A big welcome to Miss Fiona Lewis who has taken up the post of School Clerk with us in Rhydri. She will be working closely with our departing clerk, Miss Elena Lewis, who has now taken up the school clerk’s post in Bedwas Junior School.

Family Yoga

The children are thoroughly enjoying family yoga. Please feel free to come along and join your child’s class if you are able. The remaining sessions for this term are –

Tuesday 10th : December Gold
Tuesday 17th: December Gold

Diary Dates


10th December PM Foundation Phase Christmas Concert – Rudry Parish Hall
11th December Christmas Dinner Day
12th December Whole School Trip – Pantomime
13th December PM KS2 Christmas Concert – Rudry Parish Hall
20th December Last day of term
6th January School term starts
14th February INSET DAY 4
3rd April INSET DAY 5
17th July Last day of term for children
20th July INSET DAY 6

Microsoft Office – Free!

We are extremely lucky that every student in Wales is entitled to download a copy of Microsoft Office for PC or Mac totally FREE ! This is due to the agreement Welsh Government have signed with Microsoft.

If you’re considering purchasing a laptop of Macbook for Christmas, read this first. You will not need to purchase the Microsoft office package additionally. Follow the instructions below to find out more:



To access all the features of Hwb and allow your child to download the free copies of Microsoft Office at home, you will need to have given consent.

The link below provides information on guidance and consent forms.


How to download Office

  1. Log in to Hwb and navigate to Office 365.
  2. Click on the Install Office dropdown (in the top right hand corner).
  3. Click Install software.
  4. Select Office 365 apps click Run.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions (installation can take a while depending on the Internet connection speed).
  6. Once installed, open an app such as Word and read and accept “The fine print”.


Everyone here at Rhydri is sad to be saying goodbye to Mrs Gidden who is moving on to an exciting new career. She is such an important part of what makes our school so special and will be missed by us all. Her boundless enthusiasm and caring nature help the school community – staff and children – every day. Whether she is taking our sports teams to competitions, joining our children for their residential trip, running some seriously challenging fitness sessions or supporting children with her ‘Thrive’ work she is a huge part of school life. We wish her all the very best for the future. Her last day in school will be Monday December 2nd.

Cluster League Football

We would like to congratulate our Gold Class football team on competing in the Schools’ Cluster League football competition which ended yesterday. The children showed great sportsmanship and excellent teamwork. Well done!