn yn sydyn ac mae'n siwr eich bod chithau hefyd. Mae eisoes wedi bod yn brysur iawn wrth i wyth o blant newydd gyrraedd i ymuno gyda chymuned yr ysgol. Rydym hefyd wedi cael llwyddiant gyda phlant yn clywed y byddant yn cael cymryd rhan mewn dosbarth Meistr Celf. Llongyfarchiadau i bawb wnaeth gystadlu am le ac a oedd yn llwyddiannus!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

New Pupils! - A warm welcome to all of the new children who have joined various classes this week.  Nicholas, Megan, Charlotte, William, Edward, Anna, Sam and Megan look very smart in their new uniforms!

Masterclass Success! - It is with great pride that we acknowledge the achievement of three pupils who have gained a place with Criw Celf, an arts initiative to nurture gifted and talented young artists. Congratulations to Emily, Megan E and Dylan.  Keep 14th January free in your diaries!

Clubs

Monday        3.10 - 4 p.m.         Dance (Commencing on 23rd January)

                     12 - 12.30 p.m       French Club (Jolie Ronde Tuition)

Tuesday       3.15 - 4 p.m           Football (Commencing on 17th January)

                    12.30 - 1 p.m        Recorders

Wednesday  3.15 - 4 p.m          Art Club

Thursday      3.15 - 5.00 p.m    Windband                                                 

Friday          3.15 - 4 p.m          Chess                                        

                     3.15 - 4.15 p.m.   Gymnastics

Cardiff Trip - February 6th-8th  - As it is only 4 weeks before those children in Yrs 5 and 6 travel to Cardiff for an exciting residential trip, we request that the outstanding payment is sent to school please. The total cost for the 3 day trip and all the activities is £100 per pupil. All those attending have paid a £20 deposit so we would be grateful if a payment

of £40 can be paid by next Friday, 13th January and then the final instalment of £40 by Friday 27th January - weekly instalments can also be made if you prefer.

Under 7s - Just a few reminders to ensure a successful New Year.   Fruit money is payable on a Monday, please ensure it is placed in the pot provided for Miss Adie or Mrs Weyman to collect.  The children in Reception/Year One who are with Mrs Jones will need wellington boots on their pegs in a clearly marked carrier bag.  Thank you

P.E. Timetable

Infants need to keep their P.E kit in a bag on their pegs.

Under 7's           Thursday (Dance)

                        Friday (Gym)

Years 3 and 4    Wednesday (Gym)

                        Friday  (Swimming)

Years 5 and 6    Wednesday (Gym)

                        Friday (P.E.)                   

Themes for this Term!  - The topic in the Infants this term is space and the children have been researching rockets, what they look like and where they travel to.  Anouska is busy designing her rocket on the interactive whiteboard.  Years 3 and 4 are studying the topic of Ancient Egypt. Years 5 and 6 are studying the topic of Water.

Reading, Reading, Reading! - As you are probably aware there is a drive within Wales to raise standards in reading and ensure children enjoy books.  We will be encouraging the Juniors to help with this by reading with the Infants in the morning.  We will also be organising a Reading Club which will involve children swapping books that they have enjoyed with others. More information to follow soon!         

Breakfast Club - Breakfast club numbers are swelling due to its increasing popularity! So that we can ensure staffing ratios are correct we would be grateful if you would complete the attached form indicating which days you require your child / children to attend Breakfast Club.                      

Healthy Schools - As a healthy school you will be aware that we promote healthy eating throughout the day.  We ensure that at break time children are encouraged to bring in fruit to eat and all Infants have fruit provided at a small cost.   Please discourage any unhealthy snacks such as biscuits or crisps unless it is provided purely for their lunch.

Seren Y Wythnos - Congratulations go to Oliver, Morgan, Wiliam H, Edward, Sam and Anna this week.

