13 May 2021

One of the focuses of our business plan is fostering relationships and partnerships. This is a main remit of our two parent representative groups, who were unavoidably stymied last year with COVID restrictions, but who are refreshed and really getting going now with meetings and plans.

The P&C, under president Aoife Lannon, is meeting on May 25th at 8.30am in the library and we are hoping for a repeat big turnout as we had at the introductory meeting in term 1. If you have ideas or questions, please do let your class parent rep know so they can add them to the agenda for everyone to discuss. The P&C is your group and your chance to build community through shared conversations as well as though events.  Having reps from all classes attend last time was brilliant and a fantastic opportunity for Aoife and me to hear ideas from you all. If your rep can’t attend, perhaps someone could come in their stead to represent your class parents.

The other parent representative group, the Board, has been newly elected by parents – 119 ballots were received, thank you – and will be announced as soon as all new members have got their police clearance. The whole board will complete Education Department training together next week and it looks like being a very positive and productive year ahead.

I am encouraging both groups to report regularly to the parent body via updates that I can send out via this channel. All of the members of both groups are very committed to clear and effective communication with the 600 parents they represent.

We are having a busy fortnight at school, with NAPLAN testing every day over eight days. Everyone will have done their writing and reading tests by tomorrow. Next week is language conventions and numeracy.

Lacey, who spent all day at the centenary fair interviewing alumni, has loaded all the interviews onto our website in the ‘former student’ section today:  Alumni interviews. Thanks Lacey! This is a valuable historical record.

On this topic, if current or former families would like to have their name remembered in years to come, maybe consider buying a brick which will be laid at the school… all the details are here: centenary bricks

This week, two of our students, Lily and Cruz have been selected for the WA state soccer team, which is an amazing achievement and we congratulate them both.

It’s National Walk Safely to School day tomorrow and our student environment leaders will be out and about giving stickers to walkers.

Our Dads of Richmond Kids group is having a bike ride this Sunday and has put information out to their members. There will also be a big breakfast on 21 May. P&C events are on the calendar to the right. All DoRKS are also very welcome and encouraged to come along to P&C meetings to give their perspective.

Finally, you will recall that all primary school P&Cs in the Bicton electorate were made a pre- election promise of $50,000.  Lisa O’Malley MLA wrote to me this week to let us know that we will shortly receive the funds.  The P&C has tagged this to spend on play equipment.

I also found out yesterday from the State government that we are in line to have a classroom converted into a science laboratory.  Good news.

Enjoy the weekend!

Lisa Dentith

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