Blog 26 June 2019

Last week I was invited to go to Geraldton as part of a Department of Education school review team to review two schools. A new process of school review means the 800 public schools in WA are now reviewed by an external team every three years. Each team comprises a director and a principal who visit the school to interview staff and parents and review data.  It was a great opportunity which I very much enjoyed.

Richmond has of course continued to be a very busy place in my absence.

First, thank you very much to Tony and Chris, the P&C and everyone involved in the quiz night, which was a huge success.  Proceeds will go towards the P&C centenary nature playground project. This project aims to redevelop the area between the library and year 1 classrooms in a nature play style.  It is a big project that will be completed in stages.  Initial fundraising will go towards finalising a staged plan.  Last year, early childhood parents and students were surveyed to get ideas, which will be incorporated, and a number of professional nature playground designers have been consulted.   The P&C is forming a nature playground sub-committee to steer this project – if you are interested in being part of this please contact Claire:  cterry@bigpond.net.au

Semester 1 reports will be sent home via CONNECT next Wednesday. The CONNECT Help Team have suggested that any issues with logging in are likely due to your device’s browser settings. They advise:  Clear your cache history; if your child is using CONNECT on the same device, ensure they have logged off before you log on; if you are using more than one device or are using the app and a browser, be aware that when you change your password on one log-in, it will affect the other; you could have your old settings (user name and old password) on another device.

Willetton Uniforms has been sold to Uniform Concepts. Their store in High Rd will be closing down at the end of term on 5th July. You can still visit the store until then to make any uniform purchases however our school uniform is now also available from the Uniform Concepts Super Store, located just around the corner at 30 Kembla Way, next door to Campion.  Our School Board will continue to monitor service delivery.

The P&C’s school banking program has moved to the library on Tuesdays due to cold and wet weather.

On the last day of term some of our instrumental music students will perform at assembly. Please do ask your child whether they are performing. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A couple of incidentals – just a reminder that the playground by the library is for children in years 1-3.  It is too high for younger children and they are not allowed on it during school time. I’d encourage parents to keep them away from it after school too; and a quick request to keep reminding your children that if you are delayed at 3pm they are to go to the library to tell Lara and to wait for you there rather than wandering around the school.  Please could everyone avoid allowing children to play at school unsupervised after 3pm.

Finally, next week is NAIDOC week and we have lots of activities planned, which I will post on Facebook as they happen.

Today, as I type,  JCCA’s Senior Contemporary Band is performing for us.  There is always something ‘extra’ happening to enhance learning.

Thanks to everyone for continuing to keep sick children at home to stop the virus spreading and I wish everyone a healthy and happy final week of semester.

Lisa Dentith