December 16th / Rhagfyr 16eg

Dear Parents,

I'd like to send out a very special Christmas message to you all! Thanks to the staff for their hard work and dedication, not only during Christmas, but also throughout a very busy year. There's been a lovely Christmas atmosphere here and a great feeling of community.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas with your families and wish everyone a Happy NewYear and hope that 2012 brings good luck and happiness to you all! I look forward to seeing you all again in January when I hope the children will be ready to face the exciting new challenges that the New Year will bring.

Annwyl Rieni,

Hoffwn i yrru neges arbennig i bawb! Diolch i'r staff i gyd am eu gwaith caled gydagweithgareddau'r Nadolig a thrwy gydol y flwyddyn. Mae yna awyrgylch Nadoligaidd hyfryd wedi bod yma a theimlad cymunedol braf. Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I bawb -pob lwc a hapusrwydd i chi yn 2012! Edrychaf ymlaen at weld pawb eto ym mis Ionawr a gobeithio y bydd y plant yn barod am sialensau cyffrous y Flwyddyn Newydd.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Infant Christmas Concert - The Infants' performance of ‘Christmas with the Aliens' was wonderful and a delight to watch this week. It was greatly appreciated by the audiences and all of the children were little stars - acting and singing so well and looking fantastic in their costumes!

Junior Christmas Concert - The Juniors have worked extremely hard on their performance of ‘The Stars Come Out For Christmas' and we are very proud of them all! My thanks go to both the Infant and Junior staff for all their hard work in preparing the children for the performances and making all the props. A DVD of both performances will be available to purchase in the New Year for £3.

Christmas Carol Service - As is traditional, the final morning of this term was spent in church for our Christmas Carol Service. Following a frantic week of concerts and festive fun some very bleary eyedstaff and Year 6 pupils gave the readings and the wonderful Wind Band accompanied the carol singing. Thank you to all who attended.

Lots of fun at the Panto! - The whole school enjoyed a trip to the pantomime to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Monday. It was lovely to see the children totally immersed in the entertainment and the

staff commented on how well behaved they all were.

Christmas Party - All the pupils had a wonderful time at the Christmas party. They were treated to lots of fun and games and even Santa made an appearance and gave all the children an early Christmas gift. Thank you to all of the P.T.A and Mr and Mrs Legg for all their hard work over this very busy period especially printing all of the cards and calendars and for collecting all the raffle prizes.

Llangynhafal Church Service - I would just like to thank all those who attended the Community Service at Llangynhafal Church last Sunday. It was a beautiful service with a strong sense of community spirit. The children performed extremely well.

BrassTuition - Mrs Jones is requesting that any child wishing to learn to play a brass instrument,following the brass demonstration, should please return their form with a deposit of £20, on the first day of the new term.

Holiday Dates - Just a reminder that the pupils will be returning to school on Wednesday 4th January.

Ysgol Gellifor PTA

Once again a big ‘thank you' to the PTA for organising all the wonderful events over this busy term. Their hard work, dedication and commitment to raising extra funds for the benefit of all the pupils is greatly appreciated.

Seren Yr Wythnos - All the pupils have been awarded ‘Seren yr Wythnos' this week as the staff have been so impressed by their wonderful performances at the Christmas Concerts and their outstanding behaviour at the Panto!

December 9th / Rhagfyr 9fed

Dear Parents,
The wintry weather arrived this week with a real chill in the air! Christmas is definitely on the way at Ysgol Gellifor as Thursday saw the first of the festivities with our School Governors joining us for Christmas dinner. A wonderful meal was prepared by Mr Kellett for over one hundred members of our school community!
Preparations are gathering momentum for our Christmas concerts and the Christmas Church Service next week!
Annwyl Rieni,
Mae'r tywydd gaeafol wedi cyrraedd yr wythnos yma! Mae'r Nadolig ar y ffordd yn bendant yn Ysgol Gellifor - gwelwyd y cyntaf o'r dathliadau ddydd Iau gyda'n Llywodraethwyr Ysgol yn ymuno â ni ar gyfer cinio Nadolig. Cafodd pryd o fwyd hyfryd ei baratoi gan Mr Kellett i dros gant o aelodau o gymuned yr ysgol!
Mae paratoadau yn casglu momentwm ar gyfer ein cyngherddau Nadolig a'r Gwasanaeth Eglwys Nadolig wythnos nesaf!
Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,
Susan H. Roberts,
Headteacher / Pennaeth

