Blog 20 March 2019

Thank you to the Dads of Richmond Kids group, especially Mike, Craig and Matt, for organising the very successful camp at the weekend. We had 105 tents on the oval and the 165 students who slept in them had great fun.  I have shared a fantastic aerial shot to our Facebook page.

This week our students featured in the Ed section of The West Australian talking about what they like about school. It’s a lovely piece.  Again I have posted it to Facebook.

This Friday we will join forces with the Town of East Fremantle to celebrate Ride to School Day (or walk, or scooter…).  Bike parking will be in the racks and overflow onto the courts. Please bring locks and wear helmets.  There is a P&C Big Breakfast from 7.15am – 8.30am in the quad, to which everyone is warmly invited.

We are having great success with the Zones of Regulation program, which we are using across the school. Lots of parents have started to use it at home which really helps children. My deputy, Erika Holst-Marsh, has developed a handout that explains the program (available from the office).  There is also a lot of general information online.

We have recently reviewed our restorative justice practices and have redesigned some of our documents to place greater emphasis on our five values.  These documents will be in circulation soon. We are rolling out the four Rs system for behaviour management, which will be on display on posters in classrooms. The main change overall is that students are recognised for respecting our values and given more opportunity to reflect on poor decisions. The pink slip system is no longer being used.

Our values are based on respect: for ourselves; for others; for the environment; for learning and for the community.  These values are depicted in the shape of a hand on our posters.   A few of the many things we constantly promote at Richmond to encourage these values are health and fitness; environmental awareness, recycling, gardening, seed to plate; supporting the community – charities and events; reaching your potential and valuing learning, creativity and endeavour.  There is more information on our website.

On that note, well done to Jemima (yr4) who won a silver medal in surf/swim (U10 division) in the State Lifesaving Championships.  We are always delighted to hear about our students’ successes in the community.

Today the wonderful West Australian Opera is performing for students in years P-3 and talking to them about opera, performance and singing.  The school has covered these costs.

Tonight at 7.30pm, the P&C is meeting with class parent reps and all interested parents at the Left Bank to discuss their colour run event planned for 2.00pm on Friday 5 April.  This is a parent organised event and I would encourage you to go along to the meeting to find out more.

Finally, next Tuesday, 26 March, it is Purple Day, which supports epilepsy research. We have children with epilepsy at Richmond and to support them we encourage everyone to wear one purple thing (ribbon, scrunchie, top, scarf – anything) and to bring a gold coin for this cause.

Hope to see everyone at the swimming carnival tomorrow and at the breakfast on Friday,

Lisa Dentith

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