We’ve listened

3+ Learning Program time changeWe’ve listened to the wishes of our parents and carers and from Term 3 our 3+ Learning Program will be running for 5 hours, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

As part of the change we have also decided to combine the snack and lunch time so that it will be at 11:00am.

The new fee will be $45.00 / $27.00 concession

Any queries, please see our Childcare Coordinator


Farewell to Catherine

Click on poem to view larger image

Click on poem to view larger image

One of our Childcare Coordinators, Catherine, is returning home to New Zealand.  She has been a wonderful person to work with and we shall all miss her.

Catherine has put up a notice on the door to our Childcare Room (see image at right – poem author is unknown) – sentiments well expressed and applicable to all of our RCLC and other early childhood professionals who go above and beyond in the care and education of our children.



Newsflash: Christmas Party @ RCLC

If you haven’t already seen it, check out our RCLC Christmas Party: 29 Nov 2013 Photo Album on our Facebook page to find out what happened last Friday!


Burnley Backyard – Community Update November 2013

Little Gardener

Little Gardener – image courtesy of  George Hodan, PublicDomainPictures.net

Since the Community Information Session back in September, there has been much activity behind the scenes to move along the project.   

The list below gives residents some indication of what has been happening:

  • Soil Tests and Health Risk Assessment were completed with a favourable outcome for the proposed use of the site
  • Final Plans were completed including landscaping (these plans will be submitted for final costings, prior to tenders being awarded)
  • A planning application letter has been submitted to the City of Yarra and awaits a decision
  • A Deed between City of Yarra and Richmond Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been signed

What Comes Next?

Once the costings have been approved and the planning application granted, tenders for the building of the facility in Tudor Street will be called for.   At present the project is running a little behind schedule, but it is hoped that the tender process will be completed by next March/April.

A Lease for the site needs to be developed and signed by RCLC and the City of Yarra prior to access being granted to commence work on site.  So the project is moving along behind the scenes even though the site remains deserted.

Community Interest

Any Burnley residents or members of the community are welcome to make contact with me to discuss the project, or to become a volunteer of the Burnley Backyard (BBY) and thereby be contacted and kept informed of the progress of the project.   So I look forward to hearing from residents.

Richmond Community Garden Club Activity

At the Community Information Session in September, residents signed up as members of the Richmond Community Garden Group (RCGG) and indicated their interest in renting a garden plot.   The membership has slowly increased and a meeting of members was conducted at the end of October.   About 12 residents attended to hear Trish Pringle outline the activities to be undertaken by the Garden Group in addition to looking after the garden plots at Tudor Street.   Trish indicated that workshops on gardening would be presented to garden club members and any community members who would like to attend.   Fundraising events will be organised to raise funds for the improvement of the community garden, with the first being a barbeque at Bunnings in Hawthorn on 28 December 2013, and volunteers to assist Trish would be welcome.

Pat Grosse, a consultant, who is assisting the RCGG with meeting its governance obligations, was also present at the meeting to provide members and prospective members with an outline of the role of the Committee of Management to be elected at the Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2013.  A number of people indicated an interest in joining the committee which will enable the garden group to run effectively.   Five new members joined the garden group,  the evening was a relaxed informal meeting, and the information provided was appreciated by all.

So the next step for the Garden Group is to hold its AGM on 19 November at 7:00 pm at ‘The Stables’ in 19 Duke Street, Richmond.   Hope to see residents at that meeting as all will be welcome and there will be an opportunity to join the Garden Group on the night.

The Festive Season

With Christmas almost upon us (and RCLC busy with its Christmas Party preparations – see below), I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.  Due to the closure of most organisations for some time over the December-January period,  I will endeavour to provide further information on the project early in the new year.

Jenny Fuge
Project Manager
Burnley Backyard Project

Friday 29 November, 5:30pm – Christmas Party

Come to Richmond Community Learning Centre’s free end-of-year celebration for families and individuals in the local community.  Bring a picnic rug and light supper to hear terrific singing of Christmas Carols from our childcare kids, win amazing hampers and be part of a special visit from Santa.

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I spy with my little eye…

IMG_2480…something beginning with ‘C’.  Is it community?  Is it children?  Is it classes?  Is it Christmas?

It’s ALL of the above!

From all of us at RCLC, have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Thank you for being an important part of our centre.  Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.

Thanks and the winners are…

What a fantastic day the Green Family Life Festival was last Sunday.  Thanks so much to all of you who came and made the event such a fun community day.  The majority of visitors were from the local 3121 zone (Richmond, Cremorne and Burnley).  We were thrilled to be able to welcome everyone from the length and breadth of Melbourne from Hawthorn to Point Cook.  Can being green really be fun then?  YES!

The Art & Craft Competition Prize winners are being announced today with the Door Prize winner to be announced next week.  Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rclcnews for names of competition winners and pictures taken at the event.

Thanks to our event organisers, volunteers, stallholders, staff and the many mums, dads, grandparents, friends, cousins, and organisations who helped spread the word about the festival.

All of us were winners of that much-needed community spirit on the day.

Turn trash into treasure

We need recycled art & craft materials for our Green Family Life Festival being held on Sunday 09 September.  We’re looking for materials that would otherwise get recycled or go to landfill.  Can you help by collecting and donating any of the stuff on our list of items?  Drop them into our foyer.  Thanks