Community Christmas Event - Thank you to everyone from our school community who joined us on Saturday to enjoy our start to the Christmas Festivities! We were treated to wonderful performances from Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr, Jodie Williams and Hamish Sennett. The children also had the chance to hand deliver their letters to Santa!

A big thank you to Richard Penhaligan for donating his ‘Auction of Promises' bid for the choir to us and to Mrs Dowell for organising everything for us on the day.

Dates for Diaries

Sunday 11th December                Llangynhafal Community Church Service  6 p.m.

Monday 12th December               Pantomime Rhyl Pavilion (back approximately 4.30pm)

Tuesday 13th December              Infants Dress Rehearsal      2 p.m.

                                                Infants Concert                   6 p.m.

Wednesday 14th December          Junior Dress Rehearsal        1.30 p.m.

                                                Junior Concert                     6.30 p.m.

Thursday 15th December            Christmas Party                 1 p.m.

Friday  16th December                 Christmas Church Service    9.15 p.m.

Pupils will be breaking up for Christmas on Friday 16th December and returning to school on Wednesday 4th January.

Christmas Tree - It was lovely to see the Christmas Tree decorated by the children in After School Club in time for Christmas dinner.  A big thank you to Harry Taylor's Dad (Stryt Fawr Farm - where Christmas trees are available to purchase now!) for donating the tree.

Congratulations Miss Tami! - We are all very proud of Miss Tami who received the Participation Coach of the Year for Wales award last weekend in Cardiff.

Road Safety Competition Results - Well done to all the children who competed in the Design a Road Safety Poster this term.  There were some wonderful entries and all the children who took part received a pencil today.  

1st place - Freya Jones

2nd place - Harriet Hughes

3rd place - Jordan Jones

Many thanks to our two Road Safety Officers, Megan and Dylan for making this competition a huge success.

PTA -  Please can I remind you to send in your raffle ticket stubbs and payment as soon as possible as the raffle will be drawn on Thursday. More tickets are available from the school.

Please return your pro forma and payment for calendars on Monday so that orders can be processed and sent home with your child by the end of term.

French Club - Just to inform all those who have joined up to attend Madame Lovelle's French lessons that they will be commencing at lunchtimes on Monday 9th January. Madame Lovelle will be contacting parents in the near future.

Pantomime - Just a reminder that pupils will be attending the ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' on Monday 12th December in Rhyl Pavillion Theatre.  They will be travelling by coach or minibus and I anticipate a late finish.  Could you please pick up your child at 4.30 p.m. from the school.  After School Club will run as normal. Please send in any outstanding payment of £7 on Monday morning. Thank you.

Christmas Dinner - Once again, Mr Kellett did us proud on Thursday with a fine Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  Our thanks to the kitchen staff for all their hard work.

Dinner Money - Could you please send any outstanding dinner money and next week's dinner money on Monday so Auntie Shelley can balance the books for Denbighshire County Council.

Achievers - Congratulations to Sarah and Lauren for Gymnastics, to Maisie, Keri, Neisha and Eva for going up a level in swimming, to Joe for his performance at Twm o'r Nant Theatre, to Anouska for karate and to Ben for his success in swimming.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Harry, Tam, Liam R. and Liam J.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Emily for achieving gold, Murray for silver and Steffan for bronze.

December 2nd / Rhagfyr 2il

Dear Parents,

Preparations are gathering momentum for our Christmas concerts as the dates of our final performances approach. The pupils are hopefully all busy learning words for songs or practising their speaking parts!

I hope you will be able to join us for our Community event tomorrow at 5.30pm. To start the festivities we have Bro Glyndwr Male Voice Choir singing for us and the children will have the opportunity to bring their letters to Santa! 

