23rd November

Last Thursday our Student Council were kindly invited to lunch at Parliament House by our local member Lisa O’Malley, MLA for Bicton. This gave them tremendous insight into the democratic processes in our state and the logistics involved in representing our electorate. During their visit they were fortunate to meet with our Premier the Hon Mark McGowan, MLA. I am led to believe they were greeted with high fives.

Our school choir were given an amazing opportunity today to contribute to a live recording with local artist John Tedesco. John’s new song is “A New Season”. A huge thanks to Noah Shilkin, Ophelia’s dad, for arranging this opportunity. Noah Shilkin is currently the founder and  Creative Director of Lolly Box Music and Vice President of WAM (Western Australian Music) Board.

At Richmond we do recognise the importance of students getting the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. We are really pleased to see most students are achieving this by choosing to walk, ride or scooter to school. Physical activity is important but safety is always paramount. We have had some reports of students not wearing helmets and, at times, riding on the road. We will continue to promote the safety message at school but we would appreciate it if you could also have this discussion with your child.

Reminders

Current year 5 parents may wish to consider applying for year 7 (2023) gifted and talented programs offered by the Department of Education. The selection process starts when students are in year 5, testing in year 6, with placement starting from year 7. A variety of programs are offered across several secondary schools including JCCA. For more information please visit the Department’s website  http://www.education.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented. Applications close Sunday 13th February.

Mrs Sorrell is once again coordinating the Festive Foodbank Drive. Foodbank helps to fight hunger for people in need especially at Christmas. Student donations are collected from their classroom each day. Please ensure your donations are non-perishable pantry items.  Foodbank have provided us with the top 10 suggestions: UHT custard, Christmas puddings/mince pies, tinned meats/hams, spreads (jam/vegemite/honey), breakfast bars, coffee, canned fish, canned fruit, gravy sauce/powders and Christmas crackers.  We will start collection on Monday 22nd November (Week 7) with the final school pick on Friday 10th Dec (Week 9). For more information about Foodbank please visit http://www.foodbank.org.au

Personal items lists (student stationery & book requirements)  for 2022 are now available online (Click here). Our supplier is Ziggies Educational Supplies. Parents can choose from Ziggies pickup, home delivery or click & collect from the Ziggies Canning Vale store. The password and codes needed to complete your order are listed on our website here.

Our staff are currently working on school planning for 2022. This includes developing new class structures. Please advise us if their child will not be at Richmond for the 2022 school year. Please email via  Richmond.PS@education.wa.edu.au .

Community events & notices:

  • P&C Movie night, This Saturday, 27th November. For ticket sales please click here.
  • P&C Water slides, Friday 10th December
  • Please be aware that there are four DET VacSwim programs running over the summer holidays, and enrolments begin to close very soon. The VacSwim sessions are in addition to the current in-term swimming program. There are over 180 VacSwim locations around Western Australia, so wherever families are spending these summer holidays, there will be lessons near them. Further information about fees, locations and how to enrol please visit the website.
  • East Fremantle Junior Cricket Club still have registrations open for both Junior (5-7years) & Master(7-10years) blaster programs. To register please visit www.play.cricket.com.au & search for East Fremantle.