4 December 2019

I have recently thoroughly enjoyed two kindy Christmas concerts – nothing like some singing and tinsel to put us in a festive mood – and I posted a cute photo on Facebook.

This Friday is our last regular assembly of 2019, and the spelling bee winners will be congratulated. There was some close and determined competition on Tuesday and all participants are to be commended on doing their absolute best.

It’s exciting that our year 6 students will graduate next week, on Thursday. They have brought all the information home and are busy rehearsing their speeches. It is always a lovely evening at the Swan Yacht Club.

The day after graduation, Friday, 13 December, is the next P&C event – waterslides after school.  Tickets are as always on TidyHQ.

We always enjoy our final assembly, which will be on the last Wednesday of term at 9.00am. It will open with the kindy children singing and close with a year 6 song, as we bid them farewell and good luck in high school. We will present class award winners for years 4-6, and subject winners in year 6.  Class awards are based on our values and subject awards are academic awards. We will also introduce the 2020 student leadership groups and hear some musical items.

It’s our tradition to gather in the quad on the last day at 2.50pm, for a song and to ring the old bell to end the year. There are always tears and excitement.

For some reason, our library currently has a lot of missing books.  It would be really helpful if you could check your books at home for ones that may belong to our library.  Look for the white barcode on the book with ‘Richmond Primary School’ printed on it. Thank you!

I’m also hoping to enlist parent help on this: A few children have started to use social media apps outside school, specifically Tik Tok, Instagram and Snapchat. This invariably leads to social unrest between participants, which spills into school. Although your child may seem ‘mature’ enough to use the apps, they are rarely mature enough to deal with others’ comments and the world of social media, which as adults we have learned to navigate. My strong advice is to be firm about ages for these apps: The minimum age is 13, in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). I do not believe anyone still in primary school should be using any of these apps.

Next year, I am happy to say that Chelsey will continue as our Chaplain, following our successful application to continue our Chaplaincy funding.

Bricks 4 Kidz has leased our library to run another lego robotics program after school in term 1, 2020 – the link is here: Term 1 2020. Early Bird 10% coupon code: 5DE0A9DDA3D58

Another reminder to order your 2020 booklistbooklists.ziggies.net.au using these codes… School code for home delivery: RICD    Password: ZZY233

Kate is leaving her role as Canteen Manager – we wish her well and thank her for her 18 months as manager. She has been fantastic. To apply for the position of manager to start in 2020 please email the P&C or the school for more information. If the P&C is unable to fill internally, they will advertise externally.

Finally, if you have an interest in getting involved with one of the two parent representative bodies in 2020, the Board or P&C, it’d be fantastic if you would consider nominating.  All positions on the P&C are for one year and on the Board for two years, so there are vacancies on both. You can find more information here:           P&C 2020             Board 2020

Lisa Dentith

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