There has been a real buzz around the school this week as the children completed their T.A.S.C activities with great success.  Well done to everyone!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae paratoadau yn prysuro ar gyfer ein cyngherddau Nadolig fel mae dyddiadau ein perfformiadau terfynol yn agosau. Gobeithio bod y disgyblion yn brysur yn dysgu geiriau'r caneuon neu'n ymarfer eu darnau siarad!
Rwy'n gobeithio y byddwch yn gallu ymuno â ni am ein digwyddiad cymunedol yfory am 5.30pm. I ddechrau'r dathliadau, mae gennym Gôr Meibion Bro Glyndwr yn canu a bydd gan y plant gyfle i ddod â'u llythyrau i Siôn Corn!
Roedd yna deimlad cyffrous o gwmpas yr ysgol yr wythnos hon wrth i'r plant gwblhau eu gweithgareddau TASC gyda llwyddiant mawr. Da iawn i bawb!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

T.A.S.C Week - This week was T.A.S.C week and there was a general buzz around the school as every child completed a project on a variety of topics. 

Infant T.A.S.C - Our Reception class were extremely busy making the stable where the baby Jesus lay.  Years 1 and 2 were split into two groups, one designing and making a set of tablemats for the Christmas table and another designing and making an advent calendar. 

Junior T.A.S.C - The children in Years 3 and 4 designed and made a Christmas game for the Christmas toy market and Years 5 and 6 have been working on T.A.S.C. activities all based on the theme of Communication.

Family Learning Session - Mrs Weyman was delighted to see so many eager parents, grandparents and children willing to learn something new on Tuesday. There were lots of tips for learning spellings in a fun way and making reading a challenge as well as an introduction to the TASC wheel.  The highlight of the session was, without a doubt, the card war game which I am sure will be used throughout the year to enhance their Maths skills. 

Film Night - On Thursday night the children were treated to popcorn and a lovely Christmassy film to warm their hearts. The film was ‘The Nativity', and there was much chuckling and giggling around the audience throughout the evening.  I hope some of you managed to do a little Christmas shopping that evening too. The P.T.A raised £170 and our thanks go to all who helped out on the night. 

Christmas Reminders

Christmas Dinner - On Thursday 8th December the children, staff and Governors will be enjoying  Christmas dinner at Ysgol Gellifor.  Please ensure that if your child is staying for dinner on this day but does not usually have lunch on a Thursday, that you send payment of £1.90 in a clearly marked envelope in the black box on Monday morning.

Christmas Cards - Don't forget to place your order for Christmas Cards as soon as possible.

Christmas Pantomime - The pupils will be travelling to the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl on the afternoon of Monday 12th. We will return to school at approximately 4.30pm. Please send any outstanding payments, of £7 per pupil, in to school on Monday morning. Thank you.

Christmas Church Services - Ysgol Gellifor's Christmas Service will be held on Friday 16th December at 9.15am at Llangynhafal Church.

Christmas Holiday Dates - Just a reminder that the pupils will be breaking up for Christmas on Friday 16th December and returning to school on Wednesday 4th January.

Christmas Concerts - It is that time of the year again, when all of the staff are starting to look a little frantic and are busy painting scenery or sewing costumes. Once again, the staff would like to thank all the parents who have helped with the task of making and providing costumes.  Please ensure your child's costume is on their peg by Thursday 8th December or handed to a member of staff if they are an infant. 

Christmas Concert dates are as follows:

Tuesday 13th December

Infant dress rehearsal   2 p.m.

Infant Performance       6 p.m.  

Wednesday 14th December 

Junior dress rehearsal    1.30 p.m.

Junior Concert                6.30 p.m.

Achievers - Well done to Neisha for swimming, Heidi for pony riding and to Lauren for gymnastics.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Bella, Harriet and Ceiran.

Breakfast Club Award - Well done to Ben who received a helpfulness award in Breakfast Club.

