Blog 8 April 2019

Congratulations to everyone involved in the fantastic colour run on Friday. The children looked to absolutely love it.

Paula brought her vision of a colour run to us on the P&C executive last November, and has worked really hard, with passion and drive to lead this to fruition. As everyone who was there will attest, it really was a brilliant event.  The community has talked about it all weekend. Well done and thank you Paula.  Special thanks too to Paula’s key team of Chris, Tony, Claire and Jim who also put in an awful lot of work to plan and execute the event;  to the class parent reps who jumped on board and organised about 45 parents to operate the water and colour stations on the day. It was great to see parents having as much fun as the children; to my staff who organised 400 very excited children so efficiently, to ensure full participation and fun combined with safety and coordination (and made it look easy – it isn’t!); to – Thomas (photography); Lloyd (music); Erika (firetrucks); Rebecca (Johnny the Docker); Lisa O’Malley (Member for Bicton); Tony Natale (ToEF); Joel from Nimbali Stock Feed (hay bales); David from Autobahn Melville (Tyres); Amy, Tammy and Anna (course construction); Lara (first aid); and thanks to the P&C for liaising with me every step of the way.  I estimate 80 adults actively helped with a role on the day.

Thanks to every parent and friend who came to watch, got their child a white T shirt or supported in any other way.  And thank you to our amazing students who had fun, played fair and were totally in the moment.  We had almost 400 participants in the colour run. So far 129 children have brought in their fundraising, totalling $10 531.13.  Room 4 has so far raised $1 570.15 and room 7 – $1 457.05. Thank you.  Online fundraising and cash fundraising (parent choice) close on the last day of term, Friday. Please put any cash into the P&C box in the office in a clearly marked envelope. Funds raised will go towards the Centenary Garden project. Thanks everyone, for letting your child participate in this event to support Richmond PS and the P&C.

Here is the brilliant video, which really captures the fun and the atmosphere, courtesy of Thomas Hofmann from Mindfactory:

And here is another one for your diary: P&C quiz night on June 14.

Last Friday we also sent four teams to the Woolworths T20 Blast district interschool cricket carnival. Both our division A teams (girls and boys) finished top in their group and will progress to the regional carnival. Their outstanding sportsmanship, excellent behaviour and good manners were on display for all to see.  Thanks to the parents who helped, and to our coach, Lloyd Tifflin.

Tomorrow Richmond is the organising school for the division A interschool swimming carnival at HBF stadium. This means we are coordinating the whole event for 7 schools. Good luck to all swimmers and thanks to Dave Carder who is the event coordinator.

We are ending a busy term with an ANZAC service on the last day – Friday 12 April – at 9.00am in the quadrangle.  Please could parents send in a few flowers for the class parent reps to make class bouquets that day. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thank you to the 113 parents who have completed the National School Parent Opinion Survey. I have extended the link until 11 April and it is on CONNECT in two of my notices.

The P&C school banking team reminds students that all who bank tomorrow will receive an Easter treat.

Finally, we are looking for donations of old pots, pans, bowls, spoons, measuring cups, cake tins or muffin pans for mixing and creating in the ‘Nature Play Space.’ Please deliver to Room 9 or the office. Thank you.

Next term starts on Tuesday 30 April.  Have a very happy and safe school holiday.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 3 April 2019

This Friday it’s the P&C Colour Run event on the oval from 2pm.  Lots of work and planning has gone into this from all the volunteers and it looks like being a fun afternoon for students.  Parent Reps have sent a lot of information home to parents via CONNECT, so hopefully everyone is in the loop.

Some specific points to note please:

  • Participating students need to wear a white T shirt. Those with allergies have been asked to wear navy or black. Students may come to school in this T shirt, or change at lunchtime but must be wearing it to run.  Having the correct T shirt will signal that the child has parental permission to be involved.
  • Students should wear old clothes including shoes as they will get paint on them.
  • Children will need to be collected from teachers at 3.00pm as normal – most classes will still be on the oval but some may return to class for dismissal, please check with your teacher.
  • Students who are not participating will still go to the oval to watch.
  • Parents are welcome and encouraged to come to school for the event.
  • The P&C is providing hot dogs and icy poles.

This week’s plans include: The P&C Colour Run on Friday and the district cricket carnival (we are sending four teams) also on Friday.

Next week the interschool swimming carnival is on Tuesday (we are sending a team of 26 students); a number of middle primary students are going on excursions to the Perth Hills Discovery Centre and to Campbell Barracks; and our annual school ANZAC service will be on the last day of term – Friday 12 April – at 9.00am in the quadrangle.  Please could parents send in a few flowers for the reps to make class bouquets on that day.

The DoET is starting our building program at Easter and the transportable admin building has now been delivered to the courts. This will be in operation for terms 2 and 3. My deputies, business manager and I will work in the transportable. The school reception (Lara) will operate from the library counter.  From next term, please come to the library to speak to Lara, to collect children etc.

