Blog 28 May 2019

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support of all our recent events.  The level of parental involvement at Richmond is very high, which is fantastic.  A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement in school improves not only student behaviour and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.

On this note, I’m happy to say that tables for the quiz night on June 14 are selling fast.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and there’s no problem if you can’t find ten people, there are some tables reserved for ‘seat’ bookings.  It’s $350 per table of ten.  Class parent reps are emailing out all the information.  Just call Lara to reserve your table or seat on 9438 8700.

The School Board has carriage of the school uniform policy and has been reviewing it recently.  In response to parent requests, we have added a few items that are not currently available at Willetton uniforms, including girls’ shorts, long sleeved t shirt and leggings.  Please have a look at the dress code section of our website, under the information tab, for more information and links to suppliers.

Applications for kindy in 2020 are coming in, in huge numbers. They close in July and after that, all applications will be considered against the selection criteria. It isn’t first come first served, so please don’t worry if your application is not yet lodged.   Parents whose children are already in kindergarten need only apply for pre-primary if they live outside our local intake zone. If you live inside our zone, we will ask you (in term 4) for proof of residence for 2020 and then your child will automatically progress to pre-primary.

We promote bike riding at Richmond as a way of staying fit and healthy and enjoying the outdoors. To support this and to keep everyone safe, our year 4 students complete a bike education program over a number of weeks, culminating in a ride into Fremantle.  Students have just begun this year’s program, funded partly by a Sporting Schools grant and partly by our P&C.

Anxiety is now the most common mental health condition in Australia and increasing numbers of students are presenting with it.  ‘Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried, it is when these anxious feelings don’t go away.  Parents play an important role… given that half of all mental health conditions in adulthood begin before the age of fourteen we know that the time to act is early, during childhood.’ (Beyond Blue).

To assist parents in understanding this condition, our P&C has organised an information seminar. It’s this Thursday (tomorrow) in the school library just for an hour from 7.00pm-8.00pm and we are hoping for a good turn out – there is more information here: https://rpspc.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/24888-kids-and-anxiety-seminar

As many of you know, a lot happens at school every day.  Each day I take a photograph of ‘a day in the life of Richmond’ and post it to our Facebook page for you to enjoy and talk to your children about. Thank you for the huge support of this.  It does take some time each day, but your feedback makes it worthwhile.  I do check visual image consent for children in the photos, but it would really help if you let your child know if they are not to be in photos, so they can assist me in this process. I will never use their names.

Enjoy the long weekend, and hopefully see you tomorrow at the anxiety seminar.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 21 May 2019

This week over 50 of our students are enjoying camping in Bridgetown. They will try canoeing, bike riding, archery, visit a farm and hopefully stay fairly warm… More importantly they will develop their social skills, engage in team work, be independent, make decisions, be in nature and deepen their bonds with others.  Camps are no longer a ‘given’ in some schools, but we continue to invest significant funds in ours as we believe it is such an important experience for our students.

Our sincere thanks to the three staff and two parents who have gone to camp. It is a huge undertaking to organise this many children to stay safe and have fun and I appreciate this team volunteering so much of their own time to make the camp a success. I especially wish to acknowledge the huge commitment of Lloyd Tifflin, our year 6 teacher, for organising every last detail and taking overall charge of the camp. I am in touch with the camp every day and have posted some updates on our Facebook page.

As you know, our students are participating in NAPLAN Online. Regrettably, across Australia there have been connectivity issues that disrupted some testing. Schools have been given the option of resitting the tests, however at Richmond we do not feel that anyone was impacted to an extent that may have affected their performance. Thank you to my deputy Dave Carder who managed our connectivity so incredibly well to minimise disruption for our students.

Today the West Australian contacted us to do a feature on our involvement with the Yagan Square artwork project #shoWcAse IN PIXELS.  We believe we will be in the Weekend West this Saturday and subsequently on tv… it’s an exciting project to be involved with – watch this space.