November 25th /Tachweddd 25ain

Dear Parents,

It's that time of year again when everyone is reaching for their winter coat, hat and gloves. It has been yet another busy week here at Ysgol Gellifor with building on the front yard and field and sporting activities such as the Urdd Swimming Gala and an Orienteering Festival. With all the excitement that is growing in the preparation for the Christmas Festivities there is a real buzz around the school!

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae'r amser wedi dod unwaith eto I bawb wisgo eu cotiau, hetiau, sgarff a menig. Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn yma yn Ysgol Gellifor, gyda'r adeiladu ar yr iard flaen a maes chwaraeon a gweithgareddau fel y Gala Nofio'r Urdd a'r Wyl Gyfeiriannu. Gyda'r holl gyffro sydd yn tyfu wrth baratoi ar gyfer y Dathliadau'r Nadolig mae yna deimlad braf yn yr ysgol.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Orienteering in Llangollen -  Pupils in Years 5 & 6 from Ysgol Gellifor and Ysgol Bryn Clwyd had the chance to participate in an Orienteering Festival held at Plas Newydd in Llangollen on Tuesday. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with our pupils demonstrating some excellent skills in orienteering.

Trim Trail! - Thanks to Miss Adie's hard work and our After School Club we have been fortunate, this week to have a trim trail constructed on the field. The workmen have also been busy creating a play area for the younger children at the front of the school. I am sure you will agree that this will be a great asset to both After School Club and the school community. Many thanks to all those involved in After School Club, which is an excellent asset to Ysgol Gellifor, that so many of you make use of and have used in the past.

Urdd Swimming Gala - Although it was a long wait for many of our swimmers this week, they performed extremely well in the Urdd Swimming Gala in Rhyl. It is a highly competitive competition and, although we had many winners in the races, only the fastest in front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke will go through to the National Competition which will be held in Cardiff this year. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to Ben Woodward who will be travelling to Cardiff to represent Denbighshire taking part in the National Finals at the beginning of the New Year.

Family Learning Session - On Tuesday 29th November the children, parents and grandparents of Years 2 and 3 are invited to take part in a Family Learning Session with Mrs Weyman in Class One. The session will start at 3.10pm and finish at 4pm. It will be an opportunity to learn a number of techniques and find out about websites which will enhance the learning experiences of your children at Gellifor. So come along and pick up some homework tips!

PTA - Please see attached leaflet for details about the Christmas Film Night to be held on Thursday 1st December. The Big Christmas Raffle - Raffle ticket books will be sent home with your child on Monday. More than 50 great prizes to be won listed onthe tickets!

Year 2 - Smoothies - There was an abundance of fruit in the Under 7s this week as Year 2 designed and made their own fruit smoothies. There were some delicious recipes and Mrs Weyman was very pleased with all of their ideas.

Years 3&4 Weaving Workshop - This week the children in the lower Juniors had the opportunity to visit Ruthin Craft Centre and take part in a weaving workshop.

Achievers - Congratulations to Lauren and Amy for achieving their ‘to be me' badge in Brownies.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Well done to Sarah, Rufus, Anouska and Eva.

Positive Points - Congratulations to Joshua and Nathan.

Breakfast Club Award - Well done to Heidi.

November 18th / Tachwedd 18eg

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to watch everyone pulling together in aid of Children in Need today. There was certainly a buzz around the school and we were all seeing spots before our eyes. Yet another busy week has passed and a massive well done to all of the cheerleaders who performed in Ruthin on Sunday. A big thanks to Miss Tami who works extremely hard to ensure they can perform with such flair.

