Blog 16 November 2018

Our student art exhibition and outdoor movie night is tonight on the oval. You can find a family ticket for $12 (any size family) at https://RPSPC.TIDYHQ.COM. There will be a choice of three pizzas for sale from around 5.30pm until they run out and I think it would be best to also bring a picnic.  Student art will be on display from 3.00pm and the movie, Hotel Transylvania 3, will start at 7.15pm. It looks like being a lovely, warm evening.

Our year 6 boys have been playing at the W.A.C.A ground today in the Cricket Blast School Cup state finals. They came 4th overall in WA, which is amazing. There is a photo on Facebook. Well done boys – what an experience!

Lots of things are nearing completion in the next couple of weeks:

  • the auditions are nearly over for Richmond’s got Talent and the finalists will be announced soon by the student council;
  • the school spelling bee is drawing to a close and the year group finalists will soon be competing for the year group champion speller trophies;
  • the student councillors’ school chess competition is progressing to the final 16;
  • end of year reports are being written;
  • final excursions and activities are approaching, including boardies day and waterslides on the oval after school on Friday 7 December;
  • selection for instrumental music is down to a short list;
  • and preparations are well underway for our graduation ceremony and final assembly.

As we approach the last three weeks of the year I ask for your support please, in guiding students to be responsible and to maintain their focus so that we can break up for the summer smoothly and happily.

Thank you to the many parents who have now logged in to CONNECT, the education department’s communication system.   You can get to CONNECT via their website https://connect.det.wa.edu.au or download the CONNECT NOW APP.

Semester 2 reports will be sent home electronically using CONNECT on Wednesday 12 December, so it is important that all parents can access it.  Please do contact Lara should you experience difficulty.

Finally thank you for all the support and positive feedback about our new website.  We have had 3059 hits this week …and the phone is running hot with enrolment inquiries.

Enjoy the movie night and a sunny weekend!

Lisa Dentith

Blog 9 November 2018

I hope that all parents have now received their user name and password and logged in to CONNECT, the education department’s communication system.   

We will use it for teacher notices, my weekly update (formerly the newsletter) and links to events.

You can get to CONNECT via their website https://connect.det.wa.edu.au or to make life simpler, download the CONNECT NOW APP. 

Semester 2 reports will be sent home electronically using CONNECT, so it is important that all parents can access it.

Our new website goes live next week. It looks fantastic and we will continue to work on it to keep it accurate and current.

Well done to our year 6 cricketers who represented the region at the Cricket Blast School Cup regional finals at Yokine yesterday. Our team won their pool and will now progress to the state finals at the W.A.C.A ground next week. 

We have had a fantastic year in sport:

  • We are the 2018 interschool soccer Champion School
  • We won the 2018 interschool athletics Meritorious Shield (awarded to the best school on handicap)
  • We won the 2018 interschool cross-country Meritorious Shield
  • We have progressed to the final 8 state finalists in the 2018 W.A.C.A Woolworths Cricket Blast School Cup and will play next week.

Congratulations to the many students who have represented Richmond at these interschool events and to the many more who have participated and tried their best in our school events.

The student councillors are organising two school events that are open to all comers. First a chess competition, and second the popular Richmond’s Got Talent – both sign-up sheets are outside room 13. 

Everyone is warmly invited to the P&C student art exhibition and outdoor movie night on 16 November.  An information flyer is on CONNECT. Please buy your family ticket for $12 at https://RPSPC.TIDYHQ.COM. Bring a picnic and the whole family. This event is heavily sponsored by the P&C. The pizza oven will be fired up and there will be a choice of three pizzas for sale on the night until they run out.  Student art will be on display from 3.00pm.

Hope you will be able to come along.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 5 November 2018

We have had lots of activity at school this fortnight. Thanks to Craig and the Dads of Richmond Kids team for the billy cart racing on Sunday; to Mike, Kathy and the P&C and year 6 parents who helped with the Halloween disco on Friday; and to Liann for organising family photo day on Saturday. The community support was wonderful.  

We really enjoyed Outdoor Classroom Day last week – thanks to staff for their planning.  We also sang a song with 3000 other schools across Australia for Music Count Us In day (thanks Mrs Bertolini). This week we have started swimming lessons with yr1-3 students.  

We have had more good news – the Department of Education plans to upgrade our administration facilities in semester one next year to bring our facilities more in line with newer schools. Our current administration area equates to just 38% of the modern generic brief.  The planned upgrade will include:  

  • A defined entrance to the school, with a portico. 
  • A larger foyer with better security within the entrance area.  
  • A medical room, with a bed and storage for medical equipment and files.  
  • A meeting room.  
  • More general storage space.
  • A dedicated comms room. 

We have now moved to the DoE communication system, CONNECT. All parents should have received an email advising them of their username and password. Please could you look out for this. Semester 2 reports will be sent home electronically using CONNECT.  

Our strings (violin, viola, cello) program is set for an exciting change. We are working with John Curtin and local schools to set up a beginners’ strings program for primary students to operate from JCCA. This will be coordinated by IMMS (Instrumental Music School Services – formerly SIM). Letters have been sent home with year 2 and 3 students inviting them to express interest in auditioning.  I encourage interested year 2 and 3 parents to discuss this with our music specialist Moyanne Bertolini.  

Our testing for the year 5/6 instrumental music (IMSS) program in clarinet, brass and flute is currently underway in year 4 and we look forward to lots of new instrumental music students joining the program next year.  

Finally, good luck to our year 6 cricketers who will represent us at the district competition on Thursday! 

This will be the last emailed newsletter. Our website will, I hope, go live next week and from now on I will write a weekly blog and have a Facebook feed to the website landing page.  

For 2019 our main methods of communication are:

  1. Website for general information, calendar of events, my weekly blog.
  2. Facebook page where I will continue to post a photo a day of life at Richmond (this is also visible on the website).
  3. CONNECT – the DoE approved communication system from your child’s class teacher – all parents should now have a user name and password. End of year reports will be posted to CONNECT. If you have encountered problems, please let us know.

We will, of course, all still be very accessible by phone, email and in person. 

Hopefully the improved electronic communication will help to keep everyone connected. 

Lisa Dentith