26 October 2020

It’s fantastic that every year Richmond students win places in gifted and talented programs for secondary school. This year is no exception and we are already hearing about children being accepted into such varied programs as academic excellence at Perth Modern, soccer at John Curtin and music at Melville SHS.  There are lots of these programs operating at selected schools across WA, and they offer amazing opportunities to excel in areas ranging from academic, to arts and languages, sport, aeronautics and science and technology.

Applications have just opened for year 7, 2022 (our current year 5 cohort), and I really encourage everyone to take a look at the information and to give it some consideration as a viable option.

One of the extension opportunities we offer at Richmond is in the area of music. Music education is an amazing tool for helping children develop creatively and intellectually. It involves nearly every region of the brain.

We are fortunate to be part of the School of Instrumental Music program for gifted music students. Testing for 2021 is currently underway.  Our students have the chance to join the year 3-4 area strings program (violin, viola, cello) at John Curtin College of the Arts, and the year 5-6 flute, clarinet or brass program here at school. There is more information here: Instrumental Music.

There are a number of other extension opportunities in music at Richmond: Mrs Bertolini runs a before school chorale and a recorder ensemble.  Both groups are via audition.

We are also absolutely thrilled to announce that Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe has agreed to come to school to work with our upper primary students on song writing. This is such an exciting and rare opportunity that we are going to use it to create a school song for our centenary.  More information to follow!

In other news, congratulations to Josie, who has won a silver medal in the Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA branch) 2020 Make Your Own Story Book Competition. She received her medal at a ceremony at the weekend. She really is a brilliant writer!

The P&C is meeting on Thursday this week at 7.15pm at the Swan Yacht Club and everyone is welcome and encouraged to come along. The main topic of discussion will be the Centenary Fair.

And a reminder about the much anticipated P&C disco which is next week. The theme is disco glitter!! That sounds like a lot of reasons to sparkle!

Finally, it’s that time of year when the thoughts of our year 6 families start to turn towards graduation.  I’ve added details about graduation to the website calendar.  It is always a lovely night and a fitting end to primary school for our students. How lucky we are to be able to celebrate at a beautiful venue, overlooking the river with family and friends.

Have a great week,

Lisa Dentith

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