Richmond PS is part of a network of 11 schools ‘Riverside Network’ who collaborate on curriculum, professional learning and innovation.  This week I presented on Leadership at the Riverside Network Leaders’ Day and two of our teachers are year group leaders within the network. Kate Bockman leads the Riverside kindergarten teachers, and Lloyd Tifflin leads the Riverside year 6 teachers. This collaboration and leadership at a district level really benefits our school.

I’d like to encourage parents to complete the twenty ‘tick-a-box’ questions on the National School Parent Opinion Survey. I have extended the link until 11 April and it is on CONNECT in two of my notices.

I will be using the survey data to plan for school improvement, which of course will involve allocating financial, physical and human resources to specific areas highlighted by the survey. For this to be useful, the data needs to be representative of the parent body. We all know that sometimes with surveys (or elections or referendums), trends are indicated that may not actually represent the popular opinion, perhaps because a lot of contented people don’t vote, or because people with a specific issue highlight that one concern.   The way for our data to be valid, our planning to be useful and our future expenditure to be worthwhile, is ideally for everyone to complete the survey.  If you are happy with the school’s direction, please say so and we won’t change direction. If you have a concern let’s see if others feel the same way and, if so, address it. I really hope everyone will help with this data and thank you in advance for your support of Richmond.

The School Board is holding an open parent meeting to discuss uniform on Thursday 9 May at 2.00pm in the library. On the agenda will be: girls’ shorts, leggings and tights, long sleeved tops and jackets. Please come along if you have thoughts or ideas on this, or other uniform suggestions.

Bicton PS have informed me of a reported incident which took place outside their school yesterday. A student from the school reported that a male person was acting suspiciously in the area of Foss Street, Bicton. The person did not enter the school grounds. The matter has been reported to WA police.  As always we advise all students to take care travelling to and from school and report anything suspicious to their parents, the school and the police.

Next term starts on Tuesday 30 April. I have received word today that the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC. Minister for Education and Training plans to visit us for a tour of the school the next day –  Wednesday 1 May. We look forward to welcoming her to our school.

Lisa Dentith


Blog 27 March 2019

Anyone following us on Facebook will know it’s always busy at school.  We have recently been on the Today show, in the West Australian and had a community breakfast, camp out and charity fund raising days.  Thank you for supporting these events.

Aligning with our value of respecting the environment is our recycled uniform program.  It has become so popular that I am moving it from the office and have appointed senior students to run it. These students will operate a recycled uniform stall every assembly morning. All uniform items will be $1.  We have lots of stock, all in good condition, and encourage everyone to recycle.  Donations of clothing may be made at any time in the office to Lara.  Thank you for the amazing support of this.

Well done to everyone who participated in and assisted with our swimming carnival, which was a fantastic event. Congratulations to the medal and ribbon winners and to everyone who got a faction point for swimming. 152 of our 160 eligible senior school students took part and tried their best.  This is our highest participation rate ever.

Thank you to the 30+ parents who attended the P&C meeting last week and are involved in planning the P&C colour run day.   The P&C executive committee represents 700 parents. The way to have a voice is to attend general P&C meetings yourself or communicate via your class parent rep who is automatically your rep on the P&C.  Meetings are open to all parents and I encourage you to join as a general member via the online form on the P&C page of our website. It is brilliant to have such high levels of involvement in this event. Hopefully this will continue for the many events planned for this year.  Getting involved with the P&C is of course great role modelling to children about how to support the community. Many of their planned events are on our website calendar.

The DoE is starting our building program at Easter. The whole administration block will be closed and we will be working out of a demountable building on the courts for six months, over terms 2 and 3.  This will certainly be inconvenient for everyone, but we hope that the new facilities we are being given will be worth it.  Our current administration area is well below standard for the current primary school brief. The project will result in a new meeting room and a dedicated medical room as well as a more secure foyer that separates visitors from students and improves security.

On the note of security, please could I request that parents not send children to school before 8.30am. The period from 8.30am until classes start at 8.45am is a time for preparation for the day.   For children who want to expend energy before school, there is running club and tennis which cover most days of the week.  OSHClub provides before school care every day from 7.00am – 8.30am for busy parents. Teachers are not officially on site until 8.30am, so dropping off children before that can leave them unsupervised.  Please see the ‘before and after school’ section of our website under the ‘parents and community’ tab and the ‘attendance’ section under the ‘information’ tab.

Finally, thank you very much to the 72 parents who have completed the National School Parent Opinion Survey. The link will be live until 4 April and is on CONNECT in two of my notices. I’d really appreciate it if you could find a few minutes to respond to it. There are only 20 questions, all just requiring one box to be selected.

Hope to see you at the colour run next week, enjoy the weekend.

Lisa Dentith