12 March 2021

Things are happening this week at breakneck speed, with multiple events ongoing.

Thank you to the huge number of people who continue to make so many positive contributions to the school.

Our Centenary Fair is almost upon us, prizes for the raffles have poured in (the organisers have enough now, thank you so much); memorabilia continues to arrive by the hour; volunteer rosters have been quickly filled with people volunteering to be on stalls, bake cakes, make announcements, be a guide, sing, dance, play, set up and clear away… and even sit on the dunking stool. Plus, a myriad of other roles, too numerous to list. Thank you to the very many people now involved from all parts of our community.

With your help, we have had a drone video shoot on the oval; started a centenary magazine (over 40 children turned up to the first meeting!); decorated classrooms and started art works.

Of course there will be a cake stall and each family will receive a cake box for delivery of any items. The cake stall organisers will be at the canteen to gratefully receive boxes of cakes any time after 1pm on Friday 19th, or Saturday morning until 1pm.

The centenary memorabilia is here and is really gorgeous: wine/coffee tumblers, tote bags, drink bottles and stubbie holders all with the centenary logo, courtesy of a local company and ex-Richmond family B branded. Items are available online at https://rpspc.tidyhq.com and also from the merchandise stall at the fair on the day. Stock is limited so I definitely do recommend pre-purchase.

Wristbands are also on sale now for all the rides on fair day.  Tickets are $20 for over 5 year olds, and $15 for under 5 year olds available on https://rpspc.tidyhq.com. This price covers the cost for children all day on all rides and includes numerous rides for all ages, plus an animal farm, face painting and silent disco.

Pre-purchased memorabilia and wristbands may be collected on Friday 19th outside the library at drop off.

The Centenary fair will be in full set-up mode on Friday 19th. For this reason, please could everyone move off the grounds promptly at the end of the day so that trucks and equipment can safely come on site. There will be a security guard overnight to keep an eye on all the gear.

And… please could families do their best to walk to the fair. Parking is always problematic here and there will be a huge number of vehicles, so if you can possibly walk we’d really appreciate it!

Our centenary assembly on the 19th will involve students singing songs from the decades, with a chorus of happy birthday to us.  I’m really hoping it will be restriction-free for the audience. The Premier is due to update guidelines on seated event capacity this weekend and I will let everyone know asap.

We’ve had dozens of parents bring children to the swimming trials, volunteer as a timer and offer to help at the year 4-6 carnival next week. The permission slip is here: swimming permission form.

We raised $607.45 for the Lord Mayor’s bushfire appeal with our free dress day. Thank you!

Brick 4 Kidz will run a program in term 2 and the link to register is here: Lego workshop.

Chess club started last week with 57 children keen to join. It was such a success we are buying more chess boards!

We are a polling station this Saturday, but won’t be having a P&C sausage sizzle given it’s so close to the fair and we are a bit busy…

There’s so much to be involved with at the moment and I cannot recommend strongly enough the power of positive participation for children and adults alike.  Or, as the health experts call it: Act, Belong, Commit.

The drone footage of the children on the oval, panning up over our beautiful school across the trees to the river and out towards the ocean really drives home how very lucky we are to be here.

Finally, a huge thanks to my amazing staff who are totally under the pump and doing a fantastic job!

Enjoy the weekend!

Lisa Dentith