Blog 27 February 2019

As we near the end of swimming lessons for years 4-6, we look forward to our school swimming carnival.  This will now be on Thursday March 21 at Fremantle pool from 9.00am-12pm. The date has been changed by request of the pool following them having a double booking, so I really hope parents are still available to come to watch.  Time trials are this Friday.

School photographs will be taken by Kapture on Thursday 14 March. A school code and student code will be sent home with each student next week. When you get your two codes, please order online at https://www.kapture.com.au. You may place an order at any time for the remainder of the year however a $15 fee to Kapture will apply if you order more than 10 days after photography day.

Kapture can only accommodate 30 families for sibling photos, so this is first booked, first served.  All students will be photographed for school records and included in class shots. If you prefer that your child is not in the photo shoot, please could you let Lara know on 9339 5055.

A number of private users have requested to lease our premises this year.  Our School Board signs off on all agreements and we try very hard to accommodate everyone, which is not always simple. This year OSHClub, Bicton Netball Club and Marshall’s Tennis Academy have all requested to lease the courts so the School Board had to organise compromises. I have put information about what is being offered outside school hours on our website under the parent and community tab.

Our Dads and Kids Camp will be on the oval from 5pm on Saturday 16 March.  It’s a valuable opportunity for dads or father figures to spend time with their children, putting up the tent, cooking tea and playing games.  It is also a chance for dads to get to know each other.  On Sunday morning, breakfast will be provided and a coffee van has been booked.  Camp will wind up from about 9.00am.  The cost is $30 per family, registrations are required and should be completed online – just go to rpspc.tidyhq.com and select Events.

The camp is intended for Richmond students; regrettably siblings who aren’t currently enrolled here are not able to attend. If you would like to come but don’t have any camping equipment, then get in touch with the Dads of Richmond Kids group and they will be happy to find you some. For more information please contact Mike Slattery on 0468 615 446 or email mikeslattery346@hotmail.com.

Our canteen would love everyone to order online as that really cuts down labour in the canteen.  They would also love you to volunteer one day.  Also, please could I ask everyone to remind children that they are not to share any food as lots of our children have allergies. The canteen online ordering link is on our website under the parents and community tab.

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

Year 3 and 5 Naplan testing will start with writing on Tuesday 14 May. The timetable will be posted on our website closer to the time.  Students will bring an information flyer home next week.

Finally, every two years, all government schools conduct surveys to gauge student, staff and parent satisfaction with the school.  I will send the parent survey link out on CONNECT next week.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Lisa Dentith

 

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