Blog 21 February 2019

Following my catch up with former Richmond student Lucy Clements at the weekend (see Facebook), I have added an ‘alumni’ section to our website. It is under the Parents and Community tab. If you know of a former student who is doing something interesting, perhaps you would consider nominating them on the online form.  As we approach our centenary, I think it will be fascinating to find out about our Richmond PS alumni.

All classes are introducing a new program in health this year. ‘Zones of Regulation’ helps children to develop strategies to manage their feelings and to self-regulate. Search online for Zones of Regulation for more information if you would like to follow the strategies at home to reinforce what we are using at school.

This fortnight, senior students are at swimming lessons every afternoon. The last day of swimming lessons, Friday 1st March, will be used for time trials for our upcoming swimming carnival.  Senior students (year 4-6) will have an opportunity to be timed in freestyle, breast stroke and backstroke over a 50m distance.  If your child is not able to attend the time trials, but wishes to be placed into a swimming event at our carnival please contact Mr Carder to make alternative arrangements.

After swimming ends, we will recommence running club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8.10am – 8.30am. The first day will be Wednesday 6 March, following the long weekend.  Anyone may join by simply coming along to the oval. Parents are welcome to stay.

The P&C held its AGM this week.  The elected executive committee members for 2019 are: Paula Sowden (President), Chris Brown (Treasurer), Claire Terry (secretary), Justin Grant, Helen Barratt, Tony Estrano, Lisa Walsh (committee members). I am automatically on the committee.  Thank you for everyone’s continued commitment. There are lots of plans for community events in 2019.

The P&C Dads of Richmond Kids annual camp out on the oval has been changed by the organisers to the night of Saturday 16 March following requests from parents (it is easier for dads to get there on a Saturday).  Children are welcome to attend the camp with a father figure. Details will follow, including how to register online.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our P&C fundraising through Gilbert’s Fresh by using their loyalty card.

The School Board will hold its AGM on Tuesday 5 March after school in the library.  Please be encouraged to nominate if you have an interest.  For more information about the board, please see the School Board section of our school website under the Our School tab.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 13 February 2019

This week and next week, teachers invite you to year group parent information meetings to share class information. Please have a look at my last blog (5 February) for the timetable. Today’s pre-primary meeting is in the library.

Our energetic parent groups are both about to hold their Annual General Meetings.  These groups represent our 700 parents and are the best way for parents to have a say and be involved.  I attend all meetings and both groups are very active in the school.  The board is your opportunity to look at policies and finances. The P&C is your opportunity to get involved with community events like discos and breakfasts.

The School Board will hold its AGM on Tuesday 5 March after school in the library.  Nominations are sought for all positions. For more information about the board, please see the School Board section of our school website under the Our School tab.

The P&C will hold its AGM upstairs at the Left Bank on Tuesday, 19 February at 7.00pm.  For more information, please see the P&C section of this website under the Parents & Community tab. Please complete the online nomination form on that page for all P&C positions, including class parent rep.  We are looking for two class parent reps per classroom.

The P&C Dads of Richmond Kids annual camp out on the oval is… *DATE CHANGE* this has been changed to Saturday 16 March. Details will follow, including how to register online.

Students in years 4-6 begin swimming lessons next week for two weeks at Fremantle pool. Our Richmond community is invited to the upper school faction carnival, which follows these lessons on the morning of Tuesday 28 March.  Our junior students will have swimming lessons at the end of term 3.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our P&C fundraising through Gilbert’s Fresh. Richmond Primary School P&C has earned 108,790 points ($1,087.90) to date.

Our website is updated very regularly so please do check it and the calendar for current information. Teachers are communicating specific class news via CONNECT.  Please let me know if you are looking for information that is not on the website and I will add it.  I hope everyone feels that they are included in the communication loop.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 5 February 2019

We have had a really happy and smooth start to the school year.  I received a lovely email saying:

The atmosphere at school this morning was awesome…!  So many great students, parents and teachers!  Wonderful to see everyone again”.

Teachers have started to get to know their classes and we invite parents to year group information sessions as follows:

Tuesday 12 February Year 3 venue room 8 3.10pm
Wednesday 13 February PP venue library 3.10pm
Wednesday 13 February KB venue kindy room 9.00am
Thursday 14 February Year 1 venue room 1 3.10pm
Monday 18 February Year 5/6 venue room 12/13 3.10pm
Tuesday 19 February Year 2 venue room 1 3.10pm
Wednesday 20 February KA venue kindy room 9.00am
Wednesday 20 February Year 4 venue room 6 3.10pm

The P&C will hold its AGM upstairs at the Left Bank on Tuesday, 19 February at 7.00pm. Everyone is very welcome and encouraged to come along to stand or vote or both. We can order from downstairs and they will bring food and drinks up if people want it.  It is kids’ night downstairs, so a free kid’s meal with every adult meal ordered and there is a children’s entertainer downstairs (children must be accompanied).

All P&C positions will be declared vacant. To nominate for a position please pick up a nomination form from Lara or from the P&C section of this website and return to Lara before the AGM.

P&C Positions for which we seek nominees are:

  1. President; Vice-president; Treasurer; Secretary; plus 3 x executive committee positions
  2. Committee Coordinators – Arts; Nature Play; DoRKS
  3. Program Coordinators – Scholastic Bookclub; Loyalty programs; School Banking
  4. One-off jobs! – kindy T towels, entertainment books, PP plates, other ideas…
  5. P&C Representatives – at WACSSO; on the School Council; in every classroom (class parent reps)
  6. Honorary Auditor for 2018 books

The role of the Richmond PS P&C is primarily to build community and fundraise, through organising community events. Recent examples are: Halloween disco; movie night; waterslide day; billycart race; dads camp; big breakfasts etc. A colour run is planned for term 1. If you like to organise and socialise, the P&C is for you!! I am on the P&C and it really is a lot of fun to be involved in a big or a small way.

The canteen will be closed on Wednesday and will open as normal on Friday this week.

School Banking will be on Tuesdays this year, next to the library before school. All welcome.

Our library blog is at http://richmondpslibrary.blogspot.com/

To help less privileged students, there are boxes outside room 9 to collect textas, pencils, and crayons for schools in Bali.

Please check out our website www.richmondps.wa.edu.au  where I write a weekly blog, and see daily photos of ‘a day in the life of Richmond’ by following us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/37Windsor/.  Log onto your CONNECT account to read class and school notices.  There is a CONNECT NOW app that we recommend you download, so that you only need log in once.

If you have mislaid your emailed CONNECT password, we can easily reset and resend it to you upon request. New families have now been sent their password via email.

Finally, many thanks to Clare Harwood (coordinator) and Renee Martin (artist) for their work in creating our new entrance mosaic. It has been a long held vision of mine to have a frontispiece that really represents our school, the arts, Fremantle and our unique flavour.  It has been a well planned project and I am thrilled to see it looking so fantastic. Well done to everyone involved.

Lisa Dentith