It was a busy weekend for the P&C. Lots of parents did shifts at our sausage sizzle and cake stall on polling day, resulting in a $1718 profit for the P&C. Thanks to everyone involved.

After being rained out last year, 70 riders joined the Dads and Kids bike ride for a perfect Sunday afternoon and firmly established this event as a favourite on the DoRKs calendar. Thank you to the SYC for hosting the family gathering at sunset and to Matt for organising the event.  DoRKS is a sub-committee of the P&C.

The Mums Night Out sounds to have been a lot of fun – well done again to the P&C executive for a great social event and for the $1072 raised.

Get tickets to the upcoming kids and anxiety parent seminar here: https://rpspc.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/24888-kids-and-anxiety-seminar

Quiz night tables will go on sale tomorrow. East Fremantle Yacht Club; 14 June; tables of ten – $350 per table cash only – see Lara to pick your table and get a great position.

The position of Vice President of the P&C is currently vacant and nominees are called for. The Vice President is an active member of the executive committee and plays a key role in the running of our very busy P&C. The role entails deputising for the president, coordinating events throughout the year and attending (and possibly chairing) two P&C meetings a term. It is a fairly significant time commitment – the P&C executive members communicate daily with me and each other, and we always have a number of social events on the go that the Vice President will be actively coordinating.  If you are an organised and socially oriented person with time and enthusiasm to contribute to this role, please nominate to virtuallysortedwa@gmail.com within one week.  There will be an election at the next P&C meeting.

Our building program is progressing and student have adapted well to the front office being in the library. Enjoy your week.

Lisa Dentith

Blog 15 May 2019

This week staff have reviewed survey data from the national school surveys.  Should you be interested, you can find the graphed results on our website under ‘Annual Report’.  It was pleasing to see that the results were very positive.

Students said that their teachers expected them to do their best and were good teachers; that the school gives them interesting things to do and looks for ways to improve. They also agreed that they liked school and felt safe here.  Staff were universal in their support of the school on all areas, with 100% saying they would recommend the school to others.  About 16% of our parent body (94 parents) responded to the parent survey and results were positive on all areas, the highest agreement being that their child likes and feels safe at school – two important enablers for learning.

We have this year reviewed our behaviour management process, as you know, and have moved to a restorative justice model based on values. Our aim is to create a positive and safe learning environment that promotes healthy social interactions and the acceptance of responsibility for poor behaviour.  Teachers use positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviour; strategies vary from teacher to teacher. Whole school acknowledgment for positive behaviour that supports our values, includes faction points, values slips and certificates.

When students make inappropriate behavioural choices we follow these steps: reminder; redirection; relocation; reflection. These steps are on posters displayed in classrooms. The reflection stage involves a reflection sheet that students complete and we ask parents to sign, so you will know if your child gets to this stage.   We also use the ‘Zones of Regulation’ program to teach self-regulation. There’s a lot about this program online if you google it. Thank you to parents who are using the ‘Zones’ program and strategically reinforcing our values at home. It does make a difference.

We are now not a polling station on May 18th, probably due to our building site. Nonetheless, our energetic P&C will run a sausage sizzle and cake stall at Wauhop Park (Tricolore), to raise funds for our nature playground.  Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to help on the day. It’d be great if everyone could go down there to vote on Saturday morning and support Richmond and the P&C.

NAPLAN for years 3 and 5 is this week and next week. My blog of 29 April lists dates and times. It has been a little disrupted nationally with connectivity dropping in and out as you will have read in the media, but we are managing the situation.

The next P&C event is a Mums Night Out on 16 May at the Duke of George jazz bar and a dads and kids bike ride on Sunday 19 May. Please have a look at my last blog for all the links to information and tickets.

Interschool winter sport is going well after one round. The games are on Friday afternoons from 1.30pm. Spectators are welcome; thanks to all the parents who came last week and please let us know if you are interested in umpiring a game or two.

Finally, our phone numbers have changed due to NBN.  The new main school number is:  9438 8700.

Lisa Dentith