10th December

We are having a busy end to the year. Last night our year 6 students enjoyed their graduation at the Swan Yacht Club. It was hugely enjoyed by everyone.  Our graduating students all spoke extremely well. They highlighted their amazing journey at Richmond , the friendships their have forged and the learning opportunities they had been given. It was clearly evident how special they have found their time at this well loved school. We wish them well at high school and will miss them all.

The end of term 4 marks an end of an era at Richmond PS. We officially say goodbye to our Principal, Mrs Dentith, after 17 years. We also say farewell to Miss Gaskin after 49 years. We will be acknowledging  them both at a special staff function this evening. The students will be saying goodbye to Miss Gaskin at the final assembly next Wednesday.

Special mention to Mr Tifflin and Mrs Button who have both stepped up into the deputy role this term. Thank you for your professionalism, organisation and downright hard work!

You may have noticed a beautiful mural outside the pre-primary /year one area. This mural was created by Jade Dolman. Jade is a Whadjuk/Balladong Nyoongar (Mother’s side), Eastern Arrernte (Father’s side) woman from Perth. She is a visual artist and remains connected to her culture through painting and family. Her art work reflects the six Nyoongar seasons and associated bush tucker. We were very privileged  to listen to Jade speak about the Nyoongar six seasons story and share her own personal connection to country.

A huge thank you to Mrs Sorrell for once again coordinating the Festive Foodbank Drive. We had a tremendous community response with over 436kg of donations!

Please note that over the break we will be resurfacing our school oval. Our contractors will be removing the existing turf on 20th December and installing the new turf on 5th January. This is a huge job but well overdue. Mt Thorogood is looking forward to moving out of the current sandpit.

Thank you to Aoife Lannon, our P&C President, and the P&C. They have been very busy this year organising some very memorable events such as; the massive centenary fair, dads’ camp and bike ride, waterslides, cake stalls, disco,  DoRks café, The Richmond Cup, school carnival canteen, the sundowner and the big breakfast.

Thanks too, to Lacey Filipich, our School Board Chair,  and the school board who met each term. They reviewed finances and policy. The board was given a glimpse into the teaching and learning program, the learning environment, student performance,  relationships and partnerships, leadership and resourcing.

Thank you to our community for your strong support this year.

I really enjoyed working with  our happy students and our amazing staff.

I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday. Be safe over the break and we will see you in all 2022.

Key events during the last week

  • Final assembly Wednesday 15th December at 9.00am.
  • Reports will be issued online through CONNECT on Wednesday 15th December between 2.00 -2.30pm. Please ensure you are able to login prior to Wednesday. Please contact the office if you are experiencing technical difficulties.
  • Last day for students on Thursday 16th December.
  • Last day for staff on Friday 17th December.
  • Students return to school on Monday 31st, 2022.

Community events & notices:

  • P&C Water slides, Friday 10th December (Today!).
  • Please be aware that there are four DET VacSwim programs running over the summer holidays, and enrolments begin to close very soon. The VacSwim sessions are in addition to the current in-term swimming program. There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever families are spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near them. Further information about fees, locations and how to enrol please visit the website.
  • Personal items lists (student stationery & book requirements) for 2022 are available online (Click here). Our supplier is Ziggies Educational Supplies. Parents can choose from Ziggies pickup, home delivery or click & collect from the Ziggies Canning Vale store. The password and codes needed to complete your order are listed on our website here.
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