24 September 2020

We end a busy term with Footy Colours Day tomorrow – children are invited to wear footy colours and to bring a gold coin for children with cancer.  Tickets for the annual footy assembly have been given to performing children. We can fit 60 adults into the audience under phase 4 physical distancing requirements.

We’ve recently had visits from Karen Dore from the East Fremantle Council who is engaging our senior students in feedback on a community plan; and the Fremantle fire brigade who as usual enthralled children with their truck and equipment.  It is always brilliant for our children to engage with outside speakers and to see ideas beyond the school.

Moving into next term, we continue to make plans.

Children start back at school on Tuesday 13 October.

If you are interested in tennis or STEM Lego workshops, both are going ahead in term 4 – please have a look at the enrolment information on our after-hours page.

Year 4 students will be sitting the PEAC – Primary Extension and Challenge – test on Friday 16 October at 11.10am.  There is more information here:  PEAC. The test isn’t compulsory, but parents do need to tell me by email please if they prefer their child not to sit it, as the default across WA is that everyone in year 4 sits it unless withdrawn by parents.

The Dads of Richmond Kids bike ride is scheduled for Sunday, October 18.

Book week is week 2 next term, and we will have a dress up parade for those who wish to join in on Tuesday 20 October.  The theme is Curious creatures, wild minds.  Perhaps inspiration for creature themes could be found in books like Dr Seuss; Where The Wild Things Are; or Roald Dahl.

The Melville district has moved the upcoming interschool athletics carnival to November 10 and will hold it at Perry Lakes due to physical distancing requirements. We will of course be sending a team of athletes from years 3-6 to represent Richmond. They will bring home information next term.

Our pre-primary to year 2 students will be having weekly edu-dance lessons all term culminating in a concert on 11 December; and our year 4 students will be engaging in bike education all term, which we will pay for with a sporting schools grant.  Could I please ask that year 4s spend a bit of time during the holidays getting their bike roadworthy.

We will welcome our new Chaplain, Paul. He will be meeting all classes during their art lesson in his first week, so please do encourage your child to get to know him.  I am hopeful that he will get involved in lots of practical activities around the school.

Finally, it was really lovely this week to receive an email from a parent offering to make morning tea for the staff on World Teachers’ Day (October 30) to thank them for their efforts this year. Such a gorgeous gesture that means so much to us all.

Thank you to everyone for your positive messages and thank you as always to my staff and to our students for their hard work and good humour during this unprecedented year.

Enjoy the holidays.  Safe travels to those families who are going north or south. We hope for continued freedoms in WA next term to allow us to go ahead with all our plans, and will keep those in less fortunate circumstances around the world at the forefront of our minds.

Lisa Dentith