20 May 2021

It’s been a well organised operation here over the last eight days, with almost 400 NAPLAN tests administered to 99 children. Year 3 writing is with a pen and paper. All other tests are online.  I’m happy to say our IT system performed well and almost 100% of children in years 3 and 5 presented for all tests – many thanks to you all for getting them here. Some were picked up and dropped off to fit around appointments and illness, but parents have gone out of their way to get children to the tests one way or another.  As of today, 392 tests have been completed with just four tests outstanding – hopefully to be done tomorrow.  Thanks for your support.

Everyone is invited to the P&C Big Breakfast tomorrow from 7.30am. For those unfamiliar with this popular event, you just come along and pay as you eat – cash only. There will be a coffee van, and it’s a lovely and social way to start the day and end the week. I’ll be getting student leaders to handle the money, which is a fantastic, and these days rare, experience for them, and our student environment team will be selling memorabilia, recycled uniform and dog bandanas. Hope to see everyone pop in.  Please can you bring small notes and change.

The Dads of Richmond Kids bike ride went well on Sunday with thirty-two children and seventeen parents.  They rode from Zephyrs into Fremantle Youth Plaza skate park and parkour centre, then back again to Swan Yacht Club, where they were met by families for dinner.  It was a good turn out and they all enjoyed themselves!  Thanks as always to the DoRKS group.

Thanks to all the pre-primary parents who supported the sumptuous mother’s day cake stall and lovely assembly last week. The cake stall raised $671, which will go straight to PP classrooms to buy little extras.

Colds and flu are starting to hit, with increasing absences from school. Last year at the height of COVID restrictions, our attendance rate was high and children seemed to be less unwell, due to all the hand and personal hygiene measures.  We will do our best to keep up the hand washing at school, and we still have a continuous day cleaner on site.  Please could everyone try to keep sick children at home so we can limit virus transmission and keep the majority of students and staff healthy. Thank you!

Tonight the 2021 school board is attending board training.  Joining me on the board are: Lacey Filipich; Matthew Rose; Kate Grieve; Sian Rosser; Jodi Eastman; Katie Wadsworth and Niamh Leonard.  They represent year groups all across the school, including early childhood which is really encouraging.

Finally, our year 6 students are heading to Fairbridge camp on Monday for the week with Mr Tifflin and Mrs Sachman and three parents. For most children it’s the first time they have been away without their parents and is a real rite of passage as they approach the end of primary school. We wish them all a very happy and safe week. It will be quiet around the place without them!

Lisa Dentith