Blog 15 October 2019

Welcome to term 4.  It was lovely to see everyone again this morning looking excited and happy.

The year twos will tell you that the fairy garden next to room 11 has grown over the holidays, with more opportunities for creative play.  The new soft fall around the climbing frame looks great and, when we have planted around it, will look like a sandy island.

The new administration building is almost finished, with final painting this week, and we hope to move in by week 3. The Hon Sue Ellery, MLC, Minister for Education and Training, will officially open the building on November 7, along with Ms Lisa O’Malley MLA, Member for Bicton.

The always-fun annual Dads of Richmond Kids Billy Cart race is coming up on Sunday 17 November. I know lots of children have been building carts or dusting off their cart from last year.  All the information is on the DoRKS page here:  BILLYCARTS

Our new visual art specialist, Clare Perkins, will be leading year 3 and 4 students in the construction of a jelly fish for an exhibition to be held at the Fremantle Markets during National Recycling Week, which is 11-17 November.  It’d be great if students could bring in a see-through soft plastic bag (like the ones in the fruit and veg section at supermarkets) to contribute to the sculpture, which will highlight the issue of single use plastic.

We will be sending a Richmond team to the Interschool Athletics carnival on 29 and 30 October at Bateman PS.  Students in the team, selected following our school carnival at the end of last term, have all brought notes home.

Finally, to start the term on a fantastic note, take a look at this uplifting video of our athletics carnival, courtesy of Thomas Hofmann. What a great day it was!  Click ‘watch on vimeo’ and enter the password that has been sent to you via CONNECT.

Happy first week back,

Lisa Dentith

Blog 25 September 2019

We had a fantastic day of athletics last week.  Many thanks to all who came to support and help, it really is a major operation involving a cast of thousands.  The year 6 parents organised and ran a successful refreshments stall, staff did a brilliant job of coordinating students, and our students all tried their absolute best.  The proud medalists received their medals on Friday and Fraser faction won the shield.

I was so sorry to have missed the Edudance concert on Friday, being on a course for most of last week, but hear it was amazing and that the junior dancers blew everyone away with their costumes and moves.  Also on Friday, we raised $338 for genetic research with Jeans for Genes day. It was a big day.

We are fresh from watching Richmond’s got Talent. Sixty acts auditioned and were whittled down to twenty finalists who performed beautifully today. Winning acts will be announced tomorrow and receive their medals at assembly on Friday.  Our Student Council worked with me to run this event and were professional and entertaining. I was very proud of them.

Over the holidays, the soft fall around the junior playground is being replaced, which is welcome news. We also this week heard that we have been allocated funds under the $200m High Priority Maintenance and Minor Works program.  We will receive $241,006 to address maintenance items identified on our Building Condition Assessment report.  This work will begin next term and continue into 2020.

Our Dads of Richmond Kids group are holding their annual billycart race, the “Richmond Cup”, at school next term on Sunday 17th November from 12.00pm. It’s open for all Richmond students from K-6 and their fathers or father figures with the aim of building stronger bonds….and a billycart.  It is an afternoon of activity with a range of challenges and awards for all ages. It’s always a lot of fun and I particularly encourage new dads to give it a go and build a cart in the holidays!  For the fact sheet please click here:  Billycart Challenge

Finally, this Friday we will end the term with our much anticipated annual footy assembly. It’s footy colours day and every is welcome to wear their colours (from any sport) and bring a gold coin for children with cancer.

Have a wonderful school holiday with your children.  I hope the sun stays out and everyone stays safe. See you next term on Tuesday 15 October.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 17 September 2019

The athletics carnival started with a fine day of jumps and throws on Monday.  Tomorrow the weather unfortunately looks less promising, but we will be going ahead with the main carnival and hope to see lots of supporters there.  Children will be outside all day so it may be a good idea for them to have a raincoat with them.  The program of events is on our website here: ATHLETICS PROGRAM

Because of the carnival, there will be no before-school running club tomorrow.

Our whole school music assembly on Friday was beautiful – so interesting to see pre-primary children singing a song, then year ones using AUSLAN and Noongar language, then year threes including a recorder and on to year five students selecting their own instrument and playing as an ensemble.  It really was a snapshot of what you can expect from pre-primary to year 6 and was impressive. Well done to Moyanne Bertolini who heads our wonderful music program.

It’s Jeans for Genes day across Australia this Friday, to raise money for genetic research.  We do try to support charity fundraising days where possible, and students are invited to wear jeans or denim on Friday and to bring a gold coin donation.

Our canteen manager position will become vacant at the end of the year. If you are interested in part-time work that suits school hours, please take the chance to speak to the current manager, Kate, or to volunteer in the canteen next term to see if the role may be for you in 2020.  The P&C will run a selection process during term 4.

We are still working through leases and AIR statements to finalise kindergarten applications for 2020. We have had over 70 applications, which is fantastic, and so I will be running three classes, all in our off-site centre.  The Monday / Tuesday class filled very quickly on a first come first served basis and we unfortunately couldn’t accommodate all requests for those days. The two Thursday / Friday classes are also nearly full, with all places reserved pending paperwork being provided.  Everyone who requested the Thursday / Friday class has been accommodated. The classes will be balanced by gender, age, special needs and sibling order and it won’t be possible to accommodate parent requests for specific teachers.

If you did request the Monday / Tuesday class, but are flexible and happy to swap to Thursday / Friday, it’d be fantastic if you could tell Lara, so that we can finalise days for everyone.

Finally, NAPLAN reports are being mailed home to parents of year 3 and 5 students this week. There is a lot of information on the back of each report relating to student progress, and this is a useful link to FAQ: NAPLAN FAQ

Enjoy the carnival tomorrow,

Lisa Dentith