20 April 2021

Welcome back to term 2. It was great to see everyone skipping in and beaming this morning as they caught up with their friends.  It feels calm and happy in the school today.

We had such a short and very busy term last term, with the centenary and myriad school events packed into eight weeks.  This term is eleven weeks long and will be full of activity as always but hopefully at a slightly slower pace for everyone…

Our first school event is an ANZAC service, this Friday at 9.00am.  One of our Richmond dads will give the keynote address, along with a number of students, and the chorale will sing.  It’s always very atmospheric in the quad and I encourage everyone to come along. No restrictions on audience size outside, but please do try to social distance. Everyone is welcome.  Please could class parent reps liaise with teachers about flowers for their class… all students are asked to please bring a flower or two for their class wreath.

This Thursday marks the start of Edu dance for year P-3 students.  This is a fun series of weekly dance lessons culminating in a concert for parents.  It gives students the chance to taste a different curriculum area. The permission letter is here:  Edu dance letter.

Next Friday, 30 April, is the first P&C event – a parent evening sundowner in the quad. There will be a bar, food and music and it’ll be a lovely event to build parent community. The link and more information is here:  P&C Sundowner.  The P&C appreciates you booking your ticket early to assist their planning.

Winter sport starts for year 6 students next week with interschool fixtures in soccer, AFL and netball weekly during the term. It’s always good fun getting to know other students across the community.

The advert for our physical education teacher position is now live on Jobs WA and closes on May 7th.  It’d be wonderful if you could let any teacher friends know about this rare opportunity.

We are happy to be officially recognised as a sun smart school. This means children are taught what sun smart means; we ensure shade is provided; we ensure skin protection with sun screen provided and hats mandatory; and where possible we schedule outdoor activities to avoid sun exposure.

Applications for 2022 kindergarten opened yesterday and are flooding in.  All the information is on our website. Please could you let neighbours and friends with three-year-olds know about this so they don’t miss the July deadline. Current kindergarten students do not apply for pre-primary yet. These applications will be called for in term 4.

Every two years all schools across the country survey their parents as part of the national school opinion survey. The results come direct to each school and we use them to inform our future planning. I will send a link to the survey to each eligible parent later this week via Connect, and appreciate your participation.

We are also forming a 2021 School Board and have had more nominees than places, so ballot papers will be sent home this week for parent to vote. All information is on the ballot paper.

Finally, if you have a minute to check out the education supplement in the West Australian today, our year 3 students are featured again, this time talking about what makes them proud!

Happy first week back,

Lisa Dentith