5 March 2021

It’s been such a packed and busy start to 2021. Things are starting to settle a little as children relax happily into the year, teachers get their teaching into a rhythm and we all thankfully press reset, post-lockdown.

Swimming season is suddenly upon us. We are running swim trials after school on Tuesday next week at Fremantle College pool. This is for any students in years 4-6 who are unsure of their event times and would like to be timed for event placing in the school carnival.  Dave Carder has sent relevant parents a connect notice about the trials.

We’re looking forward to the school swimming carnival, for years 4-6, on Thursday 18 March from 12.00pm. If you’d like to spectate you are very welcome, and we are always keen to hear from people willing to be a timer.  We have fantastic new digital timers to use this year so it will be much easier than it has been in the past – let us know if you can help please.  Because of the COVID break and the lack of recent school swimming lessons, enthusiasm from the children to be in the swim carnival is lower than usual (we normally have close to 100% participation), so it’d be great if you could encourage your children to join in. Thank you! It’s such a great day out.  The permission slip is here:  swimming note

It’s also time for school photographs. Because of our increase in numbers, Kapture is running the photos over two days next week – Monday and Thursday.  Children have all brought home letters with ordering information, and everyone has their own code.  Please see the web calendar to the right for more information.

Thanks so much everyone for supporting the Centenary Fair, which is fast approaching. There is current information on their Facebook page and on our website: Centenary web page

Thanks for volunteering any time you are able for the roster of helpers, which class reps are organising and for all the raffle donations which are pouring in.

Two parents and I are starting a club to make a centenary magazine by students for students. Our first meeting will be this Thursday lunchtime and we are encouraging any interested students to come along to hear about it. It will be a fun project to do.

Parent, and video-maker extraordinaire, Thomas is making a drone video of students forming 100 on the oval. We will be rehearsing on Tuesday with the video shoot on Wednesday next week.

We are also busy rehearsing songs for our centenary assembly which will be Friday 19th.

The Centenary Fair committee is working at rapid speed to get all the fun of the fair organised and are doing an amazing job, with a bar, stalls, cafes, food trucks, rides, animals, raffles and entertainment under their belts. The added complication of ongoing government COVID rules has not stalled them and they are quickly addressing all requirements as they come up.  The magnitude of organising such an event, from traffic management regulations, to COVID event management, to crowd management, to health and safety requirements cannot be understated. If you see any of the core committee, please do give them a word of thanks as they really are going above and beyond on this.

The reunions that I’m organising with Erika are taking on a life of their own with lots and lots of alumni planning to meet in the library, followed by a tour of the classrooms led by students and a cuppa in the DoRKS quad cafe. If you know of former students who would love this, please let them know. Their time slot is on our centenary page. No need to book.

We are loving all the memorabilia that is flowing in. Please keep on sending it to the school email! We are keen for photos, documents, local news articles etc from all decades.

In other news, the school board met last night and we had an excellent turn out. I’d like to sincerely thank Kylie, our outgoing president, who has been really fabulous to work with and has put in hours of hard work. Thank you!  New members will be announced following an election.

Thanks as always to the wonderful Dads of Richmond Kids for their enjoyable and successful camp, attended by 85 dads and 144 kids, which was a great turn out despite the long weekend.  They have lots of events planned for this year which will be on our web calendar.  Remember that anyone in a father figure role is welcome. Just let the DoRKS know if you are stuck and would like your child to join another family for an event and they will help you out.  They are keen that no one misses out.

A quick reminder to check out the NAPLAN demonstration site: NAPLAN site

And, finally Jason our Chaplain has started Chess Club on Tuesday lunchtimes in the library, for all comers, and we are now a registered sun smart school, thanks to Kate!

Hard to believe that this is only day 19 of school…

Enjoy the much deserved weekend!

Lisa Dentith

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