Blog 30 October 2019

I’m happy to announce that we are the 2019 Interschool Athletics Champion School, following exciting competition yesterday and today. Congratulations to our team! I’ve posted a photo on Facebook.

Our move into the new administration block is hopefully set for this Friday. It looks very professional and spacious and we are looking forward to getting the office back to normal. At 10.15am on Thursday November 7, the Minister will officially open the building at a short ceremony and everyone is very welcome to come to hear her speak.

Today, the State Government announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Public Schools policy to take effect from the start of Term 1, 2020.  The policy requires all public schools to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school to the end of the school day.  Our existing policy meets this requirement.  Today’s announcement extends to the use of smart watches, which need to be on aeroplane mode during this period, and further, students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will not permitted to have mobile phones in their possession during the school day.  I will adjust our existing policy to reflect these two points for 2020 and will provide more information later this term.

We are happy to hear that seven of our year 4 students have been accepted into the district Primary Extension and Challenge Program (PEAC) for 2020, following a selective entrance test.

On the same note, applications for Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs have just opened for current year 5 students, entering year 7 in 2021.  Many Richmond students go into these programs in secondary school and I’d encourage all parents to become familiar with the options available, from an early stage.

I’ve had some really positive feedback on our new easy, online process for ordering 2020 booklists:

You will need these codes… School code for home delivery: RICD               Password: ZZY233

On November 11, we will be hosting science presenter Nitro Mike.  He will demonstrate some exciting and interesting science experiments to our year 1-4 students. It is $6 to attend and a flyer is coming home with students.  It would be perfect if everyone could use our lump sum system for payment, which means you just tick a box and we can transfer money at the click of a button. At the moment about 50% of families use it – thank you!

John Curtin College of the Arts advises that having run their primary strings information and testing session on Monday, they’ve had a few families make contact to see if a second session would be possible as they were unable to attend. JCCA will run a second session at John Curtin next Monday 4 November 3:30-4:30pm (parents to meet at school administration).  Letters with more information are available from Lara.

A number of families have signed up for their child to be part of the filming taking place at school on November 5. If you missed the information, here is the link again:  advertisement filming

Does anyone have a family member who would make a great canteen manager for next year…?  Maybe a grandparent, who is organised and loves catering? If you’d like to find out more, please let us know by email:

You are now able to register for the Dads of Richmond Kids Billy Cart race on TidyHQ; and finally, a big thank you to the kindy parents who raised $515 with their T towel fundraiser!

Lisa Dentith

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