Blog 4 September 2019

We had such a good time at the disco on Friday. Many thanks to everyone involved – it was hugely successful and well organised.

A couple of exciting things are coming up…

Richmond’s got Talent is fast approaching.  Auditions are next week and the competition will be in week 10.  Children from pre-primary upwards are encouraged to audition their talent – and it can be anything! It’s always fun to see singing, dancing, magic, juggling, music, comedy and other more unusual skills come to the fore. The Student Councillors are organising this and have put posters up around school.

As advised in my last blog, Bricks 4 Kidz will be leasing our library after school next term to run lego and robotics workshops for Richmond students from pre-primary to year 6.  They will offer an eight-week course on Mondays with 20 places, so if you would like more information or are keen to register, please click here:  http://visit.school/richmond

The athletics carnival is the week after next.  We will bus everyone to the venue in North Fremantle at no cost, but do need permission slips back from everyone – it’d be fantastic to get them all this week so we can be completely organised. Of course everyone is warmly invited to don their faction colours and come along to cheer. Year 6 parents will run a refreshments stall, but children do need to bring their usual water bottle and packed recess / lunch please.

Our new reflection sheets are being really well supported by parents. Thank you. They are working well for a few reasons, but foremost children have the clear opportunity to reflect, acknowledge any mistakes, learn from them and fix them. Even the most well-adjusted people make mistakes. The important thing for adults is to take the opportunity to show children how to respond to errors, to own up to mistakes and to fix the problem. This shows children that no matter how grave a mistake they may have made, if they are honest about it and try to fix it, things will get better.  Of course this is also key to building resilient children.

Thanks for paying this year’s voluntary contribution of $60.  It may seem like a small amount, but cumulatively to us it is a lot.  It is food for thought, given the funding discrepancy between different schools that has been widely discussed in the media, that our 400+ students contribute $24,480 pa between them. So far we have received almost 85% of contributions, which is $20,475.  If we are able to collect 100% of contributions, we will get another $4000, which would buy us a lot of equipment.

Another quick reminder to year 6 parents to make sure you are enrolled in a secondary school now.  Many of our students go on to JCCA, but this isn’t an automatic roll over.

Finally, Jody Scott is heading on leave for the remainder of the year – we wish her well and welcome Clare Perkins as our visual art teacher until Christmas.

Lisa Dentith