Our School

Nestled in a quiet residential area, Kapinara enjoys sweeping ocean views. Throughout the last 50 years it was thought that ‘kap’ meant water in the Swan River Nyungar language group and that ‘inara’ meant ‘over there’ in a Kimberley language group. In Aboriginal culture it would be unlikely that languages would be mixed in this way. Recent discussions with Aboriginal Language Centres in WA and Mr Neville Collard, a Swan River Nyungar elder, agree that ‘kapi’ means water, but suggest that ‘nara’ refers to cupping water in the hands, or the presence of a waterhole. Both parts of the translations are Nyungar and make sense culturally and geographically. 

Located in the beachside suburb of City Beach, a fifteen minute drive from Perth city, Kapinara Primary School first opened in 1967. We cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

This captures what staff and our school community believe to be fundamental to everything we do. While fostering high standards of student achievement, Kapinara Primary School also provides a broad range of cross curricula programs, and places a strong emphasis on the positive health and wellbeing of students, staff and the broader community.

We are proud to provide inspirational teaching and learning opportunities in Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Japanese. These are complemented by optional programs such as Swimming Club, Running Club and a range of after school activities.

We have wireless access throughout the school and a range of digital technologies with both Windows and Apple platforms. An external provider, Winthrop Australia, works with staff and students once a fortnight to support the teachers and students to effectively integrate technology in teaching and learning programs to enhance student learning and engagement and to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understandings in new and innovative ways.

We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of a highly dedicated P & C and an effective, collaborative School Board.