24 June 2021

As we approach the end of semester, inter-school winter sport has come to an end for our year 6s.  We were thrilled to win the soccer A competition – congratulations to both teams!  Well done to our netball B team who remained undefeated and to our A and C teams who played their hearts out; and well done to our AFL team who fought so strongly all season.

A reminder that the opening event for the Moores Gallery art exhibition is tomorrow from 5.00pm until 7.00pm and everyone is welcome, however you do need a free opening event ticket.  A number of our students have work in the exhibition: free ticket

Also tomorrow, during the day, we will host a free WA Music (WAM) performance by singer Stacey Ann.  Lots of classes will be watching this, as a fun end to the week.

On Sunday, the Dads of Richmond Kids are making a start on a bush tucker garden outside room 1 – digging out the beds and replenishing with soil and native plants. Thanks Matt and crew for this.

The P&C is engaged in trying to update traffic calming devices around the school; and I have applied to get school zone signs on Fraser Street. Traffic will be on the agenda again at the next P&C meeting if you are interested.

Coming up next week… classes will be celebrating NAIDOC week; I am taking a group of year 6 student leaders to the ToEF building to meet with the town councillors; and semester reports will be sent home via Connect.

And, here is a quick run-down of what is coming up early next term – please double check all the dates and events on our web calendar:

Kindy applications close on 23 July.

Cross country carnival and inter-schools on 27 July and 3 August.

Dads group bowling night on 29 July.

Year 1 assembly on 30 July (all assembly dates are here: assembly calendar)

P&C meeting on 3 August – bring any questions for the Q&A.

PEAC tests for year 4 between 2-13 August TBA.

Also in the pipeline later next term is …a P&C disco; track and field athletics carnivals; assemblies; Board meetings; Dads quad café; excursions; Richmond’s got Talent.

Participation being, belonging, becoming – is so crucial for good mental, physical and emotional health, so we always try to organise as much as possible to engage everyone in something.

We are keen to further develop our health and well-being program, and to this end, next semester, Erika, my deputy, will be trialling some mindfulness sessions with students; Jason the Chaplain will run the GRIT: growth, resilience, integrity, traction program with upper primary classes; room 11 has designed and will construct a nature play area outside their room; Dads will create a bush tucker garden; and junior classes will start a gardening program using that and the existing kitchen gardens beds.  It all sounds very positive.

Staff are not forgotten. Working in a school, as you can imagine, can be at times very high stress, and we have a staff health and well-being plan incorporating social activities; health and well being initiatives and professional learning.  Some of the recent highlights are a soup club; movie club; lots of games and social events; and an upcoming Christmas in July party.

Finally, good luck to Andrew from year 2, who will be representing Richmond at the 2021 WA School Chess League this Sunday! He’s fantastic.  Our chess club is going from strength to strength and is very popular on Tuesday lunchtimes.

Enjoy the weekend,

Lisa Dentith

PS:  We have lots of lost property awaiting owners, including a dozen watches…