Blog 28 May 2019

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support of all our recent events.  The level of parental involvement at Richmond is very high, which is fantastic.  A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement in school improves not only student behaviour and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.

On this note, I’m happy to say that tables for the quiz night on June 14 are selling fast.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and there’s no problem if you can’t find ten people, there are some tables reserved for ‘seat’ bookings.  It’s $350 per table of ten.  Class parent reps are emailing out all the information.  Just call Lara to reserve your table or seat on 9438 8700.

The School Board has carriage of the school uniform policy and has been reviewing it recently.  In response to parent requests, we have added a few items that are not currently available at Willetton uniforms, including girls’ shorts, long sleeved t shirt and leggings.  Please have a look at the dress code section of our website, under the information tab, for more information and links to suppliers.

Applications for kindy in 2020 are coming in, in huge numbers. They close in July and after that, all applications will be considered against the selection criteria. It isn’t first come first served, so please don’t worry if your application is not yet lodged.   Parents whose children are already in kindergarten need only apply for pre-primary if they live outside our local intake zone. If you live inside our zone, we will ask you (in term 4) for proof of residence for 2020 and then your child will automatically progress to pre-primary.

We promote bike riding at Richmond as a way of staying fit and healthy and enjoying the outdoors. To support this and to keep everyone safe, our year 4 students complete a bike education program over a number of weeks, culminating in a ride into Fremantle.  Students have just begun this year’s program, funded partly by a Sporting Schools grant and partly by our P&C.

Anxiety is now the most common mental health condition in Australia and increasing numbers of students are presenting with it.  ‘Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried, it is when these anxious feelings don’t go away.  Parents play an important role… given that half of all mental health conditions in adulthood begin before the age of fourteen we know that the time to act is early, during childhood.’ (Beyond Blue).

To assist parents in understanding this condition, our P&C has organised an information seminar. It’s this Thursday (tomorrow) in the school library just for an hour from 7.00pm-8.00pm and we are hoping for a good turn out – there is more information here: https://rpspc.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/24888-kids-and-anxiety-seminar

As many of you know, a lot happens at school every day.  Each day I take a photograph of ‘a day in the life of Richmond’ and post it to our Facebook page for you to enjoy and talk to your children about. Thank you for the huge support of this.  It does take some time each day, but your feedback makes it worthwhile.  I do check visual image consent for children in the photos, but it would really help if you let your child know if they are not to be in photos, so they can assist me in this process. I will never use their names.

Enjoy the long weekend, and hopefully see you tomorrow at the anxiety seminar.

Lisa Dentith