Blog 13 November 2019

Today we welcomed 60 families into the kindy for our 2020 information session. Amongst them was a little girl whose great-grandparents met at Richmond PS in the 1930’s.  They are now 95 years old and so proud that their four year old great grand-daughter is just about to start her journey.  It was lovely as always to see how excited the soon-to-be kindys are.

As we say hello to next year’s four year olds, so we start to farewell our year 6 students. They have started to write their graduation speeches (graduation is December 12) and we have a raft of end of year events coming up, culminating in our final assembly on Wednesday 18 December, at 9.00am, where both kindy and year 6 students will perform.

This week we have a team representing Richmond in inter-school cricket; excursions to the recycling centre and to Parliament House; and the DoRKS Richmond Cup Billycart race on Sunday: billycarts

With an eye on encouraging students to assist our community, year 4 students will again be organising a school-wide Christmas food drive for Foodbank WA, who tries to feed 94 000 West Australians per month. All children will bring details home, but will mainly be collecting cans.

One of our important values is environmental respect, and we have a number of programs at school level. Next week our recycled jellyfish sculpture, made by students in art class, will be exhibited at the Fremantle Markets for recycling week. Our exhibit encourages visitors to the markets to think twice about using single use plastics that often end up in the ocean causing harm to marine animals and sea birds.

Public speaking is a skill we try to develop from pre-primary all the way to year 6 so that our students are confident and competent to speak in front of a group. Our year 5 students will soon be putting their skills to the test, giving speeches in a bid to be elected into a 2020 leadership position. Speech day is 26 November.

It’s almost P&C movie night, and tickets for Spiderman- into the Spiderverse are available here:  TIDYHQ.  You will also see tickets for the end of year waterslides.

Finally, on the ongoing maintenance front, our Business Manager Elaine is organising for all of our verandah railings and fascias to be repainted through the State Government’s High Priority Maintenance and Minor Works Program.  Great news.  It will really enhance the quad.

Remember to order your 2020 booklistbooklists.ziggies.net.au using these codes… School code for home delivery: RICD      Password: ZZY233

Hope to see you at one of our end of year events,

Lisa Dentith

Blog 6 November 2019

Tomorrow, at 10.15am, the Minister will officially open our new building at a short ceremony, where the chorale will sing. It will be lovely, and so important for students to experience these formal occasions. Everyone is very welcome to come to hear her speak.  We have gained a spacious new foyer with improved security, a meeting room, medical room, new offices and more storage. A number of politicians and local councillors will also be here.

Also tomorrow, students will get the chance to see elite athletes in action, as a number of Indoor Volleyball State representatives from WA Steel will be here, running a jump competition.

Yesterday, a film crew visited to make an advert. It was such an invaluable opportunity for students to see this process in action. The ad will be shown widely including at the upcoming KISS concert and I’ve posted a photo of the filming on Facebook.

The annual P&C movie night on the oval is on Friday 22 November. Families will be able to buy a family movie pass for $15 from TidyHQ and are invited to bring a picnic from 6.00pm. The pizza oven will be cranked up and the movie will start when it gets dark. Students are voting on the movie this week and I’ll have more information in my next blog.

Last year, early childhood teacher Michelle Gorringe and I started to talk about redeveloping and upgrading the space outside the pre-primary into a more nature-based and child-centered zone, and linking it to our centenary celebrations. Michelle researched early play and consulted with parents, children and staff to come up with a file full of ideas, best practice and current thinking. Matt from Phase 3, who is a Richmond parent, volunteered to create a concept drawing.  The P&C has this year been fundraising for this project, with a group led by Chris and Amy, and is currently seeking grants. Thank you to all involved to this point. The concept plan will come to life in stages as funding becomes available.

Meanwhile our business manager, Elaine, continues to work on the development around the climbing frame. The Department has provided the new soft fall and we will plant the area with trees and shrubs shortly.

WACSSO has written a new constitution (also known as Rules of Association) for P&Cs.  This is a set of rules that a P&C must abide by.  The new constitution has to be adopted ASAP and our P&C is calling a Special General Meeting for next Wednesday 13 November, at 3.10pm in room 13 to discuss and adopt it.  Please come along – and read about it beforehand here: 2019 P&C Constitution.

Finally, just a reminder to order your 2020 booklist here: booklists.ziggies.net.au using these codes… School code for home delivery: RICD       Password: ZZY233

Hope to see you tomorrow at the opening ceremony in our beautiful quad,

Lisa Dentith

Blog 30 October 2019

I’m happy to announce that we are the 2019 Interschool Athletics Champion School, following exciting competition yesterday and today. Congratulations to our team! I’ve posted a photo on Facebook.

Our move into the new administration block is hopefully set for this Friday. It looks very professional and spacious and we are looking forward to getting the office back to normal. At 10.15am on Thursday November 7, the Minister will officially open the building at a short ceremony and everyone is very welcome to come to hear her speak.

Today, the State Government announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Public Schools policy to take effect from the start of Term 1, 2020.  The policy requires all public schools to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school to the end of the school day.  Our existing policy meets this requirement.  Today’s announcement extends to the use of smart watches, which need to be on aeroplane mode during this period, and further, students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will not permitted to have mobile phones in their possession during the school day.  I will adjust our existing policy to reflect these two points for 2020 and will provide more information later this term.

We are happy to hear that seven of our year 4 students have been accepted into the district Primary Extension and Challenge Program (PEAC) for 2020, following a selective entrance test.

On the same note, applications for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs have just opened for current year 5 students, entering year 7 in 2021.  Many Richmond students go into these programs in secondary school and I’d encourage all parents to become familiar with the options available, from an early stage.

I’ve had some really positive feedback on our new easy, online process for ordering 2020 booklists: booklists.ziggies.net.au

You will need these codes… School code for home delivery: RICD               Password: ZZY233

On November 11, we will be hosting science presenter Nitro Mike.  He will demonstrate some exciting and interesting science experiments to our year 1-4 students. It is $6 to attend and a flyer is coming home with students.  It would be perfect if everyone could use our lump sum system for payment, which means you just tick a box and we can transfer money at the click of a button. At the moment about 50% of families use it – thank you!

John Curtin College of the Arts advises that having run their primary strings information and testing session on Monday, they’ve had a few families make contact to see if a second session would be possible as they were unable to attend. JCCA will run a second session at John Curtin next Monday 4 November 3:30-4:30pm (parents to meet at school administration).  Letters with more information are available from Lara.

A number of families have signed up for their child to be part of the filming taking place at school on November 5. If you missed the information, here is the link again:  advertisement filming

Does anyone have a family member who would make a great canteen manager for next year…?  Maybe a grandparent, who is organised and loves catering? If you’d like to find out more, please let us know by email: Richmond.PS@education.wa.edu.au

You are now able to register for the Dads of Richmond Kids Billy Cart race on TidyHQ; and finally, a big thank you to the kindy parents who raised $515 with their T towel fundraiser!

Lisa Dentith