2nd December

After a thorough and competitive selection process I am extremely pleased to announce that our new Principal for 2022 will be Mr Dale Mackesey. Mr Mackesey has been a level 6 Principal at Mount Hawthorn for the past 15 years. He brings with him tremendous experience and expertise. I would like to personally congratulate him, and I am sure the entire community will welcome him. Mr Mackesey intends to visit the school next week to meet with the students, staff and community members. A huge thank you to the selection panel, particularly Lacey Filipich our board chair, in completing such an important process.

It is tremendous to see so many students enjoying our new creek located in the nature play area near the kitchen garden. The running water, rocks and logs are a huge hit. We were able to upgrade this area through funds kindly donated by Lisa O’Malley, MLA, for Bicton.

Our school board have reviewed the 2022 projected fees and charges and they have recommended no changes. This schedule outlines possible costs that parents may encounter in the year ahead. A copy of this can found on our website, please click here.

Mrs Sachman, our school uniform recycler, is asking for any donations. This valuable service ensures unwanted uniforms can find a new home. Please drop off your unwanted uniforms to the front office. Many thanks.

Please note that our DoRKs cafe will be operational tomorrow morning prior to our year 5 instrumental music assembly. Drop in and grab a coffee!

Don’t forget to book your tickets for the upcoming P&C water slides day. This takes place on Friday 10th December. For ticket sales please click here.

Swimming Lessons Yrs 1-3

As you are aware, the swimming lessons for yrs 1-3 unfortunately had to be cancelled this term due to unforeseen circumstances with the Fremantle Leisure Centre roof. When the swimming lessons were cancelled, the payment was refunded directly back into the lump sum amount as a credit on your child’s account.   If you paid via bank deposit, cash or card, the amount has been also be refunded directly to your child’s account and appears as a credit. If you would like this money refunded directly back to you, could you please email our MCS jennifer.lilley@education.wa.edu.au  and include your bank details for a bank transfer.

Swimming Lessons Yrs 4-6

The already shortened scheduled swimming lessons for Yrs 4-6 were also affected by the Fremantle Leisure Centre roof.  The resulting loss of 2 days swimming lessons amounts to $11.25 per child.  This amount has been refunded to your child’s lump sum amount as a credit.  If you would like this refunded to you directly, please email our MCS jennifer.lilley@education.wa.edu.au and include your bank details for a bank transfer.

Yr6 Parents – If you would like this $11.25 directly refunded to you, donated to the school, or transferred to a younger sibling please put this in writing to jennifer.lilley@education.wa.edu.au

Please note that we will endeavour to get the refunds processed this year if requested by the middle of week 9, however due to workloads at this time of year, some refunds may have to be processed next year.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.


Miss Gaskin will be retiring at the end of this term.  Thank you to the many present and past members of the Richmond community who have contributed messages, memories, stories and anecdotes to our online message book. Unfortunately, the message book will be closing this Friday afternoon 3rd December. Click  here to contribute.

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. 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.

Community events & notices:

  • P&C Water slides, Friday 10th For ticket sales please click here.
  • 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.


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