18 September 2020

We had a fantastic day at our athletics carnival on Wednesday. The children ran their hearts out and got behind their friends and team; families turned out in huge numbers to cheer them on; year 6 parents ran a brilliant refreshments stall; and my staff, as always, got on with things calmly, professionally and with good humour and made a very complex day look effortless.   Thanks to everyone involved.

You will recall we entered some recycled sculptures into this year’s Recycle Right Upcycling Art competition. Six schools in our waste catchment region entered, and I’m proud to say that Richmond students won two of the three categories. Congratulations.

‘The Recycled Octopus’ won in lower primary and ‘Lantern Fish’ won in middle primary.  We also extend our congratulations to Caralee PS, who won the upper primary category.

Thank you to parents who have signed up for the board’s parent speaker program.  Your names are being added to a spreadsheet for teacher reference next term.  The link, if you are interested, is here: parent speaker program.

I haven’t been posting on Facebook as much recently. When we started the page a couple of years ago it was quite easy to post general photos of assemblies, carnivals and so on since nearly everyone had visual consent.  It was a way of sharing what we were doing with parents who couldn’t be there.  Times change though and at the moment around 10% of our students don’t have visual consent so, often, large group shots can’t be posted.  It is totally parent choice and no problem at all, I’m just explaining why our posts have reduced.

Next week’s assembly falls on Footy Colours Day – wear your footy colours and bring a gold coin for charity.  Assembly tickets will be given to participating children next week. We can fit 60 adults into the audience under phase 4 physical distancing requirements.

Finally, for your diary, the Dads of Richmond Kids bike ride is now planned for Sunday, October 18 and Bricks 4 Kids lego is scheduled to restart in term 4.  More news on that soon.

Looking at the COVID statistics from all around the world and seeing all the spikes, makes us realise how lucky we are here to be able to hold events like carnivals, assemblies and bike rides, and how we cannot take this for granted.  The Education Department certainly isn’t, and has provided funding for schools to continue enhanced cleaning throughout the day next term.

All of us really appreciate your continued support in keeping our staff and student worksite clean and safe. Our visitors on site policy is here:  adults on site.

Enjoy the weekend sunshine.

Lisa Dentith