Annwyl Rieni,

Roedd yn hyfryd i weld pawb yn tynnu at ei gilydd at achos Plant mewn Angen heddiw. Roedd yna deimlad gwych o amgylch yr ysgol, ac rydym i gyd yn gweld smotiau o flaen ein llygaid. Wythnos brysur arall wedi pasio unwaith eto a da iawn i bob un o'r 'cheerleaders' a berfformiodd yn Rhuthun ar ddydd Sul. Diolch yn fawr i Miss Tami sy'n gweithio'n hynod o galed i sicrhau y gallant berfformio mor dda.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

Raising Standards in Literacy - Over this term, Denbighshire's Chief Executive Dr. Mohammed Mehmet has been visiting our school to listen to children read. Last week he was joined by Karen Evans, Head of School Improvement and Inclusion and Beryl Price, a representative of a charity raising funds for literacy. Some of the children had the opportunity to discuss aspects of literacy with our visitors.

Children in Need - A spotty treat greeted us today as the children and staff dressed in spotty clothes. There were also spotty cakes and a massive £200 was raised for Children in Need. An excellent effort

Spooktacular! - On Sunday our cheerleaders performed in the Ruthin and Denbigh Gymnastics Club  achieved their Level One Cheerleader Award. Well done girls!!

P.T.A News - The P.T.A will be holding a Christmas film night on the Thursday 1st December 5.30 - 7.30. It will cost £3.50 to attend and will include popcorn and a drink. A great time to do some Christmas Shopping.

Pantomime - Just a quick reminder that payments for the Pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' need to be in. The cost of the trip is £7 which includes an ice lolly in the interval.

Football Festival - Well done to the children who travelled to Ysgol Frongoch this week to play in the Football Festival. A valiant effort!

Urdd Swimming Gala - On Tuesday 22nd November some children will be travelling by minibus to Rhyl High School to take part in the Urdd Swimming Gala. All of the children taking part have been informed and will need their swimming kit and two towels on the day.

Orienteering - The children in Years 5/6 who are not swimming will be taking part in an Orienteering Festival in Llangollen on the same day. I will be transporting them by minibus and they need suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor activities.

Everyone taking part in these two activities will need to bring a packed lunch to school on Tuesday. Thank you.

P.C.Chris Juniors - P.C. Chris visited the school on Thursday to speak to the Juniors about harmful substances. They discussed both drugs and alcohol and the bad affects they can have on the lives of people.

The Harvest Goes on! - Children in Years One and Two were able to see the fruits of their labour in the Eco Garden this week, as it was time to harvest the beetroot.

School Council - The School Council held their own competition to raise money for Children in Need. They had a colouring competition for the Infants and Years 3&4 and a design a Pudsey poster for Years 5&6. They raised £40 for this very worthy cause. The winners of the competition were Neisha, Harriet and Imogen.

Seren Yr Wythnos - Congratulations to Joshua, Byron, Ceiran, Rab and Lucy.

Positive Points - Well done to Morgan, Georgina, Keri, Seren, Alia, Eileigh, Iestyn and Heidi.

Breakfast Club Award - Congratulations to Cai for excellent manners!

Achievers -Well done to all our Cheerleaders and Gymnasts for their success at the Spooktacular Event!

November 4th / Tachwedd 4ydd

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week with preparations, well under way, for both the Llandyrnog Eisteddfod and the Autumn/Bonfire Fayre .  We are starting to get the feeling that we have moved countries as there was definitely a French feel about the place, with French club singing about parts of the body and the Juniors having a French taster lesson.

Good luck to all those children competing in the Llandyrnog Eisteddfod tonight and to all those who have entered the Art and Writing competitions.

Annwyl Rieni,

Mae wedi bod yn wythnos brysur iawn gyda'r paratoadau ar gyfer Eisteddfod Llandyrnog a'r ffair Hydref /coelcerth. Rydym yn dechrau cael y teimlad ein bod wedi symud i wlad arall gan fod   teimlad Ffrengig o gwmpas y lle, gyda chanu yn y clwb Ffrangeg am rannau o'r corff ac mae'r dosbarth iau wedi cael blas ar wers Ffrangeg.

