28 July 2021

We dodged the rain to have a lovely cross country carnival yesterday – many thanks to everyone who came along to watch – it was a good crowd on a grey day. Congratulations to everyone who ran – 93% of year 3; 86% of year 4; 91% of year 5 and 80% of year 6 students participated, which is very impressive.  They all won a house point.  The house with the most points wins the House Shield. Our focus is always on maximum involvement, which really benefits emotional and physical health.

Very well done to the medal winners, and to the top six runners in each year group, year 4-6, who will represent Richmond in the inter-schools next week. Medals will be presented at assembly this Friday.  Rob, our new phys ed teacher, is keen to get a team together to enter the state competition and will be speaking to our inter-school team about this opportunity.

Year 4 students will be sitting the PEAC test on August 11.  There is more information here: letter. PEAC identifies the top students in WA for an external extension program and is designed to be difficult. If you prefer your child not to sit the test for any reason at all, please simply email me.

With regard to kindergarten enrolments for 2022, I have worked through all the applications received by the closing date, and category 1 offers (children with siblings at the school, and whose normal place of residence in 2022 is in our local intake zone) will go out today.  Category 2 offers (as per category 1, but with no siblings at the school) will go out tomorrow.

In order to secure your place and preferred days, please return your acceptance and Part B forms. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

A number of applications received were incomplete and can’t be processed. Please give Mel a ring for clarification of what is missing.

Once local intake applications have been processed, I can work through the remaining applications, so it’d be great if you can confirm your place asap.

You may have seen the front page of the West about schools needing to be ready for possible lockdown. Please be reassured that we are completely ready and will be able to pivot to online learning very quickly as we did last year. We would use Connect, and teaching teams would teach across whole year groups again.  Let’s hope this doesn’t eventuate.

In P&C news, this Thursday from 6.00pm the Dads of Richmond Kids will host a casual bowling night at Superbowl Melville for dads/father figures. Cost is only $16 a head, pay on the night.  This has been a popular and fun night in recent years – a chance to bowl a few games and have a chat. There are drinks and snacks available at the alley.  Please let Tim Massey know if you can come along via the DoRKs WhatsApp Group or by email at tsmassey@iinet.net.au.

The next P&C meeting is 3 August at 8.30am in the library.  Everyone is very welcome, and there is lots to discuss.

Teachers are all available for parent interviews, please just contact them directly to make a mutually convenient time.

Finally we are thrilled to see former Richmond student, Aaron Younger, at his third Olympics, captaining the Australian water polo team. They had a fantastic win last night. Keep your eye out for him!

Good luck staying dry and have a lovely week,

Lisa Dentith