14 August 2020

Following our really enjoyable cross country carnival, which was well supported by dozens of parents and staff, our team of runners represented us at the inter-school carnival last week.  Again, lots of parents came to cheer them on and they had a great day.  Our team did well, winning two bronze and two silver medals – very well done to all of them. It was lovely to get together with other schools again.

Plans are well underway for our whole school athletics carnival on September 16th at Gil Fraser Reserve.  The children are training and it will hopefully be a great day, and our first chance to get together as a whole school since the big breakfast in March.

Children have also started to rehearse for scheduled assemblies. Many schools have opted not to restart assemblies, but we feel it is a much loved community event and would like to plan to move forward with them, within the government’s phase 4 restrictions. We will have to ensure physical distancing of 1.5m, and have cleaning processes in place, so will only be able to have 60 audience members per assembly, which will be ticketed. Priority will go to the performing students.  The planned schedule is here:  proposed assemblies.

We continue to plan for our year 6 camp, PP-year 2 Edu-dance lessons and concert, and year 1-3 swimming lessons, all scheduled for term 4, pending things in WA continuing to go well.

Unfortunately, the Dads of Richmond Kids have had to postpone their planned bike ride again this weekend. They have emailed participants, and will be in touch about a new date.

We have been holding lots of parent teacher meetings over the last couple of weeks.  If you would like to talk to your child’s teacher about their progress, please do get in touch to make an appointment.

We really do appreciate everyone continuing to follow the WA government’s phase 4 road map to recovery, which states that parents are still not permitted in school classrooms, except for a specific purpose such as a planned meeting, and should not gather.  Remember, the canteen is classed as a specific purpose and is always looking for volunteers. The two square metre per adult rule applies at all school sites.

Our visitors on site policy is here for clarification.

Finally, to paraphrase an interview I heard on the radio today, if all we have to worry about in WA is that stadiums can only be half full, then we are indeed fortunate.  We are so grateful that WA schools continue to be open.

Enjoy the weekend, and let’s hope things soon improve for our eastern states friends.

Lisa Dentith

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