Pob lwc i bawb sy'n cystadlu yn  Eisteddfod Llandyrnog heno, rydym yn dymuno yn dda iddynt ac i bawb sydd wedi anfon arddangosion Celf ac Ysgrifennu.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Susan H. Roberts,

Headteacher / Pennaeth

P.T.A. Autumn/Bonfire Fayre - On Monday 7th November, we will be holding an Autumn/Bonfire Fayre for all our families, brownies and the local community to enjoy. Entry is free and there will be Autumnal games, marshmallow cooking on an open fire, biscuit decorating, face painting, barbecue, craft and a small firework display to name but a few. So come along for a great night!

Nursery and Fireworks - Nursery made some spectacular fireworks this week.  With a little bit of paint and a lot of glitter they sprinkled their magical fingers to make a colourful Bonfire display of their very own.

Poppy Appeal - It is the time of year when we remember all of those who fought and died for our country.  The school council have undertaken the responsibility of collecting money through the poppy appeal this year.  They will be going around the classes every morning, for the next ten days, with the poppies and collecting jar.  If you wish to contribute to this very worthy cause please send in a contribution with your child.

Parking  - May I, once again, request your co-operation in ensuring the safety of your children by parking responsibly outside the school.  Please do not park on the verges opposite the school or block driveways for access for emergency vehicles.  I would be grateful if you could collect your child from the school gate. I am sure you will agree that Health and safety is paramount at these busy times of the day.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Instrument Lessons Reminder  - If your child is having peripatetic music lessons could you please ensure that all payments are in by the end of next week.  Wind band contributions of £5 are also requested as are recorder club monies of £2 a term.  Thank you

Morrison' Vouchers - If anyone has any vouchers from the Morrison's ‘Let's Grow' initiative please could you send them in by the end of next week.  Thank you.

French Lessons - A big ‘Thank You' to Madame Lovell who visited the school to deliver a French taster session to all of the Juniors. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning a new language.  If your child is interested in joining a French club please see the attached flier on the back of the newsletter.

Netball/Football Festivals - The netball team will be attending a netball festival on Tuesday 8th November at Rhos Street School and will need to have their trainers, a warm jacket and a bottle of water with them on this day.

On Thursday 10th November the football team have a fun festival which is being played at Ysgol Fron Goch.  Likewise can you ensure they have a warm jacket, football boots/trainers, shin pads and a bottle of water with them on that day. The children attending will have already been informed either by Mrs Brookes-Jones or Mr Monteiro.  

Microscopes in Class Two - Years 3 and 4 needed a keen eye this week as they were investigating parts of a plant.  Using microscopes the children examined and labelled them finding out what each part did.

Meithrin Open Morning - There will be a chance for parents to come and see what fun the children have learning Welsh through play, on Thursday 1st December at 9.15 a.m. in the Community Hall.  If you know of anyone who has a child aged 2 ½ years and over, please can you encourage them along. For more information please see the attached flier. Thank you.

Children in Need - Friday 18th November is Children in Need Day and we will seeing spots all day.  We are requesting that all the children and staff come to school wearing as many spots as possible, for a donation of £1.  We will also be selling spotty cakes at break time and

Let's hope no-one really does break out in spots!

Club Changes - Mrs Jones has requested that recorders club changes from Tuesday to Wednesday lunchtime, so all recorders will need to be in school on this day.  As a consequence netball club is changing to Monday lunchtime and children will require trainers and kit to attend this club.

Minibus - Just a reminder that minibus contributions of £15 for a single child or £12.50 for more than one child are payable as soon as possible. Thank you.

Scholastic - If you wish to order from the Scholastic brochure attached, please send the order form and money into school by Friday 11th November.

Seren Yr Wythnos   Congratulations to Jordan, Olivia, James and Owen.

Positive Points  Well done to Oliver, Jordan, Bella, Joe M, Sian, Lauren and Tam for gaining their Bronze Award.  Also to Emily and Millie for gaining their Silver Award.

Achievers - Congratulations to Thomas and Elspeth for rugby and to Anouska for gaining an award in karate. 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2014 )