3 September 2020

Today children have excitedly played, read, climbed and chatted in our new nature space outside room 0, which blends beautifully with the quad and existing trees.   The last few days of renovations have really improved the area, and we are already planning to build a creek with water and a bridge, as soon as we have more funds.

This week was Education Assistant appreciation day. We have three special needs education assistants and six mainstream education assistants at Richmond.  They are just amazing, loved by staff and students alike, and provide invaluable support in classrooms. Thank you to all of them.

You may have seen media coverage last weekend about a WA police investigation that has uncovered a series of grooming offences against young people in the wider community. It underlines the importance of cyber safety, which we regularly discuss at school. There are  many resources to assist parents in talking to children about cyber safety on the Department of Education website  and on the eSafety Commissioner website.

Over the course of next week, classes from years 3-6 will compete in field events on the oval as a precursor to our main athletics event the week after. If you are interested in watching your child compete in their field events, please keep an eye on connect, where class teachers will convey more information about days and times.

Permission slips for the main carnival at Gil Fraser in North Fremantle have come pouring in, thank you. We have booked buses and look forward to a fantastic day.  Year 6 parents will kindly run a refreshments stall to raise money for year 6 graduation and to subsidise camp, so your support of that will be really appreciated. There’s more information on the website calendar.

Thank you so much to everyone who has recently paid their voluntary contributions. We budget to receive 85% of these contributions and we usually achieve this. We are currently just $2306 short of this 85% target, having received $25,560 so far.  This money is very helpful for purchasing additional items for classrooms, and we very much appreciate it.

Finally, the School Board met this week and has redesigned the parent speaker program following feedback from teachers about what kind of speakers align best with the curriculum and with special days.  There’s a tab at the top of this page with more information and the nomination form, and I encourage you to nominate to share your skills and experience with classes.  It’s extremely beneficial for children to listen to guest speakers and hear about interesting things beyond the curriculum.

An update on the board meeting from our Board Chair, is here:  School Board Update.

Enjoy the end of the week,

Lisa Dentith