Blog 21 May 2019

This week over 50 of our students are enjoying camping in Bridgetown. They will try canoeing, bike riding, archery, visit a farm and hopefully stay fairly warm… More importantly they will develop their social skills, engage in team work, be independent, make decisions, be in nature and deepen their bonds with others.  Camps are no longer a ‘given’ in some schools, but we continue to invest significant funds in ours as we believe it is such an important experience for our students.

Our sincere thanks to the three staff and two parents who have gone to camp. It is a huge undertaking to organise this many children to stay safe and have fun and I appreciate this team volunteering so much of their own time to make the camp a success. I especially wish to acknowledge the huge commitment of Lloyd Tifflin, our year 6 teacher, for organising every last detail and taking overall charge of the camp. I am in touch with the camp every day and have posted some updates on our Facebook page.

As you know, our students are participating in NAPLAN Online. Regrettably, across Australia there have been connectivity issues that disrupted some testing. Schools have been given the option of resitting the tests, however at Richmond we do not feel that anyone was impacted to an extent that may have affected their performance. Thank you to my deputy Dave Carder who managed our connectivity so incredibly well to minimise disruption for our students.

Today the West Australian contacted us to do a feature on our involvement with the Yagan Square artwork project #shoWcAse IN PIXELS.  We believe we will be in the Weekend West this Saturday and subsequently on tv… it’s an exciting project to be involved with – watch this space.

It was a busy weekend for the P&C. Lots of parents did shifts at our sausage sizzle and cake stall on polling day, resulting in a $1718 profit for the P&C. Thanks to everyone involved.

After being rained out last year, 70 riders joined the Dads and Kids bike ride for a perfect Sunday afternoon and firmly established this event as a favourite on the DoRKs calendar. Thank you to the SYC for hosting the family gathering at sunset and to Matt for organising the event.  DoRKS is a sub-committee of the P&C.

The Mums Night Out sounds to have been a lot of fun – well done again to the P&C executive for a great social event and for the $1072 raised.

Get tickets to the upcoming kids and anxiety parent seminar here: https://rpspc.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/24888-kids-and-anxiety-seminar

Quiz night tables will go on sale tomorrow. East Fremantle Yacht Club; 14 June; tables of ten – $350 per table cash only – see Lara to pick your table and get a great position.

The position of Vice President of the P&C is currently vacant and nominees are called for. The Vice President is an active member of the executive committee and plays a key role in the running of our very busy P&C. The role entails deputising for the president, coordinating events throughout the year and attending (and possibly chairing) two P&C meetings a term. It is a fairly significant time commitment – the P&C executive members communicate daily with me and each other, and we always have a number of social events on the go that the Vice President will be actively coordinating.  If you are an organised and socially oriented person with time and enthusiasm to contribute to this role, please nominate to virtuallysortedwa@gmail.com within one week.  There will be an election at the next P&C meeting.

Our building program is progressing and student have adapted well to the front office being in the library. Enjoy your week.

Lisa Dentith