4 August 2020

Our cross country carnival went really well last week, with a big turn-out of spectators to cheer the students on. We had a great morning. Many thanks to everyone for your support and well done to everyone who ran – almost all eligible students participated. Each faction had 60 runners, and the overall shield went to Osborne. Congratulations to individual place-getters, who are representing Richmond at the inter-schools today.  I have put a couple of photos on Facebook.

Our year 6 students are enjoying their final semester of primary school. They are proudly wearing their leavers jackets and looking forward to camp, which we have been able to reschedule to November.  They should all be enrolled in a secondary school for 2021 now. We are fortunate in that anyone in our zone is able to apply for local intake at John Curtin College of the Arts, Melville SHS and Fremantle College.

Many of our year 6 students are trying out for specialist courses for next year, with lots of success so far.  If you are interested in these courses for your child, more information is here.

This Friday it’s Jeans for Genes day, and everyone is invited to wear jeans for school (free choice of top) and to bring a gold coin donation for this genetic research charity.

As part of Science week (17-23 August) we are having a recycled sculpture competition, that everyone is encouraged to enter. The flyer is here.

Usually year 4 students have had their PEAC test by now, but just letting you know that this process has been delayed across the district due to COVID.

The Dads of Richmond Kids bike ride is this Sunday. Please could you register for a free ticket and if you have questions, please get in touch with Matt on phoenix3@iinet.net.au

For your diary, the P&C has now pencilled in a disco for November 6.

Plans are also afoot for our centenary in March 2021.  We will have a birthday assembly on 19 March, and a P&C Centenary Fair on 20 March. We are also planning commemorative art works, and classroom displays for each decade. If you have any old photos or memorabilia that we could copy or borrow please could you let us know. Similarly, if you know of any former students who may be interested, it’d be great if you could list them on our alumni page, and let them know about our website.

We are still looking for a centenary logo to use on merchandise. Please do encourage your children to design one in black and white.  The dates are 1921-2021.

As we begin to plan events and return to a new kind of normal, our thoughts are with our friends and families abroad and in Victoria, and we continue to be vigilant with government COVID guidelines. Thank you for not accessing the site during the day. Please do continue to keep sick children at home – we are starting to see a few with coughs and colds at school, and hope you understand that we have to send them home.

Schools in much of the world have been closed for months. Victoria returns to home learning tomorrow. We are so grateful that we can operate fairly normally, and I sincerely thank our staff, students and community again for your kind words and flexibility throughout.

Lisa Dentith